The Mystery of the Will of God vs. Human Free Will- Part 2

Okay, diving back into this topic. Please excuse the sporadic thinking, this is not an eloquent piece, but I believe it’s purpose and content far exceeds the need for eloquence. Just a brief recap: the other day I discussed the reality of human free will with divine support and guidance from God. We learned that God’s Will, will be done regardless of the chosen path.

So back to the book I was reading when I had my breakthrough-The most profound statement I have read in my life jumped out at me at the end of this book “God wills that his people receive his abundant blessings, that they pursue him and seek him and since they do not will it, it cannot happen.”

This statement pierced through my soul- I found that I had been thinking too big-picture about the Will of God, which is far beyond my comprehension anyway, and I had neglected my faith in His promises- His promises reveal his Will for our personal lives.

Let’s talk about a few of the Lord’s promises: Here’s a popular one- Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Notes: The Father longs to fulfill his promises to you, to bring you fortune, to bring you a good life, it is His will. You must not refrain from asking the Lord for that of which you desire because you fear it might not be in congruence with his will. Ask, my child- He says – ASK and it will be given unto you. He LIVES to display his glory through the fulfillment of his promises, he LIVES to display the greatness of his love to his children through answered prayers. That’s why Jesus said that if we, who are evil, know how to give gifts to our children, how much more will your heavenly Father give unto you. In this he is glorified in us.

Matthew 7:7 

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Another beautiful promise- and we owe all of this to Christ, who conquered sin and death. Because of him, we can expect answers to our prayers. When God would not take the cup of Wrath away from Christ per his bold request in the garden at Gethsemane- “Father, take this cup from me.” the Lord continued “Father, not what I will, but what Thou wilt”- this, making Christ’s fulfillment complete, in his submission and obedience, the Father provided him with an angel from heaven to strengthen him. Though the Father did not remove the cup, this did not prevent our Savior from lifting up his request to the Father- Christ was still answered in his request nevertheless. This gives us further guidance in our prayer lives.

{Side Note: Gethsemane reveals the REALNESS of Christ’s earthly life, he was so troubled before he entered into his passion, growing very sorrowful, with loud cries and tears in prayer and his sweat falling “Like blood”.  Yes, Christ was perfect, but he still endured an earthly life, he was tempted, he was burdened, he was troubled. But in the greatest act of submission to the Father’s Will in the greatest prayer ever prayed, humanity was redeemed.}

James 4:3

“Ye ask, but ye receive not because ye ask amiss”

           There is a pretty straightforward correction right there from the lips of Jesus Himself. Let us not blame God for our prayers being unanswered, let us instead reflect within ourselves what was missing from our prayers- we cannot make God out to be a liar, if he says “Ask and ye shall receive” he means it. It is not conditional, God is not conditional. Faith is what unifies, and solidifies our relationship with our Heavenly Father. If your prayers are unanswered, ask God to reveal to you what is missing, let the spirit guide you to search within yourself what vital component is missing from your prayers- this is how he helps you grow, this is how the Lord further asserts the Fatherly nature of his relationship with you. I am guilty of this to the fullest, I have marked many unanswered prayers on him, and I have neglected to search what is missing within myself.

Jesus, instructs us how to pray with the Sermon on the Mount. By providing us with the Lord’s prayer, we are provided with a “Rubric” so to speak, to follow when praying to the Father. That’s a whole topic on it’s own, but just something I’d like whoever is reading to consider.

So, free will- how confusing might it be that we have the freedom to choose, while fulfilling the Will of God regardless. How powerful incomprehensible is this? Faith is essential; doubt shames God. Doubt says that “God I know what you have promised but how can I be so sure you’re going to give it to me- I know you repeatedly say it in your word, but, I don’t know if I believe it.”

I know varying amounts of people read this blog day to day- my intention is not to become widely known, or praised for this blog, for such things I couldn’t care less. This is an opportunity for God to work through me, an opportunity for him to perhaps touch one or two souls who read this. I’m not writing it for the many, I’m writing it for the one- and even at that it’s not necessarily me doing the good here, I come to you in full humility and humbleness for I am as much of a sinner as you, I am no better than any of you. If it is you who are struggling, if it is you who feels as though you have lost your way and cannot find your way back- say this to yourself out loud “I believe in God the Father, I believe he is the creator of all things, heaven and earth, I believe in his Son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected on the third day and ascended into heaven. I invite Jesus to become the ruler of my heart from this day forward.” (Romans 10:9-11)

God is not a liar- and if his word STATES that if you believe in the Son, you are saved, you better stinkin’ believe it. Today is the day you can start over, today is the day that you can be born again by Grace. Nothing you encounter today will be the same as anything in the past, because now you endure life fully aware of His presence, and His abundant grace in your life. If it is you my brother or sister, all that is required of you is Faith. That is the beginning and end of it all. My prayer is that your Faith abound more in depth and wisdom so that you can accept and receive God’s promises into your heart, which is ultimately his will. To Him be the glory.

If you have any questions, or if you simply just need someone to talk to please email me at Meagan.kimbro@yahoo.com . There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to life and faith. No matter what you’re faced with, no matter how impossible your circumstance appears through our earthly eyes- remember that nothing is impossible to God. So pray, pray without shame or reluctance, pray my brothers and sisters; lay your requests at his feet, and then get out of his way. For the Lord says “Take heart, for I have overcome the world” (John16:33)

In Christ,

Meagan

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