Pleasurable Thoughts and Actions

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure– Philippians 2:13. One way that God works within us is through His words that we have placed within our minds. God works via two specific avenues. The first way is to help us have the will to do His good pleasure and since God designed life and gave us freedom of will – His words in our mind can be the inspiration and energy of our wills. The second way is that God also gives us the spiritual ability to do that which will give both God and us glory and good pleasure!” ~LMJ~

Ask and It Shall Be Given

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Matthew 7:7:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

This is a wonderful section of Scripture. Yet how often do we simply ask? In the Book of James 4:2 it says “. . . ye have not, because ye ask not.” Sometimes asking may be a difficult thing for us to do because we normally earn the things that we have, and for some unknown reason asking almost seems wrong. Yet, in Matthew, Jesus was teaching that it is perfectly all right to ask when we have a need in our lives.

James 1:5-6a:
-5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him {beg, cry, and whine: no, it does not say that, it says} ask of God, that {Who} giveth to all men liberally {in simplicity, with a readiness of heart}, and upbraideth not {without faultfinding}; and it shall be given him.
-6a: But let him ask in faith {believing faith}. . .

When we pray what do we do? We ask! But is an answer to prayer honesty that simple to receive from God? Yes, it most definitely is! God’s Word says repeatedly to ask, and when we do, “it shall be given.”

Matthew 7:8:
For every one {including you and me} that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Often receiving things that are greater than our means appears to be either too difficult or downright impossible to acquire (Matthew 19:26). Inadvertently people can project this same kind of difficulty into their believing when hoping or desiring to receive blessings from God, so when they do ask, they will ask in a cloud of doubt. Nevertheless, it is always God’s will and good pleasure to take care of us. God always wants us to be happy and to have what we need to live abundantly.

There are times that we may ask and not receive, and without understanding God’s Word, we can suspect that God really does not answer prayer. However, James 4:3 says “Ye ask, and receive not {and this is the reason they “receive not”}, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.” God not only supplies our needs when we ask, He usually goes beyond what we ask just to bless us; however, God will never supply greed (greed is something that men thirst after and acquire on their own), and in the Book of James it says this is asking “amiss.”

The Bible encourages the children of God to ask, seek, and knock, and to believe that He is not only willing, but He is also able to give (Romans 4:21). Then the Word of God says you will receive, find, and the door will be opened into the abundance that God truly awards to His children.

The Word of Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once God’s healing Word begins to permeate our hearts, and our thoughts begin to reflect that which is written in the Scriptures, then we will begin realizing that we have indeed received the actual Word of life from the heart of God. Paul said in Philippians:

Philippians 2:12 – Wherefore, my brethren, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The believers were obedient to the Word of life, irrespective of whether Paul was there personally watching over them, because the Word itself began to uplift them. The Word of God was changing them from the inside, out, for God’s Word is pure (Psalm 12:6). The word “salvation” does not relate to our already God-given salvation, but rather salvation means to be made spiritually whole and entire. The Word of life freely gives to us inner spiritual completeness as we continue to accept it with a believing heart that they are God’s words. The words “fear and trembling” literally means to have reverent respect for the Word of life, and to become obedient to the words that will bring our hearts closer and closer to God’s heart.  We become ever more connected to our heavenly Father and His Word of life proportionally to our inner respect and obedience from belief of the Scriptures. Verse twelve shows us what we can do for ourselves, while verse thirteen (below), shows us what God can and has done for us, giving to us not fear and trembling, but good pleasure to walk hand in hand with our Savior and with our heavenly Father.

Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

One way that God works within us is through His words that we have placed within our minds. God works via two specific avenues. The first way is to help us have the “will” to do His good pleasure and since God designed life and gave us freedom of will – His words in our mind can be the inspiration and energy of our wills. The second way is that God also gives us the spiritual ability “to do” that which will give both God and us glory and “good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:14-16a:
-14:  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
-15:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke {from God}, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
-16a:  Holding forth the word of life;

To do “all things without murmurings and disputings” is a great way to live, for we need not have any fear as we daily walk before our heavenly Father. We are totally “blameless and harmless” before His loving eyes. Indeed, we are the “sons of God” and although we live in a spiritually perverse society, we today do “shine as lights in the world.” In the Scriptures the word “sons” is an all-inclusive noun for male and female. Then, God’s Word shows us a wonderful privilege, and that is: that we may enjoy a completeness within our own hearts, and walk within the good pleasure of the words of God that are both light and life, and they are freely given to us to share one with another.

You are Accepted in the Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God, and believers collectively make up the Church of God – we are all members within the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians shows us the greatest present ever presented to mankind and contains the doctrine (the right believing) of what God has currently given to us. Ephesians shows us how to conduct our lives within the framework of having received the love of God. The first three chapters of Ephesians lays out in great detail what God has given to us, showing us how we are permanently accepted in the beloved, and that we are endowed with the riches of God’s lovingkindness. The last three chapters are the prACTical side of the doctrine showing us how to utilize and walk within the magnificent graces of God that is upon our lives.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

“Heavenly places” means all heavenly things, God has blessed us with all heavenly things and it is the Epistles that show us these heavenly things. Romans shows the believer that he was raised with Christ to a new life with God. Ephesians, being the second Epistle of doctrine, picks up where Romans ended and shows the believers that they are blessed in and with heavenly things because we are spiritually seated up where Christ is at God’s own right hand, for we are “in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he {God} hath chosen us {to be} in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in {His} love:

God Himself chose us before the foundation of the world with a purpose, and that purpose is that we “should be holy and without blame before him in love,” and this we are. The word “should” is in relation to the attitude of our hearts, the attitude that God desires that we should see ourselves as God does, holy and without blame, seated before Him in His unending love. When we begin to see ourselves in this elevated and esteemed state in which God has placed us, then life truly begins to take on a whole new meaning, knowing that we truly are blessed with all spiritual blessings immersed in the wonderful love of God.

Ephesians 1:5 – Having predestinated us unto the adoption of {God’s} children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestination relates to our calling, our being chosen before the world began to become God’s children, and this happened because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Becoming God’s own children is the good pleasure of His will, which is freely offered to us in grace.

Ephesians 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us totally “accepted in the beloved”; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words “made us accepted” means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and it is ours for eternity.

A Case for God to Work Mightily

“When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). When we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks – believing that He has received them – then God begins to work mightily in our lives, For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure– Philippians 2:13.” ~LMJ~