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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Going to the Son: The Pathway to Peace - Purity 453


 Going to the Son: The Pathway to Peace 

Purity 453 06/24/2021   Purity 453 Podcast

Good morning

Today’s photo of a rushing stream beneath the peaks of mountains, possibly Heaven’s peak, at Lake MacDonald’s Glacier Park in Montana is brought to us from a friend’s extensive wilderness vacation out west.  A quick peak at Google Maps causes me to believe this is McDonald Creek that runs parallel to the “Going-to-the-Sun Road” that flows from the Glacier Park and pours into Lake MacDonald. 

I share it because it is an awesome photo but also because I love to share pictures of pathways on Thursdays to invite people to join me on the path of Christian Discipleship by attending our Community Freedom Discipleship Class tonight at Rock Solid Church at 6:30 pm, or by joining the class remotely via the mt4christ247 podcast.   We are currently teaching from Dr Neil Anderson’s the Bondage Breaker, and I feel it is a valuable teaching for experiencing your freedom in Christ.

As for our photo, McDonald Creek isn’t your typical pathway in that it is water, but I have recently made more friends who are kayak enthusiasts and had to admit that this creek would be a pathway for some.  Even though there are rapids, and many wouldn’t have the equipment, opportunity, or motivation to follow this particular pathway, some would approach it and follow its twists and turns with zeal.  

Likewise the pathway of Christian discipleship isn’t for everyone.  When you decide to follow the Lord’s call and leadings for your life, it usually doesn’t take long to discover that there will be twists and turns and it won’t always be smooth sailing.  

Christ said that the world hated Him so it will hate His followers as well. Christians are promised persecution because they have no choice but to stand upon the rock of Jesus Christ and proclaim Him as the sole means of salvation.   

Regardless of the plethora of other spiritual pathways available to choose from, Christ said that He was the way, the truth, and the life and that no one goes to the Father except through Him.  

So we are guaranteed to face some resistance on Christ’s path, but like the Apostles who walked it before us, we know that Jesus is the Son of God and that His way leads to eternal life, and we simply have no where else to go.   

We know this truth in our hearts because God has revealed Himself to us and we follow this path not out of some perceived obligation to follow the rules, but we follow where the Lord would lead us because of our love for Him and because we know His way is not just the only way, it’s the best way.  

His path doesn’t just lead to eternal life. His pathway gives us the power to experience heaven on earth by giving us increasing freedom from the dark ways of the world as we cultivate the fruit of the Spirit and know the peace that comes from living in harmony with God.

So go to the Son. Trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior and follow the path that God puts before you.  The Lord is always there to hear you and to guide you, but you have to ask for His help and come along side Him by agreeing that He knows best and by trusting that He will never lead you astray.

 

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Today’s verse encourages us and instructs us in how we are to experience perfect peace.  If we trust in the Lord and keep our minds on Him, the Lord will keep us in perfect peace!   

That shouldn’t be a surprise to us for the promises of the peace that goes beyond all understanding are presented throughout scripture to be contingent on our harmonious relationship with the Lord which begins when we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  

That’s the thing that those who are screaming for peace in our society and in the church seem to forget. There is no true peace without having peace with God. And not only that but those who have peace with God must keep the peace! 

So we must introduce those who don’t know Him to the way of peace: Jesus Christ.  Unfortunately, I know from my personal history and from my efforts to evangelize how hardened, resistant, and blind those outside of God’s grace can be.  So don’t just present a gospel message, present yourself and the way you live your life as an enduring testimony of God’s abundant mercy, kindness, and love.  

Those who are perishing need to know that we care. So speak the truth in love and be sure to share what you were like before you knew the Lord so that they will understand that the kingdom of God is for them too.

As for those in the church who are without peace, encourage them to surrender some of their worldly ways for God’s ways and to draw close to Him in regular Bible Study, prayer, and worship.  It’s hard to say our mind is stayed on the Lord if we are living the way we used to before coming to faith.  Our relationship with the Lord calls us to repent of the world’s course ways and to seek a righteous and holy life.  

I advise caution in your attempts to transform because we can’t live the Christian life by the sweat of our brows with forced obedience. We must love the Lord and willingly decided to give more of ourselves to Him.  It’s not easy and I would say not to do everything all at once and instead go in prayer and ask the Lord what He can help you with. 

The chances are that you already know the problems to address. They usually have been a negative influence or ongoing dilemma of your life that you feel powerless to change.  But with God all things are possible, but we might have to take the slow road to get there by experiencing and claiming our freedom and victory each new day.   

When we surrender to the Lord there may be seasons of turmoil but when we keep our minds on Him and trust Him some how we have peace in the midst of the storm and find even more when the rain finally stops.   

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, continuing in Chapter 4.

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support His work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $15.00:

A New Master

Because we are identified with Christ in His death and resurrection, we have become new and are part of the new humanity. In this change, we have a new power of dominion in our lives. This is clearly expressed in Romans 6:5-7 (NIV): "If we have been united with him . . . in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin." "Old self" in this passage literally means old man. The old man in relation to the believer has been crucified in Christ and he has put on the new man (see Col. 3:10).

Paul says, "Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:11). We don't consider it so to make it so. We are to continuously believe we are alive in Christ and dead to sin because it is so. Believing anything doesn't make it true. God said it is true; therefore we believe it. Death is the ending of a relationship, not an existence. Sin is still present, appealing and powerful; but when you are tempted to sin, you can say, "I don't have to do that. By the grace of God I can live a righteous life."

To illustrate, look at Romans 8:1, 2: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Is the law of sin and of death still operative? Yes, that is why Paul calls it a law. You can't do away with a law, but you can overcome it by a greater law, which is the "law . . . of life in Christ Jesus."

For instance, as mortals we can't fly in our own strength, but we can fly in an airplane because an airplane has a power greater than the law of gravity. If you don't think the law of gravity is still in effect, then flip the switch at 30,000 feet. You will crash and burn. If we walk by faith according to what God says is true in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will "not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). If we believe a lie and walk according to the flesh, we will crash and burn.

Saved and Sanctified by Faith

Paul says in Romans 6:6, "our old self was crucified" (past tense). We try and try to put the old man to death and we can't do it. Why not? Because he is already dead. Because many Christians are not living the abundant life, they incorrectly reason, "What experience has to occur for this to be true?" The only thing that had to happen for that to be true happened nearly two thousand years ago, and the only way you can enter into that experience is by faith.

A dear pastor who heard of my ministry asked for an appointment with me. He said, "I have struggled for 22 years in ministry and I finally think I know what the answer is. In my devotions I read the following passage in Col. 3:3 (NIV), 'For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.' That's it, isn't it?"

I assured him it was, then he asked, "How do I do that?"

I suggested he read the passage just a little bit slower. This dear man for 22 years had been desperately trying to become somebody he already was, and so do many other believers. We cannot do for ourselves what Christ has already accomplished for us.

Too many Christians are trying to show that the Bible is true by the way they live. It will never work for them. We accept what God says is true and live accordingly by faith, and this abundant life works out in our experience. If we try to make it true by the way we live, we will never get there. Paul points out the futility of that thinking in Galatians 3:2 (NIV): "I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?"

We are saved by faith and we walk or live by faith. We have been sanctified by faith and we are being sanctified by faith and by faith alone. We are neither saved nor sanctified by how we behave, but by how we believe.

God's work of atonement changes sinners to saints. The radical change, regeneration, is effected at the moment of salvation. The ongoing change in the believer's daily walk continues throughout life. The progressive work of sanctification, however, is only fully effective when the radical, inner transformation by regeneration is realized and appropriated by faith.

As a new Christian you were like a lump of coal: unattractive, somewhat fragile and messy to work with. After time and pressure, however, coal becomes hardened and beautiful. Although the original lump of coal is not a diamond, it consists of the right substance to become a diamond. Right now, you are a diamond in the rough, but given enough time and pressure, you will be like a diamond, revealing the glory of God.

Anthony Hoekema comments, "You are new creatures now! Not totally new, to be sure, but genuinely new. And we who are believers should see ourselves in this way: no longer as depraved and helpless slaves of sin, but as those who have been created anew in Christ Jesus."


Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.

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God bless you all!

 

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

By His Stripes We are Healed? : Purity 437


 Purity 437 06/05/2021 Purity 437 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo come from our mountain hiking friend who is exploring the Catskills as this scene was captured somewhere along the Blackhead Mountain loop on May 24th. Hiking Blackhead Mountain is rated as difficult and there are several options of hiking it with distances ranging from 4.4 to 13.8 miles long.  (https://www.catskillhiker.net/Catskill35/peaks/blackhead.shtml).  So if you feel like following in our friend’s footsteps, you should plan ahead and take the advice of those who have gone before you.  

I for one have not made any expeditionary plans but have a somewhat full schedule of activities this weekend that will give me the opportunity to appreciate some friend’s company and to praise the Lord. Sometimes you don’t have to plan anything. Sometimes you just have to show up and take advantage of the planning of others.  

We made it to the weekend and no matter if you are going to travel, meet up with friends and family, or just stay at home, I pray that you accomplish whatever you hope to do and find some peace and rest even if you don’t.     

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Today’s verse is an Old Testament prophecy that describes the Messiah as a suffering servant, and it is clear to Christians that this verse in Isaiah is describing Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the Cross.

While most. if not all Christians, would agree that this verse describes our being forgiven of our sins and being justified by Christ’s sacrificial suffering and death on the cross, there can be quite a difference of opinion over what the phrase “by His stripes we are healed” can mean. 

Some use this verse as a prayer, or even as a promise, that God can and will grant physical healing from injury or disease.  

Perhaps, surprisingly, I would have to agree with more conservative Christians and say that using this verse as a mantra to receive healing is a misinterpretation of the verse as the context clearly refers to our “transgressions” and “our iniquities” as the things that we had to be “healed” of and the purpose of the Messiah’s suffering was for “The chastisement for our peace”, with God.   We need to be forgiven and “healed” of our sins to be reconciled with God and have peace with Him.  

Now when place our faith in Christ we are healed of sin, meaning we have the power to say no to sin and live a righteous life and in a way we are healed of all diseases because we are given eternal life.   

In terms of asking for physical healing, and as a biblical scholar, I think we shouldn’t necessarily use Isaiah 53:5 as a “healing verse”, although in a general overall “salvation is healing and new life” sense, you could. 

But I think there are plenty of verses in the New Testament where Jesus actually heals physical disease and demonic activity where He states phrases like “your faith has made you well” that are more appropriate for the Christian to use as prayers for healing. 

But I also think God hears us even if we don’t use Bible verses to get our message across. Bible verses aren’t magic words that we use to push God’s hand. Believe me I have tried. 

God is all knowing and loving. He can see the intents of our hearts so while I think that He appreciates it when we attempt to please Him by knowing and using His word in prayer, I think He will do things according to His purposes regardless of whether we follow some Bible verse formula or not.  

Now I am not saying that God doesn’t heal or that we shouldn’t pray for healing. I have prayed over myself for healing when feeling in pain or when feeling I was becoming ill, and I believe I received healing as the symptoms were stopped in their tracks. 

However, I have also prayed for healing over things and have not received healing and had to take medication or have procedures done to be cured.  

But as a Christian, I pray for healing first.  If I don’t receive healing, then I go to the doctor. And after I go to the doctor, I pray for the treatments to work.  

Even in the New Testament times, Apostles could heal people miraculously but would also get sick themselves, as Paul had some sort of eye ailments and a “thorn in the flesh”, Timothy had stomach issues, and Epaphroditus got sick and almost died.

So even back when Apostles were working miracles, God allowed illness and disease for His purposes.  But just as back then the Apostles remained faithful even to death, so must we remain faithful today.  

So keep walking and talking with God. Pray for healing because God may grant it but even if it doesn’t come we can take comfort in knowing that He will give us strength and He will one day completely redeem us with glorified bodies which will transcend death itself.     

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, concluding Chapter 1, with the section on “Who I Am in Christ”. 

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support His work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $15.00:

 

Who I Am in Christ

I Am Accepted

John 1:12

I am God's child.

John 15:15

I am Christ's friend.

Romans 5:1

I have been justified.

1 Cor. 6:17

I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him.

1 Cor. 6:20

I have been bought with a price. I belong to God.

1 Cor. 12:27

I am a member of Christ's Body.

Ephes. 1:1

I am a saint.

Ephes. 1:5

I have been adopted as God's child.

Ephes. 2:18

I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.

Col. 1:14

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Col. 2:10

I am complete in Christ.

I Am Secure

Romans 8:1-2

I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28

I am assured that all things work together for good.

Romans 8:31-34

I am free from any condemning charges against me.

Romans 8:35-39

I cannot be separated from the love of God.

2 Cor. 1:21-22

I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.

Phil. 1:6

I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected.

Phil. 3:20

I am a citizen of heaven.

Col. 3:3

I am hidden with Christ in God.

2 Tim. 1:7

I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

Hebrews 4:16

I can find grace and mercy in time of need.

1 John 5:18

I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I Am Significant

Matthew 5:13-14

I am the salt and light of the earth.

John 15:1, 5

I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life.

John 15:16

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Acts 1:8

I am a personal witness of Christ.

1 Cor. 3:16

I am God's temple.

2 Cor. 5:17-21

I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

2 Cor. 6:1

I am God's coworker (see 1 Cor. 3:9).

Ephes. 2:6

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephes. 2:10

I am God's workmanship.

Ephes. 3:12

I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Phil. 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 


Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.

----------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

 

God bless you all!

 

Join our “Victory over the Darkness” or “The Bondage Breaker” series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, and Audible.com. 

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Purity 359: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


Purity 359  03/06/2021 Purity 359 Podcast

Good morning!

Today’s photo comes from our friends who are travelling in Florida and just seems to be the perfect follow up to yesterday’s palm lined pathway to the beach.  Although I am almost sure that this beach is not what lies at the end of the path we saw yesterday, I can easily imagine it is and that my friend was rewarded with this heavenly view over the ocean for being bold enough to go down it. 

So Friday’s pathway has brought us here to Saturday and now we can rest and bask in what God has brought us to.  

So what will your Saturday be like? The beauty of our free will is that we can make of it whatever we like. We can use it to perform some tasks that need our attention, we can go out an seek new things, or we can simply use it to rest.    Whatever you choose, I hope you accomplish what you intend but also hope that you are met with a pleasant surprise or two along the way.   

As always, I encourage you to invite God into your experience by thanking Him for what He brings you to or for asking Him for His strength to get you through it.   He is there for us in good times and bad and some how when He is with us its always better no matter what we face.


This morning’s meditation verses are:

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Todays verse from the Old Testament prophesies the coming of the Messiah and is often presented at churches during the Christmas season to declare the coming of Jesus Christ our newborn King.   This prophecy was made about 700 years before the birth of Christ.  The sheer magnitude of the Old Testament prophecies that are fulfilled in Jesus Christ should be compelling enough for any skeptic to believe that Jesus is the Messiah.   

If anyone has doubts, I invite them to watch Lee Strobel’s documentary “The Case for Christ” on You Tube: https://youtu.be/rbTSyqbUz1A .  Strobel’s story and the evidence he presents further convinced me of the fact the Jesus was the Messiah, and that the Bible was indeed the inerrant Word of God when I was a new Christian. 

Our faith in Christ is not to be accepted blindly. Our faith is supposed to be based on the truth of who Christ is.   

Our faith can be simple, but I assure you there is nothing simple about the Word of God.  The definition of a paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true. There are many paradoxes in the word that can confound us.

Some point to these confounding differences in the Bible as contradictions but honestly there are no contradictions in the word that can’t be understood with a proper study and understanding of Christian theology. 

Today’s verse could be considered a contradicting verse in that it posits that this Child that is to be born is not only a Son but also a “Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father”.  How can this be?    The doctrine of the Trinity explains it. God is three in one – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  

The Nicene Creed proclaims this truth and says of Jesus that He is “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made.”  So Jesus is “God of God” and in case you missed it the creed repeats it by saying He is “Very God of Very God”. Jesus in not only the Son of God but also God the Son.   

That’s all I’ll say about that. The Trinity is a mystery and better theological scholars than me have wandered into heresy trying to explain it.  But I do accept the doctrine of the Trinity, not from blind faith, but because The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit appear throughout the Bible. They even show up all together at once at the Baptism of Jesus.  

Today’s verse also refers to the child to be born as being known as “Counselor”.   Honestly, I haven’t heard too many pastors expound on this point when this verse is brought out at Christmas time but as a Christian counselor, I feel compelled to.  

The term “Counselor” indicates that there is a living relationship to have with this Child to be born.  It indicates that He cares about us, is present and available to us, and is wise and trustworthy.   

So ask the Counselor, about your life and what you should do. Tell the Counselor all about your problems and don’t feel hesitant to express your emotions.  The Counselor is “in” and unlike Peanut’s Lucy Van Pelt’s psychiatric help it won’t cost you 5 cents.   The Counselor’s advice is freely given when it is sought, and it comes from the original source of love.  

I invite all to mt4chritst.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we will share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Anger: Facing the Fire Within”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

E. How to Resolve Your Anger toward God

When a raging, fiery inferno engulfs a home with a tragic loss of life... the gut-wrenching pain can be punctuated by a finger pointing... upward. However, harboring anger toward God for our heartaches is like blaming our losses on the fire chief—the one who has devoted his entire life to helping, not hurting, us.

No one escapes hurt and pain in life—no one. During catastrophic times, the promise you are to cling to is that your loving God is unfolding His perfect plan for your life, and He uses all circumstances to accomplish His purposes... even the painful ones.

Have you ever blamed God for the pain and heartache in your life? Have you pointed a condemning finger and pronounced judgment on Him because He has not stopped evil or suffering?

In the Bible, a man named Job seriously questioned God... so much so that we can hear anger in his bitter complaint: "Even today my complaint is bitter; his [God's] hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments" (Job 23:2-4).

But... is anger toward God justifiable? While He understands our anger, notice how He sets the record straight by answering Job with these words: "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?... Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?... Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?" (Job 38:2; 40:2, 8).

What is the answer to intense anger against God? Can it be resolved? And if so, how? The sure way to resolve your anger toward God is to gain a full understanding of the character, purpose, and plan of God.

Resolving Anger toward God

  • Know God's Character.
    • —He is just.... "He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he" (Deuteronomy 32:4).
    • His ways are just.... "Just and true are your ways, King of the ages" (Revelation 15:3).
    • He is love.... "God is love" (1 John 4:8).
    • He loves.... "We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
  • Know God's Purposes.
    • He brings good out of evil.... "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28).
    • He turns your sorrow into joy.... "You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy" (Psalm 30:11).
    • He uses your suffering to produce perseverance, character, and hope.... "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts" (Romans 5:3-5).
    • He uses your troubles to teach you compassion.... "The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort... comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
  • Know God's Plan.
    • —He will grant eternal life to you and all who entrust their lives to Christ.... "My Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40).
    • —He will bless you if you persevere under trial.... "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial" (James 1:12).
    • He will bring His righteous judgment on those who are evil.... "The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment" (2 Peter 2:9).
    • He will, one day, make everything new for His true believers.... "The dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:3-4).

Job, who at one time had anger toward God, ultimately realized that he had misplaced anger. With deepest remorse, he admitted his wrong....

"I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.... My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:2, 5-6)

Anger That God Allows Evil

Question: "I'm angry at God for allowing bad people to cause so much pain. Since God had the power to create the world, why doesn't He stop evil in the world?"

Answer: God allows evil because He allows people to exercise "free will."

  • God did not create us to be robots with no choice to do anything except what the Creator has programmed.
  • He created us to be "free agent" human beings who have choice over what we think, say, and do. We can't have it both ways, in that God allows us freedom but we can't do anything wrong.... That's not freedom!

If you have read the last chapter of the book of Revelation, you know that God has appointed a time in the future when He will put an end to evil and suffering.

  • The bad news is that until then, evil will always be in opposition to good and will seek to harm and destroy those who do good.
  • But the good news is that God always uses harmful experiences to accomplish His purposes. He did so in the life of Joseph, whose evil brothers sold him into slavery. Years later when the frightened brothers came face-to-face with him—by then prime minister of Egypt, who had saved both the Egyptians and the Hebrews from famine—Joseph said...

"Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:19-20)


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 God bless you all!

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship