Friday, January 17, 2014

The Perfect Will of God

The beginning of a perfect day by Thomas Kincaid

Have you ever wondered ... 
what the perfect will of God is for you?  

I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind; that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and the perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

This verse clearly answers that question … don’t you think?

So the question for  today is: 

Why do most Christians fall short of the perfection 
God has planned for each of us?

The easy answer is ... that to some degree, we are being conformed to the world; rather than being transformed by the renewing of our minds … right?
Okay so that leads us to the next logical question: 

How do we become transformed 
by the renewing of our minds?

Well the first step is obvious. We are to “not be conformed to this world.” Think about it ... nobody would attempt to fix a computer that has been corrupted by viruses, bugs, and destructive programming, without first removing the infected files. God explained this process two thousand years ago when he said we are (1) put off the old ways of the world, (2) renew our minds, and (3) put on the new ways of Christ.

Change is a three step process! 

Here is a clearer understanding of the problem; and more specific instructions as to how to achieve victory and live out the will of Jesus Christ in our lives.

"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ; If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:17-24

So what are we to do, and what is God’s role in renewing our mind? Well it is clear that we first need to make an accounting of all of this ignorance of the world that has infected into our minds. And next stop following the teachings of the atheistic world. And stop exposing your mind to these evil doctrines that are often disguised as tolerance, and political correctness, as well as innocent messages from the enemies of Christ.

Greatly limit the information that you allow into your brain. Garbage in … is the opposite of God’s will for us. Stop allowing supposed Christians who are not following Christ and atheistic thought to poison our brains and our children’s brains.

Next we must take steps to renew our minds. So how would Jesus instruct us to do this? Well we must begin building upon the only solid foundation that matters: Jesus Christ. As the song so clearly explains the instruction that Jesus has given; “on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Luke 6:46-49 

Without Jesus Christ … all else is futile; no matter how well meaning.  
John 3:16-18

Now what has Jesus provided to help us perfectly renew our minds? God renews our minds by the power of His eternal Truth and by the power of the helper …the Holy Spirit. This is where we are most likely to fall short. His part is to guide us, and teach us; but we must pray to Him without ceasing and trust Him so that we can clearly understand His Truth ... and it's application to all the days of our lives.

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you." John 14:26

The Word of God by the teaching of the Holy Spirit will provide us knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. This is an absolute promise from God that we can stand upon.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

"If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you." John 15:10-14

God Bless you my friends, Bob

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