discerning God

We are capable of discerning God's will and being obedient.

On this page:
  • Why it is important to do God's will.
  • We are capable of discerning God's will.
  • We are capable of being obedient.
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Why it is important to do God's will.

Matthew 7:21

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:50

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Matthew 26:39

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Matthew 26:42

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Mark 3:35

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Luke 22:42

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

John 4:34

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 5:30

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

We are capable of discerning God's will.

We are capable of discerning God's will because God wants us to.

Ecclesiastes 8:5

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

Ezekiel 44:23

And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

1st Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

We are capable of being obedient.

There are no Truly Good works without obedience.

John 9:31

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Acts 22:14

And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

James 2:18

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Romans 5:19

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Romans 6:16

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 16:19

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

Romans 16:26

But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

1st Corinthians 14:34

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

2nd Corinthians 7:15

And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.

2nd Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2nd Corinthians 10:6

And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Ephesians 2:2

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 5:6

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Colossians 3:6

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Philemon 1:21

Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

Hebrews 2:2

For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

Hebrews 5:8

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

1st Peter 1:2

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Tools for Daily Guidance in the Truth and the Way
  1. The Fruit of the Spirit as Guiding Principle.
  2. The Greatest of these is Love.
  3. The Truth of God's Great and Worthy Actions in this world.
  4. God's Will Can be Known and we are Capable of Being Obedient.
  5. The Difficulties of Submission and Obedience.
  6. Giving Credit Where Credit is Due.
  7. Needful and Necessary.
  8. Our Moral Compass.

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Epistle 248
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"All watered as a Garden of Plants"

(An Exhortation to set up Women's Meetings) AND so, that none may stand idle out of the Vineyard, and out of the Service, and out of their Duty; for such will Talk and Tattle, and Judge with Evil Thoughts, of what they in the Vineyard say and do: And therefore the Power of the Lord God calls in all, into their Duty, into their service, in their Place, in Vertue and Righteousness, and into the Wisdom and Power of God. . . . Therefore train up your young Women to know their Duty in ...

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