The Perfect Will of God

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A man had two sons. The eldest after much persuasion received permission to undertake and engage in some perilous activity. In doing so, the eldest son almost lost his life. As he returned he repented against his constant persistence against his father’s will. The second son seeing the activities of his older brother ventured off to the same thing. The father rebuked his son and told him not to go. He scorned the rebuke. The young son said my brother has done this. The father said such was not my perfect will.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

It is a habit of children to see a sibling or friend to do such a thing and venture to do the same who is not allowed to and is angered by that? They say they did it, why can’t I? This attitude is childish. When we grow up we suppose we grow out of childish things. But we don’t. God is love and mature. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child. Dissatisfaction that you can’t do something that someone else did, is childish. When the apostle became a man, what did he do? He put away the childish things. Have we grown up? Have we come into the maturity of Christ?

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Worldliness is childish. God is calling us to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed into a maturity of mind. When we become mature, then we can prove and know what is that acceptable and perfect will of God. It is God that works in us to will and do of his good pleasure. Enoch was translated. This was his testimony before he was translated.

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.

10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

After we have done the will of God and have learned what that is we aren’t to lose that confidence and turn back. If any man turns back, my soul has no pleasure in him. Faith is a continual growth. When we see activities in the past that are immature and desire to go back to those things, God has no pleasure in that. There is a class of people that believe you can have more than one wife. They say David had them so can’t we? They use scriptures to support their beliefs.

2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou [art] the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

12:8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if [that had been] too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

God gave him some wives so why can’t we have multiple wives? This is a childish mentality. They did it and I want to do it to. Is it God’s perfect will to have more than one wife? God only intended for a man to have only one wife. That is his perfect will. David did it, why can’t we? David is saved, so if I have multiple wives I’ll be saved. This is the mentality of being mature. We need to grow up. Does this principle apply to other things?

Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name [is] in him.

23:22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.

23:27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

23:28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.

God is saying, if you obey me I will be an enemy to your enemies. Did that happen? What happened? Israel took it by warfare. Can we go to war? They went to war, so why can’t we?

2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD [will be] with you.

This is how God wanted to do it. In Jehoshaphat’s army they sang songs and the Lord caused their enemies to be overthrown. The same thing in the battle of Jericho, Gideon didn’t have to fight either. God had an intension that his people wouldn’t have to fight if they obeyed his voice. Today we suppose that because they were allowed to fight we can fight too. The New Testament speaks so clearly that we cannot fight against flesh and blood. The true Christian will not fight against flesh and blood. John the Baptist gave a message to the Roman soldiers. He said, do violence to no man. That was the message from the person that prepared the way for the saviour to come. Jesus says he that lives by the sword dies by the sword. But they did it can’t we do it too? Why did God give statues to Israel that we should not follow?

Ezekiel 20:7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God.

20:8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

20:9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they [were], in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.

God told them to do something, but they persistently rebelled. God was angry with them, but didn’t destroy them because of his name’s sake.

Ezekiel 20:10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.

20:11 And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which [if] a man do, he shall even live in them.

Not to have idols, not to kill, not to commit adultery. There were the statues that God intended them to live by.

Ezekiel 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.

20:25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes [that were] not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

They really didn’t like it so God said, here are judgements you should live by, they aren’t good, but have it. In giving them he was still with them but those statues weren’t his real desire. We look at those statutes and say, they did it, so can’t we do it too? What is the principle?

Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?

14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

If you have an idol in your heart, the Lord will say you can have it, but you will suffer for it. Thus was the case when Israel wanted food.

God gave the people that which was not for their highest good, because they persisted in desiring it; {PP 382.2}

They were so persistent that God gave them permission to do it.

Psalm 78:18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.

They came out of Egypt and were craving for the Egyptian food. They tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.

Psalms 78:19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

78:20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

78:21 Therefore the LORD heard [this], and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;

78:22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

78:23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

78:24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

78:25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.

78:26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.

78:27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:

78:28 And he let [it] fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.

78:29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;

78:30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat [was] yet in their mouths,

78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [men] of Israel.

God gave them their diet, which was angel’s food. Wouldn’t you like to eat angel’s food? It’s not MacDonald’s. It doesn’t have any meat or dairy in it. Why didn’t they like it then? Are we any different to them today? God says we shouldn’t eat meat. But they ate it so why can’t we eat it? Have it all but then they all died. His mentality of being immature hasn’t left the adult world. Do you desire to prove God’s perfect will? Israel also asked for a king.

1 Samuel 8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

Then he tells them all the difficulties they will have. It is very easy to look to a human command and do it. The church has adopted this thinking, it’s called a director. Why? They have forgotten the law. There’s nothing wrong with presiding in a business meeting which is what the president should do. But there is now a kingship authority in the president that is not God’s will. David was a king of Israel. Was God with him? Absolutely as through David Jesus came about. So we can have kings can we?

Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me [is] thine help.

13:10 I will be thy king: where [is any other] that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?

13:11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took [him] away in my wrath.

Can you hear the attitude of God? You really wanted a king, I gave you a king and now you’ve really destroyed yourself but I’ll help you. I’ll be your king if you want. All your kings have failed you, will you take me back? Will you come back to my perfect will or will you seek permission to do the wrong thing? I’ll give you permission but you’ll destroy yourself. The eldest son got permission to do the wrong thing. He almost died and came back and repented. But it was a different story with the younger son. He showed his immaturity by scorning what his father said. He did it and I want to do it too. It’s time to repent.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

They were ignorant like the older son who didn’t know any better. But when the younger son who can see the effects goes and does likewise that is stupidity. This attitude comes from rebellion. It comes from having an idol in your heart. If someone upholds vegetarianism they say to that person the prophet says don’t make it a test. They know the Spirit of Prophecy quotes that create excuses but they don’t read to know what God’s perfect will is. People are always finding loopholes. That is a sign of being immature. That doesn’t please God. Because of their idols he gave them statues that were not good for them, judgements that they should not live by. Then we study all the situations that allow us the idols in our hearts. That doesn’t change what God’s perfect will is. This is why there are so many churches. They don’t want to give up everything. David did it why can’t we? There was a time of ignorance that God winked at but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Noah drunk so is it good to drink? That mentality shows immaturity.

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut [it] short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

God’s going to finish the work but we need to submit to his perfect will and not say but they did it back then. Look at the attitude that some religious leaders had and it reflects the attitude of some people today sadly.

Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,

19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,

19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

They got to do it, can’t we?

Matthew 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Yes they had hard hearts. There is a cause for it. In the youth courtship is one of the biggest idols a young person can have. Marriage is only a shadow of the heavenly. Marriage is not in heaven. Marriage is a blessed thing when done in a accordance with what heaven desires. God never intended for there to be a separation or a remarriage. But there’s a loophole. This is what the Pharisees were on about, but Moses said this. This is the attitude that prevails today. Are you always looking to excuse sin by the evidence of someone doing it in the past that was saved? Jesus cleared the issue. The question was can a man put his wife away for EVERY cause? Can you divorce your wife for any reason? Jesus says, it’s not about a reason. What God joined, let no man put asunder.

Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

You can’t divorce your wife for burning the cooking, sorry. What Moses was meaning by uncleanness was adultery. That’s what Moses said, but he wrote it for the hardness of your hearts. From the beginning it was not so. Then what did he say to his disciples? They were astonished.

Matthew 19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.

19:11 But he said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given.

It is a hard thing, one of the most difficult biblical teachings for society to take on. That is what Jesus is saying. But he gives a different answer to his disciples.

Mark 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? tempting him.

10:3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put [her] away.

10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

It’s one. How can you split one?

Mark 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

As they finished talking, the disciples asked him of the same matter. The Pharisees were tempting Jesus when they asked but the disciples asked of the same manner.

Mark 10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same [matter].

10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

That’s what he told his disciples. Do you want to be a Pharisee or a disciple? You can take either but that doesn’t mean you’ll be saved. Many in the Old Testament weren’t saved. The older son almost lost his life but he repented. Now the younger son says he did it and I want to do it do and scorns any rebuke of those who say you can’t do it. That is the mind of the immature that hasn’t grown up. It is time for all everywhere to repent. God winking at things doesn’t mean we should do it now.

Said the angel, “Deny self; ye must step fast.” Some of us have had time to get the truth and to advance step by step, and every step we have taken has given us strength to take the next. But now time is almost finished, and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months. They will also have much to unlearn and much to learn again. {EW 67.2}

We don’t have time to take on the permission of hard hearted people before we learn as that’s not what God wanted. The younger person of the family should go through life much easier because he has older people to tell them what’s good and what’s not. We have to learn in a few short months. Lord, your perfect will, your good pleasure. He gave things in his anger, but God works in you to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Do you want to be of God in these last days?

Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:

58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].

When did the Sabbath begin? In Eden. When did the marriage begin? In Eden. What was the diet in Eden? They didn’t eat quails, these are the old paths to dwell in. People say you’re making things bigger than the gospel itself. The gospel brings us back to the principles of Eden. Until we come back to those principles, Jesus won’t come back. We need to finish the work. God will cut the work short in righteousness. We need to learn in a few short months. Forget the idols in your heart.

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Jesus went to heaven and heaven received and is holding him until the restitution of all things, the restored of the old paths to dwell in are built up. We’re not missing out on anything. We can see the misery that has happened, don’t think what they did was a good idea. There needs to be a time of restitution of all things. It was prophesied by the holy prophets. Here is our encouragement. We have done things wrong, we have gone down the road of permission that wasn’t his perfect will. We have wrecked our lives because of it. Do you wish you had your life over again? Although we destroy ourselves, God will be our helper. You had a king, you wreck yourselves but now can I be your king? Can i be your husband? Can I be your soul mate? Can I be the real thing that marriage was only a symbol of? That is the attitude of God.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

4:31 (For the LORD thy God [is] a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

If you find yourself in trouble and have gone down the wrong road, God says, I will help you, I’m not going to destroy you, if you turn back to me. Give him everything. We need to say Lord, I want your perfect will, I want exactly what you want for me. God is merciful. He will help us. What is the holy purpose of the church?

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Don’t be deceived by the churches saying it’s okay to do this and that which is not God’s perfect will just because they bring up biblical accounts of such happenings. Don’t be children. God’s church has one purpose. Jesus desired the perfect will of God. Not mine will, but thine be done. I pray we can be determined to desire his perfect will. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind so you can discern what is the good and perfect will of God. If you decide the follow Jesus, there is no turning back.

Amen.

 

Posted on February 19, 2011, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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