Posts Tagged ‘free will’

Choose Life

December 1, 2014

Life is all about choices.  I am a firm believer in human free will.  We do have the power to choose to make the right choices in our life.

I.  Choose Life:  Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

The most important choice that we will face in our lives is whether or not we will believe in and serve the Lord.  Choosing to serve God will result in a better life now, and the promise of a eternal life with God in heaven.  If we are choosing to serve God, then we should also love and obey Him.  We do not serve God out of a grudging obedience but a joyous acceptance of His will for our lives.

II.  By Faith:  Romans 4:1-3

 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Our relationship with God is not something that we earn by doing works of righteousness.  It is a simple matter of faith, of believing in God and in Jesus Christ.  We believe God  and the promises that He has given us in His Word.

III.  Be Strong:  Deuteronomy 31:6

 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

As we face the struggles of this life, we do not need to be afraid.  Our strength and courage comes from the knowledge that God is with us.  If God is with us, then there is nothing to fear.

IV.  Love Poured Out Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God.  By the grace of God, we are able to face trouble, knowing that God is with us.  As we continue to serve God, we see the faithfulness of God.  The more we see of God’s faithfulness, the easier it is to endure the tests and trials of this life.  As we mature in Christ we are more easily able to maintain the hope that is within us.  Through it all, the love of God is poured out into our hearts.  The love of God brings life, joy and a peace that passes understanding.

For those who choose to place their faith in God, God will give them life.

These are the sermon notes from 11/2/14.  Any advertisements are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

 

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God Has a Plan

December 30, 2013

God Knows What He is Doing:  Esther 4:13-14

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

When Esther was selected to be queen, there was no way for her to know what was going to happen in the coming days.  God, however, does know what is going to happen.   One of the things that I find most fascinating to think about is how God is able to use His foreknowledge of future events, many of which are caused by the free choices that humans make, and blend them together into His plan.

I.  The Will of Man: Psalms 37:23-24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

God enables us to make the right choices.  When we are faced with decisions we can ask God for guidance, and He will guide our steps.  We can believe this to be true even if we do not receive clear guidance.  If we are sincere in our desire to let God guide us, He will guide our steps.

There are times when we fail to seek God’s will.  Sometimes we  are led into error by our flesh, or even by demonic spirits.  Thank God that He does not abandon us when we stray from the path.  We might fall, but we are not destroyed.  God helps us to get back up, and back on track.

II.  The Will of Satan:  John 10:10a

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. 

Satan desires to destroy the people of God.  However, we learn from Job that Satan is limited by what God allows.  There is a hedge of protection around the people of God and Satan is only allowed to tempt us and try our faith.  It is important that during the times of testing and trial that we keep our eyes on Jesus, seek to do His will, and place our trust in Him.

III.  The Will of God:  John 10:10b

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

God desires to give us abundant life.  Abundant does not mean merely everlasting, but joyful and fulfilling.  The abundant life that God has for us does not begin when we die, it begins the moment that we enter into a relationship with God through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Having abundant life does not mean that we do not have tests or trials.  It means that God is with us in the midst of those tests and trials.  It also means that God is able “to work all things together for good, for those who love God”.  (Romans 8:28)  This does not mean that all things are good.  It means that God can take something that was a mistake, or an evil choice, and still ultimately use it for good.

We can trust that God knows what He is doing.  He loves us.  He has a plan.  And in the end,  it is all good.

These are the sermon notes from the message preached December 15, 2013.  Feel free to make comments or ask questions.

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Freedom and Responsibility

May 12, 2009

I am a firm believer in the freedom of the human will.  That does not mean that we are free from influence, nor from the impact of our inherited human nature.  Yet at our core, I believe that we are able to make choices.  With that freedom comes responsibility.  The choices that we make can turn out for better or for worse.  Those consequences are something that we have to live with for the rest of our lives.  I appreciate the advice that President Bush gave to the incoming President Obama when he told him to ‘Do what he thought was right, because at the end of the day you have to live with yourself. ”  It is good advice for all of us.  Get as much information as we can, and make the best decision that we are able to make, and then be willing to accept the responsibility for our decisions.