I was reminded of something today. There is Gods perfect will, that none should perish and be saved. There is also Gods permissible will, in that He will not force His will on us, we have the free will to accept or reject Him.

This means that my will has a part to play. If I don’t will to follow God (not sure if that’s proper English) then God won’t make me. He will try and show me more of who He is so that I will follow Him because that’s His perfect will for me.

I have to choose to activate ‘my will’ so that I do the things that line up with His will…

I will worship Him.
I will choose to read the Word.
I will pray in faith.
I will sing praises.
I will stay away from sin.
I will keep my heart right.
I will resist the devil.
I will draw near to God.

Gods will is the best for me but I have to choose to align my will with His. He will not override my will otherwise it’s not free will.

It sounds more complicated than it is. Maybe it can all be wrapped in one simple phrase for me ‘I have decided to follow Jesus‘. The battle of wills has already been sorted for me.

How about you?

2 thoughts on “I Will…

  1. Thanks for making me think this lunchtime 🙂

    I like to think of it like this: The Father’s sovereign will is non-negotiable. As an example of this consider the following statement – “He sustains all things by the power of His Word.” We can only take our next breath because He permits it. The only reason entropy does not make our atoms fly apart is because He permits them to stay in relationship with each other. And He permits it to give us another opportunity to enter deeper into relationship with Him, to engage with Him as Father in order to engage with His permissive will.

    Like you say it is not His will that “any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

    And yet people perish. What’s all that about?

    Amazingly He calls us to be His co-labourers (synergos) from which we get the word synergy. And so even more amazingly, not only does He limit His permissive will by our obedience, or lack of it, but when we say ‘Yes’ to His will we can accomplish more together than the individual sum of parts. Synergistic working with the Creator of the Universe. Now that’s worth getting out of bed for!

    Sometimes I think “permissive will” would be better called His “unfulfilled will” and we only have ourselves to blame for that. Bring on the eternal synergy that comes from obedience!!

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