Tuesday, February 05, 2013

"Free choice" - ‎02/04/13 - Exodus 10:1-12:51

"God said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s not going to listen to a thing you say so that the signs of my presence and work are going to multiply in the land of Egypt."   Moses and Aaron had performed all these signs in Pharaoh’s presence, but God turned Pharaoh more stubborn than ever—yet again he refused to release the Israelites from his land." (11:9-10)

God gave us free choice from the very beginning.

Adam and Eve - free choice..........Can you say, "apples"..........

Ever wonder if anyone really thinks about how horrible it would be to have a heart that God would harden even more for His glory.  To be in a place where you have totally taken your free choice and decided that God isn't for you.  To shut the door and throw away the key.

He knew Pharaoh's heart, better than even Pharaoh did.  He knew that Pharaoh was never going to come to him - think about all the plagues he went through and still did not submit to God. 

His heart was of evil.  He was of no good. 

He made his free choice.

Today, we see so many persons running rampant in the world spreading evil.  At times we may wonder where God is, why is this happening. 

We may even begin to doubt.

Doubt that He is in total control. 

But, we have to live with the consequences of our, and others, free choice.  And sometimes, it isn't pretty. 

I think about the persons in the Bible who were of an evil heart.  Pharaoh.  Judas.  Jezebel.  Quite a few actually.  But, the most important thing about those with an evil heart - as long as they were breathing - they could make the free choice and repent.

Turn to Him and God would take them. 

That is what God is all about.  He doesn't want puppets or robots.  He wants us as He created us - in His image.  He wants us to make the choice to love Him.  He desires us.  Not just wants, but "desires" with everything He is.

It is also our free choice to what kind of heart He will be using for His glory. 

A heart that is in Him or out of Him. 

It is black and white - not gray.  There isn't any "sitting on the fence". 

It is our free choice.

It is my free choice.

Where is your heart? 

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