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When people say, “God is in control,” what do they mean? I believe most of the time they mean that if something happens, good or bad, it was God’s will — because He is in charge of everything — He is sovereign. The problem with this thinking is, it’s not true. God is never the author of bad.
Our free will:
The word “sovereign” means: supreme in power or authority, not influenced by outside sources. But most people believe it means God is in control of every aspect of our lives and the lives of everyone. The truth is: if God is in complete control, then we don’t have free will. And we know God gave us all free will.
2 Peter 3:9b – not wishing for any to perish, but that all should turn to repentance. Matthew 7:13 — You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. We can see God’s will is that no man perish.
So, if He is control of everything, why do more people reject Him than accept Him? The reason is that God gave us all free will. Our choices matter. God has a perfect plan for all of our lives. But we have to choose to follow Him and His word to experience that plan.
We are responsible for our choices, our decisions. It’s those choices that determine whether or not we receive God’s blessings — whether or not we receive His salvation. Our choice!
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 8:23 AM CDT
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