Our Will

Keith Miller in his book, “The Taste of New Wine”, makes a statement that has stuck with me as one of the most important principles of the Christian life. He says, “God doesn’t want your time, your talents, your money or anything else you have control over in your life, He wants your will. He will begin to show you life as you’ve never seen before”.

In the book, Messages to Young People, pages 151-154, we find some of the most important concepts relating to our personal salvation that have ever been written. “Pure religion has to do with the will. The will is the governing power in the nature of man, bringing all the other faculties under its sway. The will is not the taste or the inclination, but it is the deciding power, which works in the children of men unto obedience to God, or unto disobedience” (p. 151). Notice that the will is not our emotions or our fallen nature. It is the deciding power, the switch, that determines which way our thoughts will go.

The truth of these quotes is that there is really only one thing of which you have total control, your will.

Until you choose to surrender your will to God’s will, there is no way you can be the committed disciple of Jesus Christ you may hope to be.

The will is different from your feelings or emotions. You cannot always control those but you can control your reactions to them because God gave man the one thing that allows him to choose, his will.

But, God promises help. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

 

(Our Will continued)

But, even with that, we still must exercise our will to make that promise real in our life. I must choose to surrender all to Him. I must realize that unless I willingly yield my will to God, my will is under the control of Satan? We want to think that we are in control, that we are the captains of our own ships. Do we stop to think that if our will is not in Christ’s hands, then Satan is controlling us? Since none of us can keep our hearts beating and our lungs breathing, then we must acknowledge that we are subject to higher powers. Our will of necessity will be controlled either by Christ or Satan, and our only choice is who will have it. We must first choose to take the will out of Satan’s hands and give it to Christ. We must openly say, “I take this will that you have given me out of the hand of Satan. He has no more right to it. I choose to submit my will to the control of Jesus Christ.”

Guard your senses

Exactly how do we go about activating the will so that it can be controlled by God alone? There is something very basic that must happen if we want God to work in our lives. “All should guard the senses, lest Satan gain victory over them; for these are the avenues of the soul. You will have to become a faithful sentinel over your eyes, ears, and all your senses if you would control your mind and prevent vain and corrupt thoughts from staining your soul. The power of grace alone can accomplish this most desirable work” (The Adventist Home, p. 401).

We sing in Kindergarden, “Be careful little eyes what you see, – be careful little ears what you hear”. We cannot relegate that little song for little children alone. As adults, we must guard our senses from those things that corrupt our hearts. Some things appeal to the basal, carnal nature of man even when he has been redeemed. God will not stop us from being exposed to those things. The world is full of them by way of books, magazines, TV and even TV commercials, and more corruptive these days, the Internet.  It is a choice we must make for ourselves. It is a part of exercising our will. What will He do? By way of the Holy Spirit, He whispers, “no, no”.

To be what God intends as a spiritual, growing, sanctified Christian, we must take control of our will and yield it to God.

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