December 22, 2009

Living Will

Before someone dies, they try to have a "living will" made up. This shows what their intent is for what remains behind from their lives. An executor of this will is appointed to be sure it is fully carried out.
Think about God's will. He says if we know what He has written, the bible, we will know His will. Are we like greedy families taking our battles before the judge to dispute what has been written? We are to be like the appointed executors of His "living word".

Think about our will. We go about daily living out our will, speaking words that form our tomorrows. Do we choose our words as if they are being recorded in a contract? God says we are accountable for all our idle words. He also says that a persons yes, should mean yes; and our no, should mean no. Our words are as good as signing a signature on a contract. That is also the reason for the wise proverbs such as Proverbs 1:31-33 They refused my advice. They despised my every warning. They will eat the fruit of their lifestyle. They will be stuffed with their own schemes. "Gullible people kill themselves because of their turning away. Fools destroy themselves because of their indifference. But whoever listens to me will live without worry and will be free from the dread of disaster." This is from God's living testimony - He has executors taking charge of these words - His angels.

I pray we think about His word, His death, His life and the power that He has. May we have a righteous fear of our Lord and truly appreciate what He left us all in His will as heirs.

With love,
Candace



The Drawing of the Father

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him . . . —John 6:44

When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response may be (see Galatians 1:15-16 ). Belief is not the result of an intellectual act, but the result of an act of my will whereby I deliberately commit myself. But will I commit, placing myself completely and absolutely on God, and be willing to act solely on what He says? If I will, I will find that I am grounded on reality as certain as God’s throne.

In preaching the gospel, always focus on the matter of the will. Belief must come from the will to believe. There must be a surrender of the will, not a surrender to a persuasive or powerful argument. I must deliberately step out, placing my faith in God and in His truth. And I must place no confidence in my own works, but only in God. Trusting in my own mental understanding becomes a hindrance to complete trust in God. I must be willing to ignore and leave my feelings behind. I must will to believe. But this can never be accomplished without my forceful, determined effort to separate myself from my old ways of looking at things. I must surrender myself completely to God.
Everyone has been created with the ability to reach out beyond his own grasp. But it is God who draws me, and my relationship to Him in the first place is an inner, personal one, not an intellectual one. I come into the relationship through the miracle of God and through my own will to believe. Then I begin to get an intelligent appreciation and understanding of the wonder of the transformation in my life. - Oswald Chambers