Jesus Christ, our only way to eternal salvation will not save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. He will not do it because it is against His original design that gives us free will. Everyone at least the age of reasoning makes the choice for themselves. Every person decides whether to pridefully refuse His free gift of salvation or humbly accept that salvation and worship and love God back for eternal salvation. Of course Jesus wants everyone saved, He proved that on the cross and leading up to it and sealed it with His resurrection. And we can tell everyone how easy it is to be saved by our loving God but we can not change their mind if they want to suffer apart from God forever. They choose that themselves. So please do all you can to love people and that may soften a person’s heart. Love is the key and prayer. Both can soften the heart. But when you do both consistently and faithfully, know that you have done everything you can because it is up to them to be saved for eternity or not. ❤
I pray often for the unsaved to be saved, that God would move their hearts, soften them, change their minds. I do not want anyone lost. I want them saved and going to heaven, especially everyone. I love these beautiful people God made! I love you! ❤ But the thing is this free will God gives everyone. It is a conundrum, it really is. On the one hand, what an amazing gift to allow us to decide for ourselves whether or not to choose the right side, God’s side versus the wrong side, evil and rejection of God. You see, He requires choice because He is love and love is nothing if not generous and true. Love is not self-serving and longs for sincere love back but does not demand it.
If we were puppets, God would be imperfect, a tyrant demanding us to follow and obey Him or die. God is loving and will not demand our worship but gives us a sound mind and opportunities and thr Bible to know Him, salvation through Jesus to be saved, blessings in our lives to see His goodness, longings for Him deep in our souls, and His beauty of His glory in His creation and in us and all He has made to make His presence obvious.
So with ample chances and opportunities to accept salvation ample nd choose God, His desire and mine is that people use these many many chances to decide to be free, be God’s, be loved and loving, worshio, serve God. People can decide. But at some point, the lack of making a dedicated choice will be the undecided’s or procrastinator’s or lukewarm’s or rebel’s choice because time will be up. He will come for those of us deciding to be His firmly and faithfully. It will be too late. And I pray people will get their act together before too late is here and they realize too late lasts forever.
So yes, we have free will and can choose to serve God or ourselves/evil/anyone other than God. And yes, we are big stuff for being able to decide our eternal fate for ourselves. We are free to be wise or fools. So, let’s all be wise and choose God to serve and obey now so too late doesn’t show up before we expect it. God loves us so much!❤❤❤
I love what I heard today on Bible teaching radio. He said that it is not like tv portrays it, that we have equal and opposite forces of good and evil. Satan is not omnipotent or omniscient, can’t read minds (but can read body language and behavior). So there is no direct comparison between our enemy (a created being) and our amazing Creator (omniscient and omnipotent). And Satan is a defeated foe. But he is more tenacious now because Jesus is Coming back soon and his time is very short until he is punished forever. God has won, friends! God had won before the war started! No one can defeat Him and thanks be to God He is loving and gentle and peaceful and totally digs free will. He gives us a choice. We can worship Him, the all beautiful almighty One who made everything we know of or we can choose to worship the defeated evil one whose biggest draw is temporary lusts of the flesh and temporary fixes. God of permanent peace or God of temporary pleasure with an eternal hell chaser. We have the choice. I choose God! You should too. 🙂
We all have the right to make bad choices. Every single one is has the right also to make good decisions. It is free will to choose which you will make. However, you have to live with the consequences and they always always affect more than ourselves. For instance, if so someone uses their free will to choose to do drugs regularly, there are reprocussions, sometimes more severe than others, that the decider may lose health or jobs or face jail time or go broke or whatever in time BUT also children and friends and family, anyone who seems to love the decider has a sharp kick in the teeth as well. Another big prevalent example is divorce. There are children affected and torn up, friends split, family members avoid or complain or give unwanted advice. Yes, we all have free will and can choose so many things for ourselves but these choices are never ever made in a vacuum. They affect people. Don’t be fooled, every choice affects other people. If you make a bad one, please don’t be surprised when other people are hurt. And this hurt is not selfishness. People have feelings too. And sometimes those closest to you and loving you so much are more susceptible to being hurt by a bad decision. It hurts to see someone you love choose something that hurts them. Feels like a kick in the jaw, especially when they reject your love and support in the process.
The subject inadvertently arose today about pros and cons. There is now and always will be good and bad in any and every situation in which you will find yourself. Many times one of those has more going for it, sometimes it is pretty balanced. However, that does not negate the fact that both are always around. Feeling pretty good, you are choosing to focus on the good stuff. If in a funk or depression, you are probably focusing on the bad stuff. Of course that sounds logical in a very feeling friendly world. And as I explore these things, I assure you that I am feeling pretty worthless right now and not a miniscule amount of tears have run down my cheeks. I am currently feeling pretty bad, so I am writing to lift myself up again and in so doing, maybe I can give you a little lift too. So, yes, life often sucks. There is more bad around us than good it seems quite often. There are huge uglies like terrorism, governmental controls, leadership selfishness, corruption everywhere, media puppets and governmental workers working overtime to convince us it is all wonderful, cancer in friends and family, illness in me right now, caretaking complications, children to raise that want your complete attention all the time, constant criticism and censure and immorality from family members, life complications, the list goes on and on. Yes, it exists and is very real and sucks rotten eggs. Got it. But. And this is a big but. There are positives for those of us who are God’s through Jesus Christ. Why? We have hope. We have hope for the future but we also have hope right smack now. This hope is life with God, which depends not on circumstantial goodness but God’s much bigger eternal goodness. He is enormous and enormously good. And every single day, he gives us breath in our lungs, activity in our brain cells, the ability to work, the peace and joy and love in us through His Holy Spirit. It really doesn’t matter how frustrating life is. What matters and what unequivocally has to matter is that God’s enormous goodness is way bigger than all this crap. There is no hope or even proper focus without His help on the other end of our humility. I am not equipped to handle any of this. I can’t continue to pretend that I can. But. Again with the big but. But I am capable of the incredible act of bravery which sends me to my knees and allows me to let God work through me or for me as He chooses. Then. I. Win. Maybe the only place in the world right now or even any time in the future that I can be truly happy is only when on my knees before God but with Him. Even if that were the case forever, the phenomenal Maker of everything we know of who happens to know and love every detail of me would be all that I need. Maybe I need to try to make that all that I want too. He did allow me to decide this for myself. Free will can be my greatest downfall or greatest ally. It is my choice. It is your choice for you too.
When teaching adults or teens and up for that matter, all you can provide is a Biblical truth in proper context at the right time to plant a seed or provide a way go do the right thing. That is it. You then have to give up the reins to God and let the Holy Spirit work from there. You see, there is free will that decides within a person whether to hear you or not or whether to obey and be humble or be selfish and go a different way. You can not push a rope or make a person do what they they decide not to do. They have to decide for themselves. When they decide to obey and serve, it is very sweet. When they don’t it is equally hideous and unnerving. One thing you do have co from over is yourself. We have that same free will and can choose to be an excellent example for whomever we wish to teach something to. People are much more likely to hear you if they are familiar to you already and if they respect you. Then you pray and let it go. That is it. That is all we can do.
I am a doctor of audiology. My job is to help people with their hearing and balance troubles. Most of the people who finally walked through my door came with exasperated spouses or other family members most of the time. I would find out the reason for the problem and give options on how to fix it. Now, it struck me odd at first that so many patients would have the information before them and still deny a problem, causing greater frustration to their loved ones and not doing them a lick of good either. And it came to me this morning that no one will ever decide to hear the facts or admit there is a problem or go about trying to solve said denied problem until THEY are ready to make that decision for themselves. You can not push a rope. There are times in our lives when you want so much to help someone you love. And there are times when you reach a frustration level second to none where you want to shake them and scream let me help you. And that person will just never decide to hear you or care about your love. This is so sad and so personal. We all are experiencing this on some level daily with lost souls or family members. So, what are our options? One is to leave, of course, which is why divorce rates are so high and people are estranged from family members. Another option is to force your way, which many people choose and even more bitterness ensues. The best option and the one I choose is to stay and be a quiet light in their lives. God loves us when we were the ugliest just as much as He does when we clean up very well. And if His Holy Spirit is in us, whatever He shows us how to do, we can also do. He empowers us. We just have to decide that that is that person’s free will right to accept truth or keep screwing up with lies after lies and they may never ever change their mind. However, they might with quiet love beside them and unconditional love around them. And God can help give opportunities and wisdom to say or do the right things at the right times for the right reasons. We must always remember that we are sinners saved by God’s perfect grace and there was a time we didn’t make good choices either. Be patient. Be love.