'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Matthew 7:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
'13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.' Amen. Amen. audio-bible.bible/bible.html
Welcome My Friends.
We have now come to the end of our new 'Fall into Winter' 2018 Series of posts during our Saturday and Sunday times together for the purpose of answering three  very specific and forthright questions, to wit:
Does God Have a Plan for My Life? [Post 1, 2, October 7, 13, 2018]
What is God's Plan for My Life? [Post 4 October 20, 2018-November 24, 2018.]
Must I Accept God's Plan for My Life, or, May I Refuse God's Plan and 'go my own way'? [Post 3, October 14, 2018]
Hopefully, you have kept these three areas in mind, as we went forth in all the posts.
Today, more than ever, the above three questions must be personally asked, and the answer must be ascertained. This is true, for as it is written in Romans 13:12-14, to wit:
'12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.' [KJV}
Now that we have taken care of 'first things first' on our Posts 1, 2, 3, October 7, 13, 14, 2018; for those who have come to 'the faith', more on the second and more 'specific will of God', for His Children. Let us finish today, with our exploring to understand -
SPECIFICS OF THE WILL OF GOD, THERE ARE TWO - DECREED AND COMMANDMENT.
Now, with what has already been said in our Posts A-E since October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2018; November 3, 4, 10, 11, 2018 - today, in Posts E-7-PM-A/B November 24, 2018, let us use Romans 12:1-2, as a foundation to determine: 'What is the 'Specific' Will of God and How Do We Know it?'
2. God’s 'Will of Command' Post E-3, 4, November 10, 11, 2018; God's 'Will of Command, Post E-5, 6, November 17, 18, 2018; Post E-7-AM-PM/A-B, November 24, 2018.
Continuing from our Posts November 3 and 4, 2018, wherein we studied God's 'Decreed' or 'Sovereign Will which will happen, and, cannot be changed, now continuing the other meaning for “the will of God” in the Bible is what we can call his “will of command.” His 'will' is 'what He commands us to do or to refrain from doing'. This is the 'will of God' that we can disobey or otherwise, fail to do.
Continuing today with our final posts in the series, therefore from November 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 2018:
'In Context' -Which 'Will of God' Is Referred to in Romans 12:2? audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Let's Establish and Learn - Three Stages of Knowing and Doing the Revealed Will of God
There are three stages of knowing and doing 'the revealed will of God', that is, his 'will of command'; and all of them require the renewed mind with its Holy-Spirit-given discernment that we talked about on Post E-4, November 11, 2018. Continuing from November 17, 18, 2018, and finishing this day.
Finally, the third stage of God’s 'will of command' is the vast majority of living where there is no conscious reflection before we act. I venture to say that a good 95 percent of our behavior we do not premeditate. That is, most of our thoughts, attitudes, and actions are spontaneous. They are just spillover from what’s inside. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:34–36). [Do you understand why we must 'store up His Word in our hearts, now?]
Why do I call this a part of God’s 'will of command'? For one reason. Because God commands things like: Don’t be angry. Don’t be prideful. Don’t covet. Don’t be anxious. Don’t be jealous. Don’t envy. And none of those actions are premeditated. Anger, pride, covetousness, anxiety, jealousy, envy — they all just rise up out of the heart with no conscious reflection or intention. And we are guilty because of them. They break the commandment of God. [Yes, there are 'positive commands', as well, like love your neighbor as yourself; 'be kind, one to another', 'God loves a cheerful giver', etc. We choose what we hide in our hearts through the eye-gate; ear-gate, etc.]
Is it not plain therefore that there is one great task of the Christian life: 'Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.' It is a constant 'battle'. [Romans 7-8] And yet, we will conquer by the power of the Holy Spirit! Hallelujah Chorus!! [Ephesians 6]
We need new hearts and new minds. 'Make the tree good and the fruit will be good (Matthew 12:33). That’s the great challenge. That is what God calls you to. That is what God does, in the regeneration. [2 Corinthians 5:17]
You, nor I can do this on our own. [Philippians 2:13] Each of us need Christ, who died for our sins. And each of us need the Holy Spirit to lead you into Christ-exalting truth and to work in us - truth-embracing humility.
Give yourself to this. Immerse yourself in the written word of God; saturate your mind with it. And pray that the Spirit of Christ would make you so new that the spillover would be good, acceptable, and perfect — the 'will of God'.
In other words, 'we submit and surrender' to 'walking by faith', not by sight'. [Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 5:30; 6:48;Romans 1:17; 10:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7-14; Hebrews 11:1-40].
Because of the 'length' of this, our final post, another post shall post this evening. Please stay tuned. Thank you. Amen. Amen.
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