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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
May 22, 2016

Strong Willed (Dictionary): determined to do as one wants even if other people advise against it.

  • A strong will can be used for good to be obedient or do what is right
  • Or for bad to fight against the Father’s will or do what is wrong

Luke 22:42 NKJV saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.

John 5:30 AMP I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord — but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

The meaning of the word ‘Will’

  • Strong’s Concordance - thelema (thel'-ay-mah); a determination, i.e. choice
  • Thayer's Greek Lexicon - what one wishes or has determined shall be done
  • KJV - desire, pleasure, will.
  • Dictionary - the faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions
  • Our will is our power to choose

Whatever forces, bondage or hurt affects your free will or power to choose it has been defeated by the cross

  • We have the power to choose!
  • The bad will is inherent to the fallen nature
  • The good will is trained or built


We have the ability to allow our mind to control our brain

  • Dr. Caroline Leaf - Switch On Your Brain: Our mind is designed to control the body, of which the brain is a part, not the other way around. Matter does not control us; we control matter through our thinking and choosing. We cannot control the events and circumstances of life but we can control our reactions. In fact, we can control our reactions to anything, and in doing so, we change our brains. It’s not easy; it is hard work, but it can be done through our thoughts and choices.


The bible tells parents to train their child’s will through discipline.

If the child does not learn to choose from their own will they’ll be pulled by every temptation


Dr. James Dobson (website): Question - I want to manage and lead my strong-willed child properly, but I'm afraid I'll break his spirit and damage him in some way. How can I deal with his misbehavior without hurting his self-concept?

Answer - I sense that you do not have a clear understanding of the difference between breaking the spirit and shaping the will of a child. The human spirit, as I have defined it, relates to the self-esteem or the personal worth that a child feels. As such, it is exceedingly fragile at all ages and must be handled with care. You as a parent correctly assume that you can damage your child's spirit quite easily--by ridicule, disrespect, threats to withdraw love, and by verbal rejection. Anything that depreciates his self-worth can be costly to his spirit.

However, while the spirit is brittle and must be treated gently, the will is made of steel. It is one of the few intellectual components that arrives full strength at the moment of birth.

Some defiant toddlers can become so angry that they are capable of holding their breath until they lose consciousness. Anyone who has ever witnessed this full measure of willful defiance has been shocked by its power. One headstrong three-year-old recently refused to obey a direct command from her mother, saying, "You're just my mommy, you know!" Another mere mommy wrote me that she found herself in a similar confrontation with her three-year-old son over something that she wanted him to eat. He was so enraged by her insistence that he refused to eat or drink anything for two full days. He became weak and lethargic but steadfastly held his ground. The mother was worried and guilt-ridden, as might be expected. Finally, in desperation, the father looked the child in the eyes and convinced him that he was going to receive a well-deserved spanking if he didn't eat his dinner. With that maneuver, the contest was over. The toddler surrendered. He began to consume everything he could get his hands on and virtually emptied the refrigerator.

A dominant characteristics of the leaders of the last days is their strong willed ability to choose what is right.

This has been built by them pushing their obedience past prior limits over and over.

I believe this is a primary part that God trained me in through excruciating circumstances of obeying my dad

We can train this into ourselves by making choices to press on through discomfort

2 Timothy 2:3-4 NAS 3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

Luke 9:23 AMP And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].


Matthew 6:10 NAS Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.


Matthew 7:21 NAS Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.