When Free Will isn't Yours ...
Free will is a God given ability to choose. Do you know someone who keeps making the wrong choices in life? Someone who has any addictive behavior or who is just plain abusive in speech or actions. Why can't they stop if they want to?
What is happening when they truly are sorry for their actions and they promise to stop but they can't? They keep braking promise after promise. Look at any addict, where is their free will?
That is not Gods will. God honors our choices. He allows us to choose. God will not violate our will. Then “whas-up” when people don't seem to have control of their own free will? Who really is in pulling the strings in their life?
Some behavior can be attributed to double mindedness. That's where you believe two things at the same time. In this case you really have not made up your mind - you haven't made a choice yet. But there is another reason that could explain how people could actually seem to loose their free will.
and get it back again.
In the natural realm you can see a picture of a Spiritual principle. Loosing free will can be seen in the natural when a person becomes a prisoner. They loose their freedom. A prisoner is held against their free will. Captives must follow the rules of their captor.
Prisoners can no longer choose to go were they want to go or do want they want to do. They have to do as their captor pleases. If you break the law of the land, the powers that be put you in jail.
There is a parallel in the spiritual realm. Sin can open a door in your mind to believe a lie. Lies can move you out of the Lords protective jurisdiction. Believers can believe lies that can cause you to walk out of the kingdom of God and into the kingdom of this world system.
Evil powers convince you through guilt that they have a legal right to make you their prisoner. Our free will is submitted to the enemy by sin consciousness. He lays a trap and once ensnared in it your free will can appear to be lost.
In the war between good and evil prisoners are taken by the evil and tortured mercilessly. The enemy will attack your soul which is you mind, will and emotions and your body with sickness.
The devil is like a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may destroy. The enemy is constantly looking for openings or cracks in our armor. If you open a door he will rush in. Our enemy will use disobedience as a weapon against us. He is more than willing to deceive you to steal your free will. He is right there ready to kill, steal and destroy.
When the enemy takes men captive free will can appear lost. This belief is in opposition to yourself. Your believing a lie. Read about it in these Bible verses;
The New Living Translation puts it this way...
The devil takes them captive at his will! Captives do the devils will not their own will!” In the Greek in 2 Tim 2:26 'taken captive'; is to take alive (make a prisoner of war), i.e. (figuratively) to capture or ensnare:
People can promise you that they will change but they don't change. Here may be a reason the heart felt promises of people are broken over and over again. They are compelled to do the devils will having been convinced that they have lost their own free will as they are held captive by the enemy. They are figuratively taken to jail- they are ensnared or trapped in their sin.
Those who are not saved are held responsible for their sin. Their only hope is to cry out to Jesus. God has given us an awesomely effective way to help the lost! (Click Here to Read about it)
When the devil convinces you otherwise that is the lie that holds you captive. It's like when someone has Diplomatic Immunity. The police can't legally arrest them even if they break the law because their immunity supersedes the local laws.
If you don't know that you have this protection you could be unlawfully arrested. Once you know the Truth the Truth will make you free. Repent-that means to change your mind and believe the Truth.
2 Tim 2:25-26 “ ...and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil's trap.
Just knowing the Truth can release you from their captivity restoring the knowledge of your own will. It's like the key to the prison. All you have to do is use it! You have the right to activate your free will and choose to believe God. Jesus said, "Only Believe", God does the work.
God will discipline us as a loving Father does but the devil has NO right to touch someone covered by the Blood of Jesus! God gives you your own will and in that knowledge you will find the power to walk out Gods will for your life. It is God Himself who works it out in you. Only Believe and rest in His finished work.
In the spirit realm we fight a formidable enemy. The natural man is no match for him.
BUT Jesus...has provided supernatural help for us. In Jesus Name the enemy runs in terror, we Have the victory provided through Jesus alone. Jesus is the Truth and the Truth will make you Free.
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