There are so many stories about people in the bible who were not perfect, but willing and determined. We are a people today….not perfect, but willing and some not so willing. However my subject focus will be on those that are not perfect, but willing and God’s determination.
I believe the heart is the foundation of our will and it is the main organ that contributes to our attitudinal behaviors, along with our minds. There are a lot of us who will not admit to others “I’m not perfect”, even though it is evident in our lives so much so like that of a whale swimming in one of those kiddie blow up pools sitting in the kitchen sink. Now that’s a site for sore eyes that can’t be missed! 😛 😛
While reading this, keep this very statement in mind: God knows our heart and He too knows it is not perfect. Now allow me to present a few bible verses to confirm my belief.
1 Chronicles 28:9– “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
Hebrews 4:13-14– For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Jeremiah 17:9-10– The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
Acts 1:24-Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen
Romans 8:27-And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
This blog is just a reminder that we are not perfect and it is ultimately God’s will for us to become so. I’ve listed a few people of the bible below, who were not perfect, but willing and once willing became determined. These are people who had to humble themselves to be willing. While thinking of these people, I ask that you think about yourself and others, focusing on just how loving, powerful and all-knowing He really is from the beginning of the bible to the end. I want you to think about how willing and determined are you to do the Lord’s will?
It took me some time to let it soak deep into my marrow that God knows I’m not perfect and that He loves me in spite of me regardless of what anyone else say or think. SIN is like a chess piece in the mind moving here and there making you doubt how much God loves you. In order for anything to change in anyone’s life, that person has to be willing.
I’ve come to realize that old adage…….. “I’m set in my ways” is the most selfish attitude, excuse, and worthless thought, that anyone utters from their lips. Go ahead! get upset, that’s how I feel about people when they make that statement. 😦 I would kick myself even if I perhaps happen to utter those 5 miserable words. What in the world do you think God can do with a “set in my ways” determined person? He’ll leave you to your own to be setting in your ways like the fallen star in the lake of fire. Now we ALL know the story of that fallen star that was so determined to stay set in his ways walking to and fro on the earth, never restless, causing havoc, and tempting all. We need to be more set in Jesus’ ways. That will cure the “ME” syndrome.
Well! Well! lookie here. What does God tell us in the Book of Isaiah?
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”, saith the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God have always been determined to return us back to perfection as things were before Adam and Eve sinned. If you haven’t already, you can read all the examples in the bible of a hard headed, hard hearted, and set in their ways nation.
If nothing else, that proves to us all, just how patient and loving He really is. He is THE GREAT FATHER that truly loves His children. His determination is a great lesson and reminder for us as earthly parents and all people. He is determined for you, for me, and for all of those who come to Him through Jesus to be permanent inheritors of His Kingdom, forever.
- Willing-adj- disposed or consenting; inclined; cheerfully consenting or ready.
- Determination-n- the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
- Perfect-adj- lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.
Please read the bible stories if you are not already familiar with the following people who were not perfect but willing. If you have others I’ve not included, feel free to share.
- Saul————————— Acts 9
- Rahab———————— Joshua 2
- Zacchaeus——————- Luke 19:1-10
- King David—————— 1st and 2nd Books of Samuel
- Matthew——————— Matthew 9:9-13
- Mannasseh—————— 2 Chronicles 33
- Me —————————- God’s Scroll
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