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21 Understanding the

21 Understanding the good, acceptable and perfect will of God Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers’ (Matthew 7:21-23). Each and every one of us, as children of God, must be conscious of the will of God. In whatever we do or wherever we go, we must be conscious of His will. If Jesus came to this world to fulfill His Father's will, then we must position ourselves to do the same. We weren't created to do our own things or to live as we wish, we are meant to work and live according to Gods perfect will. Before we become born again, our lives are guided by our own selfish and fleshly desires. We do whatever we want without thinking twice but when we get saved, we are expected to submit to Gods perfect will concerning our lives. From now on, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires. You have spent enough time in the past doing what the heathen like to do. Your lives were spent in indecency, lust, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and the disgusting worship of idols (1 Peter 4:2-3).

Transformation 22 Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2). In her book, Matters of the heart, Juanita Bynum says It is our old minds that keeps us from functioning out of the will of God. Our minds need to be transformed constantly by a process of renewing according to the above scripture. Whatever we do now, should not conform to this worlds way of thinking. In order to be transformed, we must renew our minds every day. When the renewed mind lines up with conversion that is in our hearts, we become new creatures inside out. The only way our renewed minds can fail to come into harmony with our new hearts is by our choice. We must choose whether to follow the stubborn habits that are stored in our memories or to submit to the wisdom that flows out of our new hearts." Though in the world, we are not of the world, and are not supposed to agree with the worlds way of doing things. We must renew our minds so that we can be in a position to discern what is good, acceptable and the perfect will of God. The Good Will Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘you shall not eat of any tree of the garden?’” And the woman said to the serpent, “we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “you will not die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons (Genesis 3:1-7).

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