Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
By Jim Murriner
We looked a few weeks ago at the first statement in the Lord's model prayer,
"Our Father which art in Heaven,," and in doing so we noted that no one can pray until they have a heavenly Father.
No lost sinner, can pray, not even for salvation. They do not as those who are still dead in sins, have the ability, to do so.
Then we looked next at the fact that when we pray, the Name of God must be Hallowed ,
or "Sanctified" or set apart to us.
We can only pray unto God because He is Greater, and Mightier than we could even consider becoming. We must pray unto Him, not as our equal, but as one who is far above us, and one who truly is able to grant the request which we make.
Then we looked at the fact that we must desire the Kingdom of God to come, in two different senses, first that we must desire that our lost loved ones and acquaintances, be brought into the kingdom of God, and second that we must live every day like we are citizens of the Heavenly kingdom.
Now today we want to look at the Will of God being done in Earth just as it is in Heaven.
Since we have no natural ability to do the will of God it is necessary that we pray that He may cause us to do His will.
Particularly while we were still lost, we had no ability.
Ro 8:7 "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
1Co 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."
Even we who have been saved by the grace of God, have a problem knowing what is the will of God, and knowing how to do the will of God.
15 " For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I".
16 "If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good."
17 "Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."
Far too often today we seek to know the will of God, by looking at our neighbors and comparing our lives to theirs, but we can never do the will of God as the angels in Heaven do, if we look to our neighbors.
Our goodness and our perfection must be based on what Gods calls goodness and what God tells us is perfection.
Mt 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
We must let our perfection be measured by His perfection rather than our own thinking.
1Pe 1:15 "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;"
We are not only to not set our standards as to what is good and perfect by mans standards but we also are not to learn and do the ways of man.
Jer 10:2 "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them."
Pr 21:8 "The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right."
Jer 10:23 "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."
This petition that we might do the will of God, here on Earth as it is done in Heaven, is proof to us when we take Godly living to be unimportant.
Eph 2:8- 10
8"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
9 "Not of works, lest any man should boast."
10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
Jas 2:20 "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"
Jas 2:26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
If we would in reality do the will of God, there are some things that we must do.
1.We must recognize that for each of us who are saved, it is important that we be a member of His Church.
Eph 3:21 "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
This is not something which comes at the same time that we are saved, this is done by submitting unto scriptural baptism, after we have been saved by the grace of God.
2.Also to do the will of God as a church we must stand for the faith, which was delivered unto the first church.
Jude 1:3 " Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
3.In contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints, it is important that we take a stand against sin.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Th 3:11- 14
11" For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies."
12 "Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread."
13 "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing."
14 "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed."
4.We must examine our actions to see whether they be according to God's will, or our own will, or some other.
1Jo 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
2Ti 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
The Spirit of God will never lead us to do anything which is contrary to the Word of God.
Joh 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."