Sunday, May 20, 2012
The will of God! Part II
Let's continue with our study of God's will. Many reading this thinks that God's will is sovereign. In other words, that everything that happens is God's will. Let's look at it in content. Some examples are the following-I Thess 4:16 says that the Lord will come with a shout. Nothing will hinder the second coming of Jesus, that is the sovereign will of God. Yes, by this verse, we see God's will as sovereign and absolute.
I will, absolutely, agree that God's will is sovereign to a certain extent. In studying the word, we will see three categories of God's will-
The Permissive will of God
Let's look at the following verse- "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (I Peter 3:9) It is, stated, clearly that it is not God's will that any should perish. Why are people perishing? Simply, because God respects man's will. God's sovereign will has its limits regarding men's decisions. Why? Because he does not want ROBOTS! God's will in this verse is, clearly, permissive.
That is why it is, so important, that we walk by faith and not by sight. As we studied, previously, God used to communicate with man through visual and audio means in the Old Testament. Why? Because man was dead and not born again. Now we have a new covenant and man is alive unto GOD because of JESUS! Jesus, not only took our sins, but he took our sicknesses. We did not receive 1/2 of a Salvation, we received all of Salvation. The scriptures says, clearly, he took our sickness and borne our diseases (Matt 8:17)
The perfect will of God
What is the perfect will of GOD? It involves your calling and direction of God in your life. It, also, involves knowing what promises belong to you. It has a catch-YOU HAVE TO RENEW YOUR MIND! Why? So, you can know his perfect will. (II Cor 1:20/Rom 12:2/Eph 1:18) Few achieve this level and many die before their time because of being in God's permissive will.(Ecc 7:17) You don't want to remain in God's permissive will, you want to be in God's perfect will. So, take some time to renew your mind by meditating and confessing the word of God! In doing so, you will get to know your calling in life and his promises for you!