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The Proclaimed Will of God

"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking and correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Ti. 3:16-17).

Over the years I have heard this scripture read at the beginning of a sermon about the importance, use and inspiration of scripture. No sermons today, and a little different twist. I have preached a series of lessons on the will of God in our lives. Understanding God's will for us makes our lives meaningful and fruitful, but there are so many aspects of it to look at. The obvious is connected to today's verses. We can look into the scriptures and see some things that God wills for us. "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18). Is this great or what! The scriptures proclaim to us that God wants us to be joyful, pray a lot and always give thanks. It is also the will of God that we do good things. The Bible is filled with scriptures about this, but this especially good one is written by the apostle Peter. "For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the talk of foolish men" (1 Pet. 2:15).

According to the first two verses of the Book of Hebrews, it is explained how God has revealed His will to us. In Old Testament days, prophets revealed it. "But in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe" (V 2). Jesus earned the right to proclaim the will of the Father to us. Jesus gave this explanation to His disciples; "But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16: 13). We can therefore have confidence that the apostles writings were spiritually inspired, and come to understand His proclaimed will. Finally, it is God's proclaimed will that we be saved and the instructions are given. "Not everyone that says, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Jesus proclaims this to us. He proclaims the will of God. What He proclaims, we must do....It's God's will....

Have a great start to your week....Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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