“Discerning God’s Will” ( Romans 12: 1, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Paul warns Gentiles not to “be conceited;” not “to be unaware of this mystery:

“A partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. And this will be My covenant with them when I take away their sins.’ (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of the patriarchs, since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable. As you once disobeyed God, but now have received mercy through their disobedience, so they too have now disobeyed, resulting in mercy to you, so that they also now may receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience, so that He may have mercy on all.” (Romans 11:25-32)

Because of this same mystery, which amounts to God’s extraordinary mercies and His irrevocable grace, Paul urges us “to present [our] bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is [our] spiritual worship.” And although Paul mentions our physical bodies, he moves directly to our minds, speaking of our transformation by renewing them. We renew our minds via the Word of God, fellowship with one another, and prayer. As our minds are renewed, “[we] are able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

How many times have you wondered what the will of God is for you? His specific will for your life is that you renew your mind, accept the “measure of faith” given to you, and use the natural and spiritual gifts He has bestowed. Paul says not to think more highly of yourself than you ought. He sets out with a list of God’s will for you. Here are a few choice ones:

“Cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9)

“Pursue hospitality.” (Romans 12: 13)

“Be persistent in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

“Do not be proud.” (Romans 12:16)

“Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10)

“Be in agreement with one another.” (Romans 12:16)

“Do not avenge yourself.” (Romans 12:19)

“Do not be wise in your own estimation.” (Romans 12:16)

“Live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)

 

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. lambskinny says:

    Hey thanks Anne — congrats! on being the first to like this post. (That’s a little joke, btw!) And I really appreciate the 5-star rating! God bless you, sister in Christ! Carley

  2. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Carley thanks for your encouragement on my Blog, I appreciate your sharing, it’s a very good point you made about Pride, what many don’t understand is the Scriptures talk about fleshy pride, or worldly pride and also Godly Pride there is a big difference but you probably are aware of this and I may have shared it before but it helps to remember the differences,

    What Worldly Pride is…

    Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, Pride, foolishness:

    1 John 2:15- 17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the Love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the Pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    What Godly Pride is …

    Galatians 6: 4 Each one should understand their own actions. Then they can take Pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to others.

    2 Corinthians 8:24 show these men the proof of your Love and the reason for our Pride in you, so that the Churches can see it.

    2 Corinthians 5:11-12 Because we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. It is plain to God what we are, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are giving you an opportunity to take Pride in us not trying to commend ourselves again to you , so that you have an answer for those who take Pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

    Romans 11:13b I take Pride in my Ministry.

    As a Christian I also take Godly Pride in my Ministry as I’m sure you do Carley as we reach out to those who are in darkness, and rejoice with those who are not.

    Take Care – Christian Love Anne.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Take care as well, Anne. God’s blessings to you. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to those who are being saved [through Christ].” Carley

    1. Freedomborn says:

      Amen, and God bless you Carley in your Ministry , I’m off to bed……maybe??? Anne.

      1. lambskinny says:

        Sleep well, Anne. We all need it. Carley

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Leeleegirl4 — so happy you like my post. God bless. Carley

  5. lambskinny says:

    Good morning, Jeffrey! Thanks; hope you and yours are doing well. Carley

  6. lambskinny says:

    God bless you, Patricia. Thanks! Carley

  7. lambskinny says:

    Thank you, bwinwnbwi. God bless.

  8. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Susie! Carley

  9. lambskinny says:

    Lady Deidre — I appreciate your readership! And you, sister in Christ. Carley

  10. lambskinny says:

    I am so pleased you like my post Drusilla! Carley

  11. mtsweat says:

    Amen Carley. Grace-driven efforts. God bless.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Yes indeed MT – thanks!

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