God gave us a free will. This is a great and wonderful gift. Even He respects it and does not want to crush and dominate our will but has given us freedom of choice concerning matters in this life and eternity. He wants us to follow Him out of our own free will, not out of force. Our free will gives us enormous responsibility and we all know that we need to grow and mature to be able to make good, sound and right choices. We need a strong, healthy will to be able to follow God, to be able to say Yes and to say No when we need to.
The passive will
The will can be passive. This can be caused by overprotective or dominant parents who have not allowed or have hindered a child from making his/her own choices. This is typical in some cultures. Maybe you have heard this phrase: Children need to be seen but not heard. The parents have always chosen food, clothes, toys and everything for their children not letting them develop their own taste and will, and they got used to depending on the choices of others.
The will can become passive even later in life. Perhaps you used to be ambitious having dreams and plans which failed or were crushed for one reason or another causing you to give up and lose your hopes and dreams for the future. Your will became passive.
If the will is passive, life with its requirements, demands and responsibilities is a heavy burden making you anxious. You feel unaccepted and judged, often limited and hindered by thoughts about your gender, education, family background etc, when facing new challenges and opportunities in life. You see circumstances more threatening than they really are and see yourself defeated before you even start, just like the spies who came from the Promised land with the evil report telling that they saw there giants.
People with the passive will need a lot of encouragement and they also need God’s healing and restoring power. The healing pattern is the same as before: Allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal wounds, hurts and circumstances when and why the will started to become weak and passive. If there are other people involved, they have to forgive them and let the blood of Jesus heal their inner wounds. They also need the renewal of their minds by reading and speaking out God’s word. They need a new way of thinking instead of former negative thought patterns. A good verse to meditate: I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil 4:1)
The people controlled will
Our will can be controlled or bound to other people in a wrong way that we are seeking their praise and acceptance, wanting to please people instead of following God. He wants to set us free from seeking praise or attention from other people. We need to know that we are all the time at the center of His attention. What more do we need? He does not want us to fear people either. We are servants, but not bound to people in an incorrect way losing our own personal freedom of choice. Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.( 1 Cor 9:19)
The demonic influenced will
Luke 8:29, Mark 5:5. This man was tormented and bound by evil spirits doing destructive things that he didn’t want to do but was forced by the evil spirits.
“Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.” Demons caused these destructive behavior patterns and wrong choices, but in the presence of Jesus the man’s will was free and he made a choice to accept Jesus and he was delivered.
The demonic influenced will can manifest itself in many different ways causing mental and physical torment. No-one should suffer under demonic influenced will. Jesus paid the prize at the cross and won the victory over all the demonic powers and forces. There is no need to be bound by them. Those wanting to get delivered should seek help from Holy Spirit filled pastors and intercessors who will pray for them using their authority in the name of Jesus to cast out those powers of darkness. Mark. 16:17
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.(1 Thess 5:23)
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (3 John verse 2)
When God created us, He made us in His image by giving us the spirit, soul and body. The soul consists of mind, will and emotions, the very core of our life.
Jesus is the healer and he wants to heal the whole person, not only the body, but the soul as well. Our life is suffering if our mind is not healthy. The Romans had a phrase: Menssanain corpore sano (sound mind in healthy body). Psychiatry is well aware of how important it is to have a sound mind and it tries to help but it can only dig out the roots and reasons going back to the past giving a diagnosis of why people have problems. But this does not mean that they will get healed. But Jesus is the healer and he said: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt.11:28) So many of us need this rest in our minds.
How is our thought life? Let’s think about ourselves. Do we have healthy, sound and good thoughts about ourselves or are we bombarded by negative thoughts, putting down ourselves, beating ourselves mentally? If this is the case, it is impossible for us to prosper in the way God wants us to. The change starts by renewing our thoughts according to what God says about us and this brings the truth instead of lies.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
God has a good, pleasing and perfect will for each one of us, but we don’t know it unless we start thinking like he does.
The road towards healthy thought life starts by knowing what He says about us. He is our Loving Father and we are created in His image. This is a high call and nobody has right to degrade it by putting themselves down. How can we fulfill our call and purpose in life if we don’t have right thoughts about ourselves? Our thinking affects our speaking, attitudes and behavior.
So healthy self-image starts by thinking right thoughts about yourself. Maybe you have been trapped by the lies of the enemy that you are worthless and your life has no value or purpose. This is a terrible lie! We don’t get the truth from this world and from other people’s opinions, but from God’s word. Don’t form your self-image by what people say about you. Study the Word and the promises of God and you will experience that your negative thought patterns (strongholds) will start to get changed. Start confessing the word out loud. Say: I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm139:40) Everything inside of you might try to fight against it but let the word penetrate deep into your heart and mind. The truth will set you free.
The change of mind is utterly important. Repent from any destructive thoughts about yourself. Sometimes our negative thoughts have gone so far that we even hate ourselves. That brings enormous burden and pain and hinders us from loving others and enjoying life in general.
Forgive those who have hurt you and said negative things about you, bullied etc. Forgiveness is the key. Forgive whether you feel like it or not or even if it doesn’t make any sense. Do it as an act of obedience to God and freedom will come. Your wounds and hurts might be so deep that you don’t know whom to forgive. You can always ask the Holy Spirit to help you. He is our Helper and will show you people or situations that have started that root of negative thought pattern to grow inside of you. Let forgiveness flow – this brings healing and deliverance!
Remember that you need to forgive yourself as well. Life is too short and you are too precious to live under lies and deception. Let the truth of God set you free!