I Can. Will I?
We are never helpless nor prisoners of darkness, of sin and death. Jesus came to give us life in abundance. God brilliantly dealt with the sin problem by giving Jesus, the spotless Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world! God brilliantly dealt with the curse of sin for mankind (death in all its forms - sickness, disease, lack, poverty, depression, addiction, etc) through Jesus and the shedding of His Blood! Glory to God!
In His great love for man and in Him making us like Him, He gave us the ability to choose. He gave us the precious gift of free will. His love and His righteousness forbids Him from violating that gift. If He were ever to violate man’s will, it surely would have been in the garden where He would have slapped the fruit out of Adam and Eve’s hands to prevent their willful disobedience to His command, the act that brought sin upon all of mankind.
God is great, God is good, God is Love, God is kind, God is merciful, full of grace and compassion and He gets right in the middle of our mess and brings life to where there was once only death when we surrender our will to Him, but He can never and will never CHOOSE for us. He can’t make a way for our unwillingness. Our will is our will.
Ask yourself today, “What am I willing in my life? Is my will submitted to Him, to life, to blessing? Is my will opposed to Him?” We must never allow our "can", our ability in this age to come to Him, to choose Him and His way, to deceive us into complacency that delays our actual privilege to come to Him, as that window of time is ticking. It shall not always be. Kick complacency to the curb!
Deuteronomy 30:19 - I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
Philippians 2:12-16 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
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