FREEWILL OR PREDESTINATION “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/8/20
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a Church in Texas.)
For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27, NKJV)
God has a purpose for your life. He’s already planned out your days, lined up the different scenes, and established your ending. Today’s Scripture asks, “Who can stop it? Who will turn it back?” God is saying, “I’m the all-powerful Creator of the universe. Now, who can stop My plan for your life? Who can change your ending? People can’t, unfair situations can’t, tragedy can’t. I have the final say.” When you feel like you’re on a life detour, when you come to a dead-end with something you don’t understand, don’t get upset or live frustrated. It’s just one scene. When all the scenes of your life come together, it’s going to work out for your good. What looks like a setback is really God setting you up to get you to the fullness of your destiny. Stay in peace, knowing that God is directing your steps. Even the detours, the dead ends, and the U-turns will work to your advantage.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the promise that You always cause me to triumph in the end. Thank You that You are directing my steps and working out Your purpose for my life. I’m going to stay in peace knowing that no one and nothing can stop Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Interesting concept, karma (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existence.) The message above seems to intimate to me that we are simple robots. That our life has already been decided. That even heaven or hell is a forgone conclusion. The elect are saved and the lost are not. And that GOD decided all of that before we were born. So I am just a robot. And regardless of my freewill I must write this to you today?
But God lives in a different dimension than we do, 1 Cor 13. We live in a time dimension but HE does not. So the scriptures concerning election are from God’s foreknowledge eternal dimension. But we are locked into a temporary time dimension and only see yesterday and today. We are working out our salvation in faith and expectancy. But our Creator already knows how the story ends through HIS absolute foreknowledge. so in creating freewill HE allowed for evil. Pride and Rebellion to exist and it was not his choice but HE takes responsibility as the Creator of all things. For freewill to be valid there must be choice. Thus the tree in the garden of good and evil. And Adam taking the world into the darkness and Jesus coming to help us find the light. And when all is said and done the final outcome will be the creation of HIS FAMILY. An honest family of eternal souls who will be loving, humble and obedient by choice but not a bunch of programmed robots. Then a new heaven and a new earth of righteousness.
Foreknowledge is the Key, found in Acts 2:23, 2:31, 1 Peter 1:2 and Rom.8:29-30
“For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was [k] aware and [l] loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. 30 And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].
So in our Creator’s eternal dimension of absolute foreknowledge HE knew already, before he created the first atom out of HIS energy what would happen with us in our limited dimension capsule of time. He knew what lucifer would do like any good architect. He knew what Adam would do. and HE knew what Jesus would do. He knew what I would do in writing to you. HE had the blueprints down pat before HE started Creation. But does that make it any less me in doing what I do if I have freewill and do in time what HE already knew what I would do with my freewill in time? Am I not still responsible for doing what I do, good or bad. Did I not sit down and write because I wanted to? At least God thinks so. So we see that the blueprints of the building are not the building. Not that we did not know that. But around 14 billion light years ago our Creator started on a project to make HIMSELF a family. A family of righteousness in humility and obedience. And today in time we have an open door to become a part of HIS family if we exercise our freewill to do so. And today in time I am writing to you because HE ask me to but out of my own freewill. No manipulation, no threats, no bribes and no controls, not like in a robot. I am doing what I want to do. And you are doing what you want to do in reading or deleting this e-mail. But you will be asked in the resurrection to account for your actions on earth as also will everyone including me. And I do hope you make it into HIS FAMILY…. The alternative is not that great. A soul without body, light or God, in a void…
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