“I don’t like [such and such],” I commented to the Lord. He had given me to the best of my ability to discern at the time a title for a book He wanted me to write.
“Did I ask you if you like it?” the Spirit of God said.
“No,” I replied.
“Do as I say,” He told me. Firmly.
The Lord calls us to forsake all for Him, and we need to let go of any and all of our wishes, wants, and ways when they don’t line up with His will and ways. We need to die to self to live for Him.
“My servants must obey,” His Spirit continued. “Obey.”
How despicably prideful I was to tell the Lord God almighty I didn’t like what I believed to be His will. As though He should take into account my feelings and what I wanted and alter His will to please me!
Friend, let us humble ourselves before the Lord and seek and follow His will for us without pride, resistance, and rebellion but instead with submissive hearts filled with love, humility, reverence, and thanksgiving.
The cost to our flesh of forsaking our wishes, wants, and ways for the Lord when they don’t line up with His will for us is nothing compared with the awesomeness of being in His forever fellowship and drawing ever closer to Him. Not to mention enjoying the privilege and pleasure of living to love, please, adore, praise, serve, worship, obey, and glorify the Lord! Amen!
Lord, so very sadly, I was someone long ago who was willing to give up NOTHING for you. I was under false teaching, Father, as you well know. I thought you were up there in the sky to love and serve me! How despicable was my wrong thinking only continuously exacerbated by the teaching I was under. Now I understand you created us to love and worship and serve and glorify and experience and enjoy and please and honor and praise and follow YOU! Lord, give us the willingness, desire, strength, and love to forsake all for you – right down to any particular want if it doesn’t bring you joy and pleasure for us to hold onto it. AMEN!
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” Romans 8:5-9