Question & Answer Part 8

This week I will deal with the third and final part to the answer to this question:

How do I surrender my will to Jesus daily and how do I know that I have surrendered all when I surrender my will daily?

So far we have discovered that when we fully understand the power of the will we will surrender our will to Jesus daily so He can work in us both to will and to do God’s will. Those who surrender their will to Jesus daily will   not only be controlled by a new power (the Holy Spirit), they will also live for a new purpose (the ministry of reconciliation). I call this new purpose the purpose of the will because it is what continues to motivate us to give our will to Jesus daily.

This brings us to the third and final part of the answer which I call the peace of the will. I call it this because of what we are told in Isaiah 26:3&4 which reads as follows:

26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.  26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength: (Emphasis supplied).

This text of scripture brings all 3 parts of the answer together. It says that we will have perfect peace (the peace of the will) when our minds are stayed on Jesus (the purpose of the will) because we trust and depend on His everlasting strength (the power of the will).

So once again, here is the question:

How do I surrender my will to Jesus daily and how do I know that I have surrendered all when I surrender my will daily?

Now I will summarize my 3 part answer to that question:

The way I surrender my will to Jesus daily is by choosing to give Him control of my will daily (see Galatians 2:20 & Philippians 2:12-13)). The way I can tell that my choice has resulted in complete surrender is revealed by two things: First my purpose for living changes from the desire to accomplish my goals, dreams and desires to the desire to glorify God by reflecting His righteous character in my life and advancing His kingdom on earth (see Matthew 6:24-34 & II Corinthians 5:17-21). Secondly, when my single daily purpose in life is to accomplish God’s will and I depend fully on God’s power to accomplish that purpose I will know because I will begin to experience more and more of God’s perfect peace.

Notice what we are told in Isaiah 32:17:

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (Emphasis supplied).

Are you growing in God’s perfect peace? Are your goals and purposes in life giving you more and more quietness and a lasting assurance that it is well with your soul?

If not then I encourage you to do this every morning before you start your day:

Ask the Lord to take control of your will for that day and give you the strength to accomplish God’s purpose for your life for that day.

Once you pray that prayer go about your day believing that God has answered it. If throughout that day you feel anything other than God’s perfect peace then pray this prayer:

Lord I believe; help my unbelief. Take away the thought or desire that is causing me to doubt your promises and replace it with your truth, your your peace and your everlasting assurance.

Every time you feel anything other than God’s peace pray that prayer and keep praying it until you begin to feel His peace.

This is the work of righteousness (see Isaiah 32:17): This is how you fight the good fight of faith (see I Timothy 6:12): This is how you sow to the spirit and not the flesh and if you continue to do this you are guaranteed to reap. Notice what we are told in Galatians 6:7-9:

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. (Emphasis supplied).  

What will we reap, victory over sinful behavior?  Not necessarily, more often than not that may take longer than we think. More importantly, victory over sin is not our concern or our work; it is the concern and the work of Jesus and Jesus alone. Our concern and work is the work of faith and if we do our work daily we will reap the reward of peace: A peace that comes from an assurance that in due season (God’s time and not ours) we will have the victory over every sinful behavior that besets us.

This ends my answer to the question:

How do I surrender my will to Jesus daily and how do I know that I have surrendered all when I surrender my will daily?

If you want to send in a question that you would like me to answer please email it to: gjackson0319@gmail.com

Next week I will begin to deal with the answer to this question:

Pastor Jackson can you explain I John 3:9 which says:

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Does this mean that once you have been born again you cannot sin? If so, I am in real trouble.

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

1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;  1:26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Colossians 1:25-29 (Emphasis supplied).