We’re Not God’s Puppets

Romans 7:19-25

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

*A little sub-lesson*

A marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings depending on regional variations. A marionette’s puppeteer is called a marionettist..https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=FgR2Wtu-OLCD5wKq2bhA&q=what+is+a+marionette+controller+called%3F&oq=what+is+a+marionette+controller+called%3F&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i22i30k1.1141.16955.0.17412.54.40.9.4.5.0.380.5481.3j28j4j1.36.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..5.49.6047.0..0j35i39k1j0i131k1j0i67k1j0i20i263i264k1j0i20i264k1j0i20i263k1j0i3k1j0i131i20i264k1j0i10k1j0i13k1j0i13i30k1j0i8i13i30k1j33i22i29i30k1.0.G5Lf1LM-AdI

I assumed the controller would have been called a puppet master.

Before Christmas, my friend and I went shopping for things to sell at my booth.  I prefer a rather unusual collection. One of my findings that particular day was a horse marionette. The pony was clean, its strings and controlling sticks were all in good condition, not wound up or tangled.

It sat there in my booth for  a long while, even put up front at times to keep it protected from kids who eagerly and often times, carelessly, grabbed for other toys.  In my various sales, I never marked the price down because I figured if nothing else, I would keep it myself.  Maybe I could take it back later because the “right person” just had not come along yet.

One day when I was in there moving my things around to amp up interest among my goods, I went to look for the marionette to display in a prominent place, but it was gone.  Apparently a special needs youth came in with her father and saw it.  From the front desk, the women up front heard her talk to her daddy about it  throughout the store .  As her father browsed other booths, she even came up with a name for the horse.  When they finished shopping,  dad approached the checkout and bought it. Walking out, she sweetly promised  the ladies at the store to take very good care of it.  I LOVE that story! 

The young lady will be able to manipulate her horse to do just about anything she wants it to do. To go right, the sticks will lean one way, left, another.  The Lord God, our Creator, is certainly capable of turning His children to the left or right, but as this young girl’s dad allowed her to make choices on the directions she chose, our Heavenly Father gives us free will. 
I have mixed thoughts on free will.  We have capability to make decisions, but is that a blessing or as the Passage from Romans puts it, hard, because our tendencies are not to make wise decisions?  How many of us have gotten our strings tangled and mangled, attempting to follow our own desires? (I confess, my hand goes up on that one) 

Are we repeatedly, dragging ourselves with matted and knotted strings, pleading to be straightened out, only to get right back in another situation?  We follow our own will and wants, yet continually cry  out for rescue.  But  God! Our Sweet Savior is always gracious and loving, there to be our Ever-present Help in time of need. 

It seems as though many unbelievers claim that Christians are simply Christ’s puppets. If that were the case, why would we still sin? Why would there be suffering? No, although the Lord loves us, because He does,  He doesn’t force a relationship upon His children. Unlike an earthly father, who may grow weary of a child returning time and again, picking us up, dusting us off, lovingly, not in anger or judgment, our Father God gently scoops us up, offers forgiveness to a repentant son or daughter and speaks encouragement into our lives.

Following the Lord is not for the faint-hearted.  Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to forgive ourselves and move past mistakes we’ve made. On our own, yes, sin is (seemingly) the “easier”  choice.  It doesn’t require obedience, just a do as you will action or reaction. Satisfaction and indulgence of the flesh, if we want to admit it or not, is our natural inclination, We MUST lean on the Lord fully, realizing that obedience, just as disobedience, is a conscious decision.  While we have this disobedience down pat, obedience is only possible through the Strength of Almighty God.

FATHER GOD

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

We give You praise today for Your forgiveness

For the Sacrifice of Jesus to not only save us from eternal damnation

But for the Wonderful Promise of Eternal Life with You in Paradise

Lord, please speak to us when our hearts lean toward wickedness

We ask that You direct us from our own will

To a desire to follow Yours

Please put within us a deep and growing love for You and others

We know without You, we can do nothing

With You, anything is possible
 
We stray, yet You never let us out of Your Sight
 
You cling on to us
We are safe and protected in Your Powerful Hand
 

Please forgive us from wandering away from You, Lord

 
Good Shepherd, You bring us back
Again and again, You set us on sure footing
On Your Solid Ground
 
When we stumble, You catch us
You correct us, because we are loved by You
Even in through the consequences as result of 
Misjudged, unwise disobedience
You show us grace and mercy

 

 

For this, we give You praise!

You are King of kings

Lord of lords

To You go all glory!

In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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