Posts Tagged ‘Will of God


Done With Sin

When you decide to live for Jesus, it is indeed a huge choice with potentially painful consequences. Jesus promised that the world would hate His followers because it hated Him first. Living for Jesus can result in painful persecution. Peter talks about this in chapter 4. He writes:

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. – 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NIV)

When you start living for Jesus and are willing to suffer for Him, it means that you’re saying, “I’m done with sin.” In other words, it means that you’re going to go against the flow and live differently. You’re willing to suffer whatever consequences may come as a result of your choice. Instead of living for selfish, human desires, you’re going to live for God. The world will not persecute its own, but it will persecute followers of Jesus. Are you willing to say, “Yes” to Jesus and be done with sin?

God’s Will To Suffer?

This is going to sound strange, but have you ever thought that suffering could be part of God’s will for your life? Peter did. In fact, he points to Jesus as an example. He writes:

For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV)

God would rather you suffer persecution because you’re doing the right things instead of doing the wrong things. Jesus suffered through the cross because He did the right things. He lived a holy and righteous life and His own people killed Him for it. They put Him to death on a cross, but God had the final say. God raised Him back to life on the 3rd day just as He said He would. It was God’s will for this to happen because all of humanity could be saved through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Do the right things, even if it brings persecution knowing that God’s will is best.

Surrendering To Live

Do you want to live forever? You’ve got to seek after and do the will of God. The Apostle John said:

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. – 1 John 2:17 (NIV)

The things of this world that John talked about – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – will all pass away. Every material thing in this world that you could possibly want will not last. These things are only temporary. Doing the will of God – loving Him and loving people and sharing the good news about Jesus with the world – is an eternal matter. It’s about more than saying, “I believe” at some point in your life. It’s about surrendering your life to Jesus in every way. We’ll never be very good at it, but that doesn’t mean we should throw in the towel. Every day is a new opportunity to take up your cross and follow Jesus in total surrender.


Proverbs 16 is so full of good stuff!  Look at verses 3 and 9:

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3, NIV)

In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9, NIV)

These two verses show us that God is in charge.  If we commit ourselves to doing GOD’S will, we know that our plans will succeed (verse 3).  We also see that we can make all kinds of plans, but if it is not God’s will, we will fall.  We can plot and plan, but it is God who determines our steps (verse 9).  It reminds me of James 4.  Verse 15 (NIV) says, “…you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  We can make all kinds of boasts and plans, but if it is not God’s will, we will not succeed.  We must surrender to God’s will and His plan each day.  That’s kind of a scary thing to do, but we need to do it.  Why?  Because Father knows best!  Our Heavenly Father knows what we need.  He loves us and wants to do what is best for us.  We can rest assured knowing that God’s will is for our best.  We may not always understand how what we are going through is for our best, but at some point we will understand more fully.  Either on this side of Heaven or when we see Him face to face.
PRAYER: Father, I want Your will to be done in my life today. So whatever plans I make, may they be done according to Your will and in Your time. Help me to remember that You know what is best. Thank You for blessing me with so much. Amen.

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