In many verses of the Bible God states plainly
that a specific attitude or action is His will.
Shouldn’t we pay extra attention when He points that out!
Do you ever think: God, I want to do your will. But why don’t you plainly tell me what it is! Why don’t you write a God’s Will for Dummies?
Amazingly, many verses in the Bible start with “This is the will of God” or “This is the will of the Father.” Talk about a less than subtle hint! We would be the dummy if we don’t act on these plain statements of God’s will:
♥ “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:39). Jesus has no plans to lose you! He will do everything He can to see that you make it! “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
♥ “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (verse 40). The blessed hope—the first and doubly better resurrection at Christ’s return! What’s so better about it? We would be in on the ground floor of the Kingdom of God from the very beginning, and we would be part of the Bride.
♥ “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18. Thanks giving not just thanks feeling. The more thankful we are for a miracle, the more miracles will miraculously appear. The unthankful wouldn’t recognize the daily miracle of life.
Richie’s father felt his son was too unthankful and pessimistic, so he put him in a room full of wondrous toys. He thought his other boy, Sunny, was overly thankful and optimistic, so he gave him a pitchfork and told him to clean out a stall piled high with manure.
When he returned in an hour, Richie was having a tantrum and all the toys were broken. But Sunny was flinging manure and exclaiming excitedly, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”
♥ “This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust” (I Thessalonians 4:3-4). Is this possible in our lustful anything-goes world? God says yes, for those who want to be sanctified—set apart and holy! In fact, in regards to immorality God demands that there “not be even a hint!” (Ephesians 5:3, New International Version).
♥ “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God” (1 Peter 2:15). God says blessed will be His servants who when Christ returns will be found “so doing” (Matthew 24:46).
♥ “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work” (John 4:34). What are we doing to finish the Work of God?
♥ “I delight to do your will O my God. And your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). So when it comes to being done away, the Bible says it’s the credibility of anyone who makes such a foolish claim about God’s law!
So what’s your will for me, God? This is it! Abide with you, believe you, seek the resurrection, give thanks, abstain from sexual immorality, do good, finish your Work and put your law within my heart.
Our reward? “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
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