Archive for the ‘God’s will’ Category

While it was God’s will, his purpose, that Pharisees and lawyers believe and follow, they rejected God’s will for themselves, when Jesus was there with them, and many later also when the Apostles preached too.

Luke 7:28-30

28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

Acts 13:46

46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

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Our prayers must defer to God’s will, yet ask appropriate requests still, since he frequently does fulfill, like curing sickness when we are ill.

Mark 1:40-42

40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

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The Book ‘God’s Will, Our Initiative’ by Dale S. Schultz provides an awesome analysis on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 and its’ implications for our decision making and showcasing initiative.

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Life is a battle of wills, God’s will versus the devil, so seek to align your will with God’s, resisting the evil one, standing firm with God’s encouragement, even as Jesus and the apostles have done already.

1 Peter 5:8-9

8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

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Today technology provides many more ways to expose darkness for what
it is, whether through electronic mail, blogs, social networking
tools, applications, presentations, videos, podcasts, web meetings, or
video conferences, besides the usual face to face.

Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but
instead expose them.

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Pray that you respond to situations in ways leading to life, and that any grief you experience draws you closer to Jesus.

2 Corinthians 7:10

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

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