Drink, my soul, drink. Here, take life's water - it is free! Yes, it is you (my soul) that i am talking to; for when He says "whosoever", surely that includes you. Answer a few questions to determine your sanity? Do you exist? Yes. Are you free to choose your own ultimate destiny? Yes, for even that which is beyond my control, i can embrace, i.e, choose to accept. Can you choose the right over the wrong in all of your daily actions? Yes. Then i declare you sane and responsible for your actions by reason of commonly held facts among men and in accordance with common law. The only argument you could possible have that you are not a free moral agent is that you do not exist, and we have precluded that with the first question. Well, it is said that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Now, if i am not mistaken that is to illustrate that the horse has a will of his own. However, if you want him to drink of his own will, do what God does to us, stake him out away from the water with a salt lick, after a few days not only will he willingly drink, but he will find his own way to the water (if he has any sense). Who can deny the seemingly endless decisions we make in daily life, and then contrary to that try to deny personal responsibility by arguing against free moral agency? 'Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly'. Here is a picture of willing oversight of a willing flock. But some say, there really is no option when the only option is eternal hell, but rather that is a manipulation. Eternal hell is neither a threat or manipulation, but rather a description of the nature of things with regard to choice. Some think to avoid reality by simply saying 'I don't believe in heaven and hell, but think they are right here on the earth'. That which they say or choose to not believe does not change the nature of the thing. Again they may say, 'the Bible was ultimately written by men and my idea is as valid as yours on these things'. It is true that they are in every way a person as you are (my soul), but their idea loses its validity because it is void of truth. 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned'. Now one will say, 'I just don't believe that', as though to believe is something that happens to them rather than something they decide? But even the construction of this verse is built upon the possibility of the freedom to choose. God provides for salvation for all based on believing. Some believe, some don't; but that condition of believing or not, exists within the object of God's salvation, not with God who provides salvation for all. For 'whosoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life'. Therefore, my soul, you are relating to your God on a voluntary basis, even though sometimes His movements in you are so spectacular, that they seem to remove your will. What you are experiencing is the dynamics of Love, and not the loss of volition. If you give something to someone, they may not choose to take it; which is also true if what you give them is a promise. "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." - Jesus. So in this case, not only are the gift of honor, knowledge, and life not accepted by you; but the gift of the promise of them is not accepted by you either. Deciding who you are going to serve boils down to one choice, Satan or God; however the nature of things are more involved and complex which confuses you and many others. For example consider this situation, 'For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live'. In what manner is this your choice? Well, you realizing that i am trapped 'living after the flesh' and that you cannot get me out without help, cry out for mercy and strength in accord with my imprisoned condition. And so the choice you made to follow the gospel instructions ultimately allows me to be healed and restored away from the flesh, and then through the power of the Spirit to return to kill the evil deeds of your body; which allows you to live because it was those very deeds that kept me in the trap that would have ended in death. Therefore, to live after the flesh boils down to serving Satan rather than God. The choice is to not avail yourself of the remedy. That what you practice is to blindly continue investing yourself in sensual pleasure. The ironic thing is that as you invest in sensual pleasure, which is to be strung out through-out your senses, which is to live after the flesh; you produce for yourself an equal measure of pain. In order to relieve the pain, you redouble your efforts and investment in sensual pleasure which only compounds your problem and increases your pain. Talk about a vicious cycle and being addicted to something, your fallen nature is one big brutal addiction. Deciding who you are going to serve boils down to one choice, Satan or God; however the nature of things are more involved and complex which confuses you and many others. For example consider this situation, 'Don't you know, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? More complex because i said Satan or God, and now i am saying sin or righteousness, and we examined above flesh or spirit? In what manner is this your choice? When you choose to obey the form of gospel doctrine from your heart, you reduce sin and increase righteousness; which gets stronger and stronger. 'Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness'; which, in last analysis, is to choose God over Satan. Some would try to interject a third choice - their own way, or rather themselves. However in final analysis this is to choose Satan. "He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations." - Isaiah. 'For that you hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: You would none of my counsel: You despised all my reproof. Therefore you shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with your own devices'. If you choose the God's of other world religions, again it boils down to a choice for Satan. 'And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And may you answer and say, God forbid that i should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods'. Secular humanism, perfected in the United States, is an attempt to interject a neutral choice in your decision; but in the final analysis it is to choose Satan, for it is just a corporate self that promotes itself (an imaginary entity backed by hidden demons). God wants anyone who wants to be saved, to be saved. Therefore anyone who chooses not to be saved, chooses to serve Satan, and does so against what God prefers. 'The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as you have counted slackness; but is long-suffering to you and every one, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance'. 'Who will have you and every one to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth'. You are invited, my soul, because of the thirst that you have for righteousness. The more your righteousness increases the more your thirst for righteousness increases. If you find yourself losing that thirst, tether yourself to the salt-block of fasting for a few days until your thirst returns. You are invited, my soul, to invite others with the invitation that you hear. "Come to the waters, there is a vast supply. Come to the waters, that never shall run dry". And the bride at large invites you to come through the power of the Holy Spirit. 'Come hither, I will shew you the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God'.