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From JO’s sermon tonight:

before you were born, God knew you and planned out all your days (NB:  this would mean predestination, in which I absolutely do not believe;  God gives us free will for the most part).

John 15:16 (NIV)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

God will never ask you for something without first putting it in you.

Romans 11:29 (NIV)

for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable

your destiny is not cancelled because of a mistake or a failure;  God will still get you to where He wants you to be, He’ll bring another opportunity across your path, you can still become all God’s created you to be

You will face your greatest attacks when you’re about to give birth to the dreams God places in your heart; the Enemy waits until you’re close to the promotion, until you’re close to the breakthrough, just when you’re about to step into a new level, don’t be surprised if you face opposition, you go through a disappointment, a friend you were counting on is not there, it’s taking longer than you thought, that simply means that you’re about to give birth to what God has placed in your heart.

your destiny cannot be stopped by a bad break, by disappointments, by opposition, by people;  God has the final say.

What God has promised you He will bring to pass;  you may not see a way, but God has a way.  if you’ll be the best that you can be right where you are, God will get you to where He wants you to be.

you’re going to become everything God’s created you to be, and you’re going to have everything God intended for you to have.

What’s interesting is that once again JO has touched on an issue that is looming large in my life;  the wonderful setup for a friend’s kid to move into my mother’s house and start me getting some income fell through at the last minute, and because one of the kids who would have moved in with him did something crappy…  which does kinda look like “Enemy influence,” although the jury is still out on that one.  I don’t see the way to the happy ending, but my faith that God will bring me there is undimmed.

Also interesting was what I saw when I turned off the tape of the sermon to take a break;  it was the guy who’s on after JO apparently conducting a sermon with his wife, who was saying that great sex is about letting God handle it.  Good to know when the time comes.

And:  JO made reference to

2 Timothy 1:6 (NIV)

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Having looked it up, I had the urge to checkout some subsequent lines, which led me to:

2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV)

who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time

In the sidebar as a cross reference was this one:

Romans 8:29 (NIV)

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

which is one of the quotes pointed out as showing that the Bible says that we have predestination, NOT free will.

http://tinyurl.com/freewillvspredestination

In my last email to a friend, I asked him if he wanted to discuss…  guess what.

And on a totally unrelated note;  there were several important items that we need that we knew were somewhere in the many boxes we have stored up.  I had the inexplicable urge to look in one specific box today…  and ALL the items were in there together.  Amazing…

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