The world is passing away: 1 John 2.17

“And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.”

1 John 2.17

The world of sin and rebellion will not last. It and the desires that invest in it are transient. Let us then become people who do God’s will.

What desires of mine turn me toward the world? How intensely am I pursuing the will of God?

#votd #1-John #will-of-God

At the last day

“Now this is the will of the one who sent me—that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father—for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6.39-40

The Father’s will looks past the present, to the last day, to giving eternal life. He is interested in saving every single person. He does so through faith in the Son.

Believing in Christ means trust, faithfulness, and obedience. It means full commitment to the Lord. Does he have that from me?

#votd #John #will-of-God

Not alone: John 8.29 VOTD

“And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please him.”

John 8.29

Jesus was certain of his Father’s presence with him. He did not feel alone, because he saw demonstrations of his approval. He was certain of pleasing the Father, because his will is clear and simple.

How may we have certainty of God’s presence? What to do when we feel alone?

#Jesus #will-of-God #VOTD

Say to this mountain: Matthew 17.20 VOTD

“He told them, ‘It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.'”

Matthew 17.20

Jesus explains why the apostles were not able to cast out a demon. He uses hyperbole, but his point is clear that with faith they will be able to do everything.

What part of God’s will appears to be impossible to do? How do we develop faith to meet the challenges of God’s will?

#faith #will-of-God #VOTD

Always, constantly: 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 VOTD

“Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

Paul specifically identified certain attitudes and actions as being the concrete and revealed will of God.

No need to look for signs or revelations of God’s will! What other actions in this letter can be identified as God’s will?

#will-of-God #gratitude #VOTD

Surely not I: Matthew 26.21-22 VOTD

“And while they were eating he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.’ They became greatly distressed and each one began to say to him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?'”

Matthew 26.21-22

Jesus announced ahead of time what would happen to him, so that the disciples might prepare and might know that it was God’s plan. They remained clueless, however.

Instead of self-examination, the disciples reacted in a knee-jerk fashion when Jesus said one of them would betray him and denied that any of them would do it. Let Bible warnings cause us to examine our hearts and motives.

#betrayal #will-of-God #VOTD

God’s will: 1 Thessalonians 4.3-5 VOTD

“For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to possess his own body in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God.”

1 Thessalonians 4.3-5

These Christians were wonderful examples of faith and love. Paul urged them to grow even more, since they had before them the commandments, given by Jesus’ authority, vv. 1-3. Rejection of them meant rejection of God, v. 8.

Knowing God’s will is not a matter of reading signs in events or seeking divine guidance in daily events, but in knowing the commandments from the Word that has already been revealed. In other words, read the Bible!

#will-of-God #holiness #VOTD

God hates divorce because he loves people

God’s prophet said it plainly so long ago – the Lord hates divorce (Malachi 2:16).

But why? The answer is because Continue reading

#divorce, #marriage, #will-of-god

Pleasing God (Steve Preston)

Not everyone is concerned with pleasing God, but they should be. At some point, all people will appear before God (2 Cor. 5:10). When you stand before God it would be to your advantage to have had a life that was pleasing to Him. Hebrews 10:31 tells us that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Continue reading

#fear-god, #will-of-god

God gave us free will in order that…

God gave us free will in order that we might choose his good, well-pleasing and perfect will. Rm 12.2

#free-will, #will-of-god

God’s will is for you to have the best life possible

The scripture for today, April 19, is 1st Corinthians 4:19a as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing.”

God knows each step you take through life. He knows all the roads you take in each phase of your life, and what is awaiting us at the other end. The road you are on today may lead us to where you do not want to be. But not being able to see the future, you do not always know that. Continue reading

#future, #omniscience-of-god, #will-of-god

The Will of God Concerning Jesus

A lot of people like to talk about Jesus, but most of those who like to talk about him aren’t really that interested in what the word of God has to say about him. The reason? When one studies the word of God when it comes to the topic of Jesus, the scriptures won’t allow us to keep Jesus at arm’s length while saying we believe who he said he was.

Jesus himself once told a group of unbelievers who questioned his ability (or to say it more accurately, his authority) to speak concerning God’s word and the will of God that it contains, to search the scriptures and see whether or not what he was saying was true. To paraphrase their complaint, they were saying, “How can this guy talk to and teach us like this, he’s never been “properly” educated” (John 7:15). Jesus’ reply shows how important it is to not only study the scriptures, but how important it is to search the scriptures with an open heart when it comes to finding the will of God in it. He said, “…My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” (John 7:16-17)

Hebrews 11:6 along with Deuteronomy 4:29 are wonderful commentaries of a sort on what Jesus said when it comes to our willingness to examine his words in the light of the scriptures. Hebrews 11:6 admonishes us to remember that when it comes to a right relationship with God that, “…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” And in Deuteronomy 4:29 Moses told a captivity escaping people whose descendants would be sitting in captivity, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” The point? We can know God and his will if we have a will to do so.

The heart of Jesus’ admonishment is much the same – “If anyone wills (thelo: to will, have in mind, intend, be resolved, purpose, desire) to do his will (thelema – what one wishes or shall have determined to be done), he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.”

If we have a genuine heart that wants to know about Jesus and whether or not his teachings are from God then we can do both by simply taking him and righteously judging what he said according to what God had already spoken.

Talking about Jesus isn’t nearly as important as listening to what God has to say about him.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)

#jesus, #jesus-and-the-scriptures, #knowing-god, #knowing-jesus, #will-of-god, #will-of-man

Understanding what God says: Alan Smith

===== Thursday’s Thought For The Day (June 9, 2011) =====

UNDERSTANDING WHAT GOD SAYS

A Swiss guy, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting.

“Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” he says. The two Americans just stare at him.

“Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?” The two continue to stare.

“Parlare Italiano?” No response.

“Hablan ustedes Espanol?” Still nothing.

The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted.

The first American turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language….”

“Why?” says the other, “That fellow knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good.”

It’s true. Knowing a lot of languages is no guarantee that you can communicate with someone (though it may increase your chances!). Even Jesus, the great communicator, found that there were people who couldn’t understand what he was saying.

“Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand….” (Matthew 13:13)

Why? It wasn’t a problem of languages; it was a problem of the heart.

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” (Matthew 13:15)

Father, there are times when I am so slow to understand what you would have me to say and do. Though you speak clearly to me through your Word, my heart is not always receptive to what you have to say. Please help me to open my eyes and ears, and to get rid of everything that stands in the way of me hearing your voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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I am not in charge

THE EDIFIER

I Corinthians 14:26

“Let all things be done unto edifying”

An E-Letter from Ted and Barbara Knight to EDIFY our Brothers and Sisters in Romania

Feb. 9, 2011

Dear Brothers, Sisters, & Friends,

I wonder when I will ever learn that I AM NOT IN CHARGE of things in this life. Right now I am sitting in front of my computer writing this message and I am supposed to be driving to the airport in Little Rock, Arkansas to make my flight to Cluj, Romania today. I had all my preparations made. I had my plane tickets, passport, hotel reservations, a good flight schedule, bags were almost completely packed, and suddenly on Monday, Feb. 7th I began to feel some pains in my stomach and chest. After a time I decided to go to the hospital, then went to my family doctor, and back to the hospital. After a lot of tests and appointments for more tests were made, I finally relented and decided that I could not fulfill the plans that I had made. In addition to those problems, as I sit here right now the snow is coming down until one can hardly see and if I had made it to the airport I am sure that the plane could not have left. So, here I sit realizing again that I am simply not in charge, God is.

In the last Edifier, I wrote to you about ‘Submitting’ to God. Jesus prayed, “Not My will, but Thine be done.” That is a simple prayer to pray, but there is a problem when HIS WILL and MY WILL seem to conflict. I learn then that what I really want at the moment is for MY WILL to be done regardless and that isn’t a good thing. So, I try to learn again the importance of submitting to His will and letting go of my own. As I look out my window right now I am so thankful to be here instead of on the highway, waiting in an airport, or being in Romania very sick and not knowing what the problem is and trying to deal with the complications of trying to get back home to my doctors.

“Thank You, Father for taking care of me even when I do not deserve Your care, and help me to learn that it is YOUR WILL that matters above all others. Father, help all of us to trust YOU and accept Your direction through Your word for our life. I pray in Jesus name, Amen!”

God and I are working on plans for another trip there as soon as possible and I ask you to join me in praying for His will to be done and that I can see many of you soon. May God bless and keep you is our prayer. We love and miss you very much.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

#missions, #romania, #submission, #will-of-god

A man should be as vigorous as a panther…

A man should be as vigorous as a panther, as swift as an eagle, as fleet as a stag, and as strong as a lion to do the will of his Creator.

From Adam Clarke’s Commentary, quoting a saying among the rabbis

#matthew, #will-of-god