“God’s Will For Us” Part 2

Posted: January 14, 2017 in Christian Life, Giving, God's Will, Salvation

Some people foolishly think that they are the captain of their ship and the master of their own fate. They are interested in doing things their way. The Scriptures tell us that “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but it’s end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). None of us is as smart or as wise as our Designer God. He knows everything there is to know about us and He loved us in spite of our sins and short comings (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24). By the way, if you think that you are a product of evolution, consider the information found on the link below: “Accident or Design?” [1]

God’s Will. He has a “desirous will” that all mankind be saved from the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46). He doesn’t want us to go to that awful place. You have a choice. Sadly, even after hearing the Gospel clearly, most people won’t take God up on His offer and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Most people love darkness and their sins rather than the Light of the world (John 3:19; 8:12).

Believers. God also has a “desirous will” for all true Christians and a specific plan for those who are F.A.T.F.R.E.E. (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, Enthusiastic). Those who habitually are being led by God the Holy Spirit are the maturing sons/daughters of God (Romans 8:14). Would you like to be one of them? If so, here are some things for you to consider –

Discover. Once you’ve been taught correctly by a Bible believing Pastor/teacher about spiritual/grace gifts, it’s important for you, as a Christian, to develop and use your gift with love for God’s glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 13:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10). He can help you become what God wants you to be and do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:7, 17).

Types. Some of these spiritual/grace gifts were only temporary. God ceased giving out some of them when the Book of Revelation was completed around A.D. 95. “But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)? However, some spiritual/grace gifts are still being distributed to believers the moment they trust in Christ as their personal Savior. Theses  gifts can be found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:11. Do you know which ones were temporary and which ones are extant? If you are a Christian, do you know what your gift is? Are you using it properly? For more information about these gifts , go to [2] below.

Devoted. In the Scriptures that deal with the grace giving of Christians, as opposed to the way the Old Testament believers gave 23% of their income to the Lord [3], we’re told that we, like the early Christians, should first give ourselves to God and to fellow Christians (2 Corinthians 8:5; John 13:34, 35). Our priorities should be toward God and His children before we try to help non-Christians (Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:16, 17; 4:20, 21). Not everyone is a child of God and headed for heaven (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). But everyone is a person for whom Christ died and who can and needs to be saved from the lake of fire to heaven (John 3:16, 18; 6:37; 1 John 2:2). How concerned are you for lost people? What will you and should you do for them (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19 20)?

Employment. If you work for someone else, you are in a sense, a servant of another person. To receive a legitimate paycheck, you need to have customers who will buy your products and/or services. Not all the people in the world have the freedoms that we have to live and work where we do (1 Corinthians 7:20-24). You may have an employer who is harsh. “[Employees], be submissive to your [employers] with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh” (1 Peter 2:18). Yes, some people take advantage of those who work under them as was the case of Joseph who was seduced by his master’s wife. He did the wise thing and fled from her (Genesis 39; See 2 Timothy 2:22; Galatians 5:16, 25). He suffered for many years because of her lie (See 2 Timothy 3:12). Later God elevated Joseph to the second in command in Egypt (Genesis 41:43). I’ve often wondered how that wicked woman felt after that time. God has the ability to set up and remove those in authority over us (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:18; Proverbs 21:1; Daniel 4:17, 25). No matter what happens, pray for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7). Remember, if you are a Christian, your ultimate Boss is the Lord (Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22-24). God’s compensation plan is “out of this world” (Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 3:14; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Evaluation. Are you involved in doing God’s will for your life or are you pursuing your own plans? You should say “Deo Volente” – God willing I will… (James 4:15; See Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Need A Fix? Is your life, or the life of a friend broken? Does it need fixing? Consider this story. In the early days of the automobile, a man’s Model-T Ford stalled in the middle of the road. He couldn’t get it started no matter how hard he cranked nor how much he tried to advance the spark or adjust things under the hood. Just then a chauffeured limousine pulled up behind him, and a wiry, energetic man stepped out from the back seat and offered his assistance. After tinkering for a few moments the stranger said, “Now try it!” Immediately the engine leaped to life. The well-dressed individual then identified himself as Henry Ford. “I designed and built these cars,” he said, “so I know what to do when something goes wrong.”

Creator/Designer. God, as the Creator and Designer (Genesis 1:26; 2:7), knows how to “fix” our lives when they get broken by sin. Will you let Him have His way with you?

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[1] Accident or Design? http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/sciences/design.pdf

[2] Bible Basics – Spiritual Gifts http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

[3] Christian givinghttp://kelseypeach.com/giving.htm

Clear Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation – (In 24 languages) http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

 

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