Not His Will

So often we hear the phrase “whatever is meant to be will be“, or “God’s will, will be done.” It gives us a great sense of ambiguity in not only the over all scheme of things but also in our own lives and convictions, or lack thereof. So where does this concept come from?

Well it surely doesn’t come from God. The bible is full of story’s where things didn’t work out the way they were suppose to. Death, murder, selfishness, immorality, wrath, judgment, all of which came solely as a result of people living in opposition to God’s will; for God told them not to do these things. 

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – ‭James‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭

In truth, sin is simply any form of rebellion against God’s will. If everything was God’s will then there would be no sin because there would be no rebellion, for the very nature of rebellion is to choose to act against the will of the authority over you. If your children are being rebellious, it means that they are not obeying your will for them.

Now hear me out on this, God is above all and in the end His promises will stand, God will do His part, it’s your part that is in question here. The Israelite’s that left Egypt are a great example of this. They left for the promised land, yet Paul tells us that because of the unbelief of God’s words that drove their constant rebellion to God’s will for them, they could not enter in. God still kept His promise to Abraham by sending their children into promise but they themselves lost their part in it because of a refusal to believe and obey God’s words, but it did not have to be; hence the warning to us not to make the same mistake.

“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” – Hebrews‬ ‭3:7-12‬ ‭

Now, let’s take this concept of God’s will always being done straight to scripture and see what it plainly says:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭

Peter, a disciple of Christ, clearly states that God is very patient in His wrath and judgments toward us because it is “not His will” that anyone would perish but it is His will that everyone should come to repentance. Yet we know that very few actually do come to repentance in the over all scope of things because Matthew 7:14 tells us that “narrow is the way that leads to life and few are they that find it.” 

So if it is God’s will that all come to repentance unto eternal life, then why do so few do so? The answer is given just a few more verses down when it says clearly that it is because most do not do the will of the Father. 

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭7:21

You do have a choice to make, everyone has a choice to make. Will you be counted among the many or among the few. God is patient because it is not His will that any should parish, therefor He waits for you to choose to repent of your rebellion against His will and realign yourself with it, but many simply choose not to. The choice is yours, God will not make it for you, so I implore you, choose ye this day whom you will serve while there is still yet time. 

Jesus stands at the door and knocks desiring to come in, sup, talk with you, and tell you His will for you, but you have to choose to open that door and once you have, you have to choose to listen to what He tells you there. It’s all about a choice. It’s always been about a choice. From the garden of Eden, to the garden of Gethsemane, to the garden of your heart, it’s always been about a choice between saying “my will be done“, or “thy will be done.” It’s about a choice, and the choice is yours to make, choose the narrow path, choose to do the will of the Father, choose life.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” – Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:19‬

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” – Revelation‬ ‭3:20-22‬ ‭

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” – Revelation‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” – 2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭

“Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, …” – ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:37

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭

“…choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭

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Where Is Your Confidence

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” – 1 John‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭

James 4:3 tells us, “you ask and do not receive because you ask amiss“. In other words you ask for what you want according to your own will for the building of your own kingdom. Therefor, God does not listen. After all God was not made to serve men, but men were made to serve God. So ought men to come to God in prayer seeking His will, and then by praying in agreement with it can you be assured that that prayer will be answered. 

I believe the church could turn the world up side down (even as it did in the book of Acts) if it spent less time in prayer telling God what to do and more time asking Him what to do. The greatest gift of Jesus’s sacrifice, short of His atoning cleansing blood, is His empowering Holy Spirit which allows us to all become priest and commune directly with God.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭

The reason we are no longer under law is because we no longer have to go to external stone tablets, scrolls, or men, to seek out what we ought to do, we can go to God directly. We can get on our knees and talk to Him ourselves and He will direct our path. We can learn His voice that we not be deceived into following any other. (Not of men or of demon.)

However, the first thing we must do to obtain this is to choose to lean not on our own understanding. James 4:6 says that “God gives more grace to the humble“, therefore, to grow in grace we must first humble the pride of our own “understanding” and be willing to say, “Lord, anyone can be deceived, and everyone has room to grow. I lay all pride aside, and cease to assume to know. Teach Me, Oh Lord. I want to know You more. Show me Your Glory.” After all, as close as Moses was to God, if even he saw fit to pray the prayer, “Lord, show me Your glory.” How much more ought we to desire and see a need to do so ourselves? 

There is so much more to God then any of us can imagine and so much that He desires to reveal of Himself to His children. God is willing to teach, but only those who are willing to learn. After all, how can He fill you up with His knowledge, wisdom, and Spirit if you are already full of yourself? Come to Him empty, humble, and willing and He will fill you up and cause the overflow of it to bless all those around you. 

Know that there is nothing in and of ourselves that is worth giving to anyone. So then only those who choose daily to empty themselves of their own understanding, knowledge, and will so that they can in faith receive God’s, will have anything worth giving to others. So in all things, at all times, humble yourself, step out in faith, and say, “Lord, not my will, but Thy Will be done. Teach me how to pray, what to say, when to wait, how to obey. Teach me, oh Lord, Your perfect way.” 

“Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” – Psalms‬ ‭25:4-5‬ ‭

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” – Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-7‬ ‭

I tell you this of an assurity, that in the end, those who put their confidence in God’s will, will see miracles, for they will see what only God can do. While those who keep their confidence in their own will, will never see more then what they themselves can do, and that’s not very much. 

Prayer: “Lord, I choose to put my confidence, not in what I know or can do, but in what You say and want to do. I give up my will so that I can take up Your cross and follow You. I give up my conditions so that I can pick up Your commission and see Your impossible Will be done in the earth. Lord, what I have to give has been proven to change nothing, but what You have to give changes everything. Therefore do I choose to place my confidence in You and in every Word You say, for nothing is impossible for You.”

“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” – Matthew‬ ‭10:7-8‬ ‭

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke‬ ‭1:37‬ ‭