Mark Alan Williams
Outside The Will Of God There Is Nothing I Want.
Updated: Mar 26, 2019
And in the will of God there is nothing I fear. -A. W. Tozer
Outside of the will of God there is nothing we should want and in the will of God there is nothing to fear. The will of God is perfect and therefore we can surrender to Him, knowing that He is a good Father; who always has our best interest in mind.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
I know the pain of living outside of the will of God. I have experienced the consequences of living independently from Him and there is nothing I want outside of the will of God. But, even though I want to live in the will of God, sometimes it’s easier said than done. That’s because there is a battle going on between my flesh and the Spirit.
For example, sometimes I have allowed people or things to become idols in my life and heart; and then I have to surrender them to Him, because He alone is worthy of my worship. This process can be very painful, but God helps me each time and I experience freedom.
The will of God is best, because He is perfect in understanding, wisdom and knowledge. There is no greater peace than to be in His will; even though it may include pain and suffering. He uses suffering for good (Romans 8:28).
We are wise to want nothing outside of the will of God and to give our lives to Him. However, sometimes we want to take the path of least resistance and instant happiness. Although being outside of His will may offer short term gratification, ultimately sin causes pain.
God is in control and sovereign over everything. Therefore, we can trust Him to guide and provide for us.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” (Isaiah 46:10 NIV)
We should only want what God wants for us. Unfortunately, it’s part of our sin nature to want what’s outside of the will of God because we’re born sinful and we’ve been given free will. Think about the first words that a young child learns to speak, and they are usually “mine” and “no.”
Isaiah 53:6 says, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.” (NLT)
We desperately need a Savior and thankfully God gave His Son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins (John 3:16). God wants us to surrender to His will and He is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
In our sinful state, if it were not for His grace and mercy, we would never choose to come to Him as John 6:44 says, “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” (NLT)
The will of God is better than anything we could want for ourselves. It is good, pleasing and perfect; and we gain by submitting to Him.
Living in submission and surrender to the will of God, means that we are responsible to know and obey His Word.
Ephesians 5:17-19 says, “Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.” (NLT)1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants is my brother and sister and mother.(Matthew 12:50 GW)
In the will of God there is nothing to fear. If we have trusted Christ as our personal Savior and Lord; we can be confident that He will always comfort and help us; as these Bible verses promise.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (NASB)Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (NIV)Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)
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“Outside the will of God there is nothing I want. And in the will of God there is nothing I fear.” A. W. Tozer
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