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How Important Is The Will Of God To You?
 
"A man should be as vigorous as a panther, as swift as an eagle, as fleet as a stag, and as strong as a lion, to do the will of His Creator." - Adam Clarke
"He that is thoroughly willing to do it, shall certainly know what the will of God is." - John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
"All good Christians make the will of God, not their own lusts or desires, the rule of their lives and actions." - Matthew Henry
"A disposition to do His will is a readiness to yield our intellects, our feelings, and all that we have entirely to Him, to be governed according to His pleasure." - Barnes' Notes
 
"The knowledge of our duty is the best knowledge."
"Our knowledge of the will of God must be always practical: we must know it, in order to do it." "If we comply not with the will of God, we mock Christ in calling Him, Lord, as those who put on Him a gorgeous robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews."
- all of the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
 
"God's will is the believer's law."
- Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary
 
"No one can be a citizen of the kingdom who does not obey the King."
- The People's New Testament
 
"It is the will or command of God that you should be holy."
- Barnes' Notes
 
O Saint of God, how important is the will of God to you? Are you fulfilling His will for your life? Do you know what it is?
 
Ephesians 5:17 says - "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." So many are foolish and senseless when it comes to the will of God. They are ignorant of their duty and negligent of their souls. The Apostle Paul exhorted the believers in Ephesus not to be fools in the employment of their time or in the manner of their life.
 
What about you? Are you foolish and senseless when it comes to the will of God? Are you ignorant of your duty and negligent of your soul? Just how do you spend your time or in what way are you living your life on this earth - for God or for yourself?
 
In 1 Peter 4:2, the  Apostle Peter intimated how a true believer in Jesus Christ conducts himself in this world when he said - "That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." All those who have "ceased from sin"(1 Peter 4:1) live to the will of God. In other words, they live in such a manner as He commands. They understand that the object of their redemption was to rescue them from being swayed by wicked lusts and to bring them to being wholly conformed to His will. They not only retain truth but live according to its dictates.
 
Just look around you today and count how many are living to the will of God rather than their own desires or lusts or someone else's. Sad but true - the number is very small.
 
However, Peter made it very plain and clear that a true believer will no longer live "to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."
 
O Child of God, would the Apostle Peter count you as a true believer?
 
On two separate occasions, Paul mentioned "the will of God" when writing to the church at Colosse. In Colossians 1:9, he said - "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." In Colossians 4:12, he added - "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." In both cases, he referred to "the will of God" as a matter of serious prayer.
 
He personally prayed for the Colossian believers that they would "be filled with the knowledge of God's will." Notice the wording he used here - "do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will..." He never stopped praying for them that they would know fully what God would have them to do. He wanted them to have a full knowledge of their duty. The wording used here denotes an earnestness, passion, and seriousness about the matter. 
 
He then went on to mention a fellow laborer - Epaphras - who he described as "always labouring fervently" for the saints that they would "stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." How many do you know today who are praying such a prayer for themselves or others? This servant of God felt it was imperative that the believers were fully assured and persuaded in their faith in that they performed all things willed by God. His desire was to see them full of light, grace, wisdom, and holiness. He yearned to see them completely performing the will of the Lord in every aspect of their lives.
 
Wow! What prayers these are! Perhaps, if more prayed like this today, we would not have to contend with so many phoney Christians in our day. 
 
What most people do not realize (or want to admit as true) is that God requires holiness of heart and life in all who profess to know Him as Lord and Savior. Some would ask - what is the will of God for my life? For one thing - it is that you cease to do evil and learn to do well. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Paul made it apparent when he said - "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication." What he was saying here was that it is the will of God for every Christian to abstain from vices which debase or degrade the soul...to overcome propensities to evil...to check and subdue unholy habits...and to cultivate positive principles of holiness in their soul.
 
The Lord Jesus implied that only those who do His will are truly His disciples when He said - "For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother" (Matthew 12:50) and "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother"(Mark 3:35). These are the ones who submit to Him in all ordinances.
 
In John 7:17, He insinuated that doing His will was a matter of the will when He said - "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself." In other words, if any man is willing to do or wishes to do God's will, he will have entrance into the "Light" of His instruction for his life.
 
In Matthew 7:21, He made it a matter of Heaven and Hell when He said - "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven." The Apostle John shared the same sentiments when he wrote in 1 John 2:17 - "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." What they both were saying is that only those who love God - not this world or their own fleshly will - will make it to heaven. Many on the basis of a mere profession are claiming admittance into heaven. Not so! They will have to do God's will before they gain entrance.
 
That means that all Christians must exercise faith in Jesus for life and salvation - commit themselves to Him...trust in Him at all times and for all things...rely on Him...and obey Him in the small and great things.
 
That means that Preachers must be faithful dispensers of the Word of God - fully and faithfully preaching the Gospel...declaring the whole counsel of God...keeping back nothing profitable to the souls of men...being not afraid of the faces of men...and speaking the truth boldly with all sincerity.
 
How important is the will of God in your life?
 
Along with the Apostle Paul and Epaphras, David made it a point of constant prayer. In Psalm 143:10, he prayed - "Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God..." He had a desire to do that which was agreeable or pleasing to God. Hence, he prayed not only for help in doing it but for greater instruction on how to always get it done. He understood that it was a lifetime learning process.
 
How important is the will of God in your life?
 
God recognized David as - "a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfill all My will"(Acts 13:22). God bragged on him for seeking to do His will instead of showing stubborn disobedience like Saul. Unlike Saul, he obeyed the commands of God. He maintained the worship of God in Israel...sought to promote the universal obedience to God among the people...and ruled the people according to His Divine Will.
 
How important is the will of God in your life?
 
Remember - it's only those who do the will of God who make it to Heaven.
 
O Reader, that is serious business.
 
So, where will you spend eternity - Heaven or Hell ?
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie