WINDOWS ON THE WORD - Newsletter of Tim Greenwood Ministries
Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous Light Of Jesus Christ

From The Editor -- by Tim Greenwood   July 2009

Just What Is The “Will” Of God?

Each year I try to get away and go on what I call an Advance to spend some time alone with God.  During one of these Advances while asking some questions concerning His will, He stated the following:

“What I do is what I will.
What I will, I do.
What will I not do?
What I will not, I do not.

Outside of covenants, testaments and promises, My will (what I will) differs from person to person, based upon what they will, but it is always within My written will or Word.

What will you do?
What do you will?
When these two line up with My will, My general, universal will, My written will, things get accomplished.”

What this taught me, among other things, was that God will always DO what He SAYS.
Therefore, what He does and says IS His will.  It is His will that the perfect reputation of His Word, as recorded in the Bible, remain unblemished.  His Word is good and always will be.  His Word is His will.

We do not have to wait to see what God does, to know His will, after the fact.  We can know both his will and what He will do just from reading His Word. 
What God is interested in is, what your will is, whether or not you will line up your will with His will in order to do that which will accomplish the things that will be mutually beneficial for both you and God.
Window On The Word -- by Tim Greenwood


Believe it or not, God is not seeking your obedience as it relates to compliance and submission to His authority.

Now the Old Testament is ALL ABOUT legislated obedience, compliance and submission.  The mandatory sentence for disobedience and noncompliance was death by stoning.  But all that changed under the New Testament.

The word obedience is used eleven times in the New Testament.  In every case it is the Greek word hupakoe  (G5218) attentive hearkening, or possibly, (by implication) compliance or submission: - obedience, (make) obedient, obey (-ing).

Twice, in 2 Corinthians 7:15 and Philemon 1:21 the words compliance and or submission best fit the context referring to being submissive or compliant to Paul through his positional authority.

Three times, in Romans 5:19, Hebrews 5:8 and 1 Peter 1:2 the words compliance and submission best fit the context due to the fact that Jesus had to be 100% legally compliant to the Old Testament to qualify to be our Savior and had to submit Himself being beaten, broken and brutalized to qualify to be our Redeemer.

But in the remaining six locations where the word is used, (Romans 1:5, 6:16, 16:19; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6), the word attentiveness best fits the context referring to being attentive to Good Faith and to the teachings of Paul.
God wants you to line up your will with His will, come into agreement and voluntarily commit to that agreement by signing on the dotted line. 

That is actually how you got saved!  You read His Word as recorded in the Bible or heard that Word preached from the Bible.  You heard that God, in good faith, was offering to set aside all past acts of bad faith (sins) and to legally expunge (remit) your entire record of wrongs done.  You heard that all you had to do was to make Jesus your Lord and King and that you would be saved.  And by publicly saying so, you voluntarily committed to enter in to a legally binding contract between you and God.  This mutual good faith contract is the basis of the relationship between you and God.

Voluntary commitment is not just what God wants.  It is what everyone really wants.  Your spouse wants it, your kids want it, your Pastor wants it, your employer wants it and if someone makes you a promise, you want it too.

Compliance to most people means just getting by, living on the edge, compromising your integrity but not enough to get caught.  It’s doing just enough to keep your job or keep from being yelled at.  Compliance is a step in the right direction, but it does not often reach the goal.  No one desires a noncommittal spouse or a noncommittal employee.

Commitment means reading and understanding that you are legally accountable to fulfill all the responsibilities of the contract before signing your name on the dotted line, signing it in Good Faith and then keeping your word and fulfilling your part, no matter what circumstances arise.

The Bible is filled with thousands of promises but each one is a contract that God wants you to voluntarily commit to fulfilling your part of.  

God is no longer seeking man’s legally legislated obedience or compliance.  It is just not enough.  What He is looking for is your voluntary commitment to keep your promises, to keep your word and to act in Good Faith, no matter what. 

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