We have been talking about the power of our choices and how they are able to limit God’s plan from being fulfilled in our lives.
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 78:41)
Israel limited God through their unbelief in the desert. God had a plan for them but a whole generation missed out on it because of their choices!
We have spent some time in the previous posts discussing the fact that it is us who limit God in our lives. We can pray and fast all we want but He will not be able to move beyond our ability to believe!
I have talked about the belief system being perpetrated in many churches today that declares God is sovereignly controlling everything that happens in our lives. This is the greatest enemy to faith today! If this is true then what is the point of us believing Him for anything?
The sovereignty doctrine provides people with an easy excuse for any of their problems or failures. I have heard people say that their loved one died because it was God’s will for them to go home. There is no consideration to factors in the persons life that may have contributed to their dying of a sickness. I am not making light of these situations. There are many reasons why people die as a result of being sick but regardless it is never God’s will for a person to become sick and die prematurely!
The problem with the things I am sharing in these posts is that they place the responsibility right back on us. We are the only ones able to limit God’s ability to work in our lives.
God has a plan for each of our lives but it will not come to pass unless we cooperate with Him. It is possible for us to miss God’s will. I have had times where I’ve missed it and I’ve known people who have missed His plan. He will not love us any less if we do.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
This verse has been used out of context by a lot of people. God can take anything that happens in our lives and turn it around for good. This doesn’t mean that He causes a tragedy just to be able to turn it around for His purposes. It does mean though that He can turn anything the devil throws at us into something amazing.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (Ephesians 5:14)
This verse is talking about spiritually death. Mankind stumbles through life in a stupor separate from the light of God’s Word. A lot of people go through life and waste countless hours.
People seldom think about God except when facing a crisis.They are focused on ‘amusements’ like television shows, movies, and sporting events. I recently did a word study on this. The word ‘muse’ means to think or ponder. Meditation on God’s word is ‘musing’ on the things of God. Placing ‘a’ in front of ‘muse’ cancels the word and makes it the absolute opposite. To be ‘a’ ‘mused’ means we are placed in a state of absolute not thinking.
Our society wants to be ‘amused’. We come home from work and do not want to engage our brains because we’ve been thinking all day. It is easy to plop down in front of the television and vegetate.
It is not wrong to do things or necessarily go to a movie with a loved one. I am saying though that the way our society has become focused on being ‘amused’ by letting someone else do our thinking has created an open door for Satan.
I believe that the condition of our society is what Paul was addressing in Ephesians 5:14. He was exhorting his readers to arise out of they’re stupor to the things of God.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
I think that we would all agree that we are living in evil times. We are living in an ungodly time and it seems that things are just getting darker. Sins that just twenty years ago would have shocked people are now openly embraced by society.
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