Wednesday April 13, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
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God Supports Not Directs What We Do

The things that we seek in life originate from our own doings and in Jeremiah 17:10 KJV we learn why God does not intercede in the choices we make. The choices that we make will determine the direction that our lives take:

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Searching our hearts discloses our direction to God and with us required to do our own thinking, He holds us accountable for the fruit of our doings. This allows Him to credit us according to our ways on Judgment Day.

Allowing us to make our own decisions does not show God as being uninvolved. As soon as we commit to worthwhile projects, we feel His presence; He is right there by our side, supporting our effort to obtain them.

1 Cor. 3:13 KJV tells why God expects us to think for ourselves and to make our own decisions:

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

Should God be the one directing us, He would not be able to Judge the results of our doings; it makes perfect sense that God is rewarding the results of our choices, not His.

It is our works and choices that God reveals by fire and 1 Cor. 3:14 KJV shows that a reward awaits the things we do:

If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

God supporting and not directing what we do makes a lot of sense especially when you consider that God rewards the results of our efforts, not the joint results with God.

Given this opportunity, Psalm 7:8 KJV points out that you would not have it any other way:

The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Psalm 94:2 KJV shows it to be a fact that we leading ourselves out of darkness give us reason to include ourselves among the proud:

Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

A non-committed approach is mushy and fails to show God our strengths and weakness. It is our responsibility to demonstrate to God that we are worthy, steadfast and dependable.

The time for showing God, what we can do is now; His prophecy in Ezekiel 7:3 KJV, along with earthquakes now taking place in divers’ places tells us that we are running out of time:





Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.

With God supporting worthy things that we do, there is still time to replace these recompensed abominations with rewards, rewards for good deeds that we can deliver.

Are we ready to stop waiting for a kick-start from God?

Is it time to put our initiative and God given talents to work and to show Him that we are made of sterner stuff?



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