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Why Ask?

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There is a saying that has been popularized by Hollywood, but which is extremely unscriptural.

That saying is que sera, sera…what will be, will be.

There are so many scriptures that indicate that it is unscriptural, that only some will be listed here.  A full blown Bible study would be required.  As a reminder, various online churches, ministries, Christian bookstores and more are linked at the bottom of each post.  Some of those sites listed offer books or studies on prayer.  Some offer online services. YouTube videos, apps or radio or other teaching.

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Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

[Emphasis added]
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


And then, there is this, which not only applies to prayer, but also to all of the Word of God in general.  In other words, the results are not “que sera sera“, but depend upon the individual building life on obedience to the Word of God.

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.


One reason it is not possible to set a life on an autopilot of que sera, sera, is because of change, not only outward change, but inward change.

Consider a child that has been playing a certain sport for several years and who all of a sudden wants to play a new sport.  That would require engagement with the parents, the coach, all the principals involved, probably a new uniform or perhaps equipment…it would require a new level of asking.

Likewise, individuals get to a place where prior asking and circumstances, outside forces, levels of “doing” (or not) in the past and the consequences of “doing” (or not) bring a certain outcome and that requires a new level of asking to move forward.

When God asked Adam in the  garden where he was, it wasn’t because God was ignorant.    Adam had to comprehend what had happened and the consequences.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?


When the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to David it was a similar example of self-acknowledgement.

II Samuel 12:1 And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.


Anyone that Jesus delivered and healed…the man who lived among the tombs from whom Jesus cast out devils, the boy who had a devil cast out and his epilepsy stopped, the woman with the issue of blood who was delivered, the blind healed, the lame healed, the deaf healed, lepers cleansed, Jairus’s daughter, Lazurus…any of them would have had to stop and re-evaluate their lives and begin again, seeking direction from the Lord, for their lives were radically changed by Jesus.  Their worlds changed and a new season of life and a new season of asking, seeking, knocking, and following Jesus began.

Whether Adam, Eve, David, or in modern lives, the race is run a race to a certain point in time.  At that point, a new asking, seeking, and knocking is required as seasons change.

Things are never stagnant.

Things are never on auto-pilot.  Things can never be put on cruise control indefinitely.  They can and should be done decently and in order, but there will of necessity be a season of change and a new season of seeking.

Que sera, sera  does not exist.

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How is Life to Be Lived? Offense or Defense?

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Offense is one of those words that has been partially hijacked by progressivism.  Offense…offended…we hear a lot about that.

But there is another meaning to “offense”.

This post will use the word “offense” in the sense of “offense” in football…playing offense or defense.

How did God create Adam?

Did God create Adam to play an offense game or defense game in the game of life?

God gave Adam dominion.  Adam was to step out…on the offense…and take dominion…and dress and keep the garden.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.


In Romans, Paul speaks of the importance of the mind.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.


John speaks of not loving the world or the things of the world.

I John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


And while that can apply to physical things, greedy gain and such, in relation to the topic at hand, it can also mean to not be affected by the attitude of the world.

The world’s attitude today is a passive one.

People are trained, by culture, by marketing, by the controlling forces of the world, to sit down, sedate, be complacent, focus on entertainment.  Life is lived in a passive, defensive way.

Living life on the offense is not a mainstream topic.

People are taught that it is okay, preferable even, to be weak, and if you get too weak, depend on the government for a handout.

Is that how God created Adam in the beginning?

That’s not how the founding Fathers were.  They actively worked to change a political system from a living under a Monarchy to a Constitutional Republic.  Benjamin Franklin, in response this this question, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” , replied,  “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  Link

In today’s world, it is more and more evident there is corruption in high places.

In spite of the mainstream media’s best efforts to cover up and obfuscate the truth, enough awareness is seeping through various forms of non mainstream media, with facts to back it up, to indicate there is a corrupt, not so secret, cabal manipulating national and international affairs for its own power and profit.

Do we really believe that the brightest and best qualified are some of those we see in political office today, some of whom can barely function?

So, what do the rest of us do?

Did God created Adam to live on the offense or defense?

Did Jesus leave the authority of His Name, His Blood, His promises with the church?




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The Sovereignty of God

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I’ll give you my conclusion, but you can draw your own.   These are some of my thoughts on the topic.

I recently had cause to briefly get into a discussion about the sovereignty of God.

This is actually a topic I’ve given some thought to in the past.  Anyone who has to write or speak, a talk show host, or anyone who does not use a teleprompter from which to read a prewritten script, actually has to research, consider, and think about topics before writing and speaking.

There seem to be two general trends of thoughts regarding the sovereignty of God.   One is that God will do “whatever” “regardless” of what man does.  The other is that mankind, particularly believers, are involved in outcomes.

Full disclosure:  I am of the latter opinion.

So what do I mean?

Let’s say you are sovereign over me and that you have given me a task to accomplish.

You ask me to bake a cake.  You provide me the ingredients, the flour, the oil, the water, the eggs, the leavening, the flavorings, the pan, the oven, everything I need to bake the cake.

What if I fail to use all the eggs, use less water and oil than required, forget to put in the leavening, fail to use the correct amount of heat or fire, and fail to keep the cake as long as required in the oven in order to properly bake it?  The cake will not rise properly, it will not bake properly, it will not turn out well.

So you, the sovereign, still need the cake.  You may go to a bakery down the street.  You may order a cake from a specialized bakery.  You have other options than me to get the cake.  You will get your cake somehow.

We see in the book of Jonah that the Lord God, the Sovereign, wanted something of Ninevah.  He sent Jonah to Ninevah to deliver the message.  Jonah resisted for a while.  After ending up in the sea, in the belly of a whale, he decided to obey.  He delivered the message to Ninevah.  Ninevah repented, changed, and the city endured for another (estimated)150 years or so.  What if Jonah hadn’t gone?  What if Ninevah hadn’t changed?  Well, we know the answer to that already from scripture.  God had already said they would have been destroyed within 40 days.   If you haven’t read the book of Jonah it is a small four chapter book at the end of the Old Testament.  I recommend you read it yourself.

The Lord God is Sovereign, but in the case of Jonah, the issue of free will comes into play.  On this earth, the issue of the free will of man always comes into play.

In trying to understand the thinking behind certain philosophies it occurs to me that when people read the statement of Jesus, “It is finished”, that maybe they think there is nothing left to do.  Maybe they think that it’s a slam dunk until the end.  We sit back.  Jesus does it all.  It is finished.

I personally believe that is a wrong interpretation of that verse.  Jesus did do it all in the sense that Jesus defeated satan at the cross.  Jesus purchased back, by virtue of His crucifixion, shed Blood, paying the price of justice for mankind’s fall through Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus bought back the right for man to again have a relationship with God, as each individual believes and receives and confesses that finished work. Then Jesus gave the authority of His Name, His Blood to believers.  Believers receive the indwelling Holy Spirit.  They become ambassadors for Christ.

Believers now have a job to do.

If “it is finished” is a slam dunk,  if nobody has anything left to do, then why does God leave believers on the earth?

Paul, the Apostle, who wrote 28 percent of the New Testament, or 13 or 14 books, depending on  which church tradition history is followed (the book of Hebrews is the one in question), wrote the statement below.  And this is only one of many statements that indicate that the Apostle Paul was a very focused, determined individual.

Philippians 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


If the Apostle Paul thought that the statement by Jesus, “It is finished.”, meant that Paul had to nothing, then why did Paul make the above statement and other statements indicating that Paul was pressing forward in his life?

When it comes to the Sovereignty of God, God gave us the Scriptures.  These scriptures were carefully copied generation after generation by scribes.  They are reliable.

God gave mankind directives in Genesis.  He gave us commandments at Mt. Sinai.  He gave us “if…then” clauses throughout the Bible.   The Lord God gives many indications of the will of God, and how scriptures about how mankind should relate to God and to each other as created human beings, men, women, and children (not AI), on earth.  Read the Bible from the beginning book, the book of Genesis to the ending book, Revelation.

To say that the sovereignty of God will bring a certain solution, without the free will of man doing the things that God has asked mankind to do, I think exhibits a bit of laziness or complacency or stubbornness or rebellion.

Yes, ultimately, there will be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

But as some parents or grandparents might be familiar with the saying,

We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way.

There may be some chastening, even severe chastening, from the Lord God on mankind if mankind, in freewill, fights and rebels against the purposes of God and the Holy Spirit.

And actually, I always look at it that God is not sitting up there deciding if He is going to smash someone down.  He simply set laws in place and if mankind, or individuals, don’t follow those laws, they bring the repercussion on themselves.  God doesn’t have to really do anything but rest in the laws he set up, at least that is how I see it.  If you defy the law of gravity by jumping off a cliff, God didn’t hurt you, you hurt yourself.  If mankind, an individual, or nation, is defiant, the price to pay for that defiance has already been set up within the way the universe was created by God.  Again, these are just some thoughts.  You may see it differently, that’s fine, that’s how I read it in scriptures, which are full of “if…then” clauses.

Yes, God is Sovereign.  Yes, God will have the ultimate end He wants.

But I personally believe that getting there is intimately involved with the free will choices of mankind, and all of us individuals, overall.

I personally believe that to say “God is sovereign” and by implication imply that I can sit back and do nothing because “Jesus will do everything” is not a working dynamic for life.

As I said of the beginning of this post, I am only offering some thoughts on this.  You can believe however you want.

But beliefs and actions take you a certain direction and place.

In these times, for example, to say that God is sovereign, so, for example, you say, I don’t have to bother to vote because God is sovereign, I think is a bad choice.  Yes, God is sovereign, but man has responsibilities.

To say God is sovereign, so I won’t think about what I do on a daily basis and just blindly do the first thing presented to me, is, again, I think a misinterpretation.  To say that “God is sovereign” and then, for example, to take the toxic jab offered by satanic globalists and say that “Jesus will protect me”, when you are not willing to study the true science and consequences, I personally think will bring bad results.  But again, these are my thoughts.

Choices bring consequences.

God is sovereign, but God also gave mankind freewill.

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Is This a Fatalistic World?

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You can read the dictionary definition of fatalistic by clicking here.

Basically, fatalism is the idea that there is nothing you can do to change anything.  This worldly (incorrect) thought implies that it doesn’t matter what you do, or what you choose, that things will happen in a predetermined way and you are stuck with whatever fate has determined for you.

There was a popular song Que Sera, SeraWhat Will Be, Will Be.

However, this worldly premise is incorrect according to what the Bible teaches.  The Bible is full of warnings and exhortations that if you will obey, your life will improve.  The warnings are there for the individual; the warnings are there for the nation.   If you will pull out a Bible and read it from one end to the other with the thought in mind…is this true?…you will find out that it is.

From the very beginning, in the garden, God gave a command of what not to do.  Adam and Eve disobeyed and sin, sickness, and death entered a perfect world.

One of the most well known stories of national warning is that in the book of Jonah.   The whole book is four chapters long and found towards the end of the Old Testament.  It is worth a read if you have never read it.  Here is chapter 3.

Jonah 3:1  Yahweh’s word came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I give you.”

So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to Yahweh’s word. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey across. Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried out, and said, “In forty days, Nineveh will be overthrown!”

The people of Nineveh believed God; and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from their greatest even to their least. The news reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and took off his royal robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. He made a proclamation and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, “Let neither man nor animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink water; but let them be covered with sackcloth, both man and animal, and let them cry mightily to God. Yes, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows whether God will not turn and relent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish?”

10 God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he didn’t do it.

It is important to look at verse 10.

Jonah 3:10  God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he didn’t do it.


This is just one example of many that show that that the actions of God are related to what man, or in this case a nation, did in response to the warning from God which came through Jonah.

The implication is that if they “had not” turned from their evil way, then the destruction promised would have occurred.

Another prophetic book with if…then implications is the book of Jeremiah.  Over and over the nation was warned.  It did not listen, and finally fell before Babylon and went into captivity.

The book of Ezekiel also presents the possibility of choice and change.

Ezekiel 33: 17   “‘Yet the children of your people say, “The way of the Lord is not fair;” but as for them, their way is not fair. 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, he will even die therein. 19 When the wicked turns from his wickedness, and does that which is lawful and right, he will live by it. 20 Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is not fair.” House of Israel, I will judge every one of you after his ways.’”


Deuteronomy 28 plainly sets out the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience.

Deuteronomy 28:1 It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to Yahweh your God’s voice, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you today, that Yahweh your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you, and overtake you, if you listen to Yahweh your God’s voice. You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field. You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock. Your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed. You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out. Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you. They will come out against you one way, and will flee before you seven ways. Yahweh will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to. He will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you. Yahweh will establish you for a holy people to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in his ways. 10 All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by Yahweh’s name, and they will be afraid of you. 11 Yahweh will grant you abundant prosperity in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give you. 12 Yahweh will open to you his good treasure in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You will lend to many nations, and you will not borrow. 13 Yahweh will make you the head, and not the tail. You will be above only, and you will not be beneath, if you listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God which I command you today, to observe and to do, 14 and shall not turn away from any of the words which I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to Yahweh your God’s voice, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come on you and overtake you. 16 You will be cursed in the city, and you will be cursed in the field. 17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed. 18 The fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock will be cursed. 19 You will be cursed when you come in, and you will be cursed when you go out. 20 Yahweh will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you put your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the evil of your doings, by which you have forsaken me. 21 Yahweh will make the pestilence cling to you, until he has consumed you from off the land where you go in to possess it. 22 Yahweh will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with fiery heat, with the sword, with blight, and with mildew. They will pursue you until you perish. 23 Your sky that is over your head will be bronze, and the earth that is under you will be iron. 24 Yahweh will make the rain of your land powder and dust. It will come down on you from the sky, until you are destroyed. 25 Yahweh will cause you to be struck before your enemies. You will go out one way against them, and will flee seven ways before them. You will be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 Your dead bodies will be food to all birds of the sky, and to the animals of the earth; and there will be no one to frighten them away. 27 Yahweh will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with the tumors, with the scurvy, and with the itch, of which you can not be healed. 28 Yahweh will strike you with madness, with blindness, and with astonishment of heart. 29 You will grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways. You will only be oppressed and robbed always, and there will be no one to save you. 30 You will betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her. You will build a house, and you won’t dwell in it. You will plant a vineyard, and not use its fruit. 31 Your ox will be slain before your eyes, and you will not eat any of it. Your donkey will be violently taken away from before your face, and will not be restored to you. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and you will have no one to save you. 32 Your sons and your daughters will be given to another people. Your eyes will look, and fail with longing for them all day long. There will be no power in your hand. 33 A nation which you don’t know will eat the fruit of your ground and all of your work. You will only be oppressed and crushed always, 34 so that the sights that you see with your eyes will drive you mad. 35 Yahweh will strike you in the knees and in the legs with a sore boil, of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. 36 Yahweh will bring you, and your king whom you will set over yourselves, to a nation that you have not known, you nor your fathers. There you will serve other gods of wood and stone. 37 You will become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where Yahweh will lead you away. 38 You will carry much seed out into the field, and will gather little in, for the locust will consume it. 39 You will plant vineyards and dress them, but you will neither drink of the wine, nor harvest, because worms will eat them. 40 You will have olive trees throughout all your borders, but you won’t anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives will drop off. 41 You will father sons and daughters, but they will not be yours, for they will go into captivity. 42 Locusts will consume all of your trees and the fruit of your ground. 43 The foreigner who is among you will mount up above you higher and higher, and you will come down lower and lower. 44 He will lend to you, and you won’t lend to him. He will be the head, and you will be the tail.

45 All these curses will come on you, and will pursue you and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you didn’t listen to Yahweh your God’s voice, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you. 46 They will be for a sign and for a wonder to you and to your offspring forever. 47 Because you didn’t serve Yahweh your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things; 48 therefore you will serve your enemies whom Yahweh sends against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in lack of all things. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you. 49 Yahweh will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies: a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce facial expressions, that doesn’t respect the elderly, nor show favor to the young. 51 They will eat the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed. They also won’t leave you grain, new wine, oil, the increase of your livestock, or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish. 52 They will besiege you in all your gates until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout all your land. They will besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land which Yahweh your God has given you. 53 You will eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, whom Yahweh your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies will distress you. 54 The man who is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye will be evil toward his brother, toward the wife whom he loves, and toward the remnant of his children whom he has remaining, 55 so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left to him, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy will distress you in all your gates. 56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye will be evil toward the husband that she loves, toward her son, toward her daughter, 57 toward her young one who comes out from between her feet, and toward her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of all things in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy will distress you in your gates. 58 If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, YAHWEH your God, 59 then Yahweh will make your plagues and the plagues of your offspring fearful, even great plagues, and of long duration, and severe sicknesses, and of long duration. 60 He will bring on you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they will cling to you. 61 Also every sickness and every plague which is not written in the book of this law, Yahweh will bring them on you until you are destroyed. 62 You will be left few in number, even though you were as the stars of the sky for multitude, because you didn’t listen to Yahweh your God’s voice. 63 It will happen that as Yahweh rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so Yahweh will rejoice over you to cause you to perish and to destroy you. You will be plucked from the land that you are going in to possess. 64 Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth. There you will serve other gods which you have not known, you nor your fathers, even wood and stone. 65 Among these nations you will find no ease, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; but Yahweh will give you there a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and pining of soul. 66 Your life will hang in doubt before you. You will be afraid night and day, and will have no assurance of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, “I wish it were evening!” and at evening you will say, “I wish it were morning!” for the fear of your heart which you will fear, and for the sights which your eyes will see. 68 Yahweh will bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way of which I told to you that you would never see it again. There you will offer yourselves to your enemies for male and female slaves, and nobody will buy you.


Joshua, who succeeded Moses as leader after the death of Moses, had this experience.  In other words, it is not whether God is predetermined “for” or “against” us, but rather our response should be, as was Joshua’s, “What does my lord say to his servant?”  It is our response to God that matters.  It is not fatalism or predetermination.  The message is, Matthew 4:17 “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  We change, then blessings come.  That’s the pattern and Biblical way.

Joshua 5:13   When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man stood in front of him with his sword drawn in his hand. Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our enemies?”

14 He said, “No; but I have come now as commander of Yahweh’s army.”

Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and worshiped, and asked him, “What does my lord say to his servant?”

15 The prince of Yahweh’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals, for the place on which you stand is holy.” Joshua did so.


Towards the end of his life, Josha gave a speech, a portion of which is quoted below.

Joshua 24:14  “Now therefore fear Yahweh, and serve him in sincerity and in truth. Put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River, in Egypt; and serve Yahweh. 15 If it seems evil to you to serve Yahweh, choose today whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.”


The original question asked is whether or not fatalism operates in life.  Will “what will be, will be”?  In Biblical terms, no.

We have choices, every day, and those choices affect our everyday life and future.   What we think, believe, and speak matters.   We can change our lives, and the lives of those around us, by our choices.

However, it is important to note, that it is not just changing our actions that matters.  That, of course, is vitally important.  However,  we must also be born again into God’s kingdom to have the Spirit of God dwelling within.  That is a first step into the kingdom of God.

Then begin reading the Bible, praying, going to church, and learning.  All this increases your awarenesss of how to make better choices and actions.



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