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Faith Imagined: Electricity and Predestination

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

April 17, 2011

Electricity and Predestination



"An electric field is created by a charged body in the space that surrounds it, and results in a force exerted on any other charges placed within the field. The electric field acts between two charges in a similar manner to the way that the gravitational field acts between two masses, and like it, extends towards infinity..." (Wikipedia).

God gave us life, and He gave us free-will. With our free-will we made choices of good (love, forgiveness, giving, etc.), but we also made choices of evil (hate, envy, selfishness, etc.). Our ungodly choices caused sin to enter the world, and God's perfect creation was corrupted. But along with free-will, God gave us Jesus Christ, thereby redeeming what He knew we would mess up. Free-will is our Keys to the Kingdom; we can use these Keys to add more corruption or more redemption to God's creation (Matthew 16.19).

The flow of the Holy Spirit is dependent on our movements. God has a purpose for our lives and He promises to be with us every inch of the way, but because of free-will, we have to make the first move. We take leaps of faith into God's divine plan, and the Holy Spirit guides our every step. The Holy Spirit cannot force God's children into submission, and that is why obedience to inspired promptings and trust in God's will are vital to living out God's best.

I believe God has His best in mind for all His children. I do not believe that God predestined a rare few to be called to His best. That concept goes directly against free-will and our ability to choose. If there wasn't free-will, there wouldn't be sin in this world and the negative aspects that come along with it (pain, sorrow and death). I do believe, though, that God is timeless and eternal. He is past, present and future; and He is not limited to our understanding of time and space. He knows everything, but even with this knowledge, He still has given us the Keys.

"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified" (Romans 8.29-30 NIV).

I imagine that when God created life, His anointing went out like a Charged Body and extended into our world, the Electric Field, stopping at anyone who would receive it. He sent out a call for His children choose to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. Automatically when God sent out this call, He could see the end result of those who accepted the call because He is not limited to time. Those people were the Charges, allowing themselves to be filled with the electricity of the Holy Spirit.


Because God "foreknew" who would accept His call, He was able to "predestine" them, but that doesn't change the fact that all of us still have the opportunity to accept the anointing. God wants all His children to conform to the image of Christ. The fact that He knows the end result, doesn't negate the free-will we have to respond. In the Bible God gave His children many chances through the prophets to repent and accept His amazing plan, even when He knew they would repeatedly reject those invitations.


God's anointing is like electricity, flowing throughout this world. He is all around us, and His call to be "predestined" for His greatness is every where. He wants the best for US ALL, but we need to use our free-will to accept His call. If we accept it, we will be like Chargers, lighting the darkness with His presence and glory -- predestined for His greatness.


"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him" (2 Chronicles 16.9a NIV).



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14 Comments:

Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

YES!!

Makes me think of how God calls us to be lights on a hill.

The electric power of the Holy Spirit can only flow through me when I am plugged in! May I continue to re-charge through the Word of God, and may I flip the switch on obedience!

Yes, Lord - move us forward. Thank you for loving us before we loved You.

Thank you for being our Light!!

GOD BLESS you and yours, Alisa, on this wonder-full Palm Sunday!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Dean Spencer said...

Alisa -

This is an excellent analogy. I've tried often, but couldn't put into words what you have written here.

This will be a good way to share and help explain predestination and free-will!

Thank you for sharing. God bless!
Dean

5:23 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Stuff could... said...

God's anointing is like electricity, flowing all around this world! I love this sentence. You summed up free will, etc....

5:55 PM  
Blogger Tammi said...

YES! This is right on target! I want to be charged--a "conduit," allowing His Holy Spirit's power to flow through me, and light up the world with His Word, drawing others to Him. "If I be lifted up, I will draw ALL men unto Me." He was "lifted up" on that cross on Calvary 2000 years ago, but may He be lifted up in our hearts, glorifying Himself through our actions and reactions, so that He will draw ALL men unto Himself!!

9:50 PM  
Blogger The Unknowngnome said...

I am thankful our Father gifted us with free will and predestined us to hear His call.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; Jer 1:5

Blessings to you all this Holy week.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

You worded this so perfectly! So many people don't understand the truth of predestination!

i love you so my friend!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Amen! I love how you described these truths...

May we never lose our "charge" but continually be connected to our Source...

7:48 PM  
Blogger Missie said...

I still have so many questions about free-will and predestination. I know that things will be reveled when we are in Heaven, but sometimes, even though I am trying to be a light to all, that someone may be predestined not to follow God.

9:56 AM  
OpenID bluecottonmemory said...

The first part made me think that "God is not your mama" because your mama would barge in to ensure you made the right choice. God is more patient and long-suffering than a mama.

The middle part reminded me of the woman, not a Jew, who asked of Jesus - and we learn that Jesus came first for the Jews and then the gentile, who were not an intitial part of the perfect plan.
Whether you believe in predestination or not, this shows God's compassion to extend His family to those not born into it.

The Holy Spirit is so often the "forgotten" child of the trinity. I am so glad you gave it center stage her - I want that Holy Spirit strength inside me to change me like it changed Peter in the room when the Holy Spirit fell - and he never denied Christ again.!

Loved your post. So much in it!!!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Spacerguy said...

No church, no lodge, no good works can save me except for a little thing called believing except its not so little.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Toyin O. said...

Amen, we have to allow God to recharge us to bring forth his glory. I like what you said about the fact that the flow of the holy spirit is dependent on our movement. May we always be empowered to always make that first move:)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

Completely on target! All through scripture, people are told to choose who they will serve. God is not willing that any should perish, but He won't violate our free will.

Blessings,
Susan :)

8:13 PM  
Blogger D.J. Hughes said...

"Free-will is our Keys to the Kingdom." This is so insightful. So true. I love your writing.

10:04 PM  
Blogger lioneagle said...

Hi Alisa -

You expressed, "God's anointing is like electricity, flowing throughout this world. He is all around us, and His call to be "predestined" for His greatness is every where. He wants the best for US ALL, but we need to use our free-will to accept His call. If we accept it, we will be like Chargers, lighting the darkness with His presence and glory -- predestined for His greatness."

That sure fired me up, Alisa.

Amen - Thank you so much.

11:52 AM  

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