God Given Free Will
Free will has been given to you by your Creator. What do you choose to believe is what is real for you. What have you settled within yourself and accepted as true for you?
Every choice you make is an exercise of this freedom. But to believe two things at the same time is double minded. Double mindedness is Knowing the Word of God is true yet not really believing it will come to pass for you.
God's will, His choice, is to love you. His desire is for you to love Him back but love must be given freely or it's not love at all, Love is a choice not a feeling.
Surrendering to God and His will for your life is by your own free will.
Bible verses tell us... “as a man thinks so is he.” Your free will shapes who you are. Lying to others is putting on a false face, but as you think -that's who you really are inside. When your free will is yours you can choose your own thoughts. Therefore, your are, who you choose to be.
It has been said, “Your character is the sum total of your habits and your habits are the sum total of your choices.”
Your choices are your decisions.
The following is a practical example of free will (or choice). This example is borrowed from part of an article written by SBI's Ken Evoy. It is his follow-up thoughts on what it takes to succeed... taken from his article “It's All About Business Success, Nothing Else!”.
Success can be boiled down to a matter of ATTITUDE. And you can control attitude -- that means you have a CHOICE. (A free will) That choice starts with you and how you approach life, people and work. And in that vein...
Choose Your Attitude
Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say: When someone would ask him how he was doing, He would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee how they could look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Michael and asked him,
"I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'You have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood.
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes, it is," Michael, said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. Your bottom line: "It's your choice how you live life." I reflected on what Michael said.
Soon after, I left the company to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
(With your free will you make that decision. Don't believe the lie that you have no choice. It's your right to have a choice. God given God designed right by virtue of your free will.)
Several years later, I heard that Michael was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw Michael about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied. "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
"The first thing that went through my mind was the well being of my soon to be born daughter," Michael replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live." "Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.
Michael continued, "...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'he's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action.
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Michael. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled...
Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. After all, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."...
Ken Evoy's full article can be found in his excellent training for SBI ....(Site Build IT) from which this site has been built.
Side bar: By the way,
God gives you the free will to choose what you will believe, choose what kind of attitude you will have, choose who you will be.
Maybe you are facing a situation like Job in the Bible. Job was a righteous man and all that bad stuff happened to him. Yet God let Job go through it all for eternal purposes. We can all benefit as we learn from what Job went through.
Some day Job will see everyone who was helped by his story and he will say, “It was all worth it.” And the end of the story tells how God was faithful and restored double to Job.
Because you have a free will there will be times when you make bad choices and things don't work out the way you hoped that they would. Maybe you don't understand why it didn't work out even with all your good intentions.
But then you have another choice to make. How are you going to handle the the situation? Will you react to it or will you choose with your free will to handle it in a way that God's Word instructs us to?
Will you choose to trust God that ALL things will work out to your good as the scriptures state or will you wallow in self pity? As long as there is life in us we can change our minds and choose with our will to trust God and surrender our life to Him. It's all about what we choose to believe.
Exercise your free will. Choose wisely your whole life depends on it.
3 John :2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. KJV