“A Contrast of Wills”
The scriptures present us with many contrasts and one area is the contrast of God’s will versus that of the world. In many ways we also have a clash of wills. Life for us as Christians is like a battlefield. Consider what the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:15-17.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but comes from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God, lives forever.” So here we have a clash between the will of the Father and the will of the world.
There is also a major difference between the will of our LORD and that of the devil. In John 12:31-11, we read: (Jesus speaking) “Now is the time for judgment in this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.”
In dying for us, Jesus is victorious over the will and ways of the devil. Satan is a loser.
The Apostle Paul wrote about the difference of the Holy Spirit versus the flesh. In Galatians 5:16-26, he shows us the difference:
“Do I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.
They are in conflict with each other, so that you cannot do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft,; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
I warn you as I did before that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
WOW — what a contrast there is between living under the guidance of the Holy Spirit versus catering to the desires of the flesh.
As we have just seen, there is a huge clash between the will of God and that of the world. Will we obey God or will we surrender to the world and desires of the flesh and the devil?
In James 4;4, we read “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Everything the world offers is temporary and deceptive. It can never satisfy. Paul, in Romans 12:2 wrote, “Do not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God.”
I pray that each of us would be like Daniel, who even though he was in a foreign country and a foreign culture, he refused to compromise. In Daniel 1:8 we read: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank, therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” He made tough choices.
Dear Christian brother or sister, we live in this present world but we are not of this world. We are of God. So let’s be alert, and keep ourselves from being defiled by the world. (James 1:27)
Let us live for His glory,