Stupid Free Will!

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Have you prayed a prayer that you knew was in line with the Word of God and the will of God, but still took forever to come to pass – or hasn’t yet come to pass? (I’m talking about praying for something that we already have a right to possess- things that Jesus has already obtained for us: healing,deliverance, Biblical prosperity.)So what gives? We know that His Word is perfect and proven. Take note that there is nothing wrong with His Word, and by faith in Jesus, there is nothing wrong with you. So what is the variable? Traditional teaching would tell you that it must be God’s timing. I disagree. Of course God has His master time line, and certain events are ordained for certain times, but I believe people have been missing many blessings, by blaming the wrong variable (God’s timing). Instead, lets look at the one thing God gave man that no amount of prayer can completely influence: Free Will.

Paul dealt with this when he spoke of his “thorn in the flesh” which was a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him lest he be exalted above measure due to the abundance of revelations he was receiving. Here’s my take on the issue. Surely, if anyone (after Jesus) knew how to get results from prayer, it was Paul. No one could doubt his relationship with the Father, or his ability to hear His voice. The man wrote over half of the New Testament. Some say Paul missed it, and couldn’t receive healing for what could have been an eye condition. That’s not scriptural. Like all Spirit-filled believers, Paul had the permission and authority to use the mighty name of Jesus – the Name that is above every name, principality, power,  might, or dominion. If Paul’s problem was physical healing, believe me, the name of Jesus and faith in that name was more than sufficient for victory. No sickness, no demon, no disease can stand up to the name of Jesus. Also no spiritual weapon formed against Paul could prosper. Therefore, I believe he was dealing with the one thing he did not have authority over: people’s free will.

When a person choses to yield their life over to Satan, they give him an instrument (body) to operate through. The problem with Paul, was that everywhere he went, there were plenty of people yielded to Satan. Let’s say that Paul recognized the demonic power behind the person that was persecuting him. Even if he were to cast it out, would there not be plenty more for it to enter? Also, these people who were yielded to the enemy by their own free will, were ultimately just persecuting him. The term “a thorn in the flesh” was a term Paul borrowed from Old Testament scripture that always referred to the negative/destructive influence ungodly people had on righteous people (see Numb 33:55, Josh 23:13, Judges 2:3). Paul suffered constant, unrelenting persecution from people who were a messenger from Satan himself, who tried to make following Paul’s Gospel of Jesus Christ less attractive. Jesus said that we would suffer persecution, but His grace is sufficient. And Paul’s three prayers couldn’t violate a person’s free will to cooperate with the enemy.

Many times our breakthroughs hinge on other people being obedient to the voice of God. God uses people to accomplish His will on this earth- people who have yielded to Him. We have been given great power and authority, but we can not “pray a person to salvation” because this would violate their free will. If we can’t minister to them, we should pray laborers across their path, which is the Biblical example. People have to hear the Gospel, then receive salvation by faith and on their own free will. “God’s perfect timing” is often the scape goat for God not being able to violate a person’s free will. Again God has ordained events to happen in your life at certain times, but things He has already given us such as your healing ( By Jesus’ stripes you were healed) are a believer’s blood-bought right, and will be yours as soon as you believe and receive by faith. “Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day of Salvation” 2Cor6:2

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