What if we were all born with a God nature instead of a sin nature? Would it have been better if God had created us this way? From our mother’s womb we would all have the nature to love and obey God. We would all love and get along with each other. We would all obey and be doers of God’s word, if only He had created us this way. There would be no fighting with the flesh, no resisting the devil, no falling to temptations, no following wrong influences because within our nature, there would be no desire for anything contrary to God. If only we were all created or programmed to love and obey God only, how wonderful it would be, or would it?
God could have created each of us to be programmable beings, who only carried out his instructions. He could have created us to have no feelings, desires, emotions or pleasures for anything but God. In other words, we would be robots. However, this was not God’s desire. God’s desire was for each person to choose to worship him from the heart. He wanted us to love him just as much as he loved us. Not because we were programmed to, but because we choose to. However, In order for choices to come from the heart there has to be more than one option to choose from.
Violence, greed, drugs, crime, gangs, wrong relationships are some of the other options we are presented with in this world and some people will choose these things, instead of choosing God. Why does God allow such things to exist, when he knows that some people will go after them instead of him? There are different reasons why God allows them, but one of the reasons is because God wants each person to choose for themselves, the things they will or will not do. Although, it is not God’s will that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9), He is not going to force his will upon anyone. God’s word teaches us what His will is for our lives and He will even send warning to let us know that the path we’re on is the wrong one, but he will not force his will upon us. However, God does not expect us to resist these things in our own strength. Throughout the bible God tells us “I will help you”.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle on you.
It’s when we refuse his instructions, his guidance and his help that we become prey to wrong things. God knows the strong hold that these things can have over us, and he knows that we are not able to stand up against them in our own strength. I use to feel that God was sitting back shaking his head at me when ever I messed up, saying “I knew she wasn’t going to make it”. I saw God as a God who was angry and disappointed in me and I wanted to try to prove my love to him. I was hoping, if I made the right choices in my own strength, he would be proud of me and love me. However, I was not able to do it in my own strength. Time and time again I messed up because I didn’t call on him as I should have. The guilt and shame made me feel even further from him and it seemed like I found myself in a cycle of repeating the sin and feeling to shame to go to God. I finally had to make the choice to cry out to God for help. I had to make the choice to confess my weakness. I had to make the choice to believe and meditate on his word. I had to make the choice to speak his promises over the temptations I faced. When I decided to choose God’s will for my life, in Him, I found the strength to change.
God created us with free will to choose. He didn’t want people who would only worship him because they were programmed to do so, He wanted people who would choose to serve him from the heart.
“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
True love always flow from the heart. Love will create in us devotion, dedication and commitment to serve God with all of our hearts. Love for God, will help us to stay with him even when things are not going our way. When you choose to love God with your heart it blesses him. His word says:
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16
God does not want to force you into loving him, he wants you to choose to love Him. He wants you to choose to worship Him. He wants you to choose to obey him. Because only then, when it is coming from your heart, will it be true love.
From my heart to yours, I ask that you please share this message. I know there is someone out there who needs to read it. Thanks in advance!
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But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God…August 28, 2014