Thursday, June 22, 2017

Complete

We do not cease to pray for you...that ye might be
filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9

This prayer is the very root of spiritual growth and health. 
The result of being filled with the knowledge of God's 
will is that we can 'walk worthily of the Lord unto all 
pleasing; that we bear fruit in every good work; that 
we increase in the knowledge of God; that we are are 
strengthened with all power according to the might 
of His glory, unto all patience and long-suffering with 
joy, giving thanks unto the Father.'(Colossians 1:9-11)

The great truth suggested by the words in regard to the 
verse above is that it must be in 
'all wisdom and spiritual understanding.' 
The human mind can study and even grasp the doctrines 
of the Bible without having any true insight or knowledge 
of quickening life and power. Many wonder why so much 
Bible knowledge does not make them humble and lowly 
as they would like to be. It is because their knowledge of 
God's will is in the power of human wisdom and natural 
understanding.

'The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth.
The power of teaching truth and leading men into it was 
committed to the Holy Spirit alone. He was to teach all 
things, to guide into all truth. As the indwelling Spirit, 
possessing and re-newing the heart, He alone could im-
part the truth so that it would become part of our very 
nature--giving both the will and the power to obey it. 

The universal neglect of so much of God's will, and the
universal complaint of the lack of power to perform has 
but one cause: the heavenly life in the power of the Holy 
Spirit is so little known or sought. Andrew Murray 

Well, reader, are you still with me? The lesson today is
spot on. Here in America it is so easy to 'live the
Christian life' without the power of the Holy Spirit with-
in. There were ten virgins but only five went into the
wedding feast. Why? It was a matter of oil. The oil of
the Holy Spirit. Five of the virgins were living life in
their human strength without the daily filling that can
only come from Him. They had no oil.

'Be filled with the Holy Spirit; speaking to yourselves 
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing 
and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving 
thanks always for all things unto God and the Father 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.'   
Ephesians 5:18,19


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Be Wise

Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the 
Lord is.  Ephesians 5:17

To understand a thing means not only to know its outward 
form, but to know something of its true nature--its inner 
meaning and working. It is connection with God Himself, 
for the knowledge of that will opens up our hearts to the 
very heart of God. What divine wisdom has planned, 
Divine power will perform.

We were "Created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk 
in them."  Ephesians 2:10. We can count on the Holy 
Spirit to lead us into all of God's perfect will.
Andrew Murray

Reader, I find the will of God to be rather simple most days.
It is a text to a friend who is suffering; a trip to the hospital
to see a Mom who needs hope; it is a prayer for one who
has lost his way. It is an openness to a change of plans which
often come as an interference rather than an opportunity--
at least at first. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

God At Work In Us

Being predestined according to the purpose of him who 
worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.   
Ephesians 1:11

What God has willed, He also works out. The counsel of 
His will is too high and holy; only He can work it out. 
The will is a working power, a determination to act. Even 
a man who really wills a thing seeks to overcome every 
obstacle so that it may be realized. The eternal purpose is 
what guides all His work. How?

It inspires the assurance that God's purpose will be per-
formed. We are apt to look at ourselves and our feebleness, 
to men and circumstances, and to measure what appears 
possible. We need to remember that God's sovereign will 
is a power that will--in great and small detail--secure the 
fulfillment of His plans. "He is the God which works all in 
all." (1 Cor 12:6) Divine operation always precedes human 
co-operation. 

This faith teaches us to live and work in entire dependence 
on God's working. It will awaken and strengthen us in 
humility, the root of true Christian virtue. God will con-
stantly impart the life and strength we need.

This faith will lead us to true diligence in God' service,
because, of our confidence that what He wills He works 
Himself. As we give ourselves away to the blessed truth 
of our works being the outflow of our faith, we will find 
abundant fruit. 

We must cease living entirely for ourselves, yield our-
selves unreservedly to God's working, and there learn 
what it means to say: "I also labor, striving according
to His working, which works in me mightily." (Col 1:29)
Andrew Murray

Reader, God's will is that we allow Him to fulfill His
purposes in and through us. The definitive word here
is 'allow.' By the way, He will get His way and all of
His purposes will be fulfilled.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Deliverance

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins,
that he might deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father. Gal 1:4

Paul always carried with him a very deep sense of the
will of God as the source and rule of all things. In five
of the Epistles, he speaks of himself as an apostle, "by 
the will of God." In this verse Paul shows how earnestly 
the Father desires our deliverance from the present evil 
world, through the sacrifice of His Son. Jesus Christ not 
only came to take away our sins but to deliver us out of 
this present world by freeing us from its spirit, and 
making us partakers of the life and the powers of the 
heavenly world. 

We sometimes hear of worldly Christians, and of a be-
lieving world, but there appears to be little awareness 
of the extent to which a worldly spirit pervades and 
weakens the Christian life. It is so difficult to exactly 
define or recognize the power of this influence. As a 
consequence of this, the power of Jesus Christ, and of 
faith in Him, overcoming the world, and proving that 
we are just as little of the world as He was, is little 
sought or even known.

Our Lord gave Himself that He might deliver us from 
this present evil world according to the will of God. 
Without ever being aware of it, the spirit of this world 
is present in all that surrounds us, to keep us busy and 
occupied. May God help us to inseparably connect the 
three blessed truths set before us here: 

the will of God, as the source;
Jesus giving Himself for us, as the means;
Deliverance from this present evil world as the mark 
and fruit of the great salvation. 

May He teach us that we are as little of this world as 
Jesus was, because we are one with Him

May the presence and power of the Son of God from 
heaven in our hearts, with its complete deliverance 
from  the worldly spirit, be known as the will of God 
for us.   Andrew Murray 

Reader, did you have any idea of just how many scrip-
tures teach on the will of God? In my ignorance I have
only called on Him for His will in the big decisions,
however, scripture, understood correctly, deals very
comprehensively on this subject. I don't particularly like
the words, 'surrender' and 'obedience,' but that is because
I want to do things my way. I don't really believe this
subject is all that important. And, I don't have the faith
to believe that Jesus is able to do it all through me!

Two great books are:
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
Lifetime Guarantee--Making your Christian Life work
    and what to do if it doesn't    by Bill Gillham

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Renewed Mind

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

The three adjectives Paul uses, good, acceptable, and
perfect, indicates the three stages in our proving and
knowing the will of God. The first refers to our discern-
ing between good and evil, and our accepting what we 
know of God's will as indeed good. The second points
to our knowledge of God's will in special relation to
ourselves. The will of God is not the same for all His
children. The third word, perfect, tells us that we may
not rest content with what we already know and do of
God's will. This is only the beginning; we must press
on to stand perfect in all the will of God. We are to live 
only to do the will of God.

"Be not conformed to this world." And, "The friend-
ship of this world is enmity with God." The world may  " 
acknowledge God, but it cannot by its very nature, do
anything but its own will. We are still in the world and
in constant danger of being under its influence. The 
subtle atmosphere which surrounds us, with the flesh 
in alliance, hinders thousands of Christians from being 
able to live a life of true devotion to the will of God. 

'But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Salvation must be followed by the continual, daily,
renewing of the Holy Spirit. "Be renewed in the spirit
of your mind." (Eph 4:23) "He saved us by the wash-
ing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."
(Titus 3:5)

The calling and the privilege of every believer is to find
out what the good and acceptable will of God is. The one
great hindrance is a worldly spirit which conforms us to 
the habits of the world.  It is only the power of the Holy
Spirit that can overcome this danger. To be daily trans-
formed in the renewing of our mind gives the spiritual
capacity to know, to love, and to do all the will of God.

Take courage, dear ones! The eternal Spirit, through 
Christ said, "I delight to do Thy will" (Ps 40:8), and 
offered Himself a sacrifice unto God, dwells in you. Yield 
yourself as a sacrifice for Him to consume. Believe and 
receive His daily renewing. He is able to keep you from
falling. Andrew Murray 

Reader, His will is not burdensome! It is living in the will
of God moment by moment. Reading, meditating on Scrip-
ture is foundational to renewing our minds in the things of
God. It is in the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able
to choose God's will and stand against "the world, the flesh
and the Devil." Really, in these last days, we are in such a
battle. Courage! Heaven will be forever lived in freedom
and in joyfulness as we continually walk in His will.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Even Unto Death

Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. 
Luke 22:42

What does the innermost sanctuary of Gethsemane tell 
us about redemption? It opens up the inner meaning 
and power of the visible suffering and sacrifice on the 
cross. And, of all the suffering of Gethsemane, "Not My 
will, but Thine be done" was the key. It shows us which 
sin it was that made the great sacrifice a necessity--our 
self-will. It reveals the humility which gave the sacrifice 
its value--surrender of the will to receive God's will. The
redemption it affected was the conquest and atonement 
of our self-will. And, the salvation it actually brings is 
the impartation of a will entirely given up to God. 

Believer, is this the very Christ you delight in, seek to be 
conformed to, and long to know more fully in His indwel-
ling power? In Gethsemane, He entered into the very 
deepest and nearest fellowship with you in surrendering 
His will to death. Enter into the deepest and nearest fel-
lowship with him in surrendering your will as He did. 
Pray for the Holy Spirit to show how self-will is the root 
of all sin and temptation and darkness. Pray for the 
knowledge of how the will of God can come in, cast self-
will out and live in you. Learn how faith in Christ, who 
died to conquer our self-will now waits to dwell in us, 
can make you a partaker of His death and victory. Learn 
the lesson that death to self-will just means a quiet bow-
ing before God in utter poverty and helplessness. It is 
simply trusting in the blessed Lamb of God--who passed 
through death as the only way to perfect surrender of His 
will to God's will--to breathe His own Spirit, and the very 
will of God, into us. Andrew Murray

Reader, I only touched the outside of this chapter. I have
not studied or taken into me, the great truth of this chapter:
"Not my will, but thine be done."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Obedience Leads to Faith

If any man will to do his will he shall know of the
doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak
of myself. (John 7:17)

When man really knows the teaching is from God--has 
both the truth and power of God in it--it becomes easy
for him to believe it, and he receives its fulfillment. To 
all believers who really long to have these promises
shine with Divine light in their hearts, Christ's message
comes today: it all depends on whether or not you really 
want to do the will of God. 

The great reason why so many pray for an increase of
faith and never get it is that "the will to do His will,"
has never taken place. The will rules the life, and is the
index of the heart. The whole man is to be judged by 
the will. Unless there is fixed resolve--a seeking with
the whole heart to do the will of God--there can be no
growth of faith, and no knowledge of the Divine truth
to which it gives access. It is only as God's will is truly
and fully embraced in the doing, that God can reveal
Himself to me.

Here is the way to a strong and joyful life. Unite your-
self to the will of God. It will unite you to Him, and it
will draw Him to you. Union with Him is perfected by
doing the Father's will. The life of God is given in
Christ, revealed and perfected by the will of God, as 
it is willed and done by us.  
Andrew Murray; God's will: our dwelling place

Reader, this book sat on my desk for weeks. I did not
want to read it, nor did I want to take my blogs from it.
You see, I not only did not want to be challenged, but I
feared that those who are reading my blogs, would drop
off. The content is old fashioned as is the message. I
made a decision to do His will even if no one read the
message. As we go through this book together, I am
blessed and so are many of you!