“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep His commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in His ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy."
“But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy."
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying Him, and committing yourself firmly to Him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Kingdom citizens, know that having the freedom to choose is extended to all, not only believers! When you look at our world and all the terrible things in it, understand that everything that happens, happens because of choices people have made. God gave all of mankind the freewill to choose life or death. We can pray, be we cannot overwrite God's decree of the gift of freewill just because the world chooses death and rejects the Lord Jesus as their savior.
Religion will try to force its will over the people in the world because they are making evil choices that bring death and destruction. But to force ones will and choices upon another goes against the Lord God's gift of freewill. We have no authority to do this. Our responsibility as citizens of the Kingdom of God is to go into that world and represent Jesus and be examples of life in the Kingdom with it's benefits. We are responsible to be light in the darkness.
We are not called to force the world to accept Jesus as their Savior. We present the Gospel and the Lord draws them. But, they still have their freewill and are free to accept or reject Him...choices. We are only called to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus taught, around the world. Everyone should be given that final--greatest--choice of all. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:12-14
Religion's controlling spirit has tried far too often to force the world to live by its standards. Personally, I wish the world would all live by God's standards as laid out in His Word! That is the world I want to live in. But our desire to have a Godly world should not be brought about by taking away freewill and God's gift of "choices". He didn't force mankind and we cannot either. When we try, with the best of intentions, to force our will upon non-believers, we are being disobedient, and yes, in sin!
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. Galatians 5:12-15
Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. John 7:17 NIV
For many years I have heard "Don't be surprised when sinners sin!" That is very true. Hard truths: 1. Everyone won't be saved. 2. As long as we live on this earth, there will be evil, sin, death and destruction. Choose life or death. The world is choosing death and destruction.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
The religious of today misrepresent Christ and drive people away from ever knowing Him, when they try to control the sins of the world. You are called to represent your King Jesus and His Kingdom, and to present the Gospel to those who cross your path. Stay in your own lane.
Be a Kingdom light shining in the darkness,
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