The Will of God
How to Quantify Its Presence in Our Lives
The purpose of this document, a follow up to The Will of God - How To Discern It
, is to
the Faithful in determining to what extent the Will of God rules their
To be able to discern the Will of God, so that we defer to It, is much
than it appears as we have shown (1)
; however, a complex
situation arises when the Faithful tries to discern to what extent
their lives is ruled by the Will of God. Complex because satan is the
master of deceit and what better tricks to play on the unsuspecting
Faithful than: (a)
them believe that they are living the Will of God
when they are not; or (b)
lead the Faithful to believe that they are not living the Will of God
when indeed they are
Let us not forget that the perfect Will of God for Joe the Faithful may not
the perfect Will of God for Mary the Magdalen. If satan can
snare Mary into thinking
that if she lives as Joe, she is fulfilling the Will of God, the score
would be: satan
Thus, by developing a proverbial "litmus test" we may be able to assist
the Faithful in avoiding either snare.
In a recent Divine Instructions (2)
we hear Jesus speaking thus:
will never leave you nor forsake
There is no bond of union on earth to compare with the union between a
soul that loves Me — and Me.
Priceless beyond all earth's imaginings is that Friendship.
In the merging of heart and mind and will - a oneness results that only
those who experience it can even dimly realize.
Such reassurances, from the only One Who can back them up,
will provide the reference for the "litmus test".
False humility aside, this exercise will be as hard as
explaining to someone who may have never seen the colors blue and red
they look like, and further, how the differ from one another.
Being that we are cognizant of the reality of the Holy Spirit of God
Illuminating Power, we will do what is humanly possible to explain what
we are attempting, and then, He will interpret it on a one to one basis
as the willing Faithful prayerfully
review our attempt to illustrate it.
Let us assume Joe the Faithful led a normal life (read :
away from the real God). Then, one day, he sees a flash of light
and, in an instant, God has reprogrammed his soul. Joe's journey
Up to this point Joe has enjoyed many, as we call them, pleasures of
life. Some of them simple excesses (say, five ocean cruise vacations in
two years, unnecessary lavish and expensive dinners, clothing, jewelry,
etc.); others, actual sins (none mortal but
pleasurable-to-the-flesh and very consistent with the state of Joe's
at that time of "the flash").
Joe's brain has carefully recorded, with the helpful assistance of
satan, the sensory pleasures experienced as he lived through those
experiences. In an almost "magic" (guess whose magic?) manner any
collateral damage derived from those pleasures has been carefully
from Joe's mind. Therefore, even after his conversion, every time
Joe's senses are faced
with situations which brings flashbacks of those pleasures, the
proverbial mouth starts
watering while there is no memory of the collateral damage associated
with the past events.
Joe should not panic - his psyche is "playing old tapes" . He must
instead allow his soul to take over and, somehow, those tempting
"pleasure tapes" will be neutralized. The Holy Spirit of God, Who is
"the soul of Joe's soul" will change Joe's perspective and he
fall into that situation - whatever it may be - for any amount of money
in the world, even though he is totally cognizant of those "pleasure
memory tapes playing softly in the background".
When that happens Joe knows that he is well into living in accordance
to the Will of God.
Conversely, if Joe succumbs to the temptation of those "pleasure memory
tapes" by justifying his actions on the basis of "the end justifies the
means" (3) he
is nowhere near living in accordance to the Will of God.
Of course - between those two extremes are graduations which vary
depending on the "pleasure of the flesh" that is tempting Joe at
any one point.
The old wives tale that a "sin is a sin" regardless of what
it is, is just that - a manipulative "old wives tale". We cannot lump
together a murder with a petty theft or with a lie, any more than we
can lump together eating an extra serving of that mouth watering apple
pie a la mode with seducing your best friend's wife. That is why
we say that the gravity of the temptation depends on the type
of temptation itself.
As Joe draws closer to God, whenever he has a doubt about the power
of his soul over his flesh, he should allow the initial tempting
to start playing out in his
- without falling into the actual sin in a
virtual manner. He will find out that, the moment he starts such
virtual exercise, the soul would overpower the flesh and he would
consciously reject the potential sinful situation. Amazingly and
coherently enough - once Joe discovers that method to defuse what
would be a temptation, satan stops bringing them on. Why should he
they no longer work by causing Joe to fall or feel great distress?
A key to achieve such transformation is to truly desire it
out of sheer Love for God. Not for any material benefit; not for
Eternal life; not for the sake of Holiness and certainly not for fear -
simply for Love for
Him and the consequential logical burning desire to serve
Him, to please Him, to console Him, to thank Him for everything,... to
be totally His. When you are His, all else will logically follow for
our misery will simply dissolve into the infinite oceans of His
Published on November 15th,
Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and
all these things (*)
shall be added unto you. [Matthew
In this particular case: The spiritual wisdom that
will not allow you to fall as the
pleasure of the flesh memories start invading your mind.
Therefore, anyone who wants to be sure and live the Will
God must: Establish and maintain
an interactive and real
relationship with God. Nothing
will achieve it.
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