Today’s Devotional – March 9th (“Free-will? What Free-will!?”)

By admin On March 8th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – March 9th

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Free-will? What Free-will!?

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The term, “free-will” is often heard bandied-about in Christian circles.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg

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No, not those “free-will offerings” spoken of in the Old Testament. Those offerings concerned the chosen people of God.

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No, the “free-will” which is so often spoken of today, concerns the human race, and their ability to choose Salvation, or not choose Salvation.

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WHAT FREE-WILL!?

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And so, to this currently popular doctrine comes the response, “free-will? What free-will!?”Beware-of-dogma-wikimedia-public-domain (2)

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And today will be a quick glance into just what the Bible says about this subject.

 

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But truth is not defined by human reason.

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No! Truth is defined by divine wisdom, as revealed in the Scriptures.

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SATAN: “THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD”

John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11

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The very first place which must be examined is what happened in the Garden of Eden, when Mankind chose to rebel against God’s authority.

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Just what happened?

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Well, as we all know, Satan was given rule over Mankind.

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Oh yes, God was still the ultimate supreme authority.

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But Satan became known as “the god of this world”. (2nd Corinthians 4:4).

 

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MANKIND SPIRITUALLY BLIND

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The second point to be made is this: as “the god of this world”, just what power does Satan have over the minds of men?

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Listen to this… “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom ‘the god of this world’ hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2nd Cor. 4:3, 4.

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Now this verse says that Mankind has been spiritually blinded by “the god of this world”, so that they are unable to see the light of glorious Gospel of Christ.

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NOT JUST BLIND, BUT DEAF TOO!

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But that’s not the only place which speaks of Man’s inability to respond to the Gospel. Listen to this… “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.” Romans 11:7, 8.

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So here is presented the spiritual condition of false brethren amongst God’s people: spiritual blindness and spiritual deafness.

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So they cannot respond to the Gospel, because they are blind and deaf, spiritually speaking!

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DO YOU NEED MORE PROOF?

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Now does this take care of this notion that Mankind has free-will?

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It doesn’t?

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OK, so let’s further explore this notion about free-will.

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“FREE-WILL” NOT FOUND IN BIBLE!

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Thirdly, besides the “free-will offerings” connected with the Temple Service in the Old Testament, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconsthe term “free will” is never used in the Bible concerning lost humanity.

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“free-will” is only used concerning Israelites in God’s Realm: God’s Elect.

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So even the very name, “free-will” is a non-biblical term, except concerning God’s Elect. Yes, God’s Elect have free-will.

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But it never, never says the word, “free-will” concerning lost humanity: never is “free-will” used in connection with those who are lost in the world and those who are still lost in the Church!

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Jesus plainly told those false brethren… “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil.” John 8:43, 44

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SO WHERE’S THE FREE-WILL?

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So now, does this quell this notion of lost humanity having free-will?

 

Remember, God in the Bihttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Book_red;_question_marks.svgble, never says those words, free-will, when speaking of lost Mankind.

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And this is why God warns us not to add to His Word.

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Such false doctrines as this gain impetus when theologians begin inventing names which God does not name!

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HUMANITY SPIRITUALLY DEAD

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OK, so what else does God say concerning humanity?

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Listen… “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:1, 2.

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Not only does this passage call Mankind, “dead in trespasses and sins”, but also says concerning the lost, that they now have, “the prince of the power of the air, that spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”.

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Now the condemnation grows much worse! Now God calls lost humanity, spiritually dead.

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But He also says they now have the spirit of the prince of the power of the air working within them!

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THIS WORLD: SATAN’S PRISON-HOUSE

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Now listen again to what God says here in 2nd Timothy… “if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2nd Timothy 2:24-26

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So just when we thought that humanity’s condition couldn’t be any worse, this above passage indicates that humanity has been taken captive by the Devil!

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Yes, this world was established by God to become a sort of “island prison”. Kind-of like a “Devil’s Island”.

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MANKIND’S HOPELESS CONDITION!

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And so, it is apparent from the above Bible passages, that Mankind is in a hopelessly lost condition. They are unable to repent.

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Therefore, not only are we prisoners of the Devil’s Island prison-house of sin, but as all the above passages in this article conclude, Mankind is deaf, blind, and yes, even dead, spiritually speaking!

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So the question remains: how in the world can we possibly imagine that lost Mankind has free-will?

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How can a dead person respond to the Gospel call?

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How can a blind person see to walk that upward pathway to eternal life?

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How can a deaf person hear the words, “Come follow Me”?

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How can a prisoner of sin and Satan subject his or her self to God’s Word?

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The fact is, Mankind is hopelessly lost and incapable of choosing eternal life!

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The only hope for Mankind is that God will open their blind eyes, loosen them from their prison and from their shackles, open their deaf ears, quicken their dead souls, and give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE…FEBRUARY 8 (Free-will? What Free-will? Part 2: Little Jack Horner Christianity)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord Give me greater understanding into Thy Word. Let me not be prejudiced by the prevailing theories of the day. But let me be like those noble Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily with an open mind…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion, The Good Shepherd”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE THREE GREAT SINS

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When Jesus was tempted by the Devil, there were just three temptations. When Eve considered eating the forbidden fruit in the garden, there were just three considerations, presented by the serpent. When John wrote his first epistle, he enumerated three basic sins of the world. And John summed it up so nicely:

1. The lust of the flesh.

2. The lust of the eyes.

3. The pride of life.

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These were the three basic sins which John laid out, that Satan tempted Jesus with, and also reasoned over by Eve, in her own mind.

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The lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. These are the three basics sins of Mankind, according to Scripture. And God has miraculously inscribed these sins in the Moon’s face. Oh yes, this sounds too incredible to be true. But it is very true. And this article will finish the Moon Into Blood Trilogy, with this 4th article, which is a surprise ending, to a very intricate and stunning message. So come along, and open your mind and your Bible, and try to have the faith of a little child, required for Signs Of Heaven (“And (Jesus) said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 18:3). You will not be disappointed, once you truly witness these signs in the heavens.

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THE SWINE: “LUST OF THE FLESH”

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“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1st John 2:16

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This article will introduce this third beast-like face, inscribed in the Moon: a swine. And it will be shown that the three beast-like faces represent the concept taught in the above verse concerning “the lust of the flesh…the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”.

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It has become apparent that the second face in the Moon, besides appearing as a wolf-like beast, also appears as a Swine. Let’s explore this concept, for a moment. First of all, when a person sees the second face up in the sky, it’s arguable whether or not it looks like a swine. But it must be conceded that the photos do indeed make it appear as if this character has a “sawed-off” snout like a swine. And of course, a swine is spoken of quite frequently in Scripture.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood: Addendum to 2nd Face: The Swine Eater”

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TOMORROW: March 10th

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(Pilgrim’s Progress: Vain-Confidence)

 

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