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Exactly What We Need

I know exactly what you need. I know exactly what you will need 5 minutes from now. I know exactly what you will need at this time tomorrow and every moment of every day ever after. I sound egotistical don*t I? Are you ready for this? Here*s what you need: God*s will. It seems too simple. Are you in doubt about what you need and what you need to do? God knows best. So how can we know God*s will? What*s the formula?

Exactly What Sinners Need

Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.

Even though God*s will is exactly the thing that we need He sends messengers to beseech us. He Himself beseeches us through them. He Himself reaches out to us just as He did to the Israelites.

2 Corinthians 5:20: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ*s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Romans 10:21: But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Strong*s Concordance definition of beseech: to call near, to invite, to invoke, (by imploration, hortation or consolation) call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort, intreat, or pray.

God calls us near, invites us, invokes us, implores us, consoles us, calls us, comforts us, desires us, intreats us and prays us. Why should One so superior do those things to inferior beings such as we are? Why must God implore us and send people to implore us to receive the exact thing that we need? It can only be because we resist it, we don*t want it and we don*t believe that we need it. We are proud and stubborn fools.

If we are to present our bodies to Him, we are only permitted to do that because of His mercy. Presenting our bodies to Him is privilege that we do not deserve. We deserve to have our bodies rot in Hell. Those are hard words. Believing that we deserve better is pride.

Present your bodies. Why our bodies? Why does He want the physical part of us? What use can He have for our bodies? Does He want to control them? Does He want to use them? I believe He does. I believe He wants to accomplish His will upon our bodies and through them. Before we present our bodies to Him we use them for sin. After we present them to Him He can use them for righteousness.

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. He wants us to be different. He wants us to be transformed. He wants to do things to and through our body that we could not do ourselves. When we present our bodies to Him He transforms us. Transforming us is His good, and acceptable, and perfect will.

We are really to present our whole selves to Him. That includes our heart, soul, mind, body and everything else. When we present our bodies to Him we present all that our bodies contain. Our bodies contain our heart, soul and mind. Our bodies contain all we are. Our hearts, souls and minds control our bodies. When we give Him our bodies we give Him control of them. We cannot give Him one part and not the others. He will not transform one part and not the others.

Exactly What Believers Need

I don*t want to seem redundant but here it is again: God*s will.

Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

A Christian brother and I visited a home recently. As we were leaving and walking down the sidewalk to the street, a young woman was walking past us with her 3-year-old son who was pushing a stroller with his baby sister in it. The children were chattering and bubbling. We introduced ourselves to the young woman, had a little chat with her, shared the gospel with her and she received Christ. Who do you think could cause her steps to meet ours at the exact moment we were there? Who do you think could keep two chattering toddlers quiet long enough to reach a young woman*s heart? Who could work in the circumstances of that young woman*s life to prepare her heart for that moment?

I believe it will help us to think of every step we take as a divine appointment. It may seem like an appointment with mere concrete or dirt but the Lord can put our steps on exactly the right concrete or dirt at exactly the right time. I believe we should ask the Lord to make every step we take and every thought of our minds a divine appointment.

I love it when the Lord gives me an idea for a Bible topic and then provides appropriate things to add from other sources. It is a confirmation that I need Him to order every step and every thought. That happened again this morning. I usually read a daily Charles Haddon Spurgeon devotional first thing in the morning and before I write these articles. This morning I did it the other way around. Spurgeon*s devotional completed in a far better way what I was trying to say:

2 Samuel 5:23: And David enquired of the Lord. When David made this enquiry he had just fought the Philistines, and gained a signal victory. The Philistines came up in great hosts, but, by the help of God, David had easily put them to flight. Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring of the Lord. Once he had been victorious, and he might have said, as many have in other cases, I shall be victorious again; I may rest quite sure that if I have conquered once I shall triumph yet again. Wherefore should I tarry to seek at the Lord*s hands? Not so, David. He had gained one battle by the strength of the Lord; he would not venture upon another until he had ensured the same. He enquired, Shall I go up against them? He waited until God*s sign was given. Learn from David to take no step without God. Christian, if thou wouldst know the path of duty, take God for thy compass; if thou wouldst steer thy ship through the dark billows, put the tiller into the hand of the Almighty. Many a rock might be escaped, if we would let our Father take the helm; many a shoal or quicksand we might well avoid, if we would leave to His sovereign will to choose and to command. The Puritan said, As sure as ever a Christian carves for himself, he*ll cut his own fingers; this is a great truth. Said another old divine, He that goes before the cloud of God*s providence goes on a fool*s errand; and so he does. We must mark God*s providence leading us; and if providence tarries, tarry till providence comes. He who goes before providence, will be very glad to run back again. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go, is God*s promise to His people. Let us, then, take all our perplexities to Him, and say, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Leave not thy chamber this morning without enquiring of the Lord.

Evangelist W il Rice*s devotional added another appropriate thought: Contrary to the popular saying, it is not better to ask for forgiveness than to ask permission!

Who but God knows exactly what we need, exactly when we need it and exactly how to give it to us? Who but God knows those exact things about others? Who can prove His perfect will? Those who present their bodies to Him.

Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.

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