CONTRADICTION: when it is either one or the other

She was an accomplished pianist who had played for major concerts and received great honours.  She had a brilliant future ahead of her in the world of classical music. She had devoted many years to constant practice and was about to realise her dreams of playing in a renowned symphony orchestra.

She had a problem and discussed it with her pastor. She really wanted to surrender her whole life to Christ, but she was afraid that He would ask her to give up her music.

After discussing the situation, the pastor opened the Scriptures to Acts 10:14 where Peter had said “Not so, Lord” and he explained the contradiction of terms in those words.

If Christ was Peter’s Lord, he had no right to say “Not so”
If Peter had a right to say “Not so” then he could not say “Lord”

The pastor wrote the three words  “Not so” and “Lord” on a piece of paper and told the young lady to make a choice.  Either she had to cross out “Not so” or she must cross out “Lord”.  It was one or the other.

The young lady, after much anguish, crossed out the “Not so” and the pastor records that the Lord greatly used her and her music in His service for many years.

How often do WE try to say, “Not so, Lord”?

How often do we make our own decisions and go our own way,
without regard to His will?

Can we truly say “LORD”?

We can, when we know from experience that He only wants the very best for us and that HIS choice is ALWAYS the best.  We can never outgive God, because He is no man’s debtor and – as CH Spurgeon said – He always uses a bigger shovel.

A few lines from the hymn of contradictions by George Matheson says it well:
Make me a CAPTIVE Lord,
And then I shall be FREE.
Force me to render up my sword
And I shall conqueror be.

My will is not my own
Till Thou hast made it Thine.

John 8:36
If the Son makes you free, you shall be FREE INDEED.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price.
Therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

# The Lordship of Christ is neither optional nor negotiable  (anon)
# Where Christ does not rule, sin does.  (J I Packer)
# Opposition to the divine will is the very essence of all sin  (David Thomas)
# Calling Jesus “Lord” means death to our own will, and resurrection only comes when we have died to all our own plans.  (Sinclair Ferguson)


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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11 Responses to CONTRADICTION: when it is either one or the other

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Hi Angela,

    He is commonly referred to as “Lord”, but how many of us really have Him as Lord of our lives? It is one thing to give Him that title…. it is another thing to actually have Him as Lord of our lives.

    May we all ask ourselves … ” And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
    (Luke 6:46)

    Thank you for another blessing. May he richly bless you. Merry Christmas

    • So true Rob. Your comments remind me of another word taken lightly. The KJV uses the word ‘yield’ where modern versions use ‘present’. To me, ‘yield’ carries the meaning of absolute surrender, with no ifs, buts or maybes, whereas ‘present’ is wishy-washy by comparison. “Lord” can have only one meaning: that of absolute Master – no ifs, buts or maybes.

      What an incredibly amazing God we serve!

  2. I just wrote about this subject also. Handing over control to the Lord and marveling as He brings to most amazing reality into existence, or holding on tight and wondering why everything falls to pieces.. It is hard and it takes great faith, but it is worth it! Great post!

    • It is hard to hand over control to another person, but the better we know that person, the easier it is. I have been happily married for more than 52 years and I have no trouble allowing my hubby to have control because I know and love and trust him.

      I have known, loved and served my loving heavenly Father through the Lord Jesus for more than 54 years. I have experienced the REALITY of His work in me and through me and the REALITY of His abiding presence and His care and undertaking for me. How could I NOT trust Him? Yes – I sometimes do, but He ALWAYS convicts me and draws me back to Himself and proved yet again that He is faithful!

      What an amazing God!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Cloudwatcher – thank you for reminding us it is all or nothing when we choose or reject the Lord. This is consistent with His Word which says – “Follow Me”. We cannot follow if we are double-minded on who or what is Lord.

    • You are so right. We can be half-hearted about many things and we can also be double-minded about things . . . but NEVER when it comes to our relationship with the living God.

      No blood-bought, adopted child of the living God has ANY right to run his own life, or to follow his own will. We BELONG to Him – and this is NOT negative, because He abundantly blesses those who obey Him and love Him unreservedly.

      Christ IS Lord! I own His power,
      His right to rule each day and hour.
      I own His claim on heart and will
      And His demands I will fulfill.

  4. Anna Popescu says:

    Love this one, Cloudwatcher! Thank you for sharing it with us!


  5. speaklife1 says:

    What an awesome message….thank you for your faithfulness….and may God continue to use you for our good and His Glory!

    Minister Glenda

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