Saturday, May 16, 2015

Today, "Thy Will Be Done" In Us...‏

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It's been a few weeks since we've heard from Todd Parsons. We're overdue.  And, today, Todd takes on an important topic. It's easy to look at others and point to those times when it's obvious they're following their own will rather than God's.  But are we always as diligent in self examination?  Actually, no.  But there's a Godly insight that can allow us to recognize and correct that.  So, let's see what Todd has to say.  And we'll start with his starting verse:

Luke 11:2  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

That which I see in me is not always, "Thy will be done"... I find in my heart that I gravitate to "my will be done" in a moment. Quickly losing sight of who is Lord.  And when I see this, I can tend to judge myself harshly and without mercy, because I'm in charge and not allowing the Lord to judge for me.  When I rightly let Him, I find Him so merciful. I naturally, gravitate to "me" at the center of it all and sometimes, is so common in me, while "Thy will be done" is in the background patiently waiting...  I forget and leave off that my Father is in heaven and I am on the earth...  I will one day be before Him...do I have to make Him wait today?  I have a free volition! Why is it so tied up that I tend to not let "Thy will be done"?  All of heaven right now has this order correct, and all of heaven follows Him gladly.  What is it about man on earth that we do not see this with gladness to choose to follow the LORD, which includes us all?  Answer: We do not know Him as we ought... If we knew the graciousness of the LORD, we would find in our hearts a gladness of response in our free volition... He does not demand service of us, but in love He draws us into a response in our volition of gladness, to serve Him in "Thy will be done"...  The continuance of seeing Him, for who He is, will form patterns of habit in us that "Thy will be done" would become more of our reality or experience...

Isa 30:18  And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.

Luke 6:40  The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

Isa 54:10  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the LORD that has mercy on you.

     There is a day for the believer when the waiting of the LORD is ended. We can let it be today and each moment by putting our priority on knowing Him now, in this moment.  There is also a day for the unbeliever when the waiting of the LORD is ended though prior to that day,  He shakes heaven and earth that they might choose life before that day of reckoning.

     Of So Great love, we are, tjp

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