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December 4, 2009
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This Mini-Book is Part 2 of a series of Mini-Books on the subject of doing the will of God the Father. It would be very helpful if you would get a copy of Part 1 of this series of Mini-Books. There is a lot revealed in Part 1 that is not repeated in this part.
God the Father has a perfect will for everyone who has been born into this world. Yet, the Bible reveals that very few will do the will of God the Father. I believe it is important that everyone would do the will of God the Father in their lives.
In Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Are Christians doing the will of God the Father? If not, why not?
How many Christians truly know what God's will is? Being that Jesus said, only those who do the will of God the Father will enter into the kingdom of heaven we should find out beyond all doubt, what the will of God the Father is?
There is a Devil in this world, who is doing all he can to keep people of knowing and understanding the will of God for their lives. The Devil is a Devil, and he has never changed. He is still the same today as he was the day he was cast out of the third heavens for rebellion against God. If we want to do the will of God the Father, we must not do what the Devil tries to get us to do. If we do what the Devil wants us to do, we will most likely end up in the same place the Devil will end up. That place is called Hell, a place of torment for all eternity. I would rather spend eternity with God in heaven than with the Devil in hell.
Doing His Will
In order to do the will of God the Father, we must know His will. To know the will of God the Father it is necessary for Christians to consider the complete Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation. If we leave out part of the complete Scriptures, we could be deceived in knowing the will of God the Father.
One of the devices of Satan is to keep Christians focused upon this life here on earth and not be concerned about what we will be doing in eternity. In 1 John 2:15-17 it says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him...For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world...And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
God's will for our lives goes far beyond this world. The Devil knew that God's will for man from the beginning included eternity after this life here on earth. That is revealed in Genesis 3:1-6, when the serpent tempted Eve with "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and pride of life" (Gen. 3:6).
When Christians are focused upon this life here on earth more than life after this world is passed away, they hinder the Holy Spirit from using them, and working through them, to accomplish the will of God the Father here on earth. Our focus should be on the total plan of God for our lives. This earth will sometime in the future be destroyed and there will be a new heavens and a new earth. In Isaiah 65:17 it says, "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." Then in Isaiah 66:12 it says, "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain." In this, there should not be any question concerning, what will happen to this earth? It is clear already in Isaiah 65:17 and 66:12 that there will be a new heavens and a new earth. Then in 2 Peter 3:12,13 it says, "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat...Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." In Revelation 21:1 it says, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
Anyone who does not believe that this earth will be destroyed has already had their minds blinded by the god of this world. When we lack knowledge of God's total plan for man, we are easily deceived by the enemy.
Jesus knew the total plan of God the Father for everyone. In Hebrews 12:2 it says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Jesus was more interested in what will happen after this earth is passed away than He was in this earth itself. Jesus knew this earth would pass away, and there would be a new heavens and a new earth, wherein righteousness dwells.
It was a joy for Jesus, knowing that through His death and resurrection He would became the Head of the Body of Christ, which is made up of those who were faithful to do the will of God the Father while here on earth. It was a joy for Jesus to do what He did, knowing the end from the beginning.
If Christians knew the end from the beginning, it would be a joy to do the will of God the Father here on earth, that we can spend eternity with Christ, doing the will of God the Father in all eternity. If we learn how to do the will of God the Father now, and follow God's plan now, we will then enjoy eternity doing the will of God the Father forever and ever.
Lucifer (Satan, the Devil) chose to do his own will. Therefore, he was cast out of the third heavens and will spend eternity in Hell (Isa. 14:19,20; Ezek. 28:17,18; Rev. 20:10).
Satan is doing all he can to get Christians to follow his example, and do their own will rather than the will of God the Father. Satan knows if he can get Christians to follow his plans, he can have them with him forever.
Oh, how important it is to know the will of God the Father, and do His will, not our will of the flesh. God knows that Christians are limited by a lack of knowledge of His will. Therefore, God has given us three witnesses here on earth, to know what is of God and what is not of God. In 1 John 5:7,8 it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one...And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water (Word), and the blood: and these three agree in one."
Many Bibles today do not have these verses written as the Holy Spirit inspired them. We need to know what the Holy Spirit inspired, if we are to know the truth from the Word of God. We are not under the Old Testament Covenant. We have a New Covenant that replaces the Old Covenant. In the Old Testament Covenant there was the witness of men. This is no longer in the New Covenant because now the Holy Spirit has been given to us to be our Teacher, Guide, Comforter, Leader, and Helper. We now have three "perfect witnesses," whereas in the Old Covenant, the witness of men was not always perfect. The Holy Spirit is God, and He will not lie. In Numbers 23:19 it says, "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" When Christians do not have 1 John 5:7,8 in their Bibles, according to what the Holy Spirit inspired in the beginning it is easy to be deceived.
Where many Christians make their mistake is in looking for more than three witnesses as to what is of God and what is not of God. If we think God is doing something in our lives, simply because it seems to be supernatural, we can easily be deceived. I know, I have been deceived in the past by supernatural experiences. I was deceived by a dream, which I thought was of God. I have been deceived by listening to some who said they were a prophet, and what they said was not true. Just because it is supernatural, that does not mean it is God.
Christians cannot do the will of God from their natural mind. Yet, Christians cannot operate in this world without their natural mind. Our mind is a part of "our living soul."
We were created as "a living soul" in the beginning (Gen. 2:7; 1 Cor. 15:45-47). We have a physical body made up of the elements of this earth. We have a spirit within us given to us by God.
When we become born again of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, we receive a new spirit, which is "in Christ" (Ezek. 11:19, 36:26; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 5:17). We also receive a spiritual body, which is in Christ (1 Cor. 15:44). We should also receive the Holy Spirit, "Himself" after we are born again of the Spirit and the Word (Acts 1:4,5,9, 2:4; 8:14,15; 9:17; 10:47,48).
Our physical body belongs to the earth, but remains a part of our three-part being as long as we remain on this earth. Our spirit belongs to God, and God is in control of our spirit. We are "a living soul," and we are in control of what happens in our life, here on earth and hereafter in eternity. Therefore, in Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us that when our physical body dies on this earth, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Ecclesiastes does not say anything about our "living soul" because we are still a "living soul."
When Christians are raised again from the dead they are not raised in a natural body of this earth, they are raised in a spiritual body, which is in Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 it says, "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption...It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power...It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."
Christians who do not understand spiritual things as they are revealed by the Holy Spirit, will easily get into error thinking the spiritual experiences they are having are from God. Not all spiritual experiences are from God. If they are from God, then the Holy Spirit will bear witness with our spirit and we will know it's from God, and not from the Devil (who is the god of this world). Satan has the power to perform spiritual experiences, and he does operate in the spiritual realm to deceive those who are not led by the Holy Spirit. If we are led by the thoughts in our minds, Satan has an advantage over us. We must learn to be led by the Holy Spirit from our spirit within us.
We cannot do the will of God the Father, unless we do what we are told to do in the written Word. There are certain things we are told to do in the New Testament. The Old Testament was written to those who were not born again of the Spirit. They were not given the Holy Spirit as their Helper, Guide, Comforter, Leader, and Teacher. The Holy Spirit was not given until after Jesus was glorified (John 7:39).
In Romans 12:1,2, it says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service...And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Christians have never been told to do anything about "their spirit." God is in control of our spirit and has always been in control of our spirit. God uses our spirit to communicate with us, "without controlling what we do." God is not a controlling spirit. (Satan is a controlling spirit). God is love, and love never controls another person contrary to their will.
What we do is our responsibility. All the way from Adam and Eve on, there was "a spirit in man," and God was in control of "the spirit of man" which was "in man."
God uses the spirit of man to give man understanding. In Job 32:8 it says, "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." There always was a spirit "in man." The complete Bible was written by men, as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (from their spirit) (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20,21).
Christians have been given the responsibility of presenting their physical bodies a living sacrifice unto God. They have also been given the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of their mind on the written Word of God (Rom. 12:1,2).
If Christians do not renew their mind on the "inspired, written Word," they will easily be deceived by the Devil. Those who are deceived by the Devil will receive the same eternal death as those who sin (knowing what they are doing is sin). Eve was deceived, yet she was also in the same transgression as Adam (1 Tim. 2:14). If Christians do what they are told to do in "the New Testament," they will inherit eternity with Christ in God for ever. But, if they do not do what they are told to do in the New Testament, they are the ones who will give an account, and possibly spend eternity in hell with the Devil. There is no eternal security outside of doing the will of God the Father. (Matt. 7:21,22, Rev. 3:4,5,15,16; 22:18,19).
In the New Covenant, Christians "must be taught by God," not by man (John 6:45, 1 John 2:27). If we are not taught by God, then we are not doing what we are told to do by our LORD Jesus Christ, according to the inspired Word of God.
Christians have a choice. They can do their own will, or they can do the will of God the Father. The choice is theirs, and they will give an account for themselves. We cannot blame anyone else, not the Devil, not other people, and not God. We will all stand before the LORD on the last day and give an account for what we did concerning the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the Blood of Jesus.
These three witnesses are all we have been given by God to prepare ourselves for eternity in heaven. Those who look for another way, will be deceived, just as Eve was deceived in the beginning.
The greatest deception within the body of Christ comes by Satan using people to do his will. Satan uses people to change the inspired Word of God, to make it say something other than what God inspired to be written. There are many Bibles today, used by many Christians that have parts that are not inspired by the Holy Spirit, and are in great error. Those who do not "search the Scriptures, and Study the Scriptures" to know what is of God and what is not of God will easily be deceived. English translations of the Bible do not always say what the Holy Spirit inspired. There are many Hebrew and Greek words that do not have equivalent English words to give them the correct meaning of what the Holy Spirit inspired. If Christians do not correctly check their Bibles with the Hebrew and Greek, they will easily be deceived.
Christians cannot go by their natural understanding, for the Word of God is not naturally discerned. The Word of God must be discerned and revealed by the Holy Spirit, who knows all spiritual truths. In 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 it says, "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God...Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
If Christians do not believe what it says in 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, they are already deceived by the enemy in their minds. Our minds must be transformed by renewing them on the "inspired Word of God," not on the words of men. The renewing of our mind is our responsibility. God has done all He can to help us overcome the works of the Devil. If we do not overcome the works of the Devil by the witness of the Holy Spirit, the written Word and the Blood of Jesus, it is not God's fault, it is our own fault.
God has done all He can for us. Now it is up to us "individually," to do what God has told us to do. If we continue to go according to our own understanding, our own reasoning, and imaginations we will fail. We cannot go according to our natural mind. We must go according to the witness of the Holy Spirit, the written Word, and the Blood of Jesus (1 John 5:8).
When I was first born again of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, the greatest desire in my heart was to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. I know today, that it was the Holy Spirit Who put that desire in my heart, working from my spirit within me. Satan would never put that desire in a Christian's heart. The desire to do the will of God does not come from man himself, and certainly does not come from the Devil.
As we pay attention to what comes from our spirit, God will Help, Guide, Comfort, Teach, and Lead us into the will of God the Father. We must respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit from within our spirit.
As I continued to seek the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Satan used everything he could to prevent me from receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Satan uses the thoughts he puts in our minds, to try to stop us from continuing to do the will of God. It is the will of God that every Christian would receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
One thing to watch for in the written Word of God is where we are "commanded" to do something. If we are commanded to do something, then it is important that we do what we are commanded to do. In Genesis 2:16,17, Adam was commanded by the LORD God not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam disobeyed the LORD God, and sin and death entered into mankind because of what Adam did.
For Christians, in Acts 1:4,5 it says, "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me...For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
God is not a respecter of persons. What the LORD has commanded some in the Body of Christ to do, He has commanded all to do. The same as in Mark 12:30,31 where it says, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment...And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." These commandments are not just for some, but for everyone. Wherever we are commanded to do something, we must do what we are commanded to do by God.
Christians are not commanded to do anything about their spirit. The spirit of man is perfect, and it belongs to God. Christians are only commanded to present their bodies a living sacrifice unto God, and renew our minds, so that we are no longer conformed to this world, but transformed by a work of God from within us.
Transformation takes place from within man where the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit. Conforming to the Law takes place from outside of man working from our mind.
Christians must not be like the Galatians. Paul wrote to the Galatians in Chapter Three, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?...This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?...Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? " (Gal. 3:1-3).
Christians cannot do the will of God from their natural mind. We cannot serve God from our mind. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:9, "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son..." Our mind must be renewed by the Word of God through a work of the Holy Spirit from within our spirit.
The flesh still desires the world and the things of this world. The flesh must be overcome by the leading of the Holy Spirit from within our spirit. Of our own ability, we cannot please God. To please God we must walk by faith. In Hebrews 10:38 it says, "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." It is not our faith, but the faith of God which is given to us as a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23). Only Christians have this faith. The world does not have the faith of God. The natural man, who does not operate according to the Spirit of God, the written Word of God, and the Blood of Jesus, cannot live by the faith of God.
Those who walk after the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 tells us, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit...For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace...Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be...So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
Christians who walk after the flesh desire the things of this world. In their desire for the things of this world, they love themselves more than they love one another. These do not, and cannot obey the second commandment of the LORD. In Galatians 5:15-17 it says, "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another...This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh...For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Therefore, in Galatians 5:25 we are told, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
God is a personal GOD. God desires to dwell in each individual person Himself. God wants to be in control of everything we do in this life and in eternity to come. God is for us, not against us.
Just as God was in Jesus, reconciling the world unto Himself, He wants to be in every individual person who will receive Jesus as their LORD and Savior. Because that God is Love and does not force anyone to do anything, each person individually must receive the LORD themselves.
The Bible says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God..." Do what the Bible says. "Believe in your heart" and pray:
"LORD Jesus, I know that You are the Son of God. I know that You died on the cross for me. I know that God raised You from the dead.
Jesus, forgive me of all my sins, wash me clean in Your blood; that I may be the righteousness of God in You. Thank You, Jesus!
Jesus, I ask You to come into my life? Live Your life in me! Let Your will be done in me! Let the will of God be done in my life as it was in Your life. I surrender my life to You, Jesus!
You lead me by Your Spirit and I will follow to the best of my ability. I will live for You all the days of my life, as You lead me by Your Spirit.
I receive You now, as my LORD, and SAVIOR for all eternity. I will be with You here on earth, and I will be with You in heaven, forever and ever. I will give You all the Glory. It is for You that I will live forever. Amen."
From this day forward, study the Bible daily, and become a doer of the Word of God, not just a hearer only.
In Mark 16:16,17, Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues..." If you have not been baptized with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, pray a prayer while believing in your heart on what God has promised you in His Word.
"LORD Jesus, You said in Mark 16:17, that in Your name I can cast out devils.
Satan, in the name of Jesus' I cast you out of my mind. You have no authority over my mind. My mind is clear of all demonic oppression in Jesus' name.
Father, according to Your Word in Luke 11:13, You promised me the Holy Spirit if I ask. Father, I am now asking You to give me the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Your heavenly language. I receive Him from You now, in Jesus' name."
Continue to pray in the Spirit every day. Place God first in your life and live for God every day. Always remember what it says in Colossians 3:1,2, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God...Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Once we do what it says in Colossians 3:1,2, then Colossians 3:3,4 will apply to us. It says, "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God...When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
It is our desire to see God manifest in your life by His love working in you and through you. We love the LORD our God, for He is love and He will manifest His love in the lives of those who love Him.
This is the second of a series of Mini-books on "Doing HIS WILL." These Mini-books will help you to receive from God all that God has promised us in His Word.
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