The journey of any decision making may be a difficult and long one. By trusting in God’s plans for our lives, we experience peace in the storms of life. Any decision that draws us closer in our relationship with God assures us a success (ref,Jeremiah 29*11-13). When we surrender our will (pride and selfish motives) to God’s will, He gives us the desires of our heart (ref,Psalm 27*3-5).
When we exclude God from our decision making, we intentionally ignore God’s instructions. “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. But those who choose their own ways, delighting in their sins, are cursed . . . I will send great troubles against them—all the things they feared . . . When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned—before my very eyes—and chose to do what they know I despise”(ref,Isaiah 66*2-4). Our pride and selfishness suggests, “I’ll take this course of action. If God doesn’t stop me, it must be okay.” Instead, God’s direction and wisdom must be sought before we make any decision.
• Your Mind – Results in impetuous choices (ref,1 Corinthians 3*18-19).
• Peer Pressure – Produces confusion and failure (ref,Jeremiah 7*24).
• God’s Mind – Gives supernatural wisdom to you. (ref,Proverbs 2*3-8).
A Humbling Experience
One of the most difficult factors in decision making is humbling oneself, admitting that you don’t know it all or that you’ve failed.
We all make costly mistakes, decisions that we wish we never made. Moses ignored God’s instructions (ref,Numbers 20*8-12), Samson surrendered his strength (ref,Judges 16*17-21), and Peter repeatedly denied knowing Jesus Christ (ref,John 18*25-27). Each of these mighty men humbled themselves by asking for God’s forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (ref1 John 1*9).
Give thanks in all circumstances,for this is the will of GOD in Christ Jesus for you..for every battle has been won by the blood of Jesus on the cross. He died for you. Now what is left of you is to give thanks to the Lord. In all circumstances..
So do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your request be known to your God. For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of light.
Here Paul also points out that there is more to the equation of justification than just faith in (ref, Rom 2*13).” For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of law shall be justified” and (ref, James 2*20-24) ” Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness”
These two screptures shows that living faith cannot be separated from obedience or from works. Faith and works go together, where there is living faith, there will always br works, and if good works are produced. There is a living faith, what we deeply and truely believe something, our works or what we do in life, will alway point to what you believe. “For as man thinks in his heart, so is he”(ref, Prov 23*7). A man lives and acts according to what his core is.
James says that a person’s faith is perfected or completed by the kind of works that the faith produces. He shows that it is the kind of faith that Abraham had that made the real difference and brought about justification. Justification is entirely an act on God’s part, but the kind of faith that brings about justification is the same kind that also brings about good works. It is not our works that saves us, but only those who are”working” in the right way will be saved because their works will be indicative of what they truly believe in. Living faith, which James talks about, cannot be separated from works.
In God mind, living faith or true faith is virtually synonymous with obedience and works, obedience and Faith are interchangeable even though they are not specifically the same thing. This is just like the bible’s usage of mind, heart, and spirit, they are not specifically the samething, they are so interconnected that they really cannot be separated,
(Ref, Gal 3*6)” just as Abraham believed God, And it was accounted to him for righteousness”, and this verse ref, Gen 15*6) there is parallel quotation in Rom 4*1-3). What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about , but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
This verse is essence say that Abraham was justified because he believed. Hes was legally righteous before God because of his faith.
(ref, Gal 2*21-25), Paul explain further in this verses, And being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perfom. And therefore” it was accounted to Him for rghteousness. Now it was it was writteb for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead, who was delievered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our. JUSTIFICATION.
”Are you so foolish? Having began in the Spirit, are you now being made prfectby the flesh?. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves,but our sufficiency is from God.(ref, Gal 3*3) and 2Cor 3*5).
our beginning with God was brought about by the work of His Spirit.”Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (ref, Tit 3*5). We humbly admitted our sins, casting ourselves upon the mercy of God, The Holy Spirit brought us new life, This same sentence: ” that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life”(ref, 3*7). thus, starting out with God is related to His Spirit applying His grace to our need.
2Cor 3*5 is another passage that carries this same message about obedience.”Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” We are hereby reminded that Christians are not the source of any godliness that is to develop in their lives, This would include obedience. We do not have within our own resources what it takes to produce an obedience life. yet we do have available to us daily all that we need to grow in pleasing God and doing His will. God is to be our source always for all things spiritual. How do we draw upon His comprehensive sufficiency? humbly depend upon Him. God pours grace into the humble heart(ref,Jam 4*6) and faith accesses grace.(ref, Rom 5*2). Now, having experienced spiritual birth by the spirit (by grace),would we be so foolish as to think that we could be spiritually developed by the flesh ( meaning by mere human activity)? The only way that spiritual growth can follow spiritual birth is by the work of the Holy Spirit ( That is by the grace of God continuing to impact our lives). These same terms are the only explanation for the development of obedience in the life of a child of God.It must come from the Spirit applying grace to our hearts,” It is good that the heart be established by grace. ( ref, Heb 13*9).
My fellow brother and sister in Christ now is time to allow God to do His will and purpose of our lives, not to start now to want to do what we want, but to seek after His will.
PEACE OF GOD BE WITH YOU AND HIS MERCY BE UPON YOU BE BLESSED.
Let’s make one more visit to the se big and tremendous words in(ref, Hebrew 13*20-21)”Now may the god of peace, make you complete in every good work to do HIS will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,( to whom be glory forever and ever”) , when God work in us unto obedience, what is well pleasing in His sight. He is the one who appropriately receives the glory, through out eternity god is be glorified and magnified by all. I heard the voice of many angels around the throne , the living creatures, and the elders and number of them was thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, strength and honour and glory and blessing, And every creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea,and all that are in them, I heard saying” Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and the Lamb, forever and ever. (ref, Rev 5*11-13).
Every work we do,” Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”(ref, Cor 10*13), He also call us to genuine love, earnest prayer, and habitual hospitality, he instructs us to be truthful, hard-working, kind and forgiving, ” each one speak truth with his neighbour, forgiving one another,” (ref, Eph 4*25, Rom 12*11-13). and Eph 4*23-32).
The commandment of God are well pleasing in His sight. When we seek the Lord to do such work in and through us, he is certainly the one should get all the glory and honour.
Now , may the God of peace… make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.(ref, Heb 13*20-21).
In previous post , we have learned that God peace makes obedience available to us through the blood of Christ and then equips us to do HIS will, now we will see that this involves God working in us what pleases Him. without obedience we fail to please God, because obedience is about pleasing God, acting in a way He is expecting us before His sight. This is why Christ died for us. ” he died for all of us, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again”(ref, 2Cor 5*15). living to please self is the ultimate disobedience to God. As God’s children, we want to live for His approval. ”Walk as children of light. proving what is acceptable to the Lord” (ref, Eph 5*8-10). We cannot properly live obedient, pleasing lives for God, unless we look to the Lord to be working within us. If we are to be faithful representatives of Christ on earth, we need Him working through us. ” therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though god were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf be reconciled to God” ( ref, 2Cor 5*20).
Ultimately, pleasing God by doing His will is an internal matter of the heart. ”that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints” (1Th 3*13).
Not surprisingly, all of this working of God within us is done” through Jesus Christ” It is all based upon who Jesus is, all that He has done for us, and all that he alone can accomplish as He Lives in us.