This article addresses a popular concept that has crept into the thinking of a lot of people who sojourn under the banner of Christendom. It may seem surprising, but it needs to be addressed. It's this idea that I am the captain of my soul, and I can determine my future, and I am this, I am that, and I will do this, that, and the other thing, and no one is going to tell me otherwise. Because I say so, what I declare goes and it will happen. I will make it happen. All under the guise of "positive thinking."
You will? Let me know how that goes for you.
Reason I'm bringing this up? Been there, done that. It comes straight out of New Age / New Thought. This is not Christianity. Not a good idea. It may work for awhile, but sooner or later your mojo is going to fail you, since it's outside the purposes of God. And you will wonder what hit you.
Sound familiar? Ring any bells? Maybe this will help jog the memory, from Isaiah 14:13-15. It's God’s word through Isaiah His messenger (prophet) to the king of Babylon, whose driving force and motivation behind the throne was Lucifer himself. They were essentially one! "You said in your heart: 'I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you will be brought down to Sheol to the far reaches of the Pit."
It seems that the Lord is still in charge, and He isn't especially impressed with the "I wills".
Basically you’re playing God, yet calling yourself a Christian. Surprise. Your fallen ego self is your god, not Jesus Christ. And Lucifer doesn't care who you worship, especially without realizing it - because no one bothered to teach you the difference or what to look out for. Or maybe you didn’t want to hear it anyway. If you call Jesus Lord, then there cannot be two kings on the throne. Who's in charge - Jesus or you? No way around it.
This “I will” attitude is just plain old fashioned witchcraft, and nothing less. It's become quite popular in the "church" - among those who attend a brick and mortar and also those who don't. Sometimes it's even disguised in their "mission statement." It's become so engrained in our pop culture infested churches that discernment is completely lacking when it comes to this sort of thing. It's seems pretty subtle, until you can see it for what it is.
Here's an example from the book of James, just in case you think that your idea really is something new under the sun, and you're feeling awfully good about yourself.
"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.' Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.' But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil..." From James 4:13-16.
It’s a good idea to read the whole chapter, since its context addresses friendship with the world, which the Apostle plainly calls hostility toward God! The idea is, you’re either in or you’re out. And that is not the kind of Christianity we’re used to hearing about. But it is the Bible kind. Maybe we should read it and heed it. All of it.
Yes, if the Lord wills! That is humility and it is precious in the eyes of God, because it reflects the likeness of Jesus Christ, Who did the Father’s will by coming into this world to redeem and restore us - His way. Remember His prayer in Gethsemane? “Not My will, but Your will be done.”
Paul reinforces this when he directs us, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant…” Philippians 2:4-7.
But the "I wills"? Well, we know whose image that reflects.
So once you can see this, there's a choice to be made. It's either Jesus as Lord or, frankly, you’re partnered up with the devil. What's it going to be?
And as for the brick and mortars with their "We will" mission statements, are you working for Jesus, or does your eye gaze at becoming some globalist corporate megachurch that sells people-pleasing religion, with expansionist ambitions? Please visit Acts 16:6-9, for how Jesus plants churches.
Maybe the answer is more Holy Spirit led prayer meetings and fasting, instead of flesh led board meetings and feasting. It’s time we learned how to listen!