How to live in God's will

By Jude Ramagosa 

Copyright © 2015 Jude Ramagosa All Rights Reserved 

Introduction

We know from scripture different ways of being in God's will and we also need to know scripturally how to be in His will. An example, scripture teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves but why we love our neighbor? And there are many good answers, we give our time, help...etc.  to our neighbor, a Godly type experience but is it from God? How we know we are in God's will and how we know experiences are His,  not us seeking to have an experience?

Synopsis

Please review body of booklet for scriptures sharing how we know God's will with examples. Basically, knowing we are in

God's-will happens when we lose our life for His sake. We lose our life by denying self for His sake and the Greek definition of denying self is to lose our self interest then we will perform works associated with the faith of denying self.  These good works aren't denying self and it is important to understand this distinction.  Denying self is a decision of faith and good works will follow. Similar being born again is a decision of faith not of works but works do show our faith and without works we have no faith. Doing good works will not save us meaning we cannot be born again by doing good works. Godly self-denial is an act of faith with being born again resulting and after being born again is also an act of faith. Being born again is turning our life over to Him which is denying-self  and we confess Him as Lord becomming His children. After being born again we daily live in faith denying-self which gives way to doing the good works resulting from denying self.   

Denying-self 

Denying-self can be understood in many ways but the Greek definition simplifies our understanding to basically one meaning. The definition of deny in Matthew 16:24 is:

To forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests. 

Matthew 16:24 KJV Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me 

Bible Explore.com, KJV W/ STRONGS BIBLE - MATTHEW 16, http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsmat16.htm 

The command to deny-self was expressed by Jesus and Paul, please review below scriptures and their direction for our life. 

Crucified with Christ 

We are  crucified with Christ when we deny-self for Christ sake and this truth is shown through many scriptures. I will review one, 1 Corinthians 1:23 shows we preach Christ  crucified, the Greek definition of crucified is  to impale on the cross; figuratively, to extinguish (subdue) passion or selfishness:--crucify.

Bible Explore.com, KJV W/ STRONGS BIBLE - 1 CORINTHIANS 1, http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongs1cor1.htm 

Figurative language is new insight into the object or subject of a work and goes beyond the actual meaning of a word. This new insight is what God wants us to have which is beyond the insight of being impaled on the cross. Figuratively, exposure to death, i.e.  self-denial is to deny self and  when we deny self He can live in us and we are following in His footsteps same as when He denied-self unto death on the cross.

Example usage of figuratively:

…You are using figurative language any time you compare two things. When writing goes beyond the actual meanings of words, then the reader gains new insights into the objects or subjects in the work…. 

Examples of Figurative Language

http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-figurative-language.html 

…Will people understand you if you use literally when you mean figuratively? Sure. Most people will recognize that when you say, "The guitar solo literally blew my head off" it was an awesome solo, but your head is, in fact, still on your neck….

Vocabulary.com figuratively/literally

http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/figuratively-literally/ 


Preaching the cross is preaching His death on the cross? 

Preaching the cross is preaching His death on the cross and scripture shows His cross, by Greek definition, is Him impaled on a wood stake and this seems to be an accurate understanding of preaching the cross. But further review shows God wants us to have a different understanding of what preaching the cross is.  

1 Corinthians 1:18 and cross in "preaching the  cross" is defined as ...a stake or post (as set upright), i.e. (specially), a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively, exposure to death, i.e.  self-denial...  

Bible Explore.com, KJV W/ STRONGS BIBLE - 1 CORINTHIANS 1 http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongs1cor1.htm

 

Also by definition figurative language is new insight into the object or subject of a work and goes beyond the actual meaning of a word.... 

The Word

As mentioned "The Word" is God's divine plan for the universe and His plan is based on a foundation expressed in scriptures. This foundation is self-denial and for Christians is self-denial for Christ sake.  

The Greek definition of Word:

1d) doctrine, teaching 

John 1 (KJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

...This term was familiar to the Jews and in their writings long before a Greek philosopher named Heraclitus used the term Logos around 600 B.C. to designate the divine reason or plan which coordinates a changing universe.... 

KJV W/ STRONGS BIBLE - JOHN 1 http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsjoh1.htm

...Logos (Greek for 'word') refers to the internal consistency of the message--the clarity of the claim, the logic of its reasons, and the effectiveness of its supporting evidence. The impact of logos on an audience is sometimes called the argument's logical appeal. .. 

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. http://courses.durhamtech.edu/perkins/aris.html 

The logical consistent message from Jesus is self-denial.  

Self denial is a fact supporting The Word because of the preponderance of scriptures showing this. If you confess Jesus as Lord, which is denying self, then you are saved.
After being saved, if you deny self daily, then He can live in you. Sin will not be appealing. He will direct your steps. His power will be demonstrated as He sees fit. The enemy will fall in every battle. Many will see Him in you. His peace will be with you. He will provide for you abundantly. "His will" comes alive in you. Etc.As shown the Greek definition of "The Word" is LOGUS and the word Logic was derived from LOGUS. Logic can be expressed as "If Then" statements and above are a few of these statements composed of Him "The Word". 

Salvation and denying-self 

We are saved or born again by believing and accepting Jesus as Lord and this truth is shown in referenced scriptures, essentially the Greek definition of believing is trusting our self to Christ. By accepting Him as Lord we joyfully lose our life and this is denying self for His sake then we shall find our life in Him. Self-denial is a willingness to forgo all and forgoing as He directs. In this booklet denying self for salvation and daily denying self is considered an act of faith giving way to good works. Works from denying self will not save us but when we deny self for Jesus sake we are saved. In other words faith is for salvation not works of holiness, sanctification… etc. and the faith of denying self for His sake is our salvation but not by works of denying self. Jesus’ Self-denial is the source of life for many essential Doctrines and denial of self interest for Jesus sake is our source of life.

Source of Life Doctrine 

 This exposition shares scriptures on the Cross, crucified and salvation as being self-denial and is called Source of Life Doctrine. Bible Doctrines are expressed by different related scriptures and also this exposition is reiterated in different ways for comprehension giving a basis for the Source of Life Doctrine. Cross refers to a self-denial Cross and cross refers to a wood cross. The wood cross physically crucified Him but His Cross is self-denial resulting in self-denial works of suffering and death on the cross. Also our Cross and being crucified with Him is His Cross which result in self-denial works of suffering and following Him with our Cross. 

Salvation and His Lordship 

Being saved with believing in Him as Lord occurs when we are born again through faith not of works Ephesians 2:8-9.  Jesus death, resurrection and atonement is the means for Mankind’s salvation and denying self interest believing in Him as Lord is how we are saved and live for eternity in His Kingdom. This is a result of faith which is our substance of what is hoped for and evidence not seen Hebrews 11:1. After accepting Him as Lord and Savior next we should grow with Him as Lord and this growth happens when we accept His Lordship over every aspect of our life. We accept Him 100% as Lord when we are born again but we need to grow in His Lordship by working out our salvation. Growth comes to life through denying self daily and the Holy Spirit will live in us with His works being fulfilled. The atonement gave way for Mankind’s salvation by Him drawing us to accept Him as Lord and what part do we play in being born again, we accept His Lordship as seen in Paul’s conversion. Paul is God’s messenger and shares His will for us with examples to follow and when Paul was converted he said Lord, would this mean Paul also denied self Acts 9:5? Paul seeks to do His interest following instructions with a life of denying self interest and we are told to be followers of Paul 1 Corinthians 4:16. By denying self interest with accepting His Lordship we are born again resulting in His interest becoming ours. Also for us to have a future living experience of living His will we should deny self interest daily, in other words live continuous with denial of self being present in our life then an open door exists for Him to live in us. This message of Jesus and His Apostle Paul is needed for us to continue in the faith preventing straying away by helping us adjust to possible future incorrect paths.

By Jude Ramagosa

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Links; Scriptural References, The Cross a Self-Denial Doctrine, Crucified a Self-Denial Doctrine  

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