"The Will of God"
During the month of March our focus will be on the will of God. God reveals His will clearly for us in His Word. According to 1 Timothy 2:4, it is God's will for all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). According to 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, "It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God." In John 17:17 Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." According to Ephesians 5:17-20, it is God's will for us to be Spirit-filled, spiritual in our speaking and singing, and submissive to one another. "Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." It is also God's will for us to be sent for Him. In John 17:18, Jesus prayed to the Father, "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." God has saved us, sanctified us, filled us with His Spirit, and sent us into this world to proclaim His greatness, glory and grace to all mankind.
It is also God's will for us to support others who, like the 1000's of North American missionaries, have been sent out for the sake of His great name. "You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth'' (3 John vv.6-8). We will have an opportunity to support our NAMB missionaries on March 8 through our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering--100% of the funds received support these missionaries and their work.
Seeking His Will,