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Come let us Grow Together: God’s Will for your Life in the Word of God

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

When we ask God for help in prayer we must first remember this. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb 11:6) We are also instructed to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7) And we are not suppose to pray in repetitions. “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matt 6:7) So to put this into perspective you desire God’s will in your life and are seeking His direction. Here we see that when you come to God you must first exercise faith that you believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. You are then instructed to not be anxious when praying but every thing in prayer and thanksgiving letting your requests be known unto God. And not to pray in repetitions. This also will take away your stress as you are seeking God’s will and trusting in Him for it.

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On the other hand it is perfectly ok to think out a plan for example saying I would like to go to college and I plan to complete it. Etc. You are making a plan. But before you make any plans the scriptures say for us to do this: “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” (James 4:13-15) Do you see how that works with what I said above with the scriptures and for your overall plan? This way you have made a plan but have said if the Lord will I will do this. So then you have prayed and asked according to His will recognizing that plans can change and God’s will for you will be shown to you as you follow Him seeking that direction. Here is how you do that. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matt 6:33-34) See God knows what you have need of. Sometimes we think it is a need that we are seeking from the Lord and yet in reality it is actually only a desire that we ourselves want.

When you are seeking direction you must also be following the direction God has already given to you in His Word. Your first priority here is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The rest will be added to you. So you decide to make a plan for college but then you ask God if it’s according to your will I would like to do this. And then you put your faith in God while you pursue His Word. Because God has revealed His will in His Word. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thess 5:16-18) “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” (1 Thess 4:3-7) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Tim 2:15-16)

See how this works with first seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and the rest will be added unto you? You first had faith in God and sought His direction. You then make a plan that I would like to go to college Lord if it be your will. You then study the Word of God while applying God’s will in your life of which we saw that God desires us to be rejoicing evermore, praying without ceasing (meaning keeping a close communication with the Lord where He is always on your heart), and in everything giving thanks. This we are told IS THE WILL OF GOD as well as to KNOW HOW TO KEEP OURSELVES in sanctification and honor and to study the Word of God to show ourselves approved unto God. This is the direction for ALL CHRISTIANS!

So this is what you are to be doing. As for the college and other things you desire in life remember to always ask according to the Lord’s will and continue to grow in Christ and seeking after the Kingdom of God and His righteousness always. Because plans can change. And we can not do things by our own power or might or because we will it to happen. This IS NOT the correct way. “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zech 4:6) “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Rm 9:16)

Remember this also. “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.” (Lk 12:27-29) “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psa 37:23-25)

You hear God through learning His Word and knowing what it says. This doesn’t mean God won’t speak to you nor do I mean that you will not be led of God by His own way of teaching you. But you do not put your faith in your heart you put your faith in the Word of God because our hearts can’t be trusted. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer 17:9-10)

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C & C: Consider the Lilies

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed. The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Matthew 6:25-34
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

There is so much to be said of this beautiful passage of scripture. Things hard for the natural man to really let sink in and process. As is all the Word of God profound statements are made that are contrary to our way of thinking. Mankind is generally worrying about everything. From what is going to be taking place in an hour, a day or two from now, weeks from now, and even years from now. Of course nothing is wrong with applying wisdom and prudence for the future but recognizing that it is all tentative for you are not promised your next breath of life!

James 4:13-15
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Proverbs 27:1
1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Jesus said to Consider the lilies as a comparison between taking thought of your life, for food, for drink, and for clothing. Even asking “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” Who among you can by thought add to your own height? In the Gospel of Luke’s account Jesus said “If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?” (Lk 12:26)

God in his provisional care tells us to “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” The lilies of the field neither toil nor spin yet God has clothed them with more glory than King Solomon in all his glory, his fame, his wisdom, his riches, and all that he had was not “arrayed like one of these”. So “if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

If we would live by this principle that was taught to us, the cares and worries of life would be a thing of the past “for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” We are then told otherwise we are of little faith!

Matthew 6:33-34
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

We are told that we are to seek first “the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. We are then given a warning, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Of how much more value are you than a lily that is in the field and gone tomorrow?

Luke 12:4-7
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Jesus tells us not to be afraid “of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.” This again goes against the natural reasoning of mankind. We are then told who we should fear, “ Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” It is God alone that we should fear not speaking of normal fear that comes when you for example shouldn’t touch a hot iron or stick your hand in fire. God knows every sparrow and not one is forgotten before him while God has numbered “the very hairs of your head”. “Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

If we would apply these scriptures our life would be virtually stress free. Any time a problem arose all we have to do is apply this scripture:

Philippians 4:6-7
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The word careful meaning anxious. We are to be anxious for nothing! But “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

1 Peter 5:5-7
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

We are to cast all of our cares upon Jesus for he cares for us. We are to come to Jesus that we might find rest for our souls! His yoke is easy, and his burden is light. It is our own carnal nature that fights against the rest and peace that is found in Christ Jesus! Clothe yourself with “humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

Proverbs 13:15
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Therefore get wisdom and understanding.

Proverbs 3:18
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Ponder the path of thy feet.

Proverbs 4:25-27
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Consider the Lilies!

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Come let us Grow Together: Let the Peace of God Rule in your Hearts

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God.  The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Col 3:15)

Do you want the peace of God to rule in your heart?  Then you must let it take place.  You must let the peace of God rule in your heart.  It isn’t an automatic process.

So how do you let the peace of God rule in your heart and mind?

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)

A precious promise of God!!  However, the key to allowing this peace of God to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus was to 1) Be careful for nothing.  Which means do not allow yourself to be anxious for anything!!  2) But in every thing by prayer and supplication 3) With thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

At that point is when you say never the less Lord your will be done and not my will.  It is at this point that you 1) Choose to refuse to allow yourself to be anxious 2) That you place your faith in the Lord that whatever the Potter chooses to do will work together for your good 3) You then place your trust into the Potter’s hand 4) Wait with patience for what you have sought from the Potter 5) Accepting the will of the Potter with contentment.

This is a delicate balance of belief, faith, hope, trust, acceptance, patience, and contentment.  You must maintain each one of these in order to allow the peace of God to rule your heart and mind.

If any one of these gets out of balance due to the thoughts you are having you will lose the peace of God that you were experiencing.  This is because Belief and Hope maintain your Faith and Trust.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1)

If you allow yourself to begin to Worry, then the Hope you had in what you sought from God will begin to waver which will directly influence your Faith.  This negative influence on your Faith will then begin to destroy your Trust that you had in God, which will then begin to destroy your Belief in what you Hoped for in God.

If you Believe and Hope then with Patience you must Wait.  Seal up the BREACH in your mind and allow the peace of God to once again rule in your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. (Lk 12:29)

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:13)

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Pro 3:5-6)

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Rom 8:24-25)

If you want Peace in the midst of your Storm, you must let Patience have her perfect work within you.  You must learn to Accept and be Content in knowing that ALL things will work together to the Good for them that are the Called according to God’s purpose.  There is a Season and a Time to Every purpose under the heaven.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philip 4:11)

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Eccl 3:1)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are True, whatsoever things are Honest, whatsoever things are Just, whatsoever things are Pure, whatsoever things are Lovely, whatsoever things are of Good Report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS. Those things, which ye have both LEARNED, and RECEIVED, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philip 4:8-9)

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