WHO CONTROLS YOU: GOOD OR EVIL?

Why has the world become an immoral society that is unsafe with terrorists attacking others and creating refuges by the millions; why are we in this condition? Why is the world struggling financially and peace seems a rare possibility? Could it be because the world has denied God? Is it due to our not living according to the standards God have set for us? How many are reading the Bible and living according to its ways, even Christians? Are we receiving what God promised would happen if we did not worship Him? He tells us He will make the world peaceful and prosperous if we repent and replace hate with love. Do we have leaders that will unite us and make God our first priority? It appears we must, on our own, begin changing if we want a different world. What must we do?

Everyone is born innocent. As we grow, a time comes when we become accountable for our lives. It is the age when we must accept Christ as our Savior or remain under the control of Satan’s powers. It is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. We must accept the Holy Spirit’s guidance and live by God’s commandments and ways or remain a self-centered, prideful person lusting after the world’s pleasures. The world causes a pride within us that makes us feel we do not need God and therefore, many deny there is a God, to overcome any guilt resulting from sin.

Christ came that none should perish and have the opportunity to live an eternal life as a child of God forever. God’s plan was to give everyone a choice. The purpose of the church was to spread the Word so everyone would know they could choose to be good and not remain under the control of Satan or the world’s evil desires. Everyone must understand that there is a heaven and a hell if they need a reason to choose good over evil. God does not force Himself on anyone. If you chose to live an evil and corrupt life you have His permission. We see men and women today who live and behave in ways that would disgrace animals.

You will either be a believer in God or an unbeliever through choice. God has offered to give every spiritual blessing to anyone who acknowledges Christ as God’s Son and receives His Spirit into their life.

Romans 1:19 – 20 – “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Ephesians 2:7 – 10 – “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Many believe once they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit they are obligated to give something in return. The requirement is that we give ourselves through accountability and commitment and not believe we must work our way to Heaven. We are to respond with gratitude, praise and joy. It takes faith to be saved and it is a faith that is given to us by God. It is nothing that we have done to earn salvation. Otherwise, we could boast: look at what I have done. However, God does expect Christians to do good deeds and serve plus be a witness for Him.

Romans 1:21 – 23 – “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”

People may say they know God and believe in God yet refuse to worship God for who He is and establish their own beliefs. After a time, their hearts become darkened and hard, their judgments become selfish. They worship money, power, control, excess pleasures, fame, etc. Romans 1:25 – “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.

God tells us that we cannot make it to heaven without having received the Holy Spirit. It is possible to say the right words and believe you have accepted Christ but was accepting only to keep out of hell.

Ephesians 1:13 & 14 – “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

Our proof of salvation is being sealed by the Holy Spirit. It is our guarantee that we have been forgiven, redeemed and have become adopted into the family of God. If we do not have the Spirit of God within us we do not belong to Christ. And when the Holy Spirit enters us He brings the promise of glory to come. The Spirit is the guarantee of coming immortality, a guarantee of our inheritance and the pledge given to believers by God to assure them that the glory of the life to come, promised in the gospel, will actually happen.

We can know God in all of His glory as the Holy Spirit reveals God to us. Scripture encourages us to get to know God. The more we know about God and His grace, the more we are able to deal with stress, fears, problems and trials. Knowing God will help us deal better in all areas of our lives. We then must realize that nothing will happen in our life that God does not allow. Nothing is too difficult for God and His power to help us overcome any hardship we encounter. God will be with us and available at all times.

Have you determined whether good or evil guides you? Or, do you truly have the Holy Spirit in your life?

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