Thank you for joining me this morning (Dee’s Thoughts) and thank you for your responses to these blogs. This morning we are going to discuss this question “Do we have a free will or not? This is a Spiritual question that many people debate and ponder….Believers and non-believers alike’. Who is really making the decisions “me or God’? Let’s examine this topic a little this morning and see what God says about it.
First of all let’s define “free Will”. God has given to man by nature, the will and power to choose and act upon his choice free from being forced nor destined to do either good or evil.
Every single day…Every moment we are making choices—what to eat, what to wear, what to say, what to do and how to act. We make hundreds of choices every day. The question…Are those choices pre-determined by God? Or is there a middle ground where both free will and predetermined choices meet?
Ephesians 1:11 says, In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
The answer lies in what do we mean by ‘free will”? If you mean, are we free to act outside of God’s sustaining and controlling activity, Scripture reaffirms to us that “in no way are we free to choose outside of ourselves. But if you mean….the ability to make willing choices-choices that have real effects, free choices that we are aware of without restraints, then, yes it is clear from Scripture to say “we have a free will”.
A.W. Tozer expl.ains it this way. “An ocean liner leaves New York bound for Liverpool. Its destination has been determined by proper authorities. Nothing can change it. On board the liner are scores of passengers. These passengers are not in chains, neither are their activities determined for them by decree. They are completely free to move about as they will. They eat, sleep, play and lounge about the deck, read, and talk as they please: but all the w.hile the great liner is carrying them steadily onward toward a predetermined port (which they have accepted as their destination).
Both freedom and sovereignty are present here and they do not contradict. So it is, man’s freedom and the sovereignty of God. The mighty liner of God’s sovereign design keeps its steady course over the sea of history.
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