It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

God has committed to His people the ministry of reconciliationand this is done through intercessory prayer. Jesus Christ is our example; He died and gave Himself as payment to make restitution for the debt mankind owed but was not able to pay. We as followers of Christ are to die to self, pride and offense when others misuse us and forgive their wrong doing, and we are to intercede for them and to bring them before our Father in prayer. That is the example Jesus set for us on the cross when He died for us and prayed for us saying, “Father forgive them…”

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting theirwrong doings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Luke 23:34 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Though God is the creator and over all things, He gave dominion of the earth and all that is in it to mankind. God does not go back on His word; He gave mankind authority and they gave it to Satan. Thereby, God will work with mankind to accomplish His will on the earth. This is why Jesus came as the Son of Man that He may have legal right and authority, as a Man, to operate in the earth to save mankind and to regain what they had lost and turned over to Satan. This is also why God works in collaboration with humanity and not autonomously, independently or on His own, regarding the things within the earthly realm. God has respect for the words He has spoken and God does not go back on His word. 

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:10-13 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.   He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.   But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

God reconciled us to Himself and forgave us by faith throughthe death of Christ and He also put us in right standing with Himself through Christ. Our collaborative work with God is to reconcile others to Christ, through forgiveness and intercessory prayer that they may come to the saving knowledge of God by faith in the completed work of Christ. 

As followers of Christ, we must accept our calling to bring those who have hurt us and those who are hurt, full of hate and anger before God in prayer to intercede for them. We are to pray that God would open their eyes to the light of the gospel, of the good news of Christ and to bring them out of darkness so that their souls will be saved and that they may be reunite with their Lord and Sovereign King.   

Acts 28:18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

Some people want to say they believe in the life of Christ and may want him to save them from their sins, but they refuse to acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Master. Many want to be saved but will not allow Jesus to command or direct their lives on earth or tell them they are to obey His word. God is calling us into a relationship with Himself as Father and child where there is reverence and respect as a loving Father who teaches,corrects, disciplines and guides us in the way we should go. 

God is not calling us just to believe in Jesus, the word says “the demons believe and tremble.” God is calling us into a relationship where He is Lord over our lives and we are to be like Christ, to follow Christ and His life’s example on the earth. That is so we may reveal and reflect God’s glory on the earth. And like Christ, this may even be at the cost of giving up our comfort, our reputation, or even our lifestyle for the revealing of the truth of God’s love and forgiveness on the earth. 

James 2:19-20 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!   But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 

God is our Sovereign King, Almighty God, Jehovah and Lord of all, the one who has purchased us at the price of His Son’s life so that we are no longer our own. We as followers of Christ are not to live for our selfish concerns and desires.  Though we were once sinners and aliens to the commonwealth and family of God we are now made to be children of God, the product of His craftmanship. God is creating us to be like Christ for the good work of reconciliation and intercession for the lost and forthose who offend and mistreat us.

Ephesians 2: 10-13   For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

The old man has passed away, the self-centered, prejudiced and unforgiving person is no longer who we are. As followers of Christ, we have been made a new creature by the power of the Holy Spirit. Though we may still have to fight against the old flesh and those natural affinities that we want to stay connected to. In the past we have aligned and affiliated ourselves according to our race, ethnicity and national ties, which is part of who God created us to be. But these things cannot take precedence or prominence over Christ and the love of God in us. Only God can have preeminence, absolute authority over who we are and how we live our lives. That is what the Lord and Master does, He leads, directs, rules and governs our lives.

Ephesians 2:15-18 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Jesus came and abolished all the reasons for disunity, prejudice, hostilities and biases according to the flesh and made us to be one new person in Christ.  Many people want to say they believe in Jesus but they will not obey Him, they refuse to give up their natural affinities prejudices and also refuse to forgive others, they live in self-centeredness and pride.

They refuse to show the love of Christ because they do not have the love of God living in them. They will say “It does not take all of that, we do not have to forgive or love others, God knowsme and made me who I am.”  But, they have listened to the liesof the enemy, God did not make man in that way or in that image. 

1 John 4:20-21 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Jesus is our High Priest in heaven where He is making intercession for us before God the Father. We are called to be kings and priests on the earth, where the king has dominion over his kingdom and also the responsibility to provide and protect his people. A priest is one who represents the people before God one who also intercedes and prays for the people before God. Though mankind slayed Christ, He forgave them and though they turned their backs on Him, yet He said He would never leave them nor forsake them. This is how we too must be like Christ, to not be easily offended and to forgive and pray for those who have wronged us. 

Romans 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 

In God’s love we are called to intercede for others and to bring them into reconciliation, where there is no room for unforgiveness. This is only done through the power of the Holy Spirit, and we must forgive everyone, everything.

God created the heavens and the earth to reveal His love, His character and His glory. He created mankind in His image and gave them godlike authority over the earth and they were called the sons of God. Just as God’s glory is seen in all the heavens, God gave mankind the authority and ability to reflect and reveal His glory over all His creation on the earth. God does not have to collaborate with mankind but He chooses to do so for the betterment of mankind and all His creation. 

God is love and He created us with the capacity to love and with the need to be loved and a need to love Him. So many people live a life that seems less than fulfilling because they lack a love relationship with God, for which they were createdto receive and reflect His love on the earth. God is a Holy, Just and Righteous God but these all flow from the well-spring of His Love which is the principal character of who He is. When God made mankind He engineered us to be like Him, to be in relationship with Him and with one another in love. 

God is not a narcissist, one who is vain or looking for attention, nor is He self-centered or self-absorbed. God is not needy nor does he need our love to be complete. God is love and it is thisgreat love of God that is seen in His abundant compassion and mercy. It is the character of God’s love that is displayed as Heshares His love and goodness with His creation. 

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” NKJ

The Trinity of God operates in a relationship of love that abounds and flows through God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Love exists in relationship and God created us to be in a loving relationship with Himself. We were created by the Love of God and to be in a love relationship with God and to reflect and show His love to others. That is why when we are not in a relationship of love with God there is a feeling of void or we may have a feeling of a lack of accomplishment. 

Many people walk around wondering why are they living and what is the point of their existence and their being in this life. This is because they lack an understanding of their designedpurpose and who they are meant to be in Christ. God created us for Himself and there is a hollowness for those whose life donot have a love relationship with God. Love is a universal factor that all people, races and nationalities seek after and pursue, but so many people lack a true understanding of the meaning of love. 

Love is not just a feeling, though feelings may be a small or shallow part of love. Love gives of itself and love is relational, looking for interaction with and the betterment of the one they love even though it may be costly to oneself.    

1 John 4:16, 19 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. …We love Him because He first loved us. NKJ

John 3:16-17 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.

Before the fall, mankind was in perfect love and harmony with God and with all His creation. God and man fellowshipped and communed in the garden, which God had created to display His love and His splendor on the earth. The creatures God createdHe brought to Adam to name, it was God and man in collaboration for the advancement and development of earth and all that reside in it. 

Genesis 2: 19-20 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. NKJ

Satan came and deceived mankind by creating doubt as to God’s love for them and tricked mankind into giving over all their godlike authority to him. Mankind was no longer resembling or revealing God’s love on the earth nor were they walking in their created purpose to reflect His glory. They fell into fear and a satanic like character of narcissism, an extremelyself-centered behavior and cared only for self. Everyone began to think only of self and doing what was pleasing and right in their own eyes, regardless of how may affect others. 

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, Butits end is the way of death. NKJ

Mankind had little or no resemblance of their Creator-God and had lost their ability to love and have concern for others.  God marveled at how far they had fallen and that there was not a person who was concerned for justice and no one praying or interceding to God for others. Therefore, God Himself would come as the Son of Man to bring salvation to all humanity and to make intercession for the lost that they might be reborn into the kingdom of God and once again into His likeness.

Isaiah 59: 15b- 16…Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

God created us to be in a relationship and fellowship with Himself. God collaborated with Adam in the creation and naming of the animals and with Moses when he prayed that God would turn away His wrath and forgive the people. Godstill wants to be in a loving relationship with us, to work with us and to collaborate with us that we may intercede on the behalf of those whom we love and even for those who persecute and hate us. That the earth will be filled with His glory. 

Numbers 14:17-21 And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’   Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord— NKJ

God is a God of Justice, and He is Holy but He is great in love,He has long patience and show abundant mercy to those who are lost.  God sent His Son to seek and to save the lost and now Jesus’ ministry is one of intercession in heaven to God for His creation and His will to be done on earth. We should work together with Christ to intercede and pray for those who are without the hope of Christ and who live in darkness without the love of God .   

Colossians 1:14-17He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 

Romans 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. NKJ

This is the collaborative work we have with God, to reconcile others to Christ, just as God reconciled us to Himself and put us in right standing and joined us to Himself through Christ. We too must accept the calling to bring those who are hurt, those who are full of hate and anger and bring them before God in prayer. To pray that God would open their eyes to the light of the gospel of the good news of Christ and to bring them out of darkness so that they may be reunite with the Sovereign Lord and King.   

This is only done through the power of the Holy Spirit and we must forgive everyone, everything. In God’s love we are calledto intercede for others and to bring them into reconciliation,where there is no room for unforgiveness. 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their wrong doings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

The greatest gift ever given was God’s gift to mankind, whichis Jesus, the Son of God, who brought the peace of God through forgiveness of sin. The totality of the Christmas message is that Jesus is the gift God gave but it was for the forgiveness of sin. Christmas is not just about a baby being born, but He was thesacrificial offering, being given so that mankind can make peace with their God and their Creator.

Luke 2:9-12 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.   For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.   And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

In the Old Testament, the blood of lambs and bulls could only cover sin for a while and when the sins of the people could no longer be covered, the Holiness and Justice of God required the payment for sin, which was death. Mankind was afraid to approach a Holy and Righteous God, and rightly so. Prior to Christ’s birth, His death and resurrection, God dealt with humanity based on their sins and His righteous judgement.Jesus came and made a New Covenant, giving us an opportunity to receive the payment that Christ gave for our sins, in full. We would never need another sacrifice because He gave us the forgiveness of sin through His blood atonement. 

The first salutation and announcement of Christ’s birth by the angel was telling mankind to not be afraid. Because Christ was bringing good tidings, good news and a good report that would bring great joy to all people everywhere. Born that day was the Savior and God who would die for all mankind and could take away their sin, their treason and their rebellious acts.  Through faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior, He will pay the sin debt required by a Holy and Just God for all who trusted and believed in Him.  

Jesus was born in the humblest of circumstances, though we glamorize His birth with decorated words, like laying in a manger, but in actuality it was a feeding box for animals. The Creator of the universe, chose to be born in a lowly place where the animals were kept, so that we may know He can identify with our circumstances, however low they may be.

Though it was God’s love and compassion that stirred His heart for mankind, it was the gift of Christ’s life and death that allowed Him to forgive all humanity.  The shed blood of Christ opened the way for us to have forgiveness, salvation and to be eternally with God. Jesus came to bring the goodwill of God to humanity so that they would no longer have to be judged asrebellious traitors before their God. 

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” NKJ

The celebration of Christmas is not just the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is also the celebration of God’s forgiveness, peace and goodwill that is extended to all mankind. Jesus is the gift of God’s grace, and it is through our faith in the blood of Jesus as our Savior, that we acknowledge Him as our Lord. The Lord who has every right to direct, lead and shape our lives in every situation for the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth.

Ephesians 2:7-8 That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Beatitudes Matthew 5:11

To be persecuted, despised and being evilly or falsely spoken of because of, the righteousness and the light of Christ that is in you, Jesus says you are blessed. You are divinely favored of God, highly exalted of God and have awesome access to God’s kingdom and His divine goodness on earth. This is a hard saying and it is difficult to bear it without the Holy Spirit and the understanding of God’s kingdom on earth.

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  NKJ

Our natural being is full of pride and wants to be overly indulged and admired because our fallen nature is self-focusedand wants others to respect, revere and highly esteem us in this life. When people fail to receive this recognition, respect and admiration, that they believe is due them, it can lead to a lack of restraint, violence and debauchery. It is the love of self that causes people to hate, despise and even murder others for an act that appears to be disrespectful, insolent or is an insult to them.  Pride is the prevailing character of Satan. It was pride that caused him to rise up against his God and Creator and to try to esteem himself above the Most-High God, but caused him to becast out of heaven and destined for the pit of hell.

Isaiah 14:12-14 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart:‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregationOn the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. NKJ

Those who think more highly of themselves than they should,tend to be more inclined to respond in pride, hate and violence. Whether it be a person, a nation or a race of people, when they begin to exalt themselves over others they are walking in the character of Satan. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy those who are in the likeness of God, those who reflect His light, His image, His humility and His love. 

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Jesus calls us blessed and highly exalted when the enemy comes to abuse, scorn us or to harass and bully us because the life of Christ is being reflected in us to a dark world. It may not feel as though we are highly esteemed or blessed when we are going through these problems in the natural, but in the spiritual kingdom we are making advancements for God’s kingdom to progress and spread throughout the earth.

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

When we view life from God’s kingdom principles on earth we will understand our life is not just about us living comfortably. God is molding us into the image of Christ and at the same time He is advancing His kingdom of light in a dark world. Violence,hostility and cruelty is allowed to take place in this world,because it is the outcome of mankind’s choice. It is a direct consequence of the decision they made to disobey God and follow Satan. Though God does not interfere with our bad choices or disobedience, He will use them and work through them for our betterment. 

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 

God is not responsible for the chaos and violence that is taking place in this world, it is the result of mankind’s action at the fall when they gave over dominion of the earth to Satan. Satan is the ruler of darkness and comes to persecute and revile those created in God’s image. God did not leave us without hope even though we all have made bad choices but God will use those mistakes and rebellious acts for our good.  

All our troubles and problems may not be directly caused by us,but we live in a fallen world where Satan is destroying all he can. We learn through our experiences to be like Christ. It isour Christ like responses and actions that will reflect God’slight in dark places, which may be the very tool used or the seed sown in someone’s life that may bring them and others to Christ. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 

It takes the Holy Spirit to give us God’s kingdom perspective and for us to understand that we are in warfare with an enemy. Satan is attacking, persecuting, oppressing and causing violence against God’s kingdom and His people. It is faith in the love of God and His faithfulness toward us that permits us to perseverethrough difficult times and situations. This will allow the loveof God and the forgiveness of God to be seen in us. In this, we will show a dying world how-to walk-in love and how to lovethe unlovely and forgive the unforgiveable. 

2 Corinthians 4:1,17-18 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It is when we understand, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that whatever the injustice, persecution or abuse, we are to see it as God’s opportunity to reconcile a lost soul to Himself. Just as Christ reconciled the whole world through the injustice and violence He experienced, we too can choose to trust God and pray for those who have misused and abused us. We then are giving God the legal right and access to intervene and intercede in that person’s life in our behalf.

2 Corinthians5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, NKJ

Because of God’s divine goodness and mercy, we are able to bring reconciliation to the people on earth. Those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake are blessed, divinely favored and highly exalted of God. They are also the ones who have access to God’s kingdom.

Beatitudes Matthew 5:9-10

To be blessed, as said before, is to be divinely favored of God, to have been given access to the kingdom of heaven on earth and to be highly exalted of God in this life. Remember it is not some soft, dull or week word, like the world has tried to give it, but it is to have amazing awesome access to God’s divine kindness and goodwill.

Jesus tells us that those who are peacemakers are not only blessed, divinely favored and highly exalted of God but they are also called sons, children of God. They look like their heavenly Father and the world will know them because of their love, which is shown by their actions, their behavior, their performances and deeds. Sons of God will strive to bring peace into any hostile, explosive or volatile situations.  It takes the love of God for a person to risk their own comfort and wellbeing for the purpose of bringing peace to a bad situation. That is why they will not only be blessed but will bear the character of God as sons who reflect the image of their Father. 

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. NKJ

John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. NKJ

Mankind was the enemy of God because of their rebellion against their God and Creator. A Just, Holy and Righteous God could not tolerate or overlook the sins of mankind.  The Righteousness of God required all humanity to walk perfectly before Him, the Holiness of God demanded mankind’s total obedience to Him and a Just God requires justice and punishment for sins. 

The wages of sin is death and blood is required for the payment and the atonement of sin therefore a just and Righteous God required the death of all mankind and demanded a blood payment for sin. The blood of Jesus became the payment and the atonement for all humanity but the choice to accept or reject Jesus’ blood payment is our choice to make.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’  

Justice required payment for sin, the death and blood of mankind. But God in His mercy, His great compassion and love for humanity became the Peacemaker between mankind and God. God Himself became the payment and the justifier to bring peace between Himself and humanity. Though we are saved by His Grace through faith in the blood, death and resurrection of Jesus, the payment was at a high cost to God, the life and death of His Son on the cross. 

It is a horrible mistake to think God forgives sin just because He felt sorry for us or for His love only. To be true to Himself, a Holy and Just God, He paid for our sins at a great cost, that is the pain and suffering of His Son.  Jesus the Son of God, paidthe wages for our sin, which is death, He gave His life and His blood to make atonement so that we could be reconciled back to God. 

God’s only requirement for mankind is to believe in the completed work of Christ and to accept His blood and death as the punishment for our sins. To refuse this so great a gift from God is to despise and to treat with disdain the death of the only begotten Son of God.  It was God’s love and great compassion for us that initiated His desire to make peace with humanity. But it was the Holiness and the justice of God that necessitated He become the justifier, even at the greatest expense to Him, which was the death of His Son, 

Romans 3:24-26 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth asa propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. NKJ

Jesus chose to become the peacemaker between man and God, the propitiation and payment for the sins of the world and He took the punishment that was due all mankind to make recompence and restitution to God.  To be a peacemaker is always at the expense of the person who is making peace. They must be willing to give of themselves, to give up their rights or their comfort so that others may obtain peace. It is at the cross that the justice of God and the mercy of God met and came together. 

Justice had to be administered, but the mercy of God could not have been shown without the sacrifice and the payment of Jesus Christ for all humanity. The truth of God’s Holiness had to be satisfied, it was through the blood of Jesus that His mercy was able to meet and coexist with justice.  God has bestowed mercy for mankind at the cross of Christ. The righteousness of God which required a payment of death has kissed and made atonement and peace at the cost of Jesus the Son of God for all humanity through faith in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 85:10-11 Mercy and truth have met together;Righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.

It is when we become broken bread and poured out wine for the sake of peace for others that we take on the nature and characterof God our Father in heaven as His sons. This is when we reflect His image and bear the fruit of peace as a good tree of God. We then become an example to a lost and dying world and will be called the sons of God.

Matthew 7: 16-18 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

When we are persecuted, mistreated, oppressed or victimized because we stand for the righteousness of God, Jesus says we are blessed.  We are divinely favored of God, highly exalted ofGod and have been given access to the kingdom of heaven on earth. 

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Some followers of Christ have a disconnect to the ways and principles of God’s kingdom on earth. They tend to respond to people according to the fads, notions and perspectives of this fallen world ideology, thoughts and beliefs. They evaluate their situation based on the attitude of the world and not on the character of Jesus or the heavenly principles and the ways of God. 

Sometimes when a follower of Christ is persecuted, mistreated or harassed, they want to feel sorry for themselves or they will question God for allowing such things to happen. When we walk in the character of Jesus and are persecuted, God says we are highly favored. That is to say we are exalted and have the authority and access to the kingdom of heaven to help us navigate through these hard times and turmoil. It is the righteousness of God that is being persecuted, it is not about us, but it is about showing a world who we are and whose we are while living under or going through this adversity. 

There are ways that seem right to a person but is rooted in deceit, treachery and darkness. The righteousness of God will always go against the grain of this world system, which is embedded and established in deception, trickery and lies. Instead of falling for Satan’s lie and giving in to feelingshopelessness and depression we should understand this life is about the journey God has set before us. 

We are to show a dying world how to live in the midst of darkness because we have access to the light and the kingdom of God here on the earth. When we activate God’s principles and spiritual truths in our lives we can rise above the persecution and allow the light of Christ to shine in dark places.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

As followers of Christ, we must understand our life is a journey and we are on a rode of discovery with continuousmovements and encounters. Things may appear to be disruptions but are actually are divine appointments of God. Just as Jesus walked through life being persecuted by some, while healing others and then having a mountain top experience with God only to descend into a demon oppressed valley. 

We too will meet different challenges in life that will disrupt our plans, but are God’s divine appointments. The question is how will we respond? Will we respond in peace with the authority and understanding of God’s heavenly kingdom and spiritual principles on earth, or according to the context and whims of this fallen world system.

 

Proverbs 19: 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. NIV

Beatitudes Matthew 5:6-8

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. NKJ

To be blessed is not some soft creampuff state of being, as the world has tried to define it, so to confuse people that they would fail to understand the true meaning of God’s word. To be blessed according to the Biblical reference is to be fortunate,divinely favored of God, to be given access to the kingdom of heaven on earth and to be highly exalted of God. It is a great thing to be blessed of God and also a great privilege for us to be able to bless and exalt God as being the true and living God.

Psalms 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
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, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Jesus said blessed are those who hunger and thirst, that is those whose souls are in a painful state of drought for the lack of seeing God’s righteousness. This righteousness is shown in the quality and honesty of right living, which is to do justly and justice to all mankind, and to live decently, morally and humbly in a fallen and corrupt world.

Micah 6:8 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? NKJ

Not many people in most modern affluent countries have experienced true hunger or thirst where they have gone without food or water for days. To hunger is when the body is in a painful or weaken state, caused by the need for food and this causes a strong desire or craving to be satisfied. To thirst is a physical condition caused by the lack of water or fluids, which causes dryness of the mouth and throat, again causing a strong craving and desire for fluids or water.

To hunger and to thirst is hard, strenuous and tough on the body. Some people’s bodies will be in such pain that they become irritable and bad-tempered and some will use that as an excuse to be mean or cross with people. Those who are longing for God to make things right and have a strong craving or desire to see righteousness in their live, homes and communities, Jesus calls them blessed and they will one day be filled. God has promised to satisfy the yearning of those who have that strong passion for righteousness and one day they will live free from a world of sin, disgrace and degradation.

Revelation 7:16-17 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Matthew 5: 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

To be merciful is to act in the character of God. It is God’s mercy that saved us. It was God’s compassion that saw our need and not just our failures. It was His mercy and love that provided salvation for all humanity, though they were loss because of their rebellion and sin against their God and Creator.Blessed are the merciful, those who show forgiveness when forgiveness is not merited or earned. Blessed are those who are kind, thoughtful and generous to those who are meanspirited. Blessed are those who give compassion, kindness and concern to those who have wronged them, and blessed are they who freely give to those who are in need though they do not merit it. God has promised they will obtain and receive this mercythemselves.

Psalms 136:1, 23-26 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever Who remembered us in our lowly state, For His mercy endures forever; And rescued us from our enemies, For His mercy endures forever; Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever. Oh give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.

God is a merciful God and He expects His children to look like Him and to reflect His character, countenance and glory in a dark and perverse world through the life they live.

Matthew 5: 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

When the Bible speaks of the heart it is speaking of the true essence of the person’s soul, their very being, as to who they are internally and not just the façade, disguise or smokescreen they present to others. To be pure in heart is to be free from this fallen world’s ways that are filthy, poisonous and contaminating, the things that will pollute the heart and soulwhen they are practiced.

The Bible tells us what defiles, ruins and corrupts a person, it is when there are evil thoughts, judgements and feelings toward others. It is when a person lies or gives false information regarding someone; or they plan to steal or have thoughts of betrayal, treachery or lewdness toward others and also to speak profanities, curses or wickedly to others. All these acts can produce uncleanness in the heart of mankind.

Matthew 15: 18-20 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

The pure in heart is a person whose heart is free from these contaminating things, whose heart is focused on God and thinks on the things that are pure. This can only be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who are without the love of Christ in their hearts are prone to the dangers of having their hearts poisoned, contaminated and ruined by the darkness of this fallen world. It takes the love of God and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to give us the ability to die to self and the wrongs that have been done to us. He gives us the ability to let hate goso we can forgive others and thereby, we are able to think on the things that are pure, lovely and praiseworthy.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

The beatitudes are the teaching of Jesus on being blessed of God. God tells us that His ways are not our ways. It becomes transparently clear with Jesus’ teaching as to who are blessed and how to be blessed. In these teachings Jesus gives us another perspective, or another way to look at life and the things we are going through. 

We all know how to respond in anger, bitterness, hate and revenge to life’s problems because it is what we have been taught and is part of the fallen nature of mankind. Jesus comes with simple phrases that have profound meanings, that challenges our very being, which is the essence of who we areand who we want to be in this life.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. NKJ

In this life, society despises, shuns, rejects and ignores the poor. Those who are homeless and who are of low degree are invisible to mainstream society. The author, Ralph Ellison, of “The Invisible Man” alludes to, the fact that some people become nameless and invisible as they move through society. Though they are worthy of respect and should be valued as one created in God’s image they are often overlooked, unseen and invisible to those in mainstream society and those of higher means. Though the world may treat them as obscure or unseen, their principal and overarching value rests in the fact that they are a living soul, breathed from God and created in His imageand not in what society deems them to be. 

God calls the person who is poor and humble in their spirit, blessed. A meek and humble spirit is of great worth to God. Pride and arrogance were the things that caused Satan to rise against God in heaven and he took a third of the angels with him when he failed. God has respect to the person who does not esteem themselves higher than they should. We should respect ourselves and others to the degree that God has regarded us. We are worthy because we are His image bearers but not to thesense or the degree of haughtiness and pride. 

There is a promise and an assurance to those who are humble and modest in their spirit. They are blessed, fortunate and divinely favored of God and they are given access to the kingdom of heaven on earth. Those who are humble and poor in spirit, God not only reveals Himself, but the eyes of their understanding are opened to how they should operate and navigate in the kingdom of heaven on earth.  

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, NKJ

We see those who continuously walk-in pride and conceit are frequently blinded by their own self-importance. They often lose sight of basic truths and their rational judgement gets off course as to what is right according to God’s word.  Their eyes have been blinded by the little “g” god of this world, Satan,who is the prince of darkness and is the author of pride and arrogance. 

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.  NKJ

Jesus called those who mourn, grieve or express feelings of sorrow, because of their loss, blessed. Because they are supported and reassured through the word of God, that they will have eternal life with Him. 

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. NKJ

This world tends to look down of those who grieve and are sorrowful because of a loss of a job, income, a home or a loved one. People are constantly being told to get over it and to move on. This fallen world has little patience for those who continue to weep and express grief, because it has nothing to offer those who are mournful. God has an answer for those who mourn, Jesus said they will be comforted. God the Father has sent His Holy Spirit to be a comfort and a guide for those who trust in Jesus. 

John 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. NKJ

John 14: 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. KJV 

John 15: 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the 

Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: KJV

Jesus says the meek are not only blessed but they will inherit the earth. This fallen world system tends to see those who are meek as weak, or as a coward or fearful. This is because society assigns those terms as a different definition to the word meek. The world views meekness as being timid, docile and unassuming. God’s definition of meek and humble is one who is strong and chooses to bring their strength under control. We see this in Jesus. He laid aside rights as the Son of God in heaven to become like mankind so to bring redemption and salvation to humanity. 

Matthew5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. NKJ

Philippians 2: 5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross NKJ

Being humble and meek are attributes of God. Jesus chose to humble Himself that He may fulfill His God given purpose. Each follower of Christ must choose the path they will take in this life. Whether to walk with the mindset that is humble, which in essence is the expression of God’s love, or to live in pride according to this world. Christ followers should know they are royalty, as children of The Most-High King, God, but they are to express themselves in meekness, having theirstrength under control with a humbleness of mind for the benefit of others. 

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. NKJ

Meekness is the opposite of Satan’s characteristics of pride and arrogance, which tend to make people think more highly of themselves than they should. 

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. NKJ

God has promised that the meek shall inherit the earth. As with any inheritance it is a promise of a future blessing, which is an eternal blessing for ourselves and our children. Satan is constantly tempting humanity with the pleasures of sin for a season, with immediate gratification. Telling them they can have it now, but it is not without a great price of destruction in the end.

Some people think they can deal with the demonic and witchcraft to get what they want instantly and then walk away when they are ready. This is another lie of the enemy. Satan hasbeguiled many with the promise of immediate delights and pleasures, but will take them down further into evil and depravity then they intended to go, and will keep them longer in a state of wickedness then they planned to stay. Satan is a thief and he comes to fulfill his ultimate purpose, which is to kill, steal and destroy all who are created in the image of God.

Hebrew 11:25-26 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. NKJ 

Many people will not only forfeit their own souls and their future but that of their families, their children and their posterityfor future generations. Their choice to yield to Satan’s devices or witchcraft can sacrifice their entire family on the altar ofinstantaneous indulgence and gratification and set them on a course of eternal condemnation. Each and every one of us has an opportunity to turn from this path of wickedness and repent to receive and accept Christ as our Savior and Deliverer from our wicked ways. 

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.NKJ

In Christ we not only have an opportunity for an abundant lifeon earth, but a future inheritance and an everlasting and eternal promise for us, our children and our posterity. 

Psalm112:1-4 Praise the Lord, Blessed is the man who fears the Lord Who delights greatly In His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arise light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. NKJ

The person of the Holy Spirit may be one of the most misunderstood persons of the Trinity. The names Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are used interchangeably to refer to the third person of the Holy Trinity.

This fallen world system does not mind people having religious beliefs, because there are so many “little g” gods to choose from. Having a belief in any “god” without the true knowledge of salvation through faith in Christ can create an entanglement. This also could cause people to follow a religious cult that could bring them into bondage. God the creator, Elohim, has given us His word and His way, which is through Jesus Christ and has sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide. 

Belief in the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, whichever way you may want to address this person, is attacked by the enemy, second only to the person of Jesus as the Son of God born of a virgin. The attack on Jesus is to try to keep people from salvation and the knowledge of Jesus as our Savior and to keep people on a path of eternal destruction.

If the enemy cannot prevent people from being saved through faith in Christ, then he will try and hinder their ability to be effective witnesses for God through the power of the Holy Spirit.     

The Holy Spirit comes upon us to empower us to betransformed into the image of God, valuable witnesses to whoGod is and to show God’s love and compassion for the lost. 

Luke 24: 48-49 You are witnesses of these things.  Listen carefully: I am sending the Promise of My Father [the Holy Spirit] upon you; but you are to remain in the city [of Jerusalem] until you are clothed (fully equipped) with power from on high.”  AMP

Jesus demonstrated the different roles of the Holy Spirit after His death on the cross, when He breathed on disciples and they received the Holy Spirit for salvation. Jesus had now paid the cost for salvation with His death. Jesus also promised after His ascension to send the Holy Spirit upon them with power from God so they could teach the gospel of Christ that others may have salvation and forgiveness of sin. 

John 20: 19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” NK

Many people and denominations understand and accept the teaching of Jesus that one must receive the Holy Spirit within for salvation. Some people will reject Jesus’ teaching of the Holy Spirit coming upon us to empower us to be bold witnesses of God. The Spirit of God comes to live within us when we accept Christ as our Savior and our names are written in heaven as it was when Jesus breathed on His disciples to receive the Holy Spirit. The thief on the cross also acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and asked Jesus to save him and he too received salvation upon his death. 

Luke10:20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

23:43 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” NKJ

At the death of Jesus, the disciples were saved but they were still full of fear and had not yet received the power of the Holy Spirit. Though Jesus had given them the Holy Spirit for salvation, they were fearful and did not operate in the full power of God. Jesus told the disciples that the Father would send them power from on high, the Holy Spirit, to help them. 

Luke 24: 48-49 And you are witnesses of these things.  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  NKJ

The Holy Spirit was seen in the Old Testament as the Spirit of God that came upon the people to empower them to fulfill God’s purpose and then return to the Father, the Spirit did not indwell or live within the people. The Holy Spirit came upon Sampson and others to help against their enemies and upon David as the king of Israel. 

Judges 15:14-15 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.  He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it. 

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. SoSamuel arose and went to Ramah. NKJ

Because of the completed work of Christ for salvation, the Holy Spirit is now given to live in us and to transform us into the image of God. As followers of Christ the Holy Spirit comes upon us to empower us to be witnesses of the power of God on the earth. Peter was saved through faith in Christ, but he was still afraid and hiding from the Jewish council. Once the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and Peter, he spoke boldly of the resurrection of Christ and 3000 people were converted.

1 John 4:14-16 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Acts 2:14, 32-33 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 2:40-41 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. NKJ

The Bible speaks with authority and accuracy and every detail is given for a reason and purpose.  The words “indwell” and “upon” have totally different meanings and should not be mistaken as the same. This can cause misinterpretation of God’s word by allowing these terms and their meaning to be used interchangeably. The words “within” and “indwell” refers to being inside; to be in; or to be permanently present in. The word “upon” is to be on; to be affixed to; or to be next to something.  

Just as we can be in a pool of water and can become wet but yetbe thirsty.  We also can have our fill of water within and be completely dry on the outside. These are two different meanings with different aspects as to how the Holy Spirit functions and operates in our lives. One is for salvation when the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, and the other is thepower of God the comes upon us to empower us to be witnessesof God on the earth. 

If Satan cannot stop people from experiencing salvation, he will try to keep them from understanding the power of God through the Holy Spirit. He will try to limit their ability of authenticating the power of God by the Holy Ghost, which will bring God glory on the earth. This is why there is so much controversy, debate and argument over the Holy Spirit. 

Therefore, we must let the Bible verify and confirm the role of the Holy Spirit and not allow this fallen world’s opinion, or the traditions of family, or men determine our beliefs, views and principles.  Many things can be misleading when they are taken out of context. Many people rely on others to give them an opinion and to help them determine what they themselves should think. But, we are told to be diligent and study the word of God so that we may rightly divide and discern the truth of God’s word for ourselves. 

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. NKJ

Anyone can give an opinion, but it is the written word of God that authenticates and settles a matter.  The one question that should be asked, when addressing the things of God, is “where is that principle found in the Bible.” If it is not quoted in scripture, then we must hold those views loosely. God validates His principles and precepts with His word in two or three places. This is one reason some people feel the Bible is often redundant, but in actuality the Bible is confirming and validating the word of God with the word of God. 

Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. 

Jesus said it would be beneficial to us for Him to go to the Father that He may send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit who would teach us in all things and bring to our remembrance the things we have been taught. 

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  

John 16:7, 13 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to yo

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 

Every follower of Christ should ask the Holy Spirit to come upon them to empower them to be bold witness for God on the earth.

God is one God expressed in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The person of God is so immense and enormous that it is difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Because our fallen state has limited our ability to grasp the total concept of The Almighty God, The All-knowing God, The Self-existing Jehovah Yahweh, who needs nothing outside of Himself. The One God is revealed in the Trinity three Persons operating as One in mind and in the nature of theirBeing.   

Isaiah 45:5-6 I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me.I am the Lord, and there is no other NKJ

Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. NKJ

God has shown us the concept of the trinity within our own family units. As we may be one family unit, for example “the Browns,” yet there can be three persons in that one family. There is one God yet there are three persons functioning in one accord to perform the function of God Almighty. As there can be one family with three persons functioning in different positions for the success of the whole. The father has a function, the wife has a function and the child has a function and all are related to the growth and benefit of the one family. 

God the Father revealed His ways and character in the Old Testament through His relationships with mankind. God dealt with mankind and He revealed Himself through His names and also reveals Himself through His Character.  

These are some of the names God showed Himself as and their characteristics. He showed Himself as Yahweh-Jehovah, the all-knowing, Almighty, Self-Existing One that needs nothing outside of Himself and El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty. AsElohim the Creator and Sovereign God who created heaven and earth with absolute power and as Jehovah Jireh the God who provides. Adonai is a plural form of Lord-Master which refers to the Trinity as Sovereignty and Almighty. El Roi is the God of sight and who sees me and Abba is God our Father. 

Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. NKJ (Elohim)

Genesis 2:4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LordGod made the earth and the heavens (Yahweh)

Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ (Yahweh)

Genesis 16:13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” (El Roi)

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I amAlmighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. (ElShaddai)

Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place,The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (Jehovah Jireh)

Exodus 3:15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’(Adonai)

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

As fallen creatures, if we are trying to understand the complex, preeminent all-knowing God on our own, this is hopeless. But God has given us through His word, His names and His character a partial understanding, so that we may know who He is and His purpose for our lives. There are many names of God in the Bible that refer to His nature and character but many of the different names were translated from Hebrew to God or Jehovah in the English translations.

The Bible reveals the Trinity of God and their specific but separate roles in the creation, redemption and salvation of mankind. We see God the Father as the main person of the Trinity who is interacting with mankind in the Old Testamentand these things were written for our instruction, admonition and warning as how to live in this world. 

1 Corinthians 8:4-6 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

The three Persons of God have been revealed to us over time with each One performing and engaging mankind with their particular function in the salvation and restoration of mankind back to God. God created mankind in His image, for His purpose to reflect the glory of God on the earth. The Father Himself engaged mankind providing a covering for them after the fall, speaking directly to them and made a temporary covenant in the Old Testament that would allow them to live until it was time for Him to reveal His Son Jesus as their Savior, Redeemer and Lord. Then the Holy Spirit was sent into the world as a comforter and guide to Christ followers.     

Galatians 4:3-5 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.   But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus was the predominate person of the Trinity who engaged humanity on the earth as revealed in the Gospels. He came in the form of a man, born to a virgin and yet was the embodiment of God who lived as the Son of man and who died the death of the cross to save humanity.

Matthew 28:18-19 And Jesus came 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, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

After the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the Father the Holy Spirit was sent to be the comforter and guide for God’s people. Currently the Holy Spirit is now the principal person of the Trinity operating on the earth, working in and through the children of God to fulfill their God given purpose, to reflect and reveal His glory upon the earth.

John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

God created mankind after His own image and made them a tri-part being. We are a living spirit, living in a body that has a soul. It takes all three parts of a human being to live and function well in life. Just as God is three in one, God the Father who is the head of all, Jesus Christ His Son who was given all authority in heaven and earth and the Holy Spirit the Comforter.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. NKJ

Reginald Heber, author (1826) Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Life is a process of living through every season and every phase and it is going from one cycle of life to the next. Just being born and living will bring about variation and transformation, be it from infancy, to childhood, adolescence, adult and then death. This same goes for our soul, mind and spiritual growth, because in all these areas we will experience various seasons and cycles of life, whether we want life to change or not.

In this natural life, some people have a tendency to believe theyshould live without problems and troubles. They want to livefree from difficulties and harm, that is part of what is being taught by this fallen world system. It is saying, people shoulddo whatever they want and they deserve to live their lives free from restraint, but it is all lies, falsehoods and deception. We live in a fallen world that is full of sin and we will experience suffering and distress.  If we have not been taught to have the right mindset and understand the spiritual principles of thekingdom of God, we may fall into despair, misery and a state of hopelessness because of the lies of the enemy and what we have been told.

Psalms 119: 33-37   Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,And revive me in Your way. NKJ

Many societies have lost touch with the Biblical moral teachings of Christ. The daily teaching of God’s word and the truth of His love, compassion, forgiveness and unity has been removed from many mainstream circles such as schools, organizations and even some religious organizations. The typical person and many cultures are developing their own opinions, feeling and judgement as to what is right and what is truth according to their perspectives, rather than according to the truth of God’s word. 

Proverbs 14:12,15-16 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps. A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident. NKJ

Life will bring its challenges, be it the loss of a job, loss of health or a loved one, everyone will face extreme difficulties. Then the question will be, how we will endure and persevere in whatever state we find ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. NKJ

We are told to forgive those who have wronged us and even though wronged, we do not payback evil doings with evil and revenge. We are to pursue and hunt for a way that is good for both us and those who wronged us. This is not easily done and may take many efforts to be accomplished, that is why we are told to pursue it, to chase it, and to go after what is good. We are told to continue to pray, so that we may grow andunderstand that if we are experiencing these trials and hardships, God has allowed it and it is part of His will for our lives in Christ Jesus. As followers of Christ, we will experience hardships just as He experienced, and like Christ we are to persevere to the end knowing that we will be victorious. 

1 Peter 4:1-2 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. NKJ

Horatio Spafford was a businessman, lawyer and follower of Christ, he suffered major ruin financially with the loss of property in the Chicago fire of 1871. Two years later in 1873 his four children were drowned at sea in a shipwreck while crossing the Atlantic. Horatio sailed to meet his wife, the only family survivor of the wreck and as his ship passed near the place his daughters died he was inspired to write the words to the song, “It is well with my soul.” 

“When sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot You have taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. Let this blest assurance control that Christ has regarded my helpless Estate and has shed His own blood for my soul. It is well with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Only a life rooted in Christ and believing in the promises of God can withstand such blows and great losses financially and personally. We must realize it is not what we go through thatwill determine who we are, but it is how we respond to what we go through that will magnify God and reflect His glory on earth. Every life will experience loss and devastation but it is our response that will testify to the world that we have a Hope, which is Christ. If our hope is in this life only, then we all would live most miserably.

1 Corinthians 15:19-22 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made aliveKJV

It is by the truth of God’s word and being led by the power of the Holy Spirit that we learn how to survive life atrocities and brutalities. We must learn to live in every season of time and every phase of life knowing that God orchestrates situations and circumstances.  If we are going through hardships, He has prepared a plan of deliverance to work all things to our good sothat we will be witnesses of His Majesty and His Glory in the earth. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. NKJ

Our responsibility is to walk in confident faith and trust in Godand to persevere until we see the goodness of the Lord in our circumstances. We are to be thankful in whatever situation we are in, knowing it is the will of God for us. If God allowed these situations to take place, He has also provided for them and we should let our patience be at work as we persevere with hope in Christ Jesus.  

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 

Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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