God's Desire For His Saints
Have you ever given any real thought to what God's desire is for his Saints? As I read these verses, this question really comes to mind. To peer into the heart of God and come to understand His wants, will, and way, would be a Holy and fulfilling process. God wants His people to know His will.
The first thing on the agenda must be, 'knowing' you are one of His. The change in a person's life is evident to all as they take on the persona of their God.
James Michener, writing in his book, THE SOURCE, tells the story of a man named Urbaal, who was a farmer living about 2200 B.C. He worshiped two gods, one a god of death, the other a goddess of fertility. One day, the temple priests tell Urbaal to bring his young son to the temple for sacrifice if he wants good crops. Urbaal obeys, and on the appointed day drags his wife and boy to the scene of the boy's ''religious execution'' by fire to the god of death. After the sacrifice of Urbaal's boy and several others, the priests announce that one of the fathers will spend next week in the temple with a new temple prostitute. Urbaal's wife is stunned as she notices a desire written more intensely across his face than she had seen before, and she is overwhelmed to see him eagerly lunge forward when his name is called. The ceremony over, she walks out of the temple with her head swimming, concluding that ''if he had different gods, he would have been a different man.''
If Jehovah is our God, then our lives are different. We stand for what God stands for, we oppose what God opposes, we live like God expects us to, and we tell His story of salvation.
We can learn a great deal from the Apostle Paul who literally heard from our Heavenly Father and wrote down for us that message. He gives us 4 desires for God people which must be from God.
Let's this in perspective. Turn back to chapter 1 and let's review. Notice how passionately Paul worked and desired for ...
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