Understanding What To Do With Our Will
Looking through Scriptures at the lives of the children of Israel, one cannot help but conclude that the workings/miracles of God in their lives and in the lives of others were to the degree to which they submitted to Him. From the widow from Zarephath to the Syrophoenician woman, all opened their hearts and surrendered their will to God; and He did amazing miracles in their lives. Unfortunately in our time, we need the blessings and miracles of God but still holding on to our wills. For the work of salvation to be complete, it was not enough for the Lord Jesus Christ to say He does only what He sees His Father do. He needed to walk the talk! He had to enter the garden of Gethsemane to surrender the totality of Himself in order to put the final nail on the ‘coffin’ of the devil. Without the garden experience, He would not have been able to go to the Cross! If indeed Christ is our example, why do we think we can attain glory, supernatural breakthroughs and feats without going through our own ‘Gethsemane’? As we walk daily with God, the enemy tries to sow seeds that will make us look away from what is expected of us on the walk. As a result, several teachings arise that tells us we must be mindful and conscious of our ‘selves’ without which we cannot attain to be who we have been created to be. To continue we must first understand what this ‘will’ is. Will is the mental power used to control and direct your thoughts and actions. It is equally a conscious determination to do something in spite of any difficulty or opposition. Thus, the enemy desires that we surrender it to anyone or thing but God! 2Peter 2:19 tells us expressly that one is a slave to whatever one’s will is surrendered to.
The heart of God is for us like Jesus Christ did, to willingly surrender our will to Him so He could have control over us. Please note that God cannot take control of the wheel of your life if you are still in control of it! We are not to surrender our will to the situations and circumstances we find ourselves or the enemy will beat it to impotence or helplessness. In such state, the person is under the control of the enemy and cannot please God. One of the secrets of consciously surrendering our will to God is that He gives us revelations on how to walk successfully in Him. The heroes of faith surrendered their will totally to God and they were able to stare down the enemy and its agents: “These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been remembering that land they came from, they would have had opportunity to return” (Hebrews 11:13-14). So many on the other hand missed the mark because they walked in self-will, thus did not receive any revelation concerning their journey on earth or where they were heading. Friend, when we undertake ventures outside of God, we don’t only become blind but are in danger of falling. People may pray or fast for you but no one can enter Gethsemane with you; you alone must enter in and consciously surrender your will and allow God’s will to reign in your life: “Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. To Him be the dominion forever. Amen” (1Peter 5:10-11). If you have not, then it’s time to enter your garden of Gethsemane and totally surrender your will to Him. Then you will be able to declare just as Jesus Christ our example did: ‘Not my will Lord but yours be done’ in Jesus Christ name. God bless.