Questions & Answers Part 5

This week I am going to begin to deal with 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?

I am going to give the answer to that question in these 3 parts:

  • The power of the will.
  • The purpose of the will.
  • The peace of the will.

I will start with the power of the will because very few people understand how powerful the will is and because of this very few people understand how to use it the right way. Notice what we are told in this very insightful and powerful statement found on page 47 of the book, Steps to Christ:

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. {SC 47.1} (Emphasis supplied).

This quote lets us know that when it comes to surrendering all to God everything depends on the right action of the will because the will is the governing power in the nature of mankind. In other words, the will is what controls everything we do in life: It is our control center. Whoever controls the will controls the life.

But more importantly, this quote tells us that the true force of the will is not in the doing but rather in the choosing. Notice what the next part of the quote tells us about the right use of our will or choice. It says:

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} (Emphasis supplied).

This part of the quote makes it perfectly clear that the only thing our will has the power to do is to choose whom we will serve and the way we make that choice is to give our will to God. When we make that choice God will bring our whole nature under the control of the Spirit that is in Jesus who will work in us to will and to do of God’s good pleasure.

To many this sounds like slavery instead of freedom but that is because we do not fully understand or believe what we are told in Ephesians 2:1-5 which says:

2:1 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins:  2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (Emphasis supplied).

The apostle Paul makes it perfectly clear that because of sin we are born slaves of the devil because our will is under his control. This is why he says that we are by nature the children of wrath. Contrary to what many of us believe, we are not born free to choose our own way: We are born slaves to the lust of our flesh which is controlled by the prince of this world, who is the devil himself (see John 12:30-33, 14:29-31 and 16:7-11).

Our only hope of escaping this slavery and death is to make the choice to give our will to Jesus.  When we make this choice then Jesus will do the willing and the doing in us that not only pleases God but also pleases us (see Psalms 37:1-6). This is why the apostle Paul went on to say in Ephesians 2:8-10:

2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:  2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Emphasis supplied).

When Adam & Eve made the choice to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree they surrendered their will to the control of the devil who was speaking to them in the form of a serpent. As a result we are born with our wills under the control of the flesh which is controlled by the prince of this world: Satan. Therefore, we are by nature the children of wrath.

Jesus died so our choice could be restored and our only hope of escape is in choosing to give our wills to His control. This is why Jesus said:

… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

In summary, the only choice we have is who will be in control of our will and each day we must make the choice to give that control to Jesus. If we fail to make that choice daily then we will walk in the flesh and do the biddings of Satan because we are by nature the children of wrath. This is exactly why Jesus said that we must take up our cross daily and lose our lives for His sake (see Luke 9:23&24).

This ends my discussion on the power of the will.

Next week I am going to deal with the purpose of the will to show what happens when we give control of our will to Jesus daily. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:

15:21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. 15:22    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. I Corinthians 15:21&22 (Emphasis supplied).