Understand What The Will Of The Lord Is

Ephesians 5:17-Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
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Wherefore is a conjunction linking what he is about to say to what he has just said. This carries us back to yesterday’s post. We are to live attentively, in wisdom and redeeming the time, understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Understanding what the will of the Lord is-The wisdom in yesterdays post refers to understanding what the will of the Lord is. God expects us to understand what His will is for us individually and collectively.
1. Individually-God has a will for each and every one of us. It is related to what God wants to do through us when, where, and how He wants to do it. It is related to the spiritual gifts that God has given to us individually.
2. Collectively-God’s will for each and every one of us, will be related to our position in Christ. It will be related to our position in the body of Christ, the church. “Now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (1 Corinthians 12:18). “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11). The Spiritual gifts God has given each of us reveals how God wants to use us within the body of Christ. Each Christian’s gifts are to work collectively with the gifts of other Christians to carry out God’s will in this world.

Understanding what His will is-There are three basic ways that we come to know the will of the Lord.
1. The word of God-We must redeem the time and take advantage of the opportunities we have to study the word of God.
2. The Holy Spirit-The Holy Spirit is our helper sent to indwell us and to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). He is our teacher to teach us all things and to bring to our remembrance what Jesus has said to us (John 14:26).
We are to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). And led by the Spirit; “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
3. Prayer-God says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). If we ask God with a heart that is intent on doing His Will, He will reveal it to us. If we ask, it shall be given unto us; If we seek, we shall find; and If we knock, it shall be opened unto us (Matthew 7:7).

Letters From God–Book of 1 John 2:1-2

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My child, the things I write to you, I write to keep you from sin and help you to live a godly life.  If you should sin you have an advocate with Me, Jesus Christ the righteous one, who can make or render all those in Him as righteous.  He is at My right hand and ever lives to make intercession for you to Me.  He will stand by you and plead your case based on His finished work.  Because of His death on the cross, He is the propitiation for the sins of all who believe on Him. 1 John 2:1-2

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Live Attentively, In Wisdom, Redeeming The Time

Ephesians 5:15-16-See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
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Walk circumspectly-We are to live our life carefully and cautiously, being attentive to everything.
1. As wise- This applies not just to knowing but to using and applying this knowledge so that we get the most out of it. In other words we are to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving our own selves” (James 1:22). Wisdom is understanding when, where and how to use or apply the knowledge God has given us. Wisdom is understanding the times-”To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
2. Redeeming the time-We are to purchase the opportunities that are available to us. It means to take advantage of the time we have. Doors of opportunity often remain open for a short period of time. In fact our lives exist for only a short period of time. “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). The older I get, the more I realize how short my life is. The brevity of our lives provides only so much opportunity.

Because the days are evil-This is the reason we need to live our lives attentively, in wisdom, and taking advantage of the time and the opportunities we have on this earth. “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). Evil and wickedness will get worse and worse until Jesus comes. He said, “As it was in the days of Noah” and “As it was in the days of Lot”, “So shall it be at the coming of the son of man”. In the days of these two men evil and wickedness got worse and worse until God had enough. God then removed Noah and Lot and sent great judgment. One day Jesus is coming back to receive His bride, the church, and to take us to heaven in what is referred to as the rapture. Then judgment will come to the earth again.

Stand Fast In Your Freedom

Galatians 5:1-Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
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Stand fast-Remain firmly fixed. Don’t allow anything or anyone to move you.

In the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free:
1. Jesus said, “If you continue to hear, believe, and to follow my teaching and instruction you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
2. Jesus said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Freedom from:
1. Sin-”Being then made free from sin” (Romans 6:18).
2. The law of sin and death-”The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
3. The power of darkness-”Delivered us from the power of darkness” (Colossians 1:13).
4. The law-”Ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
5. The flesh-”Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).

Freedom abides where the Spirit of the Lord is-”Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage-We are to remain firmly fixed in our freedom and not be entangled again with the things we have been set free from. We are not to place ourselves in the yoke of bondage. If we do we will labor and be heaven ladened and burdened.

Facing This World

2 Corinthians 4:8-9–We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

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We can be victorious in life–We can be troubled on every side and yet not be distressed.  We can be perplexed and yet not be in despair.  We can be persecuted and yet not forsaken.  We can be cast down and yet not be destroyed.

The reason for this victory–The source of our victory is the treasure we have in these earthen vessels (our bodies). The treasure as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 4:7 is the Spirit of God.  “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).  He does not forsake us to the things that we face in this world.  We don’t fight for the victory, we fight from the victory.  The victory we have in Christ Jesus.

So let us walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh–If we walk in the flesh, we walk in our own abilities and strength, and we shall experience defeat.  If we walk in the Spirit we walk in the abilities and strength of God and we shall be victorious.

Joy In The Presence Of The Angels Of God

Luke 15:10–I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

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There is joy in the presence of the angels of God–When one sinner repents, comes to God and receives salvation in Christ Jesus there is joy in heaven, in the presence of the angels of God.

We learn two things from this Holy Scripture.

1. We are being observed by those in heaven–All the beings in heaven are watchful over the things that happen here on this earth and are aware of what God and His grace is doing in the lives of people here.

2. What happens here has an affect on those in heaven–What happens here on the earth can cause rejoicing in heaven. It also causes worship and praise of God and the Lamb. God and His grace are praised because of the impact they have on the lives of each and every one. What happens in your life and in my life can bring joy in heaven.

Priorities

Matthew 6:33–Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Seek–To search in order to obtain and enjoy that which we seek.

Seek first–This speaks of priority.  Our first priority should be to obtain and enjoy the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  This should be the most important thing in our life.  “Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).  This whole hearted seeking and searching is what God is talking about here in Matthew 6:33.  If we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness in this way we will find it.  God will be only as real to us as our hearts desire.

And all these things shall be added unto you–”All these things” is explained in the previous verses.  They speak of food and clothing and shelter.  These are the basic needs of our life.  The previous verses explain that God watches over us and that we are very valuable unto Him.  When we have our priorities right as mentioned above, God will provide for us.  “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

“What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul”?  (Matthew 16:26). Let us keep our priorities in correct order.

Things That Choke The Word Of God

Mark 4:19–The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

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God’s word is to be planted in our hearts and is to produce fruit in our lives as we give ourselves to it, obey it, and let it direct our thoughts and decisions.  There are three things mentioned here that choke the word of God and makes it to become unfruitful in our lives.

The cares of this world–Anything that causes worry, anxiety, and fear in our lives can choke the word of God and keep it from producing the desired results in our lives.  These things dominate our attention and time and become the focus of our lives instead of the word of God.  We are to walk by faith but worry, anxiety and fear produce unbelief.

The deceitfulness of riches–Riches are deceiving.  They promise satisfaction which they can not and do not bring. Some of the richest people in the world are the most miserable.  “They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9).  Following after riches can cause a person to act in a wrong way toward others.  It can cause a person to do things and say things that hurt other people and certainly are not pleasing to God.  Riches can become the focus of our lives and attention and will in so doing choke the word of God and keep it from accomplishing what God wants it to do in our lives.

The lusts of other things– Lust is an intense and overpowering desire.  The intense and overpowering desire for the things of this world will also choke the word of God making it unfruitful in our lives.  These things might include clothes, food, drugs, alcohol, homes, and jewelry, just to mention a few.  “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abides for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

Let God’s word be the focus of our lives and let us give ourselves to it, obey it, and let it direct our thoughts and decisions.

Letters From God–Book of 1 John 1:5-10

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My child I am light and in Me there is no darkness at all.  Jesus came into the world as the light of the world and he said, “he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”.   To follow him is to hear him, believe him and obey him.  Those that “believe in the light become the children of light and have the light of life”.  I am light and they become My children of light by being born of My Spirit.  They therefore become the light of the world.  You are to live your life in fellowship with Me and are not to walk in darkness.  If you say you have fellowship with Me and walk in darkness, you lie, and obey not the truth. You may draw near Me with your lips but your heart is far from Me.  If you live in fellowship with Me you will have fellowship with each other and the blood of Jesus Christ My Son cleanses you from all sin.  If you say you have no sin, you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you.  If you will confess your sins, I am faithful and just to forgive you your sins, and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  If you say that you have not sinned you declare Me to be a liar and My word is not in you.  1 John 1:5-10

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A Clear Conscience And Prayer

1 John 3:21-22–Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

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If our heart condemns us not then we have confidence toward God–We need a clean and clear conscience toward God if we are to have faith and trust toward Him.  If our heart condemns us then we must put in action 1 John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  Only through God’s forgiveness and cleansing are we worthy to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  The words, “in His sight”, reminds us that God is ever watchful over His children.  He desires obedience and when we are disobedient the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment thus causing our heart to condemn us in order that we might repent and make our confession to God.  It is the prayer of faith that gets results.  “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

If we are to have our prayers answered our heart must be right with God.  When our heart condemns us it is telling us that our heart is not right with God.  God bless you.

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