By Pastor Dave
The Permissive Will of God
There is one thing inside of us that fights against the will of God. Our will! I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man; But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ, or Lord. So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (I John 2:16, Romans 7:21-24). This is not his will for us. And the world passeth away, and the lust of it; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever (I John 2:17).
Remember we can never override the sovereign will of God but if we keep pushing away his will for our lives and desire our will, he may eventually give you what you want. This is what I call “The Permissive Will of God.” I do not recommend this to anyone especially believers, the household of faith.
God’s will for the Israelites in the wilderness was manna but they wanted quail and argued with God. God allowed them to have his permissive will and gave them quail. And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul (Psalm 106:15). How many times in the wilderness did they complain and want to go back to Egypt and die in Egypt. They cried out to God in their bondage and God freed them but their heart was still bound to the worldliness of Egypt. You cannot have God’s will when you want your sinful will. It does not work! As a Christian, God wants you to want his will and accept what he has for you, his manna, and die to your desires for the quail of this world, your desires. This is a process and a hard process as Paul states in Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I would like to lay bare the part of Christianity that wants its own will but hides under the guise of God’s will. This is true. People say they desire and are doing God’s will but really it is their own will and for their own purpose. We can be so good at disguising this that we deceive ourselves. We can become like Diotrephes without even knowing it. I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not (3 John 1:9). Also like Ananias and Sapphira in Acts. We as Christians do not start out as brazen as the world but in time we will become that. Our surface actions would be to glorify God but secretly to advance our cause. We may start out doing something for God with the right motives and we become successful. You may right a book and it becomes a smash best seller. The pressure will come. Can you write a sequel? The dangers of the focus shifting from God’s will to our will is that maybe there is not a sequel for you in God’s will and maybe you will glorify him in a different more subtle way. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrims Progress while he was in prison. There was no sequel like Pilgrim’s Progress the Extended Journey. If you are a successful writer, you know that pressure. If you are at the top of your game, you know that pressure. If you are climbing that ladder, you know that pressure. We have a million selfish reasons in this body of sin that conflict with the true will of God. What I am saying is if you push hard enough, God will give it to you but you will not be happy and you will have leanness to your soul or worse.
I am talking to Christians or those so called claiming to be Christians. How is it with your soul? One of the acid tests is to answer the question, is their leanness in your soul? I am not asking if you are struggling or suffering for Christ or lonely or feeling rejected. I am asking is your soul lean? When you are singing in church and it is empty and you get little or nothing out of the preaching, you will blame it on the preacher! When you are alone you know it is you. You are bone dry, lean, and empty as they come. You need a heart check up. God shut off his spigot of grace to your soul. Are you ready for the meaning of grace in scripture? Grace is the divine influence of God upon the heart of man that is reflective in his life. If you have no grace then you have no influence upon the heart and no reflection in your life. You will end up with the form of Godliness but denying the power there of.
Let me ask you, why do we teach faith and trust in God for all our needs and then ask people for money? It is a process in our life of death to our will, and many days it is hand to hand combat because we are all lustful and selfish to the core of our nature. We need to beg God not to give us our will, to reveal our selfish desires and confess them one by one and seek his help, his hope, his righteousness and his will. We cannot live this Christian life under our own power. It will end in disaster.
To be continued ………………..