And just what is a reservation?
It is the act of keeping back, or withholding. A limiting condition or making a exception.
This is what a reservation is.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I , but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me , and gave himself for me.”
We often speak of the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit, but we fail to mention the path to that power, lies beyond the Cross. Our cross.
We stress the fact that Jesus Cross has paid the full price for us ;
And let drop, that the only way for us to know the reality of HIs presence and power in our everyday lives, is to do what The Lord Jesus clearly stated:
Matthew 16:24-25 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself , and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”
We must lose our self-life, if we will gain our Christ’s life. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives comes as we, by our wills, deny our self-life. Then the Holy Spirit is not limited in our lives, and we can find our Christ lives, in this circumstance.
Galatians 2:20 (above)
No one is crucified until he no longer resists the Lord’s Will in anything.
This is not instant Obedience. But final Obedience.
Once this is done, we can expect the blessings He has for us.
But you cannot hold on to your life in yourself, and have that which He has for you.
There are no detours in this Way. It is always straight and narrow, before you.
Acts 5:12 “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.”
They were all with one accord. The Lord’s accord. They were all in subjection to the Lord’s Will.
They were all individuals, saved by grace, gathered to see the Lord’s Will done in the Church….with each in there place in that meeting–praying, singing, speaking,–each to see that Christ was honored there. The motive of all their actions was love of Christ.
Is He not able to abundantly bring His Will to pass?
Certainly! But He seeks our willing cooperation with Him, in our lives.
He seeks that fellowship with us as Friend to friend.
Well, then, what is it that hinders us from having all this?
We simply have not met the conditions.
Our message is : Without Reservations.
And this we have plenty of. We need to get honest with God about our reservations; And be done with them.
There should be no open door behind us….so that we can go back to our old life.
But be committed wholly and fully to Him–without reservations.
The danger of anything less than a full and complete surrender is set forth in the example of Saul the 1st King of Israel.
1 Samuel 15:1-3 “Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid in wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
Here were clear instructions. All he had to do was what he was told.
But what happened?
1 Samuel 15:7-9 “And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep and of the oxen, and of the fatlings,and the lambs, and all that was good, and WOULD NOT utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.”
Was that what Saul was told to do?
The real danger of not being in subjection to the Word, is that you make it say things it just does not say.
1 Samuel 15:10-11 ” Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying , It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: FOR HE IS TURNED BACK FROM FOLLOWING ME, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night”
If not subjection to God’s Word then you are choosing to turn your back on following the Lord. And God rejected Saul for this. Here is the final end of all who continue in having reservations.
1 Samuel15:13 ” And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”
What is this: But Saul’s version of the Lord’s Will? And what of us? Are we obeying the Lord’s Will for our lives…or our version of it? With all our reservations concerning it?
1 Samuel 15:14-15 “And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen , to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
They have brought. The people have spared.
None of that made any difference…for they were Saul’s army; he should have been in charge; seeing to the Lord’s Will.
1 Samuel 15:17-21 “And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight , wast thou made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel? And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obey the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which SHOULD HAVE been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.”
Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord. And probably thought he had.
After all, what is wrong with a little trophy? I am a king, and all the kings do it! And surely God would be grateful for all those sacrifices?
Whenever we start to decide what is God’s Word to us, and what is not , we have become : TOO BIG in our own eyes.
When we say, this does not apply, or that does not apply to me; that may be fine for her or him, but it does not fit me and my life…I don’t have to do it.
When ever that happens, you have reservations. You are too big in your own eyes.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE, AND TO HEARKEN THAN THE FAT OF RAMS. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
There is nothing that will take the place of OBEDIENCE.
No matter what it costs you!
There was no honesty with Saul about his disobedience. No setting it right with God. He thought he had the right to CHANGE God’s Word to him, when it suited him.
Our message is : Without Reservation.
And this is what our life for the Lord should be…Without reservations.
We should be rid of our reservations about being obedient to God ,and His Word to us.
Nothing we can gain, by refusing to obey , will make up for what we will lose.
We are to lose our self-life, to gain our Christ’s life.
Or we will lose our Christ’s life, to gain what our reservations have placed above God:
Applause from others.
What are your reservations?
Isn’t it time you removed them?