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

Archive for November, 2020

In Him We Have Forgiveness of Sin

God’s forgiveness comes by the atoning blood of Jesus. A just and holy God could not ignore the rebellion of mankind against Himself. God had declared the wages of sin is death and He must be true to Himself and His word. God said He has given the life blood on the altar to make atonement for the souls of mankind. God in His patience waited for mankind to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus, through His life, death and resurrection.

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

In the Old Testament, the blood of animals was given to covered for sin just for a time, but was not able to take awaysin. It was a foreshadow that pointed to the death of Christ which would pay the total debt of mankind for sin, with His atoning blood. It was the love and mercy of God that offered Jesus as our Savior.  It was the Grace of God that provided the payment for sin and gave all mankind another chance to be redeemed from the punishment of eternal death, through the death of His Son Jesus.  

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the alter, it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.  NIV

Ephesians 1:7 In Hi we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace NKJ 

Some people think they can come to God for forgivenessbecause He is a Kind Father or because He is a loving God orbecause they feel sorry about the wrong they had done.  They would be trying to approach God on the basis of another way other than Jesus. We can only come to God for forgivenessthrough the blood of Christ. Forgiveness of sin is based on the payment for sin, which is Jesus’ life’s blood. A just and Holy God will judge sin and cannot allow sin to go unpunished. God is true to His character and His word and someone will die for the sins of mankind. We can accept the payment God has provided for us through Christ or stand in judgement before God based on our own works which cannot recompense for our sins. 

All have sinned therefore all must make a payment for sin, now the question is whose blood will stand and pay the wages of our sin?  We can stand before God on our own merit and be judgedaccording to our sin and receive eternal death or we can accept the blood of Jesus as our payment in full, as a ransom that will set us free.  Jesus’ death is for the atonement for our sins and we can only stand before a holy and just God through faith in the redeeming blood of Christ.  

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. NKJ

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God. NKJ

People can be remorseful and sorry for what they have done and yet refuse to change, to repent, or change the way they actand live. They may have regret for the wrongs they committedbut refuse to accept Christ as their Lord and Savor to receiveHis forgiveness.  To repent is to change one’s direction and mindset to the things of Christ and not to simply live in regret. Esau gave away his birth rights for a simple meal and cried with remorse and regret but without a changed heart of repentance. There is a difference between regret and the sorrowof this world which leads to death and that of Godly repentance that leads to salvation.

Genesis 27:34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me- me also, O my father!” NKJ

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world produces death. NKJ  

The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin, in that He will bring those things to our conscience thought that we need to changeand then He will give us the strength to be transformed. The world is constantly accusing, belittling and degrading people because their faults and downfalls which may lead people into a state of depression and hopelessness. Godly repentance will help us to see our errors and He will assist us in change the way we live. We will be able to view things according to the light of God’s word and receive forgiveness of sin because of Christ. 

We can turn from worldly regret to godly repentance by receiving by faith the saving grace of God in Christ and accept the blood of Jesus which takes away our sin. We are not to bury our heads in the sand, as though nothing is wrong or as though we are without sin but we are to confess our sins and acknowledge God in truth in the midst of our situation and focused our eyes on Jesus. 

We can change our mindset from the negative pondering of our past and cast those thoughts on Christ.  When negative and discouraging thoughts come we should choose to focus our thoughts on His word and place our eyes on the goodness of God by thanking Him for His goodness, mercy and lovingkindness. We should only glance at the problems that are before us, so that we may know how to intercede and pray, but our focus, our attention and our eyes are looking to God. 

1 Peter 5: 6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJ

Psalms 62: My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. NKJ

Psalms 121:1-2   I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. NKJ

When we come to Christ we become regenerated where the old person is made into a new creation. The Fatherhood of God is seen as we are adopted into the family of God in rebirth through our faith in Christ. The love of God is shown through the atoning death of Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Those who refuse and reject Jesus, refuse the love and forgiveness of God. Forgiveness cannot be based only on the character of God’s love or Fatherhood and it cannot be separated from the savingfaith in the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as our Savior. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJ 

Ephesians 3:17 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love. NKJ

Training and Teaching Our Children

What are we teaching our children? What are they learning from us as parents and the worldly system around them? When we look at the number of hours we use and invest into our education, it will be an enormous amount of the available waking time. With 24 hours in a day 8 are allotted for resting, 8-10 for working or going to school, which leave 6 to 8 hours with our families to commune, fellowship and teach them social skills, our values and religious stances and beliefs. 

We must plan specific time to teach our children and families our morals and ethics. If not, the world will consume them in their constant bombardment with public media to instill in our children their fallen views and values. We may raise our children in our homes and engage them in our daily routine andour lifestyle, but the world has more time to devote to their train of thought through school and public media.   We are told toinstructed and teach our children during our everyday living as we eat, as walk around and as we lie down and to have His word visible on the doorposts and on the gates (the places we visit frequently) as we enter in and go out.    

Deuteronomy 6:7, 9 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your homes, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. – You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates. NKJ

We as Christ followers who are in the family of God must be vigilant in guarding our families from over exposure to this fallen worldly system and to be more attentive to teaching, not only the word of God, but His kingdom principles, the “why” behind the way we live and the reasons our culture is based on integrity is for God’s glory. When people and children are taught the “why” behind their existence they can have a better understanding and a firmer commitment to their values.   

John 13:15-17 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he who sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. KJV

Some people were raised in households that told them what to do and what not to do, without explaining the principles of God’s word and few understood the reasons behind those limits.  The lack of understanding of God, His word and not being aware of the truth behind the “why” they are to live a certain way, with boundaries, tend to make some people feel left out, prohibited or censored. While in truth these borders are for their protection and guard against the consequences of poor choicesand for them to be a light in dark places.  

The word of God was given for instruction and to be an example so that we may know the craftiness of the adversary, the consequences of poor judgement and the righteousness and grace we have with the covering of God’s word.   We see the results of those who chose to go for the immediate satisfaction, as Esau sold his birth rite for a meal to satisfy his hunger at the moment. He did not think about his future or his family’s future in losing his rights as first born. We also, see David a shepherd, trusted God and became king over Israel. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJ

We are to teach our children at a young age that they are part of two systems. As we teach them the values and traditions of their nation and culture we must also teach them the values and constitution of their heavenly kingdom.  They have dualcitizenship one in their present country and the other in heaven and they must learn how-to walk-in accordance to the laws of both country and kingdom. God knows where He has placed us, the nation, the culture and the society and we are there to reflectHis glory and His image as we walk in light of His word and to be a light for those around us. That is the “why” behind our lifestyle. If we live and hate as others and those around us they will see no difference, no light and will remain in darkness. 

Ephesians 2:12-13,19 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.  – Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. NKJ

In this time, we see many different philosophies, trains of thought and values. A long with the cults, witchcraft, magicallurements and enchantments that are being feed to us and our children through song, commercials, movies and public media.  We must be alert and observant to the things we say and do and what we allow our children to have access to, as their minds are like sponges and will soak up those lies and they may become part their belief system. 

There is so much being taught that we cannot guard them from all evil but we can teach them what God says about the matter,to guide and to give them the tools they need to make thecorrect determination as to the righteousness of that situation. With all the electronic devices the truth of God’s word is available audibly to help us instruct our children. 

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.  NKJ

Psalm 119:99-101   I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. NKJ

The Proverbs will give them wisdom and discernment, the Psalms will show them how to cry out to God and to praise Him, the Old Testament will show how God is in fellowship and cares for us and the New Testament will reveal His Son, Jesus, His love, mercy and grace.

The Traditions of Men Making God’s Word of No Effect

Some people who believe in Christ may have a saved spirit but they lack the understanding of God’s Kingdom principles and ways. They have allowed the traditions of their fathers, their society and their cultures to continue to direct their lives and emotions rather than learn and operate in the word of God and His truth. A saved spirit does not guarantee a converted soul. That is why some people call themselves Christians but allow their emotions and thoughts to be governed by old habits and customs.

Salvation is a onetime act based on the fact, truth and faith in Christ. It is a regeneration of our dead spirit as we receive the Living Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. Conversion is a process that happens over a period of time, which turns and alters our thinking, our soul, our mind and our nature from the practices and traditions of men and our society to God’s way of thinking. 

Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do. NKJ

Some people have allowed their minds to stay in the belief system and allow the lies they have been taught through a fallen and broken world system to remain as their standard. Many have been taught to believe that the end justifies their callous and ruthless means. That if the results are “supposedly” for the good and God’s glory, then the process of getting there, though it may be nasty and harsh, does not matter. When have the end ever justified cruel means? Never! We are accountable for the process and God is responsible for the end. 

God is the God of all situations and circumstances and He has established the end from the beginning. Our job is to walk, talk and live in a way that the means by which we live get us to anend that represents God and His kingdom ways.    

2 Corinthians 4:4 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… For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. NKJ

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning. And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, “My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My Pleasure,” NKJ 

Jesus came to give us truth and to re-establish the kingdom of God on the earth. Jesus lived a life that is to be an example to those who are living in the kingdom of God. Jesus taught the truth that would bring conversion to our souls and to change theway we think and operate on the earth. Jesus died to bring regeneration and to provide a way into the kingdom of God. He was raised so we could live victorious and no longer be enslaved to the old way of living and thinking. We can trust His word and His way that we can be triumphant in this life.  

John 13:13- 17 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater that his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. NKJ

People’s perceptions are their reality. What they believe, though it be a lie, is their actuality, because it is all they know. It is not until they are exposed to the real truth in earnest and genuineness that they are able to see the actuality and reality of God’s truth in His word.

People’s souls, which includes their mind, their will and their emotions, have been trained to think, respond and process information based on self and self-service. We have been instructed to follow Christ, as our spirits have been regeneratedby the Holy Spirit. We are to allow the word of God to live in us, to transform our minds, the way we think and to convert our souls to God’s way. 

Psalm 19:7-8 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple, the statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes; NKJ

The word of God and His truths, through the Holy Spirit, will change our emotions and mindset to think like Him and not according to traditions or the things we have been taught to value by men. God’s ways are not the ways of mankind and we cannot and will not obtain His ways without knowing His thoughts and His truths. We see people with so much hate and anger in this world because of perceptions based, customs, behaviors and practices of their societies and ethnicities. Even though these ideas may be rooted in lies, it is all they have been taught or experienced and it appears real according to their perceptions. 

Isaiah 55:7-8  Let the wicked forsake his ways, And the unrighteous man his thoughts, Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon, For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. NKJ

If a person’s thoughts and ways have not been altered from the thoughts and traditions that they have been taught, then theirsouls and the way they think may not have been converted to line up with God’s truth.  Followers of Christ are instructed to transform their minds, emotions and the way they think and convert their soul to God’s kingdom ways. We are to change the way we think not just the way we appear and live for the praise of men.  

For those who want to be of service to God, it is a reasonable service, to take time to renew your mind, your will and your emotions to the word of God.  In our responses to hard and difficult times, we should not allow our emotions to act out in the traditions of men and the ways we have been taught. We are to walk in, compassion, meekness and love, so that we may prove that God’s word is good, acceptable and perfect in the midst of life’s chaos. 

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJ

Ambassadors for Christ

Our natural physical bodies are born into a parenthetical set of time and space, in that we have a beginning and an ending. We are given a set amount of time to live on this earth, to display our choices, accomplishments and to complete our tasks. Then based on our choices and actions, the results will dictate our destiny. Christ came to redeem us from sin and has given us an opportunity to be re-born into the kingdom of God to become His ambassadors in our current countries, nations and stationduring our time on earth. 

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ behalf, be reconciled to God. NKJ

Mankind in the beginning was created as a living soul in communion with their Creator God, Elohim, with the purpose to reflect His likeness on the earth.  As a result of the fall we are now all born into this world with a human nature, a body of flesh, with the characteristics of fallen humanity that has been influenced by our culture, customs and current times.

Adam the first man was created as a living soul but his God-like soul died when he sinned and he and was no longer living in his created state but in the fallen nature of humanity. The created purpose for humanity was to replenish the earth with God’s likeness and His Glory during their span of time on the earth. God’s purpose did not change but the living soul of mankind died and the natural, fallen, rebellious man came into existence. 

Jesus, the last Adam, came as a life-giving Spirit, a life quickening spirit that is given to all true followers who are re-born into the family and kingdom of God through the HolySpirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to live this life span in God’s likeness and in fellowship with God.  We can show His love and as His ambassador we can represent Him in the family, community, nation and in the life where He has placed us. 

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. KJV

Blood was shed and the skins were made to be a covering forthe nakedness of mankind in that they had lost God’s glorious light, which was their covering before the fall. The blood of every lamb sacrificed according to the Mosaic law pointed to Jesus. As the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus, would one day come and offer His blood as an atonement for the sins of all mankind.Now Christ has come and the ultimate sacrifice has been madefor those who trust in the completed work of Christ through faith and our sins are atoned.  Followers of Christ are covered with the righteousness of God by grace through our faith in Jesus. 

Genesis 3:  Unto Adam also and his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them. KJV

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

Romans 3:22-24 Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is not difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. NKJ

Many who call themselves Christians are living according to their natural affinities and kinships, be it their race, their cultureor social status, without regard to their spiritual connection as being in the family and kingdom of God. True followers of Christ have the Holy Spirit in them to teach them how to mature in the spiritual principles of God. 

We are to be ambassadors for His kingdom as we engage and enjoy our kinships, cultures and status on earth. We are to live with an appreciation of our race, culture and nation but with the love of God and to show His compassion to others. As true and mature followers of Christ we are to reflect His likeness in the heat of adversity and in the midst of chaos, we are to show grace, mercy and love to all humanity.

Luke 9:54b-55,56a  … Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?  But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them”… NKJ

As ambassadors of Christ, we are living in these God given placements and assignments so to be light in dark places. If we do not allow our light to shine in the midst of dark situationspeople will not be able to see or understand that there is a different way, another kingdom and King who should rule and reign in these times. This is a hard task and we need the fellowship of God and His presence to let the light of His glory shine upon us in our private time, that we may reflect His lightand represent Him well in public.  

John 1:4-5  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. NKJ

2 Corinthians 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. NKJ

The connections that we are born into are seen through ourculture, race and nation and our spiritual connections should be just as apparent as our natural ones in the way we live our lives. Our spiritual likeness and awareness of God as our Father and King must rise above our natural sympathies so that God will be exalted and His kingdom ways and principles will be elevated above all else. It is an ambassador’s lifestyle and quietway of living out their kingdom’s statutes and decrees that speak and commune with others without a word.  Our actions are the loudest and best representation as ambassadors to those who were taught in this worldly system.

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in meekness of wisdom. NKJ

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. NKJ

1 Peter 3:1b … that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct…. NKJ 

Our words do not have to be loud or boisterous but the way we live and walk before our families and friends can quietly portray in our communities the lifestyle of an ambassador that resembles the kingdom of God that we are representing.

Tag Cloud