By Daniel Garvin
I Thess. 5: 18 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul (mind, will, emotions) and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For many years I have attempted to say “Thy will be done” without much success because I took back control of my life. I have always been a strong-willed sort and some may even say that I am hard-headed. I always had to be in control because of my father’s alcoholism and having to survive on my own.
One day I decided to go to an ACOA group for children of alcoholic, and when they read “the problem” it could have knocked me off my feet! It described me to a tee. I went for a year and received a lot of help.
For years I’ve struggled with keeping the flesh under control, but I found that in many ways I was powerless to control my desires, even though I was committed to Christ. The problem was that it was “me” trying to do it through my control, even though I would commit my life to the Lord, yet there was a missing ingredient.
Finally recently, when my wife was away for a week, I wrestled with God over these issues. Near the end of the week, I gave up in desperation, and prayed, “O.k. God, I give you my will entirely and you take it and be in control of all of my decisions and desires.”
I felt empty and void as if a huge part of me had been extricated surgically. After a while, a great peace began to flood my soul! I began to pray, “Whatever You want God!” and “My will is to do the will of my Father (John ch. 5).” What a difference!
God has chosen to not violate our own free will in order to have us respond to Him out of love, faith, and obedience. But I’ve discovered that when we give Him our will, then that is the missing puzzle-piece that connects us to the main flow of what He is doing to establish His Kingdom, “On earth as it is in heaven.” We are also more connected with our oneness with Christ in the Spirit, and His oneness with us and the Father. This also connects us more with the Body of Christ.
Finally, what I have discovered is that the rest of my being follows after my will, including my mind, emotions, body and spirit. I believe that this is the complete salvation (Sanctification) that God is working in us as we work out our salvation on a daily basis. This then is a spiritual secret to allowing the scripture above to be complete! I pray this for you all.