Will Is The Deciding Power
not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will
of God. Rom. 12:2
is nothing that can keep you away from God but a rebellious will.
The will is the governing power in the nature of man. If the will is set right,
all the rest of the being will come under its sway. The will is not the taste
or the inclination, but it is the choice, the deciding power, the kingly power,
which works in the children of men unto obedience to God or to disobedience.
You will be in constant peril until you understand the true force of the will.
You may believe and promise all things, but your promises and your faith are
of no account until you put your will on the right side. If you will fight
the fight of faith with your will power, there is no doubt that you will conquer.
Your part is to put your will on the side of Christ. When you yield your will
to His, He immediately takes possession of you, and works in you to will and
to do of His good pleasure. Your nature is brought under the control of His
Spirit. Even your thoughts are subject to Him. If you cannot control your
impulses, your emotions, as you may desire, you can control the will, and
thus an entire change will be wrought in your life. When you yield up your
will to Christ, your life is hid with Christ in God. It is allied to the power
which is above all principalities and powers. You have a strength from God
that holds you fast to His strength; and a new life, even the life of faith,
is possible to you.
You can never be successful in elevating yourself, unless your will is on
the side of Christ, cooperating with the Spirit of God. Do not feel that you
cannot; but say, “I can, I will.” And God has pledged His Holy
Spirit to help you in every decided effort.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 60.