Really determining to do His Will
John 7:17 “If any man will do His Will, he shall know of the doctrine, whither it be of God, or whither I speak of myself.”
Let us consider what “to will” means.
The will is the whole man active…..the will alone, does not rule the person….for it is brought into subjection to our thoughts (our reasons, and attitudes) and to our hearts (our emotions and feelings).
Both of these push and pull the will into doing things.
But when we will something….we become wholly active….and begin do it.
The Lord often spoke to the will…..especially to His disciples (those that follow Him)….”If any man will, let him…” (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34-35, Luke 9:23); but He was speaking to the whole man….”Let the heart want to….the mind take hold of My Words….and the will move you, to follow Me.”
If any man will do His Will…..the Living New Testament says, “If any man really determines to do His Will…”….
…that is to “will” to do.
Thus, you prove His Will by doing it. When you have really determined to do God’s Will, then when you hear His Word…..you will know what He wants you to do.
And you will know whither it is of God, or your own idea…..He will not leave you in darkness….but will give you light for your walk.
John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
The creature must find that resting place…..and that resting place is in the Will of the Creator….in the light and knowledge of it.
It is not the “success” or “failure” of any given task…..but was it what the Lord wanted?
Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remainth therefore a rest for the people of God.
For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
We “labor” by willing it.
And that “rest” is in the Will of God. It is a calm of being…..by the Holy Spirit….no matter the outward circumstances; because we are uniting with the Almighty.
We can live a productive life, in the world; a successful life; a kind life;….all of which is good….
But God wants us to live a restful life in Him….in His Word….in His Will.
That “rest” is of the spirit, soul and body……looking to Jesus Christ for help, and sustaining grace….because the enemy of that calm in Him…..is unbelief.
(Paul said he believed in the power from the “treasure” of the Holy Spirit within, against all that came to him: including suffering, hurt, trials, and peril…
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed:
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”)
Unbelief is not some little sin…..it is the worst of all sins….it crucified the Lord of Glory.
It says: I do not trust You, Lord….I am scared.
It says: Surely, this is something even You, Lord, can not see to.
It says: I do not see You doing anything, therefore You won’t.
Unbelief says a lot of things to our hearts and minds….it can lead us away from God quite quickly…..into imaginations of panic, or anger, or hurt…
But when unbelief comes….telling us all, what God can not do….we need to quickly say:
“I believe….help Thou my unbelief” (Mark 9:24)
…..and then hold on to the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
This is an amazing verse….The Word of God (yes, read, spoken, and heard) is quick: It acts now, making a difference to all who will hear it.
Is powerful: for it works within us to enlighten the situation, and encourage, and tell us what to do,….or what God will do.
Is sharper than any two edged sword: the Word “cuts”…separates the spirit, and what the Holy Spirit is impressing us…..
…..and the soul, what we feel, and think of the situation.
It shows us what we are really thinking…..what we are really feeling.
(How many times have you thought…..”It’s Ok….I can deal with this hurt”.
Then you hear a message,….read a devotion….or speak to a Christian concerning some scripture:
And, “bam”…..you know you have not gotten this healed.
But then, this Word can show you how to get it restored.
[There are many verses which show His healing: spiritually, mentally, physically. Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 53:5, Malachi 4:2, 1 Peter 2:24. And sometimes, it is healing of our whole being.])
This requires us to hear His Word….and be honest with Him about what He is saying to us. (Luke 8:15)
But the quick, powerful, sharp Word of God will be that guide we need, to get the “rest”, here, the Lord has for us….in the knowledge of His Will.
It will show us what His Will is, that we may “really determine”….or “will to do His Will”,…
….that we may know that we have done His Will….no matter the outcome, and be at rest in believing obedience to Him.