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   Wayne Wade

How to Have the Best Life

     God does not predestine some to become His chosen ones (elect) and reject others. It is His desire that none should perish. (2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.) However, He does know beforehand (has foreknowledge) who will come to him and who will reject him, because He is omniscient (all knowing). Nevertheless, God still gives all humans “free will” to choose as they may.

     The "best life" only happens for those who first chose, of their own free will, to confess Jesus Christ as Lord of all (Romans 10:9) and secondly allow His Holy Spirit to sanctify (cleanse) their minds. These steps for having the "best life" are the same for everyone. The first step assures us of an eternal relationship with God, as our Father, and is the foundation for the second step. The second step assures us of the best life here on earth, that we can possibly have. Peter very concisely affirms what I have just said, as he addresses the church in 1 Peter 1:2, saying, Elect (chosen) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. Having said this, I know that there are gifted intellectuals out there who may ask, "How can this work for those, who lack the mental capacity to do what I have just said must be done". Well, friend, if you have to ask that question, then I can assure you, that those more mentally challenged human beings are already much further ahead of you, in the accomplishment of this process.  

     Here are some sign posts pointing the reader toward this most productive and fulfilling life, which anyone can have, but at the same time, the following directional markers are warning markers which most people will never follow. I am not promoting a life shaped by religion (Act. 26:5) or worldly "do's and don'ts" (Phl 3:4-10), but rather one shaped by an ever deepening relationship with the God of everything. People who choose to adhere to what I have to say here will be continually blessed, as they grow in their ability to trust God, by exercising the faith He freely gives to us all (Rom. 12:3). The environment which they create, through the power of God, will increasingly become patches of life and hope, not only for themselves, but for many others as well. However, this life choice is one which must be consciously pursued day-in and day-out. (1 Co. 10:12) (Heb. 10:23) For starters, it can only be pursued by first receiving from God a new spirit and a new heart. (Eze. 36:26) We receive this new spirit and heart by confessing Jesus Christ as Lord. (Rom. 10:9) This then enables us to start this incredible journey through life, as we gain knowledge, by studying the word of God, through the revelation knowledge imparted to us through the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:15-19). This knowledge is not gained by just interpreting the bible with our own intellect (Jhn. 16:13). It is a process which gradually transforms our thinking so we think more and more like God and less and less like rest of the world (Rom. 12:2). As we become more able to recognize and choose God's council over our own errant thoughts, then the appropriate actions will follow. (Pro. 16:25) (Pro. 19:21) This is a life long learning process. The more we follow what I am saying here, the more powerful the results will become. No Christian, however, has ever perfected this life style here on earth (Rom. 7:18-23). Nevertheless, as a believer is able to make more and more right choices, through "right thinking" based on the word of God, the events in their life will begin to bring more and more favorable results, not only for themselves, but for others as well. They become an ever greater catalyst for positive change in a society, causing many profound happenings to take place, which are punctuated by God's miracles (Phl. 3:13-16) (Mar. 16:16-18). The entire world basks in the light of this remnant of Christians, who follow what I am saying here.

    Nations are blessed according to how they treat this remnant. The more freedom given to this remnant, the more blessed a nation becomes. The more tyrannical a nation becomes toward this remnant, the more evil that nation will bring upon itself. Great societies like America have been able to prosper and expand civilization in a natural context for only one reason. It is because Americans in the past have not restricted the freedom of the remnant to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is within the tenants of this gospel that all other freedoms reside. Yet, the world does not understand this principle nor does it understand the life choices made by the remnant. It's a downright foolish way to live in the minds of most people. (1 Cor.1:18) (1 Cor. 2:14) Often times people become extremely offended by anyone who would dare espouse the truths which underpin this way of life. Even most Christians do not choose to live this way. In the bible one of the greatest examples of a person who followed this life style was Paul. Consequently, Paul's works on earth will shine as a beacon throughout the ages and continue to build an everlasting legacy in the Kingdom of God but many influential minds of his day believed he was crazy. (Act. 26:24) This life style will also produce the same results today for all those who choose to live this way. It will build a legacy for each of us who follow this path. However, I repeat again, only a remnant of the Christian community, at any one time in history, has chosen to consistently follow this life style. The vast majority of Christians, including well known leaders in the Christian community choose to believe and act on what they have been taught by other human beings, rather than yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

     There are several major reasons why this happens. Fear, false teaching, improper soul ties, demonic oppression, lack of knowledge and idols (Idol's created by our worldly minded desires for certain earthly possessions and influence) are just some of the reasons. You see, it is only the Holy Spirit who is capable of leading us into the needed truth necessary to start living an eternally successful life and that life starts as soon as we turn the reins over to Him. However, The Holy Spirit won't make anyone follow Him against their will. Without Him it is impossible to grow in understanding of the truth. As I said, this understanding cannot be gained by just reading the bible. It cannot be gained by just listening to the teaching of others. It's a very narrow road that can only be followed by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians, who will enjoy eternal life in the presence of God still choose not to listen to the Holy Spirit while living here on earth. Therefore, their lives, for the most part, look no different from the rest of the world.

      My "Legacy" is just one of many testimonies displaying the awesome power of God, to not only change lives for the better in this life, but throughout eternity. My life was going nowhere, until I turned to God and allowed Him to turn my life around. God had already provided the means but I had to make the first move, in exactly the way I have briefly described here. It took me a long time and a lot of heart ache and emotional pain, before I was willing to come to admit that I needed to make the first move. (James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.") Many readers can save themselves a lot of pain and misery, by embracing what I have just said now, instead of later or perhaps worse. Maybe never. Don't kid yourself. Self awareness is not over when the body dies. On the contrary. Without the limitations of this body, we become even more aware of our surroundings. The big question is: Do we want to be surrounded by the glory, peace and love of God, or do we want to be completely surrounded by the "dark side" (hell) throughout eternity?    

           

   

   

  

Wayne Wade
Wade@Iam777.org
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