The Power that Enables Us to Choose the Will of God

What is the power that enables us as Christians to make the best choice—to choose the perfect will of God? In my previous post, I spoke of “making the best choice.” But as I considered, I realized that I had never mentioned the power for such choosing. That is, even if we know God’s will, we may lack the power to choose it.

The Pattern of the Lord’s Choosing

The man Jesus, as our pattern, continually made the best choice. He always chose the Father’s will, spoke the Father’s word, and sought the Father’s glory.

As a twelve year old boy in Jerusalem, He chose to be in the things of His Father. Yet, He also chose to return to Nazareth and to be subject to Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:41-51). What was the power for such choosing?

Before beginning His ministry, He also humbled Himself to be baptized by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:13-17). What was the power that enabled Him to humble Himself?

To prepare for His death, the Lord Jesus chose to go up to Jerusalem, to not exult in the glory of those who said “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” What enabled Him to refuse the glory of men and choose to be “a grain of wheat falling into the ground to die” (John 12:12-28)?

In the garden of Gethsemane the Lord made the ultimate choice. He chose the Father’s will, the cross of Calvary, in order that He might die for us (Matt. 26:36-46). What was it that empowered Him as a man to give up His soul unto death for us?

How could the Lord Jesus make such selfless choices? If we are to follow His pattern, we must also learn His secret, His power of choosing.

The Power of the Lord’s Choosing

In Volume 17 of his Collected WorksWatchman Nee unveiled this secret, this power of choosing by referring to Isaiah 7:14-15. Most people know verse 14 which says,

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the virgin will conceive and will bear a son, and she will call his name Immanuel.”

Most of us would recognize that this verse refers to the birth of Jesus Christ, the son born to the virgin. But few of us have appreciated that verse 15 speaks of the Lord’s obedient human living by saying,

“He will eat curds [or butter] and honey until he knows how to refuse evil and choose good.”

Butter is the richest part of the milk and signifies God’s rich grace. Honey is the sweetest thing and refers to God’s sweet love. By continually contacting God to enjoy His rich grace and His sweet love, the Lord Jesus chose “the good”—the will of His Father.

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4 Reasons Why We Can’t Lose Our Salvation

After believing in Christ, the first frustration to our Christian life is to doubt that we’re really saved. I addressed this in a previous post entitled, “How Can I be Sure I’m Saved?

A second frustration to our Christian life is the plaguing doubt that we might lose our salvation. So in this post we’ll consider four reasons why we can boldly say that we can’t lose our salvation.

Related to this, there are two key verses, John 10:28-29, that would be good to remember. Here the Lord Jesus said of His sheep,

“And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

Now that we’ve read these verses, let’s continue with four reasons why we can boldly say that we can’t lose our salvation.

First, the eternal life the Lord gives us will never run out.

The Lord has given us “eternal life.” Eternal life is not a boarding pass that can be lost or stolen. It is God’s divine life that is eternally ours based on our divine birth. Christians talk about being “born again,” but, according to the Bible, what does that really mean?

John 1:12-13 say, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name, who were begotten [or born]…of God.”

So those who receive Christ by believing into His name are born of God with the life of God to become children of God. Since, as believers in Christ,  we’re born of God, we can’t be “un-born.” To illustrate, no matter how much a child offends their parents, the parents still can’t take back the life they’ve imparted into that child. It’s the same with God.

Second, the hands of the Father and the Son will never fail.

The second point in John 10:28-29 is the keeping hands of God the Son and God the Father. God’s hands will never fail so our salvation is eternally secure and we can never lose it. We have such a Shepherd and such a Father to keep us and protect us. Their hands are stronger than anything—stronger than Satan and surely stronger than we are.

Third, God’s eternal will that initiated our salvation will never change.

According to His will, God initiated our salvation in eternity past. Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us that before we were born or had a chance to do anything good or bad, God already chose us and predestinated us,

“Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love, predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.

God chose us in eternity past and our believing in Christ was based on His irrevocable calling. God has called us that we might be saved and He will not take His calling back. Romans 11:29 says, “For the gracious gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

At times, we may backslde in unfaithfulness, offend God by our sins, and temporarily lose our fellowship of Him. However, God’s plan for us will never change. Since it was His eternal will to choose us, predestinate us and call us, our salvation is secured.

Fourth, Christ’s promise to never cast us out and to keep us can not be broken.

This is what John 6:37and 39 have to say about our eternal salvation, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and him who comes to Me I shall by no means cast out…And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all which He has given Me I should lose nothing but should raise it up in the last day.”

Praise the Lord, God’s word will never fail! Christ promised not to cast us out and to keep us.  We should simply believe God’s word, rest on Christ’s promise, and praise God that our salvation is eternally secure.

“Lord, we praise You for giving us Your eternal life. Thank you, that as those who have been born of You, we can never be un-born. We are God’s children forever. Praise you, that Your strong hands are firmly holding us. Thank you that Your promise to keep us and not cast us out assures us that our salvation is secure. Praise You, dear Lord!”

If you’d like more help concerning these points, I recommend reading The Assurance, Security and Joy of Salvation by Witness Lee. You can read it online at www.ministrybooks.org under “Additional Titles by Witness Lee” or you can receive a free copy from Bibles for America at their website www.bfa.org under the “Free Literature” tab. It’s the second chapter in Basic Elements of the Christian Life, Volume One.