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Read an interesting quote last night...
« on: January 19, 2010, 11:50:42 PM »
I was reading last night and this quote was in the book.  It struck a chord in me so I am sharing it...

"I frankly confess that, for myself, even if it could be, I should not want free-will to be given me... But now that God has taken my salvation out of the control of my own will, and put it under the control of His, and promised to save me, not according to my working or running, but according to His own grace and mercy, I have the comfortable certainty that He is faithful and will not lie to me, and that He is also great and powerful, so that no devils or opposition can break Him or pluck me from Him." - Martin Luther

This is something I have been told before (not in the exact words, but very similar) but for some reason reading this last night had a deeper impact on me than hearing it before.  Maybe because I had the chance to read it over and over and ponder it a little more... maybe because this time I was ready to hear the message behind it.

So then I was thinking that I actually DON'T have the free will I once thought I had and it is a very intimidating thought, to the point where I was almost angry AT the thought at first.  I have been brought up to believe that I had control of my salvation and life through works; the better I was at it, the better chance I had to enter into heaven even though I had already 'received' Christ...  If I failed at works I was going to hell.  This revelation of sorts has created some huge inner turmoil as I crave desperately to believe it, yet it goes against what I have been taught, so my beliefs are warring with what I see as logic.


However upon thinking more about it, if it (my salvation) were in fact up to me through my works, I'd be dead...

Gal 2:16nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

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Re: Read an interesting quote last night...
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 05:50:46 AM »
It sounds like to me, that you are in a good place. Many fight a lifetime and never see God's grace described in a set of terms that sets them free...

The fact that you are concerned about this after reading a perfect quote would suggest to me that you are going in a good direction.

Peace.
Dallas

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Re: Read an interesting quote last night...
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 12:12:19 AM »
Thank you for your reassurance Dallas.

It's hard not being able to talk to my family about this... my sisters and their husbands openly chastise me to anyone who will listen, for 'straying away' from what they believe, ET doctrine.  It's to the point where I don't even want to call them to talk to them anymore.  What's the point if all they do is say I'm being foolish and am on the broad road to hell?

It's a great comfort to know that I have the support in learning about true salvation from someone.  I will say that some of the posts you make that I have read I don't understand fully as I don't understand a lot of bible context yet, but then some of it really makes sense to me and I feel the truth and blessing in them.  You speak the truth, and belief in the truth is what ultimately matters.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Keep teaching and speaking the truth Dallas!   :icon_flower:

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Re: Read an interesting quote last night...
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010, 01:38:30 AM »
Yo, Word!