The War of the Wills


He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Have you ever wondered what the Bible means when you read that there will be no more pain when we get to heaven? At the deepest level, it means that the war of the wills will be over. “Thy will be done” . . . finally and forever. Read on and be blessed today!

Many in the church today have been sold a bill of goods; they were told that when they come to Christ, all their troubles will be gone. In reality, that is the point in life when true trouble begins! Why? Because it is at this point in life when the war of the wills begins! Before you were in Christ, you did as you wanted to do when you wanted to do it. The natural man was seated comfortably on the throne of your life. But after Jesus showed up, living naturally immediately came into conflict with living spiritually, and it is this war of the wills that causes us the greatest pain in this life.

Here is the way the apostle Paul put it.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do . . . For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. (Romans 7:15, 19)

Paul painted a stark portrait of the daily experience of every blood-bought, born-of-grace child of God. The natural will that is in us from birth wars with the supernatural will that was given to us at the moment of new birth, when we were raised from death to life. And every day after that, until we are received into glory, the war of these two wills rages.

There is an old Indian proverb that goes something like this: There are two dogs inside of my heart that fight against each other every day; the one that always wins is the one I choose to feed! So which “dog” inside of your heart have you been feeding lately? The more you feed the old nature, the more pain you will experience in this life. But the more you choose to feed your new, supernatural nature, the more freedom, joy, and faithfulness you will experience. Remember: God did not save you to make you comfortable; He saved you to make you like Christ—to conform you to His perfect image—and, more often than not, that is a very uncomfortable process!

On the night Jesus was betrayed, He gave us the key to winning the war of the wills when he knelt in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. After asking if the cup of His Father’s wrath could be taken away, He prayed, “Yet, not as I will, but as Thy will!” May that be the confession of our lives: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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