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

What Our Praise Means to God

Have you ever truly thought about what our time with the Lord means to Him?

I have known for years that God loves and longs for our praise and worship; but it never truly hit home until this morning just how much He does love us.

I had read books on beginning our time with the Lord praising God because He loves receiving our worship. These writers had explained that we should not just run to God with our list of requests without first getting our own hearts in the proper attitude first. But I had never really understood just what that meant.

It wasn’t until a week or so ago that I was watching a show on TV and the pastor was talking about his quiet time with the Lord and explaining how he had allowed his hectic life to steal the time he had set aside to enter God’s presence. He said that he used to begin this time in worship, singing praise songs to his Savior; but that he had stopped doing that and just went right into reading his Bible and praying. He said that one day God asked him about it, reminding him that he used to spend time singing praises and that he needed to start doing so again.

That struck me as a light bulb going off and I began to play some songs on my ipod before going into our prayer and Bible study time.

And then this morning as I sat in the near dark, listening through headphones to “What A Beautiful Name” I had a clear picture of Jesus standing in heaven, looking down on the world of men. His love and longing for us was so clear and His yearning to be a part of our lives was palpable as He watched us going about our day to day lives with no thought for Him.

The words to the song are :

** “You didn’t want heaven without us, So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater; what can separate us now?”
**

I could see the decision reach Him of what He needed to do, and He came to this earth to try and reach us lost souls. My mind’s eye replayed His life from birth in that cave, His walk among us as the Creator of the universe and the lover of our souls, to His tortuous death on the cross to cover the cost of our sin and shame.

All because He loves us with an everlasting love and wants more than anything to be able to be in our lives.

I will never again start my day without praising and worshiping Him for all that He has done for me and for all that He is to me.

I pray you have a blessed day.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2020

** Words and Music by
Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood
© 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing.
CCLI Song No. 7068424
**