I have heard over a dozen times people say that wish God would just eliminate free will altogether. Some even go as far as questioning why He created it in the first place. The assumption is without free will everyone would be forced to do what God says right? But the truth of the matter is God isn’t forceful. He can be when it’s necessary and has shown that. He has also shown that He is love (1 John 4:8). God created us to be all that He intends for us to be and in order to do so He allows us to blossom into it through our choices. God isn’t a warden and we aren’t prisoners. Rather we are royalty (1 Peter 2:9).
Yes, God has commandments that we must follow. No different than the rules we outline for our children. However, our obedience is birth out of love and respect because one of God’s main objective is to protect us. We can’t always see why we need protection yet and still spiritual warfare is real (Ephesians 6:12). Angel armies are fighting demons on our behalf daily (Ps.91:11). Don’t for a second think the devil isn’t sitting back using every aspect of our lives against us especially our choices. The Word tells us that sin is birth when we give into it. When WE make the choice not God(James 1:14-18)
It’s not enough that we simply acknowledge we have been saved in order to live a Chrisitan life. No! It’s bigger than that. God desires a pure heart and as we choose wisely He can further gauge the condition of our hearts. Making wise choices is hard and will not happen overnight. Not that God isn’t able. LETS BE REAL we have been conditioned. The whole American Christian Culture has been programmed to know of God but have yet to uncover the true miraculous power that lies in the name of Jesus.
Your flesh will always be weak or else it wouldn’t be a choice, would it? But these three C’s of Choices can give us just what we need to get through.
The Confidence to believe in our choices- “For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.”Proverbs 3:26 (NKJV) Remember we get caught up spiritually and carnally when we make the wrong choices.
The Courage to stand up without fear for our choices- “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13(NIV) Remember we don’t have to be afraid to make the choices that don’t please our flesh because God will help.
The Character created from making the right choices.“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”Romans 13:14 Remember when we make choices that don’t gratify our flesh we are taking on the posture of Christ.