God is all about choice.

A road less traveled

When we look at our lives we see how we want things to be, but then we are good at telling ourselves why things won’t work, or why things can’t work. God put no limits on what we can accomplish as long as it is in line with God’s will. That being said you scratch your head and ask, “What is the will of God” or you ask, “Well what about all the bad things people choose to do that stop me”.

In Romans 8 verse 28 a very familiar verse it says, “And we KNOW that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
The scripture says if we are a believer we can KNOW that. It says “in ALL THINGS God works for our good” it doesn’t say “All good things” because sometime we go through some hard things. There are some things that happen in our lives that IF they had not happened we would have NEVER have searched for God’s help in our lives. Things like losing your father or mother unexpectedly, or someone doing something to intentionally to hurt you. People can do things that INTEND to hurt you physically, emotionally, financially, or try to hurt your relationships.

Someone else’s will can cause us great harm. Let me say that a little differently, someone else’s freewill. Well, we live in a fallen world and God can do anything God wants to do, but there is one thing that God will not do. That is to take someone’s freewill away from them. Oh God CAN do that but God will not do that. If God had wanted someone that is forced to worship Him then God could have taken Adam’s freewill away, and he would have never sinned. If we forced someone to love us would it be satisfying to us? God desires us. God wants us to choose to love Him. God desires that we walk in the cool of the day with Him in the garden of our hearts.

Each of us has choices. Every choice you make matters. There are no unimportant choices. You choose to drive to work a different way one morning and you avoid a major accident or you are IN an accident. You pull into the grocery store and you choose to park away from the door to let those that have a hard time walking be closer. Our choices affect the people around us but more importantly our choices affect the people IN our lives. Our choices affect OUR lives and character. What are you good at? Did you get good at something by accident or did you CHOOSE to become good at something? Our lives are our own. We may choose to use our life as we see fit. We can choose to hurt or to help, and that choice has consequences.
The choices are very simple: We can follow our own desires or follow the path of someone else lays out: a boss, a teacher, your mother, your father, a preacher, your peers, or whoever else you want to impress at any given moment, or we may accept the will of God Who loves us. When we treat people with love we are SHOWING God to people that need Him WITH our actions and our heart.

If you would like to turn to 1st John chapter 4 verses 7-8 it says,
“7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE.”

Some people say, “I don’t know what God’s Will is because I read the bible and don’t understand it” This is the thing, read the scriptures if you don’t understand what you read then find someone, someone you trust that is willing to share his or her heart and help you understand it. When you want to know God’s will it only make sense to look to the Creator’s instruction book, the Bible? When we look to the word of God, then we learn to recognize the will of God for our lives. The more often you go to the word of God, the easier it becomes to recognize and submit yourself to the Will of God for your life.

There are a lot of versions of the Bible out there. Some people will tell you this is the only “good” translation, or that one is best. There are times I go to scripture and I will read a passage that I don’t understand it so I go to a website I use, “biblegateway.com”. This site has 46 English versions of the bible and it also has commentaries to guide you. If you have a scripture you aren’t sure of look it up in either the “Living Bible” or in the “Message” both of which are in pretty plain modern day language that will help you catch the spirit of the scripture. If you find comfort in a certain translation then it is good but if you read and don’t understand something keep digging until the Lord reveals the meaning to you. I do need to point out here some versions are translations and some are paraphrases. The difference is a translation is taken directly from the Hebrew and Greek text, but a paraphrase is where someone translates scripture from the original language and then someone else will take that translation and changes it to plain English from the translation. God has given us some very good tools to use.

Regarding God’s will:
I Thessalonians 5: 16-24
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Let me ask you a question, what does that scripture mean when it says, “Rejoice always” and to “Pray continually”? Doesn’t it say right there in the Bible “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus?” God doesn’t sit there waiting for us to mess up to bonk us on the head. He wants us to be a joyful people because we have HOPE. We have hope in God through Jesus; and when it says pray continually it means to keep an open conversation with God going all the time. That’s what prayer is. God cares about every detail of your life. God desires community with you, desires communion with you.

In this world today there are more and more things we are addicted to leading us away from God. Drugs, sex, power, material possessions, entertainment, people, the Internet, and the list of THINGS go on and on of the things that are most important to us. If we can learn to use the tools the world has made a part of us to worship God we will stand strong in the Lord. We can learn to use our addictive natures to become addicted to the one that loves us unconditionally, God, Our Father. The thing the enemy has set in place to RUIN us can lead us to eternal life.

There is nothing I can share with you that comes close to expressing the infinite love God has for us which is without reserve, without regrets. Again I will say it, the choice is simple. God, being God, could MAKE us love Him even if we didn’t want to. But would you even WANT that kind of love? No!?! You want someone to love you only because you love them or because of who you are. But EVEN if we choose NOT to love God, it is God’s will to continue loving us.

Romans 8:34-39
34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God wants your heart. God wants YOU to choose Him. God wants you to choose to love Him through acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice, AND to love the people IN YOUR life.

Hold your hands out in front of you. If you love God and are a believer in Christ you are looking at the hands of God use them for God’s purposes.

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