The Will Of Man

I. God has given man a will (Genesis 49:6; Deuteronomy 21:14; II Peter 2:10) and the ability to exercise it (Genesis 1:28, 2:16).

II. Man's will is negatively influenced from within himself by the of the flesh, the of the eyes, and the pride of life - Genesis 3:6; James 1:14; I John 2:16-17.

III. Man's will is negatively influenced from without by Satan through deception and misinformation Genesis 3:1-6: II Corinthians 3:14, 4:4;

II Thessalonians 2:8-12; II Timothy 2:24-26.

IV. Man's natural tendency due to the negative influences is to go against God - Proverbs 14:12, 16:25; Luke 23:25; John 5:40.

V. Man's will is positively influenced from within himself by emotion and logic - Ruth 1:8-18; Luke 10:33-35.

VI. Man's will is positively influenced from without by God through His operation and provision - Psalm 136:25; Proverbs 3:33-34; Daniel 2:20-21; Matthew 5:45; John 6:32-33; James 1:5.

VII. Man's will can lead him to perform acts considered good by other men, (Leviticus 1:3, 7:16; Matthew 7:9-11, 12:11; Acts 28:2) yet not be acceptable to God (Genesis 4:3-5; Isaiah 1:10-15; Luke 16:14-15; Romans 4:1-2).

VIII. Man's will cannot thwart the will of God, though it may resist long and hard -Daniel 4:17, 5:21; Esther 4:14; John 5:21, 6:37; Romans 9:18- 23; Ephesians 1:5.

IX. Man's will is not violated in salvation, rather, it is changed by a work of God to conform to God's will - Psalm 110:3; Romans 2:4; Philippians 2:13.

X. Man's will alone is not sufficient to save him though he desires it intently -Luke 13:24; John 1:12-13; Romans 7:18, 9:16; Hebrews 12:17.

XI. Man's will, after regeneration, becomes truly able to align with God's will and indeed, is expected to do so [though it starts out shakily due to lack of knowledge, it performs better as one matures] John 8:36; I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 8:3-5, 8:11-12; Colossians 1:9-12, 4:12; I John 5:14.