The Decision is Yours

    as are the Consequences.  

The Origin of the Principle

God created the earth for an environment for the human race to live with God.  God had made mankind with a free will so that they could have a relationship based on love and trust in Him. God planted a garden to provide food for those that He created, and gave them a command to test their use of their free will to love, trust and obey  Him.  Consider Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

God has always left His relationship with the human race to be contingent to their choice, demonstrated by their obedience to His will for them.  Consider  Genesis 3:1-15  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  8And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.  9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.  13And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  14And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Consider  Genesis 3:21-22  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  22And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:  

Mankind used his free will to achieve his desires, but also came the consequences of his decision.  For every action of mankind, sooner or later is sure to bring an action inline with the will of God. 

The whole human race followed the steps of Adam and Eve in using their free will to abandon God and His will for them and go their own way. Consider This fact was spoken of by the Apostle Paul: Romans 1:1-23  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  2(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)  3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;  4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  5By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:  6Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:  7To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.  9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;  10Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.  11For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;  12That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.  13Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.  14I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.  16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 

The bottom line is: Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Consider :Romans 6:23  "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Consider  Col. 1:19-23 "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;"  

As we can see every person has decisions to make, Vs. 23 it had best be made in the will of God.  Each decision will have it's own consequences be they good or bad. 

It is well for all that read or hear God's Word to remember: 1 Peter 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  Consider: Jeremiah 7:23  But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.  

Indeed all are accountable to God for the choices we make.  Remember, mankind used his free will to achieve his desires, but also the consequences of his decision.  Undisputedly, every action of mankind, sooner or later is sure to bring an action in line with the will of God.   

Think of it this way:

God  <- pulls this way--- [Mankind]---- Satan pulls this way ->

Through the agency of the Holy Spirit God always pulls you to a point of balance, so that you may have a free choice in your decision, Amen.  As we can see this is not only proven in the Scriptures, but when I had an opportunity to demonstrate this fact in court.  I believe that helped bring the result of a man having a free choice between right and wrong given a life sentence without parole. 

Let us all follow Jesus who said: John 14:12-16  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. [13] And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. [15] If ye love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  

CONSIDER THE RESULTS   

     14:12 A Christ like life. 
    
13 That the Father be glorified. 
    
14 Answered prayer. 
    
15 Motivation is love not demand. 
    
16 Jesus prayer for us to receive the Holy Spirit. 

All are the result of using our will to do the Father's will, Amen  All such have the promise of . . . Romans 8:26-31   Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. [27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. [28] 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. [29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. [30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. [31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  

This is something we must all, think about, pray about, and act upon, if we are to claim that promise, and I certainly pray you can, and will. 

However those that do not follow the Lord and His Word, let them understand rejecting Jesus love and work for them also brings sure consequences. John 15:1-11  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. [2] Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. [3] Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. [6] If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. [7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. [8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. [9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. [10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. [11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  

Indeed all are accountable to God, the choice is ours to make, but so are the consequences, both are sure, be it good or bad. Consider: 2 Thes. 1:8  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

May your decisions bring the promise Romans 8:28 “ 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.”                

Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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