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Summary: As we consider how life test each individual we consider Have to? Need to? Like to? Want to? What hinders so from real spiritual growth? Lord, open the eyes of our hearts. We need Godly vision!

TEST: MY DILEMMA: DO I HAVE TO? VS. DO I WANT TO?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com (Two part?)

I love to start with a question: WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY? What makes us angry? Can we control our anger and attitudes? Near sighted? Far sighted? Tunnel vision? Night blindness? Total blindness…

LORD OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART AND MIND… The greatest distance in the world is the average 18 inches between the brain and the heart…

*Dilemma: a difficult, persistent problem, unpleasant choice, situation to have to make a choice, to have a problem with hard choices…

*HAVE TO---, *NEED TO---, *LIKE TO--- *WANT TO---

WE SEE THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY? CONSIDER LIFE’S PERSPECTIVES… LIFE CAN DISTORT OUR VISION: THE BLIND MAN SAID: YES, I CAN SEE --- I SEE MEN AS TREES?

1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT2) Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG) We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

THE TEST? WE TRAIN OUR KIDNEYS AND BOWELS? WHY CAN’T WE CONTROL; OUR WORDS, ACTIONS, REACTION, HAVE TO---, NEED TO---, WANT TO---, LIKE TO---?

A baby lays in the crib and watches. The baby learns to CRY and get ANGRY to grab someone’s attention. After a while the baby’s crying and pitching a fit becomes less and less effective as the baby grows. Training adults might be difficult at best. Soon the baby’s effective cry fades. The baby learns how to crawl, when the cry doesn’t work, the BABY LEARNS I CAN CRAWL… THE BABY STARTS CRAWLING, everyone gives more attention. You have to move things around.

Wow, that works pretty well. Then the TODDLER sees WALKING is much better than crawling. Fall down? Get up? Fall down, falling down hurts? Soon the toddler walks more and more until he seldom falls. Watching other kids run and play… tag, hide and seek… THAT SURE BEATS CRAWLING, WALKING AND IT IS MUCH FASTER. Soon out comes the TRICYCLE that is better. Then the BICYCLE is so much better. EACH PHASE HAS A LEARNING CURVE. There are pains, scrapes and bruises… BUT WITH THE PAIN COMES PROGRESS. Before long that sleek Mustang goes speeding by… THIS DRIVING IS A BIG STEP TO FREEDOM and ADULTHOOD. I want to quit crying, crawling, walking, running… MY GOAL IS SIMPLE MAY I LEARN IN LIFE--- OTHERS CORRECTING ME MIGHT BE OK --- BUT SELF-DISCIPLINE AND SELF-CORRECTION ---- I WANT TO… NOT I HAVE TO…

I SO DESIRE TO LEAVE A LEGACY OF LOVE IN ACTION, NOT ANGER IN REACTION… MAY OUR SPIRITUAL EYES FOCUS ON ETERNAL VALUE SYSTEMS IN MY HEART, THE RULING CENTER OF MY SPIRIT PERSON.

LORD, OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART! LORD HELP ME UNDERSTAND… HELP ME REALLY UNDERSTAND THE DILEMMA OF HAVE TO---, NEED TO---, LIKE TO---, WANT TO---. Submit to the everlasting arms of God?

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

AM I HAPPY? WHO DO I BLAME FOR WHERE I AM IN MY ATTITUDES? DO I DESIRE TO BE HAPPIER?

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

DO I NEED TO STAY THE COURSE AND STAY THE SAME? IS THERE SOMETHING I NEED TO CHANGE? IF SO WHAT IS IT THAT I NEED TO CHANGE…? When?

There was a little man in the rest home. With the challenges he faced he was always under the care of others. We would say: HOW ARE YOU DOING, BO? His standard answer was “AWL, I AM HOLDING ON…” I have often thought about Bo’s observation of life? “AWL, I AM HOLDING ON…”

JOB 14: 14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

Is my goal just to hang on? Have to? Need to? Like to? Want to? LIFE IS ABOUT YOUR MENIAL DAILY CHOICES?

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