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!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Equipped

I can of myself do nothing...
John 5:30 (Jesus is doing the speaking here)

When our Lord became man, He told us the whole
secret of His life: the yielding of Himself to do the 
will of the Father. He counted on God to give Him 
wisdom and the strength He needed to work out the 
will of God within Him. If we truly desire to follow,
however distantly, in christ's footsteps, we must 
stand with Him in the same close relationship with
the Father. We need a sense of presence and near-
ness of the God whose will we are to do as much 
as our Lord needed it. If you separate the thing you 
have to do from Him whose will it is, then it be-
comes a burden and an impossibility.

Live in the faith He has given you. The will of the
Father is such a beautiful, wise, gentle, living thing. 
To know it as the breathing out of the heart of God 
makes it an infinite attraction and delight.
(Andrew Murray) 

Reader, as I read these words I find a longing within
to be attached to the Father heart of God. Don't give
up. It is only by failure that we learn that He must
do it all.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Real Food

I have meat that ye know not of...My meat is to do the 
will of him that sent me...  John 4:32,34

God has so created us that a sense of hunger impels us to 
seek food.

"Bless the Lord...who satisfies thy mouth with good 
things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles." 
Psalm 103:1,5
"He satisfies the longing soul" Psalm 107:9

Feeding on the will of God gives this Divine satisfaction. 
Doing that will leads us into a wonderful fellowship and 
partnership with Himself. But that means more than just 
doing what is right or keeping the law. It is only when 
we do it as "the will of the Father"--in the sense of His 
presence, in fellowship with Himself, and in the loving 
desire to please Him--that it will give nourishment, 
strength, and satisfaction to the soul. 

Murray goes on to say this:
The believer has the same eternal life that was in 
Jesus Christ..., but he needs the same daily food.

'Soul, 
Pray for a great hunger for the will of God--as naturally 
and continually as you pray for your daily bread. 
Beg God to show you His will for you, and enable you 
to do it for Him. Then you can say: "I have meat to eat 
that ye know not of"--the will of the Father made known 
and performed today.' Andrew Murray

Reader, the more I get into this book, the more I realize
that I may look overweight, but, in fact, I am starving!

Print out the prayer above and put it in a place where
you will see it to pray frequently. God is able to do His
will through you. It is not a striving thing...

For those who are interested in how prophetic things
are progressing, I am posting the Informed Christians
You Tube site below. Save it. The last couple of videos
are very helpful in understanding where we are.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGyT0PTmJofBlTTpgW1Pp1g








Friday, June 9, 2017

Pleasing God

Whosoever shall do the will of my father which is in 
heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and
mother.  Matthew 12:50

How many long for a more intimate fellowship with 
the Lord Jesus? Come, turn to the blessed Lord Him-
self, and let Him tell you His open secret. The way 
into the most intimate union with Christ is very simple. 
It is doing the will of His Father. Of the one who does 
this Jesus says, 
"The same is my brother, and sister and mother."

Jesus came as a man to prove the blessedness and the 
glory of doing the will of the Father. This was what 
lay at the root of His power to conquer sin, to satisfy 
God, to save us. Doing the will of God is the only way 
possible, on earth or in heaven, of pleasing Him.

The difference between the law of God and the will 
of the Father is this: The law is given by a ruler and 
has no power to secure obedience; the will of the 
Father is a personal, loving communication in which 
the Father's voice and presence are known. 

Be transfigured by one thought:
"Like Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus 
I live to do the Father's will, 
and as you fail or fear to fail, 
just whisper: 
"O, my Lord, my Elder Brother, 
You and I are one 
in doing the Father's will."
Andrew Murray

Reader, I am re-thinking just what it means to be
a disciple of Christ, to be intimately related to the
Father. I find the words of Andrew Murray to be
captivating. His prayer above is so simple.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

God Wants All to be Saved

God our Savior, desires all people to be saved and to
come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)

We have been looking at God's will and it must
include that God does not want anyone to go to
hell. Hell was made for the rebellious angels not
for humans. God brought a story to me today
that shows the mercy of God and to what lengths
He will go to bring us to heaven.

An Atheist--Dead on morgue slab, goes to hell,
then to heaven and back to his body. What a
shock to the medical staff!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59mRZ1Vj8ZU 

His Will, Not Mine

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

Reader, I have spoken these words through my
childhood and on into adulthood, but have never
pondered the meaning. In fact I have often let
my mind wander as I said The Lord's Prayer. I
have included a few thoughts of Andrew Murray's
on what we are saying when we pray this line.

In the will of God, we have the perfect expression
of His Divine perfection. He is the fullness of all 
beauty and blessedness. His divine wisdom and
goodness are made known to us, and through His 
will, men can know God. It is the only sure way 
to fellowship and union with the Father.

When the Christian learns to see God's will in
everything that happens to him--grievous or
pleasing; great or small--the prayer, "Thy will
be done," will become the a place of adoration
and praise. Happy is the Christian who receives
everything in his life as the will His Father.

"Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth,"
becomes the expression of fellowship with God.
This prayer needs your whole heart. It needs the
teaching and indwelling of Jesus Christ in the
heart to be able to pray it correctly. It calls for 
heart, a will, and a life entirely given up to the 
Father in heaven, by His Spirit in us to bring us
into understanding. 

May the glory of God shine in us and through us!

Reader, the doing of things is easy compared to
surrender as we walk through life. I am so aware
these days, of the need to fall forward and trust
His will for my life.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Way to Heaven

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will 
of my Father which is in heaven.      Matt 7:21

There are two words which invariably produce negative
emotions: God's Will and Obedience. We want to think
that we can handle pretty much everything that comes
along. But wait, was that not the temptation from the
snake in  the garden to Eve? Independence was what
tripped her up. She wanted to be as God. I have to ad-
mit that I have struggled with both of these words,
which is the reason I want to dig into Murray's book on
the will of God.

Here are some quotes regarding heaven:

The inhabitants of heaven owe all their glory to God's 
working His will of love in them. The only way to be fit 
to enter heaven is to do the will of God here on earth. 

Men seek to put their trust in Christ, to confess Him, and
to do many things in His Name. They think that this is
Christianity, while they forget that the INNER spiritual 
reality of true Christianity is this--the knowing and loving 
and doing the Father's will as their one desire and delight. 
He must work this faith in us. 

All salvation on earth or in heaven is doing the will of
God. Let us give ourselves up to it--to study, to believe,
to practice, to rejoice in it. Let us choose the will of God--
His whole will and nothing but His will--to rule over us 
and dwell within us each day. The living Father whose 
love can make it our blessedness, loves to teach it to us 
and to work in us the ability to do His will.
Andrew Murray from the book, 
God's Will: our dwelling place

Dearest one, Our heavenly Father wants only the best
for us. This is not a punishment, but liberty-- to really
live a joyful life!

Friday, June 2, 2017

God's Will

What is God's will? (Have I lost you all ready?)
How many times have I heard that question?
How often through the years have I agonized over
that question. Recently I pulled from my library a
book written in the 19th century by a theologian
who died a long time ago.

God's Will
my dwelling place
by Andrew Murray

From the back cover:
Have you ever longed to nestle in the arms of God's
love, knowing that He had reserved a place for you
to be with Him always?

This is the heart cry of many Christians who deeply
yearn for a close fellowship with the Father, dwelling
with Him even as Jesus did while He lived on earth.

With great insight, Andrew Murray shares the secret
of establishing this same vibrant relationship that
Jesus had: it is by knowing and doing the will of the
Father!

If you want to find strength with rest, joy with fruit-
fulness, and peace with provision, there is only one
place for you to be: in the very center of God's will!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Witness

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that
we are children of God.  Romans 8:16

The Spirit of God witnesses to the redemption of 
our Lord, and to nothing else. If we are trying to 
make Him witness to our reason, it is no wonder 
that we are in darkness and uncertainty. Throw it 
all overboard, trust in Him, and He will give you 
the witness of the Spirit. (OC)

Reader, how are you evaluating your salvation?
Is it by the Word of God--see Romans 10: 9, 10)
and the witness of the Spirit of God who dwells
within, or is it by feeling and "I hope so?" Now
is the time to place your salvation on a sure peg.