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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Think About It

Doing the Will of God
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Have you ever noticed that it is easy to do the will of God when you agree with it? But when you don’t, man is it difficult. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Paul talks about a thorn in the flesh that was given him. Three times he asked for it to be removed, but God said that his grace was sufficient. I don’t pretend to know what this thorn was, but what I can tell you is that regardless of Paul’s desire to have it removed, God in his wisdom chose to leave it.

Sometimes God allows things in our life to test and refine us. Although that may not seem like fun, it does never the less have a purpose. I have learned that some tests are designed to teach us what we are made of and where our weaknesses are. Peter you might remember, told Jesus that he would defend him to the end. Jesus told him "Peter the truth is, this very night before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." (Matthew 26:34) And of course, that was what happened. Yet, after this Peter was the one that stood up and spoke before the crowds on the Day of Pentecost, (Acts 2).

The writer of Romans stated that when we allow God to transform our minds, then we would be able to know what His perfect and good will is, (Romans 12:2). This transformation comes through the renewing of our minds. Like a computer, our minds have been programmed with the many things that have come into our lives. We learn through the things we see, hear, and touch. What we have taken in through these areas has helped to form and shape whom we are today. All of our beliefs are the sum product of what we have been taught. All that this was, and is, can be in conflict with God and His Word. Getting our will to line up with God’s will is more than just desire. It will also take hard work and some deprogramming of our minds. Hence the renewing process talked about in Romans. If your desire is to do the will of God, it will take desire along with discipline and the grace of God to get past the thorns in the flesh. If you’re up to the challenge, are you willing to take the journey? Think about it.

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