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St. Augustine's Motto: Love God and Do As You Please

Updated on June 26, 2012

BACKGROUND

"Love God and Do As You Please" has been critiqued all throughout time, ever since it left the mouth of St. Augustine, a Latin philosopher and theologian who helped pave the way for Western Christianity. These words have by far, outlived St. Augustine and his predecessors.

However, some people view this saying in a negative way, because the words seem like they are originating from a blunt and irresponsible man. St. Augustine words did hold some solid weight, if looked at properly though. That is what I am seeking to to accomplish with this hub; convey this saying from a Biblical perspective and connect it to the question that has been echoed ever since the beginning of time: "How Can We Know God's Will ?"

QUESTIONS ASKED OVER AND OVER AGAIN

  • How can I know God's will for my life?
  • Is God's will attainable?
  • How do I know if I am in the center of God's Will?
  • Is this God's will for me?

ACCORDING TO JOHN MACARTHUR

Many Christians love and respect John MacArthur for his ability to simply, but intelligently and precisely preach God's Word. I will be sharing a short clip from one his sermons that, in my opinion, beautifully sums up the answer to the question, How Can We Know God's Will?

What did you think?

If you watched the video I posted here, do you agree with John MacArthur?

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CLOSING THOUGHTS

I could go on and on relaying truths from various devout men of God and sharing truths from scripture, but I just want to leave you with this short video and see if it starts any discussion. I highly respect this preacher; he has been a great role model in my life. If you like this hub let me know, and I may consider creating a sequel.

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      bockshiner 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Good hub. That clip is short and to the point and I totally agree with MacArthur.

      Greg Koukl has a 3 part lecture titled Decision Making and the Will of God on his Stand to Reason website. It changed how I think about God's will.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank your your input and encouragement. Oh wow okay, I will definitely check that out. hey, you should check the hub I just published on Ephesians 2:10, I think you would enjoy it.

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      Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      josh: This is very controvercial not to mention contradictory. One cannot say in truth that they love God and then go about their merry way doing what they wish. God's "Will" in a person's life must become first and foremost if one truly loves God.

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      Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA

      This is just so true! I had a miracle happen recently (Feb 2012) when my daughter and I went out to get things we needed and stopped along the way to dream about two things we didn't 'need', but dreamed of (never) having (lol). The following week, God blessed us in a way that was miraculous and I asked the LORD if it truly was His JOY to give us what we thought we could never have in life - I felt His heart and just a week after 'dreaming' of something otherwise impossible, it became reality, all to His glory!

      Oh, if we just follow Him with all our hearts ~ then, we may be graciously, overwhelmingly joyous when we see Him give us the desires of our hearts because they align with His heart that harbors such great love for us. Awesome! I can testify to this!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Dave, did you watch the video?

      Judah, thanks for the compliments, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Josh...good hub, voted up, useful, interesting. I think I've gone through all of MacA's teachings back in the '80s when I first came to Christ...on cassettes, no less! Keep up the good work. It's time for me to hit your "Follow" button!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much, I am glad you agree with MacArthur and his teachings. He is a devout man of God, and I respect him a lot!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great article, God is great, voted up

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you girishpuri for the vote and read!

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      Sam 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Welcome to HubPages and I like your style. Well written and concise. Voted up and beautiful...

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much for the kind words!

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      josh, this is a thought-provoking hub. I think it's best if we leave all decisions in God's hands. He always has lead me down the right path. The paths I chose for myself was always wrong. Funny how that works, isn't it?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you for your kind words and read!

      Yes it funny, I know what you mean, thanks again for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      When I first saw your title I thought of the answer to the catechism question "What is the chief end of man?" Answer: Man's chief end (or purpose) is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. One way to sum that up is to say that He created us to magnify Him, His character, and His plan for the world through our relationship with Him--a sobering truth apart from Christ.

      My second thought was whether your focus would be on what I've heard termed as "easy believism," though I'm not sure that is the best way to word the concept.

      Anyway, I enjoyed reading your hub. The way you touched on the subject is thought-provoking, as it should be, proved by the comments it has generated.

      "I being in the way, the Lord led me" is the key, isn't it? "Get in this path and the Lord will lead" begs a question--what path? No matter what it is that we are seeking God's will about, if anything that we are doing in our attempt to get what we "desire" contradicts His revealed Word to us in any way, we had better stop, back up, and reassess by being honest about our motives and behavior as we seek counsel from godly parents, family members, teachers, and/or pastors.

      Being familiar with MacArthur's work tells me that the entire video would be worth posting for its helpfulness. You could note the time marker for people to go to, or you could post the complete message in another video capsule. Amazon also has his "Found: God's Will."

      Great topic, interesting post--thanks.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much for your insightful comment; it truly means a lot to me! :)

      You just put a big smile on my face!

      Yes, that is a good idea, I just might make a video hub for it; however I tried once and couldn't figure it out; could you give me some help on how to do it?

      Thanks for the read an comments :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      I'm not very familiar with making the newer video hubs yet, but I think those have to be videos that you create and upload to HP. You could get the best info on it all from HP faqs.

      For this hub I would go into edit, add a new video capsule and install the full message in it, meaning this hub would have two videos, which, as I understand it, is a good thing for hubs. It may be that someone else could give you a better way to do this so take a look at faqs and other hubs.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yeah I did not think I could just post a video for a hub unless I uploaded it which I can not do with this youtube video,

      Thanks again for your advice, I really appreciate it! :)

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Josh,

      MacArthur put it so simply, "If you are Saved, spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive, suffering and thankful do whatever you want because if this is true of your life, guess who's controlling your wants."

      "Delight in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart." The simplicity of this truth is so profound. He must increase, we must decrease. As we delight in Him and thank Him in all things ... We really can do as we please. Because WE and HE are one. :)

      Great hub. Voted Up, shared and awesome.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the votes and share! Yes exactly, He is controlling our wants!

      Hey there is another link I want to share with you concerning God's will! Have you heard of Voddie Baucham?

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      No I have not heard of him. New name to me. You'll have to share the link with me. Thanks!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ok will do, am I allowed to share the link through the comments you think? It is from youtube.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Not sure josh, you can inbox me if you'd like.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Oh ok yeah sounds good! :) Thanks.

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      Rabin Chacko 2 years ago

      Listening to the video and reading thru', it seems that Christ is just a good servant waiting to do whatever we want and give us whatever we desire. But is that true if we acknowledge that Christ is Lord and the Lord ways are higher than our ways , His thoughts much higher than ours?

      If it were so simple why did Jesus have to struggle in the garden of Gethsemane? why did he have to surrender to the will of the Father? why did Paul have to surrender to the will of God with regard to the thorn in the flesh?

      I believe that we need to understand that the verse "He will fulfill the desires of our hearts" is that God will enable us to love and desire as He does. It does not come naturally , but as we offer our bodies as living sacrifices (our spiritual act of worship) and as we cease to conform to the patterns of this world and be transformed through the renewing of our minds we will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good ,pleasing and perfect will. (Anyway why do we have this notion that God is a cosmic killjoy? it is quite the opposite - he has given us all things for our enjoyment- he does want us to enjoy his creation- within his boundaries)

      Claiming to love God is easy but our hearts can be deceptive and we may love for the sake of getting something in return - a selfish reason for loving. Only the Lord knows our hearts.

      Dr.John McArthur says he got whatever he wanted whether it was the lady he was to marry or the career he wanted to follow. But is it not the testimony of many believers that in doing the perceived will of God that we have found great reward?That it is not in doing the work we like but in liking the work we do (because we are called by God) that we have found great effectiveness and fruitfulness?

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      He seemed ok, Josh, and preaches well. I am more concerned with your sincerity and approach to God. It may be a useful idea to explain with a longer Hub as you yourself suggested, using the thoughts of different men and women of God.

      Of course the Bible is definitely relevant, although I was beginning to like your take on Augustine, but you said very little.

      You can do a piece on his life, work and philosophy. This may help you as much as it may help me. Again, I like your simplicity and sincerity here. I would say though, never do what you want.

      My take is that it is not a good way to say this in 21st century life. So first Love God, then let Him guide your ways. The Supreme is not only the inner Guide, but our dearest and truest Friend. Continue to pray, listen attentively, and you will hear His inner dictates. Much Peace.

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