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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Psalm 115:2-3 “Why do the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”
Psalm 14:1-3 “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one.”

          It’s a matter of control. People who say that there is no God believe that the perceived restrictions that ‘religion’ brings would put a damper on their lives. They believe they are running their lives just fine without some mystical spirit being calling the shots. They make fun of Christians and revel in their own foolishness never realizing that what they ridicule can save them from the corruption that is eating them alive. First of all, they are mistaken regarding the whole control issue. It is the very free will that they enjoy which allows them to shun God in the first place. If God truly wanted to control them, He would and they would have nothing to say about it. Secondly, it is not about religion at all, but rather about a relationship that is cultivated. The closer we get to God the more we begin to understand. Those that shun God would rather place their faith and trust in something, anything else but God. Those who believe that God is who He says He is have chosen of their own volition to love, serve and worship Him. No one has ever forced anyone to believe in or serve Jehovah God. Now there are some around the world that have actually killed those who made the choice to believe in God, but no one is forced to believe.
          In the case of those that do believe we realize that God is real and because of that realization we are compelled by love and our own limited understanding to serve Him as best we can with the assistance of His Holy Spirit. We have allowed God to infiltrate our minds and hearts and make alterations in us from within. It was our choice to do that. We choose to read His word, we choose to go to church, we choose to praise God, and we choose to live for Him. No one forces us to do any of that. Our compulsion came from our understanding that what scripture says of Him makes sense and is true. It’s easier to disbelieve something than it is to believe it, just like it is easier to lie than it is to tell the truth. Each comes with a price attached to it. Those that refuse to believe there is a God will have to pay their sin debt all by themselves. Those that believe have had that debt paid for them. The non-believer thinks they have complete control over their own lives, but nothing could be further from the truth. They are unwilling, unknowing pawns used by Satan. He does as he pleases with them. Not so with the Christian. The closer we draw to God the closer He draws to us and the more we feel His presence. He lovingly leads us into that which will benefit us the most. We are not controlled, but rather consciously committed to the One who loved us so much that He died for us.