Part 4: Finding Our Place in God's Plan

By Clovis E. Miller

This is the Sixth in a series of articles entitled: Beyond the Basics of Faith. Previously Installments have looked at the Person and Nature of God; Jesus Christ ; the Holy Spirit; The Mission of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and the enemies of God and the work they are doing. In this final article in the series, we will look at Finding the place in God's eternal plan for the lives of those who love Him. What should we know? What should our attitude toward Him be? What does God require of us, and what does He allow? What does the everlasting future hold for God's children?

Things we should understand:

It may come as a surprise to some, but God in His eternal knowledge, has forever known who will remain with Him, and who will not. Though freewill is given to us, He is eternally cognizant of how each of us will use it. It's not that He manipulates our will so that we are saved or lost (as if to show favoritism), but that He, in His eternal knowledge, knows each and every choice we will make in the course of our mortal lives, and the destiny those choices will produce. Truth is not produced by our lives, but is confirmed as the revealed knowledge of God. In His eternal knowledge, He has predestined all whom He foreknows to be saved, to be conformed into the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). There is no mystery of the saved and lost for God to consider. The mystery is ours to find out. If our hearts are set to use freewill to do evil; will we continue in it, or will we change our minds to follow only that which is right in God's eyes? God already knows the answer to that question. If we continue to use freewill to practice evil, His knowledge about the destiny of the lost will be confirmed in us. Likewise, if we change our minds about sin, and do that which is acceptable to Him, His knowledge of our salvation will also be confirmed. It's what omniscient God knows about all of us, which will be confirmed by the freewill which He has given each of us to exercise. He allows us to follow the choices we make, but warns us through His Word, that He is Holy, and will respond appropriately to those who take lightly who and what He is. The point is: We shouldn't take the exercise of our freewill lightly; it can have everlastingly dire consequences!

Whatever destiny that is realized by us, will be a confirmation of His eternal knowledge. It is a step by step process whereby we come to reside in a final unchangeable state of being. Being descendants of the first human couple (Adam and Eve), we are all in the same predicament. Having inherited the inclination from them, to follow a sinful mind set, we are at a distinct disadvantage in being able to exercise our freewill without encumberances. The primary source of those emcumberances is the evil spirits which seek to take advantage of the inherited weakness we have by skewing the truth. You may ask: What then, who can be saved? Anyone who is willing to raise the standard by which they make choices. There must be a guide or blueprint, beyond ourselves, which draws the line between what is acceptable and what is not. Holy Scripture is the standard by which that determination can be accurately made. Application of Scripture, results in changing our minds about what is acceptable, and what is not. The wrong thoughts and actions, identified by Scripture; which we have allowed in the past, no longer remain acceptable. This is what is meant in the Bible by the word "repentance". Scripture also tells us that, "...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23). God is a help in dealing with the weakness we have by showing us the truth: Satan is a hinderance by trying to exploit it.

The decision to align our will with that of God, or Satan, will set the course that leads to our final destination. God, being fully aware of our predicament, and not willing that any should perish (2 Pet. 3:9), has made a way to deal with the problem. Aligning our will with God's will doesn't remove the weakness we have as humans, but it does give us guidance and strength to sucessfully challenge and subdue that weakness. Ultimately, the alignment of our freewill, with either God or Satan, will result in the abandonment of self-will. In all cases, the will of one's self, will ultimately cease to exist, being fully replaced by a total commitment to one side or the other. There is no neutral position in this, Failure to align our will with one, will cause it to default to the other. The knowledge of Good and evil is the inheritance of the damned (Gen.2:17). How else shall they understand the judgment and punishment meted out to them? The inheritance of the righteous, on the otherhand, is to know forever only that which is good.

Continuing to love or discount the effects of evil thoughts and actions, will ultimately confirm our destiny to be that of one who will be lost. The realization that our destiny will be confirmed by the choices we make, is a wake up call to understanding that we are living participants, given authority (freewill) to determine our everlasting destiny. God already knows when, or even if, any one of us will change our thinking about how we live our lives. It's really all about our attitude towards Him (Jas. 4:8). Freewill is the most powerful thing that a person is given, and each of us is responsible, and accountable for how we use it. The pathway which gurantees salvation is, to love what God loves, and hate what God hates. It's about moral choices in how we live our lives. What is required, and how to acheive it.

Loving what God loves, and hating what He hates, is an all encompassing requirement. It requires voluntary acceptance: both in knowing the will of God, as well as carrying out the fulfillment of it. The question is: What will we do with the freewill which God has given us? Whatever we choose, will confirm the destiny which God has eternally known about us.

In Isa. 1:18, it is stated:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

An invitation is given here by God Himself, to anyone who realizes that they are entrapped by the inherited tendency towards sin, through the wiles of an enemy who doesn't fight fairly. God is absolutely willing to forgive us if we will turn to Him with an honest and truthful heart. His will is not to punish people for sin, but to deliver them out of it (Ezekiel 18:21-23). That we should live and walk uprightly before Him is the reason He set forth the plan of salvation. God loves man and will have him to fulfill the purposes for which he was created.

In Scripture, we are told: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." (I Pet. 1:16 - Lev. 11:45): yet Isa. 64:6 states: "Our righteousness is as filthy rags before Him." Is there a contradiction here? How can we fulfill the command to be holy, if the goodness within us is regarded to be as "...filthy rags..."? First of all, there is no contradiction. God commands that we receive His righteousness; not go about trying to establish our own. Israel attempted to establish their own righteousness by the keeping of the Law (Rom.10:2-4). The righteousness which God requires of us is apart from the Law (Rom.3:21-22). The righeouusness which comes from God, is imputed to us when we exercise faith, or trust, in the atoning sacrifice which Jesus achieved through death on the cross (Rom.4:13-14, 21-24).

James 4:8

"Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you, Cleanse you hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."

How do we draw near to God; or more so, how can a holy God draw near to unrighteous people like us? This verse tells us the answer quite plainly. Changing our attitude towards sin, leads to a changing in our actions (i.e. cleansing our hands and minds from sinful activities). When we follow that which is good and right, we are in harmony with God's will; and consequently, we are on the path which leads to Him. When we are rebellious and self-seeking, we are on the path which leads away from Him. Changing our attitude and doing the right thing however, does not cleanse us from the sins which were previously charge to our accounts. Faith in the atonement which Jesus accompolished for us, is required and not only clears the record of previous sins, but provides the remedy for future sins committed through weakness or ignorance. If our thinking is truly transformed (Rom.12:2), our heart's desire will be to not practice those things that are contrary to God's will. Can we accompolish these things solely through our own efforts? Absolutely not. Even if we accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, our mortality is still saddled with that inherited inclination towards sin. Anyone who believes that they are beyond the point of commiting sin, is only deceiving themselves. To accompolish what is beyond human ability, the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) is given unto everyone who accepts the atoning work of Jesus. It is He who will empower us to accompolish what would otherwise be an impossible task. Evenso, His empowerment is effective only as far as we are willing to submit our freewill to His leadership (Rom. 8:14 ; Gal.5:18 ; Jas. 4:7).

God wants us to understand that we cannot have it both ways. We cannot choose life, and practice the things which lead to death. This is contrary even to normal reasoning. James 1:8 tells us that, "a double minded man is unstable in all of his ways." So what's the answer? It's quite simple to understand, but considerably more difficult for most people to accept. Planting seeds of ragweed won't produce a crop of grapes. Bad seeds produce undesirable fruit. The same is true with our thoughts and actions (Gal. 6:7). We need to single-minded in our thinking: sin can no longer be an option for us to consider.

People are enemies of God, not by His choice, but because they are under the delusion and bondage of sin. It's only when we understand the truth about ourselves and the enemy, that we can get free from that bondage which is perpetuated by their deception. Only the truth can crack deception, and give us the strength we need to come out of bondage. It is only through God's Word and the leadership of His Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth), that we can gain the knowledge which will set us free (John 8:31-32 ; John 14:26). The enemy has no legal standing to prevent a person from learning or understanding the truth; nor to stop them from presenting the truth which they have learned to others, though they work tirelessly to do that very thing. Put the truth in their face and they have no place to hide! Simple truth is often the most effective way to deal with the adversary, because it doesn't give the enemy anything to work with. The truth is what it is: irrefutable knowledge. It's eternal, binding and powerful.

In the Christian world we often hear believers speak of being "filled with the Holy Spirit", or "filled with the Holy Ghost". This is often manifested by emotional displays, sometimes referred to as being "slain in the Spirit". Such displays can be genuine, but even then, they do not get at the very heart of what being "filled with the Holy Spirit" is about. No offence intended, but being filled with the Spirit should not be reduced to a simple "feel good" experience. The extent to which a person is filled with the Spirit will be manifested by the thirst for the truth which is kindled within them (Matt.5:6); because the mission of the Holy Spirit, as the "Spirit of Truth", is to imparts truth unto us that we may be conformed into the image of God's Son (Rom.8:9, 29). To emotionally experience the presence of God is one thing, and should not be minimized; but to receive the revelation of truth which His Spirit imparts unto us is yet a greater "feel good" experience. The emotional effects of the presence of the Holy Spirit may only be momentary, but the revelation of truth which He imparts to us should have both lasting presence and effect. This is not to pass judgment upon the emotional experiences of believers, but only to say that there is a higher experience by which we can be blessed: the gaining and application of truth which brings us even closer to God.

(Rom. 8:6)

"To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

The Judgment of God (the curse of the law, which is death) abides upon everyone of us, who have not submitted ourselves to justification through Him (Jesus). We absolutely cannot be justified from the sins we have committed, except through the atoning work of His death. Jesus will not deny us the priveledge of being justified through the sacrifice of Himself, but freely offers this grace (unmerited favor) to whosoever will ask for it. The extended grace which God offers, nullifies the idea that we can be justified through any good works which we have done, or may do (Rom. 4:4). Why so? Because God created us to always do good; therefore, if we do that which we were created to do, we haven't done anything special, but only that which is our duty to do in the first place (Luke 17:10). It is God who justifies us through faith in what He has done; and not by trusting in the good works which we have done. Romans 4:5 is not stating that we should be without good works, but that we should not put our trust in them to deliver us in the day in which we will be judged by God. Good works are for rewards, not for salvation.

Gal. 3:13

"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree").

It is evident, by the resurrection of Jesus, that He was redeemed from the curse which He bore for us. Since He was cursed for our sakes (Isa. 53:6 ; Gal. 3:13), and then redeemed (resurrected) free of the curse; we also have redemption through His redemption. The resurrection is the crowning evidence that the curse against us has been removed through Him, else He would not have risen; but would still be bearing the punishment for our guilt, even unto this day. God however, is just, and would not allow a just person (Jesus, having no sin of His own) to suffer continuously for the sins committed by others. Jesus died for and with our sins, as the Old Testament types show (Lev. 16:15-16, 21-22), and was raised without them; having put them away through His death that we may be declared to be just, through what He did for us.

This tells us that compulsary keeping of the Law is not what God seeks. The proper attitude towards keeping the moral laws of God should be: voluntary compliance, because we love Him who is righteous, and this is His will. If we love doing what is right, keeping the laws of God is not a burdensome thing. Keeping the laws of God is burdensome only to the heart which doesn't love the precepts set forth by Him. It's that inherited rebellious nature within us, that has a problem loving the things approved by God. Being willing to acknowledge that we are rebellious towards God, can change our attitude in how we react, as to whether something is burdensome or not. It's a reality check of where we are in our relationship with Him (John 14:21).

The laws of God were not given to make us righteous, but rather to show us how far away we are in our attitude from having that attribute (Gal. 3:19,24). The Law is rigid, because sin is rigid; being absolutely contrary to the will of God. There is no flexibility whereby sin can be intergrated into the law to accomodate our refusal to face up to this problem in our lives. The Law and sin are diametrically opposed to each other, and from God's point of view, cannot be mixed. The choice is cut and dried (Jos.24:14-15): will we choose to follow God's will, or our own?

Components of the Law:

Many people feel, that if they can avoid doing the "bad things" (stealing, adultry, murder, etc.), God is OK with them. Little do we think about the fact that there is another equally important component of the Law. Not only are we to refrain from committing evil acts, but we are also not fail in carrying out that which is good. In Judaism, the breaching of these two facets in the Law is referred to as "Positive" and "Negative" transgressions. If we fail to do what is right (honor your father and mother, etc.), we have committed a positive transgression (Jas. 4:17). If we do that which is blatantly contrary to goodness (stealing, adultry, etc.); then we have committed a negative transgression. Both types of transgression are equally serious in th eyes of God. It matters not whether you and I refrain from doing the negative things found in the Law; if we are guilty of failing to keep the positive points as well: we are still transgressors (Jas. 2:10 ; Gal.3:10).

When we consider this, it becomes strikingly evident that our ability to justify ourselves by keeping the Law is futile (Rom.3:19). Partially keeping the Law is an ineffective defense in pleading our justness before God. If we keep the Law one hundred percent, we don't need justification, because there is nothing to justify. If we break the Law repeatedly, as we all do, a means of justification becomes necessary to deal with the infractions; otherwise we will be cast forever out of His presence as unholy and irredeemable. Can God forgive a single infraction of the Law? Of Course He can. Consider David's infidelity with Bathsheba. God spared David's life, but exacted a high price from him (II Sam. 12:13-14) because of his sin. Due to the inherited nature within us, it is not realistic to believe that any of us can, of our own strength, live lives free of all other sin once we have committed it once. Justification (wiping the slate clean), is what Jesus achieved for us. He kept the Law perfectly for our sakes, that His acceptable righteousness might be applied to our lives, through faith in Him.

So, what place should keeping the moral laws of God play in our lives? Certainly not for justification (the Law will condemn us for our failure, not justify us for partially keeping it). Even our best efforts at striving to keep it will fail miserably. The proper attitude is: to stop striving to keep it in order to be justified. Instead, love to Law as the expression of God's will for man. Knowing and loving the will of God takes the stress out living uprightly before Him. Jesus did all that was necessary to satisfy the demands of the Law. He kept it perfectly, and is perfectly willing to impute that righteousness unto us, if we will ask Him for it (I Tim. 1:9).

Of Jesus, it is said:

"You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, has annointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." (Psalms 45:6-7 ; Hebrews 1:9).

Jesus not only vicariously died for each of us (taking our place on the cross); but He vicariously lived for each one of us, as well (keeping the Law perfectly, that we might be accounted righteous before God, through Him). Except He lived without sin for each one of us, He could not be the acceptable and perfect sacrifice to take our place on the cross, and suffer the penalty we each deserve. If He had broken the Law even once, the penalty which He paid on the cross would have been for His own sin; and He would have disqualified Himself as the perfect and holy sacrifice demanded, to both appease the wrath of God and vindicate His righteousness. It would have been impossible for Him, in such a situation, to redeem any of us. Adam was righteous when he was created, but he fell under the curse of sin when he disobeyed the command of God. As such, the curse of sin, which is maginfied by the presence of the Law, has been passed on to each succeeding generation. Jesus came into the world, "made of a woman" under the Law (Gal. 4:4) that He, through obedience, might fulfill all things necessary to redeem us from its curse.

From: "The Misson of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit"

"Jesus came into the world with perfect untainted freewill, just as Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden; yet, as the Son of God, He was fully apprised of the deception which Satan had used to steal the dominion of the earth from them (Gen. 1:28). When the Son of God came into the world, Satan attempted to use the same deception again, to steal the dominion God promised to His Son (Ps. 2:8 ; John 16:15 ; Rev. 21:1). While he had successfully manipulated the freewill of the progenitors of the human race: he was totally unsuccessful in his attempt to manipulate the freewill of the Son of God. He had maintained control of the dominion (Luke 4:5-6) which he had stolen through the deception of every person on earth. His failure to deceive Jesus, caused him to lose the power which he had usurped from Adam and Eve. Not only did he not attain the dominion promised to the Son of God, but the dominion which he had stolen from Adam and Eve, had to be surrendered back to the Son of Man (Matt. 16:13, 16-17), who had prevailed over him (Matt. 28:18 ; Rev. 1:6, 18). Jesus, unlike Satan, didn't regain the dominion through deception; but obtained it by adhering to the truth. Satan staked everything on his ability to deceive, and he lost everything (Luke 11:21-22). Though He is still wreaking havoc in the earth in the absence of the Son of God, his days are numbered. When the Son of God returns, His total dominion over the earth will be manifested (Ps. 2:9 ; Rev.19:15). This is the great news: That Jesus will share not only that recovered dominion, but His promised dominion as well, with as many as will cast off Satan's deception, and follow Him in truth (Rom. 8:17)."

Isa. 53:11

"He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisfied..."

Jesus wasn't made righteous by the keeping of the Law. The righteousness which was in Him, was in Him before He came into the world. The Law only confirmed His righteousness. Even though He was righteous apart from the Law (Rom. 3:21), it was needful for our sake, that He be found righteous according to the Law, as well. He could not be condemned by it, because He was totally innocent of breaking it. The innocent life, which He layed down, satisfied the requirements of God that justice be appeased, and thereby allowing mercy to be offered for the multitude of our sins (Rom. 5:1).

Having satisfied those requirements, the free gift of forgiveness and everlasting life is offered to as many as will receive the person and work of the Lord Jesus. The curse, which is upon the unbeliever, is lifted by faith, and will ultimately be charged to instigator of all sin, which is Satan and the wicked spirits which follow his leadership.

To justify us, He willingly accepted the punishment that we each deserve because of our sins; so that through the shedding of His blood, we may be reconciled to God. As many as receive this act of reconcillation by faith; His righteousness is imputed to their account and they once again stand as just ("born again") before God. Not only that, but we also have a new inheritance: not that of death which we received through Adam and Eve; but of everlasting life which came through the Lord Jesus.

The curse of death (for our breaking of the Law) was put upon Jesus (Isa. 53:6) who kept the Law perfectly; that we may be spared the punishment for not keeping it. He never ceased to be righteous, even while bearing the iniquities which we have committed. That the justice of God be served, the righteous cannot continuously bear punishment for the sins commited by others (Ezekiel 18:20). God was therefore fully justified in raising Jesus, who had no sin of His own, from the curse of the Law, which is death. It was the perfect solution! He came into the world not only to redeem us from that curse through His death, but to change our thinking about sin which brought the curse upon us in the first place.

Of us, it is said:

"He who covers his sins will not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)

Here is the crux of the matter: God is basically saying: Stop practicing sin (Ps. 34:14-15 ; Ps. 37:27-28 ; Prov. 16:17). Wise up, and beware that you have an enemy who is bent on your destruction (I Pet. 5:8), and will manipulate you freewill to that end, anytime he ise given an opportunity. The agenda of the enemy is to drag you down and use you in any way possible to perpetuate their rebellion against God. Once they have you bound up through sin, they will cast you aside and move on to the next person; all in their insatiable quest to resist the authority of Almighty God. Their judgment is already set (Rev. 20:10 ; Matt. 25:41): there is no redemption for the unrepentant enemies of God (Matt. 3:2 ; Luke 13:3).

Our Attitude towards the things of God:

Enoch walked with God, and God was pleased with Him (Gen. 5:22-24). Noah walked with God, and God was pleased with him (Gen. 6:7-8). Job walked with God and God was pleased with him (Job 1:8). So, what does it mean, to "walk with God"? The simple answer to the question is as previously stated in this article: To love what God loves, and hate what God hates (Ps. 45:7). The difficulty in doing this lies in the fact that we have the inherited tendency to live our lives in a fashion which is just the opposite of that mind set. Once we come to a correct understanding and attitude of walking with God however, our will comes into perfect harmony and agreement with His will; and we can know that we are dwelling uprightly before (John 14:20).

Enoch was an Old Testament type of Jesus. Both, as men, walked with God. God took Enoch to heaven without seeing death. Jesus ascended to heaven after seeing death. Enoch was born with the the inclination to rebel against God within himself, though he apparently refused to follow that type of life (he walked with God). He was not one to practice sin, but rather one who hated sin. He pleased God so much, through the life he lived, that God changed his mortal body and took him, so that he never went through the the veil of death. Jesus, who was born without that inclination to sin, also pleased God in everything He did (John 8:29), and yet willingly went through that veil of death to rescue all of us from a lifestyle which can never please God.

Temptation is nothing less than a tool utilized by the satanic government, in the spiritual realm, in an attempt to manipulate our freewill to facilitate the achievement of their own goals (Eph. 6:12). Most of us are not careful about we exercise our freewill. We don't protect it in such a way as to prevent the enemy from gaining control over it. It is a mistaken perception that sin can ever be manipulated by us to a positive end. It can however, be manipulated by the enemy to a destructive end, if we fail to properly control it.

(Jas. 1:12)

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him"

If God hates sin, then we should hate sin as well. Moreover, we should hate even being tempted by the enemy to sin against God. We should be incensed by their intrusion into our lives, rather than viewing their input as an acceptable choice for an alternative way to live happily. Sin is the transgression of the law, and therefore is rebellion against God Himself. The enemy is not so much concerned as to how we commit sin, as they are in the fact that we do it. Our freewill expression of rebellion against God is their goal. They are totally deluded in believing that by the sheer numbers of the rebellious, that they can prevail against God. No matter how many people turn away from God, evil will never prevail against Him. If we truly love God, our hearts should be set to follow those things of which He approves and loves. It is not possible to follow this line without rejecting the things which are not approved by Him.

Unless we develope an intense hatred for sin in our lives; we will continue to be subjected to it, and its effects, by wicked spirits who temporarily have an iron-fisted grip on this world. The enemy is vicious, and bent on our destruction. Although we can not be free from temptation, as long as we live in these mortal bodies, we can thwart their efforts through a hatred of sin and the goals which they are trying to achieve through it. If we give in to the temptations of the enemy, we become complicit in the rebellion in which they are engaged. If they cannot persuade us to submit to the enticements which they put before us, what power can they exert over us? Plan "B" of the enemy is, that if they cannot attack us from within (through temptation) they will attempt to attack us from without (by causing external problems and difficulties). The life of Jesus was a perfect example of this (John 16:33).

There has to be a clear line drawn in our thinking. I am on this side; the enemy is on that side. For the believer, the days when the enemy says, "come on over for a visit!", should be over. Beware! The closer we stand to the line, the greater the possibility that we may step over it. The enemy is very persuasive in appealing to the baser nature of man. It is also a misconception to believe that when we turn our hearts to God that the old nature in us immediately disappears (Rom. 6:1-2 ;Eph. 4:22-24 ; Col. 3:9-10). While that does not happen, it does become manageable, if we submit ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:2). To be sure, we will continue to wrestle with our old nature, as long as we dwell in these mortal bodies. Though the "old man is crucified" (Rom. 6:6), he is yet crying out, seeking deliverance from the cross to which he is pinned (Luke 23:39). The baser nature in us, is constantly appealing to the goodness of the new nature (II Cor. 5:17), for a pardon, to which it can be difficult to say, no. To ensure that the old man doesn't regain his freedom to follow a destructive lifestyle, we need to put as much distance between ourselves and the enemy as is possible. That distance can be increased by knowing and understanding the truth; and that, through the Word of God. We must always be aware of the enemy's presence, and on guard against any temptation which they may present, in order to reinstate the dominance of the old nature in us. The point at which the enemy can manipulate our will, is the point at which we cease to be free (John 8:31-34).

We receive justification by choice (i.e. as an exercise of our freewill). We can also forfeit justification by freewill. God will not coerce anyone to receive, or retain, the justification which He has provided through His Son. It goes back to the point: it doesn't matter what you believed yesterday, or twenty years ago; the question is, what do you believe at this very moment? The love that God will receive from us, must be both voluntary and genuine, and is expressed by our willingness to abandon our will and live according to His. God will respect the choices we make, and will execute appropriate judgment as demanded by His Word (Matt. 25:46).

Ps. 32:2

"Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity..."

Who is that man? The one who loves what God loves and hates what God hates. Even though he may fall to sin, his heart is set to not practice it.

Ps. 37:23-24

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand."

We all have been given freewill, and it cannot be stressed enough, that if we don't exercise it correctly, the enemy will manipulate it to aid in achieving their own goals. We can thwart the enemy's attempt to use us by properly using the freewill which God has given us.

How do we meet this challenge head on? Try the following approach. It will clear up a lot of confusion:

If our feet are taking us to places we shouldn't be going, then we should stop them from going there. If our eyes are looking at things they shouldn't be looking at; then we need to stop them from seeing those things. If our ears are hearing things they shouldn't be hearing, then we should stop them from hearing those things. Jesus basically told us as much in Matt. 18:8-9.

So, let's get to the heart of the matter: If our heads are thinking about the things they should be thinking about; then our bodies won't be doing the things they shouldn't be doing. We need to bring our thinking into alignment with God's will; then the body will be walking uprightly before Him in the manner in which He intended.

The Harvest Produced By Freewill:

I Cor. 2:9-10

"...eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neithe have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him."

God created man not only to perform a mission, but that he might experience the joy, happiness and fulfillment which is found only by loving his creator. It does not yet appear, what the boundless future holds for the redeemed, except that it will progress from one glory to another. Endless life, unshackled by temptation and the effects of sin is but the beginning of that glory. No pain, no sorrow, no weakness, no regret, are rewards for the redeemed. Everlasting peace in our spirits, and love for Him who has made us to be heirs of all that will ever exist. Though we are promised a new heaven and earth (Isa. 65:17 ; Rev. 21:1, 7), God's creative powers will never be quelled. His glory will be revealed in the awe we shall have in beholding the things which He brings forth from His eternal knowledge. What a gift it will be that we shall behold the glory of God being manifested from one level to a succeedingly higher level, and that without end. It's unfathomable to our finite minds. God calls out to every human being, to come unto Him and experience the boundless goodless which He extends to all who will receive it. It is highly likely that we will be more than just recipients in the future which God will reveal. How we will participate in the golry which He shall reveal is yet a mystery. The trade off on our part (to turn away from the short lived pleasures of sin), is a very small price to pay for what He is offering.

We will end this article by extending an opportunity to anyone who is unsure of their relationship with God, who is calling all of us to come to Him and be a part of that glorious future which He has in store for those who love Him.

If you are not absoultely sure of where you stand with God, consider offering the following prayer with an honest and sincere heart:

Father in heaven, I understand my condition: I am trapped, in and by sin. I no longer will to live my life this way, but rather to be free of it that I may forever dwell in your presence. Please forgive me of my past sins, which were atoned for through the sacrifice of your Son, on the cross. I will to change my thinking and actions and follow only that which is right before You. I ask You to send your Holy Spirit into my heart, and empower me to live uprightly before You. This I ask in Jesus name, amen.

Be assured, God loves you, and will not reject you if you are truthful and sincere in your request (John 6:37). Once you catch a true glimpse of the glory of God through His Word, you will never be satisfied to stay where you are. You will only desire to see more and more; and God will say, come closer, come closer, and I will show you, I AM (John 14:21).

The glory of God saving us, belongs to Him alone.


Part One: Understanding the Person and Nature of God

Part Three: Understanding the Enemy and the Work They are Doing.

Part Four: Understanding My Place in All of This


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The glory of God saving us, belongs to Him alone.

Part One (a): Understanding the Person and Nature of God

Part One (b): The Person and Nature of Jesus Christ

Part One (c): The Holy Spirit of God

Part 2: The Mission of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Part 3: The Enemies of God and the Work They Are Doing

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