Man can do absolutely nothing without God's permission.
FALSE ...man has been given FREE MORAL AGENCY
God DOES NOT give permission to murder, steal, commit adultry, worship idols, covet, or have any other Gods before HIM etc
YET MAN, because of FREE WILL, does all these things in spite of God
REMEMBER the god of THIS WORLD is Satan ...Christ has not returned YET 2Corin 4:4
---Rhonda on 5/17/08|
Man can do absolutely nothing without God's permission. Man takes his very breath from the power of the very God he curses. Whatever God allows or don't allow it is for His glory somewhere down the road it will be I can promise you it will be for God's purposes, yes and for His glory. Don't you just love Him, This God, so powerful, and strong, and wise?
---catherine on 5/15/08|
God is perfect, above reproach, and ultimately in complete control over all his creation.
---Eloy on 5/15/08|
I think that God is the King of the universe. As such, He does not do everything Himself. He has those under Him (whom He created) who perform various tasks, including here on earth.
The problem is, that many of those beings are in rebellion against Him, and could even be choosing sides as we speak.
---me on 5/13/08|
If by God, we mean the Creator of the universe, the Eternal Father, then NO AGENCY, human or otherwise can deter or defer or prevent the plan of God.
The God, by nature and by character, is all-powerful and all-knowning. How could mankind, possibly, limit his ability to perform?
---Janze on 5/13/08|
I agree wholeheartedly with Bruce. God won't go against a man's free will. He can lead them and guide them if they're Christians, but he won't FORCE them to do anything they don't want to do. However, there are consequences to suffer when we don't do His will. We lose the blessing(s). We lose fellowship. We start to become angry because he isn't answering our prayer and we blame Him.
---Donna9759 on 5/12/08|
The will of God can be frustrated by the self will of man.
Witness the Jews in the OT: (I Sam 8)
Jews; "We want a king like the other nations."
God; "I am all you need."
Jews; "No we want a king."
God; "You'll be sorry."
Jews; "We'll take that chance."
And so they had Saul as their King and boy were they sorry. However that set the stage for the rest of their history of kings and the division into the North and South kingdoms etc.
---Bruce5656 on 5/11/07|
Amen Debbie,It,s just amazing how we even as believers often times think well maybe we can help things along.so many examples of trying to get ahead, or help God.abraham and sarah wanted to and the result was the muslum nation,and many many more biblical examples in the bible. Our actions don,t ever tie Gods hands they just cloud the true meaning in our own minds.just as when you watch your child do something you know just ain,t never gonna bring correct results wanted, but you let them go ahead anyway.
---tom2 on 5/28/06|
the plan is in place.The only question is your free will choice to join or not.Once you make your decision,the bible says God uses all things for the good of those who love him.The only thing out of control is a non believer.
---tom on 5/28/06|
As individuals we can make God's plan for our life take longer than it would if we had yield to Him in the first place. I don't believe His plan for us or the world in general is ever able to stopped, it may be hindered, but never stopped, because He is the all knowing, all powerful one. Scripture tells that nothing is impossible for God.
---Debbie on 5/23/06|
as a human being many times it feels like all things are out of control.praise god that I,am a believer and I know that god uses all things, not some , all things for good to those who believe in him.
---tom on 5/23/06|
There's a story of someone who once prayed, "Dear God, how many years, how many decades, have we known each other? So permit me to ask You this: Is this any way to run Your universe?"
And then there's the prayer attributed to St. Theresa of Avila: "If this is how You treat Your friends, no wonder You have so few of them."
---Jack on 5/23/06|
The Fathers hands are never tied. The second part of your question is correct. Our actions, whatever they may be all work together for the fulfillment of His plan for this dispensation. All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
---Josef on 4/27/06|
What you wrote is so true Bruce. God had a purpose behind what He did. He didn't change His mind and it became an after thought. He already knew what He was going to do to teach them a lesson. Many times He will give us something we should not ask for, and it too will teach us a lesson, even when we don't realize it came from Him.
---Lupe2618 on 4/26/06|
God is in total control : If He weren't, He wouldn't be God (Omnipotent/Almighty, Omniscient/All-Knowing and Omnipresent/All-present/Infinite/Everywhere)!
---Leon on 4/26/06|
In the life of a believer, if they are just not aware what His will is, I have seen God execute His will in a BELIEVER's life, but that person has also followed His leading and was smart enough to know God was doing something miraculous, so they went along with it. It was the case of healing hearts between a mother and a daughter when once there was nothing but conflict in the relationship, but Father knitted hearts, changed both their hearts towards one another and today they are best friends.
---Donna9759 on 4/26/06|