God's Will is that we show Him that we believe:
God's will is clearly defined for all in the New Testament. "Believe on Him whom He sent". After this belief "lose your life in this world and follow Him" and "having food and raiment, therewith be content".
"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts".
In the context of John 4: 34, His disciples brought our Lord some food and Jesus saith unto them, My *meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. * My food, my sustenance, my purpose.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
There is no extra revelation from God concerning His Will. He has given us in this church age His Will in Writing and His Spirit to teach His Written Word to us. There will be no signs showing us what job to get, what area to live in, etc. The instructions are laid out in His Word.
I John 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Rom.12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (God's Will is that we be conformed into His Son's Image, not be conformed into the world's image.)
Gal.1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
1Pet.4:2 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. 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
What God's Will is not: is to put any thought or planning into this temporary world at all because it will all be destroyed and be completely forgotten very soon.
Remember every day as you walk with God, listening only to His Word in prayer that the worse you have it here for Christ, the better you will have it in eternity.......
God's Will is: Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Phil 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I Cor 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Stop wasting the remaining time God gave you down here on improving or even changing your temporary life in this fake world system. Whatever your martial state was when you placed all your faith on Him, whether married, divorced or single-stay that way; whatever job you had-stay that way and follow Christ's Teaching and ministry for others in this fake world. Your old personal ambitions for this temporary life are to be replaced by His Will.
The best we can look for in this present world is 70 years. What is that compared to eternity? Do you really think you are saved from eternal torment in Hell and at the same time, ignore the entire point of the new birth and the New Testament to focus on the world for these 70 years?
Listen folks, the only Gospel Jesus taught and then later His disciples, resulted in transformation within believers. They dropped all and followed Him. This is not a works based way to get right with God, this is the direct result of true belief and saving faith. Jesus never hid these truths...why do all last days "preachers" hide them? This is what Jesus meant when He said that any who count the costs of their belief in Him, are deceiving themselves. This is finding religion friend, not everlasting life.
Common sense teaches better than that........
Jesus says - Show Me you believe....
What God says throughout His Word is that if you believe Him, you will show Him. Our Lord has never one time in Scripture said to any person, just tell me you believe. He has always said SHOW me you believe. Please consider the following:
Ever wonder why the believers described in the New Testament seemed to have believed so much more strongly then we typically do? I beg you to if you haven't. They truly believed it was a matter of eternal life and death and it is evident in the way they followed Him. Did they know everything immediately? Obviously not but they wanted to learn immediately, turning all their attention to the eternal matters of life, forsaking the temporal, the world and ALL that is in the world. This is the Gospel they received from Christ and it is NOT the same Gospel we typically hear.
The fact that we keep sinning after the new birth demonstrates our utter helplessness to obtain righteousness in this flesh and the necessity of God to legally redeem us to Himself. The LAW is God's LAW and God follows His own Laws so He had to redeem man in this way. The Just must sacrifice Himself for the unjust. Our FAITH is in HIS SACRIFICE FOR US.
HE imputes (covers) us in HIS Righteousness when we believe, but only if our belief is real. The only way to know that it is real is if our new heart becomes interested in following Jesus' Example in not only our words, actions and reactions but also in our outlook of this temporary, fake world system. Our belief will be demonstrated to both ourselves and those whom know us if we follow in our Lord's Footsteps.
It is wrongly assumed that the thief on the cross was saved simply by stating he believed. This event is the only seeming example of such in Scripture. But it only seems that way on the surface my friends. If you read the thief's words carefully you will see how he demonstrated his faith on our Lord by rebuking his colleague and by declaring his belief to the onlooking crowd. Jesus sees the hearts of people and knew that this man would have been baptized and would have left all to follow our Lord, growing in Grace, had he not been condemned to death by the Roman government. This thief confessed Jesus Christ before men. Just as baptism was designed to do. It is the first works after belief and marks the start of each believer's new life and new ministry spreading the news of His Gospel. Our Lord Jesus Himself was baptized at the start of His Ministry on earth "to fulfill all righteousness" just as we whom follow after are to do.
James 2: 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
The point I am making is this my friends, If Noah merely said he believed God but did not build the ark (demonstrating he believed) then he would have drowned like all the rest. The action came as a result of the faith in God's Words - not before it my friends.
If Lot merely said he believed God but failed to actually leave Sodom, he would have burned with the rest. The action came as a result of his faith in God's Words. Not before it.
If Paul had merely said to the Lord he believed Him on the Damascus Road but did not go into the city as commanded, he would be blind still and in hell right now. The Action came as a result of belief in God's Words to him. Not before it.
Jesus said repeatedly "how can you call me Lord, Lord and DO NOT the things that I say?"
This is what the great commission is all about dear friends. Real belief causes demonstration.
Because you now realize that He is your Lord, He then becomes your Savior. This order cannot be rearranged else it becomes a false gospel representing a false Christ. Make no mistake my friends, he will fulfill it in you. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. How can anyone convince themselves that a person can believe Him as Savior before they believe Him to be Lord? Without the latter, how could He possess power for the former in the imagination?
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. (John 13:13)
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:11)
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. (2 Peter 2:20)
That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: (2 Peter 3:2)
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)
This is not describing working for salvation my friends, this is describing saving faith. This is the only Gospel contained in God's Word. Dead faith saves no one. Is there even one instance of righteousness being imputed on a person in Scripture who merely said they believed but did not obey? Please study the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11. In all instances their faith was demonstrated to God by action after they believed God. They obeyed God because they believed God. That is how God imputes His Righteousness on us.
This isn't from anyone's book, these are the only examples of salvation contained in Scripture from cover to cover.
Friends, none of this is new. They all knew it in the first centuries after our Lord. That is the difference between us and them. The Mother of Harlots has done Satan's work very well.
"The people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me"- God
God's Will is that we warn all others of His Judgement to come:
Sow and water the Good Seed of God's Word to others:
Our Lord’s great commission to all believers thereafter is to preach His Gospel to all nations and all people. The fact that one is timid, shy, introverted, etc. in no way diminishes Christ's commission to us to spread the Gospel, get them to demonstrate their new belief (baptized) and teach them all things He taught us.
Jesus never said to anyone that picking up your cross (forsaking your own personal life, comfort, sense of self worth, worldly reputation and ambitions - Just as He did when He bore the cross for all) was going to be easy or comfortable. He died to self and became a ransom for all. The mark of a believer is to follow Him in all of this. The night before His crucifixion our Lord was tempted to forsake His mission on earth. He resisted unto blood (sweating great drops of blood) striving against this particular sin.
Luke 22: 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
I also warn not to confuse your place in the body of Christ (ref to I Corinthians, Chapter 12) with the command for all to sow and water seeds. The fruit in all of those contexts are other believers first and foremost. All the fruit of the Spirit described in the Galatians and Ephesians are for this one and only purpose. The Great Commission was given to all who follow Christ without caveat. The sower is one example, the steward is another.
The Lord is outside of the limits of time and space; He knows all and sees all, knows who will believe and who will not throughout the ages. We see only free will and must warn them. The spreading of Christ's Gospel is our charge and earthly work from the time of our belief until the the time we physically die. First to the Jews (for our purposes - those we come in contact with regularly) and then to the Greeks (people we chance encounter) I know this is a topical play on wording but still applicable.
No one can believe without hearing the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word work together as one to save and sanctify. It has never occurred spontaneously without hearing the Word in the Spirit's power. The more earnest, secret, private prayer that a believer puts in, the more of the Spirit's power will be present when they witness. Keep in mind that only God can give the increase but that does not let us off the hook in importunistic, shameless begging of God for the Spirit's power as He taught us in Luke 11.
The biggest obstacle imposed upon us by many "Christ" claiming sects is that of sales pressure to obtain a quick and meaningless prayer from people whom we sow these Good Seeds of God's Word to.
There is no prayers or phrases or chants that give us eternal life through Christ. There is only the pure hearts of individuals truly seeking His Truth. All whom seek Him will find Him and they will find Him only through the shed Blood and sacrifice of Christ for us. Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us is the only way, the only truth and the only avenue to eternal life in Heaven.
Remember the Words of our Lord throughout Scripture: Not by power nor by might but by my Spirit saith the Lord. The sincere burden to warn souls should be on us, it is our purpose for our continued existence in this fake world system controlled by Satan. We must warn them and tell them that we are warning them. The level of conviction however is in direct correlation with the amount of secret tears, prayer and fasting we commit to and never by any wisdom of our own words or like sales tricks, etc. Luke 11: 8-13 reference again.
It is with near certainty that all those born-again will be present at the Great White Throne Judgment. Those lost persons we have known in our routine and daily walk (family, neighbors, co workers) will be cast into the lake of fire right in front of us. The final wiping away of all tears comes after the Great White Throne which indicates to me that we will watch those condemned to eternal torment whom we have known personally throughout our saved lives whom we never warned. Relatives whom we never gave up a single meal for to beg God for their souls. Think on it for a moment and try to imagine some other reason why there would be tears in Heaven if not for this reason. God makes it abundantly clear that we are responsible for seeding and watering. This and only this is how His Message is delivered, please make no mistake about that.
Warning the lost through sharing the Gospel can be done in multiple ways and all are effective if we remember the only active ingredients - the Scriptures and importunistic prayer for the Spirit (Luke 11: 8 - 13 again). Any clever commentary we wish to add means nothing to God and will not enhance the Spirit's conviction in their hearts of sin and righteousness and judgment to come.
Preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
I recommend looking up a group in Oregon online called "Watchmen Gospel Signs". They sell (at cost only) a myriad of excellent signage, bumper stickers, window decals that provide the Gospel directly from Scripture. No gift of gab necessary to truly and unashamedly place your light on a table for all the world to see. Cover your cars and surround your house with them and you will have treasure in Heaven my friends. But be warned, you will be persecuted for it. Far more than any door to door knocking will produce. Why, because it will be the you that everyone already knows. In other words, it will be the full-time you. It won't be the anonymous you cold- knocking on doors an hour or three a week. In addition, Gospel messages loaded with Scripture and bathed in prayer can be sent to almost everyone in this country these days through email.
If the lost including the religious revile you, mock you, say evil of you falsely for His Namesake because you are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ then happy are ye for so did they the martyrs, disciples, Apostles and prophets that came before you.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified
Remember the Words of our Lord: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
We must be Christlike in our warning but please keep in mind that Christ never sugarcoated, watered down or beat around the bush with His Message.
We will understand clearly just how much of our "saved" lives we wasted on the temporal. I think the vast majority will understand what the word regret means unlike ever before in their lives:
Ezekiel 33:8, 9 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
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