The Will of God – It’s About Our Relationship with Him

 

For I [Jesus] have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:38-40

Have you ever wondered what the will of God was for your life? Jesus knew the will of God for His life, and He lived it out.

Jesus roamed the country preaching the Good News – news that God loves His people and has made a way for them to enter into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus.

Jesus raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, touched the leper with healing, fed the multitudes, walked on water, turned water to wine, cast out demons, calmed the seas, and much more – all in the name of His Father.

Jesus shed His glory that He had with God in heaven to become a helpless baby, walk this earth, serve, and pay the price of our sin, our rebellion.

The price for that sin is death. Jesus came to die on the cross to pay the price of your sin and my sin.

Jesus came to defeat the curse of sin: death. He died, but three days later, the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead! He’s now at the right hand of God, speaking on your behalf if you are His follower.

Jesus did the will of the Father while He was on earth, and we’re to do the will of God while we’re on earth.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. Galatians 1:3-4

But what is the will of God for our lives?

How do we do the will of God?

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5 Tips to Falling in Love with God’s Word

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Flitting from one flower to another, sucking pollen or nectar until her sac is full, then off to the beehive where thousands of honey bees feverishly work. It takes 300 bees 3 weeks to make 450 grams or almost a pound of honey. (Australian Honey Bee Industry Council)

All that hard work for a pound of sweetness. Honey was used in Bible times instead of sugar, and the Promised Land was a land flowing with milk and honey. It was an honored gift, Genesis 43:11. Honey also coats a sore throat and revives energy.

How sweet is the Bible to you? Is it sweeter to you than honey?

The Word of God will always be sweet to the Christian because it so completely quickens him to every good thing when it comes in contact with him. Spurgeon Continue reading 5 Tips to Falling in Love with God’s Word

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart … A Review

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I grew up in Oklahoma. We went to church every Sunday, and I went to the youth group on Sunday evenings. We read Christian books, and sometimes, we heard sermons based upon the Bible.

I loved the Bible early on and studied it like I studied my school lessons. When I was 19, my Methodist minister visited me in the hospital and introduced me to my life verse, Isaiah 40:31.

Yet, those who wait for the Lord;
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles;
They will run and not get tired;
They will walk and not grow weary.

Although I did not intentionally memorize that verse, I read it so many times that it is alive in my heart. The verse’s promise became my treasure.

When we moved to California, Keith and I became Awana leaders. There was a great emphasis upon Scripture memorization. We did not have the advantage of Liz Curtis Higgs‘ insight to help the youth with their memorization efforts, and many times, the memorization was tedious work for them.

Higgs approaches Scripture memorization in a unique way. She illustrates the Scripture with an anecdote and then takes the reader on a journey through the words, their meanings, and their everyday applications. It felt much like praying the Scriptures. In fact, each devotion ends with her personal prayer and a memorization tip.

At the end of the book, she lists the tips again and provides a study guide for a more indepth look at the Scriptures.

There’s a rhythm about Higgs that delights me. On Proverbs 4:23, she writes, “Each time we love and trust instead of fret and fuss, God changes our stop-and-go into flow.” (page 35)

I am returning to Scripture memorization. But this time, I’ll think of it as writing treasured Scripture upon my heart.

Or shall I call it heart engraving?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

 

My prayer

Father, You have given Your children a treasure of promises, guidance, and truths in Your Word. Thank You. Thank You, for Liz Curtis Higgs and the insight You have given her in handling Your Word and writing it on her heart. Bless her as You guide her in her next project. Holy Spirit, guide us as we engrave Scripture truths upon our hearts. May Your great Word flow in us, through us, and onto others. We love Your Word. Your Word reveals Your holiness and great love for us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Are you writing God’s Word on your heart?
Please share techniques that you use in the Comment Section.

 

The Lesson of Auschwitz

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The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

 Auschwitz is the story of evil, the story of endurance and strength, and the story of good in the midst of unthinkable evil.

Bart, our guide at Auschwitz, shared his family’s stories of survival and those of other survivors. I asked him how he “did this every day,” and he said that he could not “do it” every day. He had to take a day off after telling of the horrors of Auschwitz.   Continue reading The Lesson of Auschwitz