TRUTH PRODUCES GENUINE GODLINESS

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving – Colossians 3:23-24. (NIV)

 

Introduction

Some people say that it does not really matter what you believe, as long as you do the right thing.  However, Paul’s letter to Titus contradicts that sort of thinking.  He knew that people become what they think, and that everything they do is shaped by what they believe.

 

That is why he urged Titus, his valued associate who was pastoring a church on the island of Crete, to, “speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine” – Titus 2:1.  He knew that correct living is a product of correct belief.  Error can never lead to Godliness.  Only truth produces genuine Christlikeness.

 

In our world today, many streams of thought lay claim to being “true.”  Yet they produce nothing that even approaches the character, integrity, and humility of Christ.  That is why believers need to carefully pay attention to the teaching they receive.  Does it square with Scripture?  Does it honor Christ?  Does it acknowledge what Paul calls “the truth which accords with godliness”Titus1:1.

 

We have published this article a couple of years ago but we consider it very relevant today.  Please enjoy!

 

Titus’s Work in Crete

An elder must live a blameless life.  He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who are not wild or rebellious.  An elder must live a blameless life because he is God’s minister.  He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or greedy for money.  He must enjoy having guests in his home and must love all that is good.  He must live wisely and be fair.  He must live a devout and disciplined life.  He must have a strong and steadfast belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with right teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

 

For there are many who rebel against right teachings; they engage in useless talk and deceive people.  This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation.  They must be silenced.  By their wrong teaching, they have already turned whole families away from the truth.  Such teachers only want your money.  One of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars; they are cruel animals and lazy gluttons.”  This is true.  So, rebuke them as sternly as necessary to make them strong in the faith.  They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned their backs on the truth.

 

Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure.  But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are defiled.  Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live.  They are despicable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good – Titus 1:6-16.

 

 

 

Promote Right Teachings

But as for you, promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching.  Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely.  They must have strong faith and be filled with love and patience.

 

Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord.  They must not go around speaking evil of others and must not be heavy drinkers.  Instead, they should teach others what is good.  These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands.  Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

 

In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely in all they do.  And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good deeds of every kind.  Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teachings.  Let your teachings be so correct that it can’t be criticized.  Then those who want to argue will be ashamed because they won’t have anything bad to say about us.

 

Slaves must obey their masters and do their best to please them.  They must not talk back or steal, but they must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good.  Then they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive in every way.

 

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.  And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures.  We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.  He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.  You must teach these things and encourage your people to do them, correcting them when necessary.  You have the authority to do this, so don’t let anyone ignore you or disregard what you say – Titus 2:1-15

 

Do What Is Good

Remind your people to submit to the government and its officers.  They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.  They must not speak evil of anyone, and they must avoid quarreling.  Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

 

Once, we too, were foolish and disobedient.  We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures.  Our lives were full of evil and envy.  We hated others, and they hated us.

 

But then God our Saviour showed us His kindness and love.  He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of His mercy.  He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.  He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of His great kindness.  And now we know we will inherit eternal life.  These things I have told you are all true.  I want you to insist on them so that everyone who trusts in God will be careful to do good deeds all the time.  These things are good and beneficial for everyone. – Titus 3:1-8

 

Paul’s Final Remarks and Greetings

Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fight about obedience to Jewish laws.  These kinds of things are useless and a waste of time.  If anyone is causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning.  After that, have nothing more to do with that person.  For people like that have turned away from the truth.  They are sinning, and they condemn themselves Titus 3:9-11.

 

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FAITH IN PRACTICE

And the righteous will live by his faith – Habakkuk 2:4b

INTRODUCTION

Our whole lives depend on faith – from our rising from bed to the going back to it. We wake up, do the normal things because we believe that the earth will still rotate on its axis, that the sun will shine even through storms and rain.

  • That plants, crops, trees will grow even when there is drought;
  • That our vehicles and even aircraft will be able to take us to and fro. The streets will be able to hold our cars, never mind how many potholes;
  • That we will be able to eat and digest our food;
  • That doctors will be able to heal us;
  • Teachers, lecturers will be able to teach us;
  • That security agencies will be able to protect us from those who wish us harm;

We can go on and on. In fact, even right now most of us are comfortable sitting on our chairs because we have faith that they will hold our weight and keep us secure.

In fact, our whole lives revolve around things we believe in, both seen and unseen.

  1. SO, WHAT IS FAITH?
  2. The All Nations English Dictionary defines Faith as:
  • Strong belief, trust, confidence
  • Loyalty to ones promises or word of honour.

 

  1. Webster’s New World Dictionary also defines Faith as:
  • Trust
  • Unquestioning Belief in God
  • Anything believed
  • Complete trust or confidence
  • Loyalty
  1. BIBLICAL DEFINATION

We are talking about God and His Word so it’s important that we find out what God means by faith. In Hebrews 11:1, we read that Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This means that the nature of faith that is acceptable before God is a faith that is triumphant in the worst situations. In the New Testament faith conveys the idea of trust, a firm internal conviction regarding the truthfulness of someone or some claim.

It is faith that believes in spiritual realities and leads to:

  1. Righteousness
  2. Seeking God
  3. Believing in God’s goodness
  4. Having complete confidence in God’s Word
  5. Obeying God’s command
  6. Regulating life on God’s promises
  7. Rejecting the spirit of this present evil age
  8. Seeking a Heavenly home
  9. Persevering in trials and testing
  10. Blessing the next generation
  11. Refusing sin’s pleasures
  12. Enduring persecution
  13. Performing mighty acts of righteousness
  14. Suffering for God

A tall list but as we read in Philippians 2:13 (NLT) – “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”; God who lives in us by His Spirit continues to work in us to give us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. He is the originator of faith and He is our Helper.

  1. In 1 Kings 18:36-39, Elijah practises his faith by courageously challenging King Ahab for his disobedience (rebuking all of Israel, confronting the 450 prophets of Baal). His faith led him to use only the weapons of prayer and faith in God. His confidence in God is indicated by the brevity and simplicity of his prayer. He didn’t need a Genesis to Revelation kind of prayer nor did he stomp and wag his fingers at God. He prayed in agreement with God’s will. Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal and then his prayer was to reveal God’s grace to His people and thus turn their hearts back to God.
  2. We too must put our faith in practice as we see so much evil and wrongdoing in our society. Instead of the daily complaining we must put our faith to work by praying in agreement with God’s will. Titus 2:14, reveals to us that Christ has redeemed for Himself, a people who are His very own and eager to do good. We must therefore use Hebrews 4:14-16 as well as 1 John 5:14-15 to pray for one another so that we will live in the power of righteousness that we have been saved to practice. We must trust God to empower us to change our generation.
  3. In Galatians 1:1-10, Paul was horrified that the Christians in Galatia were allowing the Judaizers to persuade them to abandon their faith in the gospel of salvation by faith only in the Lord Jesus Christ and to accept the false notions that they had to become Jews through circumcision and adherence to rules and regulations before they could become true Christians. It was so false that Paul virtually reined curses on those who brought this false gospel. And are we not facing the same things? Prayer camps, strange prophecies and regulated practices, rituals and dogmas.
  4. Let’s put our faith into practice and accept that Christ’s saving purpose is the deliverance of us believers from the evil that dominates this world’s societies. We must live for God and refuse to be governed by the prevailing values, wisdom, opinions, corrupt desires and selfish pleasures of the people of this world. We must despise evil and love what is righteous – this is our faith – we are a people delivered from evil and brought into God’s marvelous light as we read in 1 Peter 2:9.

We must have our mind conformed to God’s way of thinking by reading and meditating on His Word as the Bible tells us in Psalm 119:11 & 148; John 8:31 – 32 & 15:7.

We must have our plans and ambitions determined by heavenly and eternal fruits and not by this evil, temporal and transient age, no matter how attractive. We must avoid being so gullible and faint-hearted. We say that God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. Acting out our faith is what makes us witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. In Luke 7:1-10, the Roman Centurion heard of the God of Jews and His mighty power being displayed in Jesus and he believed in Him and actually sought His help. His faith was commended by Jesus because it surpassed anything found among the Jews. The centurion’s faith combined a long concern for another person – his servant- with great trust in Jesus. He was deemed an unbeliever by the Jews but he had all the elements of a believer in Jesus’ eyes.

We are believers but is our faith in the Author and Perfecter of our faith in Jesus Christ evident in the things we do?

  • Do people see the power of Jesus in the way we practise our Christian faith.
  • Do we love one another us Christ has loved us?

 

Conclusion

Christ Jesus says He has overcome the world and indeed He has by His death and resurrection. His love is abundant – we know it and experience it daily. His grace is divine – we experience that too daily. By our actions let’s bring glory to God and enjoy the freedom and power that our faith brings us.

Let’s dedicate our lives to God and ask Him to increase our faith.

 

Stay Blessed!

 

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DEALING WITH BAD TEMPER.

Scripture:

 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. – Ephesians 4:31

INTRODUCTION

A LOOSE TEMPER

Losing your temper is a lot like losing your car keys—you never choose to and it always seems to happen at the worst moments. For some “losing your temper” means yelling, swearing, pounding a fist on the table. For others, lost temper is barely perceptible: a tightening of the jaw, a cold silence, but the angry feelings are still swarming, just hidden away inside.

Whatever our style, we all lose our temper sometimes. By “lose our temper,” I simply mean that you and I sometimes hand the reins of our behavior over to the feelings of anger in our soul. As your body begins to pump adrenaline, expand blood vessels, and tense muscles for a fight, your desire to feel vindicated (though all too often later reflection reveals you weren’t nearly so far up the moral high ground as you’d thought) takes over and hands you your script. Fundamentally, losing your temper means you’ve placed anger in the saddle and you are now galloping along at its command.

 

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Despite the thousand coats anger may wear, anger is simple at its core. Anger always passes moral judgment. It is the moral emotion. Anger says “what just happened was wrong.” Now our anger may be accurate in its judgment of right and wrong or it may be out to lunch. For example, my children may get mad because I’m exasperating them, or they may get mad because I’m putting them to bed at a reasonable hour when they wanted to stay up. Either way, the core cry of anger is “That is unjust! That is evil! I condemn that!”

James 4:1–2 lays out the basic dynamic at play in our sinful anger. “What causes fights and quarrels among you?” James asks. “Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.” In essence, James is saying that our anger condemns anything that comes between us and what we want. Because, James argues, we are committed to our own wellbeing above all, when something or someone thwarts our desires, we feel unjustly treated and respond by calling out the troops to avenge the perceived injustice.

Ultimately then, a lost temper is just anger that’s been put in charge without checks or balances.

God promises to work in the hearts of those who love him.

IS ALL ANGER BAD?

It’s important to say one more thing before we identify solutions: this does not mean all anger is bad! God is angry against sin and the horrors it wreaks on his beloved children. We can and should be angry in the face of everything from sex-trafficking to a snarky spat between our friends (though even then we should never return evil for evil!). Further, even when our anger is indeed sinful and we are losing our temper and screaming at someone, many of the things we want are still genuinely good things to want! Physical safety for our families, fair treatment in the workplace, not being gossiped about at church, and a quiet evening at home after a long day are all perfectly righteous things to desire.

This is the point though: whenever you or I lose our tempers, it means we’ve gone from wanting some good thing, to demanding that we must have it or else. Sinful anger is so convinced of its own moral high ground that it feels perfectly justified visiting its wrath upon whatever, or whomever, has dared to transgress absolute justice (i.e., us getting whatever it is we want at that moment). Thus, while we may sometimes be “right” about the issue, giving anger total control of our response to a problem will always be destructive and sinful. “The anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God desires” – James 1:20.

 

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Thankfully we aren’t doomed to endlessly lose our tempers! God promises to work in the hearts of those who love him. He does not merely change our behavior, but also transforms us to “will,” to desire, according to His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). The more God changes our desires to mirror what he desires, the more our anger will be rightly directed at true evils (rather than the self-centeredness that naturally drives our anger without his transforming intervention); and paired with that, the more we’ll trust His ways of achieving what is good. No matter how right we are about the issue at hand, love for God resists the temptation to give our anger the reins. Instead, godly anger seeks restoration and protection for those who have been wronged without vengeance, cruelty, insult or any other form of returning evil for evil.

For those who find their temper to be a special problem, let me offer three brief suggestions:

1.WHAT WERE YOU WANTING?

When you’ve lost your temper, ask yourself what you were wanting. It’s amazing how much you can learn about your desires and the underlying motives when you simply slow down and consider what desire was being thwarted. Anger is always driven by desire—the better you understand your desires, the better you’ll understand how, why, when and where you’ll lose your temper next time and be able to prepare for challenging situations.

And take heart. The simple fact that you are even saying “Help! I keep losing my temper!” should give you great hope. Far too many angry people don’t realize they are angry at all. They just “know” they are “right” and everyone else is “wrong.” The more you see and deal with your anger’s underlying desires, the more you’ll be equipped to value and pursue the right things in the heat of the moment.

 

 

2.LOVE DEEPLY

Ultimately, our hope isn’t simply in exploring our problematic underlying desires. The only true way to reduce the problem of your temper is to actually increasingly value and cherish bringing good and blessing to those you love. Your biggest goal is not to understand yourself (as much as this helps!), but is rather to be altogether less focused on yourself and your desires. Instead, God would have you more focused on the good of those you love around you. The more your heart desires blessing for the people around you rather than your own comfort, reputation, etc., the less you will be prone to lose your temper when you don’t get what you want (and are sure you deserve) in any sudden moment.

One way to cultivate this is to daily spend a couple minutes praying Philippians 4:8 for those with whom you are most in danger of losing your temper. Pray for God to grow whatever is noble, right, lovely, pure, etc. in them and pray that you will more deeply appreciate who he has made them to be.

 

3.REPENT THOUGHTFULLY

Get serious about repenting to the people you hurt. I’m not talking about extravagant promises to never be angry again. Instead, pray for God’s protection against self-righteous anger in your heart and then go ask people you’ve harmed to help you understand how you’ve harmed them. Then really listen to the answer. Express sorrow for how you’ve hurt them (not just the fact that you did something “wrong” in some abstract sense).

It will be excruciatingly difficult at times, but it will give your conscience an enormous amount of ammunition with which to guard you against further outbursts. (And remember, this isn’t about you demanding forgiveness—by definition you may never demand it as it must be freely chosen).

It may also sometimes be helpful to share your awareness of the problem in your desires: “I’m sorry that I let my desire for a peaceful evening control me so much that I yelled at you when you tried to talk to me about our schedule for the week. I know that must have hurt you and been frustrating too as you’re trying to plan for the next few days. Will you forgive me?”

Gaining control of your temper by taming your tongue (and the hundred ways your actions can speak louder than words) is no easy task. But no application of the call to love your neighbor and honor Jesus Christ is more urgent and important.

Thank God that in our every need He gives more grace – James 4:6!

Stay Blessed!

 

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EXCELLING IN THE GRACE OF GIVING.

Scripture:

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you — see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:7.

INTRODUCTION

We are children of God the Father through rebirth. It is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who died that we may have life and have it more abundantly – Ephesians 2:8&9 & John 10:10b . We get this faith through the promptings of the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin and makes us know about the righteousness which is ours in Christ in God. So our spiritual rebirth is by the activity of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We live because of our Triune God and He gives us all of Himself– it is a giving of the whole of the Godhead and it is total. The urge to give in the service of God is therefore God given because we have the DNA of God who is the ultimate giver. Praise God for the word of God which gives us not only examples but also insight into Biblical giving. Our motives are important. Our actual gift is also important. God will accept every offering which is given in true faith and dedication to righteousness as Abel did in Genesis 4.

If our offering lacks sincere obedient faith and our motives are evil, God will reject our offering as He did that of Cain. God takes pleasure in our offerings and thanksgivings only when we are striving to live a righteous life according to His will.

Jesus Christ’s willingness to give is an example that all believers are to follow. Our priority in life is not our own comfort – it is service, and we are to serve Christ by serving others. His grace toward us should be reflected in our grace towards others – grace not only in forgiveness but in the material blessings we have been given and should share.

Our attitude about giving has spiritual significance. Paul says it is evidence of our love – our concern for others. We all need to excel in the grace of giving. How do we do this?

Let us look at some 11 principles:

Principle 1: Outward circumstances and difficulties should not hinder generosity in giving. The Macedonians gave from poverty, not abundance. They willingly gave because they wanted to, not because they had to. Their giving far exceeded their financial ability.

Principle 2: All financial giving should be proceeded by self-giving. We give ourselves first!! Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1

Principle 3: As Christians we need to be taught the principle of grace giving and to abound in grace giving. Luke 6:38, clearly says “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Principle 4: Our goal in giving should be fulfilled and brought to completion. What we start out to do must be completed.

Principle 5: Generous giving is a tangible way to give evidence of the sincerity of our love. We put our money where our mouth is! If we love Jesus let’s give towards His work.

Principle 6: There is a connection between “the grace of God” and “the grace of giving” as we read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Our giving should be therefore rooted in His giving, He gave it all.

Principle 7: Grace giving moves God to supply and meet all needs. The needs are resupplied that work may continue. If we pledge to God to increase our giving each year, He will always supply for our every need so that we lack nothing. We will be left with more to give next time.

Principle 8: The willingness to give is more important than the amount given. The widow gave her mite and we can be sure that the Lord honoured her giving and supplied her needs immediately.

Principle 9: Generous spirit led giving will have a godly influence on others’ giving.

Principle 10: The attitude in which your money is given is of utmost importance to God. Think of Cain and Abel. God did not disapprove of Cain’s offering because it was from crops. His hearts attitude was wrong!! Abel gave with the right heart, the right motives and with righteous living.

Principle 11: Generous giving is the appropriate response to God’s unspeakable gift! God has given His all and so much. God is looking for generous givers. Are you one of them?

To Ponder: Let us pray MHB 923

WE GIVE THEE BUT THINE OWN

1 We give thee but thine own,

Whate’er the gift may be;

All that we have is thine alone,

A trust, O Lord, from thee.

 

2 May we thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as thou blessest us,
To thee our first-fruits give.

Remain Blessed!

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GOD’S LOVE

Scripture:

I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. – Jeremiah 31:3b

Message:

When a person becomes a Christian, he or she gains all the privileges and responsibilities of a child in God’s family. One of these outstanding privileges is being led by the Spirit as we read in Galatians 4:5, 6 – “to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to son ship. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” We may not always feel as though we belong to God, but the Holy Spirit is our witness. His inward presence reminds us of who we are and encourages us with God’s love.

1 JOHN 3

See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.

Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in Him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know Him or understand who He is.

Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who children of God are and who children of the devil are. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything.  Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive from Him whatever we ask because we obey Him and do the things that please Him. And this is His commandment: We must believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them. And we know He lives in us because the Spirit He gave us lives in us.

LOVING ONE ANOTHER – 1 JOHN 4:7-21

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. We love each other because He loved us first.

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And He has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

CONCLUSION

As believers, our self-worth is based on the fact that God loves us and calls us His children. We are His children now, not just sometime in the distant future. Knowing that we are His children should encourage us to live as Jesus did.

Remain Blessed!

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GIVING TO THE WORK OF GOD

Scripture:
“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me. “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt. “No one is to appear before me empty-handed. “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. “Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. “Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord. – Exodus 23:14-17.

Message:
Part of our calling us disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ is our persistent worship of Him. Let us therefore devote ourselves with pleasure to the service of the Lord. That portion of our time which He requires, and count His “sabbaths” and ordinances to be a feast for our souls. The Lord tells us today as He told the children of Israel that they were not to come before His presence empty-handed. In that respect we too must not come to God empty-hearted. On the contrary our souls must be filled with holy desires before Him, and dedications of ourselves to Him; because these are the sacrifices God finds most pleasing.
Today, I would like us to consider one of the portions of scripture that talks about giving.
CHRISTIAN GIVING
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad His gifts to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
1. There is no compulsion to Christian giving. We can give generously or we can be mean fisted and give only the minimum. Our reward from God is always commensurate with our giving. Let us remember that God does not expect us to give what we do not have. Christians can give either generously or sparingly, and God will reward them accordingly. To Paul, giving is not a loss, but a form of saving which results in great benefits for the giver. He is not speaking primarily of the quantity given, but of the quality of our hearts’ desires and motives.
The poor widow in Jesus’ comment in Luke 21:1-4, gave little, but God considered it much because of the proportion she gave and because of her complete dedication. Jesus gives a lesson on how God evaluates giving. A person’s gift is determined not by the amount he or she gives, but by the amount of sacrifice involved in the giving. The rich, at times, give only out of their wealth – making no real sacrifice. The widow’s gift cost her everything. She gave as much as she possibly could. This principle can be applied to all our service for Jesus. He judges our work and ministry not by its size or influence or success, but by the amount of sincere dedication, sacrifice, faith and love involved.
2. In a culture obsessed with materialism and convenience, it is not always easy to make personal sacrifices. But that which is convenient is not really a sacrifice and probably requires little effort or generosity. Don’t let a lack of faith keep you from giving cheerfully and generously. God wants people to sow His generosity by gladly giving time and money, particularly so that others can do and receive ministry. True generosity means giving with no selfish expectations.
3. In order for us to express true generosity outwardly, our hearts must become rich in true love and compassion for others. We should always pray and ask God to give us this kind of heart for others. Giving of ourselves and our possessions results in:
a) Supplying the needs of those of us who are lacking in some way
b) Praise and thanksgiving to God
c) Love from those who receive our help
CONCLUSION
To conclude, permit me to quote from Oswald Chambers who wrote in “My Utmost for His Highest”
“Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are completely yielded and surrendered to God. One life wholly yielded to God is of more value to God than 100 lives simply awakened by His Spirit. God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that standard in others.”
 The great missionary to China, Hudosn Taylor, said, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”
 David Livingstone, who spent his life as a medical missionary and explorer of Africa, said, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” Jesus has given each of His disciples the honor of helping to fulfill the Great Commission.
Hymn: MHB 400 – TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE

1 Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,

2 Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,

3 Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,

4 Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,

5 Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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HOW MANY FRIENDS IS TOO MANY?

Scripture:
Greater love has no-one than this: that He lay down His life for His friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:13-15

INTRODUCTION
Before Facebook, we would have had to make several phone calls or send dozens of texts to figure out what all our friends were up to. Social media platforms such as Facebook listed all those updates in one seamless news feed where we know what’s going on with our friends in just a few minutes. It was a new world. Now, we could make new friends and keep up with the old.
But now, I’m not so sure. Now that we have lived with nearly a decade and a half of social media, can we say that our friendships better off? Have we gained more than we’ve lost? While I see nothing wrong with social media, the advent of this technology forces us to work harder at forming healthy habits in friendship.
Let me explain what I mean. If we aren’t careful, we will stretch ourselves too thin, trying to have 100 deep friendships when we are only capable of a few. If we aren’t careful, we’ll end up with many long-distance friendships but no one physically present in our day to day lives to be there for us. If we aren’t careful, we may lose the ability to enjoy and cultivate seasonal friendships and begin demanding that every friendship be a forever one.
So what wisdom does the Bible offer as we seek to build healthy, stable, and satisfying friendships in the age of social media? While there’s much to say, let me share three principles that are helping me
1. Embrace your limits,
2. Have an eternal perspective,
3. Remember your mission.

1. EMBRACE YOUR LIMITS
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. — Proverbs 18:24
Contrary to the message our social media accounts preach, it is not possible to have hundreds of friends. We just don’t have the capacity. We are limited people with a limited amount of relational bandwidth. Even Jesus accepted this human limitation in His time on earth, choosing only twelve apostles and within that twelve only three — Peter, James, and John — who He regularly brought in to His most intimate moments.
What makes us think we can manage more than that?
Before all this technology, most people were forced to embrace the limits that jobs, moves, and children placed on them. The challenge now is that we are no longer forced into limitation, we must choose to limit ourselves. And that’s far more difficult. It takes a lot of self-control and intentionality to build local friendships after you move rather than just keep up with your friends back home via facetime. But if we don’t make these decisions, we’ll miss the real joys and benefits that flesh-and-blood friendships have for us.

2. HAVE AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. — Colossians 3:2
Unlike the world around us, we don’t have to live as if this life is all there is. Jesus has purchased for us a reality of unending fellowship with Himself and with one another. The future of our friendships with all who trust in Christ are secure! There is no more fear of missing out when you keep eternity in mind.
In my own case considering eternity has freed me to allow for seasonal friendships. I have friends from secondary school and university that are precious friends, people who I dearly love! But I no longer keep up with them because I can’t, I don’t have the capacity right now. But I know one day, because of our mutual faith in Jesus, we will be able to sit across the table from one another in the new heavens and new earth and catch up on all we missed in this life! I have eternity with those friends! So even if it is goodbye for now, I know I’m not really losing anything.

3. REMEMBER YOUR MISSION
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20
Social media can quickly convince you that keeping up with everyone is priority number one. It can create anxiety in us when we aren’t doing a good job managing our many relationships in person and online. But is this our goal in life? To keep up with our social networks? No way! As Christians, we have something so much bigger to live for!
We are ambassadors for Christ, carrying the hope of the Gospel to a lost and dying world.
Please don’t misunderstand me here, I think friendships are of paramount importance! But when we try to have too many friends, we end up running around from one leisure meeting to another and can lose the ability to see the lonely neighbour in the house next door or the struggling single mother at the market or shopping mall. And they may be in desperate need of the hope that we have.

CONCLUSION
So as you interact with your many online and in person – connections, keep these truths in mind. Humbly embrace the limitations in your life and be content with fewer friends. Choose to remain uninformed about all those online friends every now and then so that you have space to notice the people God has placed right in front of you. Set your mind on eternity and remember you have a mission, and it’s something so much bigger than socializing. You are an ambassador carrying the great news that there is a good God who has befriended sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of His son, Jesus! Living for this will not take away from our friendships but will infuse them with more meaning and joy than we thought possible!

TO PONDER
Do your friendships bring you joy? Or are you spread too thin with too much time spent on social media? Maybe it’s time to take a break and get with a real-life friend. Maybe it is time to disconnect online and connect with a neighbour, a widow from church, or a brand new friend. Let’s ask ourselves who could use the love of Jesus through your phone call or a face to face meeting?
This article was inspired by a devotional message from a friend.

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WHO IS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST?

Scripture:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19 – 20.

Messsage:
The Greek term for “disciple” in the New Testament is mathetes, which means more than just “student” or “learner.” A disciple is a “follower,” someone who adheres completely to the teachings of another, making them his rule of life and conduct. The Pharisees prided themselves in being disciples of Moses – John 9:28. Jesus’ followers were called “disciples” long before they were ever called “Christians.” Their discipleship began with Jesus’ call and required them to exercise their will to follow Him -Matthew 9:9.
Jesus was quite explicit about the cost of following Him. Discipleship requires a totally committed life: “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple” – Luke 14:33. Sacrifice is expected: “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’” -Matthew 16:24.
Not all of Jesus’ followers were able to make such a commitment. There were many who left Jesus after a while. “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66).
Biblically speaking, a Christian is a disciple of Christ. A Christian is someone who has placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ -John 1:12. A Christian has been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit -John 3:3. A Christian “belongs to Christ” and is daily being transformed into the likeness of Christ – 2 Corinthians 3:18.
A true Christian (and not one in name only) will have to be a disciple of Christ as well. That is, he is someone who has counted the cost and has totally committed his life to following Jesus. He accepts the call to sacrifice and follows wherever the Lord leads. The Christian disciple completely adheres to the teaching of Jesus, makes Christ his number-one priority, and lives accordingly. He is actively involved in making other Christian disciples.
A true Christian disciple is a believer in Christ and possesses new life through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Because he loves Christ, a Christian will also be an obedient disciple (John 14:15). Paul describes the reality of being a Christian disciple: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
GO…MAKE DISCIPLES…BAPTIZING.
These words are referred to as Christ’s Great Commission (i.e., His primary command, instruction and task – along with the authority to carry it out). This command applies to all His followers of every generation. Christ states the goal and responsibility of His church. We are to take His message to people of all nations and cultures. Thus spread the message of Christ as revealed in His own teaching and through the teaching of His apostles.
The primary purpose of Christ’s commission was to make disciples – disciplined “learners” and followers of Jesus who live by His commands and are continually growing in their relationship with Him. To make disciples is the only direct command in this passage.
Christ’s words are really a commission to the deeper aspect of discipleship – which goes beyond evangelism and on to solid teaching and continual spiritual nurturing that produces growth and progress. We should not intend make converts to Christianity but train and mentor (train by teaching and example) other people who will faithfully follow Christ and lead other to Him as well. A church’s spiritual energies and efforts must not be focused merely on enlarging church membership, but in making true disciples – life long followers of Christ who avoid evil, follow Christ’s commands and pursue His purposes with all their heart, mind and will.
Those who believe in Christ – who accept His message by faith and actively yield their lives to Him – are to be “baptized” (being immersed or put completely under water.) It represents a person’s spiritual pledge to turn away from sin and immorality, to die to one’s on sinful nature and, with God’s help, to be raised up to live a new life. In this new life we are completely committed to Christ and His purposes, and through the presence of the Holy Spirit we will be able to fulfill the task to take Christ’s message wherever we go.
It has always been God’s desire to reach the whole world and so we should be under no assumption that this command is something new. God, in the very beginning intended to bring mankind into fellowship and relationship with Himself. It has always been God’s desire to reach the world of lost people and bring them to fellowship with Himself. In 1 Timothy 2:3 – 4 we read, “God our Saviour who will have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Knowing who a disciple is, a simple definition in Pastor Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life which I find useful says:” A life of discipleship is understood in terms of living out the five purposes. A disciple is one who:
1. Is pleasing God every day, this is true Worship.
2. Is an active member of a local body of believers, which is Fellowship.
3. Is learning to be more Christ-like in their behaviour every day, which is Discipleship.
4. Is serving sacrificially within the local body of believers, which is Ministry.
5. Is sharing God’s love, forgiveness and hope with people who do not know Christ, which is Mission.
To Ponder:
SAVIOUR WHILE MY HEART IS TENDER – MHB 395

1 Savior, while my heart is tender,
I would yield that heart to Thee;
All my powers to Thee surrender,
Thine and only Thine to be.

2 Take me now, Lord Jesus, take me;
Let my youthful heart be Thine;
Thy devoted servant make me;
Fill my soul with love divine.

3 Send me, Lord, where Thou wilt send me,
Only do Thou guide my way;
May Thy grace through life attend me,
Gladly then shall I obey.

4 Let me do Thy will or bear it;
I would know no will but Thine;
Shouldst Thou take my life or spare it,
I that life to Thee resign.

5 Thine I am, O Lord, for ever
To Thy service set apart;
Suffer me to leave Thee never,
Seal Thine image on my heart.

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LYING LEADS TO TROUBLE.

Scripture:
Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, but the people believe your lies. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the Lord.’” Two months later the prophet Hananiah died. – Jeremiah 28:15-17.

INTRODUCTION
Is honesty always the best policy? Or are there times when it may be best to lie? Ethicists may debate whether certain circumstances justify deception, but Scripture seems clear that lying leads to trouble. Deceit turns on its source, exacting a high price in the long run.
For example, Hananiah the prophet misled the people of Judah by denouncing Jeremiah’s prophecy and then giving a prophecy of his own, preceded by the words, “Thus says the Lord.” But in fact, the Lord had not spoken to him. That kind of false prophecy was a grievous sin, punishable by death – Deuteronomy 13:1-5; “Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love Him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear Him alone. Obey His commands, listen to His voice, and cling to Him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lord your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you.” Not surprisingly, the Lord called Hananiah to pay for his deception with his life as we read in Jeremiah 28:15-17.
THE WORD OF GOD LYING
A. The Bible gives numerous other examples to show that “A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.” – Proverbs 19:9, and that the Lord hates dishonesty; “There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things He detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent”– Proverbs 6:16-17:
1. Sin and death were introduced into the world because a lie was told and believed – Genesis 3:1-7; Timothy 2:14.
2. Cain tried to lie his way out of accountability for killing hos brother Abel. The result was a lifetime of running from others – Genesis 4:1-16.
3. Rebekah engineered a lie for her son Jacob to tell his father Isaac in order to gain the family blessing. The result was estrangement in the family and generations of hostility between the offspring of the two brothers.
4. Joseph’s brother’s lied to their father about selling the boy to slave traders, resulting in profound heartache for their father – Genesis 37:28-35.
5. Potiphar’s wife crafted a lie to frame Joseph with attempted rape, resulting in an unjust prison sentence – Genesis 39:7-20.
6. David practiced a gruesome form of deception by arranging for the murder of Uriah to cover up his affair with Bathsheba. Through Nathan the prophet the lie was exposed. Bathsheba’s child died, and a lifetime of painful relationships ensued in David’s family – 2 Samuel 11-12.
7. Peter denied that he even knew the Lord when asked by several bystanders in the courtyard of Caiaphas’s house, resulting in great shame and sorrow. – Matthew 26:69-74.
8. Ananias and Sapphira lied to the early church and the Holy Spirit about a financial gift, which brought about their untimely deaths – Acts 5:1-11.
Jesus spoke clearly about the nature of lying when He declared that lies are of the devil – John 8:44. By contrast, Jesus is the source of all truth, and those who speak and practice the truth show that they belong to Him. Are you a person of truth and integrity, or is lying a way of life with you?
B. Proverbs 26:28 says, “A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”
a) Good words do not prove good intentions. Liars and flatterers are out to destroy you, no matter how good their words sound, no matter their excuses – Proverbs 26:24-25. A wise man rejects both kinds of men, just as David did – Psalm 101:3-8. If you tolerate these deceitful people in your life, they will take you down – Proverbs 20:19; 29:5. They are hiding hatred and destruction behind their lying words, and noble and prudent men will stay far from them.
b) A man lies for advantage or to protect himself. He is selfish and wicked, so he feels no guilt about deceiving you in order to advance himself. It does not matter what his relationship is to you or how kindly he speaks at other times. If he has lied to you, then you should run far from him, whether it is a slander about you or a lie to your face. His deceit proves that he hates you. He is out to hurt you or use you. True friends never lie.
c) Flattery is praise designed to deceive you into doing what the flatterer wants you to do. It is a form of lying, but it is harder to detect and resist. Men love praise, so they are easily lulled to sleep by flattery. It is poison in a spoonful of honey. A flatterer is more dangerous than a slanderer, for he is crafty, friendly, and subtle in working his deceit, while liars are more easily detected by their open malice and wickedness.
d) Are you vigilant and intolerant against deceivers? Aggressive salesmen may lie or flatter to sell an inferior product. Many girls have lost their virginity or women their marital fidelity to lying flattery of whoremongers – II Samuel 13:1-13. Many men have been led to hell by flattering lies of whorish women – Proverbs 2:16-18; 5:3; 6:24-26; 7:5,21-23. Many citizens have voted for corrupt politicians due to flattery and false promises, for the election process in most nations is based on words rather than character or performance.
e) Parent, you must punish lying and flattery, and you must teach children to reject liars and flatterers – Job 32:21-22. Teach them that God hates liars, He will judge them, and liars are going to hell – Proverbs 6:16-19; Job 17:5; Ps 12:2-3; Rev 21:8. Teach them that friends who tell the truth even when it hurts are better than kisses from an enemy – Proverbs 27:5-6. Teach them that men should be judged by their actions and lives, not words – Proverbs 20:11.
f) Religion has many lies and flattery, for the devil has used it since Eden – Genesis 3:1-13; John 8:44. The Jews flattered and lied to Jesus to trap Him – Luke 20:20-21. False teachers use good words and fair speeches to deceive simple hearers – Romans 16:17-18. Rome tells the lies of abstaining from meat and marriage – I Timothy 4:1-3. But God’s faithful pastors and teachers never use flattering speech or lies – II Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; I Thessalonians 2:3-6.
Jehovah is God of truth, and so is His Son Jesus Christ, Who is Faithful and True – Revelation 19:11. He expects honesty and truthfulness from His children, and He punishes all liars and flatterers. All who take His name must make sure their every word is honest, sincere, and true – and obviously so in the ears of all others – Deuteronomy 32:4; Romans 12:17; I Peter 2:12.
TO PONDER:
John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Lying is specifically mentioned as a characteristic of the devil; he is the source of dishonesty and deceit – Genesis 3:1-6; Acts 5:3; Revelation 12:9. This means that lying, cheating and other forms of dishonesty are totally opposed to the mind and nature of God, who is truth – Revelation 19:11. An unconcerned attitude about the sin of lying is one of the unmistakable symptoms of an ungodly condition. It is sign that the person is not “born of the Spirit” but is under the influence of Satan. Where do you stand?
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THY WILL BE DONE

Scripture:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – Matthew 6:9–10.

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” – Matthew 26:39.

INTRODUCTION
“Thy will be done” is one of the requests in the Lord’s Prayer which the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray in Matthew 6:9-10. Jesus Himself pleaded for God’s will to be done in the Garden of Gethsemane. Prior to His crucifixion, as we read in Matthew 26:39. Jesus was committed to seeing God’s will accomplished, and the prayer “Thy will be done” was a theme of His life.
1. Most simply, to pray, “Thy will be done,” is to ask God to do what He desires. Of course, we’re praying to the God who said, “Let there be light,” and there was light – Genesis 1:3, so we know that His sovereign decree will be accomplished, whether or not we pray for it. But there is another aspect of God’s will, which we call His “revealed” will or “preceptive” will. This is God’s “will” that He has revealed to us but that He does not force upon us. For example, it is God’s will that we speak the truth in love – Ephesians 4:15 and that we not commit adultery – 1 Corinthians 6:18 or get drunk – Ephesians 5:18.
2. When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we are asking God to increase righteousness in the world, to bring more people to repentance, and to further the cause of the kingdom of His Son.
When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we acknowledge God’s right to rule. We do not pray, “My will be done”; we pray, “Thy will be done.” Asking that God’s will be done is a demonstration of our trust that He knows what is best. It is a statement of submission to God’s ways and His plans. We ask for our will to be conformed to His.
The Lord’s Prayer begins by acknowledging God as Father in heaven. Jesus then models petition, presenting three requests to the Father:
a) That God would cause His name to be hallowed; in other words, as Albert Mohler explains in his book “The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution”, “that God would act in such a way that He visibly demonstrates His holiness and His glory”
b) That God would bring His kingdom to earth; that is, that the preaching of the gospel would convert sinners into saints who walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and that God would rid the world of evil and create the new heavens and new earth where God will dwell with His people and there will be no more curse and no more death – Revelation 21—22.
c) That God’s will would be done “on earth as it is in heaven” – Matthew 6:10. In heaven, the angels perform God’s desire completely, joyfully, and immediately—what a world this would be if humans acted like that!
As a point of clarification, “Thy will be done” is not an impassive prayer of resignation. Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane was not passive or fatalistic in the least; He bared His heart before the Father and revealed His ultimate desire: for God’s will to be accomplished. Praying, “Thy will be done,” acknowledges that God has more knowledge than we do and that we trust His way is best. And it is a commitment to actively work to further the execution of God’s will.
To Ponder
Romans 12:1–2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Understanding who God is, we submit ourselves to Him and allow Him to transform us. The more we know God, the more readily our prayers will align with His will and we can truly pray, “Thy will be done.” We can approach God in confidence that “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” – 1 John 5:14–15.
By faith, we know that praying, “Thy will be done,” is the best thing we can ask for. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” – Ephesians 3:20–21.
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