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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

GODLY ALTERATIONS NEEDED

1 John 5:13-15 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

          This is the crux of prayer, not that we merely ask for anything we desire, but rather that we ask for anything according to His will. If we truly know God in an intimate way, as He knows us, then we will inherently ask for that which is in His will for us. It is in the knowing that we find common ground. God desires for us to know Him. We must desire to know Him ourselves. We mustn’t clutter our minds and lives with trivial nonsense that is temporal at best and harmful at its worst. We don’t want to be so heavenly minded so as to be no earthly good, but conversely, we don’t want to become mired in the things of this world so as to be of no use to God. Satan is clever. His devious ways are meant to entrap us so we do nothing of any eternal value. We are to set our focus on that which is good and right and just and shun that which serves us no good purpose. God promises us that He will not only provide for and sustain us throughout this life, but will make sure we have that which we ask for as long as it is within the parameters of His will for us as individuals. He has a general and very specific will for us all. Generally speaking His will is to love and worship Him and spread the gospel message to the far corners of the earth. His specific will is not for us to say, but to be determined and manifest before us as we serve Him. It will become apparent once we get to the place where we need to know.
          John makes sure to encourage his readers first off by acknowledging and confirming that those who believe in the name of the Son of God can know that they have eternal life with Him. We know from the remainder of scripture that there is more to it than just believing for the devil believes in the existence of Jesus. It is in the change that takes place in us that the difference comes. Many say they believe in Jesus, yet never allow the Spirit of God to make any alterations to the fiber of their being at their core. Nothing changes for them. Their value system remains unchanged as does their moral structure. They profess and then go about business as usual, as if nothing had happened. It is in the changing that we become very different. We see things differently; from a different perspective … a Godly perspective. Just like an expensive suit needs alterations to fit us properly, so our own mind, soul and spirit requires alterations so as to fit us for heaven. We must submit to these alterations and allow them to change our behavior. It is not just in the believing, but in the living that people notice the change and are drawn to it. God loves us and has great plans for us if we will just submit to His work in us.

WALK WITH THE KING TODAY AND BE A BLESSING!