Divided Will

5 05 2009

We’ve all experienced it – none more so than the man at the pool in John 5 v 1 – 9.  When Jesus asked if he wanted to get well, the man blurted out excuses.  His illness was his career, his identity, his comfort zone.  Jesus’ authority cut through all of that.  The man obeyed and was healed.

When I am struggling to align my will to God’s, confusion and frustration set in.  I’m hindered in my spiritual growth, and there’s only one way to deal with it.  I need to acknowledge this inner inconsistency (without making excuses), present it to God, and pray wholeheartedly for healing.  I can’t say it better than James in chapter 4: (nlt)

7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honour.

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