Complete In Jesus Part 16

Many are inquiring, “How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?” You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair. What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.  {SC 47.1}

In this blog I will use this quote to explain how to practically sow to the Spirit daily. First of all it lets us know that the reason we fail in getting the victory that we desire is because we depend on the power of our will which is the wrong use of our will. It also explains why this is the wrong use of it by saying:

You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections… You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; (Emphasis supplied).

This lets us know that our will is not under our control: But rather under the control of our sinful flesh which is under the control of the prince of this world; Satan (see Ephesians 2:1-3 & Romans 7: 14-25). Therefore, resolutions are like ropes of sand. Our only hope of sowing to the Spirit is in understanding the right use of the will. Notice again what we are told in the quote:

What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; (Emphasis supplied).

This tells us that the right use of the will is to choose to give Jesus control of it every day. When we do this notice what we are told happens:

You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.

The promise is that once we choose to give our will over to Jesus, He will then work in us first to will and then to do according to God’s good pleasure.

In summary, the way to sow to the Spirit is to choose to surrender or give Jesus control of our will daily. This is how we take up our cross daily and follow Jesus (See Luke 9:23&24). Then we can say, I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me (see Galatians 2:20).

Next week I am going to explain why it is so important to apply the law of sowing and reaping in interpreting the last quote which said:

You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.

Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to once again to ponder and pray over:

6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:7-9 (Emphasis supplied).