PLEASING OUR FATHER FROM OUR HEARTS

Reflections Devotional from All Nations Church Leicester

What Does the Father want for us?

There are two words for the ‘will’ of God in Greek:

1) ‘Boulema’ which means ‘the inevitable sovereign will of God’.

Psalm 115:3 ‘Our God is in heaven, He does whatever pleases Him’.

2) ‘Thelema’ is the other word for ‘will’ in the New Testament. It has a different emphasis and refers to God’s desires; Gods preferred ‘will’ which is NOT inevitable.

For instance:-

2 Peter 3:9 says, ‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’.

God does not want anyone to perish, but people are perishing, either because those He sends with the Gospel are not going, or because the people listening to their message are not responding.

When Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father……your kingdom come, your will be done”

The word for ‘will’ on this occasion is ‘Thelema’.

“Our Father…..your kingdom come, your desires be fulfilled”

It is time to walk out of any inappropriate childishness and walk into mature sonship.

IT IS NOT INEVITABLE BUT REQUIRES OUR CO-OPERATION.

Jesus faced this choice in the Garden of Gethsemane (read Matthew 26:36-45). The Son chose to please his Father by aligning his will to the Father’s will. It is our Father’s desire for us to respond to him, not out of compulsion but out of an overflow of love towards him.

A mature son always desires to be made into the image of Christ, our ultimate and perfect role model. He shows us how a true son should be.

Becoming a family of mature sons

The Father’s heart for us is to bring us into the fullness of the destiny he has for us. We are not to be passive, but to grow up into maturity; to be overcomers in life’s circumstances because we have the Overcomer living inside of us. We are to treasure his pure words which sustain us unlike any other. Read John 3:16. Son in Greek is ‘Hulios’ which means a mature son who reflects what the Father is like. God chose to have a family of sons to be just like Jesus through whom the Fathers purposes will be fulfilled.

It is time to walk out of any inappropriate childishness and walk into mature sonship. God wants us to be big people, read Ephesians 4:11-16. The five gift ministries listed here are given for the purpose of equipping Gods people. The word equip means ‘mending nets’, putting people back together again, making people whole in Jesus. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are there for all the people of God. The ministries are not formed for their own sake. God wants us to be in the unity and knowledge of the son of God. It is not brain knowledge, rather we are to experientially and intimately know Jesus in a heart connection. As we behold him we become transformed. It is only through relationship with Jesus that we become mature.

God does not want us to remain as children; they are vulnerable, easily led and can be confused by the deceitful scheming of others.

How do we grow up? By looking to Jesus, living in his love and communicating him to one another in truth. Truth can take us out of our comfort zones. God disciplines us as an affirmation of his love. Discipline is not judgement, it is training. If we are mature we can receive truth spoken in love. Answering the question, ‘How easily am I offended?’ gives an indication of our maturity level.

We are to contribute to one another’s growth and we all have something to give. I need what you have in order to grow up into maturity. The more mature we are in Christ, the more he gives us. We are to be totally dependent on Jesus and interdependent to one another as we give and receive the blessings of God.

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