Whosoever Will

When you feel lost, where do you go for direction?

When you feel empty, where do you turn for fulfillment?

When you search endlessly for something, anything, to fill up that blank space inside, does it fill or does it stay empty – leaving you to continue searching?

Do you try to find the answers in a pill?

Do you try to find relief from the pain and shame in a bottle?

Do you hop from one thing to another because nothing ever satisfies?

Do you endlessly seek out new things, only to find they are empty and UNsatisfying?

Do you try to fill up your life with things, hoping that one of them will be what you are looking for? Only to find out that what you thought was gold is actually painted tin, not worth much of anything?

Do you even realize that there is a reason for these feelings?

A reason – and a remedy that can only be fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.

Now, if we search – honestly and openly – within ourselves – we will find that this is true.

Jesus even promised this:

John 10.10:

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.”

So, how can we know this?

God put in each of us an innate sense of His being – a knowledge that He exists – and His existence is evident in the world that is all around us – His creation that shows His power, might and glory.

Romans 1.19 :

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them;

for God hath shewed it unto them.”

He placed in us a longing for Himself and His love and mercy; because He loves us with a deep, abiding, all inclusive love that yearns for us to love Him in return.

John 3.16-17 :

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;

but that the world through him might be saved.”

So, along with a free will, He gave each of us an awareness of Himself, and it is our choice and responsibility to either acknowledge His existence or deny His existence. That choice and its consequences have firmly and irrevocably been put into our hands so we are without excuse.

Romans 1.20 :

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world

are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,

even his eternal power and Godhead;

so that they are without excuse.”

It is by our own willful choice and decision that our eternal future is decided:

Acknowledgment and acceptance of God’s Son Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord – an eternity in heaven.

Denial and refusal of Jesus – an eternity in hell.

Our choice.

Our decision.

I’ve heard it said, (and have had family and friends get angry with me at the mistaken belief) that Christianity is too exclusive – that it is not fair that only those that have given their lives to Christ will enter heaven.

And my answer to that is that, in fact, Christianity is the most INclusive ‘religion’ – not the most exclusive.

2 Peter 3.9 :

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,

as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,

not willing that any should perish,

but that all should come to repentance.”

God wants ALL to come to repentance. And Jesus said that all who believe in Him will have eternal life – eternity with Him in His kingdom.

Revelation 22.16-17:

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you

these things in the churches.

I am the root and the offspring of David,

and the bright and morning star.

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.

And let him that heareth say, Come.

And let him that is athirst come.

And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Whosoever will … that means you, too.

WHOSOEVER will ……

Will you?

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2021

My Illness and God’s Deliverance

When I felt the first symptoms of Covid, I believed it was just my normal winter head cold. Two days in, I was beginning to realize that it was more than that. The headache would have been normal with a cold, although this one was so much more severe than usual. But it was the body aches that began making themselves felt three days in that made me pretty sure this was more than just a head cold.

I stepped up my battle against it — slathering on the Vicks, sucking down Hall’s cough drops, and sleeping in my recliner instead of in bed. I was taking a combination of Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc and Vitamin D, so I continued that and then added a couple things that my physician recommended. I lived on saltine crackers and oyster crackers – just enough to keep my blood sugar from bottoming out, because my appetite was gone completely. I could not stand the idea of coffee – a stunning admission for me – and began drinking gallons of hot water that I just put through the Keurig without a coffee pod.

For the past year, I had felt a slight anxiety over the possibility of catching the virus because of health issues; but I knew that even if I did contract it, the Lord would take care of me. I discovered that I was not at all uneasy about it once I realized I had caught it, and just asked the Lord to watch over me.

I don’t remember much – spent most of my time sleeping – but I do remember the feeling of a dark oppressive weight that seemed to be pushing me down. After a week, as I sat in my recliner, I felt the Lord telling me that I needed to put on my praise and worship music, but I was so tired, did not feel like getting up and turning it on, so I just went back to sleep.

Two days later, this show came on TBN and within minutes of it starting, the darkness lifted and I began to feel better. It is an hour long show and they had it going for four hours, from 8 to midnight. By the time the first hour was over, I felt 95% better – even singing Great Are You Lord without a coughing fit.

I felt the Lord telling me that the reason He had urged me to put on my praise and worship was because Satan had been hovering over me. The songs in this show pushed him out and brought God into the situation. When I went to bed, I made sure my worship songs were filling the room. I let it play all through the night. By the next morning, the only sign that I had even had Covid was a lingering feeling of fatigue and weakness.

I had heard more than once that God lives in the praise of his people, and now I have living proof.

Since then, I have bought the CD for this, and have either that or my Hillsong Worship playing almost 24/7. Thank you Michael W. Smith and TBN for airing this show at just the right time. The Lord used you and this show to heal and strengthen me.

But most importantly, thank You Lord, for being with me and healing me and strengthening me. Thank You for loving me like You do. I love You, Abba Father. I love You.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2021

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