Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Is faith a spiritual gift that a man has no control over OR is it the result of man’s free will supported by his actions? When you are ‘full of faith’, are you ‘faithful’?
God’s sovereignty does NOT negate man’s free will. Someone says that it is a SERIOUS MISCONCEPTION to suggest that the sovereignty of God negates man’s free will and personal responsibility.
The sovereignty of God has to do with HIS RIGHT to act according to HIS WILL, and in harmony with HIS NATURE.
His sovereignty is NOT compromised by HIS INABILITY to lie. His sovereignty is LIMITED, however, BY HIS OWN HOLY NATURE.
Recently, I was engaged in a discussion about God’s authority. To me, it means obedience and submission. To another, it means understanding through reasoning i.e. to ‘argue, debate, question…’ and understanding through reasoning that obedience is for our own good.
A psalm of David – Psalm 19:7-11
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; In keeping them there is great reward.
I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God’s sight. God is my LORD, Rock and Redeemer. Amen!
I am convinced that every word that David wrote in this psalm is true. God is pure and holy. It is for MY OWN GOOD to obey our God who is pure and holy, just and righteous. God is LOVE. God is LIGHT. God is PERFECT. If I do not obey Him, who do I obey? Surely not the one who has become God’s enemy, who is still trying very hard to become God himself. He is deceiving many to follow him so that he may gain more power. In reality, he is deceiving himself.
I think it is okay that a child asks questions whenever he has any doubt regarding the rules given to him by his parents or his teachers because some rules are man-made. But, most of the time, rules are set to prevent harm and to protect people. For example, traffic rules are set to prevent accidents and to protect road users from getting hurt. Playground rules are also set to prevent accidents and to protect children from getting hurt. I earnestly pray that children will not argue, debate, question or even find fault because they are rebellious.
The Bible says: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Another version: For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. (1 Samuel 15:23)
The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
So if I want to be wise, I must first have the FEAR of the LORD. It is good to pray for our children to have FEAR of the LORD because that is the beginning of wisdom.
The more we draw near to God, the more we will know Him. The more we know Him, the more we will understand. The more we understand, the wiser we will become. Hallelujah! Praise God!
Dear Father God,
Your Words are spirit and life, O Lord: richer than gold, stronger than death;
Your Words are spirit and life, O Lord; life everlasting;
Living by God’s truth is holy and sure;
God’s presence is everlasting.
God’s truth is eternal, bringing us justice;
Bringing God’s justice to all.
God’s Words is precious, desired more than gold;
Worth more than we dare to imagine
And sweeter than honey, this word will feed us,
Bringing fulfilment and joy.
(Song: Your Words are Spirit and Life by Bernadette Farrell)
Thank You Lord!
Lam Yee Ling