3/31/2013 ~ God Desires For Us
Are our actions to please ourselves or God?
... All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
... that the man of God may be complete, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
The man of God. Ö what character traits does God call out for?
It is from the Bible that we must seek for these calling truths.
What pinnacle approach does God call out for?
... If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:1-7
Besides listed noble character traits, character warnings fill the Bible.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!
~ Isaiah 5:21
As mature Christians, we should strive after what He declares
and be always mindful of those things He considers Holy.
... that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to
exhort and convict those who contradict. ~ Titus 1:4-9
... willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over
those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; ~ 1st Peter 5:1-3
Peter exhorts us, encourages us, to do more, not less.
... lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Yet it shall not be so among you; ... ~ Matthew 20:25-28
We are told not to Lord over others.
Superiority has the flavor of arrogance and it does alienate the meek.
... fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up
cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; ~ Hebrews 12:14-15
Bitterness is the cancer of peace. Pure worship involves peace.
"... wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a man." ~ Mark 7:21-23
Who among us can say we are not guilty?
None of us are able to throw that first stone.
~ We all fall short.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance
and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. ~ Proverbs 8:13
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! ~ James 3:5
"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,
they will give account of it in the day of judgment." ~ Matthew 12:36
But if you bite and devour one another, beware
lest you be consumed by one another! ~ Galatians 5:15
Words often can wound if rashly spoken.
Do we at times forget God as we speak?
Even so, God calls us individually to come completely to Him,
and not to any mere mortal man. It is not a competition between men
but a call from our Lord to Come to Him with all that we are,
- regarding His ways.
... let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts ... ~ Philippians 4:4-7
There are many principles the Lord calls us to live by and this oration
is unable to cover the many of them, but diligent study reveals it to each.
... "We ought to obey God rather than men." ~ Acts 5:29
It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.
~ Psalms 118:8
"... when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?
... everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, ..." ~ Luke 18:7-14
We all have challenges and must consider our own short-comings
rather than condemning others in order to satisfy an exalted self.
... where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are
there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, ... ~ James 3:13-18
... walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good
work and increasing in the knowledge of God; ... ~ Colossians 1:10-12
As saints in the light,
God desires that we humbly be in Him, His word,
- over the pursuits of human controls.
Doctrines of man blur the truth of God.
It is Godís word that shows us the way.
Jesus used the cross as a platform of instruction.
A reminiscent feeling many if us have encountered.
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from
helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? ... ~ Psalms 22:1-11
Each one of us can only be helped by submitting to the will of God.
A surrender of self reaches out to the heights of heaven.
... according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:3-9
Our living hope is the salvation of our souls.
... For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good
than for doing evil. ... ~ 1st Peter 3:15-22
Let no one deceive you by any means; ... those who perish, because they
did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. ...
~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-10
The man of God needs to stand ready in service to Him.
Godís own holiness dwells in the hearts of those who commit to Him.
True creatures of God submit to Him.
God desires each one of us.
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