Not So Lord
Vance Havner taught important truth from those three words.
Acts 10:13-14: And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
Havner pointed out that if we say to God not so Lord He is not truly our Lord and if He is truly our Lord we won*t say not so to Him. Those three words do not belong together. We need Him to be the Lord of our salvation AND we need Him to be the Lord of our lives. We need to stop saying not so Lord.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Notice that it is not just one step that is ordered by the Lord. It is many. We are not to try to receive Jesus and then go our own way. When we find that first and most important step to Him was wonderful we will be willing to take many more steps with Him. It might be a year of the Lord*s steps or it might be 80 or 90 years of them, depending upon your age and your longevity. He wants to order your steps for the rest of your life. We NEED to have Him order our steps for the rest of our lives.
When I first got saved I wondered if the Psalms passage meant that I would be delighted in the Lord*s way or if He would be delighted in mine. I have learned that it is both. That is what our relationship with Him can be and should be. It should be walking in His will, delighting Him and delighting in His will.
Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Proverbs 11:20: They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.