The Will

Sherie Vest

WE HAVE A WILL

The WILL is a seat of power.
People generally do not think about having a WILL.
Within a persons WILL is a great seat of authority that even our creator will not over rule
A WILL is given to each person at birth.
Man is made in the image of GOD. GOD has a WILL and so do we.
The power to choose or decide is the function of the WILL.
Also within the WILL is what we want or desire to happen in life.
Our WILL is that part of us that makes selections of what we want to makes us happy.
Each individual has a WILL. Every one is different with using their WILL.

JESUS’ WILL

Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, Here I am. It is written about me in the scrolls. I have come to do your WILL O GOD.
John 7:28a. I have not come for myself, to do my WILL, but the one who sent me is genuine.
Mt.12:50 Whoever does the Will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother and sister and mother.

The beautiful thing about an act of your WILL, is that it is freedom of choice. So Jesus chose as an act of his WILL to do the Fathers WILL not his own.
We see this all through Jesus’s life and ministry. He chose his heavenly Fathers WILL over his own WILL. How did Jesus do this? Choosing his Fathers WILL over his own.
Our WILL is usually our own personal choices and desires that please and satisfy ourself.

THE FATHER’S WILL

God has a WILL. HIS WILL is revealed in the word of GOD.
One of the highest purposes of the Bible is to reveal the character of the Father.
When we know one’s character it is easier to know what they like and dislike.
God’s WILL for man is for him to live his life according to the integrity of Jesus Christ.
Jesus made this possible to do when he bought for us the ability to be righteous.
Amazing grace became possible when Jesus submitted his WILL into his Fathers WILL.
Our WILL can now be submitted or joined to the Fathers WILL.
When our WILL is joined to God’s WILL, His WILL is done on earth.

Jesus told us to pray this prayer:
Mt.6:9,10 Our Father who is in heaven, holy is your name.
Your kingdom come, your WILL be done on earth as in heaven.

We are to pray for the WILL of God to be released upon the earth as it is in heaven.
God’s WILL in the Greek is the word thelema. This is not a demand but an expression of
pleasure, a want or desire which pleases and creates joy.
Studying the word of God to seek out his character and knowing what he likes is a first step in aligning our WILL with his.
When we set our WILL like Jesus did to do his Fathers WILL we bring joy to God.
King David said:
Ps.143:10 Teach me to do your WILL, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me
to level ground.
Eph.5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but Understand what the Lords WILL is.

So we need to be taught what the Lords WILL is and how to do it. God is faithful he will help us to know and understand.
Eph.13:20b Our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep,13:21 Equip you with every
good for doing His WILL, may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.

The Lord will give us everything we need to do His WILL upon the earth.

PRAYING GOD’S WILL

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His WILL, He hears us.
1John 5:15 And if we know he hears us-whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Find out what is on God’s heart. What is His WILL. Then pray it!

Jer.9:24 Let him who boasts boast about this:
That he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.

God’s WILL is for us to know Him and what He likes. Searching out the scriptures, learning the nature of God, is key 🔑 to praying the WILL of God and having His WILL being done on the earth. It is possible to bring great joy to our maker as we join our WILL with His and release His Blessings in our midst.

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Prvbs.14:34a.Acts of LOVING KINDNESS, exalt a nation.
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