Not Do What You Want

Written by Timothy

Not Do What You Want

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit,
and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.

They are in conflict with each other,
so that you do not do what you want. (Galatians 5:17)



Out of the Way

Let me get the persecution side of this out of the way.

Once you begin to preach and live the full message of the cross there will always be an element of doing things you do not want to do. You, and others who fellowship with you, could always state, “I just do not want to do it.”

The false teachers in the church and their members do not have this problem. They use the name of Jesus to justify any and all actions, thoughts, judgments, and emotions that come their way. All has a layer of whitewash applied to it and these are the religious Pharisees and Sadducees that persecute-prosecute the true disciples of Jesus. ” ‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?” ” ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord . So I will spend my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, (Ezekiel 13:10-15)

The persecution because of righteousness comes when individuals leave and they tell others, “I did not want to do it, but was manipulated into obeying.” From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (John 6:66)

Naturally, no one is manipulated, they just did not hear what they wanted to hear. Then when they fail to follow through with following Jesus they have to blame others for their lust of sin and the world.

Teachers and preachers prepare to be persecuted over this matter if you begin to surrender to God and preach the full message of the cross. Not only will your teaching have the power of the Living God confronting head on the sinful nature in a general fashion, but it gets worse than that. God will come to each person in church and move them to do what they do not want to do. If your counsel and wisdom have the touch of the Holy Spirit you will be giving advice that is contrary to what that person wants to do.

Wahla, when they leave the church, or sin by grumbling, they will tell everyone that you were trying to “manipulate” them into doing something they did not want to do. To the contrary if they do not want to do God’s will, then leave and get out of my way. I do not have time in the Lord to manipulate anyone because I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling. I have zero desire to waste my time with individuals who are wasting their sinful time. This is why Jesus asked the disciple, “Do you want to leave too.” “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. (John 6:67)

Not What You Want To Do

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” (John 21:18-19)

The daily Christian life for the true disciple of Jesus always, at all times, to varying degrees has a strong side that does not want to do what God is willing and working. It is called a picked up cross and following Jesus.

Indeed, Peter was told by Jesus that at the very end of his life that when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. (John 21:18)

Paul will speak of the burning to sin that he must not fulfill.  Of how this constant, never silent sinful nature is always screaming that it does not want to do what God is calling him to do at that moment. It is a weakness that all disciples of Jesus who are following the Holy Spirit will feel. Paul writes it down:  Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? (2 Corinthians 11:29)

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.

They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. (Galatians 5:17)

Fully understand that always there will be a part of you that does not want to do the will of God. Whether sleeping, resting, working, you name it, all day and night, 24 hours everyday, 7 days a week the sinful nature will hound you as the cross crucifies you a little more day and night.

Many disciples get tired of feeling weak, always being told by the Holy Spirit and in sermons to do what they do not want to do and drop out of the race of righteousness.


Blessed are those who persevere in Christ always following the Holy Spirit as they deny themselves,  while carrying a crucifying cross as they finally do what they do not want to do.

If you wait to want to do something in Jesus you will never follow Jesus. You will wind up following a man that is a false teacher.

If you wait to want to walk in the Light, despise the dollar, hate your own life, or lead a self-disciplined life you never will.

If you wait to want to accept the conviction of sin that God is working, you never will repent and the conviction will evaporate away.

If you wait to want to disfellowship that Christian brother or sisters you will be overcome by bad character.

Now you know why so few desire to fellowship with me in the glorious will of the Lord. Though the will of the Lord is good, pleasing and perfect such rejoicing grows only as the new creation of Jesus matures.  Such appreciation and joy in God’s will takes a transformed mind.

Note that as I quote Romans 12:2 that you have to do what you do not want to do to grow in a such a way as to approve of God’s will before you will be able to test for God’s will and find it to be pleasing, perfect and good.

You have to deny yourself and not conform to the pattern of the world before you will find the hidden joy in Jesus.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Only those who are constantly denying what they want to do will be able to test and more importantly approve of what is God’s will.

But until our final day there will always be a part of us that makes us feel weak because of sin. There will always be that hound of hell dogging our heels not to go in a direction we do not want to go.

Now, onward to the next step of God’s will that I do not want to do. That chance to hate my life, deny myself, pick up my cross and persevere with strict training to catch up to Jesus. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)

Gotta run Jesus is moving in a direction I do not want to go and I need to catch up to Him, pronto…

T. Williams
If anyone does not love the Lord–a curse be on him.
Come, O Lord ! (1 Corinthians 16:22)


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Timothy Williams, Host of The "Consider" Podcast. Male BDG,* Widowed, Never Divorced, Celibate, Single, Over 60, Preacher of the Full Gospel, Not associated with any church, denomination or club, College drop-out, No Bible degree, pursuing the holiness from the Living God. *(BGD: by God's design)