Your God Given Freedoms

On this weekend where we celebrate our American freedoms. It is my prayer that you will also celebrate and embrace the freedoms our Heavenly Father has given to us.

A father had two sons. However, the father was drunk most of the time, did not go to work, and did not look after his family. In short this father was totally irresponsible.

One son also became a drunk, did not go to work, and did not look after his family. Like his father this son was totally irresponsible.

The other son was different he did not drink, and he worked diligently.  And unlike his father he looked after his family. He was totally responsible.

When people asked either son why did they behaved like they did?  They both said the same thing.

“With a father like mine, how do you expect for me to behave?”

Our God Given Freedom: Free Will

This story illustrates that our destiny is determined not by where we come from or the conditions of our environment or even our parents.

Our destiny is controlled by the God given freedoms contained in what biblical scholars call “God’s Free Will”

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Where the spirit of Jehovah is, there is freedom.”

God said in Genesis 1:26  “Let us make man in our image”

God has free will and in His own image, He gave us free will.

Free Will for Good and for Evil  

Many may question why did God gave us free will if He knew we would use it for evil?

C.S. Lewis the English novelist and lay theologian in his book The Case for Christianity provides a great answer as to why God gave us free will to use for good and evil.

“Of course God knew what would happen if we used our freedom the wrong way: apparently, He thought it worth the risk.

God understands that a state of constant war in the universe is a price worth paying for his highest creation man to have free will. God’s grant of free will creates a real world in which God’s highest creations can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen. Without God’s free will we would live in a toy world which only moves when He pulls all the strings, and we have no choice in accepting his love.  Therefore, the question is that the type of world we would enjoy living in?

Our Free Will Freedoms

God puts into our hands three powerful free will freedoms:

  1. ChoiceEnter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13

While Jesus is clear about which gate we should choose. He still gives us the power to make that choice.

  1. Forgiveness – Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22

God wants us to not only receive but to give forgiveness.  For as Jesus says in Matthew 6:15  “But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

  1. Salvation – While salvation is given to us by God the choice to peruse it belongs to us. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  Mark 16:16

Jesus is knocking at our door with the bread of salvation in hand:  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. and you will eat with me.  Revelation 3:20

Free Will In Action

On this weekend where we celebrate our American freedoms. It is my prayer that you will also celebrate and embrace the freedoms our Heavenly Father has given to us.

We can put the Father’s gift of free will into action by choosing Jesus as our Lord and savior.

Romans 10:9 promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that the Father raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

And as saved men and women of Christ when someone questions our good behavior we can simply say.

“With a father like mine, how do you expect for me to behave?”

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