Tag: will of God

The will of the Lord be done

Scripture reading for May 4th: Acts 21

Key Scriptures: Acts 21:10-14 “While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.””

Paul was set on going to Jerusalem and on the way, stopped by Philip the evangelist’s home and stayed there many days. A known prophet from Judea came by and in a prophetic act and word, told Paul what was coming as he would reach Jerusalem. The disciples and Philip tried to talk Paul into avoiding Jerusalem. Paul, although moved by their concern, knew the will of the Lord. He was ready to face whatever lie ahead for the Name of Jesus, even death as a martyr. Those there recognized that God’s will must be done, no matter how they felt emotionally about Paul or how much Paul loved them.

Mark 14:36 “And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.””

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for being with us and strengthening us for coming times of trial. Thank You for prophetic words and warnings. May I always follow Your will, no matter what my personal feelings or even urgings of my own family and friends.

Matthew 16:21-22 “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord! This shall never happen to You.””

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Having eternal impact!

Scripture reading for November 20th:  1st John 2, Psalm 91-92, Proverbs 16

Key Scriptures:  1st John 2:15-17  “Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”  

John cautioned followers of Christ to hold the things of this world with an open hand.  The human desires for power, material things, and status did not come from God the Father, but from our flesh and the world we live in.  This world and its desires are passing away.  It is very temporary.  As Christ’s disciples, we must seek and obey the will of God.  That is eternal and life indeed!

Faith Confession:  Lord, forgive me for holding on to the things of this world and often following its desires.  Help me today to embrace Your will and obey Your word with joy and eternal hope!  You promise the best is yet to come!  Amen!

Proverbs 16:20  “Whoever gives thought to the Word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.”  

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Relationship with Jesus!

Scripture reading for January 16th:  Genesis 39-42, Matthew 12

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 12:46-50  “While He was still speaking to the people, behold, His mother and His brothers stood outside, asking to speak with Him.  But He replied to the man who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”  And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!  For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”  

Jesus used a visit by His own family to illustrate a point to His disciples.  They were in Christ’s family because they had responded to His call and followed Jesus and learned from Him His will and ways.  Joseph in Genesis followed God to do His will and his brothers came before him!

Genesis 42:6-7  “Now Joseph was governor over the land.  He was the one who sold to all the people of the land.  And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground.  Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I want to know You and walk with you in intimate relationship.  I want Your will to come first in my life!  Thank You for the new birth and adoption into Your family!  Amen!

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The necessity of preaching!

Scripture reading for March 9th:  Luke 4

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 4:42-43  “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.  But He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.“”

Jesus based all His ministry on prayer.  He often withdrew from the crowd and His own disciples to seek the Father’s will and direction.  People were motivated by His ministry to seek Jesus out.  They tried to keep Him with them and begged Him to stay with them longer.

But Jesus had a good grasp on the mission given Him by the Father.   He must seek out and save lost people and give all a chance to see and hear about the kingdom of God and the good news of repentance and forgiveness of sins. (Luke 19:10)   He did not let crowd pressure determine His agenda, but followed the Father’s plan to reach out to all men.  He set an example for all His followers and for us today!  God chose the foolishness of preaching to save those who would believe!  (1st Corinthians 1:21)

Observations for over-comers:  We must be careful of crowd pressure and the desire to please men.  Prayer and obedience to God’s call to preach the good news must always take precedence!  “”. . .but let the one who has My word speak it faithfully.  For what has straw to do with grain?”  declares the Lord.  “Is not My word like a fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”  (Jeremiah 23:28-29)

 

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