“Hebrews 11:6 declares that without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. There are many ways to please God, but none apart from faith.” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Like a ship safely navigating into the harbor by lining two shore lights together so they appear as one, God gives His followers two indicators that they are on the path of His will. You will find the first in the circumstances God providentially brings into your life. One of the objectives of the Holy Spirit when He became resident in your life is to “work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” When circumstances, not to your liking, invade your life, thank Him for His providential leading, for it is His work according to His will.
The second indicator God gives you for direction is His commandments. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”177 The reason God’s people break His commandments is due to their perceiving that they are burdensome, that His will does not reflect their best interest. Your best will always reside within His will, and His commandments reflect His will.
If you view biblical commandments as cultural, unimportant, archaic, or in any other way that tempts you to ignore them, you are telling God that His commandments do not reflect His will for your life. Such a conclusion will swiftly lead you down the path of His displeasure. You will always find His will and His glory inextricably tied to His commandments. Remember, in heaven none will be glad that they disobeyed God.
177 I John 5:3
1 Samuel 30-31 Luke 13:23-35 (New King James Version)
David’s Conflict with the Amalekites
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