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Matthew 11:27 "All things are delivered unto me of my Father. And no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save.(old english for 'except').the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." John 3:27 ".....a man can receive nothing except it be given to him from heaven"; John 6:65; Luke 19:22; John 1:12..Acts 13:48 "..... as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."

Our calling was planned long ago. Also Ecclesiastes 3:11. Also.John 17:2 "As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given Him.".How many is that? 

Even though God gives the ability to believe (Isaiah 50:5; Acts 18:27 ".....when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace."), some shrink from it.

Tell God, "Hey, God, I need you and want to get to know you!" He hears you. He is more 'real' that you can imagine! Far more 'real' than us temporal beings here in the physical! He is really there! Talk to Him!
    Once God gives this ability He never removes it (Romans 11:29), but you can move away from it, just as – your mom and dad may always be there for you, but you can remove yourself from them, getting your mind on other things apart from their influence.

One must be a seeker (example) to be a receiver:.Matthew 7:7-11; Revelation 3:20. God has ways to ensure that minds are opened to Him as He only determines. This includes ways to keep minds closed until He's ready to call people to Him:.Isaiah 6:9,10; 29:10; John 12:37-40; Matthew 13:11,15.(why it's important to be open minded); Mark 4:11,12; 2Thessalonians 2:11,12.(original word for 'damned' is 'judged'..and how will God do this?).

God allowed people in the Old Testament to have a choice:.Deuteronomy 30:19
    In the New Testament it is a different story. In the New Testament it is 'my way is best and I am calling you into it'!
    God here in the New Testament era does the choosing:.1Peter 2:9; John 15:16; 1Corinthians 1:27,28.(note: as far as those not yet called who may know you, to them you may be regarded as foolish); Ephesians 1:4; 2Thessalonians 2:13;.Revelation 17:14 ".....they that are with Him are called and chosen and faithful."

And, Paul's calling. And.Romans 9:19 ".....For who has resisted his will?"

God calls people by His word to be acceptable to Him because of Christ. And who is He now calling?.Acts 17:30. And called to believe what?.Romans 10:10-15 "For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall.(word 'shall' not in original Greek or Hebrew either).be saved.(word 'saved' is all encompassing in the original and includes blessings in this life). How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher.(original is 'to herald, to proclaim openly, to publish')?".It is important to get the gospel message out to others. 

Being saved means you have entered the Kingdom of God

God reveals deep and secret things.(Deuteronomy 29:29; Daniel 2:22,28,47).and to whom He through Christ wishes at this time – again, Matthew 11:27; Philippians 3:15;.John 18:37 ".....Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.".And how?.1Corinthians 2:10.

God wanted it this way. I mean, here we are, on this earth. We had nothing to do with the world that was here when we came. It was already set up as a result of man's efforts, some good, some bad, when little innocent you and me arrived at birth. That is stroke #1 against us. It was a world already fashioned which was ready and waiting for us, a world with many things in it that, as we grew up, we found we did not like. We did not like what the social systems precipitated in the lives of others, the results of which have affected us negatively.

We had nothing to do with the natures God had us born with.(Romans 8:20) and what developed in us because of just living (all the body's desires and emotions and self centered eagerness for a better way for Mr., Mrs. & Ms. #1) and making decisions thereby. We became programmed, mostly negatively if there was not strong parental guidance and support in our individual upbringing:.Ephesians 2:2,3 "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit.(the devil is a real being, personified by an attitude, an attitude of evil; just as we also are known by our attitudes).that now worketh in the children of disobedience; Among whom also we all had our conversation.(old english for 'conduct').in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were.by nature.the children of wrath, even as others.".That is stroke #2 against us.

And into this world we come facing an imperceptible.enemy awaiting every opportunity to drag us down a little more (1Peter 5:8) with his special tools. That is stroke #3 against us.

You ignorantly (you do not realize what is really going on behind your thoughts) 'bait' the devil with negative thoughts, selfishness being one of them, which leads one into many hurts. What thoughts?
    He will take your thoughts and 'take you down a couple more feet' each time. Why would you ever be negative when you know for sure Christ is in you?.Romans 8:28.....continues


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