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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
I preached this message on Wednesday, May 18th at our Church.
I give an edited version here because I think this is one of the most important, crucial, life-changing, God honoring aspects of the Christian life. Many verses in the Bible speak of the “Will of God”, such as Romans 1:10, 12:2, 15:32; Eph. 6:6; Col. 4:12; 1 Thess. 4:3; 1 Pet.4:1-2
These are not all however, these specifically mention “The Will of God.” The pursuit of the will of God in the Christian life affects every outcome in life…who we marry, where we work, where we worship, how we win over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Every choice or decision we make as believers is either based on being in the will of God or out of the will of God. The seemingly simplest of choices can have the hand of God or the harm of Satan in its result.
When we realize that God is steering our lives by His will through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we give greater attention to the choices we make. We must admit some facts concerning the subject of God’s will:
- You and I have a will.
- God has a perfect will.
- Satan has a perverted will. These three are the most important.
- You and I can be wrong in our will.
- Satan will always be wicked and working to get us out of God’s will.
- God will always be right and work in our lives to get us to His perfect will.
- Knowing God’s will is directly related to the Spiritual condition of our lives. In other words, walking with God in obedience to His Word and living a Spirit-filled life is the only way to know His perfect will.
- When our will lines up with God’s will, the outcome is what God intended.
- When our will lines up with the deceiver’s (Satan) will, the outcome is failure to live in the perfect will of God. Many times this leads to other failures with their consequences, which is what the deceiver desired by his deception.
- The greatest influence we have to know and do God’s will comes from our walk with God in His Spirit! In other words, if we do not want to walk with the Lord, we do not want to know God’s perfect will…these go hand in hand…we cannot have one without the other.
- The will of God must be subjected to the scrutiny of His word, and directed by His Holy Spirit.
- To know you are in the will of God brings peace, power, and fruit to His glory. However, to know you are out of God’s will results in compromise, coldness, confusion, callousness and a course that invites Satan to conquer and brings God’s chastisement. This is fertile ground for failure in the Christian life. A desire to be in God’s will, will foster a sensitivity to God’s will! We have to want it in order to have it!
- Finally, the will of God lived out in our walk with God, will bring us to every great experience we have in our Christian journey. Eph. 5:17 states, “Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
“IF YOU ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT LIVING IN THE WILL OF GOD, YOU WILL NOT BE CONCERNED ABOUT LIVING OUT OF THE WILL OF GOD.” L.L.H.
That is the most dangerous place in a Christian’s life. Are you living in the will of God? May God bless you as you seek to know and do “of His good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”