All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way.
~Isaiah 53:6, NASB
Right in the middle of PRIDE and SIN is the unbending and stiff-necked I.
David said in Psalm 10, The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks, “God won’t hold me accountable; I can do as I please.” Adam and Eve had a choose between two trees: the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. Jack Taylor said there are two trees in every garden: the tree of self and the tree of Christ. Each day we are forced to make a choice between the two: we will either live to please ourselves or we live to please Him who created us for His pleasure. David said in Psalm 40:8, I take joy in doing your will, my God. Jesus fulfilled this verse perfectly as He lived daily to please His Father. My one goal in life is to please Christ. Years ago, I attended a Jack Taylor/Bill Stafford bible conference and became acquainted with a little gospel tract called NOT I BUT CHRIST. There is a little poem in that tract that states today’s principle so well…
Lord, bend that proud and stiffnecked “I,”
Help me to bow the neck and die,
Beholding Him on Calvary,
Who bowed His Head for me.
Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord,
Oh, to be lost in Thee;
Oh, that it might be no more I,
But Christ that lives in me.
I cannot state the truth any clearer than what you just read. By default, we insist on having our way but there comes a time in the life of grace where you realize; it is not worth it. Lord Jesus, by your marvelous grace save me from myself.
You never know what a day will bring. Of all things, June had a gall bladder attack yesterday and we were at the ER until almost 10 pm last night. I had to prepare our TG turkey when I got home so it was after mid-night before I retired. Therefore, I am late on the blog but I wanted to post because I have missed so many this past month. I have a ton of things to do today and so I must get started. I do hope you have a happy THANKSGIVING. At this time, I do not know if I will post tomorrow or not.