DOING GODS WILL
To do Gods will, we must first know what His will for us is. His will may not be what we expect or want.
Paul as an example, at one point high in government, had learned to both abound and be abased. Yet he was rejoicing and continuing with his ministry unhindered.
While in prison he wrote to the Philippians 2:12-16, "Wherefore, my beloved, as have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world: Holding forth the world of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain."
The Lord does not have us serve without training us. The Word is our manual and the first step to understanding His will is to study it as in II Timothy 2:15:
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Next is to ask for wisdom as in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
The Lord does not play games if we are really serious and honest in our search for what Gods will is.
Often we see a lack of spiritual blessings and wonder why? If we are following godly principles, maybe we are being blessed and don't realize it......or, maybe we are not gatherin in a place where the Lord can bless. By asking the Lord to direct us according to His Word, we can find out. But, we must ask, and then be ready for the answer.
Sometimes the answer is not what we WANT! So the third step is to listen to the answer and do it. Willingness reaps a reward for following up Gods will.
In Romans 12:1-2 we are instructed, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Recognizing the price the Lord has paid to redeem us helps to clear the lines of communication and allows the Lord to teach. But we must listen and act upon what we read in His Word. It is a natural thing to not listen and do it your own way, but the Lord wants an open ear and a willing heart.
James 1:22 instructs us, "Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
So we need to have this kind of attitude before we can see the blessings of the Lord.
We must STUDY - ASK - LISTEN - DO
To have a joyful life, though filled with trials, there is a price to pay for it. We have to give up ourselves (our own will) for Gods will. It's hard, but when we give it to the Lord, He's going to bless. When doors are slammed shut, don't get discouraged. The Lord just saved you from getting in trouble.
Ephesians 5:8 tells us, "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light."
Part of finding out the Lord's will is going the same direction the Lord is going. Taking the understanding that He gives us and using it; going as far as He gives us light to go.
Psalms 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." With a lamp at your foot you can only take one step at a time.
Prove yourself to the Lord as in Ephesians 5:9, "For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth: Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
This is an attitude of one yielded to the Lord, desiring to do Gods will. Only by actually proving (the doing) the Lord will we learn this lesson. Willingness is the key to being used of the Lord.
To be willing to Study, Ask, Listen and Do!
Then we will find the blessings instead of trying to make our own happiness.
Peter was willing to prove the Lord, doing Gods will and experienced his own suffering, knowing it was necessary in I Peter 5:10, ".....after you have suffered awhile make you perfect, established, strengthen you, settle you.
Ephesians 5:16-20 challenges us as well, "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil....understanding what the will of the Lord is....be filled with the Holy Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spirtual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
This is instruction for consistency in our lives!
The Lord wants us to be lights that shine for Him. And it takes faith to do Gods will! We see the instructions in the Word and we must prove them, and then do them, to fulfill Gods will!
Hebrews 10:35-36, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (reward)."
Patience comes through tribulation!
Having the faith that at the end is the promise. So may we STUDY - ASK - PROVE - DO! That we may be found doing God's will.
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