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God Gives Freewill; Satan Mandates Force

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The lessons that have proven most valuable in my life have seldom been learned in school or any formal setting. School can provide you with valuable knowledge, but knowledge does not equal wisdom. The greatest lessons seem to consist of a small pinch of knowledge, a healthy portion of common sense and a generous helping of wisdom. The latter comes only with God’s blessing, maturity, patience and time.

Take, for example, something my Dad taught me when I was just a kid; something that took me repeated reminders to fully learn. I understand, now, that it was because of my strong-willed, stubborn nature. At the time, his advice was just frustrating to me, but certainly no less true. The lesson? “DON’T FORCE IT!” This was advice and direction he gave as I was working on a model ship as a youngster. I was following the directions that came with the model to the best of my young ability, but the pieces didn’t fit just right. I could MAKE them fit, if I pressed hard enough, but the project would not be done properly. “Don’t force it,” was good advice. Because sure enough, something was wrong; when I looked closer, I discovered I was trying to put two of the wrong pieces together. When I used the right ones, they went together easily.

I found that advice to be valuable later in my teen years as well, whether I was dealing with a woodworking project or a minor car repair… whenever I’d hit a snag in the process I had a choice to make — in my stubborn, willful manner, I could FORCE the pieces together, and try to MAKE them work the way I thought was right. But instinctively, I knew it wasn’t right… my Dad had taught me, and I knew from experience, that if it WAS right, it would go together easily and naturally. No force was ever needed. Forcing it would never turn out well. In fact, the use of force would ruin the whole thing.

There were other occasions as well, when I found myself tempted to force things, simply because I wanted them so badly. I admit that as a young man, I would sometimes deliberately NOT seek God’s counsel on a matter, because I knew — and the Holy Spirit was telling me — that my will would not match His. I was young, impatient, and strong-willed. I had to learn the hard way that you can’t “force it.” Now I know that if it is truly God’s will, and the best and most perfect and proper way, it will come together easily and naturally. There is no need to “force it.” Indeed, the worst thing you can do is cut corners, and use force. (Please note, when I talk about things going together easily and naturally, I’m not talking about FEELINGS here. Jeremiah reminds us the heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. So FEELINGS often appeal to our fleshly, human desires. Especially in this era of such widespread spiritual deception, what may “feel natural” for you can be a huge mistake, so never go soley by your “heart” or your “feelings”).

Now that I’m older, more spiritually mature, and I hope, a little bit wiser, I can see a bigger picture, still. I understand now that the impatience I sometimes wrestled with as a youth was simply a symptom of my fallen, human sin nature. Now, I don’t want you to get the wrong impression — this was never a major problem for me, but it was a temptation I dealt with occasionally, even though I knew better. It was an annoying flaw in my personality that needed to be honed and refined as the Lord raised me up at HIS child.

Throughout my life, I dealt with only a tiny bit of this desire to use force. But as I have recently studied the greater overall concept, I realize that this particular sin — the use of force — is one of the key attributes of our enemy, Satan. Let me explain.

We learn about some of the characteristics of Satan in Isaiah 14, where we see that the reason for his fall from grace was because of his prideful rebellion against God. He wanted, not just “equality” with God, but he actually wanted to rule over Him.

Revelation refers to Satan as “the great dragon,” and “that ancient serpent,” and describes him as the “deceiver of the whole world.” Matthew 4 describes Satan as a tempter. We also know that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. We know he was a murderer from the beginning, and a liar, and has no truth in him.

As fallen human beings, we have inherited a sin nature from Adam and Eve, our first parents. So we must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, we must continually fight a battle for our souls in the spiritual realm, because we’re constantly tempted by the enemy who longs for our destruction and death.

Scripture tells us that Satan can’t force our decisions. We have freewill, which is a gift from God, and that makes him really angry. And so he — and his demons — will do everything possible to tempt and trick us into making choices that ruin our lives and the lives of our children.

God’s Word, however, reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way of escape so that you can stand up under it.” Imagine how Satan must hate this. He cannot force us to choose him, he can only tempt us. And as hard as he tries to tempt us, God is there with us, helping us to resist and making, for us, a way of escape! Just imagine how this must make Satan seethe with hatred. God’s Word goes on to promise us in the book of James, that when we choose to submit ourselves to God, and when we resist the devil, he will flee from us! What a defeated enemy this is that we’re dealing with!

Still, when men and women choose to allow Satan free reign in their lives, when they choose to follow his evil plans, they become his tools of warfare against God’s children. The results are devastating. And while Satan cannot force or compel people to obey him, he has found a way around this law of nature… he gets evil men and women, evil rulers of this world, to force evil and compel the innocent to submit to wickedness, under great threats to our comfort, our way of life, and even our very lives.

Recently, I discussed the story from the book of Daniel, of Shadrack, Meshak and Abednigo, thrown into the firey furnace in Babylon, because they refused to bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar’s false god when the music played. He could TRY to force the young men to bow down and worship the idol, but worship isn’t something you can force… these men could not deny the true God of Heaven, and for their faithfulness, they earned the wrath of the evil king.

All throughout history we see the same thing. In fact, it has occurred to me that whenever you want to know if something is really evil, really of Satan, this is one test that never fails: if it’s demonic, it will be something that is FORCED upon innocent people.

Because, you see, God doesn’t do that. And that’s the whole point of this message. He has given us the gift of freewill, and He offers us the wisdom and guidance to make righteous choices. He doesn’t want slaves or robots. He wants children. And so, if something is of God, there’s no need to use force. If something is naturally good and desireable, God’s children will flock to it peacefully, easily and naturally.

It is only when things are wicked and evil that they must be forced upon us under some threat or intimidation, compelling us to submit and obey. We see it over and over again.

It’s worth mentioning, too, that those who choose to follow after Satan also exhibit one of his other key traits:  hypocrisy. How often have we heard the accusation, “You Christians just want to force your morality on the rest of the world. What gives you the right to force me to accept your God?” But this is a lie! God doesn’t force people to accept Him. He gives us every opportunity to choose Him, but He doesn’t force Himself upon us. And as Christians, we don’t force our faith on others either. We lovingly SHARE our faith, but we don’t force it.

We don’t hold a gun to anyone’s head and force them to worship the one true God. And here in America, as the wicked are steadfastly pounding away at our freedoms, we fight for the right to worship God openly… or at least we should; it’s part of being salt and light. But we would never try to force others to join us. That’s not God’s way. That’s not love. You can’t force love.

And now, as we near the end of days — and I believe we are at the very brink now — these truths have never before been so evident. Look at the examples all around us. Our wicked government has chosen to turn the natural laws of God upside down and declare homosexuality and “transgenderism” and pedophilia “normal,” even to the point of redefining marriage itself. Nature says this is impossible. Yet man, following the temptations of Satan, has chosen to force the issue. What’s more, the militant homosexuals, like their father, the devil, don’t just want equality. They want superiority, and the submission of everyone else. But now these wicked ones are using the power of the godless State to FORCE others to not just accept, but participate in their wickedness too.

Don’t believe me?  Look at the Christian photographers, the bakers, the owners of reception halls, the florists, the county clerks who have been FORCED by government to participate in homosexual celebrations, or lose everything. We either bow down to the abomination, bless it, celebrate it and agree that this evil is actually good, or we suffer their wrath.

Look at how the godless lawmakers have taken over our healthcare system and turned it into something deformed and utterly dysfunctional. Nothing we’re told about “healthcare” today is true. Note that if “Obamacare,” as it was called, was so very wonderful, people would have flocked to it, lining up to sign up for all the great benefits. But since it was truly horiffic, the government had FORCE it upon us, and if we tried to object, we were FORCED to pay even more, as a penalty on our taxes.

Never before has the use of force been so blatant as in the last two years. The wicked have FORCED the closure of churches and businesses, they’ve mandated the wearing of useless and harmful masks and forced people to be locked down in their homes. In other countries, they force people into COVID concentration camps. It won’t be long before those camps are open for business here too, and people will be FORCED to go there. And now, world-wide, they’re forcing deadly de-population injections, which they call “vaccines” — “take the jab or lose your job.” They also force truth-tellers out of the public arena. Truth is banned from the internet and the public square. Persecution follows if you dissent. Evil public officials are calling for criminal prosecution of those who express viewpoints that oppose the government narrative, even if those viewpoints are absolutely — and provably true.

Consider also, the Satanic system of Islam, which the father of lies calls “a religon of peace.” Like the ancient false religion of Babylon, you either bow down and worship Satan, here known as “Allah” or you die. There’s no freewill, no option to freely come to “god” in the system of Islam. You go by FORCE or you die. The same is happening now with orchestrated racial division. Now we’re being forced to repeat their divide-and-conquer strategy: “Black people ALWAYS good; white people ALWAYS evil.” Accept that or it will be forced upon you until you get your mind right. Express your concerns at a local school board meeting and you’ll find the label “domestic terrorist” forced upon you.

See, the one TRUE God of heaven doesn’t rule like this. Only Satan rules like this. Forcing us to accept and celebrate our own destruction through obvious lies and deceit. Satan always tries to force us to accept and participate in lies. True Christ-followers cannot do that. Though we face punishment and persecution, though we be made outcasts, not allowed to buy or sell or travel without our “vaccine passports,” we seek only the Way, the Truth and the Life. Understand: God never forces things on us. God gives us the freedom of freewill, along with power, love and a sound mind. And that’s a terrible thing to waste.

Audio CDs and text versions of this message are available when you call me at Wisconsin Christian News, (715) 486-8066. Or email [email protected] Ask for message number 342.

 

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    • Katherine

      My intent IS NOT to heap any more misery on anyone but to bring HIS TRUTH!

      For those who “practice” Xmas=one of many of the idolatries committed by countless people, please slow down for just a moment or two and think this through.

      I had the great fortune of having a Vision voiced to me by an acquaintance December 19, 2015

      In this vision, which took place at night, the “nativity scene”, minus the THREE, was enveloped in a ferocious fire. 

      The words,”IT IS DONE.” came clearly to this person’s mind.  The meaning, as was explained to me is this:  

      Christ never Told us nor wants us to “celebrate” this pagan event once a year, year after year.   

      If anyone can find such in His Holy Word to us, the bible, then I will retract the posting of this comment.  

      He Forbids us to as was made clear to the person who had this Vision.

      He Wants us to live always and only with HIM Shepherding us. 

      Zero holidays, birthdays, national events etc, etc should not be celebrated.

      Is Christ not enough?! 

      GOD IS TELLING US IT IS NOT A HOLY THING FOR US TO WORSHIP THIS/THESE PAGAN HOLLY-DAYS YEAR AFTER YEAR! 

      Re: birthdays.  If someone claims to be born again through Christ’s Spirit, why would you ever want to celebrate a man-made pagan birthday or any man-made pagan holly-days.

      This is quite crystal-clear; transparent to appreciate, if one is truly devoted to Christ and listens intently to His Spirit!

      John 14:21   He who has My Commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me Will Be Loved by My Father, and I Will love him and Manifest Myself to him.”

      • Frank the Hermit

        Well, first of all, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, and there is nothing pagan about it. Second – Jesus and his disciples celebrated certain events, such as Passover, and a wedding.

      • beLIEve

        That is an INTERESTING comment, Katherine. :smile:

        I have been wondering about the celebration of……..Christmas……for some time :!:

        Christmas = Christ-MASS………Imho ….”MASS” is a reference to …..MASS-ACRE. :idea:

        MASSacre…..MAY have its origin in the ……..”MASS”/MASS-acre…..at…….Acre (Holy Land)..in August 1191…in which

        3,000 CAPTURED Moslems were KILLED…..after…..SALADIN……..failed to pay RANSOM. :idea:

        The …$-laughter……..”apparently”…..took THREE DAYS to complete :evil:

        *

        The or, one of the ……CONVENTIONAL…… definiitions of…..MASS…….. is ….”to CELEBRATE.” :idea:

        A translation of MASS-ACRE would therefore result in…….. :evil: CELEBRATION…… at Acre (Holy Land) :!:

        However, as the “CELEBRATION” was a…….$-laughter”….of around 3,000 Moslems………it would be a…..”PECU-LIAR” type

        of “CELEBRATION” :!: :!: :evil:

        What enTITy would……….CELEBRATE the MURDER of 3,000 people :?:

        A “$atanic” deITY :?: :idea:

        The “term” MASS could therefore be an inverSION of what we conventionally beLIEve it to be; rather than being…..

        a….CONVENTIONAL celebration i.e. of a happy event…..it may be……..(“$atanically” INVERTED)……….a celebration of…..

        DEATH / $laughter / SACRIFICE :?:

        AND as we all know………$atan i$ a LIAR……… he/it…..INVERT$ the TRUTH. :idea:

        ***
        So, Christmas = Christ-MASS….would therefore be….a $atanic CELEBRATION of the….MASSacre/ $laughter / SACRIFICE

        of “Christ”….that……..us, NON-$atanists /Christians ……celebrate……..IN OUR IGNORANCE :?: :idea:

        Additionally, …….the MASSacre / $laughter / SACRIFICE of “Christ” does not have to SIGNIFY……PHYSICAL Sacrifice /death

        it could be a reference to HEDONISM; ……….DEVIANCE from the INTEGRITY WAYS, the Divine Designer / Creator, expects

        us to live by. :idea:

        ***

        “S A N T A”…..as many are now aware is an ANAGRAM of…………$ A T A N :!:

    • Katherine

      There is a GREAT Chapter in Jeremiah, Inspired by Christ Himself, which should put to rest the ambivalence of practicing or celebrating Xmas.

      The entire Chapter 10 of Jeremiah is a Must Read!

      Jeremiah Chapter 10 1-11

      10 Hear ye the Word which the Lord Speaketh Unto you, O house of Israel:

      2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

      3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

      4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

      5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

      6 Forasmuch as There IS none like unto Thee, O Lord; Thou Art Great, and Thy Name IS Great In Might.

      7 Who would not fear Thee, O King of nations? for to Thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there IS None Like Unto Thee.

      8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

      9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.

      10 But the Lord IS The…

      • Katherine

        True God, He IS The Living God, and An Everlasting KING: at His Wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide His Indignation.

        11 Thus Shall Ye say Unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they SHALL PERISH from the earth, and from under these heavens.

        Just a tad bit of information on pagan celebration Saturnalia which is celebrated by either deceived or non caring Christians.

        https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-rome/saturnalia

        • Katherine

          This cannot be emphasized enough:

          3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

          4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

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