I wasn’t the one who said it. If we look at the red-letter scripture in John 14:6, I can show you who said it, and the way He said it. First of all let’s end the mystery, ok, it was Jesus that said it. We know that Jesus was already the “Word” from the beginning before the “Word” became Jesus. Then it had already been agreed on by the Godhead that the “Word” would be made flesh and be sent to us as the only begotten son of God through the virgin Mary. Now, even back before God had a son to become a Father, all roads to the “Will” of God processed through the “Word” first. In John 1:3, All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Fast forward to today, the road to the “Will” of God still must process through the “Word” of God.
It was much easier to process the “Will” of God back before the “Word” became flesh. Now be it, Jesus still made it look easy because He was the “Word” and “God” all in the flesh. Jesus operated as a man using the power of God, and not as God using the power of God, but He knew that all He was doing to be so true. Now in the beginning, God would reveal His “Will” to the world by His “Word.” Then His Spirit with “Power” would move on what was made known by His “Word” to bring it to pass. It was just a beautiful process of unity by the one unseen God. Think of your self dealing with only yourself. In your vast mind full of many things, you decide your will for today. Then in order to have cooperation and awareness of what it is that you want done, you speak it to all of the people that’s in your world. Now with this acknowledgement, all of your “will” can be moved on with your “power” and be made, but without your “word” to acknowledge your “will” nothing would have been made. The road to having your “will” done had to first be processed through your “word.”
In order to give you an understanding of the complexities that God deals with today in having His “Will” brought to pass in our lives, add everyone you know in your world to your equation stated above. I want you not to only think about dealing with yourself, but think about having to bring to pass your “will” with everyone you know starting out with only your “word” first. Now multiply that to infinity over and over, and you may begin to see why it takes so long for the “Will” of God to come to pass in most of our lives. You see, before Jesus came, God was just I am that I am. He could be what you needed whenever He needed to be: it was all predicated on His “Will”. Even when He used men, they were called only to do His “Will”, or you could be swallowed up by a whale and worst. If you didn’t obey God for only one significant time, you could lead millions to the promise land, but not be allowed to go yourself.
We have a different deal since Jesus came down and saved us. Our salvation is based on our believing on the name of Jesus, and not how we carry out the “Will” of God from day-to-day. We have been given free will to basically process our way to His “Will.” There are things that God required of some of us years ago, but we just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. More than likely, there will be no intentional lighting strikes for our lack of compliance, but that means there will be no bringing to pass some of those same promises received in prayer years ago. Yeah, in this new deal after Jesus, God hands are literally tied to our belief in His ability to bring to pass His “Word.” Here’s the problem for us, our hands are literally tied to how much we believe in our ability to access God’s full arsenal of power as in the example that Jesus left behind for us to follow. It still all starts with the “Word.” Yes you have free will, but God needs you to put your free will into faith activity that matches His “Word” given to you. We have to remember that the road to receiving the “Will” of God still process first through His “Word.” Free will or not, without processing your faith activity through the “Word” nothing will be made that is waiting to be made. It’s Fathertime!!