2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. NKJV
I first heard this story I am about to share from a sermon by Dr. Adrian Rogers, but I have subsequently heard others share the same story in other sermons and articles and devotions written. A boy (maybe 7 or 8) was misbehaving rather terribly and his Father or Mother repeatedly kept telling him to sit down, but he would not. After a period of time past and the boy still would not obey, the Parent (Father or Mother) took him by the arm and walked him to a chair and sat him in it forcefully. The boy looked up at the Parent and replied, “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m still standing up on the inside.” How appropriate is this story to the title of this article. This little boy represents all sinners of every era of all races, classes, and cultures. Man’s will since the fall is obstinately opposed to the will of God.
Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. (NKJV)
The heart of man is so wicked and deceitful that it will rationalize to the point of ruin. Why do you think there are many different belief systems throughout our world today and in times past? Every cult that has ever been founded in the past and present is because man wants his own will and not God’s will. The occult is a result of the same obstinacy and disobedience Eve displayed in the garden when she listened to the serpent’s lies and the enemy is still offering those same lies to men and women today, the power to be as God. Today there are men and women witches and wizards sitting in Orthodox Evangelical Churches having never repented and turned from that evil thinking they are right with the True God (Yahweh) mixing the occult with the sacred believing they are right in their own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. NKJV
Man wants his will and not the clear will of God revealed in the Word of God. Some people will claim the Word of God cannot be trusted because it was written by men and therefore it must be corrupted because men are corrupt. Others will hear the Word of God but twist the Scriptures to fit the life pattern or lifestyle they desire to live. For example, the men and women who teach that the God of the Bible wants every person healthy and wealthy always fall in these two categories, some of them are wolves in sheep’s clothing fleecing men and women of their money to make themselves rich, while others are simply misinterpreting Scripture from ignorance. Both will lead to the same eternal destruction for the teacher and the hearer of the error no matter whether it is done from malice intent or ignorance of the truth. Just like the little boy in our story above they are still standing up on the inside refusing to bow the knee to the will of God. However, the One True God says clearly, “As I live say the Lord, every knee will bow to Me and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.” Jesus Christ is Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.
Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. NKJV
Finally, this was not only true during the time when Israel only had judges in the land, but it reins true today all over the world. It is not something new today to hear men and women say that what is true for you may not be true for me as if there are many truths. This is one of the oldest of all deceptions. Truth is never relative, but always absolute. The Bible for many centuries has been handled in a similar manner, where people over many years have said that a passage of Scripture might mean one thing to one person and another thing to someone else. When our Lord spoke to the disciples, He did not mean for His words to mean something to Peter that it did not mean to John. When He spoke to them, His words meant the same thing to each one of them. One of the clearest passages in the Scripture of the will of God for His children is 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. In this section of Scripture Paul tells us plainly that Jesus Christ’s commands are for His sons and daughters to abstain from sexual immorality and in verse 8 Paul says that if anyone rejects this they are not rejecting him (a mere man), but they are rejecting God. However, we find today that many are ordaining men and women homosexuals as Priest, Bishops, and Pastors in many places deemed to be Christian Churches, clearly rejecting God and they are like the little boy sitting down on the outside, but still standing on the inside refusing to bow the knee and receive Jesus Christ for who He is LORD!
1 Timothy 1:8-11 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. NKJV
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you --- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. NKJV
"Greater Works" — My Utmost For His Highest for 10/17/2012
And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. — John 14:12
Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a common-sense exercise of our higher powers in order to prepare us for God's work. In the teaching of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of Redemption in me which produces the miracle of Redemption in others by the power of God. The way fruit remains is by prayer, but remember it is prayer based on the agony of Redemption, not on my agony. Only a child gets prayer answered; a wise man does not.
Prayer is the battle; it is a matter of indifference where you are. Whichever way God engineers circumstances, the duty is to pray. Never allow the thought - "I am of no use where I am;" because you certainly can be of no use where you are not. Wherever God has dumped you down in circumstances pray, [spontaneously cry out] to Him all the time. "Whatsoever ye ask in My name, that will I do." We won't pray unless we get thrills, that is the intensest form of spiritual selfishness. We have to labour along the line of God's direction, and He says pray. "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest."
There is nothing thrilling about a labouring man's work, but it is the labouring man who makes the conceptions of the genius possible; and it is the labouring saint who makes the conceptions of his Master possible. You labour at prayer and results happen all the time from His standpoint. What an astonishment it will be to find, when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.
By Oswald Chambers
Dear Heavenly Father, You are so longsuffering to all humanity and desire all to come to repentance and believe the gospel and receive Your unmerited grace which brings salvation to mankind and that grace which teaches us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world I pray that this day every heart that hears these words would receive such mercy from Your Hand through Christ Jesus my Lord. Amen!!!
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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