Contending for the Faith: Giving God His glory

~ Exodus 32:14 ~

“So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people”.

The scripture above is a very beautiful scripture which gave the people a sigh of relief, that the sovereign Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Lord of Host relented from executing His full wrath upon them. I would be most grateful. This happened because Moses stood in the gap for the people and for that, God changed His mind. But why would God be so angry as to want to wipe out an entire people? Because they had exchanged His glory for that of a carved image, an idol;

“And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” So, when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play” (Exodus 32:4-6, NKJV).

All of this, after seeing all the wonderful works of power for their deliverance, all the provision, the presence with them by day and by night and to turn away and attribute all that grace and deliverance to a golden calf as their god, that was apostasy, meriting the full wrath of God Almighty, but for Moses.  The trend continued and eventually, God took a firm decision after the people had rejected Him ten times according to the scriptures;

“Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord— because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it” (Numbers 14: 20-23).

This denial of entry, into the land of promise for an entire group of people was mainly because God could no longer tolerate them nor pardon them, due to their hardened hearts and rejection of Him even though they had seen His works, experienced His power, been under His banner, they turned to their own way, denying Him the glory. They made mockery of Him, denying Him the glory.

In Jude 1: 5-19, he exhorted the believers in his day and in our day to remember what happened to the people who were delivered out of Egypt, but who turned away and did not believe in the God of their deliverance, rather turning to idols instead and grumbled against God. Those were destroyed and prevented from seeing the promised land.  Jude 1:14-15, gave a reminder of what happened then and what is yet to come saying;

“Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” (Jude 1:14-15).

He further outlines the behavior characteristics of the people he talks about which is consistent with the behavior pattern of the people that God prevented from entering into the promised land as recorded in book of Numbers.

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit” (Jude 1:16-19).

It is my prayer that in the light of what the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary, that there will be a change in direction for those heading towards destruction. For soon, there shall be the trumpet sound and the sound of the arch angel, and then it will be too late, just like the people that did not make it to the promised land because they turned away from God.

It was in 1974, that the late Rev. Billy Graham, at the launch of the Lausanne Movement, in Switzerland sounded the call “that the Earth may hear His voice”, the voice of the Lord Almighty. The Rev. Isaac Ababio of Ghana echoed the same call his entire adult life.  Both have been gathered to the fathers, in the same year having completed their work.  These were two mighty men of faith on two different continents passing on the torch.  The echo continues in all urgency to the ends of the earth, that “the earth may hear His voice” as a witness, before the day of the Lord. The signs are telling. Have you heard that voice?

As we enter into the period of lent, I pray that you will clearly hear His voice, embrace Him and give Him the due glory, before the trumpet call so the Lord Almighty will relent and let you in.

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March 6, 2019

Judgment through one and Justification by another

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.

Amen!

#dadwedaa

February 27, 2019

The works of Day

~ John 9:4-5 ~

“I must work the works of him who sent me while it is still day; the night is coming when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Jesus made this statement while answering a question about the cause of a man’s blindness and then proceeded to heal him of that blindness. There are questions raised about many things in our day, from the question of God and hell, peace and security of the free world, electronic devices safety and privacy, consumer protection from corporations with no integrity.

From the time of asking these questions and when the world actually receives the answers, there is work to be done.  That work needs to be done now and decisively before the “the night” comes when no man can work. At that time, there will not be the will, the capacity and the capability to answer the questions, and then it will be too late. Jesus acted decisively to heal the blind man, answering the question asked, to show that it was not the sin of the man nor his parents that made him blind, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

In other words, Jesus gave sight to the blind man to demonstrate that He is the light of the world. In the present time, the light of the free world needs to shine at its brightest to bring light into the dark places, bringing sight and insight needed to lead into light. There is need to do this while it is still day, before the night comes when no man can work. If any should err, let that be on the side of FREEDOM and it’s holy light, following that light safely into the harbor, out of the turbulent waters before the night comes.

The clock is ticking!

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February 23, 2019

What are YOU going to do?

~ John 3:17-19 ~

“For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.”

When a deal is sealed, its terms become binding. When a deal is sealed by someone who has power to make it happen, it is worth considering and taking seriously. When that deal is sealed by someone in whose nature there is not even a shadow of deceit, it can be trusted. When that deal is extended by one who can change your destiny forever, it calls for undivided attention and serious consideration. When God extended His grace, it was extended to ALL people and for ALL time, till the end of time. The truth is, it is not something you need to wait to find out at the last minute.  You can enter in now. When the curtain closes the deal is off, the closing bell can be anytime and any day. My advice is to book your seat before it is too late. I’d rather have a deal that is already paid for than one that involves a gamble, one in which the terms are well laid out and very certain, one that holds promise here and now and also for eternity. As Charles Spurgeon puts it, “all you have to do is look and believe”. The deal is on, eternal LIFE or eternal DEATH, it’s yours to choose. Soon there shall be the sound of the trumpet call and the game will be over. This is your touchdown moment, make it count and seal the victory. The ball is in the air, heading in your direction, close to the end zone. The clock is ticking.

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February 16, 2019

“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5

For All Men, Kings and those in Authority

 

~ I Timothy 2:1-4 ~

“Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 

~ Jeremiah 29:7 ~

“And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace”.

When Paul gave the exhortation to Timothy and the body of Christ to pray all kinds of prayers for all people, for kings and those in authority, he was in essence acknowledging that there will come a time when these people, these kings, these leaders in authority will NEED all kinds of prayers. There will come a time when they will be down and will need prayers  to lift them up, there will come a time when  they will lose their way and will need prayers to  find their direction, there will come a time when they will be discouraged and  in uncertain situations and will need prayers  to stay the course, there will come a time when they will become confused and will need prayers to find  wisdom, there will come a time when they will be in conflict and will need prayers to find a resolution. Enshrined in Paul’s exhortation is a call to the church to LEAD on their knees, all people, especially kings and those in authority, such that there will be a peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. In all godliness because, His divine power has given us all it takes to live that way according to 2 Peter 1:3 and reverence because that is the way into God’s presence in all boldness.

There is no greater tragedy than when leaders lose their way. How can one follow leaders who have lost their way? Where will the follwers go? In that situation, where there is confusion in leadership, peace is elusive, godliness is endangered, and reverence is threatened. That sets the precedence for a situation where progress is stalled and nothing of value is achieved. The option for success and achievement is written in the words “one mind” and “one purpose”, an unquestionable sense of unity and direction. When the people of Israel were in captivity in Babylon in the time of the old testament and the prophets, they were exhorted diligently by the Lord to pray for the peace of those cities in which they were captives, for in the peace of the cities they would have their peace. Therefore, in our time as free men and women there is need to let voices be heard on high so that PEACE will be upon us and many more who depend on it. We therefore pray this day, that our leaders find their way, so there will be peace in the CITY.

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January 25, 2019

“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5