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What is the will of God? What does God want for you? What does God’s Word say about His will for us? I am going to attempt to answer these questions in this study.
1). 1John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. So according to this passage if we do or obey the Will of God we will have Eternal life. John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 6:28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” God’s will for everyone is that all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:4. Also Acts 2:36-38 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Why were you Created? Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” So first God’s will is to be saved next His will is to 1Th 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Eph 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise– the fruit of lips that confess his name. Psalms 50:23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him {23 Or } the salvation of God.” Ps 100:1 A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; {3 Or } we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Be Saved and be Thankful. This is the Will of God.

2). What does God want for you? Romans 12:1,2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual {1 Or } act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. God’s wants us to worship with all of our lives. He does not want us to be like this world. 1John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world– the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Psalm 31:19 How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. 1Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
Matthew 5:3-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
2Timothy 1:6-10 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life– not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Now Jesus prays for believers in John 17 which is God’s will for us. In Summary Ecclesiastes 12:13&14 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. I pray this will help each of you as you seek to do the will of God in your lives. Note this is not exhaustive but only a few nuggets to chew and meditate.

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Someone recently ask me a question about Christians and tattoo’s. I know the first thing that will happen when some Christian’s read this they will immediately rebel and try to rationalize in order to have peace about it. If that is you then I would suggest studying the topic for yourself from God’s Word and ask yourself, why? Why am I getting one or why did I get one? Are tattoo’s Worldly or Godly?

Le 19:28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. (NIV)

1Co 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

These two verses indicate that our bodies are not ours if we belong to Jesus Christ. If you want a tattoo or body piercing, it might be wise to examine your motive. Why do you want it? What would Jesus do? Remember Jesus was pierced for us and we have the mark of the Holy Spirit. Be careful about a rebellious attitude. Also remember Revelation 13:16-18 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666. I am not suggesting that if you get a tattoo you are going to follow the Anti-Christ when he comes. I am saying marking our bodies may not be wise or honoring to a Holy God. Be careful!

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Search and Destroy all defects in the womb! This article from Albert Mohler.com is an indicator of the arrogance present in America. For all Christians reading this that have had or is seeking to have an abortion, regardless of situation, might want to close this article now! Better yet read on and reconsider your vanity and folly! Abortion is not a choice for Christians. Who are we to decide who lives and who dies? That’s right, if your are a liberal Christian and say you have a right to choose an abortion, you will be guilty of murder in the eyes of God. The blood of your baby will cry out to the Living God. God will hold you in Judgement for taking a Life. Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.” Ratsach is the Hebrew word for murder! Defined- to dash in pieces, i.e. kill (a human being), especially to murder:–put to death, kill, (man-)slay(-er), murder(-er). Cross reference this to Proverb 6:16-17 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood. Also study Psalm 139. Yes, if you have had an abortion you can receive forgiveness for this sin if you Repent and cry out to God through Jesus Christ! Is this a rant from a babbling idiot? Some would say so. But this is God’s opinion and all humanity will stand before Him regardless of your belief or understanding! It matters not at all if you disagree. Here is the article.

The news out of Sarasota, Florida caught many people by surprise. A doctor in the city has lost his license because he aborted what is now described as the “wrong” baby. Back in 2006, Dr. Matthew Kachinas had been asked to perform an abortion on a baby that had been identified as having Down syndrome and other congenital defects. Instead, the doctor aborted that baby’s healthy twin. As reported in The Miami Herald:

A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus. Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide. Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect. CBS News added further details: “The woman had asked the doctor to perform a selective termination procedure on the male fetus, which had congenital defects. An ultrasound later showed that the other fetus, a female that did not appear to have medical problems, had been terminated.” What are we to make of this? We now know that the vast majority of babies identified prenatally as carrying the genetic markers for Down syndrome are aborted. National statistics indicate that 80-90% of such babies are now aborted — meaning that we have launched a search and destroy mission on Down syndrome babies in the womb.
The situation with Dr. Kachinas reveals the horribly confused morality that marks modern America and, in far too many cases, the practice of medicine. This doctor was asked to perform what is now euphemistically called a “selective reduction.” Instead, he aborted “the wrong baby,” killing a healthy baby instead of the baby identified as carrying the markers for Down syndrome.
Consider what this means for the sanctity of human life. We are now looking at babies as consumer products. We will accept babies that meet our specified qualifications, and abort when medical tests or other factors reveal that the baby does not meet our standards. Human life is reduced to just another consumer product subject to consumer preferences and demand. Do we recognize what this means? The abortion of Down syndrome babies is a scandal of the first degree, and this nation is growing more complacent and complicit in this scandal by the day. Beyond this, we can be certain that babies are now being targeted in the womb for reasons far beyond Down syndrome. Specialists working with autism are concerned that forthcoming genetic tests will put babies who carry markers for autism next on the list for prenatal search and destroy missions. This news story out of Florida is a warning to the entire nation. What is the real scandal here — that this doctor was ready to kill a baby with Down syndrome, or merely that he aborted “the wrong baby?”
The answer to that question will tell us all we need to know about the conscience of the age.” Let’s choose life! If your doctor tells you your baby has Autism or Down Syndrome and should be terminated, remember this, God is blessing you not cursing you!

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It is amazing how many intellectual Atheist cannot define evil. I do not intend to belittle any, only to stimulate thinking. By definition, I am not very knowledgeable of the origins of Atheistic thought. Nor do I claim the desire to understand every thought from every Atheist. Let me ask a few questions for which most Atheist try to explain away. Does evil exist? Define evil please? Ok, here are a few secular definitions; 1. morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life. 2. “extreme moral wickedness.” Now here is an Antonym–righteous. Secular definitions-1. characterized by uprightness or morality 2. acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous. Now who sets the parameters? What is right and what is wrong? Can man set these parameters? Who says the murder is wrong? Who says sleeping with another mans wife or husband is wrong? Who says stealing is wrong? Is not Murder evil? How about the evils of Adultery? The evil of taking something that does not belong to you. To say that mankind and his behavior evolves through the millennia is absolutely illogical. With this train of thought, one day murder will evolve into giving life, adultery will be what gives strength to marriage and stealing will evolve into charity. What is Atheism? Definition of Atheism: 1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God. 2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings. Is this logical? To believe there is no belief? An Atheist told me some time back that faith is believing in something that you know does not exist. Wow that redefines logic. The end of Faith is the aspirations of many Atheist’, which in turn would be the end of Atheism. Only suggesting that there is something Greater than the Intellect of mankind! What is the mathematical percentage that everything that is known just happened? God does exist. Jesus did die on a cross and was raised from the dead! With man, this is impossible, but we are not talking about man are we? By the way, I am not telling anyone how or what to believe. That is your free will choice!

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O the beauty of an intimate relationship with the Living God through the Grace, Mercy and Love of Jesus Christ! I am always reminded just how much Jesus suffered to make a way for me, a mere sinner, to have access to the Holy of Holies. Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Is there anything greater than the Blood of Jesus? One of the most disheartening things to ever grace my ears was a lady that told me that God could not possible love her. The only thing I could do is sing a song that I learned early in my life. “Jesus Loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. He will wash away my sin, let His little chid come in.” How much does God love the unlovable? 1John 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son {9 Or } into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for { Or } our sins.” Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” To say that God does not love everyone is to blaspheme the Name and Character of God, because “God is love.” I had to share with this sin laden lady whom thinks that God cannot love her. “You must repent, turn away, from your sins and believe in the Death of Jesus on the Cross, His burial and His resurrection from the dead in order to understand the things of God! Her pride and sin were separating her from receiving the Benefits of Christ! Maybe some of you think that some how you are such a sinner that God could not possibly love you and forgive you? Stop with the Pride! Repent and believe! Jesus is not and will not die again to pay for your sins! He died once for all! Now to go back to the beginning of this devotion. God does not desire just a relationship with you. He wants an intimate relationship with you. What’s the difference? Glad you asked! Here’s the difference; A relationship with God means you received His Pardon and can now enjoy His Love for you, whereas an intimate relationship means that you can receive His Pardon, enjoy His Love and you can now Bless Him with your life instead of Him just blessing you! Intimacy with the Loving God is more than just asking Him to bless you, it is you asking Him, how can I bless you God? It is easy to say God bless me, not a bad thing by the way, but it is a totally different thing to say “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Psalm 103:1 So God loves you and will forgive you all your sins if you repent! Then you can enjoy intimacy with the Only Holy God! Bless the Lord O my soul, Bless His Holy Name! O the beauty of an intimate relationship with the Living God through the Grace, Mercy and Love of Jesus Christ!

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As I ponder today about the Greatness of our God and Father, I am reminded from the weeping Prophet Jeremiah of God’s Great Faithfulness. Jeremiah Laments over his people and comes to this conclusion in chapter 3 of Lamentations; 3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
21 ¶ This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” I am convinced that everything in my life that is bad is do to my lack of devotion to the Lord and everything in my life that is good comes from Him who died for my iniquities, Jesus Christ! I have a problem with self- imposed misery. To explain my misery, it is best to go to the affliction of the Apostle Paul. Romans 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do– this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” I have the desire to pray but I put it off. I want to walk obediently before my God always but I find myself coming short of that mark. My soul gets downcast within me and I find myself broken before Him. Alas, it hits me! THAT’S where He wants me to be!! Lamenting my sins and humbly coming to Him for Cleansing and strength! Paul buts his conclusion this way. Romans 7:24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God– through Jesus Christ our Lord! May everyone who finds this devotion find themselves lamenting and humbling themselves before the Lord Christ! For Jesus understands our afflictions and He understands humility. Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” O my Jesus, my Rock and my Redeemer! Isa 53:10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Jesus understands our needs and will meet our needs, according to His Riches in Glory, if we would simple humble ourselves, repent and lament our sins! Come to Jesus, He will not forsake you or leave you! He will Save you from yourself!!

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So many are stressing about the IRS man. I am not an economist but I do have common sense. Here is an idea to stimulate the economy, do away with the IRS and have a flat tax! Everyone pays 10% period! I think if Congress, who created the tax code, would just pay their back taxes that would so much improve our relations with them! I also know for a fact the wealthy in this country need a tax break! Who works for a poor man? The rich create jobs not the other way around. I know it is fashionable now a days to attack the rich, but let me ask a question or two; who pays the majority of this Nations tax bill? Who creates jobs? Have you ever worked for someone who is poor? Is being wealthy a sin? I will tell you on the Day of Judgement there will be many, rich and poor, cast into Hell because of the Love of money! Yes that is correct. The wealthy and the poor alike share one thing in common. They can both be guilty of this Scripture. 1Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Not all wealthy rich people are evil! In fact I would say that there are just as many poor people who love money more than the rich! We all know the Scripture’s that speak about the rich having a hard time entering into the Kingdom of Heaven and it is easy to stand in judgement against people richer than yourself! Did God not say; “Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Who was one of Jesus’ best friend? A rich man! Lazarus was wealthy so he must have been evil, right? Not so much. So why am I writing this? What did Jesus teach about taxes? First listen to Jesus and listen to the rulers of the time in which He lived. Luke 20:19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,
24 “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”
25 “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.” Now listen to this; Luke 23:1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.” Isn’t that amazing! He just told them to pay taxes to the government but to give to God what is God’s. Then they accused Him of cheating on His taxes! Nothing has changed has it? The Government may be out of control but believers need to pay taxes! But, just as important they need to give to God! Love for money is evil, not money itself! Flee from the evil of Covetness and render yourself to Jesus Christ! The IRS man cometh but so is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

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