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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: Council of His Will

by P. Brian Noble / December 27, 2019


In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.(Ephesians 1:11-12,ESV)


As Paul told the believers in Ephesus, God works everything “according to the counsel of His will.” Every aspect of our life is according to the wise counsel of God’s will. King David wrote in Psalm 139, “Your eyes saw my unformed sub­stance; in your book were written every one of the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16, ESV). God is not a God of chaos. He is the God who looks at everything in accordance with his will.


And what is God’s will? Paul clearly states that God’s will is for us to be sanctified, which means holy or set apart for God. In his first letter to the Thessalonian church, Paul wrote:

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual

immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in

holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not

know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter,

because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you

beforehand and solemnly warned you.(1 Thessalonians 4:3–6, ESV)

God’s will for us is sanctification—that we would be holy.


Think about your walk with God. God is working things out according to the counsel of his will, yet you might wonder how a struggling relationship will be recon­ciled. God isworking it out according to the counsel of his will, and he wants you to walk in true holiness in your actions toward the other person. Your holiness is to be the holiness that Jesus modeled for us; it is to be a humble holiness that willingly and faithfully picks up a cross daily and follows Jesus as he sanctifies you.


Lord, I am struggling. Would you guide me according to the counsel of your will? Help me to walk in humble holiness. Help me to daily pick up my cross and follow you…. (Continue praying.)

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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