The predestination mentioned there is from the eternal past, but we obtain our inheritance in the process of time. Paul committed the leaders of the Ephesian church to the word of God’s grace which is able to build them up and give them an inheritance, based on the counsel of the will of God (Acts 20: ).
Enoch walked with God, i.e. he aligned himself with the counsel of God’s will, and he was elevated (Genesis 5:24). The man described in the first book of psalm was fixated on the will of God. Because of that, he meditates on the word of God day and night.
He had the option to be influenced by the mockers, who have no respect for the truth; the sinners who work against the truth or the wicked, who oppose those who walk in the truth.
He refused to allow his passion for God to be compromised by negative influences of the people around. He embraces the word as his source of sustenance so that he can be all he can be in God, concerning his inheritance and his experience, and was described as being like a tree beside rivers of living water.
The generation of the children of Israel who were rescued from bondage in Egypt, did not enter into their rest, their inheritance. They died in the wilderness. The whole multitude of them, except Joshua and Caleb, were taken in a swell of doubt and unbelief as they rejected the will of God for them when certain spies sent to check out the land of Canaan came back with an evil report. The children of Israel allowed the negative words of some spies to move them rather than the word of God and they suffered for it (Numbers 14). They learned the hard way that it is either the counsel of God, or a mess.
There is power in walking in the will of God. It guarantees angelic protection because when we live the word we have angelic assistance. The bible says that God will sent his angel so that we would not dash our feet against a stone. But as the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness showed, that is no such guarantee if we are self-willed (Luke 4:1-14). And the opposite of being self-willed is being God-willed, submitting to the will of God.
We have the choice to either be conformed to the world or to the will of God, it is either we love the world or we love God the father, it is either we serve God or we serve mammon, it is either we are on the narrow road or the broad road, one leading to life the other leading to destruction.
God is at work and is committed to his will. So if we see the work of God in our lives, it has to have something to do with the will of God, as we commit to it. And a way that happens is when we renew our mind, ridding it of all its cobwebs, according to the words of Paul to the Romans church (Romans 12:1-2).
The mind is the place of reasoning, which is the process that determine how we arrive at our conclusions, arrive at our decisions.
As the devil could get Adam and Eve to come to the wrong conclusion about the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they went out of step with the will of God and into a trap (Genesis 3), the trap of the perceptual cycle of sin and death (Romans 8:1-3). While the purpose of God leads to life the opposite leads to death. Obedience to God is the path of life, it is called the narrow road that leads to life.
We should live by one option and one option alone which is the will of God. That was the way Jesus lived. He was totally committed to the will of God. He said that the reason he came to the earth was to do the will of the father (Hebrews 10:5-7).
God made man to have a will, so that he can to choose. But before the temptation of the devil, the only option was God’s will, which was all he knew.
But the opportunity came unannounced when the devil came to the garden, and offered Eve a proposition to choose something contrary to the will of God, and with little persuasion she did. But Adam was the prized possession and when Eve offered her husband the option of following her on the path of disobedience and he choose that, the line was draw in the sand. He fell short of the will of God, hence he fell short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
That event in the Garden of Eden wasn’t so much a temptation as it is about training in making the right choices, which they failed.
The writer of the book of Hebrews said that the matured have trained their senses to discern between good and evil (Hebrews 5:14). Maturity therefore is about the quality of your decision-making especially when it comes to embracing the will of God and rejecting the satanic options.
Joseph exhibited such maturity of morality (Genesis 39). He was confronted with the choice of either following the lead of the lustful wife of his master as a slave in Egypt or to stick to his conscience, i.e. to the morality compass of God within. He was not going to review his committed to holiness downwards because of the expediency of the moment. For him, it was the purpose of God or nothing and he chose rightly.
The same can be said of the three Hebrews friends in the land of Babylon, who when the king said that they should bow down to an image refused even at the risk of being burnt alive (Daniel 3). They did not wake up that morning, planning for such a confrontation but when it happened, without blinking an eyelid, they were razor sharp on their commitment to the purpose of God, to the supremacy of the God of the Hebrews, and rejection of counterfeit allegiances.
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