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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Understanding God’s Will

June 24

(Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV) "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, {16} making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. {17} Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."

(Romans 12:2 NIV) "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."

Maturity in the faith brings with it an increased ability to understand God's will. We stop conforming to this world, our minds are renewed, and our wills are transformed. We still have choices to make. We either live wisely, or we live foolishly. We either live in God's will, or we live outside of His will. There is little “middle ground”. It’s difficult to be just a little bit stupid. It is helpful to us that God’s moral will is spelled out in His commandments. Think of them as the manufacturers operating instructions. Along with our conscience and Christ, the commandments form a trinity for knowing God’s will. Obey the commandments, listen to your conscience, and know the mind of Christ, and you will have a much greater chance of understanding God’s will. This is a necessity for the Christian, because just like we can’t be a little bit stupid, we also can’t be just a little bit disobedient. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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