Skip to main content

Battle of Wills

The crux of our existence as persons seeking to abide in Christ is our willingness to surrender our will to God (our wants, desires, plans,ambitions); with an acknowledgment of God's will being more important or higher than our will.  It is by this acknowledgment that we are able to show that we are dedicated disciples concerned with His mission and His purposes; first and foremost.  If we choose not to do this and are honest with ourselves, the implications are clear; God's will is secondary to our own.

The process of surrendering our will is a most difficult one.  It is a hard and narrow road not often or easily traveled because of the sacrifices required.  Case in point:  Jesus encountered a rich man one day.  We'll call him, Joe.  Joe was eager to obtain eternal life.  He practically fell at Jesus' feet and begged Him to tell him what he needed to do to obtain it.  First, Jesus listed off a number of commandments Joe should keep.  To that, Joe responded affirmatively, but Jesus wasn't done.  Of all the commandments Jesus mentioned prior; the one thing He told Joe was actually necessary was to sell all he had, give it the poor and follow Him.  The Bible says the rich man walked away with gloom on his face because he was very rich. (Mark 10:17-21)

Joe had lost all hope of salvation because Jesus asked of him the one thing he wasn't willing to do; give up his wealth and all he'd worked for.  Joe was prisoner to his will to retain his wealth and forfeited the most lucrative proposition he'd ever received.  He exchanged the perishable for the imperishable.  

Like Joe, we hold back certain aspects of our lives from the Lord that WE deem too valuable to relinquish control of; things we have personally worked hard and strive for.  Today, we don't have Jesus in bodily form instructing us in the specifics of walking with and pleasing Him, but the Holy Spirit is constantly speaking to us in various ways; seeking to lead us to the Truth.  We also have the Bible to instruct us and give us insight into the mind of God.  We reject Him by going our own way and following our own path as if to say our way is better than His.  Jesus didn't reject Joe, but Joe walked away from Christ.  Joe had more security in his wealth than he had trust in Christ.  He desired riches more than eternal life.

This example is not to say everyone must do exactly as Jesus instructed the rich man to do (sell all your possessions and give everything to the poor), but I believe Jesus knew what was in Joe's heart.  Rather, what had Joe's heart.  His wealth kept him bound to this earthly plane, unable to accept Jesus' offer for eternal life and discipleship.  In like manner, Jesus wants us to give up whatever is keeping us from committing ourselves wholly to Him.  Whatever it is.  In this life, we only actually need what is necessary to follow Jesus and accomplish the will of the Father, and WE don't determine that.

The "American Dream" brand of Christianity would have many to believe that God exists to fill our desires instead of the other way around.  We try to barter with God far too often and say "Okay God, I will do this if you will do that."  Don't fashion for yourself a god/an idol that will sign off and reinforce YOUR will.  Don't get trapped in that mindset, regardless of what all of the big name preachers tell you.  Get up from there.....move on from there.   

Contrary to popular belief, it is an honorable thing to be deemed a servant of the Lord.


Popular posts from this blog

Because Vanity is Popular: The Rise of Heather Lindsey

There is a prominent female figure currently on the horizon that has all of the girlies holding their breathe until she breathes her next word.  Her face, her posts, her image and her voice are slathered from thither and yonder on social media.  You never have to wonder what's going on in her life nor in her household.  It is all tracked and recorded via the world wide web.  I've listened to some of her teachings and agree with most of what she says.  While she does not verbally communicate anything that seems detrimental, it is what is not said being (yet seen) that is the most disappointing factor. I first became aware of this young lady and her husband a couple of years ago when another young lady posted on my Facebook page that my husband and I reminded her of them.  I presumed she was referring to the fact that we were married and shared a passion for the Lord.  Being the kind of person I tend to be, I looked them up in hopes of expanding our circle of nationwid

Sympathy From the Devil

I found this to be very appropriate in light of recent events. "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." I John 5:19 These are days that will test what we think we know and believe.  The " whole world " lies in wickedness. wickedness :  Greek word pon─ôros  meaning full of labours, annoyances, hardships; of an evil nature or condition; bringing toils, annoyances, perils; of a time full of peril to Christian faith and steadfastness; causing pain and trouble. Do we believe that? Do we believe that everything of the world is grounded in evil ? "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." II Corinthians 4:3-4 Do we truly believe that Satan is the god of this world? That every single world system is under his jur

Joy & Pain

Hey Guys, Listen to this message TODAY!  Its time to wake up out of this walking stupor so many of us are in while calling it Christian.  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3