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3/31/2013 ~ God Desires For Us


Are our actions to please ourselves or God?

... All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
... that the man of God may be complete, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:16-17


The man of God. Ö what character traits does God call out for?
It is from the Bible that we must seek for these calling truths.
What pinnacle approach does God call out for?


... If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:1-7


BLAMELESS
HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE
TEMPERATE
SOBER-MINDED
OF GOOD BEHAVIOR
HOSPITABLE
ABLE TO TEACH
NOT GIVEN TO WINE
NOT VIOLENT
NOT GREEDY FOR MONEY
GENTLE
NOT QUARRELSOME
NOT COVETOUS
MAN
OF GOD
ONE WHO RULES HIS OWN HOUSE WELL
CHILDREN IN SUBMISSION WITH ALL REVERENCE
NOT A NOVICE
GOOD TESTIMONY AMONG THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE

Besides listed noble character traits, character warnings fill the Bible.

PUFFED UP WITH PRIDE
WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES
PRUDENT IN THEIR OWN SIGHT

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!
~ Isaiah 5:21


As mature Christians, we should strive after what He declares
and be always mindful of those things He considers Holy.


... that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to
exhort and convict those who contradict. ~ Titus 1:4-9


STEWARD OF GOD
NOT SELF-WILLED
NOT QUICK-TEMPERED
A LOVER OF WHAT IS GOOD
JUST
HOLY
SELF-CONTROLLED
HOLDING FAST THE FAITHFUL WORD
ABLE, BY SOUND DOCTRINE, BOTH TO
EXHORT AND CONVICT THOSE WHO CONTRADICT

... willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over
those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; ~ 1st Peter 5:1-3


Peter exhorts us, encourages us, to do more, not less.

... lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Yet it shall not be so among you; ... ~ Matthew 20:25-28


We are told not to Lord over others.
Superiority has the flavor of arrogance and it does alienate the meek.


PURSUE PEACE WITH ALL PEOPLE, AND HOLINESS

... fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up
cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; ~ Hebrews 12:14-15


Bitterness is the cancer of peace. Pure worship involves peace.

"... wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a man." ~ Mark 7:21-23


EVIL THOUGHTS
ADULTERIES
FORNICATIONS
MURDERS
THEFTS
COVETOUSNESS
WICKEDNESS
DECEIT
LEWDNESS
AN EVIL EYE
BLASPHEMY
PRIDE
FOOLISHNESS

Who among us can say we are not guilty?
None of us are able to throw that first stone.
~ We all fall short.


The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance
and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. ~ Proverbs 8:13


ARROGANCE
THE EVIL WAY
PERVERSE MOUTH

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! ~ James 3:5


"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,
they will give account of it in the day of judgment." ~ Matthew 12:36


But if you bite and devour one another, beware
lest you be consumed by one another! ~ Galatians 5:15


Words often can wound if rashly spoken.
Do we at times forget God as we speak?

Even so, God calls us individually to come completely to Him,
and not to any mere mortal man. It is not a competition between men
but a call from our Lord to Come to Him with all that we are,
- regarding His ways.


... let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts ... ~ Philippians 4:4-7


REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE KNOWN TO ALL MEN
BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING
IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION
WITH THANKSGIVING
LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD

There are many principles the Lord calls us to live by and this oration
is unable to cover the many of them, but diligent study reveals it to each.

... "We ought to obey God rather than men." ~ Acts 5:29

It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.
~ Psalms 118:8


TRUST IN THE LORD

"... when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?
... everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, ..." ~ Luke 18:7-14


We all have challenges and must consider our own short-comings
rather than condemning others in order to satisfy an exalted self.


... where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are
there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, ... ~ James 3:13-18


MEEKNESS OF WISDOM
PEACEABLE
GENTLE
WILLING TO YIELD
FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS
WITHOUT PARTIALITY
WITHOUT HYPOCRISY
MAKE PEACE

BITTER ENVY
SELF-SEEKING

... walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good
work and increasing in the knowledge of God; ... ~ Colossians 1:10-12


WALK WORTHY OF THE LORD
FULLY PLEASING HIM
FRUITFUL IN EVERY GOOD WORK
INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING WITH JOY

As saints in the light,
God desires that we humbly be in Him, His word,
- over the pursuits of human controls.
Doctrines of man blur the truth of God.
It is Godís word that shows us the way.

Jesus used the cross as a platform of instruction.
A reminiscent feeling many if us have encountered.


My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from
helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? ... ~ Psalms 22:1-11


Each one of us can only be helped by submitting to the will of God.
A surrender of self reaches out to the heights of heaven.


... according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:3-9


Our living hope is the salvation of our souls.

... For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good
than for doing evil. ... ~ 1st Peter 3:15-22


Let no one deceive you by any means; ... those who perish, because they
did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. ...
~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-10


BLAMELESS
HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE
TEMPERATE
SOBER-MINDED
OF GOOD BEHAVIOR
HOSPITABLE
ABLE TO TEACH
NOT GIVEN TO WINE
NOT VIOLENT
NOT GREEDY FOR MONEY
GENTLE
NOT QUARRELSOME
NOT COVETOUS
MAN
OF GOD
ONE WHO RULES HIS OWN HOUSE WELL
CHILDREN IN SUBMISSION WITH ALL REVERENCE
NOT A NOVICE
GOOD TESTIMONY AMONG THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE
STEWARD OF GOD
NOT SELF-WILLED
NOT QUICK-TEMPERED
A LOVER OF WHAT IS GOOD
JUST
HOLY
SELF-CONTROLLED
HOLDING FAST THE FAITHFUL WORD
ABLE, BY SOUND DOCTRINE, BOTH TO
EXHORT AND CONVICT THOSE WHO CONTRADICT
PURSUE PEACE WITH ALL PEOPLE, AND HOLINESS
REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE KNOWN TO ALL MEN
BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING
IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION
WITH THANKSGIVING
LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD
TRUST IN THE LORD
MEEKNESS OF WISDOM
PEACEABLE
GENTLE
WILLING TO YIELD
FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS
WITHOUT PARTIALITY
WITHOUT HYPOCRISY
MAKE PEACE
WALK WORTHY OF THE LORD
FULLY PLEASING HIM
FRUITFUL IN EVERY GOOD WORK
INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING WITH JOY
EVIL THOUGHTS
ADULTERIES
FORNICATIONS
MURDERS
THEFTS
COVETOUSNESS
WICKEDNESS
DECEIT
LEWDNESS
AN EVIL EYE
BLASPHEMY
PRIDE
FOOLISHNESS
MAN
OF SIN
PUFFED UP WITH PRIDE
WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES
PRUDENT IN THEIR OWN SIGHT
ARROGANCE
THE EVIL WAY
PERVERSE MOUTH
BITTER ENVY
SELF-SEEKING
The Lord is not slack
concerning His promise,
as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering
toward us, not willing
that any should perish
but that all should come
to repentance.
~ 2nd Peter 3:9





The man of God needs to stand ready in service to Him.
Godís own holiness dwells in the hearts of those who commit to Him.
True creatures of God submit to Him.


God desires each one of us.



 

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