Tag: the will of God

His Permissive Will?

 

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“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1,2 NKJV

I have often read the above passage like this: “…that you may prove what is the good will of God, the acceptable will of God, and the perfect will of God.”

Kind of like there are three or more degrees of God’s will.

But that can’t be, can it? I mean, I am either doing the will of God, or I’m not.

“But God allows things to happen. Therefore it must be His will. Right?”

Wrong.

For instance, Israel wanted a king. They told Samuel the prophet, “Give us a king, just like the other nations.”

Samuel told them God wanted to be their King. But they insisted; demanding Samuel find a king for the nation of Israel.

Finally God told Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:7

God allowed them to have a king. But His will was not done.

Remember when Jesus was asked the question about divorce? He answered, “What God has joined together, let no one separate.” So the people gasped and said, “Then why did Moses tell us to write a certificate of divorce…” (Matthew 19).

Jesus responded, “Because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses was permitted (allowed) to do so.”

Did you catch that?

Sometimes things are ALLOWED because God knows we’re going to keep asking, and asking, until we finally get our way. 

But just because He “allows” it, doesn’t make it His will. No way.

God’s glory is revealed ONLY when His will is accomplished. Period.

The will of God is good, acceptable, and perfect. I don’t mean what He allows, but what He decrees.

The will of God comes from above, the same place every good and perfect gift is from (James 1:17).

We are NOT to pursue His PERMISSIVE will. We are NOT told to live by everything God ALLOWS.

Jesus told us to live “…by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” In other words, we are to live according to THE will of God. Period.

Why don’t we? Why do we settle for less than God’s will?

Maybe it’s because we don’t want to go to the trouble of finding out what He really wants. Possibly, we’ve believed the lie that God’s will is old fashioned, not fun, and leads only to a life of misery and loneliness.

God’s will is good, because He is good; ONLY good. His will is acceptable, if we understand Who it is that calls to us, “Come to Me…” His will is perfect, because nothing else can satisfy or be so intricately designed for our lives.

Only God knows us through and through.

Only God knows the end from the beginning.

Only God’s will can bring about the changes this world needs to experience.

So, let’s not be content with what we can “con” God into letting us do. Forget it; it’s not worth it.

Instead, let’s pursue THE will of God for our lives. Let’s arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ, living our lives for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1,2

By the will of God

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Something just struck me as amazing. A revelation, if you will.

It may be something you already know, but perhaps not.

Sometimes we read, quote, even acknowledge a certain truth and then one day we see it in a new light; with a freshness to it.

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…” (2 Corinthians 1:1 ESV)

I started reading Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, while sort of praying and thinking, “Lord, I know I’m called to preach, and You’ve given my wife and I a message to share, so now what?”

My eyes and heart locked in on five words: by the will of God. 

My answer came so quickly, in a way I didn’t expect.

Paul was an Apostle by the will of God. So were Peter, James, John and the rest. Barnabas included.

Philip was an evangelist; Agabus, a prophet.

By the will of God. 

I am an elder by the will of God. Some call me pastor, and that’s okay; but I am an elder.

An elder to the Body of Christ.

Because God wants it that way.

Peter, although an apostle, referred to himself as an elder. And it seemed as though, as an elder, he shared pretty much the same message in his writings.

Remember. 

That was his message.

Remember. 

Remember how you were born again. Remember how Jesus walked, in submission to God. Remember the way Jesus thought, and talked. Remember He’s given us all we need to be holy, and live in a holy manner. Remember what we need to do in order to hasten His appearance.

Remember.

As an elder, by the will of God, my wife and I have been given a particular theme to declare. It’s this:
There isn’t an individual, a marriage, or a church that is above being picked off by the adversary. And yet, by the grace and power of God, there is a way for every individual, marriage, and church to finish well, completing their assignments, and bringing honor and glory to the Lord.

Because we know it’s His will, we accept our calling.

Because it’s His will, and His message, I will rest in His Presence, knowing that in all our ways, He will direct our paths.

Because it’s His will.

As I read those five words, “by the will of God”, faith, all of the substance and evidence I could ever need, flooded my soul.

I am what I am by the will of God. I am where I’m at, by the will of God. And He is able; more than able. He is right now working all things out for my good, and His will.

Maybe you are struggling in a similar manner; knowing the call, the message, the urgency, yet with each passing week you see things that may cause you to doubt God’s will.

Please, don’t be discouraged. If you will be faithful to the One Who has called you, the Faithful One will open the door of opportunity for you and your message.

It’s not by might, nor power, but by the Spirit of God; and…

…by the will of God.

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