“And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please him.”
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
“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.'”
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 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
“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?'”
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
“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’s prophet said it plainly so long ago – the Lord hates divorce (Malachi 2:16).
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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