Power has always been the thing that mankind desired especially after the fall of man. Isn’t it funny that this only happened after Satan tempted Eve in the garden in Genesis 3 verse 1? He challenged God’s authority himself and led a third of the angels in rebellion all because he wanted glory for himself. We too have fallen into this trap and now we perpetually challenge God’s authority, pleasing ourselves instead of following Him. Eve became fixated with the one tree and forgot that she had all the others to feast from.
In our present-day world, we still see the effects of that day. Man’s greed for power, its root cause being rebellion, has left our world torn confused and delusional. Man thinks that they have power and control. To some extent it may be true for Genesis 1 verse 26 shows that God gave mankind a measure of dominion. So it’s fair to say we were duped. We were promised something that we already possessed. We gave in to the temptation and now we are power hungry folks but we are a broken and a faulty bunch. The authority we had before sin is no more. We were made good and now we are bad apples no longer good as God initially made us. In gaining the knowledge of “good and evil” we have lost so much more. Our chance for eternal life and dominion here on earth was forfeited.
Having said all this, the power we seem to have now is only temporary. It is one that does not accompany immortality. The power that men wield here on earth will come to an end. In fact, many wicked people hold powerful positions. They think they are in charge but really they are slaves to sin doing everything the devil wants, giving into their rebellious nature. They oppose God on all fronts; in laws, in family structures even the church.
God in His sovereignty allows this because He is not like man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should repent (Numbers 23 verse 19). What He says He means. He will not revoke our will to choose. His greatest desire is that we would choose Him. We are all guilty for the fall of man was one we all inherited, but thank God for His redemption in Christ Jesus. Who died to set us free from such bondage, that death may no longer be our portion and our true power regained when we believe in Jesus and repent of sin.
What are my wounds? How deep are my wounds? Is there a cure for my wounds? Do we have this in common?
Life’s been nothing but a downward spiral don’t you think? Call into action the second law of thermodynamics, will you? If you’re wondering, this can be viewed as the changes in energy from one form to another, usually involving disorder or decay. Like the body that is slowly dying or the ice cube that changes from solid to its lesser form, liquid, nothing stays the same. I have to be honest, simplifying this term was tricky without trying to leave out what I deem to be the most important aspect of the law itself.
The more I sit here the more I think about the accounts of Genesis, how God created everything and saw that it was good only for us the ruin his creation by sinning. Thanks, grandma Eve, but I digress. It says this in Genesis chapters 1 to 3. It later sheds light in Romans 8 verse 22, on the fact that, “the whole of creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” Why would creation be likened to a woman in pain during childbirth if initially, all that was created was good? It seems like this law is just another proof of the Bible’s validity. How does this affect you and me and the issue of wounds?
Come on, we live in this world where people offend and hurt each other all the time so, of course, we have wounds. These vary from physical lesions to psychological injuries. Never ruling out instances where one affects the other, at times the ones that we are most affected by are the psychological ones. I know that aspects of the anxiety and depression I’ve suffered stem from childhood offences that were never dealt with and like me many walks through life with issues they just can’t seem to heal.
Pouring ourselves here or there to fill that gaping hole left by a wound is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound with the bullet still in there. The after effects of our wounds are never as simple as they seem and neither are their beginnings.
Since we can fairly say now that sin is the cause for man’s downward spiral, isn’t it true then that our issues first manifest themselves in the spiritual realm and make their way to us through man’s act of sin (disobedience to God)? Indeed so! So why then do we constantly try to cover up a clearly spiritual issue with physical things? A new car or boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t going to solve your rejection issues. Sometimes we even seek the wrong spirits drowning our sorrows in drugs and alcohol, but let’s be honest this just makes our problems 100 times worst.
In the accounts in Genesis after mankind fell into sin or should I say walked into it, God in His mercies, shed blood to cover the nakedness of man (shame) Genesis 3. We also see in this same chapter, the nature of man to try and fix their spiritual issues with the temporary when they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves after realising that they were naked.
What are you covering yourself with? In 1st Peter 1 verse 20, it states that He, meaning Jesus was foreknown before the foundations of the world but was made manifest in the last times for our sake. Jesus Christ was and is the permanent solutions to our wounds. The prophet Isaiah foretold about Jesus saying in Isaiah 53 verse 5 ” But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace and with His wounds, we are healed.” At the heart of our wounds is sin, I’ll say it again. Its only rectified by a perfect sacrifice. So there’s hope after all because of Jesus, the Father’s solution.
There is one thing to have a solution, but it’s a different case when we refuse to come to know Christ as Lord, seeing as He died for you . Too many of us refuse to take the pill that’s meant the help permanently because we fear we’re going to lose when in fact you gain. Take it this way, Do you really want to be
healed? Do you really want to be saved from your sins? You can never say that God doesn’t care or love because His arms are always open but some of us are too comfortable or ok with coping as we are when we can be made whole and new.
With the new year in full swing, I wonder how many have already given up on their resolutions? Or have you even begun? It would come as no surprise that many of us say we will do this or not do that but by weeks 2 or 3 we’ve given up. But, is that what resolution means?
The definition runs along the lines of making up one’s mind to do or not to do something. Other words like intention, resolve, decision and aspiration are synonymous with the term, but the one we want to focus on is that of resolve. This points us to opportunity and not only that but a fresh start and since our main aim as Christians is to give people an opportunity to meet Christ, we can also look at the other side of the word which speaks on making amends.
Our resolutions vary from weight loss to learning new things. These are not bad in themselves. However, our aim really should be on what is eternal for the bible states that we are to set your minds on the thing above, not on things on earth Colossians 3 verse 2. In making a resolution we are saying we will begin to prioritize certain things but what we should prioritize is a relationship with Christ.
To the new believer, we urge you on this journey as you walk with Jesus. Begin by making Him number one. This involves a simple decision to pray more or even setting aside time to delve into the scriptures. Don’t worry if you miss a couple of days because no one starts off running. Remember that we are saved by grace through faith not by what we do (Ephesians 2 verses 8 and 9).
To the older believer, is Christ still your everything? We too need to make haste to put our lives in order. Christ needs to still be the centre of our lives. He isn’t going to accept our putting the world before Him because the world’s standards are not His and He does not change with the times. We see this in the word of God in Hebrews 13 verse 8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” We are in greater danger of idolatry because we are in the know. We have been exposed to the truth of the gospel and sin and whatever we prioritize above Christ replaces God in our lives. Our God is a jealous God and desires that we have no other God Exodus 34 verse 14. Take care not to lower the place of God in your life.
The best thing one can do is to resolve their relationship with Christ. You may think that it’s too late to begin this resolution but the bible says; the mercies of the Lord are new every morning ( Lamentation 3 verses 22 and 23). Unlike the world who may criticize you for not sticking to your decision, as long as there is breath in you there is an opportunity to make amends with God but don’t leave it because now is the day of salvation 2nd Corinthians 6 verse 2 and we do not know if we will see tomorrow (James 4 verses 13 and 14).
First of all, let me start by saying a happy new year to you all.
Is it just me or is the world happy with producing more and more double standards? Can one not question things like the validity of anything? Can I not voice my beliefs without being called a bigot or hypocrite of some sorts? Free speech is all I hear but when the Christian gets up to raise his or her voice to proclaim all that is true according to history and a standard set and passed down long before anyone of us was even conceived, they are met with abuse.
Let me be the first to say that your free speech is an illusion brought on by a sound ideology but marred by grey, blue and even purple lines because as most know life is never just black and white.
I will be the one to say that people target Christians for a reason. They know a true believer isn’t going to act out but even the believer is human too. No one dares say anything to the Muslim because of their deep-rooted Islamophobia. I use these two examples because I am a Christian and often times Muslims and Christians are the ones on the streets doing various “outreaches”. There are differences in beliefs but none the less each has space to practice the free speech illusion.
Now, let’s take this in another direction. There’s one thing we should never believe is an illusion and that is that God exists. Surprise, surprise, I believe in God. The God of the Bible to be exact and that bible says in 1st Peter 3 verse 15 to always be ready to give a defence for your faith but there are just some truths in life we cannot deny and God is one.
Everyone believes in God or should I say ‘a god of some kind.’ We tend to replace the Almighty with other things. Did you not know that anything you prioritize over God becomes your god? Deuteronomy 5 verse 7 says you shall have no other gods before me. Hey, guess what we’re all guilty. There goes another one of God’s commandments, down the drain but don’t count yourself out yet God is still able to move in your life.
Yes God still saves. He moves and speaks even in 2019. He is shouting over the noise of liberalism, and over the sound of religion saying come into a relationship with me. He is especially speaking over your insults to the one standing on the corner proclaiming Christ Crucified and resurrected!
God’s existence goes without saying. Creation testifies of Him but as the bible says in Romans 1 verse 25 “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served created things rather than the creator, Who is forever praised. Amen.”
This is exactly what the Israelites did when Moses went up to speak with God. They made their golden calf and bowed down to it (Exodus 32 verse 4). We have been replacing truth with our lies for centuries. This relativism that is reproduced causes more and more confusion. Wake up! Turn your hearts from these false gods who neither save nor restore.
How long will you stick your head in the sand and forget that your butt is exposed? This is exactly how many people live and when time’s up it’s too late. We don’t see air but you breathe it and yet you need to proof of God. Don’t let death be the beginning of your believing for as someone once said there are no unbelievers in hell. Why because now they know there is a God but for them, it’s too late.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1pe.3.12.ESV
Today’s scripture is a reminder that you cannot continue living the sinful(constant disobedience to God’s word) way and expect #God to be with you.
The world seems to think that you can have both. You always hear the world crying out #pray for… but who are you praying to when you reject God most days. There could be greater impact if there was relationship.
If not for the few saved people interceeding all over the world what would we be? Most importantly a #father in heaven who’s mercies are renewing every morning and who is so gracious. So in this new day is the chance for #life. Life because you woke up still breathing but most especially life because #salvation awaits you in God the son #Jesus.