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WOFCF Bible Explosion - 5/24/17

                                                                                                                                                                          May 24, 2017

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The Power of Free Will (Lesson 2 of 2)


People are hurt by their own lack of judgment and by the bad decisions that others make. Wouldn’t it solve many problems and spare us all a lot of misery if we couldn’t make mistakes?


  Point #1The Offer of Life or Death - Chose Life

Just before Israel entered the land that had been promised to them, God instructed Moses to gather the nation to remind them of choices and consequences. In Deuteronomy 29 and 30, Moses summarized the blessings that would result from obedience and the curses that would come about if they disobeyed.

He concluded in Deuteronomy 30:15-19: “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

Sadly, much of the rest of the Old Testament details the wrong choices and bad decisions the people of Israel made. They did indeed suffer the consequences of those mistakes. Individually and as a nation they suffered terribly. One might reason that God could have intervened to make it impossible for them to fail, but that would not have accomplished God’s purpose for them—that they choose to obey Him.

The commands, promises and warnings given to Israel apply to all of us today. God sets before us all life and death, good and evil, blessing and cursing. As free moral agents—created with free will—how we live is our choice. God, of course, desires that we choose to be like Him, meaning that we choose to obey His commands. When we make that choice, God ultimately will bless us. If we choose to disobey, there will be tragic consequences.

The apostle Paul repeated the same principle in Romans 2 as he wrote of “God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

In other words, there are consequences, both good and bad. If we want the good results of life, we must be willing to exercise our free will to choose to live each day honoring God through obedience, as one who seeks the gift of immortality. Those who choose to be selfish and disobedient will reap the consequences of sin. God gave us the gift of free choice so that He would know what kind of person each of us chooses to be.

Point #2 Creation Isn’t Finished Yet  

The physical creation is summarized in Genesis 1. As cited in verse 27, mankind is physical but created in the image of God. However, the spiritual creation of each person’s character is an ongoing process, which we contribute to through the power of choice.

In Colossians 3:1-10 Paul wrote that there are many characteristics of human nature that we must be willing to eliminate, such as immorality, greed, anger and lying. He wrote that we “put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

In other words, by the proper exercise of our free will, our minds, hearts and character will be created in the image of God.

Free choice has its complications. There will be those who make poor decisions, causing themselves and others grief. But God would not accomplish His purpose in our lives if He were to deny us the freedom to make choices. He is creating a family made up of those who choose life, by exercising the freedom and responsibility of free will.

3 Comments to WOFCF Bible Explosion - 5/24/17:

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best executive cv on Monday, August 21, 2017 11:42 AM
The series of power going well and I daily read one lesson and learn a lot of new things. Freedom and responsibility are two different aspects that we need to understand.
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