Not Thy Will, But Mine

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I know, I know!  I messed up the title. 

But did I…really?

What is the attitude within that surmises, “I don’t really like what Your Word says so I’ll mix it up, change it around, deconstruct and hopefully come out with a ‘version’ I like better.”. . . ?

It’s actually the oldest excuse recorded: Twisting the Word of God for our own purposes. 

When the serpent came to Eve in the garden his question, “Is it really true. . . ?” created doubt within her. 

Now the serpent was more shrewd than any of the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” ~Genesis 3:1

Satan questioned God’s command, and then Eve engaged the serpent.  She listened to the doubt proposed and then added a bit of untruth herself.

“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” (3:2-3)

Did you see it?  She added a part God never said.  Was it just a poor memory? Possibly. But, probably not. Considering it was the only command given to them, the only rule they had to obey, I’m thinking she could have remembered it word for word.  But, no.  She added to God’s Word, making it say something He never said.  Well, just to be sure, let’s go back and look at it too:

The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it. Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.” (2:15-17)

God never said they couldn’t touch it.  Did you see that?  She added a prohibition He never gave. 

Now…you may say, “But Michelle, God commanded the man! The woman wasn’t created yet, so why blame her?” (Well, maybe you wouldn’t say that, but I would. I have a way of looking for loopholes that can be quite detrimental in the long run.  I blame Eve.) So, if you choose to go down that path, then read further in chapter 3.  Adam was there the whole time the serpent was talking to Eve. Go ahead, check it out . . .

When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.

She saw that is was good, it was attractive, and it was desirable.  But, it was forbidden.  She knew that. 

She was without excuse.  They were without excuse.  They knew the command.  Eve listened to the deceiver.  Then . . . she chose . . . to follow her own desires.  Adam did not step up and protect his woman!  He went right along with her (passive men, sheesh!), and; consequently, they both entered into a state of sin which brought death to their eternal bodies.  Immortality became mortal.  Why?

Because they did not follow God’s way. 

“Not Thy will, but mine.” 

What is the attitude within that surmises such a thing?

It’s the attitude which says, “I’ll question God’s command.  Maybe God doesn’t have my best interest at heart?”

Is it sin?  Adam and Eve had not sinned before eating the fruit.  It’s not a sin to question, but it is to go your own way.

“I’ll be my own boss, thankyouverymuch.  I know better than Him.”

All we like sheep have gone astray.  Each of us has turned to his own way . . .

“Not Thy will, but mine.”

Yet Jesus cried, “. . . How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!  Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! . . . “

It is our own obstinance. Our own desires leading the way.  And then we wonder, why has our house been left desolate? Why are we struggling?

Hmmm . . .

A change of attitude might just be in order . . .

. . . Not my will . . .

. . . but Thine.

He longs to gather us together under His wings.  Will you let Him?

All we like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way…

But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

~Isaiah 53:6

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16 responses »

  1. Sometimes and in some cases a change in attitude may ‘help’ – but so very often the real problem lies far DEEPER than a simple change in Attitude. ( Our attitude is like our internal ‘wallpaper’ in the remodeling you mentioned earlier. He requires some walls to be torn down, not papered over).

    If we say to ourselves – “YES! that sounds right – that is JUST what i want to do or i am doing” when reading your post it is likely that our attitude won’t change.

    We need something more than changing the focus of our thoughts – we need to change the SOURCE of them – remove the ‘i’ from it’s pride of place in our life.

    Many people will not have a clue how to go about that and will be forever condemned as a result.

    This life is not about ‘us’, centred about ‘me’ – contrary to popular belief.

    Those who believe it is may succeed in living a prosperous life down here, or not – but they will surely lose that which is greater – within them and within Him.

    <B

  2. For me, reading it, hearing it, speaking it, and writing it are all part of me being it. In Him, that is… or at least near Him.

    Otherwise, I don’t stand a chance.

  3. Hey, Darla and Gch! Thank Y’all!

    You know, Love, I think “change of attitude” could be stated another way. As God spoke to Cain…

    Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

    Countenance means “face”…your face has fallen…in other words, your attitude stinks. Sin is crouching at the door and we must rule over it. Why are there quarrels and conflicts among you? Because you want and do not have. (James 4?) It is our desires rising up within, I believe, which causes us to not be thankful for our life as it is. As those desires rise, our dissatisfaction with what we’ve been given, wanting something more to fulfill us than His Spirit…we reach out for things we imagine will satisfy. We dig our own cisterns, instead of drinking from The Well that will never run dry.

    That’s what I’m thinking…? What do you think?

    Me either, Ric. As soon as I decide to go it on my own, to be independent of His Word, His Spirit, and His Body…I lose it! I have to stay connected or I start sinking…fast!

  4. Hey, All Y’all!!

    I need to request prayer from anyone who feels led.

    I’m typing from the waiting room at the hospital while my father is having bypass surgery. He went in for an angiogram yesterday morning and they kept him for a double, possibly triple bypass.

    We’re hoping to hear something soon, but of course, the unexpectancy of it all has us on pins and needles. Anyway, any prayers you feel the Lord is leading you to pray are greatly appreciated…

    Thanks!

  5. Praying for your father, Michelle. And for you all.
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    And, like a sheep, I have surely gone astray again and again. Putting my will first, not His. Yet, when I cry out for His help, He is always at hand to pull me out of whatever muck I’ve fallen into. Sometimes he saves me from the muck even before I realise i’ve fallen into it!

  6. i know it’s a scary time Sis, but two things to keep at the front of our minds…

    His plan for us is better than the one we would choose for ourselves, long-term.

    and, modern medicine, while not 100% perfect, now means heart bypasses are not to be as feared as they once were. 🙂

    As He wills it so shouldl it be.

    i’ll come back to answer your previous q at a better time – ok? 😉

    May His Peace rest upon you and those you love, Sis.

    <B

  7. Thank y’all for the prayers!

    Dad did well, was even able to sit up for 30 minutes 8 hours after surgery. He had a double bypass. He’s still in the ICU and extremely weak, but the minute-by-minute care is phenomenal to watch. Nurses are God’s hands in action!

    Of course, he’s not out of the woods yet — strokes being a possibility for the next 24 hours.

    Anyway, thanks again. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. We know Who holds the future and we know Who holds our hands.

  8. Hey Sis – i trust Dad is well on the road to a recovery? 🙂

    As for what i think?

    i think i agree with what you wrote 🙂

    but i also thing we are looking at things from diferring perspectives.

    I think our ‘face’ and our mind that only sees things of matter and earth are forever corrupt and can not be made ‘perfect’, while our Spirit that is a Gift from God is able to lead us ‘perfectly – if we will but learn how to listen to it over our own mind/attitude.

    i believe we are to CHANGE our mind – replace it for something ‘higher’ and better and less corrupted.

    not simply wallpaper over our old one with some shiny ‘nrew-looking’ stuff that simply covers a foundation that will not ever change but needs complete total destruction from within what ‘we’ are.- or choose to follow. or we will, over time, revert to being true to ‘form’.

    does that make any sense?

    <B

  9. Yes, Love, it makes complete sense.

    Reminds me of Romans 12:1-2:

    Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

    We are transformed by the renewing of our mind through following the will of God. His will is well-known if we remain in His word. It’s only reasonable for us to present ourselves to God as a living sacrifice.

    Sacrificing my way for His way…

    So convicting…

    (Just rambling.)

  10. i find that sometimes a good ‘free’ ramble is the best avenue or path to a true understanding Sis – that’s a ‘ramble’ i would willingly take! 🙂

    To me we fail in trying to follow His Will, His Way by not ‘stepping out of’ or more accurately, sacrificing/dieing to our own mind and concept and actual ‘self’ (our consciousness) and ‘moving’ that consciousness ‘into’ the Gift of Grace we have ben promised. From there perfect things can be ‘grown’ and we would find it hard to impossible not to do His will. if we stay where ‘we’ are inside we are trapped into a corrupt source – our own will and choices – from which notihng ‘good’ can properly emerge. Though we might try as hard as ‘we’ can.

    Paul has many good passages in his letters to the Churches and the one you quoted from Romans was most suitable 🙂

    yet another ‘ramble’ 😉

    <B

  11. To stay inside ourselves certainly will not allow us to reach beyond our own corruption…amen! Death to self…alive to God. It’s much easier said than done, especially when He starts working deep. But it’s the only way to grow from glory to glory to glory…

    ♥ U, Love! 😉

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