|The Wuhan virus blew in with thunder. Some parts of the world ignored it, to their peril. Other parts hid the way they dealt with it. But for the most part, the world is coming together to face this threat by combining several ideas that appear to ameliorate this pestilence, if not yet annihilate it. All well and good, but it would greatly behoove us to turn to our unbeatable God. Some might say, ‘Why turn to Him if He turned this great evil upon us, or has been lax in helping us in our plight, because He just might not be the good God that we’ve been told He was?’ |
For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Ps. 100:5 NLT
God is good! He is the opposite of evil. He does not create things to purposely snuff out our lives:
We know [for a fact] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] lies in the power of the evil one [opposing God and His precepts]. 1 Jn. 5:19 AMP
Evil is opposed to good, opposed to love, opposed to God. Jehovah wants us to reflect His image as we were created:
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but [imitate] what is good. The one who practices good [exhibiting godly character, moral courage and personal integrity] is of God… 3 Jn. 1:11 AMP
When most things go awry, it is because of something people have done, e.g. wage wars. We see this in this current crisis. It is a fact that the Wuhan virus originated in the vicinity of Wuhan. Researches in that region of the world tried to warn the world of its potential devastation before they ‘disappeared.’
So, this leaves us with 3 possible scenarios: The virus was developed in a biowarfare lab and purposely released, or it was accidentally released, or it was a chance mutant combination derived from the regional wet markets’ horrendous environment.
Regardless of whether it was purposeful or inadvertent, humans were at fault. You cannot blame God.
What we have to take caution in, is falling into the media / political (they are one in the same) propaganda trap, to keep us in a frenzy of chaotic fear – screaming for global shutdown to create an irreparable economic crash. We have to come back to common sense.
But mostly, we need to be keeping our eyes on God. He knows everything. Even if what is happening is destructive, Jehovah will use it for our good. We can already see some of it.
People are coming together from their homes albeit technologically. Acts of kindness are sprouting out worldwide. We are getting a break from this frenzy that we have made of life and seeing what is truly valuable.
Some, hopefully many, are returning to God, as they see just how fragile our existence in this world is.
That’s the big lesson. Jehovah God is the way out. He loves us so much and He will deliver us – if we ask (pray)…
***This is my last post on the YourGodMoments platform. I have so treasured our journey together. I hope you will accompany me on our next phase at www.GodCherishesYou.com. I just went live yesterday! I want to continue to serve you with all my heart. The first post is here: http://godcherishesyou.com/first-step-toward-being-cherished-by-god/
The journey continues…***
Goodnight and God bless.
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens me [to fulfill His purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Phil. 4:13 AMP
The world has been in troubled times for eons due to wars, famine, plagues and natural disasters. All these misfortunes have a single source – godlessness.
God created the earth to be a paradise, a love-filled, peace-filled place for His immortal subjects to enjoy, in communion with Him. Unfortunately, we know how that turned out: a fallen world filled with fallen people, because the First Parents rebelled against their Creator.
Thankfully, God already a plan of redemption in place – through the incarnation, death and resurrection of His Son. Those that connect with God’s plan are delivered from all things, even if the deliverance comes in unexpected ways.
Nevertheless, let us fortify ourselves:
Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go… Gn. 28:15 AMP
“…I will fulfill the number of your days.” Ex. 23:26 NKJV
…the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son. Dt. 1:31 NASB
“…for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” 1 Sam. 14:6 ESV
“Does not God see my ways and count all my steps?” Job 34:1 AMP
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Ps. 91:11 ESV
This fortification continues through Jesus:
“According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it shall be done to you.” Mt. 9:29 AMP
So, the world is wracked with anxiety over this latest plague, the much-ballyhooed Wuhan virus apocalypse, which is soon to peter out – putting mud on the face of the doomsayers. It doesn’t hold a candle to many of the outbreaks that have gone before.
Hold tight to your God, to your Jesus. You can handle anything with them. They have your back.
But, let’s say that you did succumb to this ‘disease,’ which would mean you’re are much older and / or have underlying health issues, (still only consisting of a very small percentage of those infected), God’s even got that handled. You are in His plan:
…God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me. Ps. 49:15 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life…” Jn. 5:24 NKJV
Be smart, but be fearless…
Goodnight and God bless.
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God…The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower]. Ps. 46:10, 11. AMP
God is in control. He is our rock; and we can stand on that rock when we have faith. It doesn’t matter what is going on in the world. Even if it appears disastrous, (like the present manufactured coronavirus crisis), God will make something good of it for His children:
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Rm. 8:28 AMP
I am not one to engage in or propagate conspiracy theories. I say ‘manufactured’ crisis because the facts are clear. This Wuhan virus (and there is nothing ‘racist’ about citing the site of origin of a disease organism), may or may not be a lab experiment gone bad, that remains to be seen.
What is clearly witnessed, is that the politicians have created an overblown ‘end times’ scenario, to strictly weaponize the bug, to introduce greater government controls on the governed, many of which never seem to get lifted when the crisis in question is over. In their built-in bias, these same politicians use the so-called disaster to bash their political rivals to gain greater traction at the polls.
These ‘public servants’ fiddle while Rome burns,’ gaining greater satisfaction if they can pin the problem on the leader, regardless of his best efforts. Be assured that they do not have your welfare in mind. It’s about power and never letting a crisis go to waste.
And the media is like the devil’s false prophet – spewing lies and sensational headlines to sell the news, the listener’s anxiety be damned. If you listen to them, the world is coming to an end as millions of people on this earth have their lives snuffed out.
They are nothing but fear mongers. We’ve watched them lie prodigiously for the last 3+ years about everything.
What got me started down this road? I went to a major grocery market this morning. No bread. No meat. No dairy. No eggs. No paper products. What is this obsession over toilet paper? It is a respiratory infection. Wrong orifice.
Our food and paper supply lines are still intact. Why hoard? The very act of hoarding fills one with distress over the media-induced fear of scarcity. What they are really doing is hurting others who need these things as much as they do. People are fighting over toilet paper! There is plenty to go around.
What about forcing businesses to close? The outcome is to shred a thriving economy, again to try to put a black mark on a political foe. None of this is good, or does it foster care and love for our neighbors.
What is true here?
Yes, the Wuhan virus is more contagious than the common flu. But the flu kills far more people. China was the number one country for infections and death. Can it be because Wuhan was ground zero and many places had questionable hygiene?
Mostly older people, with or without underlying conditions, are highest at risk – just like with the regular flu. Italy is in the top 3 countries severely affected because (along with Japan) it is the oldest (population age) and thus most susceptible.
There is already over 100,000 infected people world-wide who have recovered already. At this writing, there are 3 extremely promising ‘cures.’
Any outbreak follows a bell curve. It will flatten out when the weather warms up. No reason to panic. This is just another play for the media and government to try to get you to accept how vital they are to your well-being. It’s a continuing power grab.
No reason to panic and follow the world as it loses its senses:
…do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Rm. 12:2 AMP
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Mt. 6:34 MSG
Of course, we must exercise common sense, but there is no need to be filled with dread.
The Wuhan virus is just another temporary blip in a long line of fleeting diseases like SARS,
MERS, the swine flu, and the bird flu, and we survived them all. (Funny though that they seem to show up in election years and emerge from a common locale).
God loves you and He has your answers – always. Have faith…
“For I am the LORD who heals you.” Ex. 15:26 NKJV
Goodnight and God bless.
When I say ‘us,’ I am referring to all of you out there that have been following this blog, from all the places in the world that you follow from. YourGodMoments has been a labor of love for the last nine years. I am profoundly grateful for all of you, regardless of how long you’ve been aboard.
Prior to this blog, I simultaneously wrote two others, CompletelyLoved and YouWereBornPerfect – also for many years. All this time, my focus has been on the Bible – hopefully rendering it more approachable, understandable, easy to navigate and cross-reference, with increased cohesiveness in a true chronological flow.
Ultimately, it has all been to bring us all closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, to position us for a wonderful life – now and forever. I sincerely hope that has been true for all of you.
Last year at this time, God put it on my heart to change my approach / focus, to attract the largest group of people needing God in their lives, yet not seeking Him out. That huge crowd consists of all the people who feel they are such bad human beings or have committed such atrocious acts that God would not love them.
What do we know that they don’t?
…for there is no one who does not sin… 2 Chr. 6:36 CSB
“…for this is the blood of my [new and better] covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and is] poured out for many [as a substitutionary atonement] for the forgiveness of sins.” Mt. 26:28 AMP
We all sin, but we all have the chance to have them removed by the cleansing blood of Jesus. This is the vital information we must convey to those who are lost. It just so happens that God has been equipping us to do just this for these many years.
They must come to learn how much God values them, how He wants to redeem them, how wondrously they were made, and how they can return to their original intended state for eternity.
And we must help them see how the devil has been working in their lives with lies, suggestions and enticements. When they can see how they have been being and doing, they will be ready to learn the way out.
I am so excited to be able to do this. I hope you all join me as we begin gathering more lost souls for the glory of God. If you cannot identify with the people we are looking to help, you must know many who do suffer from this. This journey will help you continue in your Great Commission,’ and your rewards will be many. And you can comment on the new site. I would so value your input!
Today, I’ve finished inputting all the data onto the new website for this endeavor, GodCherishesYou.com. Now, it’s up to the techies to do the rest. I should be launching the site within 2 weeks tops.
Thank you all again for walking this walk with me. I pray that you accompany me down this new road. I will send you a live link just as soon as we are ready to start.
Goodnight and God bless.
That’s what our God has had planned for all of us – even before time began. Yet, even though the plan is in place, we all have an obstacle that we must hurdle to get it – that of being born into sin. Adam’s taint covers all of us; and as soon as we become aware of this, we must seek the grace of God’s salvation through Christ.
In fact, God put an unction within us to seek Him out for this very thing:
“…it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times…This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they may grasp Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us.” Acts 17:25 – 27. AMP
“…He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old ways of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives], because He has set a day when He will judge the inhabited world in righteousness…” Acts 17:30, 31. AMP
At first, we are challenged, because we are used to seeking out the answers to life’s questions through our flesh; and as we do, our self-condemnation plagues us. Why? It’s because the Law that God impressed upon our hearts, reminds us of our shortcomings with regards to our misalignment with it.
That Law, given to us by God through Moses, is impossible to obey with the 100% compliance that it demands. Yet, it is the subsequent brokenness in our spirit from our failure to do so, that God is counting on, to make us a receptive vessel for the gospel.
When Christ helps us cross that chasm between who we were, to become who we were always meant to be, our sins are left behind, and we become reconciled with our Father.
However, other than not having heard the gospel, we tend to build our own roadblocks against receiving it. The most common obstacle is our preoccupation with our past. This blinds us to God’s overtures, because we indulge ourselves in nurturing our old hurts.
We disadvantage ourselves even further when we then try to suppress them with distractions and addictions, which only fortify our walls. As a result, we feel irreparably separated from whomever we think God is.
Only when we accept Christ and His gospel message, can we heal, drop the past (because we are forgiven), and live in His present loving bliss. Then, we can take this ‘good news’ to others. And it is in the telling of our redemption that we find the truth about salvation, i.e. it sells itself. It is God who does the work of conversion. We only plant the seed.
God is willing and waiting to bring everyone into His everlasting kingdom. Our charge, when we have received it, is to help those who haven’t yet entered, assisting them to understand their need for God’s mercy that was given on the cross:
My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent] such, O God, You will not despise. Ps. 51:17 AMP
The Law warns of death for the unrepentant, the gospel promises eternal life through salvation, i.e. we must be made aware of our ungodliness before we can embrace the reconciliation offered by Jehovah God, through His Son:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies… Ps. 103:3, 4. NKJV
Not by anything we have done to change, but by the grace of God:
For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law]… Eph. 2:8, 9. AMP
Jesus gave His life for our redemption. Because of His virgin birth, He was spared from the damning contamination of Adam’s sin. Only Christ could make a sinless offering of Himself, shedding His blood so that we might gain eternity with Him.
God does not make mistakes, no flaws in His creations. His kingdom is for everyone. Jehovah accepts us all. What He cannot accept is sin in thoughts and / or deeds; but that’s where salvation does its wonder:
Therefore if any person is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 2 Cor. 5:17 AMP
If God accepts us as we are, there is no perfection that we must strive for; He’s done it already!
We no longer have to be afraid or hide from the truth. Now we can live in the present moment – knowing that moment is the beginning of an eternal stream of redemptive joy.
God is in control:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Pr. 3:5 – 7. NKJV
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4 NASB
“…there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.” Rv. 21:4 NKJV
The thing to remember regarding your salvation, as well as with all things relating to God, is they require faith to manifest. You need to have faith in salvation eternity. This life passes by like a heartbeat. If you think that is all there is, what is the point of salvation? The scripture immediately above shows God’s guarantee of an eternal blessed life.
You need faith in love because God is love, He does not change, and love is what drives God to do everything. (1 Jn. 4:8; Mal. 3:6; Ex. 20:6; Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 3:16,)
The awesome part is that God even provides you with the faith!
…God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Rm. 12:3 NASB
Lastly, the devil does not like you being saved. So, he will rain temptation upon you all the days of your life, hoping that you will fall away:
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. 1 Jn. 3:8 NKJV
And we will fall:
“…there is no one who does not sin…” 2 Chr. 6:36 CSB
Unrepentant sin leads to death (Jas. 1:15), but those who have received the salvation of God through Christ, are blessed with an entirely different outcome when they confess and repent:
Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rm. 7:24, 25. ESV
Amen. We will have this battle with our flesh until we transfer from this earth; but Jesus is our vanguard. Our part is to continue to cultivate our spirit by immersing ourselves in God’s word, living by it, and remembering the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf. Christ has set you free:
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. Rm. 8:1, 2. NASB.
God has already accepted you. He pardons you with the gift of His love. Jehovah wants you to come to Him just as you are, so that He can wipe out your sin-debt forever and write you indelibly in His Book of Life.
Have faith and receive it with thanksgiving…
Goodnight and God bless.
This is the third in our final wind-down series of YourGodMoments.com, as I continue working to finalize the preparation of its successor, GodCherishesYou.com, by composing a look back at what we have explored together…
Our spirit yearns to connect with God’s Spirit. Yet our human side wants to cling to what is familiar: anxiety, meaningless chatter, idolatry, negativity and empty busyness – all to satiate the desires of the flesh and bring glory to themselves.
We have to live in that flesh, but we can rise above being at the effect of it, by seeking out our Creator in solitude, away from the dizzying madness. It doesn’t matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done; our compassionate God is proffering His outstretched hand, waiting to connect with us, through Christ, initiated by our confession and repentance.
It is then that Jehovah takes on amnesia with regards to your past and takes into account your subsequent efforts to do better, even if you have a slip and fall, because you’re walking under His grace.
Jesus loves us, even in our sin. That’s what drove Him to the cross – to save us from ourselves. As we meditate on this, we can build compassion within us, for others who suffer from similar inward incongruities. The devil plays no favorites.
Thus, we strive not to condemn ourselves for our humanness. When we make mistakes, we come back to Jesus humbly in confession and repentance, and He clothes us with His righteousness again.
We are fractured children being healed and perfected:
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Ps. 37:3 – 6. NKJV
That God placed you on this earth for His purposes should inspire you. And when you connect with Him, He lives within you, filling you with love and hope – despite your human side…
Sometimes, humanity fails severely, e.g. when we allow ourselves to be brought to the brink of war or the commission of it. All war is rooted in someone wanting what someone else has. It is blasphemy against God, as is production and sale of weapons of mass destruction to facilitate its manifestation. War is always a product of the degradation of our souls.
Our flesh houses fear, stimulated by anger, aggression, greed and insecurity. But we can give these traits and the chaos created by the exorcise of them, up to God:
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rm. 7:22 – 25. ESV
If we take up Christ, we can mirror His peace:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give peace to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jn. 14:27 NKJV
Paying it forward…
To achieve this, and other forms of godly being, we must do our best to live a spiritual life, whereby we many enter the narrow gate of salvation and teach others why they should strive to do the same:
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Mt. 7:13, 14. ESV
The narrow way is Christ. In fact, it is the only way to a spiritual life of salvation. Once we cross that gate, we walk our best walk in God’s word, in faith, to keep transcending this world:
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1 Jn. 5:3, 4. ESV
Wherever you think you should be spiritually, it is where you already are. It’s a matter of faith, not sight. Just remain connected to and depend upon Jehovah God.
The struggle is when you fall back into the old habits of the flesh. Then those rotten fruits will begin showing up again, to convict you of your slip. Confess and repent! You are work in progress.
You can help yourself before you make any choice, by asking that person in the mirror, ‘Is this my will, of is it that of Jesus?’
And if you look upon your past failures, give thanks to your Father for how far He has brought you. Still, remain humble and teachable so you can keep bathing in His grace.You are already who God wanted you to be; (the devil would have you believe that you are not). God only wants you to let Him remove the stain that the world has covered your with; and then He would have you walk your best Christian walk:
…you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Eph. 4:17, 18. ESV
When we deny the adversary, we can begin to step into our God-given birthright – as His spiritual sons and daughters. We enhance that realization by keeping our focus on the work of the cross, knowing that Christ’s sacrifice was more than enough:
“The deepest communication is not communication; it is communion. We are already one, but we imagine that we are not. What we have to be is what we already are.” Thomas Merton
To have a spiritual life, is a gift from God – available only by living in His love and going forth to show others how to do the same…
Goodnight and God bless.
Last time, we began our final wind-down of this, our present platform for God, YourGodMoments.com, as I continue to prepare its successor, GodCherishesYou.com, by revisiting portions of what we explored in our travels through time. Let’s have a go at few more glances:
In this world, God calls us to be ‘godly correct’ rather than politically correct – to be the peculiar minority that sticks with Him and His ways:
…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the word of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rm. 12:1, 2. ESV
Yet even though we are godly, we cannot pass judgment upon those whom we feel are not, because God keeps holding out for their salvation as well:
For the grace of God has appeared to all people, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions… Titus 2:11, 12. ESV
We know the way to walk, but we owe it to others to help them find the same way, because God gave all people the potential for salvation. Why? Because the stakes are life and death:
“…you will die [unforgiven and condemned] in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am the One [I claim to be], you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 AMP
It is up to us to shine the light of Love upon everyone, even if they are willful transgressors of God’s word; but we cannot condone what they do. It has nothing to do with being racist, bigoted, homophobic, or whatever lying label they want to attach to us, to justify themselves.
Our job is to remain a beacon for our Creator’s salvation…
Considering again, those who make forays in the world their way of life, we see people who run as far away from God as possible in their quest to be self-directed and self-satisfying. In the end, they fall into suffering – the consequences from their own actions. And it is in that suffering that God allows them to wallow, until they come to realize the futility of their rebellion against Him.
What great love and mercy God must have, to put up with their indulgence, in the hopes that they will return to their Creator.
The world itself is troubled because it reflects that nature of the sinful souls of the majority who populate it. However, doing battle with these unfortunate (but willful) people is not the solution. We cannot create a righteous world through unrighteous means.
Instead, we can teach them that if they would, in the moments of their transgressions, bend their will to God’s will and yield up their soul for His transformation, He would mercifully begin to extract their offending old self and its ways…
What God really wants is to have a relationship with us where we are dependent upon Him:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Pr. 3:5, 6. NKJV
We can look to God for love and strength, to better walk a spirit-filled path in a rebellious world. In addition, we are called to widen our relationship with the Godhead, to also include our brothers and sisters in Christ and look at all others as fertile ground for becoming the same.
Finally, in our relationship with God, we get our relationship with ourselves straightened out – seeing ourselves as a child of God, dispensing with that worldly conglomeration that we thought was us…
Let’s praise God for His mercy again. God wants us to be with Him in spite of ourselves, our sin nature. Throughout history, He has used imperfect people to advance His eternal plan. Moses was a murderer and a coward, yet God used Him to free His children from oppression, lead them to the promised land, and bring them the Law where there was none – all the while being a vessel for the Holy Spirit to write the first five books of the Bible.
King David was also used by the Holy Spirit to write the book of Psalms, so the we could learn how to relate to God. Yet he was an adulterer and murderer. His son, King Solomon, wrote the Holy Spirit- inspired book of Proverbs, yet he had times when he rebelled against God by indulging in the world.
God used the heathen King Cyrus, to free His children to return to Israel; and the infamous murderer of Christians, Saul of Tarsus, was chosen to be Christ’s greatest spokesman.
Jehovah can use anyone to advance His purposes; and if we are willing, He will advance us as well…
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18 ESV
Goodnight and God bless.
Two weeks ago, i announced that I was bringing this labor of love, YourGodMoments.com, to a close – soon to be replaced with our next journey: GodCherishesYou.com. I thought that now would be a good time to show my deep gratitude to my readers by bit of a dance through where we have trodden…
We began this journey in 2011, looking for the love of God, keeping this scripture as our anchor:
For I am persuaded that neither death no life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rm. 8:38, 39. CSB
We spent a lot of years examining the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We will soon do some of this again, but from a much greater perspective of personal application. So, I would like to revisit two major revelations – the first being about Christ’s return:
Now we do not want you to be uniformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way – by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death]. 1 Thess. 4:13 – 15. AMP
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. NKJV
We don’t have to worry about the followers of Christ who die before He returns, because they will precede those who still live, as the first ones that Jesus raises bodily. And the living will join them in the air.
Those who keep their faith in Christ and do their best to walk in His ways, need have no fear; but those who do not, face eternal darkness:
…destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains…and they will not escape. 1 Thess. 5:3 NASB
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should be together with Him. 1 Thess. 5:9, 10. NKJV
The apostle Paul continues by describing some of the events that precede the Day of the Lord:
Let no one deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, there great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God. 2 Thess. 2:3, 4. AMP
Paul is speaking of the Antichrist, whom those who are lost will worship.
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they have refused to love the truth and so be saved. 2. Thess. 2:9, 10. ESV
We don’t have to share this fate if we keep the faith:
…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught… 2 Thess. 2:13 – 15. NKJV
The second revelation we will consider is what happened on the cross:
…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day… 1 Cor. 15:3, 4. NKJV
Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power…The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1 Cor. 15:20 – 22 & 24 & 26. NKJV
Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (God) who put all things under Him, (Jesus) that God may be all in all. 1 Cor. 15:28 NKJV
Christ was transformed into His new God-Man existence, becoming His Father’s agent of the resurrection of humankind – Jesus Himself being the first fruit of the ‘resurrection harvest’ of humanity, at the end of time. He is the guarantor of our resurrection because He did away with the spiritual death that was imputed to us by our Adamic sin nature.
This cleansing is only available to those who cling to Jesus – those who shall be transformed:
The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NKJV
The first man was of the earth, made of dust, the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. 1 Cor. 15:47 – 49. NKJV
…we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…this mortal must put on immortality…then shall it be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:51 – 56. NKJV
Jesus’ work at the cross enables us to be resurrected as both righteous and transcendent of the Law. We get a new body, made in His image, which is immortal. Our physical sufferings are a forgotten memory, and we stand ready to enter into an eternity of the unimaginable.
It’s all about the love of God. To be continued…
Goodnight and God bless.
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Acts 1 – 3. NKJV
Sometimes, you will come upon people who are not convinced that the gospel is real. Many of them have a hard time swallowing the veracity of the resurrection of Jesus. So, let’s examine the biblical proofs to flesh out the justification for our faith. Here is groundwork where we may begin:
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Heb. 1:1 – 3. NASB
“…I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” Jn. 10:17, 18. NASB
Jesus, for all intents and purposes, possesses every single power of Jehovah God – even the power over life itself. He exercised that power to allow Himself to die and to be resurrected. That was the will and plan of God, and He cannot be thwarted.
Given that these are irrefutable facts, let us now follow our resurrected Jesus about His risen doings upon this earth, beginning when Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, came upon Him while traveling to tell the apostles about His empty tomb:
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Mt. 28:9, 10. NKJV
Later, the apostles obey; and in that meeting they receive the ‘Great Commission:’
…the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:16 – 20. NASB
Jesus Christ is timeless.
Returning to he same day that Jesus appeared to the women, He was walking on the road to Emmaus by Himself, when He came upon two disciples, one of which was named Cleopas:
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached them and began traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him…Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. Lk. 24:15, 16 & 27. NASB
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Lk. 24:31, 32. NKJV
After that, these disciples went to tell the apostles, during which, our Lord appeared:
So when it was evening on that day…when the doors were shut were the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jn. 20:19, 20. NASB
Eight days later, Jesus would return to the apostles to reveal Himself to the one apostle, Thomas, who was missing on His previous visit. (Jn. 20:24 – 31.)
Sometime later, Christ appeared to His apostles by the Sea of Tiberius, and miraculously filled some of their boats with fish they couldn’t catch before, and they all had a ‘fish fry;’ and Jesus spoke to Peter in their final one-on-one conversation. (Jn. chapter 21):
…Jesus showed Himself again as the Sea of Tiberias… Jn. 21:1 NKJV
This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to HIs disciples after He was raised from the dead. Jn. 21:14 NKJV
The apostles were also present when Jesus ascended to heaven. (Acts 1:9, 10.)
In total, Christ walked this earth for 40 days after He was resurrected:
…God raised Him from the dead; and for many days (forty) He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. Acts 13:30, 31. AMP
…Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures foretold, and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time…He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, and last of all, as to one untimely (prematurely, traumatically born), He appeared to me also. 1 Cor. 15:3 – 8. AMP
So yes, let us not forget that Jesus did return yet one more time to Paul, showing us that He is presently alive!
As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ]; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice [from heaven] saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord? And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…” Acts 9:3 – 5. AMP
Praise God for His truth!
Goodnight and God bless.
It is a strikingly different way of living than how the world would have us live. We process things differently.
As an example, let us compare the reactions to trials and tribulations. A child of the world would run from them, physically or addictively, or take a stand for a frontal assault, depending only upon their own resources. They may prevail, they may not.
A Christian, on the other hand, places their faith in the more-than-able help from God, that He’s in control of the situation.
In fact, God may even send some trials our way, to get us to lean more fervently upon Him, rather than seeking worldly (and often unprofitable) solutions:
“Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him [that is a profound reverence for Him] will remain with you, so that you do not sin.” Ex. 20:20 AMP
God may also send situations to stay any bad behavior, to get you back onto the right path:
My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD, or loathe His reproof, for whom the LORD loves, He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Pr. 3:11, 12. NASB
We lean on God’s word to reveal how we are to be in any given situation:
“As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” 2 Sam. 22:31 NKJV
When we place our problems before Him, He will turn our situation around to align them with His direction for our lives:
…God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rm. 8:28 NASB
Even if our troubles are put upon us by others, or satanically sourced, God delivers His children from them all, through Christ:
For He has delivered me from all trouble… Ps. 54:7 NASB
“…Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail…” Lk. 22:31, 32. NASB
Another example of diametrically opposed life approache is demonstrated in the face of character failure. In the world, fractured character is often overlooked, justified, excused, or worse, even celebrated.
In this Christian life, God sends Holy Spirit conviction, so that the transgressions that are perpetrated by a character flaw, will bring grief, guilt and shame – so that God’s child is brought to his or her knees to confess and repent. It is at this point, that God’s grace makes His child whole again through the cleansing blood of Jesus.
Christ can only live in a humble heart, a heart that recognizes its frailty and its glaring need for its Maker:
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:5 NASB
The major upside is that this Christian process prepares the believer for an eternal heavenly life. There is also an eternal aspect of the worldly way, but it is far from heavenly. Ours is painted with mercy; the world’s will be smothered in wrath.
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” Jn. 3:36 NASB
The final illustration I want to take up for now, is worldly accumulation v. Christian giving. In many circumstances, one’s worth in the world is measured by their accumulation of material things. Yet, that is antithetical to their spiritual health and standing:
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the treacherous will be caught by their own greed. Pr. 11:6 NASB
“Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” Mt. 6:19 – 21. AMP
God blesses us with things to enjoy, but moreover to share, by giving to others. Then our hands are empty and open to receive the next blessing:
Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. 2 Cor. 9:7 AMP
These differences only scratch the surface. Yet, we already see the monumental advantages of living in this Christian life – leaning on a loving, merciful God who rights our wrongs, cleanses our sins, makes our way in this world, delivers us from calamity, expands our hearts for cheerful giving and covers us in the now, that we may be preserved for His eternal love. Doesn’t get better than that…
Goodnight and God bless.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! I will be retiring YourGodMoments blog very soon. After nine years, I feel that God is asking me to change direction to include more personal application and to create a bigger invitation to the kingdom. I’m very excited, and I hope that you will continue along with me on our sacred journey.
I will let you know of the launch date of the GodCherishesYou blog soon!