Does His Sovereignty Extend To Our Motives?

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Bobby wrote:

Hi Bobby,
Thank you for sharing your story with me. I’m wondering if you knew any ministers who attended A. C. in the late 60’s. I attended from 65-69. Then I worked in Pasadena from 69-73. So I was gone long before all of the changes came about. But the old church and the new churches are nothing more than daughters of their mother, and they are one and all harlots. But harlots are where God’s people come from, so I am grateful for my time in that harlot system. But I am even more grateful that I have been called out of that system.
You ask:

The answer is that, yes, we do have choice. How could any logical person deny that we make many choices every day. But what we do not have is ‘free’ choice. Every choice which has ever been made by any man since and including Adam, is a caused choice, and it was not caused by anyone other that the Great Cause of all things.

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, [ is] from the LORD.
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

I am supposing that you have read already After The Counsel Of His Own Will. If not, be sure to do so. There is nothing that is not happening “after the counsel of His own will.”

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

There are many scriptures which bear this out, Bobby. Just type ‘all things’ into e- sword and you will be amazed at just how many times it comes out and tells us “all things are of God.” It never reads ‘all good things are of God,’ it just says “all is of God.” God’s sovereignty is total, Bobby.

Pro 20:24 Man’s goings [ good or evil] are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

So you see, Bobby, even our motives are the result of God’s sovereignty. “How can a man understand his own way?”

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will [ have mercy], and whom he will he hardeneth.
Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

If we are made with a pleasant disposition, then that is God’s doings. If otherwise, then that too is God’s “working all things after the counsel of His Own Will.”
I perceive that you already know this, and you are just struggling with it’s depth and totality.
It is good that you are witnessing to others as you have the opportunity. I feel sure you are already aware that “dragging people to God” is not our responsibility. The Holy Spirit has people to ask us and we need to be ready to answer.
I hope this has answered your question, Bobby. The short answer is that we have choice, but it is all caused choices.
It would be good to see you and your wife at our conference in Salisbury, North Carolina in August. Stay in touch, Bobby.
Mike

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