I have often been told I have a strong will. Strength of will is important if you want to make things happen against great odds, but your strength has to come from God and your will must be aligned with not only God’s will, but also his plans and purpose.

So yes I am Will-full, and working hard not to be willful by wanting my way rather than God’s. Moving from willful to Will-full requires a transformation of the heart, a knowledge of the Word and God’s hand upon you.

Will-full means that you are obedient to God’s Will and Ways. Even those you don’t understand, or especially those you don’t understand. Bad things happen and you wonder, “Why?” Good things happen and you wonder, “Why not?” Good or bad, happy or sad, joyous or tragic, if we are able to embrace obedience, submitting ourselves—life, body, and soul—to God, then great things can happen through and to us. Jesus gave us the greatest example of being Will-ful:

Matthew 26:39 (KJV 1900)

39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

We can through force of effort, through our willingness to make things happen. We can make even greater things happen if we first turn our hearts, lives, and will over to God.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV 1900)

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The ways and state of the world, of man, can weigh heavily. We want things to change and we want to have a heart that deals well with the challenges of the world by leaning more on God. We can rejoice in our hearts through our circumstances—no matter how tough—IF we are in Christ Jesus and obedient to His Will and Way.

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV 1900)

22  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:

But a broken spirit drieth the bones.

 

 

Author:  Lea A. Strickland, MBA CMA CFM CBM GMC
Copyright ©2012 Lea A. Strickland
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