Saturday morning I went to men’s breakfast at church, and as usual, we had a very interesting discussion. Toward the end of the discussion, the topic turned to free will vs Predestination. You know what I mean, am I free to choose God, or did he already decide if I was going to be saved. As you might imagine, even in our small group there were differing views. Now, I am not going to tell you my view, because frankly I’m not sure after Saturday’s discussion exactly what my view is. But, In the end, we all agreed that this could be one of those questions that we won’t get an answer to until we get to Heaven. Thank God there is a Heaven, and that we can get all our questions answered when we get there.
Speaking of getting into Heaven, Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Wow, that is a great promise, as much for what it doesn’t say as for what it does.
It doesn’t say, the things you have done are too horrible to be forgiven.
It doesn’t say you have to understand the whole Bible.
It doesn’t even say, you have to be good enough, or that you have to be perfect before you can get into Heaven.
It only says you need to seek Christ and search for Him with all your heart. You see, God knows I can never be perfect, and He knows that I am going to continue to sin. The great news is that when I seek God with all my heart, he changes my heart to be a good heart, so that even though I will still sin, I know, even as I am sinning, that I am not a sinner, and that this sin that so easily entangles is not the real me.
So, whether I choose God, or He chooses me, one thing we can all agree on is that the power to overcome sin comes from God and God alone. Without God I am powerless to turn away from sin. With God and my new heart, I have a choice to turn to God and away from sin, or…. to follow my old ways. When I follow my old ways, I am still forgiven, but I have allowed myself to be deceived into thinking I am something that I am not, a sinner.
Lord, I pray You will pour out your power in me and through me so I can complete the race you have set before me, and thank You Lord that I can be sure that You will.