I can’t give up my will; I must exercise it. Will is the whole person active. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of what should be, the question is never what he will do but what I will do.

Has the Lord been putting some big decisions before you? The best thing to do, as you consider your course of action, is to think back on what you did when you first were saved or realized some truth. Do you remember how easy it was to give allegiance to God? Recall those moments now as the Spirit of God brings new possibilities before you, asking you to be loyal to him.

Serving the Lord is a deliberate choice, not something you drift into. Everything else is put on hold until you choose. The decision is between you and God; you must not “consult any human being” (Galatians 1:16). With every new crossroads, other people’s ability to understand your specific situation diminishes, and that is where the strain comes in. God allows the opinions of his children to continue to matter to you, and yet you are brought more and more to a place where others can’t understand the steps you’re taking. What God is doing with you isn’t their business—but neither is it yours. You have no business trying to find out where God is leading you. The only thing God will explain to you is himself.

Profess to God, “I will be loyal.” The moment you choose to be loyal to Jesus Christ, you become a witness against your own selfishness and self-interest. Will to be loyal—and give other people proper credit for being loyal, too.

Wisdom from Oswald

Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? Am I exhibiting the life that men take knowledge of as having been with Jesus, or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately determined to have my own way? It is a great thing to tell yourself the truth.
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