"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy." (Rom. 9:15-16)
At the risk of resembling the old joke about the Baptist preacher, in "Growing Pains" (End Note "A"), I told you what I was going to tell you. In "The Trash Heap of All Human Fears" (End Note "B"), I told you, and now, I'm going to tell you what I told you in both of them, and hopefully sum it all up. Our walk with God is a journey, which is why I've been calling it "The Glory Road" since about 1987, long before there was even an Internet, let alone an Internet ministry. In those days, the path we traveled often seemed more gory than glory, emotionally speaking. In a recent e-mail, there was a piece by a brother Alan who also publishes on the net, in which he made mention of the fact that Christians seem to run down every "rabbit trail" that opens up in front of them. When he asked an older brother in the Lord about why that was so, the older man replied, "Because they are there," and he went on to say, "But don't worry about it. God always brings them back." Indeed, I have been down many "rabbit trails" in my spiritual walk and I can attest and affirm that what the old brother said is true. No matter how many twists and turns there are, or how many briar patches there may be on either side of the road, or how many rabbit hunters and hunting hounds there may be lurking in the underbrush, God is faithful to bring us through, back to Him. All roads came from Him, and all return to Him from whom we came. "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Rom. 11:36).
There are three scenarios that this set of writings address. In "Growing Pains" I gave irrefutable scriptural proof that God is absolutely sovereign. We do NOT live in a two power universe; God is the only one with whom we have to do. My prayer is that those who still don't know the outcome of the clashes between good and evil will finally understand that "The Force" is God alone. In "The Trash heap of All Human Fears," I explained why the believer does not need to worry about the devil. He was defeated at the cross, so that we do not have to continually fight him; we merely have to stand on the victory Christ achieved on our behalf. In Christ, the "dark side" was swallowed up in the glorious light of our heavenly Father being outrayed on the planet by His only begotten son, first born of many brethren. I do need to affirm here, however, that even though our victory as believers is in Christ, evil still exists in the world. Paul calls this force the "Prince of the power of the air" (Eph. 2:2) whom he says is at work in the disobedient, the unbelievers. The devil still runs rampant in the world today, destroying men and women's lives, but we who are the manchild, the body of Christ, the elect, have been caught up to the throne of God (Rev. 12:5), where He protects us, nurtures us and transforms us into the image of Christ. Our refuge is in the throne of God, where Satan has no power whatsoever. And by the way, for those religious folks who sneer at us with the question, "If all are going to be saved anyway, then why bother with missionaries? Why tell anyone about Jesus?" This is one very good reason to do so. People in the world, the heathen, rage (Ps. 2:8). Why? Because they are assaulted on every level by the powers of darkness, by the devil's malignant will. They are kept in prison, in bondage to sin and death. Surviving their lives, in the present, consumes all their thoughts and energy.
Paul said of this terrible state we were in before the Father drew us to Christ (Jn. 6:44), "remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near " (Eph. 2: 12-17).
Lenny and I were talking this morning about the Jubilee, which is a type and shadow of Christ's redemption of all. Both of us really appreciate Preston Eby's book, "Jubilee" (End note "C"), in which he masterfully explains how Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of the "kinsman redeemer" provided under the law. In capsule summary, God decreed that every 50 years, a year of Jubilee was to be celebrated in which the fields were not to be worked, all debts were forgiven, all land returned to its original owner, and everything returned to the way it was when God gave the covenant to Moses and the children of Israel took possession of the land of Caanan (Lev. 25:10-55; 27:17-29). In those days, as Lenny has shared with the men's Sunday School class, if a man could not pay his debt, he had to sell himself and sometimes his entire family into slavery to the man to whom he owed the debt. There he stayed in servitude until the debt was paid, or until the year of Jubilee, whichever came first, unless he had a kinsman redeemer who could pay the debt for him. Likewise, if he were in jail for crimes committed, the kinsman redeemer could pay his "bail" and secure his release [unless he had committed a crime worthy of death and then he could not be released but must be put to death (Lev. 27:29)].
Lenny has pointed out to the men that the world is enslaved to sin, in bondage to the devil and the power of death brought on the whole world by Adam and Eve's sin. "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive" (I Cor. 15:22-23). Jesus, as the kinsman redeemer paid the price to secure our pardon, cancel our debt, and set the captives free. Paul says that we were slaves to sin (Rom. 7:14), but now, he affirms, "But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness" (Rom. 6:17-19).
Isaiah declared, "The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God" (Is. 52:10). Over 100 scriptures affirm that EVERYONE will be set free from sin and death in the ULTIMATE YEAR OF JUBILEE. (End Note ""D"). Isaiah prophesied about that grand event, "the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it TOGETHER; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it" (Is. 40:5, KJ). (See also Ps. 98:2; Is. 45:23; Lk. 3:6; 6:35; Jn. 1:9; 3:16-17; Rom. 14: 11; I Cor. 15:22-23; Phil. 2:10-11; I Tim. 2:4; II Pet. 3:9).
Clearly, the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21), will result in God's bringing His entire creation back to Himself, but why would anyone want to stay in jail, in debt, in slavery to sin and death until then? Therefore, we share Christ with all we know, in the pews and out of the pews, because we want to sound the trumpet announcing the year of Jubilee in their lives right here and right now. The year of Jubilee is present tense to all who believe. You don't have to wait. You can access everything today that God has for everyone later. And this, my friends, is why we tell everyone we know about our precious Lord and Savior, so they can walk out of the darkness of bondage to death and hell, and into the glorious light of our risen Lord. Hallelujah. To God be the Glory!
OK, so far, we've talked about two versions of who's in charge: a) God alone, or b) God versus the devil. The topic of this journal is the third scenario, so popular among church folks. I speak of man's free will. To hear some of these folks go on and on about it, one would think that God can only stand back, helplessly waiting while man struts and frets his pitiful hour upon the stage of his life, waiting to see what, if anything, God can do about it.
At this point I want to include some e-mail correspondence we had with a reader in Canada whom we've come to appreciate a great deal. He wrote last week on this very topic:
"When you have time I would like you to expound just a bit on your ideaof free will. My Franciscan friend used very strong arguments that as humans, we have total free will, and that God does not interfere in human activity, except on very rare occasions. That is why such things as the holocaust can happen. Many Jews have questioned why God would allow it to happen? I have a cousin who has a son of 18 who is totally mentally unstable. He says he no longer believes in a God that would allow these things to happen.
"The answer I learned was that humans have total free will, and God does not interfere. Otherwise we would be nothing but robots.
"However, are you saying that all that happens is preordained by God fromthe very beginning? That God has everything planned out from the beginning, including events like the Holocaust?
"Or are you saying that humans have free will, but God, who knows the future, already knows how the future will unfold, and does not do anything to prevent or change it? These are two totally different concepts, and both of them cannot be true.
"There is one other possibility, and that is that there are many possible futures, all dependent on free will of humans, and God either does or does not interfere in these events.
"In any case, it seems to me that because there is so much tragedy in human life, that is a result of free will, that we do have many possible futures, depending upon our actions while living. God generally does not interfere, unless we ask Him though real prayer." End Quote.
His question was very timely in my thinking process, and spurred me on to clarify what the Spirit has shown us as succinctly and briefly as possible. As we often do, John Gavazzoni and I had collaborated earlier this summer, in answering a different reader's questions about free will. Here is our collective answer to the question of free well for your consideration.
Dear Ray (not his real name),
You do ask interesting questions, showing that you have been moved by the Spirit to ponder the eternal in time. I will give you my thoughts on free will, but first, here's a letter by John Gavazzoni to a reader that we were jointly corresponding with earlier in the summer. Lenny and I found his comments to be excellent, and so without further ado, I'll share it with you. This is from John:
"Dear Brother Miles (again, not his real name),
I have found that in discussing the issue at hand (the sovereignty of God and the free will of man) it shortly becomes fruitless if you take preset historical positions such as Calvinism and Arminianism as the context in which to approach the subject. Either of the views or any mixture of the two is an entirely inadequate model from which to proceed and we all proceed from certain intellectual models. Both Calvin and Arminius represent a stage of recovery from the dark ages that was very slight given the light that still needed to shine into the world. Though they had valuable things to say they both proceeded from certain Romish foregone conclusions and so dragged a lot of darkness from the past and mixed it with the new light of justification by faith, the priesthood of the believer, the authority of scripture and the nature of the church. I must tell you that you cannot come up with the right answer when your question is wrong. The perennial question among conventional theologians always has to do with trying to resolve a supposed tension between the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. That's kind of like asking, "If the moon is made of green cheese what kind of sandwich did God intend for us to make with it." There is no real tension between these two truths (sovereignty of God and the free will of man).
"Firstly, God's sovereignty is absolute, just like His love, His omniscience, His omnipotence, and His omnipresence. He is all these things to their fullest. There is no "but" or "except" or "to a degree" or "maybe in some circumstances." He is all of His attributes absolutely. The number of scriptures that teach this are so voluminous that it would embarrass you to have them thrust upon your mind. Particularly regarding His sovereignty, nothing can stand in the way of His pleasure, will and purpose. It is not my style to pile scripture upon scripture to prove a point. I have been given a gift to probe to the core of an issue. On this topic, we need look at only one verse from the first chapter of Ephesians where Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, informs us that "God works all things according to the counsel of His own will" (Eph. 1:11). That settles it, folks. You may as well close your bibles and go home and meditate on that verse alone until the glory of it permeates every fiber of your being and you stand before the Majesty on High and confess, "you are the potter and I am the clay and I trust you to do well for me though present circumstances test my faith to the uttermost."
"Now any free will of man is enjoyed by him as a free gift of God, whereby God, by His grace, causes one to commune by the indwelling Spirit of God in the freedom of God Himself. God alone is totally free. He alone foreknows, desires, predestines and brings it to pass. He does delight to share that with us and make us part of that process but we are simply, by His will, brought to commune and share in God's freedom. There is no place deep down in the soul of man where there is an autonomous freedom of choice that has the capacity to deny God anything He wants. He wants to be all in all to everyone and everything and He simply will do it. He will do it, not by violating our will, but by freeing it by the Spirit who contains within Himself God's absolute freedom. "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed" (Jn. 8:36).
"Freedom in the economy of God is always freedom to be who we are, sons of the Most High. It is never freedom to sin, to resist God. That's not freedom, that's bondage. Resistance to God's will (which is ultimately impossible) is not an act of free will; it is an act of bondage, proceeding from bondage and perpetuating bondage. In the boldest of terms I tell you this will-worship must cease among the saints and we must no longer elevate the will of man to a place where he can, by any definition, and in any sense frustrate God. Frustration is the experience of fallen man not the eternal God.
"Although there have been marvelous breakthroughs in the lives of a few individuals and a rare church here and there, both the Seventh Day Adventists (Ed. note: this reader was affiliated in some way with the SDA) and others historically, have had one huge problem. It is their denial, for all practical purposes, of the necessity of walking in a living relationship with Jesus Christ who actually lives within them and who alone regenerates them and causes them to live a new life, the life of Christ within them. Because of this deficiency they both have majored in approaching the scriptures through carnal analysis and research, without the mind of Christ, and like the Pharisees of old who were steeped in Holy Writ, they missed the whole purpose of the book, i.e., to point to the One who stood among them and desired to indwell them by the Spirit and transform them by the inward revelation of Himself. They were Bible experts who couldn't see the forest for the trees. I urge you to flee from that apostasy and shake off every particle of dust you may have picked up in that religious land.
"You are obviously a servant of the Lord who has been granted to have some understanding about the final salvation of all, but if we believe that, we must believe that at the heart of that truth is the truth that God does what He will without our permission. God permits us, we never permit God.
"My dear brother you are in for the ride of your life as the Spirit of God shakes everything shakable in your concepts of Him. I too am in that process and it will not end until He has purged from us all vestiges of religious Babylon.
In His sovereign grace, John." End Quote.
I continued the dialogue with our Canadian brother this way:
I dare say that I cannot improve upon that treatise of John's, but I will only comment to say that to me, the scriptures are crystal clear that only God's will counts. Man loves to cling to the idea of free will, because he doesn't want to be a robot, but in fact, this is exactly what Adam's fall reduced him to being. Since we were plunged into sin along with Adam, none of us had a choice to live sin free lives (I Cor. 15: 22-23, already quoted); none of us could, by our own will, escape the death sentence that Adam's sin thrust upon us. Remember that Paul said that it was God who consigned all men to disobedience, Why? So that He can have mercy upon all. (Rom. 11:32). It's vitally important to see that, and I do pray that God opens your eyes to this great truth because without it, we cannot be certain of God's salvation of anyone, let alone His salvation of all men. IF God's will could be thwarted by the will of man, then there's no hope that anyone can be saved. Paul's statement that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23) proves that man cannot NOT sin! A couple of years ago, I read or heard a statement by Billy Graham, who may have single handedly brought more souls to Christ than any other person on the planet, but who, when asked if He thought he'd done enough for God, replied, "No, I don't think I have done enough for God." What did he mean by that? I doubt he was worried he'd go to hell, but still, what a sad statement of doubt by this giant of an evangelist.
Since we have been here in the "bible belt," I have come to see that men who believe in hell fire, and eternal damnation, are by necessity, compelled to cling to free will in order to give God an "out," an excuse, if you will, for frying 99% of His creation in hell for all eternity. If man is responsible for his behavior, then he must pay, and pay he will, they say over and over again, at every altar call and invitation hymn. If God is responsible, as the Apostle Paul declares He is, both by the verse I mentioned above and the one which John Gavazzoni quoted, "He works all things after the counsel of His own will," (Eph. 1:11), then how can He legally hold men accountable for their sins? Impossible. The buck stops on His desk. He is entirely sovereign.
Paul says in Romans 9:17, that God's purpose in hardening Pharaoh's heart so that he refused to let the people go was so that His name would be declared in all the earth (Ex. 9:16; Ps. 8:1; 83:18). Paul asks the question, "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" (Rom. 9:21. See also Is. 45:9). Pharaoh was clearly a vessel of dishonor, created for the purpose of showing God's great power to the whole world of that time. God revealed that to me in Technicolor one day, and in fact, I wrote a journal about it entitled, "The Name Declared in All The Earth." (End Note "E") On the same topic, I also wrote one called, "Whose will is it anyway?" (End Note "F"). And Lenny wrote a piece entitled, "God's Will." (End Note "G"). I'm really not trying to be a "school marm" here and give you reading assignments, dear brother, but it's just that we discussed the concept of free will at length in them and I thought you might find something of value in your processing of this concept.
Put it this way, since we have been here amongst the fundamentalist, we've had "free will" shoved at us every way from Sunday, and it just won't wash. It doesn't work. God allows us to do what we do within reason, to suit His own purposes, but we deceive ourselves if we think that we're in control of our lives. No matter how many "rabbit trails" we run down, He always brings us back to Himself. He leads us to all truth (I Jn. 2:27). Have you considered Saul? He was breathing out murderous threats against the infant church (Acts 9:1), and in fact, was on the way to Damascus to haul Christians off to jail, where they would endure torture and death, when God just knocked him off his horse, blinded him, and turned his life and beliefs upside down and inside out. That promptly ended all his personal belief in free will. I suppose that's why he, among all the NT writers, is the most clear about the sovereignty of God, the purpose of God's election, and the non negotiable will of God that all shall eventually be saved. Think about it this way: who in their right mind, and in full possession of their faculties, would dare to stand up in the throne room of the Most High, and say out loud, "Well, sure, I know it says that God is not willing that any would perish, but some people just won't listen and God will be sad, but He won't be able to save them all. He won't really have any choice but to send them to hell because they didn't obey." Merciful Father, deliver us all from such blasphemy.
I know that you can't sell this on "Main St." so to speak, to the Catholics, or the Fundamentalists, or anyone who has not been caught up to the throne to see things from God's perspective, but I believe that until we come to terms with who is really in charge, we can never believe that all will be saved. There's too much margin for error if you've got a zillion human beings with their own lives under their own control, running amok all over the planet.
Love and hugs to you as you continue to seek and search for the revelation of God the Father in your life.
Jan and Lenny. End of my part of the letter.
No discussion of free will would be complete without considering the election of God. Paul, of all the New Testament writers, was the clearest on this subject. He uses as illustration, Rebecca and Isaac's twin sons. Consider this statement in Romans 9: "Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls, she was told, 'The older will serve the younger.' Just as it is written: 'Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.' What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.' It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy" (Rom. 9:11-16). It can't get much plainer than that. If, God were holding man entirely responsible for his pathetic, miserable state, instead of taking the responsibility Himself, as Paul says He does in Rom. 11:32, then He would be unjust and capricious to call some to dishonor and then punish them in hell eternally for being what He called them to be. Let me be even plainer here. The record states, "And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.' So the Israelites did this" (Ex. 14:4 ). Pharaoh and his troups drowned in the Red Sea (Ex. 15:4-5; Ps. 136:15). "The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone" (Ex. 15:5), precisely because God had hardened his heart and caused him to go after the fleeing children of Israel. He died. Execution by drowning. That was God's judgment upon him, which Paul says is just. "What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath, prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory, even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?" (Rom. 9:22-24).
Pharaoh drowned for his rebellion, but I made the point clearly in "Growing Pains," that God's judgments were for the flesh and did not extend beyond the grave, or at least, they were not eternal in nature. Moses' judgment was that he was not allowed to enter the promised land; yet he was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Christ, in spirit. Moreover, God's judgments were for all the earth, not just Israel. "He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth" (I Chr. 16:14). "He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth" (Ps. 105:7). "For true and just are his judgments" (Rev. 19:2). But the best news of all about God's judgments comes from the prophet Isaiah: "My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness" (Isa. 26:9). So, if God's judgments cause the people to learn righteousness, and if "The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God" (Is. 52:10), then be prepared to meet Pharaoh when you cross Jordan. He might even have a mansion right next to yours.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ loved us when we were ungrateful and wicked, Jesus said (Lk 6:35), so how dare we conclude that He did not love Pharaoh? He drowned him in the Red Sea, but Christ paid the price for him too. Otherwise, we've got a god like the ones the heathen used to worship, Molech (II Kings 23:10), Baal (Jer. 32:35), and Asherah (I Kings 14:23-24; II Kings 17:16-17), who demanded human sacrifices. Did God demand Pharaoh's life? Absolutely, but that's not the end of the story. God demanded the lives of the disobedient souls in Noah's time as well, but Peter tells us that Christ went to them and preached to them who were in prison (I Pet. 3:18-20). This thought is expanded in I Pet. 4:6, where the Apostle declares, "For this cause was the gospel preached also to them, that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the Spirit." Paul says that when Jesus ascended to the lower parts of the earth, and then ascended to glory, "He took captivity captive" (Eph. 4:8-10). What happened to the thief on the cross? We know that one of them went to Paradise with Jesus (Lk. 23:43), because we're told that, but don't be surprised when you cross over Jordan to encounter the other one as well. When Jesus said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing," (Lk. 23:34) that includes the other thief, and all of us who have walked in darkness. "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned" (Isa. 9:2).
Our God is able to deliver us, to restore us, to indwell us with His Spirit. "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:9-10). And as Lenny reminded me just now, "No one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit" (I Cor. 12:2). This was one of the first scriptures the Spirit gave to me to affirm God's reconciliation of all His creation, and I was thrilled to hear one of the men in the Baptist Sunday School where Lenny has been sent, tell me that when Lenny was talking to them about the concept of Jubilee, God gave him this very scripture as confirmation that Lenny was speaking truth to them.
In our California real estate career, we were asked to find a house for a young evangelist and his family in the Thousand Oaks area, which we did, and in the process, came to fellowship with them a little. He had been sent from a church in Kentucky or Tennessee to the LA area as a missionary. He came over to our house one day and invited us to join him in his missionary crusade on the mean streets of Hollywood. I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "If you are going down there to tell those men and women that God forgave them on Calvary because He loves them unconditionally, then sign me on. If, however, you are going to tell them that they will burn in hell when they die, count me out. They are in hell right now and need to know that God has paid the price for them to come out of torment right now." Mark 16:16 ["He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."] is a verse beloved of fundamentalists as a way to prove future salvation or damnation, but Lenny asks the men in the Sunday School class, "When are you saved?" They answer, "at the moment you believe." Therefore, "When are you damned?" he asks next, and then answers himself, "As a result of your unbelief you are cast into hell, condemned, NOW." The verse does not say after you die, but right now, which is why we so desperately need Jesus, our kinsman redeemer, to save us from our present condemnation. But, like the rich young ruler, this evangelist went away sorrowful, because he couldn't give up his religion. He had failed to follow the Master, who came to the common people, not with threats of eternal damnation, rules and regs, but with the love and forgiveness of their heavenly Father. "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:36-38). It seems to me that those who threaten others with hell fire, are themselves in hell, because of doubt and conditional love. They do not know that "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom" ( Luke 12:32). Likewise, they would not worry so much about man's pitiful efforts if they understood, "it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).
Dear ones, it is past time as John Gavazzoni wrote, to leave behind our worship of "free will," and come to the knowledge of the truth, that God is the one whose will is done on earth. This means, my dear readers, that we just can't lose for winning, which is the title of the book Harry Fox intends to write and I pray God grants him the grace to do it, for all are hungering and thirsting for this Good News.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:38-39). So let it be written; so let it be done in our lives.
To be continued. To read the other journals in this series on the sovereignty of God, see links below.
The arm of the Lord is not shortened; His power did not fade away. He still does what He ever did; He's the force in the world today! Those without strength yearn to walk; those without sight want to see; Those in the graves long to rise again; and those in chains cry out to be free!
He came to restore His creation to all it used to be, before sin stained every nation and crippled both you and me. He went to the gates of death and hell defeating Satan on his own turf He carried the captives to glory that day. His blood freed all on earth.
Today is the acceptable Day of the Lord; God's kingdom Day is here. We will rise in the power of His glorious might and walk in His light without fear. Clothed in His power and glory we cast off our grave clothes and soar, in heavenly realms with our Father who will love us forever more.
Written Oct. 23, 2000
End Note "A." "Growing Pains"
End Note "B." "The Trash Heap of All Human Fears"
"When good things happen to bad people
End Note "E." "Whose Will Is It Anyway?"
End Note "F." "God's Will"
The Glory Road
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