Jon Tafoya

Companions Meeting Week 4 #2

With your companions, read the following portion together. Then, when you have finished, discuss the question that follows the reading.


At the very beginning of the Scriptures there are these three parties in the garden of Eden. Adam stood in front of two trees, which represent, or symbolize, two parties—God and Satan. The tree of life represented God, Adam was there representing man, and Satan was there as well represented by the tree of knowledge. This clear picture shows us that both God and Satan became a choice to man. God Himself was there with Satan in front of man, and God gave man a volition to allow him to make a choice. Therefore, in the garden there are three parties, three wills, three lives.


We must remember well that in this universe there are three parties—God, Satan, and man. With these three parties there are three wills—the divine will of God, the devilish will of Satan, and the human will of man. From the Scriptures it is easy to realize that the devilish will is always struggling to frustrate the divine will; Satan’s will always tries to damage and hinder God’s will. Therefore, in the universe there is a battle raging. Even science tells us that there is something contradictory in the universe, like a battle, a warfare. This is because there are two wills—the divine will and the satanic will—contradicting one another and fighting against one another.

In addition, God created a third will, that is, the human will. God created this will with the intention that this will would stand with Him. However, God did not force the human will to stand with Him; God gave man a free choice, his own volition. Therefore, this will can choose either side. If man so desires, he can choose God. However, if he likes, he can also choose to stand with Satan. If man chooses God and stands with God’s will, God can then accomplish His purpose. However, if man chooses to stand with Satan, then Satan can do something to frustrate God’s will. Therefore, there are three parties and three wills.


Accomplishing the Will of God

  1. “I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent Me”(John 5:30).

Doing the will of God means to not seek, follow, or accomplish our own will but to only seek, follow, and accomplish God’s will. People often say that they have prayed and that they are clear that the will of God is for them to go to a certain place or for them to do a certain thing. Some say that it is God’s will for them to run a business. Some say that it is God’s will for them to get married. But is this reliable? Is the one who thinks that he is acting according to God’s will consecrated to God, and is he living for God? Is he truly not seeking, following, or accomplishing his own will but seeking, following, and accomplishing God’s will? This is not a small matter. Many who claim to be acting according to the will of God are not truly practicing the will of God, because they have not consecrated themselves to Him to live for His will. They still hold on to themselves, keep things in their own hands, and live according to their own will.

A person who truly does the will of God does not seek his own will. He only seeks the will of God. This was the Lord Jesus’ pattern when He was on earth as a man. In all of human history, only Jesus the Nazarene sought only the will of God and not His own will. Although He was one with God and equal to God, He willingly came to earth and stood in the position of one who was sent to do the will of God. In all things He only sought the will of Him who sent Him; He did not seek His own will. This is the meaning of doing the will of God.

  1. “‘Behold, I have come (in the roll of the book it is written concerning Me) to do Your will, O God’”(Heb. 10:7).

When He came to earth, the Lord spoke the words in this verse to God. This shows that the Lord did the will of God according to what was written in the Scriptures. Consequently, we should realize that any practice of the will of God must be according to the Word of God, the Bible. The Bible reveals the entire will of God in all its aspects. Whatever He wants to complete in us, whatever He wants us to do, and how He wants us to do it are revealed, in principle, in the Bible. If we truly want to do the will of God, if we truly want to seek His will, we must know the Bible and consider what the Word of God says concerning every matter. We must find God’s will, in principle, concerning every matter from the Bible. Those who want to do the will of God and act according to God’s will cannot be sloppy with the Bible but must spend a considerable amount of time to read it carefully.

If we want to do the will of God, we cannot simply do what we think is the will of God. We cannot simply pray a few times and say with certainty that this or that is the will of God. Such a way is not reliable and is quite dangerous. We often are easily deceived by our own opinions and captured by our own thoughts and views. We must bring our opinions, thoughts, and views before the Bible and let them be judged by the Word of God. Whoever is not willing to let his “in my opinion,” “I think,” and “to my point of view” be conquered by the Word of God cannot do the will of God. We must put our own things aside in everything and see what the Word of God says and commands. In some things God tells us His will in detail; in others He reveals it only in principle. For example, the Word of God contains a great principle that believers should not be dissimilarly yoked with unbelievers. Consequently, we can know the will of God in many things related to this principle. In marriage, we know that a believing brother should not marry an unbelieving woman, and a believing sister should not be given in marriage to an unbelieving man. If we practice according to God’s Word, we will be able to practice the will of God.


Now, fellowship your response to the following discussion questions together.

The course of our personal life, our Christian life, God’s purpose, and even (quite literally) the fate of the universe depends on how our choice responds to God’s will and Satan’s will. And, the key to choosing and practicing God’s will is the Word of God.

  • How has this Spring Pursuit changed your view of God’s Word?
  • How has this Spring Pursuit changed your personal choices and habits related to God’s Word?
  • Is there anything in this Spring Pursuit that you would like to continue (personally or with your companions) in the coming weeks?
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A tip for your time with the Lord

What shall we do during this time in the morning? The goal is simply to touch the Lord in His word for nourishment and enjoyment.

How do we do this?  By learning to do one thing – mingle our reading of the Bible with our praying. We can contact the Lord by mingling our reading of the Bible with our prayer. This is why a new word, pray-read, has been used. We are learning to pray-read the Word.

First, begin by spontaneously offering a short prayer to the Lord. ” Lord, I open my entire being to you. “ Then open your Bible and start to read. While you are reading, spontaneously respond to the Lord with what you read.

  • Do not try to pray long sentence prayers or pray for many things, asking the Lord to do something for you.
  • Do not read too many verses, such as a long paragraph or a long section, before praying.
  • Simply respond to the Lord by praying with the words you read.

This way we can quietly talk to Him by responding with what is impressing you as you read the Word.

Remember, He is a real person who likes to hear our voice. We can simply speak to Him as we read in His word. Psalms 116:2. ” Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.  ”


A Time with the Lord is where we will post tips and hints on how to spend time with the Lord in the morning.

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