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January 3, 2015

SELF-WILLED = 1.Determined to do what you want even though other people may not want you to do it. 2. Governed by one’s own will: not yielding to the wishes of others: obstinate. 3.Bullheaded, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inconvincible, inflexible, pigheaded, self-opinionated, self-willed, stiff-necked, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful.

The best example of the self-willed test is found at the beginning of time when God created the angels and established His kingdom. He created a cherub named Lucifer who became Satan due to all the characteristics that are found above in the definition of self-willed.

Ezekiel 28 describes Lucifer’s appearance before his fall. The scripture calls him, “the anointed cherub that covereth” and states God positioned him on the holy mountain of God. Lucifer was perfect until iniquity was found in him. The arrogance he displayed because of his military prowess, commercial prosperity, and intellectual ability was rooted in the spirit of pride or self-will, and it was this iniquity that led to his downfall.

Lucifer was created in beauty and given a high position in God’s kingdom, but he was not satisfied. He lusted after that which did not belong to him. Isaiah 14:12-14 describes his thought process and his five erroneous “I will” attempts. First, he wanted to move out of his assigned place/territory and ascend into heaven. Secondly, he wanted to change his position and elevate himself above the other celestial beings. Thirdly, he wanted to rule over the universe, thus, redirect God’s plan and purpose for his life. Fourthly, he overestimated is potential in thinking he could rise above the glory and majesty of God. Fifth and final he became delusional in his thinking and thought he could be like God.

Unfortunately, this same attitude and thinking can be found in believers. We reject God’s plan and purpose for our lives while subscribing to and pursuing what we want. We forget that God knows what is best suited for our lives even when it brings us discomfort.

Jesus was and is our perfect example of how to pass the self-will test. When faced with decisions He said, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5: 30). When faced with the greatest challenge that would change the course of our lives and provided us with salvation He said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).

On today I encourage you not to lean to your understanding but in all your ways to acknowledge God. To trust God and His plan for your life no matter what heartaches and pain you may be presently experiencing, for in so doing, you will pass the self-willed test.

From → Test Series

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