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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Simply Praying – Praying Psalm 23

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The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.  

He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.  

He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.  

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.  

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord …
You are THE Lord. There is no one like You. And You are MY Lord. Thank You for being my Lord.

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God promises. We walk. God delivers

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… Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. Joshua 1:2-3

Moses was dead. About one million Israelites were at the Jordan River looking at the land God had promised them.

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12 ways God introduces Himself

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Who is like You, O LORD among the gods?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Exodus 15:11

There is no one like our Father in heaven. God’s name represents all that He is and all that His children need, for He is our loving and gracious Father.

When I introduce myself, I say, “Hi, I’m Karen.” I may continue with, “I’m Kristin’s mother,” or “I am Keith’s wife,” or “I am an adjunct professor.” I usually don’t think of introducing myself in relationship to the other person I’m meeting.

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6 Prayer Requests for America

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Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name in America. Father, I pray that America would return to You and make You Lord and Shepherd. I pray that we would revere Your name and honor who You are.

Your Kingdom come.

Father, we ask that Your kingdom would reign in our hearts and in the heart of America as she reels in the midst of this great evil. Give Your people a boldness to proclaim You as King and Lord in their lives and in their actions. Cause America to turn to You.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Your will is perfect, holy, and true. Cause America to learn Your will and to desire Your will in this nation.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Father, You know what America needs this day. We need comfort. Give us comfort. Give us a resolve to follow You. We lift up those who have suffered injury, those who have lost a loved one, and the first responders and other heroes who pushed through the horror to save lives and help. Father, America needs comfort today. America needs the Bread of Life today, Jesus! Holy Spirit, quicken America and make her receptive to the true Bread of Life.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Father, America has sinned. We have forsaken Your Word. We have walked away from You. Forgive us. Thank You that Jesus has paid the price of our debt. He took our debts upon Himself on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. We choose to forgive those who have wronged us. Help us, Lord. Have mercy, Father.

Lead us not into temptation (testing), but deliver us from evil.

Father, we mourn this tragedy as well as the hurricane tragedies in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. Deliver America from additional evil. Carry us through these trials and use them to bring us back to You.

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Our Father, You reign in Your people’s lives with power. We honor You and give You glory. Cause America to bow her knee to You, and reign in this great land with power, and we will glorify You.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

 

 

 

 

9 ways to focus our prayers

“Our Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:9

This young woman is earnestly praying, seeking an answer or a blessing. She is focused as tourists walk around her. She is humble, bowed, seated, and barefoot. Yet, her prayers are going nowhere. She is praying before a Buddha.

Those who follow Jesus can pray to the Living God who hears and works all things for good for those who love Him and are called by His name.

He is our Father in heaven. “Heaven” is mentioned 582 times in the King James Version of the Bible.

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