Borrowed Truths

I Will

I will
Borrowed Truths

I Will

We are the only deterrent to serving the Lord. As my beautiful wife is like to say occasionally, “If we could just get out of our own way…”

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:52)

I don’t believe that any of us can truly understand the completeness of that verse and others like it, we have been used to living with sin for far too long. It is in our nature to put self first, no matter how many times we attempt to put God first. “I will” is a part of us that is not always in rebellion to the Lord though, I will read and study His Word more often, I will pray with intent, I will be obedient. These are choices that we have to make, as men wiser than myself have said, God does not force virtue on any of us.

“And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” (Luke 8:46) That was the life of the Lord, the oil was poured upon Him without measure, but for us, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19) And “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal. 5:17)

We have to say I will, we have to mean it, and we have to follow through with it, whatever your “I will” is.

All those who have been chosen by the Lord are a part of the body, and each of us, as it were, has a part to play, the Lord will reveal to you that path, but He will not force you to walk upon it. “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10) That extra effort is that “I will,” it is the determination of our mind, soul, strength and heart to serve more than what is required of us. It is obedience understood and then followed through with, in integrity and with purpose of intent.

We can glorify God in no other way than willingly. This is why it can be difficult to know for sure at times who indeed has been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and who is, shall we say, faking it. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22) The answer is yes, they did speak coherently the words of God and of the lamb, but for vainglory, for self-recognition and recognition from others.

Why we do what we do is directly related to that “I will” statement. Lucifer sought for self-recognition. I have often wondered of when he stood on his soapbox attempting to cajole his brothers, what would have happened if no one there paid any attention to him, if they would have just kept walking past him.

The pride of I will is what we fight against, self for the sake of self is our enemy. And my friends, until you die, that enemy is never going to leave you alone.

None of us will die to self totally in this life. Ask yourself this question, which battle since you got up from your knees at the cross has been the most difficult for you, the battle against spiritual darkness in high places, or the one against your old man, that sinful nature within you. Personally for me, it’s a very easy question to answer.

Wicked men may seek to harm us in a myriad of ways, the temptations that beset us all are at times a daily trial, the forces of evil, both Satanic and of men are ever present, but never as present as he who lives within you that desires nothing but the lust of the flesh, of the eyes and the pride of life. Always present, never resting, never tiring.

There are many commandments in the Scriptures, both in the Old and New Testament, all of them starting with some form of “Thou shalt.” You have been given only two choices in response to them, “I will” or “I will not.” I can guarantee you only one thing in this poorly written letter, if you choose “I will,” it will only matter if it is done in love.

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