When Uncertain about the day. When Confused about tomorrow. When Worried about the future.
The will expresses its maximum potency when it aligns to the demands of God; when it subjects itself under Divine Will, authority, and rulership. That’s when the potential energy inherent in it is transformed into irresistible kinetic energy that even the body can’t stand. Even a sick body can’t stand a powerful will; the body may slowly whittle on the outside, but the Will sustains it from the inside.
Detours in life can be quite weakening whenever they occur, especially when you didn’t have prior knowledge that God often does that for several good reasons. So, you may find yourself very disappointed and have many questions running through your mind as to why God would allow such things to happen in the first place.
Man’s will is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man at creation, and when rightly deployed has numerous benefits. God made man as a free moral agent, with the ability to choose what he wants. He lays the options before man, shows him the consequences of each, then asks him to make the right choice.
The teaching of Matthew 7 verses 7 through 11 is part of the greatest discourse of Jesus Christ called The Sermon on the Mount. During this teaching, our Lord Jesus took out time to address quite a number of issues that have formed the basis of how we live as Christians today. From Matthew chapter 5 to the end of chapter 7.
Man (male and female) is composed of three distinct but interwoven components. Components that can't be dissected anatomically but are spiritually distinct and identifiable nonetheless. You are a tripartite being composed of the body, the soul and the Spirit. This is in likeness to the Blessed Trinity, made up of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
Today, we take a look at Proverbs 1 verse 12 ‘‘Like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit’’ (ESV). Ruminating over this verse gradually unearths the salient truths which may never be seen at first glance. In a world of extroverts and busy men, wisdom lies in the bosom of the introvert and ‘lazy’; this is not to encourage laziness, rather it is a call for some interiority. Some people rarely have time to calm down, close the door and prayerfully think, and even when they do, it is either a time for anxiety or plotting evil.
There's something fascinating about the above statement. The disciples of John had come to complain that Jesus, who John baptised the other day was now conducting water baptism Himself and all men came to Him. Obviously this was the operation of God who channeled all men towards Christ.
The position of a firstborn in Israel, just like in some families today, was one of honour that comes with her privilege as well as responsibilities. To give you a picture of how valued that position was, recall the weeping of Esau after that Jacob had cunningly taken his blessings. The famous "he that opens the womb."So, Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob and hadn’t any supplanter lurking to steal his blessings. But there was this character, this unstable nature that would deny him his rightful blessings forever.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9).