C O M M U N I T Y     C h u r c h

New Christians:

When we are convinced that God's ways are always best, then it becomes very important for us to know what God wants done so that we can ask Him to do it. Knowing what it is that God wants to do (to us, with us and through us) requires that we HEAR GOD. But we must not only hear God, we must understand Him. Understanding comes only after we commit to believing (and actually doing) what we have heard. You may have heard people say something like, 'Prove it, and then I'll believe it.' In God's ways, He asks us to believe what He says before He will prove it. That is called faith. As faith is tested, we come to understand God, both who He is and what He is doing. Bible study then becomes a very important way to know what God says.

Remember the three-fold nature diagram? Remember I told you how God will change our mind and our emotions and strengthen our will from that place that He has taken hold of in our Spirit? Well, as we study our Bible to know God, His nature, purposes, plans and promises; we find that our prayers change so that we are agreeing with God about what we ask. Instead of asking for what we wanted, we begin asking God to do what He wants. So how does that change happen?

Jesus' disciples came to Him one day and asked Him to teach them how to pray."So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." "(Luke 11:2-4 )

So now we find that we are beginning to ask for God's will to be done on earth and at some point we may even be surprised to realize that we now really know what God's will is. Even more surprising is the day when we recognize that what we now want is what God wants! We didn't used to want that. What we wanted was different and often opposed to God. But now we really desire the things that God desires! How did this happen? Was it hard to get there? Did we make ourselves miserable trying to change . . . trying not to like the things that we used to like and trying to make ourselves like the things that God likes? Actually, if you try doing it that way, I will guarantee you that they will fail. We find the truth about changing our values and our desires written in Psalm 37, verses 3-6. first:

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
[4] Delight yourself also in the Lord,
then: And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
[5] Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass. <=== GOD WILL DO IT ! ! !
[6] He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

You see, the Psalmist is not saying that if you make God your delight that He will give you whatever you want. The Psalmist is teaching us that when God changes us so that He becomes our delight, we will want what God wants to give us and then God will freely give us all that He Himself has desired to bless us with.

Along the same ways that we can not discover God or 'figure God out' (not even His ways) He reveals Himself to us. As we come to know God truly in His GOODNESS, then we desire Him and He changes our hearts to be more like Him. When we were redeemed, God took possession of our spirits. Then ever so lovingly, God works with us and within us. Not to force us to be like Jesus, but so that we want to be like Him!


Pastor Eliot

If you have questions, e-mail Bro. Eliot Roberts, pastor

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