Whose Will Do You Serve?
My husband John and I were worshipping the Lord during Sunday morning Praise & Worship two weeks ago, when the Holy Spirit opened my understanding about the word “Will”. As I looked at the words of John 12:32, written on the altar wall, the phrase “will draw all men unto Me” became alive to me in a new way. How is the word “will” defined in the dictionary, and more importantly, how is the “Will” is used in scripture?
Webster’s dictionary defines the verb “will” as resolution, resolve, single-mindedness, staying power, purposefulness, drive, tenacity, doggedness, commitment, strength of character or resoluteness.“God’s will” is defined as desire, decision, decree, command or choice. If we study the differnce in the meanings, we can see that the resulting strength and power in exercising God’s will is important. God’s will is His desire for our lives.
If we are to accept God's Will, we must also have dogged resolve to see His will manifest in our lives.In Matthew 6:10, Jesus taught us to pray to the Father by decreeing “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” And, in Matthew 7:21, Jesus says “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Both of these scriptures tell us that we should seek the will of God above our will. In Luke 22:42, Jesus submitted His will to the Father, by saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done” as He prayed in the Garden on the Mount of Olives. And, in Matthew 21:28-32 (Parable of the Two Sons) we are instructed to accept the will of the Father with an obedient heart.
In John 1:11-13, the scripture says “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Whose will do you serve? The will of man? The will of the flesh? Were you born of blood? Or were you born of God?
Live the life of the heavenly scholar described in John 7:16-18. Do not speak from yourself because you will be speaking for your own glory, but instead be true and seek the Glory of God, for in Him there is no unrighteousness. Align your will with the will of God for your life and you too will see His commands, His decrees, His decisions and His desires fulfilled in your life. Start today by seeking the Lord, opening your heart, submitting your will to Him. Speak decrees aligned with the will of the God in your life.
Father, we thank You that You love and care for us. We thank You that You seek to prosper and not harm us. We surrender our lives to You and decree that Your will be done in our lives in Jesus’ mighty name. Blessing, glory, wisdom, honor, power and might be unto You and Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior today & forevermore. Amen.