9/7/13: Have It Your Way

A popular fast food restaurant launched a national campaign some years ago announcing that if you ate at their place you could “have it your way.” That advertising slogan was so successful that those of us who watched any television during that era would know exactly which food chain used that catchy phrase.

My mother used that phrase in quite a different way. Whenever I would exercise my headstrong tendencies, she would sometimes back off of what she was trying to get me to do or understand and calmly say, “Okay, have it your way.” Initially, I’d be excited about the victory I perceived I gained, but I’d soon come to realize that Momma had only given me enough rope to hang myself. The consequences of whatever I was plunging headlong into were treacherous and I wished I had listened to and obeyed my mother.

The entire book of Jeremiah and a passage from 2 Thessalonians echoes the tone of my mom’s warning. In a nutshell, Jeremiah’s message was, “Since you won’t turn from your sins and turn back to God, all kinds of destruction is coming. You’ll be sorry, but have it your way.”

Paul tells the Thessalonians:

  • The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJ)

The days are coming (or are they already upon us) when through Satan’s ability, signs, lying wonders, and unrighteous deception, people who refuse to receive the love of the truth, will believe Satan’s lies and make it impossible for themselves to be saved. Refusing to believe the truth and having pleasure in one’s own unrighteous acts is a deadly combination.

How can we tell if this spirit is creeping in? Here’s the test:

  1. Present a clear, concise, and indisputable presentation of one of God’s truths.
  2. Listen for the bottom line reason why the person refuses to believe the truth. That reason will be, “I just don’t want to believe it; God can’t really be saying that.”
  3. Understand that the reason behind the person’s refusal to believe is that he/she does not want to change his/her ways.
  4. The only thing left for you to say is, “Have it your way,” because you know what the consequences of refusing to obey God will be.

Oh, by the way, are there any of God’s truths you refuse to believe? As you run headlong toward consequences you won’t like, I’m shaking my head as I sorrowfully say, “Have it your way.”

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~ by sanewriter on September 7, 2013.

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