The Battle of the Will

Cathy Hurtado

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."  Galatians 2:20

One of the things I think we all struggle with when it comes to priorities is running ahead of God with our plans and our will.  We forget that we have died with Christ to our old self, our will.  The priority is now to allow Christ to live in and through us.  We do this by living in daily surrender to His Word and with the leading of His Spirit in our lives.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Evaluate your last couple of days.  When have you run ahead of God pursuing your plans and your will?  Take a moment and tell God that you are sorry.  Then, surrender your day to Him.  Go through your day.  Is there anything God has been leading you to do which you need to move to the front of your schedule?  Is there anything you need to remove (good or bad) because it gets in the way of what God needs you to do today?  Attack your day with the thought, “God, Your will, not mine.”

Father, I praise You that You are God and deserve to be first in my life.  I confess that I often run after my will and don’t even consult You or Your Word about my day.  I surrender my will and my day to You.  Guide me as I re-evaluate my activities.  Give me the courage to put You first.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will."  Romans 12:1-2

 

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