This is God’s Will

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

Christians often wonder what God’s will for their life is. Many Christians say that if God would only make his will clear to them they would surely obey. Many claim that the reason for the lack of obedience is, not so much because of the lack of desire to be obedient, but because the will of God is often so confusing.

If only God would just spell it out for us.

Well, if you are a Christian, let me clear this up for you.

I know without a shadow of doubt what God’s will for you is.

Yup. Without a shadow of doubt.

Our text makes it crystal clear: “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

Just in case you missed it, let’s break it down:

  • It is God’s will…you see that, God’s word says, “It is God’s will.”
  • So, what is God’s will? That you should be sanctified.

Sanctify means becoming holy.

  • It is God’s will that we become more like Christ today and everyday.
  • It is God’s will that we resemble Christ more today than yesterday.
  • It is God’s will that his holiness be more evident in our lives than it was yesterday.

So, then, how do we go about being sanctified?

Great question. Sanctification happens as we submit to the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t mean that the Holy Spirit has 100% control over our lives. That almost never happens. Sanctification happens when the will of the Holy Spirit has even the slightest greater influence over our thoughts and actions than our will.

Sanctification happens when:

  • Me – 49.9999999999999999999% control over thoughts and actions
  • Holy Spirit – 50.00000000000000001% control over thoughts and actions

As long as we live on this side of eternity, our flesh will constantly battle God’s Holy Spirit. But as long as the Holy Spirit has even the slightest greater influence, sanctification is taking place. We are becoming more like Christ.

This is God’s will – that you be sanctified. Got it?

Praise the LORD, Hallelujah!

“Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” (Psalm 147:1).

God never calls us to praise him in a vacuum. Praise is the result of all that God has already done and what God promises.

The phrase, “Praise the LORD,” is hallelujah in the Hebrew. This was and is both a call to praise as well as a declaration of praise.

The remainder of Psalm 147 tells the reason for praising the LORD. I invite you to read the Psalm on your own and highlight and underline all that God promises and all that God has already done for us.

  • The LORD builds up (v.2)
  • The LORD gathers the exiles (v.2)
  • He heals (v.3)
  • He binds up their wounds (v.3)
  • He determines (v.4)
  • He calls them each by name (v.4)
  • The LORD sustains (v. 6)
  • He supplies (v.8)
  • He provides (v.9)
  • The LORD delights in those who fear him (v.11)
  • He strengthens (v.13)
  • He blesses (v.13)
  • He grants peace (v.14)
  • He satisfies you (v.14)
  • He sends his word (v.18)
  • He revealed his word (v.19)

That’s a pretty impressive list!!!

Praise the LORD! Hallelujah!!!

His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights
His love endures forev
er.
the sun to govern the day
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
with a mighty hand and outstretched arm:
His love endures forever.
to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.
to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
and killed mighty kings –
His love endures forever.
Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
and Og king of Bashan –
His love endures forever.
and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.
(Psalm 136)

Alright. Be honest. How many of you began skipping over the phrase “His love endures forever” while only reading the other parts?

It’s okay if you did.

But now, I want you to read the whole thing over again, but don’t skip over, “His love endures forever,” and come back to the rest of this post.

What do you think the Psalmist is trying to say?

Why does the Psalmist write like this?

So, you remember one thing: “His love endures forever.”

No matter what you’re going through life, no matter what you are facing, there is never a there where God’s love is not there!

Why? Because “His love endures forever!!!”