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Day-by-Day – Day 80 – Man’s Will – Pull Up A Chair

~John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

It is not God’s will for us to go to hell. That is not His desire for us. Our salvation is our choice. We either believe in Jesus Christ, accept that we are sinners and that He is the only way to Heaven or we don’t.

~John 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

I see the world’s viewpoint of Christ in several ways:

1. They truly accept Christ’s work on the cross for their sin and are truly born again.
2. They have “believed” in Jesus Christ because they are religious and that is how they have been taught all their lives.
3. They have heard about Jesus Christ but they really don’t care one way or another.
4. They have heard about Christ but they hate all that He stands for.

The Bible says that if one does not believe in Jesus Christ, he is condemned already. This is not an act from God but a free will act by man. Man chooses not to believe in Christ. God will not force Himself upon anyone. He has provided a way for man to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son. However, if a person chooses to go his own way and does not want Jesus Christ as part of his life, then that is his choice – not God’s choice.

~Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Believing unto righteousness is quite different from just “knowing.” I was raised roman catholic but I did not believe in Jesus Christ unto righteousness. I knew about Christ but I did not believe unto righteousness. Had I done so, I would have been born-again (John 3:3) – I would have changed (2 Corinthians 5:17) – my desires would be focused on learning about Christ and living my life for Him (2 Timothy 2:15). Christ’s righteousness is upon the believer after salvation.  There is definitely a difference between playing church and being truly born again. The heart is very different after salvation. That is the heart that believes unto righteousness.

Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees when they were trying to trick Him:

~Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

The Pharisees saw with their own eyes how publicans and harlots believed and followed after righteousness when they heard John the Baptist preach. Yet, even after seeing the changes in these people, the Pharisees did not repent nor did they believe. It was their choice. Sadly, their choice cost them Heaven! Their choice damned them for all eternity.

It is the will of God that saves, it is the will of man that damns.
Charles H. Spurgeon

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  1. Oh Kate, your devotional today was such a poignant message!! How we ALL need to be reminded that “profession of faith” and “possession of faith” are very different indeed. Eternity will reveal this. These verses of Scripture come to mind which are found in the gospel of Mark chapter 4 – Verses 2-20.

    2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
    3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
    4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
    5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
    6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
    7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
    8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
    9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
    10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
    11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
    12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
    13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
    14 The sower soweth the word.
    15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
    16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
    17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
    18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
    19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
    20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

    Thank you precious sister for faithfully posting these daily devotionals which teach us so much. To GOD be the glory!!! May “the LORD thy God….bless thee in all that thou doest.” Deut. 15:18b

    LOVE YOU, Vicky

  2. Thank you once again Vicky for visiting! Broad is the way which leads to destruction!! My prayer is that this blog would be used to lead, even one, to Christ!

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