Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take heart to what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. [...] The bride, a princess, waits within her chambers, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!



Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Life Presented to God - Part 4

“…so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2c

As we are continually being made new in the attitude of our minds (Eph. 4:23) we come to the place where we can ascertain what the will of God is. This is a very important aspect of our transformation, because as we grow we need to know what God desires of us to, which isn’t always explicitly said in His Word. Therefore, living opposed to the world’s culture and understanding God’s mercy by offering our bodies as living sacrifices produces knowing and doing the will of God. (A very profitable lifestyle.)

At this point in the passage there becomes a very simple explanation. Pursue God and in pursuing God He will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6) by reveavling Himself, His Word, and His ways to you. As we continue to pursue the Lord we become more atuned to His will. It’s as if we have an antenna and as we run after God the picture becomes more and more clear. Then we are able to say, “Oh, I understand God! (As far as we can humanly, that is.) Your ways really do work and are perfect.” And the more we see the clear picture, the more we trust in God and see experientally that His ways are perfect. The best part of it is that as we continue along our hearts are changed, we are transformed as we stare at the face of Christ.

Reflect with me today on your pursuit of Christ. Ask yourself, “Do I struggle with knowing what God’s will for me is?” If yes, then ask the Lord, “Why?” Is it unbelief? Rebellion? Fear? Whatever it is confess it before Him today.

If you answered no, ask the Lord, “What areas have I struggled with in pursuing You—letting You rule and reign as Lord?” As He answers, confess those as well. Then pursue God wholeheartedly offering yourself to him as a living sacrifice as you live a life unconformed to the pattern of this world.

Take heart and be encouraged,
“For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

1 comment:

Kazmi said...

Hi Jesicca,

May God Almighty bestow His blessings on you and your family. I read your blog, I dont know if I should have or I should have not. I seek your forgiveness if I am not supposed to be reading it.

I am not a cristian, I am a muslim and as you know we all have a lot in common. So when I read about prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) I liked it. So thought that I should let you know what my (I use "my" because cristians do not accept him as a prophet, so I respect your belief) prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and the Quran says about prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). If you have time please listen to K01-Jesus(P) In Islam I: Introduction on the website below:

http://www.islamicity.com/multimedia/radio/ch200/default.asp?inc=6.htm#Series-K:_Jesus:_Beloved_Messenger_of_Allah

I dont expect you to accept it but just know how closely we all are related even though we believe two completely different religions. This fact always brings a smile on my face.

May God bless you and your family.