Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Question of the day: What does it mean to "live for God's will?"
Answer: This question comes from 1 Peter 4:1-2 "Therefore, since Messiah suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same attitude. For the one who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. As a result, he lives the rest of his time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God's will."
What we do is "die to self." Yeshua spoke openly about this. Luke 9:23 "Then Yeshua was saying to everyone, 'If anyone wants to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross every day, and follow Me.'"
So did Paul ... Galatians 2:19-20 "For through law I died to law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Messiah; and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me. And the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in Ben-Elohim - who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
To "live for God's will" we've got to know His will. Maybe the more relevant question then is, "How do we know God's will?" We can always read about His will on His book. After all, it is called a "Testament." Then there is that "shema" thing. Shema means "listen." But more than that it means to listen with a heart to obey. In other words, we should show evidence that we have heard.
Yeshua spoke these words to the Judean leaders who were not listening ... John 8:47a "He who belongs to God hears the words of God."
Should we expect that since God wants us to hear Him, He also wants to hear us? Absolutely! Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to Me, and I will answer you - I will tell you great and hidden things, which you do not know."
So, let's close today with one of my favorite verses ... Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have in mind for you, declares Adonai, plans for shalom and not calamity - to give you a future and a hope."
Now let's really close with the following 2 verses ... Jeremiah 29:12-13 "Then you will call on Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you will search for Me with all your heart."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,