Matthew 6:10 KJV) “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Warm greetings of God’s love to all of our Brothers and Sisters who are incarcerated but have been set free from the bondage of sin by the power of Jesus Christ.
My name is Donnie W. Ojemann, the Emancipated Inmate and Warrior Husband to my precious wife Genie. This month I would like to share with you yet another revelation and precious promise of God’s Word with you.
My hope is that by reaching out to my Brothers and Sisters, lives will be impacted and transformed by God’s living truth, His Word.
Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord’s Prayer, is possibly the most recited prayer ever prayed. After all it was Jesus’ model prayer to the disciples and many of us have it memorized today. It is in verse ten of this prayer we pray to God that I would like to address.
It says, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Here we find ourselves praying that God’s will be done in our lives, yet many times when God’s will begins to be worked out, we struggle, resist, morn, become angry and sometimes even flee!
Why do we resist God’s will? Simply because we often don’t know that it’s God’s will that we are experiencing, especially when it comes in the form of a trial or tribulation.
Trials can come upon us swiftly and seem overwhelming, so let’s explore these trials so that we can understand their purpose in our lives. First the definition of a trial according to the Oxford Dictionary:
- 1. A test of performance, qualities or suitability ;
- 2. Something that tests ones endurance or patience
1 Peter 4:12 New Living Translation (NLT) Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.
These fiery trials spoken of in these passages don’t “just happen” as many would be apt to believe, they are designed by God’s wisdom and love for us. They are God’s will. Let’s read more to find out what these trials are about.
1 Peter 4:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV) 12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Verse 13 shows us that we should rejoice as partakers (participants) in the same sufferings that Christ experienced in His life while here on earth.
Jesus led by example – we (Christians) must all go through sufferings / trials just as Christ did. But why? Some of you may ask – who are these test for anyway? Are these test for God – to show where we really are in our spiritual growth and walk with Him? No – of course not! As God’s children with the Holy Spirit already alive inside of us – God knows exactly where we are.
1 Corinthians 6:19 New King James Version (NKJV) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
These tests are for us, for our benefit so that we can see our own growth or lack thereof. The tests help us assess our walk with HIM:
- How did I handle that situation?
- Did I break down? Blow Up?
- Doubt God’s faithfulness?
- Become overwhelmed in emotion and stop trusting in God?
- Did I overcome through my faith in Jesus’ love for me?
God knows the hotter the fire the purer the faith of His children. In order for us to know in our own hearts (and as a witness to others) that we love God unconditionally above anyone and/or anything else we must endure fire from time to time.
1 Peter 1:6-8 New Living Translation (NLT) 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
You may be thinking: “Donnie, that’s a little scary to know that we must endure trials.” My answer to is – Do you really want God’s Will in your life like you requested? Do you really want God to grow you, mature you, stretch and perfect you? If the answer is YES then trials and tribulations are God’s tools of perfection along with His love, mercy and forgiveness.
When we are diligent in submitting our will to God we don’t have to suffer as the sinner does who does not have the comfort of the Holy Spirit or know the mercies of God. We are to have no shame for the trials we endure but give God all of the glory!
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
These trials build our faith and increase our patience (perseverance) which is part of the fruit of The Spirit. Then through our patience we will be perfected and complete in Christ wanting nothing.
James 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV) 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
In summary we see that all these fiery trials are for our benefit despite their difficulty. Not for us to grieve and morn over but to rejoice in for it’s God’s will for our lives to be perfected in the fire.
Brothers and Sisters it is my hope that when we pray for God’s “Will to be done” that we mean it from our hearts and rejoice even in the fiery trials. Remember God promises us:
Romans 8:28 New King James Version (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
With love and prayers for you,
Donnie W. Ojemann