Posted by: bshelley | July 28, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Today’s Verse: Ephesians 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. NASB

Well, I don’t know about you but I certainly do not want to be considered foolish by anyone. Certainly not by God. This chapter in Ephesians deals with our responsibility to seek Christ-likeness as a primary goal in our lives as Christians. The apostle Paul then makes one of his signature summary statements that you cannot do that if you don’t know God’s will. Seems like pretty solid advice. Certainly, we cannot just go out and do or be something if we have not the first idea of what that is we are asked to be or do. Sounds pretty foolish just to even say something like that. For example, if someone were to tell me to go out and be a brain surgeon, I would likely want to get some instruction of what that might entail, right? Well, where might I go to seek that information? I could ask around or contact a medical school and find out what steps and learning is required. Then I could set about becoming a brain surgeon. Paul is not saying anything more complicated than just that. If one wants to obey God and become more Christ-like, then we need to seek out what God’s will is for our lives. Here’s where some try to make this way more complex of a process than is necessary. For us to clearly know God’s will is as simple as picking up our Bible and reading. That is what the Bible is…God’s revealed will for His children. He says in Ephesians 5:1-2 that His will is for us to become Christ like, or imitators of Christ. This is not saying we have to become divine, that is not possible, but rather we are to do as He did. We cannot know much about Jesus except that He was a real person who lived in a specific place at a specific time outside of the Bible. So, unless we wish to be foolish, we need to pick up our Bibles and learn what Jesus said to do and did. Not to read the Bible is foolish. To know God’s word is to know God’s will. “Therefore”, we should do that.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-ephesians-5_17

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Responses

  1. Thanks and God Bless

  2. God Will Deliver

    “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,”
    {2 Timothy 3 v 12}.

    Dear saints have you suffered persecution because you are a follower of Christ? I suspect that you have, because as you see in the Word of God, those that try to live godly lives will surely suffer for their faith, but, we also know that God is faithful and He will deliver us from all persecutions which we endure on this earth. The Lord our God will deliver us from every evil thing that will come up against us, and He will never let us suffer beyond that which we are able to endure.

    The Lord will keep us safe as we journey through this life, and will bring us into His heavenly kingdom, that is His promise to you and me, for He has sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise. I am convinced that nothing shall be able to tear us apart from His love which is in Christ Jesus, we are able to go through anything that this life throws against us, for as it is written in {Romans 8 v 37}, “In all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

    Always remember our Lord will never forsake us, or leave us, His love was sealed for us at Calvary. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me yea might have peace in the world yea shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the word,”
    {St John 16 v 33}.


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