‘Whatever will be will be’. True? Bible Reading: Luke 8: 5-16
“Whatever will be will be”. This is a phrase that is used by many to suggest that we do not really determine how we end up in life or what shows up in our lives. I’ve never heard any great person make this statement. But I’ve seen the poor, the sickly and the unsuccessful find consolation in it. When some people make efforts to attain a level of success and they get there, they attribute it to their hard work, experience, exposure and creativity. Some remember to say “thank God”. But when the desired success is not achieved, they say “what will be will be”.
Jesus Christ taught us something different. For example, In Luke 8 when he explained the parable of the Sower, He gave some reasons why people don’t get good results. In verse 15, he said “But the seed in the good earth–these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest” (MSG). This sounds like someone who determines what tomorrow will be.
Apostle Paul said “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man may sow, that he also will reap”. He did not say “it doesn’t really matter what you sow, what will be will be”. People who say ‘whatever will be will be’ have never attempted to jump into the front of a fast moving train. A part of their mind knows that their actions can determine how they end up in life.
Although there were rare instances where God exercised his sovereignty in some circumstances not minding the will and input of man (See Exo. 9:12, Roman 9:10-13, 11:8), His fundamental principle is to show us the right way and permit us to make our choices on which way to go. So, you can choose to live a successful life. You can choose to know tomorrow. You can choose to walk with God. You can choose to know His will.
– tope aladenusi
A better reason Bible Reading: Acts 13:1-4
We should desire to know God’s will concerning whatever we do because He knows everything about everything. This was our emphasis last week. But beyond the success that it enables us to achieve and the needs that are met, there is something more important. Knowing and doing the will of God strengthens and nourishes our relationship with Him.
We know that communication is a vital ingredient in any good relationship. It is most effective when it is a two-way traffic. So many times I hear some men tell their wives over the phone that “I love you” and the women are swift to say “I love you too”. We know the importance of feedback in our earthly relationships. We experience the act of talking and listening. Have you ever imagined if only the wife is talking for over one week and there is no feedback from the husband? Well, women know better. But most of us have a wrong approach towards our relationship with God. We are most concerned about firing requests towards heaven from time to time but have never been concerned to know what God actually wants us to do. Our communication is usually a one-way traffic where we do all the talking. It should not be so.
Beloved, Christianity is so sweet. One way to experience this sweetness is to cultivate the habit of communicating effectively with God which includes, hearing from Him.
– tope aladenusi
A better option Bible Reading – Psalm 121
It is better to live your life based on divinely inspired discernment than on experiments. It is better to rely on truth & conviction rather than on trial & error. Life is so short that you can’t afford to spend your whole time experimenting. It is possible to get things right the first time. I do encourage men to stand up if they have fallen, but I also know that like Jesus Christ, you can do without stumbling.
You are so engulfed in a few activities that you may not know which other activities have a direct impact on your life.
Your two eyes can only see a short distance and you need the help of the eyes that sees all things in the world at every microsecond.
Your brain cells do not process every latest information that is released into the world, so you need God to alert you of the ones that will propel you to the next level.
You may be certain about the present, but there is one who wants to reveal the future to you.
You may be trained to have a good assessment of people but you need the one who sees the deep secrets of every heart. Even the world has come to acknowledge that ‘Not all that glitters is gold’. You need the leading of God to pick out the gold among the glittering objects.
Knowing the will of God is so sweet; most times it grants you success with ease. It constantly ushers you into peace, power, progress and prosperity. It is something every man born of a woman should crave to know. It is a better option towards living a successful life.
– tope aladenusi
An arm’s length transaction is a transaction which takes place between a willing buyer and a willing seller where no relationship exists between both parties prior to the transaction. The opposite of this, however, is a related party transaction and this exists where there is a form of relationship between both parties prior to the transaction. For example, a transaction involving members of the family, shareholders of the company etc. The existence of such relationships is expected to be ascertained, identified by the auditor of the company and reported according to IAS 24. What is IAS? What is this accounting jargon doing here you might ask?
Well, it brings to mind an important fact that at a time we had no relationship whatsoever with God, we were strangers from the covenants of promise (Eph 2:12). At the best, one could say God dealt with us at arm’s length [but even that will not be entirely accurate because what we see from scriptures is the fact that the Jews (Israelites) were the only tribe or country that had a relationship with God (Eph 2:11 -12, Rom 9:4-5, 11:1). Every other Nation or tribes were considered foreigners to God]. However, this was not the father’s desire.
He wanted everybody to be a part of His plan. He wanted men of all tribes, background, economic and political strata to be able to come before Him (Eph 1:4-5,9-10) and thanks be to God, this He accomplished by Christ dying on the cross for us and shedding His blood which has now brought us as close to God as we can ever be. We are no longer strangers to God, we are now sons adopted into the family of God by Christ Jesus (Gal 4:5-6, Eph 1:5) What we now have is even better than what the Israelites had with God. What they had was considered as a shadow of what God desired? (Heb 10:1) God wanted everybody to come to Him on the basis of the blood of His son that was shed thereby, breaking down the wall of separation and bringing us together under one umbrella, the blood (Gal 3:28, I Cor 12:13). Thanks be to God, He no longer deals with us at “arms length” but as “related parties”, as sons.
“Now because of Christ-dying that death, shedding that blood, you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.” (Eph 2:13 – MSG).
Bible Reading: Romans 8: 1- 14
One of the greatest assets of a believer is the potential to discern God’s will. Every believer has the same right to know God’s will for his/her life although not all of us take steps to actualize it. Those who have been able to train themselves to discern the mind of God are seen as great men of God. Whereas, knowing the will of God is similar to a radio station that is always broadcasting signals; if you do not tune your radio frequency to that of the station, you may never get the signals. In like manner, God is always sending signals to all believers, but only a few are tuning to ‘God’s frequency’.
The ability to recognize and actualize God’s will naturally position you in the path of peace, progress and prosperity. But how can you recognize the will of God concerning any area of your life? What do you need to do in order to make sure you always know the mind of God concerning a subject?
The questions I’ve been asked by numerous counselees over the years have informed me that the body of Christ is in dire need of this message. But I believe every believer should be very knowledgeable of this subject.
In the next few months, we will be teaching on this subject. I will like you to inform all your friends and loved ones to join you in benefiting from this message. One easy way they can do this is by freely subscribing to our mailing list viahttp://www.christlifeline.org/mailinglist.html
Our desire is that these teachings will affect your life to the point that unbelievers around you will crave to be like you and when they come to inquire the reason for your success, you will introduce them to Jesus Christ.
– tope aladenusi