THE WILL OF GOD! 12-4-2011

posted Dec 5, 2011, 9:33 AM by Dale Barnes
Here are the words of the Christ through the prophet (hundreds of years before his coming to earth): “...a body you prepared for me...Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll--I have come to do you will, O God.” (Heb.10:5,7 NIV)
The words of Jesus while on earth: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” (Jn.6:38 NIV)

Thinking of God’s will, our minds easily go to “a set of rules” to keep, going to religious meetings regularly, don’t do anything real bad.  Actually, it doesn’t begin this way. The Apostle helps us: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus...being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself...” (Phil.2:5,8 NIV)  Jesus found himself as a man; he had been given a body, and now he humbled himself. Here was not an emphasis on outward action, but an inward heart action (attitude).  He humbled himself before God; “I have come not to do my will, but to do God’s will.”  He opened his heart to hear God’s heart and direction.

What a wonderful promise in Ps.32:8; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”  What should be our reaction to this promise?  Humble ourselves! What can be done practically?  Set aside a special time to be with God often, preferably every day.  Thank him that he has challenged you to humble yourself to fellowship and walk in his will. Sing a chorus or hymn in worship. Read the Bible regularly; especially the New Testament. Listen to the messages shared by your pastor.  God will begin fulfilling his promise to guide.  When there is a major decision involved, counsel with your pastor or trusted Christian leader.  God confirms clearly major steps of action in our lives.  The “good shepherd”, Jesus, will begin, in wonderful ways, to direct your steps. We can walk in his will.