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Free-will choices


Recently in the news a female Senator pointed to the book of Daniel to say that a certain candidate was appointed by God.
It does say that all that come to lead a nation is placed there by God. However, it clearly states that some may be lowly.
A prime example of lowly would be Hitler.
Now I am not comparing any candidate to Hitler, but both candidates do in the truest definition of the word qualify for the lowly department.
In a recent post I explained that Christian of their own accord and free-will with a full understanding of the Bible are to only seek out those that are called “servant leaders.”
Three candidates qualified for this description and two of them clearly used that description. None made it to the candidacy of neither major party, nor any others running for the office with any large support meet it either.
God gave humanity “free-will.”
Does this mean we will make the right choice?
Well since humanity is at its base corrupt the answer to that question in a majority of the time we will fail.
Mark 7:21 – For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.
That is why we have the Bible. This is the tool we are to study, to learn and use when it comes time to make major decisions such as that which has been happening this year and is still before us in November.
What I am about to say is now documented fact.
Since two people clearly stated that they were “servant leaders,” and yet never made it to become the candidate for their respective party. Then due to the free-will of humanity, and the lack of understanding of the teachings found in Matthew and Mark. Those citizens that felt they were following the Bible yet did not vote for either of the servant leaders failed God.
Now this nation must deal with the ramifications of this uneducated selection.
How to correct it is to become a student of the Bible and to hold those in all political office responsible.
What was required that any that have been in office for more than twelve years should have been voted out of office. This again in many cases was not done. So again this nation must deal with the ramifications.
How to correct it going forward from this point.
Look for servant leaders, which know the Bible and follow it as best they can.
If they or their party denies God… do not vote for them.
If they or their party supports the death of the innocent called abortion…. Do not vote for them.
If they or their party supports immorality and sin…. Do not vote for them.
This will get you back on the right track to start with.
What is more important is to learn the Bible, especially if you have asked Christ to be your Savior.
Do not take the words of other, but your own understand of the Bible.
Then pray to God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ for help for the trying times we are about to enter into as we head into the next level of judgment from God.

The free-will dilemma: The Judas factor


Judas is one of the most known and obvious examples of free-will ever in Christianity, but he is the one person I personally have never heard anyone ever talk about in this manner. Why? Most likely due to that fact that doing so they loss anyway of escaping the truth. The truth that we can due to our free-will choice decide to literally betray Jesus Christ and ultimately His Father the Creator of the universe.
We must remember that Jesus Christ picked out those that were to be His disciples. Each one had the potential of doing great things in the in service of God. We must also remember that the Bible clearly states that ALL the disciples did miracles. It did not say eleven of them did and Judas was off to the side watching, it was ALL of them. So per the Bible when the Pharisees accuse Jesus of being of Satan it says this:
Matthew 12:24 – But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
So since all of the disciples performed miracles and cast out demons in the name of Jesus all were one with Christ and God.
Yet would Judas be allowed into heaven? Those that preach “once saved always saved,” must say yes, nevertheless they can’t for it is made clear that Judas is seen as unclean as is shown in the beginning of the book of Acts.
This in absolute clarity makes it shown that the man-made doctrine of “once saved always saved” is a creation of humanity. A creation that permits and allows sin to live on and not lead to salvation but to the same damnation that Judas is to suffer.
Judas desired the world over Christ, for he sought out worldly compensation for his act of betrayal against the Son of God. This is the same sin that most now suffer from. They seek after worldly comforts and rewards, not realizing that they are in fact rejecting their Savior. Why? Because they do not realize they are doing so for people are not saying what needs to be said and what needs to be heard. Which is why the once proud nation of the United States of America is in dire straits.
Most are living in a religion they think is “Christian,” but in reality it is not. In most places that were once called “churches” people glorify their power over the world and seek out more and more rewards from the creation than from the Creator, when it is Christ they should be asking for help from. In many of these buildings sins are be allowed into them. Sins that caused entire cites to be destroyed in a rain of fire several thousand years ago, yet those within them think they are one with God, when in reality they are one with the betrayer of the Creator of all the universe.
This is all due to our free-will. A free-will that is both a curse and a blessing. A free-will that should be used to place God at the center of every single action that we do. From simple things like driving down the road and following the speed limit. To difficult things like picking a servant leader to not only head our church but our nation. For people have not been correctly taught that God MUST be involved in every decision that we make, not just those that have to deal with a group of people that call themselves a “church,” but from how we speak to others to how we choose to live in a modest house instead of a seeking after luxury.
God and His Son must be in every single thing we do. We must ask ourselves will this glorify God, will this please God, will this honor God? Trust me. This is hard to do. It is something I struggle with every single day of my life, but it is the way we are to be if we truly wish to serve the Creator of ALL the Lord our God through His Son the true Savior, Jesus Christ.

The “free-will” dilemma continued


At the end of last Friday’s post I ended it with the following verses from the Bible:
Matthew 7:20 – Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
I have had a burden on my heart since placing these precious words our Savior spoke nearly two thousand years ago. What I was drawn too was verse 22:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
Now in particular it is the question of “and in thy name have cast out devils?”
I am reminded of when Christ Himself was accused of being the devil. His answer was this:
Matthew 12:24 – But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
So here is the key to my point. These people in all honesty will stand before Christ and ask this question of Him and He will respond:
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
When we are one with God through the saving grace of Jesus Christ, He Himself made it clear, that we will be able to do anything in His name even to the point of moving a mountain. So if these people in all honestly in their hearts say that they prophesied in His name, if they cast out devils in His name and did wondrous works in His name per Matthew 12 they did. Why? For they were against Satan when they did it. They were one with God through Christ’s salvation.
Now once again I draw your attention to John 15 and in particular these verses.
1- I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
It is made clear in these verses these key points:
First Jesus Christ in the “true vine”
Second God His father is the “husbandman” which means he is the one who controls the growth of the vine, His Son, and the Body of Christ which are those that profess He is their Savior.
Third is the warning that “every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away.” It does not go to the glory but the warning. Why? To place the emphasis upon the fact that we can be removed. Remember this is Jesus Christ Himself speaking to his disciples. They are His personally chosen and yet He makes it clear that there is a cost for not staying one with Him. Did not Judas learn this?
Fourth is the counsel for those that are faithful and do bear fruit, but with the understanding that by doing so there will be times of trials and tribulation. Why? Not only to strength those that are bearing fruit for God, but also to see if you can handle the pressures that come with this great responsibility. When we show we can overcome and stay faithful unto Christ, God rewards us by causing us to bear even more fruit for His glory than before.
Fifth is the statement of purification and that is reached through knowing the words of Jesus Christ, which is the Bible. This also implies that if you do not maintain insight into Christ through the Bible you can become unclean.
Sixth the statement of commitment. “Abide in me, and I in you.”
Abide – meno – I remain, abide, stay, wait.
Stay in Christ, this implies that we can leave Him, which is a statement of free-will. Christ has made it clear that He would never leave us (Matthew 28:18-20), He never states we cannot choose to leave Him, but as this statement from Him shows it is possible. But he also makes clear in Matthew 28 that we must do this by “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”
Seventh is why we must stay with Christ. “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” It makes it clear that we can ONLY bear fruit if we keep Christ constantly and continually within us every day. Not just on Sunday but 24/7/365. Yet this is not what most do that state they are “Christian.” In verse five Jesus re-emphasizes just how important that we continually keep Him within us constantly and shows that without Him there is no fruit. In fact he states clearly that without Him in our lives we can do nothing that is precious unto Him.
Finally Jesus once again returns to the warning. He starts with a warning and He ends with a warning. This makes it plainly clear that we can loss our connection with Him as is unmistakably spelled out in verse six.
“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
This returns full circle to Matthew 7:22-23:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
So there are those that were saved. They were born again. They let Jesus Christ abide in them. Then through their free-will they decided that the world was a better place for them. They left the word of God behind. They chose to follow creation over the Creator. They chose to follow and be more happy with the temporal than the eternal.
So even though Jesus loves us and wishes us to stay with Him people in their free-will can and do reject God and they do not realize it for they will be expecting to get into heaven and will confess they fruits that they once bore for Christ, but He will turn to them and say:
“I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

The “free-will” dilemma


This is one of those things that people just don’t truly understand.
When God created Adam He placed within this human the ability to use “free-will.” This has been passed down to all humanity. It is the ability to use our minds to decide on our own what we wish to do.
When Eve partook of the tree of knowledge of what is right and what is wrong it was a test of the very gift given by God to His most important creation of all. God knew that both Eve and then Adam would fail. God knew that great trials and tribulations that would follow for the billions of lives that were to exist from that moment that he decided to make humanity until the time of the Great White Throne Judgment.
Yet God was still pleased that He created us. God still loved and currently still does love us. It is His desire that each person come to have a personal relationship with Him and His Son. Here is the thing that people wish to ignore due to having “free-will.” Many have convinced themselves that once they are saved and have entered into this personal relation with God and His Son that “free-will” is suddenly gone. It no longer has any affect upon their lives.
Here is the one thing that Catholicism did get right, but their manner of dealing with it actually compounded the problem instead of truly trying to address it through the need of going to confession. By going to confession actually makes people feel they can continue to live in their sin and have no need to be truly repentant.
To be truly repentant means the person must leave the sin behind completely. Is this easy? In most cases no it is not. Why? Because of free-will. Humanity due to the gift of free-will must deal with this gift which at times can be a curse on a daily basis.
Since the gift of free-will never leaves us we daily make choices that affect how we do things. It is though reading the Bible and learning the way that God truly wishes us to live that we teach ourselves a type of discipline in how to control our free-will. That is why there is reference within the Bible of many that are one with God that turn their backs upon God due to free-will. Look at David for example. Someone that as a child was beloved by God for his love and his faith in the Creator of all. He becomes the first king of Israel to totally unite the twelve tribes. However, he turns his back upon God and through his free-will lusts after his neighbor’s wife. For the terrace to where Bathsheba bathed could be seen from the palace which was right next door. David then committed murder to hide his sin of adultery. Yet was he not at one time in harmony with God? Did not God bless him and give him the insight as a mere child into how to slay the Nephilim Goliath.
This is the acts of free-will and they can happen after you are in a true relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ. As is witnessed in John 15 you can be of the vine of Jesus Christ. Saved, born-again, yet you can turn your back upon God and bear no fruit in your salvation. God Himself will break off your branch from Jesus and give it back to humanity which will then cast you into the fire which is a simple of the pit of fire where all go that do not truly follow Jesus Christ.
David realized his sins and repented of them as best he could. Bathsheba also repented and from them came Solomon who built the first great temple to God. And from David’s line ultimately came the ultimate salvation which is Jesus Christ.
Free-will is our ally and at the same time it is our enemy due to all knowing what is right and wrong from that fruit that Eve and Adam ate so long ago. Without the knowledge and the teachings of the Bible we are to be tested by our own free-will. How we overcome these tests that our free-will puts us through daily is our ultimate test of our faith and belief in our Creator and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just because we have asked Jesus into our hearts does not mean we can do as we wish and however we wish to live our lives. If we do this we will quickly fall back into the world and our selfish and self-centered desires and wishes. This is why David and his sins as king affected all of Israel. How does our ignoring free-will and the consequences it is causing any better? What ripples are we causing by not following the teachings within the Bible? That is obvious if you listen to the news and look about you at things that are effecting your lives.
This is all the results of free-will and not learning to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ that is the Bible.
Ponder that for a while.

An insight into God’s power


Here is my insight into the power of God. God created not just this planet, but the entire universe. He orchestrated the movement of the atom. He designed the perimeters for how the wings of a hummingbird would work. He established each location of every star within the cosmos for His meaning and glory.
Now why do I make this point? With the Bible we see the sun stop to move in the sky. So that meant this planet stopped rotating and moving through its orbit about the sun. He turned the Nile waters into blood. Now many will say no that was caused by a volcano up river. Well who made the volcano? Who caused it to erupt? God. He can control how this planet behaves. God the creator can control anything and everything. Even to the point of placing words into someone’s mind.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
“is given by inspiration of God” – which means divinely breathed in.
Now why not just hand a book to a man and say here read this and do what it says? This would defeat our purpose as His creation. He instilled into the human race free will. The ability to choose, be it for good or bad, unfortunately due to free will and by the rebellion of Adam and Eve when they ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge. They gave all of us the ability to see and even desire that which is evil through a selfish and lustful desire within all that are human.
Mark 7: 20 – And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
This is why Jesus came to walk amongst us to allow all willing to surrender once again unto God and in so doing be able to in some degree come to understand God’s plan and allow us to be touch by the divine breath and thus learn of God’s desire for us to return unto Him.
Yet there are those that will laugh at all that I have just written, again this is due to free will. They have no real concept of God. They cannot get their heads about a being so powerful and yet so subtle that he would wait over a thousand years to make Himself seen unto all. Through His patience all that are willing to acknowledge His very existence and say He is Lord is all that remains to be done. Yet many do not wish this to be true. They wish God to be just a mere man that cannot place ideas into people’s heads. That cannot cause a star to spark into existence and then cease to shine. They wish God to be like them.
Romans 1: 18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
So due to this they think that the word of God can be changed to fit their meanings, their definitions, of what is right and what is wrong and so glorify that which is evil and call that which is Holy bad.
Isaiah 5:20 – Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
2 Timothy 3:3 – Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
What is good is that he gave unto humanity free will. It is not yet too late to change your heart, your thoughts, and your concept of reality. He will still welcome you into His arms through His Son our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. All you need do is accept Him and turn from your sins to never return to them. For that which is dead shall remain dead and that which Christ calls alive is alive. Forever and ever. AMEN

Why is not God here in person?


My intent is to help those that ask the question in the title to think. There are those that will believe God does not exist. There are those that acknowledge God, but wonder why He is not walking amongst us right now. Is the response that follows the definitive answer to this question? I doubt it, but it is worth, at least, trying to answer.
What needs to made perfectly understood is that this is about free-will, the ability for each person to make choices. To make these choices though there needs to be an understanding of the facts in these selections. Some would be called common sense while others are reached through research and study, but they are still an act of free-will.
All of humankind are flawed. We all make decisions that hurt ourselves and/or others. It is due to this flaw that there is war, prejudice, neglect and the list goes on and on.
Does this flaw mean there is no God? No.
Free-will is this flaw, but it is a duel-edged blade.
When those with the ability to influence the masses understand that God does exist then things like laws come into being. These laws usually help people to make the right choices. On the opposite side of the coin, when God is removed from these laws horrors can take place. A prime example of this was Adolf Hitler and his inner circle. They did not believe in God, but believed man was the ultimate power on earth. As a result, laws were made that did not include God and as a result nearly 13 million people died horrible and unnecessary deaths.
When humans decide they are god, other humans die as seen not only in World War II Germany, but in ancient Rome as well. Two prime examples are Caligula and Nero. Both thought themselves to be gods. The former killed his mother, wife and slept with a horse as well as killing thousands of Christians for sport in the Coliseum. The latter burned Rome so he could make a new city named after himself, thus killing thousand more when he blamed it upon Christians.
So the very fact that humankind is here today shows there is a God, but why is he not here?
He is not here in person, because if you can believe in something that seems intangible then your belief is stronger than it is in something you can see and touch. If you can see something you can become oblivious to its meanings and purpose.
God is not here in person to allow those that wish to listen to their flawed mind and body to do so. For God is seeking the seeds from the chaff. Therefore, when the seeds are planted, within their faith, they will germinate causing new growth, as they are bathed in the light of God through knowledge and understanding. While the chaff, those that refuse to acknowledge His existence will become what they become. Some to the point of become like those before that placed themselves above God, just because they could not see God.
Humankind causes bad to happen in the world. All because humans have free-will, that is why it was called the forbidden fruit. For from this fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil God knew that only death and destruction would follow, which it has.