Ephesians 5:15-17 in the English Standard Version says:
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
There are three keys to knowing God’s Will.
2 Timothy 3:16 in The New Living Translation emphasizes why we read God’s Word:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
The second key is applying the Word to our lives: It’s not just about knowing the Word of God. It’s about what we do with what we know.
James 1:22 in the New KJV says:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Matthew 47:24-27 in the Passion Translation says:
“Everyone who hears my teaching and applies it to his life can be compared to a wise man who built his house on an unshakable foundation.
“When the rains fell and the floodcame, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation.
“But everyone who hears my teaching and does not apply it to his life can be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand.
“When it rained and rained and the flood came, with wind and waves beating upon his house, it collapsed and was swept away.”
The third key is called Practicing His Presence.
Hebrews 13:5 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! Assuredly not!]”
Understand How the Body of Christ Works
I Corinthians 12:7 in the New International Version says:
The New Living Translation puts it this way:
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”
In I Corinthians 12:12 in the New Living Translation it says:
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”
Every part of your body is important to you. Verse 17 says: “… the eye is not able to say to the hand., I have no need of you….”
I Corinthians 12:25 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another.”
Understanding Authority from God’s Viewpoint
Colossians 2:10 New Living Translation says:
“So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
There are two scriptures to help control that.
Proverbs 16:3 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”
The other scripture is Psalm 32:8 also in the Classic Amplified Bible:
“I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
The Apostle Paul writes from prison:
“So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation].”
Understanding the Difference Between the Law and Grace
Jesus addresses the religious leaders in the last part of Matthew Chapter 5 concerning their interpretation of the law by saying.
“You have heard it said…” and He brought up the established laws they enforced about adultery, murder, divorce and then said: “… but I tell you …” to explain the real meaning behind the law.
In Matthew 23:23 Jesus calls the scribes and Pharisees’ hypocrites, frauds and pretenders… The Passion Translation says:
“Great sorrow awaits you religious scholars and Pharisees—frauds and pretenders! For you are obsessed with peripheral issues, like insisting on paying meticulous tithes on the smallest herbs that grow in your gardens. These matters are fine, yet you ignore the most important duties of all: to walk in the love of God, to display mercy to others, and to live with integrity. Readjust your values and place first things first.”
Proverbs 16:2 in the New International Version says:
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.”
But I particularly love this scripture in The Living Bible:
“We can always “prove” that we are right, but is the Lord convinced?”
Understand It Takes Faith and Patience
Hebrews 6:12 in the New International Version says:
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
I Thessalonians 5:34-35 in the Classic Amplified Bible.
Matthew 28:18 New International Version
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
In this very last chapter of Matthew, Jesus gives the great commission but before He does, He plainly tells us He not just in heaven but on earth as well. If He has all authority then the devil has none. The only problem with this is we first … have to know it … and second …have to use it.
I John 5:14-15
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
“And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
We can know His will…because we know His Word.
Isaiah 54:17 NKJV
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, [most Christians know and recognize this part of the verse… but the rest of this verse is very important to know.]
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”
The Steps from Tonight:
The first way to get closer to God is by continuing to read His Word, that is a big way He speaks to us.
Then we have to apply whatever the Holy Spirit reveals something to us that will take us to a better place.
And seek to become aware that God is with us all the time. He neither leaves nor forsakes us.
The Second way is understanding where we fit in the body of Christ. Once we realize our spiritual gift we need to find out where we are being planted in the Lord’s body and be listening for directions from the head, the Lord Himself.
The Third way, is understanding that we must walk under God’s authority. God set up man’s authority
The Fourth way is understanding the difference between the law and grace. We can always make ourselves look good but is the Lord convinced?
The Fifth way is understanding the need for faith and patience. If we don’t take time to read the Word of God, we quit praying, we speak negative words instead of what God says about a situation… then we will never experience God like He wants us to.
But if we persevere as Joseph did in prison, as David did in the wilderness when he was running from Saul, the many times the Israelites were up against enemies that should have wiped them out …BUT GOD…
John 16:33 says:
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
I John 4:4 … greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world.”
We can change more from our prayer closets than sending mighty warriors going into battle. We have the weapons … and God has equipped us to be more then conquerors through Jesus who died and gave himself for us … to be victors, not victims.
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