Let’s hit the concept of loneliness right between the eyes first. One of the most common roots of modern-day loneliness stems from the advent of so-called communicative technologies. We have smart phone texting so that we don’t have to engage in real time voice-to-ear or face-to-face communication. Home computers have all but removed the necessity of classrooms or even working alongside others in group endeavors. Tablets and gaming devices create environments whereby we can stimulate / entertain ourselves by ourselves.
The ultimate outcome of using these tools that were supposed to bring us closer together is isolation. People are losing the ability to focus on anything other then themselves. Then, when they run out of ways to fulfill their most basic needs (love and acceptance) they find themselves alone with no clue how to remedy it. They’ve lost their social skills. In fact, many families cannot even communicate at the dinner table, as all of the members have their eyes and ears glued to some machine.
Death of friends and other loved ones often press the specter of loneliness on those who consider themselves ‘left behind.’ Yet those feelings are only generated by one’s attachment to their flesh. We have to look at the fact that no flesh (or anything material) as we know it, survives the journey on and off this earth: As he came from his mother’s womb, he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. Eccl. 5:15 ESV
…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 15:50 NKJV
If you really look at it, you can see that it was not the flesh of the other that brought us joy, it was the state that he or she brought to our heart. Looking deep within your heart, you will find that the same state of joy still resides there – waiting for you to caress it and re-live it as many times as you need.
Finally, and most frequently, loneliness is something that we generate ourselves. At the root of it, is a loathing for ourselves because we believe that either we lack something that we are sure that everyone else has (not ever true) or because we believe we have committed unforgivable acts. (God is always ready to forgive.) Regardless, we project this inner shame, fear, and anger outwards – making ourselves undesirable to befriend. We drive others away…
A man who has friends must himself be friendly. Pr. 18:24 NKJV
As with all things, we need to look to God to help us make this change in us by learning how to relate, by stepping into the ultimate relationship – the one He asks us to make with Him. All we have to do is answer His request that He makes through His Son: Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. Rev. 3:20 AMP
When you invite Christ into your life, God is not far behind:
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 Jn 4:15 NKJV
Now, you have the Creator of the Universe living inside of you, as well as the Son through Whom God made it all happen; and it changes you:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Tim. 1:7 AMP
For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. 2 Cor. 5:7 AMP
Who wouldn’t want to be related to a God like that? Moreover, God meant for you to live this way even before you were born; and then when you do chose to relate in love with Him, He has every aspect of your journey here and beyond covered:
…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth… 2 Thess. 2:13 NKJV
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Ps 121:7, 8. ESV
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.” Hos. 13:14 NKJV
You can take this to the bank because God never breaks a promise:
“My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.” Ps. 89:34 NASB
Furthermore, God adds bonuses!
For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. Ps. 91:11 AMP
That includes the presence of His Son as well:
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. Jn 10:27, 28. NKJV
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:20 ESV
Finally, God also fills us with the Holy Spirit!
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever – The Spirit of Truth…you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. Jn. 14:16, 17. AMP
So, when you enter into a relationship with God, what is it that is within you?
For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. Lk 17:21 AMP
How can you ever be lonely again once you link hearts with your Creator? You have become a heavenly house – filled with promises of love, the presence of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the angels – walking calmly in the love and protection of God forever.
And guess what? You cannot be filled with those things without radiating it outwards all about you. You will become a magnet for love and friends; and loved ones old and new will come out of the woodwork to abound in your life – just to be with the walking promise that you are…
Good night and God bless.
August 30 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
God concerns Himself with the mistakes you make against Him, (sins) which ultimately have deleterious effects upon your welfare. In part two of this three-part series, we saw just how deadly sin can be. In fact, it is so deadly that God devoted the majority of the Bible to teaching us how to extricate ourselves from its clutches. Let’s take a look:
First of all, God gave us ground rules for living a good life, rules that are not challenging to follow: For this is that love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. 1 John 5:3, 4. NKJV
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Mic. 6:8 NKJV
So it’s by walking in God’s word that provides our best defense against the world’s devilish ways – walking in love, justice, mercy and humility. God loves us so much that He continually pleads with us to follow that path so that we live a life of transformation:
“…the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” Ezek. 18:29 – 32. NKJV
The Israelites (Hebrews) were God’s first designated children; and this entreaty from God is every bit as relevant to all of His wayward children today.
God gives us some practical advice as well:
Depart now from the tents of these wicked men Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all of their sins. Num. 16:26 NKJV
God is talking here about hanging out with willful chronic sinners. It’s guilt by association; it rubs off on you.
There is a mandate however, that every child of God has from his Creator; and that is to try show everyone the way to salvation – to be saved from his or her sins. Once we ourselves have received salvation through Jesus Christ, it is our duty not to judge, but to make a sinner aware of the danger he or she is in, and to reveal the way out of it. God Himself holds us responsible for the dispensation of our ‘great commission’:
“…I have made you a watchman…therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked ,’You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” Ezek. 3:16 – 19. NKJV
Yet God is always compassionate towards the sinner. He knows we are not sin; it’s something we do. He still looks at us with loving eyes; He looks at our potential:
“For the LORD does not see as a man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7 NKJV
He knows that as long as we inhabit this present earth, we are engaged in a spiritual battle against the adversary, who is continually stirring up our flesh:
…walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these…those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Gal. 5:16, 17 & 19 – 23. ESV
There you have it. It is our spiritual pursuit of God and His ways that keep us on the right side of life. Indeed, here God has given you a list of what sins consist of as well as how the opposing spiritual ways manifest.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT GOD FORGIVES OUR BOUTS OF SHORTSIGHTEDNESS AND HEALS US FROM THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE!
“…if My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chr. 7:14 NKJV
God is telling us how to deal with sin – by coming to Him with confession and repentance:
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Pr. 28:13 ESV
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told] – then you [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Ps. 32:5 AMP
God wants to reconnect with you because He loves you so much and He wants you to occupy that space by His side that He has prepared for you in eternity:
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow…” Is. 1:18 NASB
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” Is. 43:25 NKJV
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love toward those who fear him… Ps. 103:10, 11. ESV
That is one loving, compassionate God – who takes on amnesia where your confessed and repented sins are concerned, who does not practice an eye for an eye, who does these things so that He can have you near, to love…
God eliminates your sins in a special way. He provides atonement for them. (Ps. 65:3) We may not completely understand the why of His method, but God washes your sin away with blood – an act of sacrificing a life so that you can keep yours: …without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Heb. 9:22 ESV
When God sent the angel of death against the Egyptians before Moses led his people away, the Hebrews spread blood from a sacrificial lamb over their doorposts so that the judgment of the angel of death would pass over them. The blood protected the Hebrews from the judgment of sin for one day.
After the Hebrews were led out of Israel, God established a ‘Day of Atonement’ for them: one day a year where an animal sacrifice was made to protect all of Israel from the judgment of sin for one year.
Much, much later, God sent His final atonement for all sins for all people for all time -the blood of His Son on the cross: God is light…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 5 & 7. ESV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, (devil) the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience…But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- Eph. 2:1, 2, 4, 5. ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works… Eph. 2:8, 9. ESV
For the death that He died, He died to sin one for all… Rom. 6:10 NASB
This is the central salvation message of the entire Bible. It’s your ticket to heaven. We are asked to walk as best we can in the light (God’s path), and place our faith in this monumental gift from God that delivers us from death into His kingdom of Love through His Son. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV
When Jesus shed His blood on the cross, died and was resurrected, the power of His blood was unleashed – the final sacrifice, the eternal atonement made available for everyone who has faith in the Son of God for who He is and what He’s done. He’s paid our sin debt for all time – past, present and future.
Be forewarned however, that our salvation is not a license to repeatedly sin at will: For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins… Heb. 10:26 AMP
Christ covers our mistakes when our walk with God is in earnest. Again, it is the faith in the blood of Jesus that is the final pardon for our sins. All we have to bring is our confession and repentance. No more animal sacrifices, no begging forgiveness from imaginary Saints, no rubbing of inanimate objects, no exchange of money for sin absolution from priests.
It’s the blood that sets you free! It washes you clean from all sins but one: “…every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven…whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matt. 12:31, 32. ESV
That is why I told you that you will die in (under the curse of) your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He [Whom I claim to be - if you do not adhere to, trust in, and rely on Me], you will die in your sins. John 8:24 AMP
The only way to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to deny its message of salvation through Christ – effectively shutting the door on the only path for your redemption.
Your Savior makes all other sins null and void. With that one exception, a sin is a sin. There is no hierarchy of them.
Sin is an act. It is not who you are. We sin repeatedly because we are humans being perfected. We will miss the mark. The blood of Jesus restores our aim. Jesus stands between us and God as our advocate. When we fall, Jesus picks us up, cleanses us and tells His Father, ‘It’s okay. I have this one covered.’
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free… Gal. 5:1 NKJV
Now you are intimately aware of your mistakes, (sins) of what they are, how damaging they are, how to minimize their occurrence, and how to wipe your slate clean and help others to the same.
Goodnight and God bless.
August 23 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In the first part of this series, we looked at the mistakes we make that consist of thoughts and actions that run contrary to God’s ways. God calls them ‘sins.’ We saw that a sin was an act that forces us to deviate from God’s plan for us and separates us from His love – a serious offense that may cost us our eternity.
God gave us guideposts (marks) with which to live by, and He evolved them through His Son into the ultimate direction to follow in order to live our highest and best life. That path has three components: love God, love ourselves, and love everybody else. If we live that way, we can minimize the encroachment of sin…
Why is sin so deadly?
To begin with, sin is the opposite of love: He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself]… Pr. 14:21 AMP
It stands to reason: to despise is to hate, hate is the opposite of love, God is love (1 Jn. 4:16), to despise is sin, sin is the opposite of love, thus contrary to God Himself.
Our God is a God of peace. Sin on the other hand, is born out of unchecked emotions: When angry, do not sin…Leave no such foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him.] Eph. 4:26, 27. AMP
As you can see, unexamined sinning invites the author of them, the great enemy of Man, the devil himself. Believe me, your welfare is not what he has in mind. Satan lords himself over those people who follow him by way of giving into their insatiable desires for what the world has to offer, regardless of the two grim realities that accompany such a practice – enslavement and death:
Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? Rom. 6:16 AMP
Again, sin is an automatic result of chasing after worldly desires instead of pursuing spiritual growth. Sin is associated with the world, not with God:
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:13 – 15. ESV
That desire for what the world offers comes from a perception that most of us have that we inherently lack something within ourselves; so we try to satiate our desires to fill this perceived void. This perception was handed down to us from Adam and Eve themselves, who swallowed that lie from the devil when he told them they could be gods – inferring that being God’s crown of creation was not perfect enough.
Yet the very chase to satisfy this false ‘missing’ separates us from the only real missing we will ever have, and that is the love of our God – the separation which is induced by the act in the first place: …your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Is. 59:2 AMP
So, sin separates you from God. He is pure righteousness; He cannot commune with sin. When you sin, you tie His hands. You sever your love-connection and your prayers fall upon deaf ears.
Sin is of the world, so it is satanically sourced. Be aware that the devil cannot make you sin; he just makes suggestions. You make the choice whether of not you will act them out: Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. 1 Jn. 3:8 ESV
We also separate ourselves from God when we listen to the advice of Man and give it and the giver precedent over what God teaches us: “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, (the words of His prophet) because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 1 Sam. 15:24 NKJV
Another deadly facet of sin is that it never involves you alone. You are always hurting someone else as well – be it another person, Christ, or Jehovah God: For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God… 1 Th. 4:7, 8. ESV
…when you thus sin against the brethren…you sin against Christ. 1 Cor. 8:12 NKJV
Moreover, when your sin also involves your body, you deny the very sacred nature of the God-given gift that your body is, and you denounce the sacrifice Christ made on your behalf:
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Of do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside of his body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Cor. 6:15 – 20. NASB
Finally, the sin of any individual has a trickle-down effect upon the entire planet:
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. James 4:1, 2. NKJV
We see then that sin has a plethora of destructive facets; and if we sin repeatedly it causes a continual degradation in the quality of our lives:
“Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” John 5:14 ESV
What is the application for today’s examination of the word of God?
It is to see and own the vile nature of sin so that we can develop a godly aversion to these acts.
Yet, as we know, we all sin. How can we minimize its effects? Next time…
Goodnight and God Bless.
August 16 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
We all make many mistakes in our lifetimes. Every one of them has the potential for teaching us something, be it something we learn that is best not to repeat, or something that reveals to us the way to a better path.
Some mistakes bring with them severe costs; and sometimes we are clueless about these costs until they claim our very lives. A major group of these mistakes are those that we make when we act contrary to God’s ways. God refers to these mistakes as ‘sins.’
[You'll notice that I didn't use the word 'sin' in the title of this post, because the very word sends people running. Why? It's because most people (with the exception of sociopaths) know that they commit sins, and the word convicts them.]
Do we need to feel convicted? Let’s take a look…
‘Sin’ is translated from the Hebrew word chattath, meaning ‘offense,’ and from the Greek hamartano, meaning ‘to miss the mark.’ Other biblical terms used interchangeably with ‘sin’ are: ‘trespass’ [from the Hebrew masar (meaning 'to set apart') and from the Greek paraptoma (meaning to 'lapse' or 'deviate)], ‘iniquity’ [Hebrew avon (moral rebellion) and Greek adikia (injustice or wrongfulness)], and finally we have ‘transgression’ [Hebrew pesha (rebellion) and Greek paraptoma (same as for 'trespass' above)].
Breaking this down then, God says that sin is an act that causes one to miss the mark that He has set for him or her to reach in order to live the highest and best life that He has planned for them. It is an act of rebellion against God, a lapse in one’s moral character, a behavior that deviates from His word, a volitional perpetration of injustice that offends God and separates the offender from His love.
God never intended for sin and its consequences to be a component of His plan for you. You were meant to live eternally in His presence – wrapped up in His loving arms. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve blew that for us when they committed the ‘original sin’ by rebelling against God’s one rule; and by eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they invited sin in and around them. (Gen. ch. 3)
Ever since that time, it has been perpetrated through the generations: Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… Rom. 5:12 ESV
…for there is no one who does not sin… 1 Kings 8:46 NKJV
We first encounter the word ‘sin’ in the Bible in the account of the murder of Abel by his brother Cain. (Gen. ch. 4) In that account, Cain is angry with God because He did not accept his worship sacrifice. (Cain had not prepared his sacrifice in the manner that God had prescribed.) God addresses his anger: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. It’s desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Gen. 4:7 ESV
In other words, every time we turn away from the path that God sets for us, sin is waiting. Yet we have the ability (through the strength of God) to use our free will to turn away from sin and pursue righteousness.
The glory of man manifests itself when he reaches for the highest good; and in doing so, he becomes a reflection of the glory of God. Our Father in heaven wants that for all of us. He knows we miss the mark. Does that mean we sin? Yes. Does that make us evil? No. Missing the mark is part of being human. Yet we also see that sin is potentially lethal; so our compassionate God dedicated the entire Bible to you, so that you could recognize His ‘mark’ and live by it.
In the Bible, God gave us the mark by way of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:3 – 17.) When He sent Jesus to walk the earth, Christ distilled / evolved these ten marks into two:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matt. 22:37 – 40. AMP
Jesus is telling us that everything God teaches us in His word revolves around these two commandments. Thus, sin is any behavior (mental or physical) that does not reflect love for God, ourselves, and everyone else, i.e. when we turn away from our higher purpose.
Well, now that we know the mark, will that make us sinless? The answer is unfortunately ‘no.’ We will give into the desires of our flesh again and again.
The question that begs an answer then is, ‘When are we held answerable for our mistakes against God?’ First we have to take into account that God gave us an innate knowing of the difference between right and wrong: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jer. 31:33 NKJV
Yet God still does not hold us accountable until we gain an awareness of His commandments through the study of His word.
…sin is not charged to men’s account when there is no law [to transgress]. Rom 5:13 AMP
This too is why very young children are not held accountable until they mature from living from instinct to gaining the ability to grasp the mental awareness required to make a choice to connect with God and live by His ways.
That is why it makes no sense to baptize someone in this early age group until they are aware and can grasp the concept of the spiritual transformation taking place and the reason behind their free-will decision to be baptized.
For most of us however, we have that awareness that sin is an act that we commit against the truth of God – an act that can have eternal consequences.
What is the application for these words?
It is to begin looking at the fact that no one is immune to sin. We want to become intimately familiar with God’s ways so that we can minimize the frequency of our transgressions. Finally, as we will see, we want to learn how to come to God to get our sins forgiven.
Goodnight and God bless.
August 09 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word ‘blessing’ to mean: a special favor generated by God; something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being or prosperity; to favor as with talent. It is derived from the Hebrew word barak, meaning to congratulate, to thank, and from the Greek eulogeo, meaning to thank or to prosper.
The very moment following God’s creation of Adam and Eve, He blessed them: Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…” Gen. 1:28 NKJV
This is the first blessing that God had given, and it applies to all of humanity as long as they live on this earth. God is giving us the right to prosper and the means for doing so. We receive this blessing at birth. Afterwards, our blessings are a product of our faith in God’s willingness and ability to do so:
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Heb. 11:6 ESV
That includes having faith in His Son: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 NKJV
Abraham was a paragon of faith and God blessed him mightily for it – even extending those blessings forward to all of his future generations as well. (Gen. 12:3) That’s you! Two thousand years after, Christ perpetuated these blessings for everybody with His promise of salvation:
Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified); to that end through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit. Gal. 3:13, 14. AMP
God loves us through His blessings whereby we become favored with talent and abundance. But, He also wants us to be wise stewards of these blessings – which are generally tools for forwarding His kingdom and they bless our own lives when we use them.
Our God wants us to prosper, enriching our lives both physically and spiritually: It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it. Pr. 10:22 NASB
As we’ve seen, blessings require faith in order to receive them; and if you have faith in God, you’ll have faith in His word and do your best to live by it. Thus, you must be obedient to God’s word to receive your blessings:
“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; and the curse if you do not…” Dt. 11:26 – 28. NKJV
…the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets, but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:25 ESV
God has a lot to say about how to live a good and godly life, showing us many avenues that our obedience garners His blessings. For example, when we turn to God and confess and repent for our moral slips and falls, He rewards us with a blessing. (Ps. 32:1) God also showers blessings upon us when we look out for others, e.g. caring for the poor (Ps. 41:1), helping them receive justice (Ps. 106:3), sharing your blessings with them (Num. 24:9; Acts 20:35), and being a humble provider of peace and mercy. (Matt. 5:5, 7 & 9.)
Blessed are you as well when you stand up for Jesus regardless of the circumstances. (Matt. 5:10 – 12 & 11:6.)
How many blessings does God have in store for you? Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… Eph. 1:3 ESV (emphasis mine)
Just how BIG are those blessings?
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in and when you go out.
The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you…The LORD will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake…the LORD will make you abound in prosperity… Dt. 28:3-8 &11. ESV
Our ultimate blessing comes when we are redeemed to God for all eternity through His Son – a reward for our diligent and faithful preparation for that time. (Matt. 25:34; Rev. 14:13, 16:15, 19:19 & 22:14.)
We keep these blessings flowing when we express our gratitude for this ever-giving God by getting on our knees and blessing Him back. (Ps. 34:1 & 103:2.)
So where is the application of these words today?
Jehovah God blesses His children with holy talent and a holy trust. We are His channels for bringing His blessings to others by serving them – touching as many lives as we can. We can be transmitters of those blessings by having a strong faith in this almighty God who sends His power coursing through us. That power nurtures the spark of life that He implanted in those we lay our hands on, provide our smiles to, and open up our hearts with.
Our blessings come when stay in gratitude for having received them and when we subsequently give them away to love the people. We are all a blessing because we are a reflection of God, who is the Blessing.
God promises to prosper you for your efforts – to shine upon you when you place your trust in Him by walking in His word. If you walk by faith on the Principled Road, you are guaranteed an abundant, joyous, loving journey with a heavenly destination.
God calls you His child. How blessed you are…
August 02 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
Three years elapsed as we journeyed together from the beginning to the end of the Bible. In the first post after that, It Only Happens In God’s Time, I said that our journey would now shift from what the Bible said, to one of how to apply it in our lives. Preceding this ‘how,’ we first explored the urgency in starting that application, (because we only have a limited time frame in which we can connect with God), and then followed with a three-part series of posts, Why Would You Want God In Your Life?, to show you the supernatural advantages of having God steer your path in life so that deciding to make those applications made sense…
Now we are going to begin learning how to walk with God. We are going to start by building a strong ‘home base’ for our faith-based journey, so that we can have a powerful foundation behind our walk. We begin by looking at the immeasurable lengths that God went to, to establish your presence:
Your galactic home:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen. 1:3 ESV
BAM! That is the beginning of everything we know. God spoke and an entire universe came into being! Don’t let anyone tear down your faith. We have a God, the Prime Mover, who with a word, created everything we know from nothing. He is the Big Bang:
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Heb. 11:3 ESV
God used spiritual building blocks of His own making.
Don’t be put off by atheistic scientists either. The Bible does not conflict with the scientific evidence for the sequential formation of the universe and of our world in it.
God tells us that He took six days to create everything. However, God was being metaphorical. (1 Pet. 3:8) Each day consisted of eons. Oh, we have some hardcore fundamentalists who claim the ‘six days’ only refer to a literal six thousand years, but there is a plethora of evidence refuting that. The very rate of the expansion of the universe since the Big Bang, tells us that it is approximately sixteen billion years old. The Bible does not deny that.
Your earthly home:
God describes the formation of your earthly home too. He formed dry land masses > plants > marine life and birds > land mammals, and finally > Man. (Gen. 1:1 – 26.)
God wrote this through Moses approximately four thousand years ago, yet it is describing the exact sequence of creative events that science would formulate and believe in only about one hundred years ago. If God knew it, He did it, and you can throw the evolutionary approach of happenstance out the window. Statistically impossible. Faithless fiction.
God created this entire universe, and especially this galaxy and our earthly home in it, for you – to sustain you, to bless you, and for your enjoyment. Then He gave it all to you for safekeeping:
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. Gen. 1:26 AMP
Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Gen. 2:15 NKJV
Yet, as wondrous as our home is, it is only a temporary one:
…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself… Eph. 1:4, 5. NASB
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… Eph. 2:19 NKJ
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. Heb. 11:16 NASB
God has a final heavenly home for you after this earth passes away, a place called New Jerusalem; and that has been His plan since before He created this universe. Even those faithful to God, yet born too early to have experienced the coming of His Christ, knew innately of God’s plan, and were assured by God that they were included. You are blessed by having direct access to Christ through the Holy Spirit, and your inclusion is first hand.
Your incarnate home:
Let us go back to the scripture above (Gen. 1:26) where God tells us that He made us in His likeness. We are made in His image, as well as in the image of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. What is the commonality between Them? Well, by virtue of His name, the Holy Spirit is a Spirit. Jesus tells us that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and that a spirit has no flesh. (Luke 24:39) Jesus too was a Spirit prior to His incarnate manifestation on the Earth. (John 1:14)
Thus, the part of us that is made in Their image is our spirit. Our body is only a temporary house until we are refitted with our immortal, incorruptible heavenly body. (Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Cor. 15:42 – 53.)
What does all this have to do with applying the word of God?
It’s all about training your thoughts in faith (For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Pr. 23:7 NKJV) It’s about strengthening your Christian attitude as a result – knowing that you can move those mountains in your paths because the Creator of the Universe is working through you and for you.
It’s about being secure in your God foundation with a security that will color everything that you do in this life. God created a universe for you. You were appointed its caretaker. He gave you the most special rank in it; i.e. to live as the image of Him. You were given the charge to advance His kingdom by bringing His promise of salvation to others, and He has fully equipped you to do it.
Finally, this wonderful life God has placed in you will yet be eclipsed by an eternal existence on the heavenly plane. You can live out your earthly life from beginning to end as a win-win if you invite God in your life through Christ.
“…with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:26 NKJV
Strike a godly attitude. Be bold for the kingdom. Know that you and everyone else are special to God. Walk like a son or daughter of God. Be faithful to living out His word. You’ve got what it takes…
Goodnight and God bless.
July 26 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In part two of this three-part series, we continued in our journey in examining reasons for having God in our lives – listening to what God Himself has to say about it. The reasons we saw include the fact that God has made Himself a refuge for us in times of trouble, along with a guaranteed deliverance from them. God is always trustworthy; we can rest assured all of His promises are kept. Our God is always merciful to us when we slip off of His path if we return to Him.
Finally, God keeps His eyes on us, returning us to the rich and righteous road of life that He has paved for each and everyone of us. He teaches us the right ways; He surrounds us with guardian angels, and opens the eternal doors of heaven…
Now, let’s peruse more of God’s reasons for grabbing a hold of Him:
…God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me. Ps. 49:15 NKJV
For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. Pr. 23:18 NKJV
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to the end. Eccl. 3:11 ESV
He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. Is. 25:8 NKJV
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Is. 43:1 – 3. ESV
Listen to Me…you who have been borne by Me from your birth, carried from the womb: Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you. Is. 46:3, 4. AMP
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. Joel 2:32 NKJV
Yes, I know; a whole bunch of scripture. However, this is one of the biggest reasons people seek God – to grab a hold of eternal life. Let’s face it, this stretch of time we are allotted on this earth is a short one, a blink of an eye on the cosmic timeline. By the time we’ve accumulated enough wisdom to make a difference in this world, our physical body and brain begins to slow down. Our earthly journey is painfully limited.
God never meant it to be that way, but Adam and Eve threw a wrench into our original gears of infinity. So because God loves us so much, He devised a plan for our redemption – a plan where we never have to see death, a real heavenly alternative.
Our Creator placed an innate knowing about this available eternity, in our hearts, even though we can’t as mere mortals quite figure out how He is doing His thing. Still, God gives us snippets to hold onto because we cannot perceive of the supernatural glory of that day when He brings us to our eternal home. We can see that God will be right beside us during that transition, and that our eternal home is a happy one. In fact, God is with us every step of the way – from the womb to the tomb if we partner up with Him.
What we do know is that the centerpiece of God’s redemptive plan for Man is Jesus:
For the Son of Man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost. Matt. 18:11 AMP
Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free.] Matt. 20:28 AMP
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” Matt. 25:34 NKJV
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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16, 17. NKJV
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:27 – 30. NKJV
I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live… John 11:25 AMP
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to show us the way back to the paradise lost, back to our Creator Himself. He accomplished that by speaking the final elements of the truth of God in the gospel – our heavenly road map. Moreover, His seal and guarantee of our redemption from death came through the shedding of His blood on the cross for the atonement of all of man’s sins (for those who accept His sacrifice) as well as through His resurrection.
As we can see, Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. There is no substitute. Believe me, you don’t want any part of the outcome waiting for the people who don’t side with Christ. Jesus is the essence of His Father. If you reject Jesus, you reject God, and there will be no hope coming your way.
What kind of God would submit Himself to the ultimate agony of watching His Son die? It’s the kind of God that you want in your life because He went to the greatest lengths to ensure you a life of eternal love with Him. That same kind of love, because it is His love, is expressed in Jesus:
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:10, 11. NKJV
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2, 3. NKJV
I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. John 15:9 AMP
Jesus loves you with the full strength of the love of God. It courses through Him. He laid down His life for you, and has prepared heaven for you – all because He loves you.
Just how strong are the love of God and the veracity of His plan?
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39. ESV
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Rom. 11:29 NKJV
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col. 1:13, 14. ESV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights… James 1:17 NKJV
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:1, 2. NKJV
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NKJV
Nothing can get in the way of God’s love for you unless you reject it. God has delivered all of His children through His Son from any sort of evil and condemnation. He showers you with His perfect love and transforms you daily into the perfection of His Christ.
More than anything, God loved us before we ever knew He existed.
I hope that I’ve been able to convey the wondrous majesty of God’s love and all of the blessings that it entails. Hopefully, you now see the wisdom of seeking after Him through His Son. It’s the only eternally living game in this universe. God loves you so much that He has planned your outcome even before He created this universe, just so He could give it all to you forever. He wants you to bask in His love for all of eternity; and frankly, I’d like to have you there with me.
Goodnight and God bless.
July 19 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In part one of this series we started looking at why anyone would want to have God in his or her lives. We went to God Himself (through His word) to get the answers. He told us that He was our Creator, that He created us to be the top of the hierarchy of all His creations, and that He blessed us with His grace at birth.
Furthermore, God made us aware that He never leaves our side, He protects us forever, and that He will deliver us from anything that comes against us. Why? It’s because if we choose to have God in our lives, we become God’s children – we become His treasure.
Now, let us continue to listen in as God proceeds to make His case:
The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders. Dt. 33:12 ESV
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy before you… Dt. 33:27 NKJV
For I have looked upon the distress of My people, because their cry has come to Me. 1 Sam. 9:16 AMP
“…for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” 1 Sam. 14:6 ESV
There are many times when the world appears to be overwhelming. The root cause of that is when we forget our God. You can see that He is our safe place, a place no enemy can breach, and nothing deters Him from being so. Moreover, He is always attuned to your times of grief, sorrow, and despair; and He soothes them all with the strength of His compassion and His ability to deliver you into His joy.
“…not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All things have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.” Josh 23:14 NKJV
…’I will never break My covenant with you.’ Judges 2:1 NKJV
This is the best part! Everything that God says He will do, He does. He is the ultimate Promise-Keeper. You can count on His word. God is always trustworthy.
For He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. 2 Chr. 7:3 AMP
…for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him. 2 Chr. 30:9 NKJV
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lam. 3:21 – 32. ESV
Hey, we’re human; we make mistakes, and we make them repeatedly. Thank God that He covers us with His mercy, and that His mercy towards us is immeasurable as long as we come to Him with sincere confession and repentance. Our loving God wants to restore us back onto His good path:
‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness; and you care has preserved my spirit.’ Job 10:12 NASB
Upon whom does His light not rise? Job 25:3 NKJV
Does not [God] see my ways and count all my steps? Job 31:4 AMP
When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that you care for Him? Yet you have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Ps. 8:3 – 6. AMP
I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Ps. 32:8 AMP
…those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Ps. 34:10 NKJV
For You have delivered my soul from death, indeed my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before God in the light of the living. Ps. 56:13 NASB
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Ps. 91:11 ESV
God has a plan. You are part of that plan – a part unique to you that is integral to His design. He looks after you in every area of your life, and He does so with the utmost love and care. God created you as the greatest of all His creations, to enjoy, care, and have dominion over them. Yes, our original parents (Adam and Eve) did pull us down a few notches on God’s hierarchy, but He came back and restored us with the crown of Christ.
God is an everlasting beacon, an eternal map. We can’t get lost when we stick by Him. He grants an eternal path to those who side with Him, sending His angels to usher in and watch over their every step.
I asked you in part 1, ‘Are you feeling the love?’ Can you see and feel His love manifest in every God moment of your life? He listens to you, He comes to your aid without fail, He keeps His promises, He picks you up when you fall, and He restores you to His side.
He showers you with goodness from here to eternity. Isn’t that the kind of life that we all want? You can have it, but it depends upon you…
Goodnight and God bless.
July 12 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In our last post, It Only Happens In God’s Time, we began our preamble to learning about how to apply biblical principles (God’s word) in our lives. In that preamble we looked at the urgency behind latching onto God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. Once you’ve heard about this free gift of the grace of God, you have a distinct finite time frame in which to receive it – one that runs out when you take your last breath on this earth, or when Jesus returns, whichever comes first. Because you don’t know when either of those times will come, it is literally a life-and-death matter for you to connect with Christ immediately.
Now, in the second edition of our preamble, I want to look at some of the reasons why you’d want to live your life as an expression of God…
Let’s listen to God as He makes His case for us:
(Note that anything God promises to His children of old apply to all of His children throughout the ages.)
So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them… Gen. 1:27, 28. AMP
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Gen. 1:31 NKJV
So the first thing reason to consider inviting God in your life, is that He made your life. He is your first family – your Father in heaven. He created you with an innate goodness, and then He covered you with His favor. You are born into His grace.
Fear not…I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great. Gen. 15:1 AMP
And behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go… Gen. 28:15 AMP
“For I will look upon you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you, and confirm My covenant with you.” Lev. 26:9 NKJV
“…I will fulfill the number of your days.” Ex. 23:26 NKJV
God leaves nothing to chance where you are concerned, (provided that you partner up with Him). He is with you at all times, He’s got your back, and He even sets an abundant future right in front of you, just because you initiated that partnership. God promises you that this partnership (covenant) will be everlasting.
Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. Ex. 14:13 AMP
My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. Ex. 33:14 NASB
I will give peace in the land; you shall lie down and none shall fill you with dread or make you afraid… Lev. 26:6 AMP
I am the Lord your God…and I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect [as free men]. Lev. 26:13 AMP
“For I am the LORD who heals you.” Ex. 15:26 NKJV
Are you beset with problems in the mental, physical, and or spiritual arenas? God is always by your side. When you call upon Him, He will deliver you from your trials and tribulations – extinguishing your anxieties and wounds as He grants you healing and liberty.
Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you… Dt. 1:29, 30. ESV
It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Dt. 31:8 ESV
…the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son… Dt. 1:31 NASB
In this life, you will have other people come against you – especially if you make Christ your Lord (because it reminds your detractors of the ill-gotten path that they are on). Yet you can see that when anyone stands in the way of your God moments, they are standing in the way of God Himself. If they had a brain that is not a battle they should take on. Regardless, God is your vanguard against evil, warding it off as He compassionately carries you through any mountain that blocks your path.
Why does God do all these things? It’s because He loves us so much. Moreover, when we make the decision to walk into Jesus’ open arms, we become God’s ‘official children’ – dropping our worldly barriers so that we can be filled with His love. We are special in God’s eyes:
“You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.” Ex. 15:13 ESV
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” Dt. 7:6 ESV
You shall be blessed above all peoples… Dt. 7:14 NKJV
And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall go up and not down… Dt. 28:13 ESV
Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you? Dt. 32:6 NKJV
“Indeed, He loves the people; all Your holy ones are in Your hand…” Dt. 33:3 NASB
You are God’s greatest treasure, one of His loved ones whom He puts on a pedestal, and of His blessed ones who He guides into His house forever…
Are you feeling the love?
Goodnight and God bless.
July 05 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
If you have been following this blog for the three years that it has been published, you will have seen that we began our journey in Bible book of Genesis, and then examined the Bible right through Revelation – which we finished in our last post. (The only books not examined, were Ruth, Esther, and Philemon, because for me they represent the application of Christian living, rather than teaching the founding principles of Christianity. So we will look at those in that fashion, at a later date.)
From this point onward, my intent is to share with you how to apply God’s word in the world that you live in, so that you can have your greatest life on your God path – stepping out of the study of the Bible and putting it into practice.
Prior to examining those applications, I want to share with you the urgency that surrounds your living out God’s words. Next time we will explore why you should apply them.
Because we will be embarking upon how to practice Christian principles, please feel free to share your opinions and experiences regarding your own applications, so that learning about what works can enrich all of your brothers and sisters in Christ…
What is the ‘it’ that happens in God’s Time?
The ‘it’ is everything that happens. That’s why we need to look at the urgency that exists when it comes to using our time wisely – using it to first look to our salvation, and then to help others to find theirs.
Everything that happens in this first rendition of our universe, takes time – even right down to the most infinitely small events that occur on the atomic level. The time frame within which everything takes place, is in God’s time.
Some of our space telescopes can identify images of stellar events that occurred at the birth of our universe – when God created time.
God created a three-dimensional universe – one that has length, width, and height. During that same creative event God also brought into being the fourth dimension, which is time. According to Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, (which has never been disproved) together, they form a ‘space-time continuum’ that allows for a single universe containing manifold events. This is just one example of how great and awesome our God is.
Space by itself is just a jumble of all things side by side. Time by itself is a conglomeration of all things following one another. Melded together, the space-time continuum gives rise to the old adage that God gave us space so that everything wouldn’t happen in the same place, and He gave us time so that it wouldn’t all happen now.
Time, in relationship to the continuum, has certain characteristics. Gravitational fields can slow it down, as well as the relative motions of observers to other moving phenomena, and it slows down for anything traveling faster than the speed of light. Theoretically then, we could create a ‘time machine’ if we could travel that fast. In fact, there are some galaxies that are expanding away from our own Milky Way at a relative speed faster than light.
Our God is so BIG, and the possibilities He creates are so vast.
Furthermore, God also placed a clock within every living thing. Each has its own unique time span before it winds down forever; and only God knows what that expiration date is (Job 39:1, 2.) In the United States, our average human time span spent on this earth is 78.75 years. (Note: we rank a pitiful #53 on the list of average world life spans.) Of course ‘averages’ are based upon a conglomeration of high and low values, which suggests that we each have a unique God-clock within.
God Himself, being the creator of time, must exist outside of time, because He created something that was not. Furthermore, the moment will come when He will dispense with time forever; and He will replace time with eternity. In that space, the distinction of past and future will be given over to a new reality – one that is ‘ever-present.’ God has always lived in that reality (outside the space-time continuum). God declares this by simply saying that “I Am…” and “This is My name forever…” (Ex. 3:14, 15.)
Christ made the same claim when He too stated that He existed before the time of Abraham. He also said, “…I Am.” (John 8:58) He also was able to see all of time in a single glance when the devil tried to tempt Him with power to rule all of the earthly kingdoms for all time. (Luke 4:5) So Jesus, because He is the essence of His Father, also exists outside of the space-time continuum.
God sent His Son at His appointed time, to bring light into the world; and He allowed Jesus to die at the exact time that salvation was to be gifted to us through His death and resurrection. (Rom. 5:6; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 10:14) Christ will also come a second preordained time, and sweep us into His grace for that very salvation, at just the right time. (Heb. 9:28) Timing is everything with God.
Our Creator orchestrates the past, present, and future simultaneously, seeing it all happen at once; but His creations experience time sequentially. In order to show His children just how He controls their future, God often prophesied through His prophets so that the future generations could experience the fruits of His omniscience. (Dan. ch. 7, 8 & 12; Mic. 5:4; Hab. 2:3)
There was a specific time for Moses to teach the children of Israel God’s laws for living. (Dt. 4:14) The walls of Jericho came down when His children shouted out at a preordained time.
God appoints specific times for certain people to step up to be used by Him in advancing His design for Man; [e.g. when He placed Esther in a place where she could become queen and save His children from the evil planned for them by the king's subversive right-hand man, Haman. (Esth. ch.3 - 7.)]
Bad things happen when God’s children do not adhere to His specific timetable. For example, it was King Saul’s impatience that led him to ignore God’s appointed time for performing a particular task for Him – which resulted in having his kingdom ripped away from him. (1 Sam. 13:8 – 11 & 13.)
God also puts urgency on time with regards to your ability to seek salvation from Him through Christ. (Ps. 32.6)
That urgent piece of time is defined in the same way for everybody. It began when Jesus came to spread the gospel, (Mk. 1:15), and it is available to you up until the time that you draw your last breath. If you don’t make your connection with God while you are living your first life, if you continue to reject Him, you will not have a second chance; and your outcome is not a good one. (Ps. 75:2 & 81:15.) You do not want to take that chance, because you have no idea about when death will come. (Eccl. 9:12) Neither do you know the time when Christ will return. (Mt. 24:42) Your pact with Him must be made before either of those events.
If you do heed Christ’s call, God will have your back forever; (Ps. 121:8 & 125:2.) and you will transcend time, death, and troubles. (Is. 25:8)
Thank God that He is in control, and that He has mapped out the specified times for our getting the greatest benefits from all events that take place during our stay upon this earth. (Eccl. 3:1 – 8 & 11.)
All of God’s clocks are winding down. It began when Christ came, and time will run out when He returns the second time. Please, if you haven’t done so already, seek Jesus out. Don’t waste a single moment…
Good night and God bless.
June 28 2014 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »