TUE MAY 09 2023
PREDESTINATION AND PERSONAL CHOICE – Pastor Chris
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which GOD PREDESTINED (PLANNED BEFOREHAND) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which HE PREARRANGED AND MADE READY FOR US TO LIVE] (Ephesians 2:10 AMPC).
Sometimes people ask if there’s such a thing as predestination. “Can I really say that God prearranged my life?” they wonder. Absolutely! The Bible says He did; we just read it! Also, Romans 8:29 says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate….”
The question then arises: Is God, therefore, responsible for everything that happens in my life? Not really, because you’re a free moral agent; you’re responsible for your decisions and actions. Once you become an adult, you have a responsibility for your life, and the onus is on you to make the right decisions in line with God’s destiny and perfect will for you.
Just because God predestined your life for something doesn’t mean you’ll fulfil it. People don’t necessarily become what God planned for them to be. It’s a personal choice you make to fulfil God’s plan for your life and be all that He’s destined you to be.
Paul, in his letter to the Colossian church, sent a specific instruction to Archippus, telling him: “…Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it” (Colossians 4:17). If the man didn’t have the responsibility of fulfilling the ministry that God committed to him, Paul wouldn’t have instructed him to see to it that he fulfilled it. This also meant it was possible for him not to fulfil it.
Make up your mind you’ll be everything God has destined you to be, you’ll do all that He’s predestined you to do, and you’ll walk in His preordained pathways.
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PRAYER / CONFESSION
I’m walking in preordained pathways, rightly positioned in God’s place of opportunity and set on the path of success, glory, victory and divine destiny! The course of events in my life has been structured by God to bring Him glory, for He’s the One at work in me both to will and to do His good pleasure. Hallelujah!
Romans 8:29-30 TPT; Deuteronomy 30:19; Ephesians 1:11