The Will of God

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Have you either asked or ever been asked, "What is the will of God?" In the Old Testament, God’s will for Adam and Eve was obedience. That involved doing what God commanded. In the New Testament, 1 Thess 4:3-8 tells us; "It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit." The major commandment is sanctification, that is, moral purity. It can be stated no clearer: "This is the will of God." When the will of God is known, then the will of God must be done. Sanctification—moral purity—is the will of God. The word sanctification means to be set apart and separated. We are to be set apart to God and His will, and His will is moral purity. Therefore, we are to abstain from fornication. The word "fornication" means all kinds of immoral sexual acts: adultery, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, and all forms of sexual deviation. Are you morally pure? Have you separated from bad influences? If not, it could be the reason why God hasn't revealed His will in other areas of your life. Ask for God’s forgiveness and He’ll cleanse you from all unrighteousness? "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever" (1 John 2:15-17).