Philippians 3:13b-15 ... This one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (ahead of us), I press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect (mature), be thus minded (have the mind of Christ), and if anything you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

We forget that when we become born again, we aren't our own anymore.  We really truly belong to Him ... He bought and paid for us, but He will not negate our free will to refuse to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in us. 

People may say ... "If God wants me to do a certain thing, He can sure tell me, and I'll do it."  Well, do you listen to the Holy Spirit Who is in you?  He is telling you what He wants you to do.  Are you doing it?  I can truthfully say that a lot of times He has told me something that He wants me to do ... and I say, "I'll do that later." 

WHAT IS WRONG WITH NOW?  When we want something, we want it NOW!  But when God wants something, we say, "I'll do that later."  He wants it NOW too.  If you expect a "NOW" response from Him, then He expects a "NOW" response from you.

If He didn't care whether you do it now or a week from now ... OK, then you have the latitude of not doing it now.  But you had better know the difference.  Unfortunately we don't always pay attention to that ... we want to do what we want to do, and the Holy Spirit is trying to pull us out of that.  He's continually ministering to us, continually talking to us.

We sometimes hit the "mute button" because we don't want to hear what He is telling us.  

Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler 




John 3:16

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