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The Will Of God

The will of God isn’t some mystical, magical, hard to discern, sure-to-miss-it-if-you-aren’t-looking formula. It is simple, straight forward and to the point. Easily discerned by one whose heart is turned towards God, God’s will is such that most, even in the church, truly don’t want to know it.

God’s will for us is for us to be Christ-like. That is, like Christ.

We are to be like Christ.

Christ was fully submissive to God, fully obedient to God, so much so that it led Him to death. If we are to be like Christ, we, too, will be fully submissive, fully obedient even unto death.

Submission. Obedience. Death.

Not exactly what we hear from most pulpits today.

God’s ways are radical and demanding. God’s ways lead to death. Does He love you? Sure, He absolutely does. Much, much more than you can ever comprehend. However, true love demands truth. God’s love is no different. God’s truth is that we all deserve death: not a fancy car, not good health, not dining out at the best restaurants, not new clothes, not physical abundance.

Death!

That’ll get the false converts going every time.

Just let a preacher, a true man of God, fresh from being alone with God, acquainted with deep and aching hours of prayer, get up in the pulpit. Let him look out at the people before Him, his heart breaking for he sees them as God does: sees their sinfulness, knows their depravity, realizes their unfaithfulness. Let this man, fresh from the depths of God’s Word, begin to pour out God’s truth.

Let him tell them that God demands submission: that we bow to Him and His ways even when it causes us problems or pain. Let him say that God demands obedience: that we absolutely do what He says always and in all ways even when it separates us from all comforts, all peace, from love of family. Let him say that God’s will for them is death: death to self, death to the world, death to sin. Death to everything that isn’t of Christ or glorifying to Christ.

Let us then see just how long this man has a job.

Most of those who today proclaim Christianity aren’t actually interested in being a Christian. They want morality, a better life, respect. They want to be thought of as good men but still have it understood that they are weak and they can make mistakes.

Mistakes seem to be all that some in the so-called church make.

We are blaspheming the holy Name of Christ by pretending to wear His name and living like we do. We are to be new in Christ. Christians are those who have been born from above. One born out of the glorious holiness of God cannot be content to live like the devil’s child. It is as much of an impossibility as the stars all falling from the heavens and yet life going on as it always has. Yet that is what we claim.

“I have Christian liberty, freedom in Christ. He doesn’t care how I live, He only cares about what I believe, about my heart. After all, the letter of the law kills.”

It is sin that kills. Sin that reveals our hearts as they actually are. Sin shows who we belong to–and Who we don’t. Christian liberty is the freedom we have in Christ to obey Him. One whose heart is truly right with God will always hate sin. If we don’t hate sin, we don’t love God and we won’t want to do His will because we will be doing the will of our real father–the devil.

We who worry so much about the will of God need to open His Word and read it. The vast majority of God’s will for our lives is written in its pages. We are to read and pray, obey, grow in holiness, hate sin, serve, teach. All else are details that will only be revealed to us as we walk with Him in obedience. “Do I live here–or there? Take this job–or that?” Those decisions are best determined by a heart that beats for His glory. We needn’t worry about whether we can hear His call, discern His will; first we simply need to obey His Word. Afterwards, once we are growing in holiness, discerning His will in the day-to-dayness of our lives is less a matter of our ability to discern and follow and more a matter of His ability to lead. He will always reveal His will to one willing to do it.

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3 thoughts on “The Will Of God

  1. Amen! Amen! Amen! WE professing Christians andf professing preachers tend to leave off one VERY important aspect in the ‘how-to’ of becoming Christ-like………….the ‘abiding’ thing :smile:.

    Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

    Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

    Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

    Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

    YIP, that ‘abiding’ thing is what makes the difference between the ‘real’ CHRISTian…and the one who only says ‘Lord, Lord.’ And where there is ‘ABIDING’ …there is no sin. In the place of ABIDING is when one loves God with all the heart, soul, and mind…and his neighbor as himself. It’s in the ‘ABIDING’ place where true deciples heal the sick, cast out devils, become meek, show mercy, forgive seventy times seven, and have a broken and contrite spirit. In the ‘ABIDING’…there is PEACE. If we were like Christ…because of His presence dwelling within….we could say as He did, ‘Joh 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 Joh 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

    Wonderful post.

    Carolyn / internetelias.wordpress.com

  2. Great message following Edward’s SINNERS IN THE HAND OF AN ANGRY GOD!

    I always find it amzing how we seek the good things from God when it is the trials and testing that refine us into the image of Christ. This world and its pleasures are perishing. It is only in obeying and sumitting to the will of God that we find real victory. That is hard to say but it is the truth. It is always in the furnace of our afflictions that we come face to face with the glory of our God. Therefore, as you said, it is only when we put to death anything that is not of Christ that we truly have life. That is the message that must be taught..

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