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Surrendering To God’s Will Even If It’s Hard

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 26:36-46.


The Spirit Helps Us Pray

Do you ever have trouble praying? When you’re not sure how to pray or what to say, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us pray. In our human weakness, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Paul said:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. – Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

We’re told how to pray throughout Scripture, but prayer can be hard. Aligning our wills with the will of God in prayer is even harder. That’s where the Holy Spirit helps us pray. God wants to hear from His children, but like children, we usually don’t understand the bigger picture. God’s Spirit sees that bigger picture and brings our prayers into alignment with God’s will and teaches us how to see the picture better throughout our lives. Keep praying, “Thy will be done” and know that God will always do what is best.

Jesus Was Raised

Good Monday morning to you! In 1 Peter 3:18, Peter wrote that it was God’s will that His Son, Jesus, die so that the sins of humanity could be forgiven. Jesus didn’t stay dead, though. He was raised back to life by the Spirit of God. Peter then writes:

After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all,were saved through water​…​ – 1 Peter 3:19-20 (NIV)

Martin Luther said that this is a very strange and difficult passage to understand. There are various interpretations as to what Peter meant. It raises many questions and offers little insight. Rather than focus on who these imprisoned spirits were or what Jesus preached to them, I want to focus on the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead. No other religious leader can claim that. Because Jesus is alive, we now have the hope of resurrection, too.

Obeying The Lord’s Will

Good Monday morning to you! Knowing God’s will and doing God’s will are two different things. In James 4, he writes about how we shouldn’t make plans without consulting the Lord and His will for our lives. Making plans is arrogant and boastful, he says. James writes:

As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. – James 4:16-17 (NIV)

If you know what the Lord’s will is and you refuse to do it, you are guilty of sin. If you know that God wants you to tell your neighbor about Jesus and you won’t do it, you’re sinning. If you know that God wants you to serve Him at your church and you refuse to do it, you are sinning. If you know that God wants you to be generous and instead you are stingy, you are sinning. If you know that God is calling you to sacrifice for Him in some way and you refuse, you’re sinning. What is God calling you to do for Him that you’re struggling with right now? Quit refusing to do what He wants you to do and go out there and just do it. Otherwise, you’re sinning against Him.

Is It The Lord’s Will?

James wrote that our lives are but a mist or a vapor. Like the steam that rises above a kettle of boiling water, they are here one moment and gone the next. Yet we make plans as though we will live on this earth forever. Rather than making our plans for what we want to do, we should surrender our lives to God’s will. James wrote:

Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” – James 4:15 (NIV)

When was the last time you consulted the Lord about His will for your life? When was the last time you prayed, “Thy will be done.”? When was the last time you meant it? It’s one thing to say it and another to mean it. To actually mean it means that you are OK with whatever God says. If He says, “No.” it means that you trust that He has something better in mind. It means that if He says, “Go.” that you are ready to drop everything and follow His lead. Praying that the Lord’s will is done requires total surrender to His will, whatever that means for us.

The Mists We Are

We make so many plans in our lives, don’t we? We’re going to get married or get this job or buy this house. We’re going to have this many kids or retire at 65 or live this many years. We have no idea what tomorrow holds, but we make plans as though it is guaranteed. James writes:

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. – James 4:13-14 (NIV)

Our lives are but a mist or a vapor. In the grand scheme of eternity, we are but a mere breath. We don’t know if we’ll wake up tomorrow, but we act as though we’ll never die. We need to live and experience life today. We need to do God’s will today. Don’t worry about or plan for tomorrow. Live your life today because tomorrow may not come.

You Have Not Because You Ask Not

Good Monday morning to you! There is a battle raging inside of us. We want what we want and we want it right now. So we’ll do anything we can to get what we want. But the one thing we should do, we don’t do. Listen to what James says:

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. – James 4:1-2 (NIV)

People covet and steal and kill to get what they want, but they don’t pray. We don’t turn to the One who can give us the desires of our hearts. We don’t submit to God or His will and instead we resort to sinful means to get what we want. So what is it that you truly want? Have you asked the Lord to provide that which you desire? Trust Him that, if it is His will, He will, in His time, give you what you need and what you want.

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