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

God Is Moving

Good morning.

It is quiet today. Not so quiet as it’s been for these past six months, but still quiet compared to what it was like a year ago.

My heart breaks for all those that have suffered through these past months, the loss of loved ones, finances and health have certainly taken a toll on those around us.

But, if I am honest – and I have a tendency to be painfully honest – I have enjoyed these months of forced separation. As I have previously admitted, I am a ‘home-body’; preferring to be at home with a hot cup of coffee and either my Bible or a good book. (And I have read quite a few during this shutdown, but I will save that for later.)

I have wondered what the Lord was doing in this pandemic; why He was allowing it and how He was using it to bring about His perfect will. I have heard more than one minister, Christian talk-show host, or prophecy scholar say that it was giving us time to press into the Lord; to abide under His wings and walk closer into His perfect will.

The pause basically left us with time to spend on our relationship with Him – took us away from the outside influences that seem to suck up all of our time and attention, took us away from each other, and left us with only Him to turn to.

And I have seen that here, in my life.

I had been asking for more time to spend with Him, more time to spend in His Word and in conversation with Him. I am in no way suggesting that my prayer for a closer walk is what brought about this enforced shutdown; but it turned out to be an answer to my prayers nonetheless.

Through things going on with me personally and things that are going on in the lives of those closest to me, I have found my faith and my trust in my Heavenly Father growing exponentially.

It is when you have had your earthly support system stripped away, when you are forced to stand alone and face an uncertain future, that His strength is what we need to rely on.

Over the years I had my earthly support system taken from me, leaving me standing alone with just Jesus to turn to; and I have learned that He is really all that I need. These past months have solidified that knowledge for me; and because of my acknowledgment of my complete dependence on Him, He has begun to rebuild my support system with at least one person that is so strong in the faith, it makes me crave that same depth of Spirit-filled life.

And, Praise God! He is leading me into a Holy-Spirit-led existence that far exceeds anything I have ever known. He is leading me in my prayer life, in a spiritual battle for people around me, showing me how to use the power of Jesus’ name to fight for family and friends.

And I am seeing, and feeling, evidence of His love and mercy.

I have a family member that has been suffering through debilitating physical injuries and financial loss due to losing his job. I have been praying for his healing and have had my ‘mentor’ praying also. It was during a phone call with this person that they began to pray for the suffering family member, and as they prayed, thoughts came into my head. And with each thought that came into my mind, the person praying began to pray those exact things. Soon, tears were running down my face as I realized that God was moving within the situation and was both hearing my thoughts and directing the prayer. And when this person began to pray for me, and how I was to respond to my concern for the hurting family member, I immediately felt a Presence at my shoulder and saw a ‘form’ out of the corner of my eye. And then I could feel an actual physical warmth and pressure on my arms and sides as if someone had wrapped a heavy, warm blanket tightly around me. It was not my imagination, but a physical pressure and weight that enveloped me like a blanket. I was bathed in the warmth and love of my Savior, filled to overflowing with His presence and strength.

I have spent many a time on my knees, tears streaming down my face for loved ones, claiming the power of Jesus’ blood, shed at the cross, crying out for healing and restoration; and have gotten clear assurance that He is in control of these situations and that I am to lean into Him and trust Him while He works through them.

And, with my growing faith and prayer life, I have continued to pray for this nation.

One of the books I have read is “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. This book inspired me to find photos online of the White House, the Capital Building and the Supreme Court and to pray over them as I circle them with my finger.

I watch the riots and destruction going on in liberal cities and again wonder why the Lord is allowing it. I have come up with a few possibilities.

  1. He will continue to expose the corruption and evil that is rampant and use the knowledge to reach the people and bring about a world-wide awakening.
  2. He will use this to bring about the complete control of the nation to the socialists and usher in a time of persecution of all those that oppose them.
  3. He will use this to bring about the complete collapse of this nation; which will set the stage for the Rapture and the seven year Tribulation.
  4. All of the above in whatever order He so chooses.

But, whatever His will, I think it will be powerful and unmistakable.

And maybe that is why He is allowing these things to happen at this time. To get our attention away from this world. To focus our attention back on Him and to prepare us for what is coming.

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