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A Wreck of the Will

October 3

“... nevertheless not MY will, but THINE, be done."  Luke 22:42

"What horrible pile-ups there are at many of life's intersections ..."


Autonomy is a wonderful thing, until you run your ship aground; and the real captain of your destiny is never more clearly revealed than amidst the reefs of personal trouble.  Whenever the going is smooth and straight, the cruise is set and life is good; but come to a crossroad of crisis, and the choice has to be made as to what gear you'll go forward in.  The Christian has to thoroughly determine each moment to defer to the ONE WHO holds the perfect will for his\her life.  What horrible pile-ups there are at many of life's intersections, as the bewildered without CHRIST, sit idling in the fog of indecision.  A wise old preacher once quipped that most folks consider the LORD their spare tire in their travels, rather than the steering wheel ... and even given that, the majority elect to hobble along on their flat of pride, instead of changing it.  Tragically, many souls go to meet their MAKER at the wreck of their own will totally unprepared.

"For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator."  A personal last will and testament must take place on your part, if a living trust in JESUS CHRIST is ever to occur.  Mark it down, this is not a once in a death-time thing either, but rather a daily transaction, up to and until your days end on earth.  "For I came down from heaven, not to do MINE OWN will, but the will of HIM that sent ME."  There of course, is no greater example of this living death than our LORD, "WHO for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross, despising the shame ...".  What foolish prigs they were in HIS day to attempt to sequester HIM to their agenda.  "But we preach CHRIST crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;"  To all those who tried to can GOD for carnal pride, HIS cross became foolishness, but to HIS FATHER WHO willed that blessed event, the cross was the consummate of HIS purposed love, forlorn since Eden. 

"And being found in fashion as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."  It may have appeared to everyone present that the LORD was forcibly marched up Golgotha's hill; but in fact HE willed HIS way through the crowd that fateful day.  So too will come any victory for us!  A walk with the LORD is just that, but only as we are motivated in HIS will ... will our steps be energized by HIS SPIRIT.   

"Then said HE, Lo, I come to do THY will, O GOD. HE taketh away the first, that HE may establish the second.  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of JESUS CHRIST once for all."

For Love of Country
 James Madison  (1751-1836)
(4th President of the United States)
"That honourable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self- government."

(Federalist Paper #39)

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