Strong-willed People

July 16, 2014

Strong-willed People

2 Timothy 3:14-17
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Strong-willed people are most often very opinionated and usually convinced that their way is the best way. This can be a great leadership quality if these people are moving by the Spirit and direction of God, but often they may be convinced they are even if they are not. Perhaps you are a strong-willed person or you live with one or know one in your life. Often one of the weaknesses of this characteristic is that it is very much set on getting its own way. The strong-willed person may try to convince, persuade, intimidate, manipulate, use guilt trips, lie, cheat or deceive in order to get things their way. Now I’m not saying all strong willed people are this way, but to the degree they are strong-willed and given to the flesh they can be this way. Strong-willed people often feel very passionately about not only what they think is right for them, but what they think is right for others as well. As a result those who have strong-willed people in their lives may often find that they are trying to dictate what is right for you as well as themselves and whoever else who will allow them to control the issues at hand. In order for the strong-willed person to have this attribute be a positive for them they must first learn to submit that strong will to the will of the Father. That often is a battle for them to do. Strong-willed people often have a real problem with authority, because they want to be in control and do things their way.
The danger with strong-willed people is that they will lead and influence people of a weaker persuasion who will allow them to do so. You may have someone who is strong-willed in your life that is strongly influencing you in a direction that may well be contrary to God’s will for your life. Now the strong-willed person may feel very strongly and impress upon you very strongly that their will and opinions are the will of God for you. A strong-willed person, if not submitted to the Holy Spirit can be a very self-willed person. Most all of us have some of that self-will at work in us, but the strong-willed person who is also self-willed, will not accomplish the will of God and what is more they will lead others from the will of God as well, into an error of disobedience and rebellion. If we look back at the beginning of chapter 3 in 2 Timothy we see a description of what selfish, strong-willed and self-willed people can look like. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all [men], as theirs also was.” These people can have a form of godliness, as they do things in the name of God to accomplish their own selfish end. In truth, they are in rebellion and are leading others in rebellion to God’s set authority. It reminds us of those that Moses had in his camp that thought they had a better way and that they could do better than the leadership that God had placed over them in Moses. We could go through the Bible and find many such examples of strong and self-willed men.
The exhortation the Lord has for us is that people of strong opinions and influence aren’t to replace the Holy Spirit in your life. From such as these turn away. Especially those of us who may be given to follow stronger personalities in our lives. While you may not be a strong decision maker or always feel like you hear the Lord’s voice, look to His Word, follow your peace and get these other voices out of your mind when making decisions concerning God’s will for you. Many people have followed such charismatic people to later find their lives and their faith shipwrecked and in ruin. Paul says to Timothy, ” And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Don’t forsake or allow men to lead you away from the foundations of your faith that has been established on the first principles of God’s Word. Stand strong upon the witness of God’s Word that you possess in your heart. We can’t afford to take at face value all that men present to us and call spiritual. Just because they put God’s name on it doesn’t make it right. God’s Word is the standard by which we establish and accept truth. While there are increasing depths and revelation of God’s Word, God will not lead us contrary to it. All truth should come into alignment with His Word.
Strong-willed people in the right spirit are a good thing because they usually get done what the rest of us would only procrastinate about and put off. Be discerning in how you are influenced and don’t allow manipulation and control to move you in ways that you don’t feel led to go. While we submit to one another in love, that is not an open invitation to control. The Spirit will lead you to be in control of the influences around you. Let the will of the Father be the strong will of your life.

Blessings,
#kent

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