By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
There are two more principles I see in the Word of God that you need to understand when you are seeking the will of God through the circumstances of life. One is the law of opposites. We view the circumstances of life from the eyes of our heart. It’s here our motives are formed, our desires take direction, and out of the heart the mouth speaketh. The scripture says the decisions made in the heart will have a great bearing on how we look at the circumstances of life. The law of opposites can be seen in scripture.
- James 4:6 “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
- Luke 14:8 “…Sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;” Luke 14:10 “But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.” Let God be the one that promotes you through your circumstances and do not use your circumstances to promote yourself.
- Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” This is the great opposite. In Matthew 16:24 it says “…let him deny himself.” Deny means to disown oneself so if we save ourselves we will lose our life and if we lose our life (our soul) we will find it (or obtain life).
- Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Where we stand on this issue will greatly affect how we view the circumstances of life and our decisions.
The law of opposites is so powerful when we consider our decisions in light of the circumstances of life because humans naturally think opposite of God. Because of our fallen nature we are selfish and self centered and we think our decisions should benefit us. It sounds so natural to look at life that way. You might say it would be crazy not to look out for myself. You may say at the very least I need to eat and need money for clothes and a place to live. It’s not that these are not important. It is just that God looks at things from a totally different perspective. Matthew 6:25 says “Therefore I say unto you, (Jesus speaking) Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body. What ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Do you see how opposite God thinks than we naturally do? Do you see how it affects how we look at the circumstances of life? We live in a world of me first and it’s killing us, our families and our country.
God is saying there is another way of looking at circumstances. God says when you look at the circumstances of life seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. You ask how does this work? In verse 6 of Matthew 26 he uses the example of food. “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” God says how about them birds! They don’t sow, they don’t reap, they don’t even have barns to store food and yet they are all fed. You are better than them! In verses 28-30 he addressed clothing. “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Lilies are so beautiful. We have them in our churches every Easter. God tells us they grow effortlessly in the spring and they don’t even make their own clothes. (They spin no yarn.) But they area so beautiful, more beautiful than Solomon at the very height of his glory. Their beauty lasts for only a short time before they die and are cast into the fire. The moral of the story is that God is saying you are way more important than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. And then the punch in the gut. Oh ye of little faith. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Do you see the law of opposites there? If you seek God’s kingdom first in all your decisions and with every circumstance then he will be faithful in every area (food, clothing, housing, status, purpose) and all you need to live will be given to you because real life is more important than these things.
When we put on the eye glasses of faith, the circumstances look different. Then II Corinthians 4:18 will take on a whole new light. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; (birds of the air and the lilies of the field) but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
To be continued ………………..