Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Measure of my Devotion……

“With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

 Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.”    Psalm 119: 10-12 NKJV


Oh, how love I Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me.”   Psalm 119:97-98 AMP

The mark of a true disciple is in saying, “Thy will be done,” but the mark of a mature disciple is in saying, “Thy will I love.”

I cannot congratulate myself that I have reached the pinnacle until I can say with Paul, “That good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2 KJV

The goodness of God’s will lie in my seeing that God is not taking advantage of me.  The beginning of all sin lies in the idea that God is not to be trusted, that He is mean and deceitful.

I see that in the insinuation, “Yea, hath God said…..?”  Genesis 3:1KJV.   As long as I see God in that light, I will never be able to say His will is good.

The acceptability of God’s will lie in the pleasure it gives me.   The words of Jesus are; “I delight to do Thy will, O my God.”  (Psalm 40:8)

Until I relish God’s will and find great joy in receiving it, I cannot say it is acceptable to me.   The pleasure of God’s will is not variable but invariable; that is, I must find joy in it regardless of whether it means pain or pleasantness.

The perfection of God’s will lies in my realizing that neither I nor anyone else could do the thing any better.  When I accept God’s will as perfect, I am saying, “This is God’s best; there is no better way.”

The will of God is the proper measurement of my devotion to Him.  

Do I refuse His will?   Then I am acting the natural man.

Do I perform His will, but do it grudgingly and complainingly?    Then, I am acting the carnal man.

Do I receive His will with joy and take delight in doing it?   Then I am acting the spiritual man.

Lord, help me increase my measurement of devotion today and delight in Your will because I can say, “I am happy to do Your will, O my God. Your Law is within my heart.”  Psalm 40:8 NLV

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