When we come to the house of God, we rejoice with an open heart of praise & worship to our Creator. Our praise to God is prolonged by the testimonies about what God is doing in the lives our brothers and sisters.
Let us continue our Bible study. Our speaker today is one of the leaders of the central church, Alina Danyluk.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness”(Matthew 7:21-23).
According to Jesus, not everyone does the will of His Father, and not everyone will enter the kingdom of heaven. Why? Because it is necessary to not only talk, but do the will of God. Unfortunately, not everyone does that. Usually we give God conditions. For example: “If you, Lord, would give me a husband and children, then I will serve you.” However, God is the One who has the right to give conditions, not us.
We always find a thousand arguments, not to serve God. We need to learn from our pastor Sunday how we can do God’s will. We need to declare war on our excuses. We all come to God with imperfections, no one is born anointed, but we are called to grow, to serve. This is growth, working on oneself, having the desire to serve.
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40).
We all come to God as spiritual babies, but every infant has the potential for growth. If we do not grow, develop, and take responsibility, we remain babies.
“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Everyone should always be in a state of growth. The apostle Paul said he did not consider himself to have apprehended. We can be happy only when we grow, when we improve ourselves.
We must overcome our fear and start to serve. When we cross the stage of “cannot”, then all things will be possible for us. We must make a decision once and for all to overcome the “I cannot” mentality, which is a threat to our calling.
We cannot always be asking God: “Give, give!” He is not a magic wand. God is waiting for when we will start asking Him for the nations. It’s more blessed to give – such is life. Only when we begin to give, do we start to really live, and never be depressed. Taking the narrow path is fulfilling the will of God. A woman in childbirth suffers and endures severe pain, but when she sees the fruit of her womb, immediately she forgets the pain. We must endure pain.
We must learn to take responsibility for our words. We must fulfill our promise to God. God is faithful to His promises, why can’t we do what we promised God? If you do not know your calling, start to lead a home group, go for evangelism, take the first step forward and then the second and the third steps will follow. You just have to be faithful in little things, and then God will put you over much. Doing something and making mistakes is much sweeter than doing nothing.
“Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).
Prayer alone is not enough, we need more work. Only by doing good deeds, can we fulfill the will of God. However, we all have excuses because we do not live according to eternity; we are being led by earthly things. We are not saying you shouldn’t play your earthly role like feeding your children, but you must have balance in all things.
This is very serious because if we do not take responsibility for our destiny, we cannot inherit eternity. “Let your light shine before men” (Matthew 5:16), so our mission is to shine not by our weaknesses, but by our good works, to be a blessing to others. God’s authority in our life is demeaned when we do not live according to His will!
Do I live according to His will? How do I know? “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:20), – the Bible says. Look at your life, are there fruits in your life, or you live in excuses? Let’s overcome timidity, so that the labor of our pastor “would not be in vain!”
Dear friends, we are born only to bear fruit! Excuses prevent us from doing this, they drift us away from the will of God. However, God’s will is simple: do what pleases God. God wants us to do our work!
May God bless you!
From the Central Church
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