A recent trip to Minnesota, where I visited the beautiful Cathedral of St. Paul, caused me to delve more into Paul's life and his letters. Apostle Paul authored the majority of the New Testament Non-Gospel books (His first encounter with Christ was the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus). Anyway, I noticed a number of times Paul identified himself as:
"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God"
Curiously enough this exact phrase seems to be associated with most of the books attributed to Paul.
Here is one of my favorites scriptures using "Will of God":
- Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
As Father Corapi brilliantly said in one of his talks, God is reality and a good working definition of insanity is to to be out of touch with reality. And the world we live in is out of touch with reality.
Will of God vs. Will of Man
But how many Christians--in their day-to-day lives--can discern the "Will of God" and do the right thing and take a stand for our Heavingly Father?
Jesus warns us about doing the will of the Father:
- Matthew 7:21: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
How do you discern the Will of God?
Well, you have to be connected to the Holy Spirit. How do you do this? Through prayer, reading The Word and Godly Counsel. Because if you aren't connected with the Holy Spirit, you will become influenced by other type of spirits not from God--those from Satan.
Whenever you are making a decision and unsure about God's Will, ask yourself if it will please self, man or God and remember who comes first:
- Colossians 3:23: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men
But realise that being a Christian and being true to the Lord won't always endear you to those of the fallen world.
But as Saint Peter says:
- 1 Peter 3:17: It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
As Jesus says:
- Mark 3;35:"For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
- 1 John 2:17: The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Peace be with you,
© Michael J. Cox