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Moving On.

Well first of all, let me apologize for such a large gap between posts… hopefully it won’t happen again. Next, I’d like to thank everyone that has followed this blog. It means a lot to have you guys with me.

 

“But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses.” Exodus 9:12

When I started studying the Bible again, this verse gave me a lot of trouble because I had never imagined, or heard of, God manipulating someone’s heart for any reason. I thought free will was absolute and that was that. I brought the question to my pastor and he pointed these verses out to me.

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

So what does this mean? It means that when God created you, the End was already in His mind so He knew where you’d be standing. “Foreknew”
So He lines up your life, from the family your born into (I’m sure something we all question now and again) to the people you’ll interact with.
“Predestined”
Now with your life experiences there is a job for you to do. Someone else could do it, but He wants you.
“Called”

Put simply, God knows if someone is going to choose to follow Him. It’s your choice, but He knows and He can plan accordingly. The Pharaoh was just someone who wouldn’t ever choose to follow God so God used Him for His glory. How does this apply? No matter where you are in life, God is working on you and through you. Try not to let yourself get caught up in the little things and always remember that the long-term goal is knowing you played your part in God’s kingdom.

(there are two other keywords that went beyond the point I was trying to make, but I didn’t want to leave them out as they are also infinitely important.)

This calling plays a part in the kingdom of God, so who’s to say you’re worthy of it? God did, when he sent Jesus to die for you.
“Justified”
And finally, through this process you’ve become a new creation, a child of God.
“Glorified”

Where are you going to go from here? Wherever it is, do it in prayer and with the hand of God leading the way. Thanks for reading, let me know what you guys thought.

God Bless

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2 thoughts on “Moving On.

  1. You know the old saying – “the same sun that melts butter hardens clay.” On The Pharaoh/God thing, this is one way to look at it:

    If you brush your knuckles against concrete long enough, you will go beyond the bleeding phase and begin to form callouses. Now, what caused the knuckles to harden, the concrete or the fact that you incessantly abused your hand?

    So, by nature of Pharaoh’s unrelenting rebellion (the knuckles), he subjected his heart to become past feeling (hardened) by resisting the will of God (the concrete). It was not God’s fault.

    Hope this helps,
    DT

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