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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Purpose God's Will - Part 4"

Date published: 04/25/2016
Matthew 26:52 “‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.’” (NIV) 

   As we walk through life, we must purpose to do God’s will in both good and bad times. You do this by: 1) Recognizing God has a higher purpose. 2) Ask God to restrain your flesh from reacting. 3) Fight self through the spiritual warfare and the armor of God. 4) Finally, entrust everything in your life to God. The key question in trusting God is whose name do you want your life to bear? 1 Peter 4:16 challenges you to bear the name of Jesus, “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” (NIV) Whether a difficult time ends well or badly does not mean the name of Jesus cannot emanate from your life. Follow Jesus’ perfect example in 1 Peter 2:20b-21, “But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in His steps.” (NIV) Bearing the name of Jesus allows you to do what is right, persevere, and trust God. Do not allow your difficulty to remove God from the throne of your life, but allow your God to consume your difficulty by trusting Him. Live your life for God as in 1 Peter 4:19 by committing and trusting Him with every detail of your life, “So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (NIV) It is this type attitude that says, “I trust God no matter the circumstances.” You live your life for the God you love, trust, and depend upon, instead of the shifting sands of this world. Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (NIV)  

   The soldiers rushing into the garden to arrest Jesus were distressing, even horrifying, and Jesus’ disciples let their flesh consume their faith in God. Hard times can cause the best of us to react with the “sword” instead of our greatest weapon, love. Purpose to do God’s will by entrusting all your cares, possessions, and anxieties to Him, so as in 1 Peter 5:7 He can care for you, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (NIV) 

2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV) 

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