Focus of Glory

Where do all the things come from? Don’t they come from the creator and giver of life. God wants credit for His work, He wants the reference to go back to Him as we show forth what He has given and done. He delights in that as we show forth His glory and reflect His image.

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!

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February 27, 2019

One thing I know

~ John 9:25 ~

“He answered and said, “Whether he is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know; though I was blind, now I see.”

This is a statement of conviction and of certainty out of what was experienced, the known fact. By his words the healed man indicated, “I am healed”, everything else is details. However, the contention is not the healing but the person who caused the healing and the healing process. It was the Sabbath, so no work was expected to be done, even an act of kindness to a blind man. The issue though is that Jesus demonstrated a level of authority that the Pharisees could not understand and were not ready to accept that He had divine authority,  let alone accept Him as the Christ.

In the discourse, an illogical situation occurs, the leaders asked the man to give glory to God for the healing while at the same time asking  him to deny that Jesus the healer, is divine. How could the two be consistent? In asking to give the glory to God, the Pharisees were acknowledging that the healing was of God, however denying the authority of the person who orchestrated the healing, Jesus.

Many people live their lives in the same way as the Pharisees, acknowledging the acts and yet denying God the glory. My prayer is that your knowledge and experience of Him will be coherent and that glory will be rightfully ascribed. In that way, you begin to walk in His light and be able to boldly proclaim, I know He is the Christ.

 

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February 25, 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

Holy Ground

~ Exodus 3:1-6

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Out of curiosity, Moses finds himself at the foot of Horeb, the mountain of God, staring at a strange occurrence. Every desert or savannah dweller know that when a bush is lighted, it burns. Our friend in Paradise California can attest to the ferocity of a raging fire.  However in this case, with Moses at Horeb, there was fire, but the bush was not consumed. Moses saw the flame, but it was God’s Angel sent to engage his attention as strange as it was.

Curiosity prompted a closer look, and when Moses attempted to get a closer look, with his attention fully engaged on the burning bush, God called out to him and followed up with a distinct instruction.  “Don’t come any closer, take off your sandals for the ground where you stand is Holy ground”. The common grazing ground was sacred because God of the universe had taken residence in it. Moses had been on that ground yet did not recognize it until God gave him the revelation of his sacred surrounding. It is possible to miss the sacredness in the everyday simple things, missing the times when God desires engagement.

God needed to establish reverent order prior to engaging Moses for the higher calling, from a simple shepherd to the shepherd of God’s people. Moses already knew the people and he already knew the terrain, having spent time in the royal palace of Egypt and time in the grazing fields of the Midianites, time was up to get connected to the divine in a way that connected all the dots.

How many times is the voice of God clearly heard and yet protocol is not followed, reverence is not shown, the sacred ground is not recognized, thereby missing the revelation for which God initially called out for engagement. Let reverence for God usher in the next dimension of His assignment.

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January 23, 2019

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