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The Stubburnness Of My Own Will

Musician4God1611

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Recently, I've been considering why it was that certain people simply refuse to submit to God on some of the simplest things. Why is it that the Bible can be so plain on something, and yet we just ignore it like it was never there, declaring either that there is some other meaning, or even more brazenly, "I'm just not convicted about that!" Let me give you an example. The other day, I was discussing the issue of music with someone when they said that God did not set a clear musical standard in the Bible. Now, when I saw that, I thought, "How could anyone be so ignorant?" But the answer came to me very quickly. It isn't that he is ignorant, it's that he doesn't want to know.

The sad truth is, that the majority of "Christians" will do what they want to do, caring very little, if at all, about what God thinks. They will not submit themselves to God as commanded in James 4:7. They will not humble themselves under God's hand as directed in verse 10 of the same chapter. Instead they stubbornly hold onto their own wants and desires, and in doing so they fall captive of the Devil, and get caught up in his snare. So let's look at James 4:7-10 and see how to make our will pliable to the able hands of the Master Potter.

  1. Submit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Submission is more of a decision than it is an action. If you will, it is an attitude of the heart. You have to come to a point where you decide, "Whatever God says, whatever God wants, that's what I want for my life. It's not about me, It's about God." The number one reason most Christians don't submit is that they can't see past their own wants and desires. We have spent so much time pleasing ourselves, that we don't know how to please anyone else.
  2. Resist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Resisting the Devil in our life is the most active and most prominent part of a Christian's walk with God. The more you walk with God, the more you have to resist the Devil. It doesn't get easier, you simply learn priorities. You learn that pleasing God is more important than the "fun" you will have in submitting to the Devil. This is how you resist him, priorities.
  3. Draw nigh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Getting close to God is the most important thing that a Christian can do. The Bible says in Galatians 5:16 "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." If you want to walk in the Spirit, you have to fill your life with things of the Spirit. How you begin your day will set the precedent for how your day will continue to go, so start it with things of the Spirit. How you continue your day will determine your successfulness for the day, so continue to fill your day with things of the Spirit. How you end your day will decide how well your next day will begin, so end it partaking of things of the Spirit. Read your Bible, pray, listen to Godly music, fellowship with other Christians, meditate on the things of God, for the Bible says, "...to be spiritually minded is life and peace." (Romans 8:6)
  4. Humble yourself                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Day after day after day, humble yourself. It is a daily struggle to remember just how weak we are and just how much we need God. "Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed, lest he fall." Remember from whence comes your strength. You don't stand in your own power, else you wouldn't be standing at all. I find that the greatest sin in any Christian's life is pride. Truly, it is pride that keeps us from submitting, it is pride that keeps us from resisting, it is pride that keeps us from drawing nigh. Somehow, we have gotten the idea that we are strong enough to handle our situation on our own. We need to look back and remember how weak we were when we got saved and then we need to realize that we are indeed, still that weak.
 
If we would simply let go of our stubborn will and submit to God's will, we would have no need to worry about the future, for it is in His hands. If we would just submit ourselves to God, we wouldn't have to worry about the present because He promised that He would take care of us. If we would just yield to Him, we wouldn't have to fret over the past, it's under the blood. With this being the case, I ask you, why would we want it any other way?


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After reading this devotion, and looking at my own life, my thoughts concerning the stubborness of my, or our own will, brought me to Proverbs 14:6, "A scorner seekieth wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth." 

Thank you for the good devotion. 

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Pride is the source and origin of all sin; because it stems from the heart of the author of sin itself -- Satan. It's a good thing that this refuse and scumbag of the Universe will one day be thrown into the Lake of Fire to be TORMENTED FOREVER, and then he will no longer be a threat to humankind. 

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For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: (Romans 9:3)

Paul was zealous of his brethren to the point that he had wished himself to suffer eternal punishment on behalf of countrymen. Of course this is an example of his heart following the desires of his own will.

This is one of those times. For on the one hand, Paul wrote what he wrote -- and it is put in scripture by the Holy Spirit; on the other hand, it is clearly an impossibility (since only unbelievers are condemned) and would make no difference even if it were possible (since only the blood of Christ, His death in being judged for sin) can avail to expiate sin.  And all sin HAS been paid for by Jesus Christ.  So the only thing that will save unbelievers of any stripe must come from their own heart: repenting of their dead works and turning to Christ.  He has already paid for their salvation in each and every case; all they have to do is accept it by faith. Paul certainly was very emotional on this issue and very zealous for his countrymen to be saved.  It's good to be zealous and emotional about the truth, but things can easily be pressed too far in both regards.  After all, it was just this sort of imprudent and zealous disregard for the plan of God that prompted Paul to go up to Jerusalem the last time contrary to what the Spirit was explicitly telling him.

God Bless!

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