God extends grace and He also extends justice. This makes it a very fine line to navigate. Under grace, the advocate Jesus Christ speaks on our behalf drawing from His sacrificial death on the cross to make it possible to walk that fine line. Jesus calls it the narrow road that leads to life. When there is an uprising the authorities curb it with full force. When there is a violation of human rights and the law, the perpetrators are hunted down and brought to justice. How about encouraging rebellion against the Lord Almighty? He makes the call. May we love Him, walk with Him and encourage others to come along focusing all the glory on Him. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
God makes a distinction between blessings and curses. Blessedness emanates from His favor out of obedience and curses from His wrath and out of disobedience. God expects full obedience and trust in Him and not trusting in idols or in the strength of man. His delight is in those that trust in Him and He directs His favor towards them but those that despise Him and deny Him His glory, He sets His face against them. May the Lord look towards us with favor as we set our hearts after Him, and turn away from the things He hates.
It is always a solemn and beautiful moment when an entire nation, kingdoms, people return to the covenant of God. In doing so, it’s provisions of peace and wellbeing kick back in as the people acknowledge their transgressions and turn back to God. In His wrath, He remembers mercy and out of His goodness He extends grace. May God remember us and the nations and be gracious towards us as we come to His ways of truth and peace and give Him His glory.
When Adam disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, he died spiritually as God had originally indicated in Genesis 2:16-17,
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying “of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.””
When Adam and Eve ate of tree, the unhindered communion with God was severed and they began to hide from God. The protection of their innocence was no more due to their disobedience, they had been ushered into a new realm, the awareness of good and evil, and became disconnected from direct and harmonious fellowship with God, which the bible calls death (please read for yourself, Genesis 3:7-8). To be sure Adam and Eve did not get trapped in that state of disconnected fellowship forever, God kicked them out of the garden, so they would not take of the tree of life and live forever (please read for yourself, Genesis 3:22-24).
Does the rest of humanity share in Adam’s sin (disobedience) and its consequences? The answer is YES as Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” which is exactly what happened to Adam in the garden. His sinful and fallen nature propagated to the rest of humanity. By virtue of Adam’s disobedience, the rest of humanity carry the same fallen (sinful) nature which has no spontaneous fellowship with God but rather separated from Him, having the same awareness of good and evil and predisposition towards sin which God referred to as death in the garden of Eden. Again, Isaiah 53:6 states:
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
This means every one of us by virtue of what transpired in the garden of Eden, have gone astray, away and separated from God, which is death. To reconnect us back to God, the iniquity of us all was laid on Jesus Christ to redeem the connection originally lost in the garden of Eden. Symbolically, the dividing wall between man and God was torn as Jesus paid the price on the cross (Mathew 5:21) such that the possibility for direct reconnection to and fellowship with God was restored as in Romans 5:18,
“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men resulting in justification of life.”
The sin of Adam brought separation from God to all men and the righteous act of Christ on the cross (satisfaction of God’s judgement) brought justification for all. This justification is by acceptance ONLY, although it is available to all as in John 3:16,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
Believing precedes justification, even though justification is available to all. Thus, through one man’s (Adam) offense judgement (spiritual death) came to all and through one man’s (Christ) righteous act the free gift resulting in justification of life came to all men. Adam sinned and man died and separated from God, Christ died so man could be justified and live!
I pray that you will accept the free gift and be justified before God living a restored life of fellowship with Him.
February 27, 2019
~ Mathew 28:12-14 ~
“When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.””
They crucified him because He exposed the true state of their hearts, they secured the tomb and posted guards because they were afraid of Him rising from the dead on the third day. When He rose from the dead on the third day, they became confused and bribed the guards to tell a lie.
Such is the trap of those who reject the truth, going to every extent to cover up deeds of darkness. However, in His truth there is freedom, freedom from the power of sin, freedom from the deeds of darkness, the freedom to live in the light and be truly FREE.
It is rather easy to miss the moment of truth while trying to cover up deeds of darkness. However, pausing to look up to the one that was pierced, brings new life, strength and hope as the lie is exchanged for His truth. Let the truth of His word bring freedom wherever it finds you and lead to newness of life.
February 21, 2019
~ John 3:20-21 ~
“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
There are many living in condemnation, in darkness and afraid of the light. But when light shines into that darkness, the darkness gives way to freedom. When Jesus hanged on the cross, from the sixth to the ninth hour, there was darkness over all the land. He took on darkness and conquered it. He overcame its power and secured a release from it. He carried the shame of darkness, the penalty and the condemnation of the deeds of darkness and brought light into the darkness. As the foundations of the earth shook and quaked in the hours He hanged on the cross, the centurion and the guards finally caught the revelation, “this truly, is the son of God”. But why not, the prophets had long announced Him, John the Baptist had revealed Him, His works of power and deliverance had testified about Him and yet the religious leaders of the day shouted, crucify Him! They wanted to remain in the darkness, they loved the deeds of darkness and still carrying its condemnation. The King they had been waiting for came and yet they still cried out “we have no King, but Ceasar”. I pray that it will not take a tsunami, it will not take an earth quake or a volcanic eruption to bring the light of God’s revelation into your darkness. I pray it does not take a shaking of the very foundation you stand on to reveal you have been released from the power of darkness. But let the holy light of freedom find you in that dark place and as you look into its light, guide you safely out of the darkness. Light has come, the power of darkness is broken, God has His eyes on you, and the clock is ticking.
February 19, 2019
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5