Monday, May 13, 2013

THE MYSTERY OF GOD'S WILL

Part Two: Conform to His Image

You’re here reading this blog and you somehow feel lost with no direction. You feel like you have no purpose in life, let alone in God’s Kingdom. Some of you might even be upset with God because you do not feel like He is moving in your life and you can’t seem to feel His presence as much anymore. You’re saying, “Lord, what’s wrong with me? Why are you not using me? Does your will even have a plan for my life?”

You can be rest assured that God does have a plan for your life and the Bible affirms this truth quite succinctly.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future [Jeremiah 29:11 NIV].

Last week, we learned that when we are unsure about our purpose and God’s will for our lives, we can know that there is at least a generic plan for all believers through last week’s Scripture, Mark 16:15. God’s will and plan for all of our lives are not only to preach the Gospel to every living creature, but we are to conform to the image of His Son. We are not to conform to the works of the flesh [Galatians 5:19-21].

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God [Romans 12:2 KJV].

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified [Romans 8:27-30 KJV].

This begs the questions, “What is the image of God to which we are to conform, and how do we ultimately conform to that image?”

For one, God is a Spirit. . .[John 4:24] and an image is a reflection, a mirror if you will, of the object that you want to duplicate.

Therefore, if God is a Spirit, then we must duplicate the attributes of His image. Galatians 5:22, 23 give us this image and the works of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
We cannot take anyone where we haven’t been. We must be the example for others to follow. How do we renew our minds, duplicate His attributes, and conform to the image of God’s Son? By using the fruit of the Spirit,

. . .let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves [Galatians 5:16 NLT].

2 comments:

Karen O'Connor said...

A powerful list of verses from the Bible. Thank you for reminding us that our power comes from God Himself through His Word.

Erin Pascal said...

Thank you for this great post. It's very encouraging and it keeps me inspired. Thank you so much for sharing this. I really appreciate it. :)