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Do the Will of My Father

May 20, 2016

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Do  the Will  of My Father

Sometimes it can seem  that no matter what a person does,  they don’t  “feel”   like they are pleasing God.     And,  that is true.     None  of our good works done  in our self-righteousness  can be pleasing  to the Lord,  because we are only trying  to puff ourselves up  in God’s sight.     We want  to make ourselves  look good  and are not doing good things  in love  for the Lord.     So,  we’ve made a good thing  into a sinfully selfish thing.

In Matthew 12:50,  Jesus told the people,

Whoever shall  do  the will  of My Father  who is in heaven,  he is My brother  and sister  and mother.

Here Jesus is telling us  that if we want  to be as close  to Him  as a brother,  sister  and mother,  we do have to do  the will  of the Father.     Does that mean  we are back  to trying to do  all sorts  of good works  that we can show  to our heavenly Father  and say,  “Here.    See what I’ve done  for You”?    

God does not want  those kinds  of “good works”.     In John 6:29,  Jesus tells us  what we need  to be doing  in order to do  the “will of My Father”.     Jesus said,

This is  the work  of God,  that you believe  in Him  whom He has sent.

It should be  an easy job  to believe  in Jesus  whom our heavenly Father has sent — but,  it evidently  is not.     The world is full  of people  who absolutely refuse  to believe  in their need  for a Savior  like Jesus,  and those who find it  too difficult  to believe  in Jesus  as they face their trials.     They want a bunch  of miracles  to serve  their desires.     Why should believing  be so challenging?

Believing in Jesus means  admitting He is our Savior  from our sins.     In the first place,  that means  we have to admit  our sinfulness  and inability  to live perfect lives.     But,  with pride  being our most problematic sin,  we don’t want  to admit sin,  confess sin,  and truly repent  of our sins  —  i.e. stop doing it.     People would much rather  cover up their sins  and try  to justify them.

So,  actually doing the will  of the Father  —  doing the true work  of God  —  becomes a challenge  within ourselves.     But,  if we want  to be close  to Jesus  like a brother,  sister,  and mother,  we do need  to do the work  of believing  in Jesus.     He truly is  our Savior  from all our sins.     And He lovingly wants us  to face the truth  of our sinful condition  —  admitting that only His suffering  and death  on our behalf  could ever pay  for all our sins.     We are incapable  of paying the price  for our sins.     Only Jesus is worthy  of paying the price.

Let us get to “work”   every day  and look  at our sins  —  confess them,   repent,  ask for forgiveness,  and believe God’s promise  to wash them all away  in Jesus’ blood.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You make our burdens light!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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