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Where Two Wills Collide

Where Two Wills Collide
Our Will vs. God's Will

I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart. Psalms 40:8 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself in a clash of wills?  It is those times where we have an idea or plan to do something, but someone else has a contrasting plan—one conflicting with ours.  This happens frequently in our life, and it can lead to bad things quickly if not handled properly.  For example; I have seen married couples in anger over how tax return money was to be spent.  One had an idea to pay off credit card bills where the other wanted to buy some more toys.  

It isn't just married couples this happens to though, nor is it always about finances either, as we all will find ourselves in conflict over how we choose to handle something.  I believe we actually fight this battle more than any other as well.  I say this because God has a perfect plan and will for our lives, and yet we tend to get up each morning and look at our life as if it were our own.  We tend to make plans about where we will go, what we will do with our resources, and where we will live; many times without every considering what God would want.  I think we often forget our life is not really our own once we have surrendered it to our Lord.   

Then there are the times where actually know what God's will is for our life and for what we are facing, and yet we choose willfully to do what we feel like doing, rather than being obedient to Him.  God wants our hearts to be fully submitted to Him because He knows if our heart is in check then our actions will follow with a proper attitude of obedience.   

To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3 (NKJV)

Jesus knew this very well and He modeled the proper way for us to live.  When faced with a horrific death upon a cross He chose to ask His Father if there was any other way in which His father's will could be done other than being crucified.  He then prayed this prayer.  

"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Luke 22:42 (NKJV)

Q:    What can we learn and apply to our lives from this?

We can make it a point to reflect upon the principle of Lordship each morning, as we get ready to start our day.  As we go to the Lord in prayer we can ask Him,
  • Lord, what is Your will for my life today?
And as we face various trials throughout our day we can stop and seek our Lord and ask Him,
  • What is Your will for my life in this situation? 
And when we conclude our petition of prayer we can say, as Jesus did, not my will, but Yours, be done.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to seek the Lords will for every aspect of our life.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within these devotionals, what can we learn about knowing and doing God's will?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lords will in everything you do?

APPLICATION: Let's seek God in prayer for everything we do and at the end of each prayer let's conclude by saying, Your will be done.

Let's pray…

Father, thank You for showing us how to pray.  Thank You for showing us how You have a perfect plan in everything we face.  Show us Your will for our lives today.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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