Pastoral Reflections- Rev. Roger White, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa
May 3, 2013
Would you say discovering God’s will is like trying to catch a butterfly that’s always just out of reach? Or maybe you feel it’s like fishing, where you cast a lure and hope for the best? both scenarios lack the assurance that you can know God’s will. Jesus, on the other hand, was absolutely certain He knew what His Father had planned. In fact, the Father gives believers His Holy Spirit to reveal His purposes for each one. Scripture is God’s primary means of communication. It is both complete and comprehensive in content. With principles that address all areas of life, the Bible is the Father’s instruction book for living. Maintaining the Christian life apart from a steady diet of His Word is impossible; we leave ourselves open to a Jezebelian or Babylonian spirit of power, control, self-exaltation, etc. As Paul says in Ephesians 6:”For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” The Bible provides us with guidelines for living, and the Holy Spirit helps us apply its wisdom to our daily decisions. The more familiar we are with God’s Word, the easier it will be to see the relevance of scriptural precepts to our lives. Not adhering to the Lord’s plan will result in missing out on the abundant spiritual life that Christ has promised. Even more importantly, veering from God’s way will mean failure to bring Him the glory He deserves - glory that would result from following His plan. When we live self-centered lives, we become vulnerable to the powers of darkness who want to usurp all that God is (most likely this is done subtlety, and a person doesn’t even know they are being infected). Unless the Word of God has a central place in our lives, we will find it almost impossible to be certain we are in His will. Today is the day to change all that. God is waiting to meet with you in His Word. Won’t you join Him? There isn’t anything on your schedule that could possibly be more valuable than time spent with your Father. The Bible is the infallible, incorruptible, inerrant Word of our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer who never changes. The Bible’s Word is challenging, correcting, reproving, and rebuking yet full of God’s grace, love, and mercy. We cannot pick and choose the passages we like and tear out those that convict us. God wants what is best for us, so faith tells us that the entirety of the Bible contains God’s will for us all (even if it involves change or even if we have to yield power or control to God).
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