TEEN TREE OF LIFE

POSITIVE VOLITION

Part 1  March 19, 2017


 

 

 

BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will allow you to be filled with the power of The Holy Spirit as you read this booklet (EPH 5:18 & 1JO 1:9). IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are believing on His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (JOH 3:16 & ACT 16:31).

 

In this study, we are going to look at positive volition toward God and His Word. As a believer, you must make clear-cut and confident decisions to study, learn and apply Bible doctrine without allowing anything to get in the way. This is called having positive volition. The word positive means: to express a certain action clearly and confidently; a motion or decision that is definite, unyielding, constant or certain in its action. So, if you really want to go to play basketball on Sunday morning but instead, you choose to go to Bible study instead – you have positive volition toward God and His Word. And that pleases God!

 

There is a deep desire and yearning in all believers, especially those new to the faith. Just as the physical body needs food, the human spirit also hungers to be filled. The human spirit is created within the believer at the moment of Salvation by God The Holy Spirit. This desire has been placed within the believer by God so we shouldn’t stand in its way. It is a very delicate and sensitive desire that can be easily hindered by arrogance or emotionalism.

 

You must always be careful when it comes to retaining positive volition as it can be easily extinguished by hardness of the heart or an excessive occupation with the details of life. Unfortunately, not every believer does what is required to fulfill this yearning. These believers will never experience consistent growth in the spiritual life or the chance to become stronger and to develop the capacity to handle the most difficult situations.

 

We should all have the same attitude as the writer of PSA119:16“I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.” In verse 24, the psalmist again reveals his positive volition by stating, “Your testimonies also are my delight; They (doctrine and testimonies) are my counselors.”

 

Positive volition toward doctrine is the driving desire which motivates believers to overcome all obstacles and center their lives in God’s Word. Positive volition makes the believer stay occupied with the Word of God in time of disaster. It gives him spiritual energy in time of pressure. Often the different trials and tests of life become a source of frustration for believers and they just want to run for cover. But the believer with positive volition can take comfort in doctrine.

 

When you have positive volition toward Bible doctrine you will have a burning fire inside you that cannot be quenched. PSA 42:1 says: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.” The question is why does this desire reside in some but not in others? Well, new believers are in a state of ignorance regarding the Thoughts of God; if you are receptive to doctrine, you will grow in God’s Grace and Knowledge. But if you are indifferent and distracted, ignorance will continue because of this negative volition. Once you have had a taste of Bible doctrine, you will not be satisfied with a little! You will want more and more! PSA 63:1 says it beautifully: “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

 

Because positive volition toward Doctrine is so important and determines the believer’s status with God while on earth, The Lord has provided everything needed to fulfill this desire. Let’s look at some of the many things He has provided.

 

First, God has provided the mechanics of inspiration for the formation and preservation of the canon of Scripture. Very importantly, He provides the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit inside the Pre-Designed Plan of God, enabling us to understand the mechanics for the execution of His plan.

 

God provides the Divine Plan for the Church and His Pre-Designed Plan for the Royal Family of God. He also provides a right Pastor-Teacher for every member of the Royal Family who is positive toward Doctrine. There is no such thing as a self-made Christian. Without a Pastor-Teacher, a believer will go nowhere!

 

God provides the privacy of the Royal Priesthood for the perception of Mystery Doctrine, which we’ll look at in a bit. Every believer is given a Royal Priesthood, for the purpose of freedom and privacy.

 

God also provides Logistical Grace Support. Every member of the Royal Family is kept alive for the equal privilege and the equal opportunity to execute God’s Plan. This includes provision of food, clothes, shelter, transportation and the other necessities of life.

God provides the local church as the classroom for the Royal Family to learn His Word. He also provides human volition as the means of integrating Doctrine into the life of the believer. This means that He gave us the ability to choose; however, He made it so that we are responsible to make the choices. All of these provisions from God exist so that Christians may exercise their positive volition and grow in grace and knowledge.

 

The New Testament Canon of Scripture contains the Mystery Doctrine of the Church-Age. It is called Mystery Doctrine, because it had been hidden from all previous dispensations. As we have learned a dispensation is a period of time. The Church-Age is not a time period in which we see miracles. It is a period of time in which we utilize Divine knowledge acquired through the use of positive volition toward Bible doctrine. And the Mystery Doctrine is an important part of Bible doctrine.

 

For example, all Christians have a destiny, and they learn about this destiny through the knowledge gained from the study of the Word of God. The more you learn about Doctrine, the stronger your motivation to learn Doctrine becomes, resulting in greater positive volition. The greater your positive volition, the more you learn about God’s Plan, Purpose and Will for your life.

 

Positive volition toward doctrine is an active desire to know God. When this happens, the believer should appreciate the invisible work of God and recognize that even the growth of his/her own positive volition is from God. As the believer grows, his/her positive volition deepens. When you are firmly grounded in the Truth, your doctrinal thinking becomes your outlook on life. In other words, positive volition becomes a blessing in itself, a blessing which allows the believer to fulfill the conditions of the Pre-Designed Plan of God, making the motivation of positive volition a driving force and a source of even greater blessing.

 

The concept of positive volition is expressed in ROM 14:19: So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. The word “pursue” stands for positive volition toward everything that gives us the details regarding God’s Plan for our lives after salvation. This includes the perception, metabolization and application of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church-Age as the means of executing the Pre-Designed Plan of God. The execution of the Pre-Designed Plan of God results in the creation of spiritual champions! And that should be your goal in life: to become a spiritual champion!!

 

Positive volition is never automatic. Any believer, at any time, in any stage of spiritual growth can become dull of hearing. This is taught in HEB 5:11-12 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. The writer of Hebrews is describing believers who at one point were anxious to hear the Word of God, but over time, faded away. Repeated negative volition produces a believer who is dull of hearing. Through a process of reaction, bitterness and emotionalism, they became deaf to the Truth.

 

A believer can lose the doctrine that he/she has learned as a result of a series of negative decisions. Then the believer has to start all over again and this is a difficult thing to do. There was once a time when the believer was crazy for doctrine. They loved the teaching and the doctrine and had positive volition. Then carnality and legalism crept slowly in, closely followed by self-righteousness and arrogance. Then the believer became deceived and confused, not realizing that they simply needed to recover the filling of the Holy Spirit and move forward. Believers in this fallen state start to demand entertainment and gimmicks. They seek that which is shallow and superficial and reject what is deep. They partake only of the milk of the Word and are not mature enough to eat the meat of the Word.

{To be continued…}

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