God always saves

God is so faithful even when we are unfaithful.

The church since its conception has always represented Gods faithfulness even in a faithless generation. as I plodded around the house listening to the audio bible, I was once again reminded by Isaiah 1 verse 9, how God by His grace and mercies desires to save us.

My mind wandered off into passages clenched by memory of the many times God has “shown up” for us. Joseph came to mind. as Genesis records, he was put in a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused and imprisoned. He later rose up as second in command in Egypt. For many making it big time in a foreign place seems like the achievement, but as Pastor Voddy Baucham highlights in one of his sermons; the real achievement was to keep the people of God(Israel) alive. God was the one who gave Joseph the ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams and here we have it a remnant in Egypt able to save food for his family during a time of great famine. Without Joseph in the right place they would have died from hunger and starvation. Did I mention that it was some of his own people who sold him in the first place? Well now you know.

Noah, another one of those famous bible stories also points to the fact that God has always had a people who were His, who would do His bidding so to speak. Noah and the flood predates that of the story of Joseph. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t begin with him but the truth is I just lead with the first thought that popped in my head. We have Noah to thank for many of us being here. Genesis 6 to 9 speaks in depth of this but jist of it is that people had no reverence for God but Noah “found favour in the eyes of God” and he preached for about a century about God’s judgement that was coming sounds like something we see happening today doesn’t it?. He warned them to stop and no one listened until the day the rain came down and the floods came up. God desired to save the people so He warned them but many died in their sin. Soon after Noah’s family was left to repopulate the earth hence you and me today. Because of his obedience we get to exist but there is one greater than him, Jesus Christ in whom we don’t just get to exit but we get to live.

Like many phases in life, we go good for a while and then we are back at square one; in need of someone to save us, so someone of the Godhead had to come. Jesus , meaning God is salvation came over 2000 years ago, born of q miracle through Mary who was set to marry Joseph a carpenter. The Holy Spirit( One in the Godhead) came upon her and she was with child. Matthew and Luke both recorded this. I think its important to point out that Mary.and Joseph were direct descendants of Judah one of Joseph who saved his people in Egypt’s brother. This just confirms that God has always been involved meaning its not a coincidence. So Jesus Being God in the flesh, preached repentance from sin and being God pointed people to Himself. Many believed and were saved but the religious world at the time in all their arrogance of head knowledge of the law and no heart killed Him by crucifixion on a Roman cross. He being God gave up the Ghost “died” but in His death became a bridge to bring us to God The Father. He rose from the grave and then went back to heaven but not before commissioning His disciples to share the message of repentance and believing in Him. This is the birth of the church and here we are years later the church still remains a remnant on the earth. In fact we are the “salt of the earth”. We are the last remnant and I believe this to be so being that our greatest issue was our sin and the solution is Christ and if Christ is the solution nothing else will come after.

Thought the “church world” in reality is fragmented and many sects have strayed fro the commission, the reality is that the glass is half full not empty because there are churches who are the salt not some other seasoning but more especially God in His love and mercy gave Jesus Christ a perfect sacrifice so that whoever would believe would be saved John 3 verse 16.

The living stone

Jesus the rock that holds me up

With recent events around the world: elections, BLM, even Brexit talks still and the virus which we will refrain from naming, it is crystal clear that we are headed for shaky times or dare I say shakier times. I mean I say crystal clear but for some they haven’t got the foggiest idea of what is going on. The bible does relate that there will be those who” have eyes but do not see, ears but do not hear and hearts but do not understand” Ezekiel 12 verse 2.

As a child I always heard the expression “a rolling stone gathers no moss” . This non biblical proverb has been said to carry the meaning of someone not staying steadfast in something and therefore not reaping its rewards. It is dare I say no better time to be a Christian.For many of us the light of Christ has shone on the darkness that is sin drawing us to repentance and revealing things the bible says even angels long to look into Peter 1 verse 12. That God would chose us mere mortals to reveal these things to is a miracle and yet many shrug in disbelief at the signs of the return of Christ. We must be steadfast a vigilant always watchful of the things which are happening around us. We must be steady stones gathering the moss of the word of God, prayer,discernment and righteous living. We cannot afford to be rolling around the world because this will prove to be fruitless.

Since we’re on the topic of stones I think it only fair to mention our living stone Jesus Christ. I was reminded of Exodus 17 where the children of Israel went out to fight against Amalek. In their fight, Moses gets weary as he holds up his hands to see Israel prevail. These shaky times will be the  testing of our faith and allegiance to Christ and many even now are falling away. We will get weary but we must push through. The best way to do so is to remember the rock of our salvation. The scripture continues to show how they put stones under Moses’ hands to hold them up and Aaron and Hur helped to hold up his hands also. Where are the Aarons and Hurs of your life? These are the ones who will pray with you in the seasons of discouragement and weariness. They are quick to remind you to look to Jesus whom the bible calls our precious cornerstone. This is the same rock the wiseman built his house upon. Israel’s defeat of Amalek reminds us that we need not think ourselves alone in these times. God is with us and as we come to Christ with our weariness He will give you strength for they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not get weary; they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40 verse 31. We are already victorious its just that our fight to meet victory seems tough but as God was with Israel then so is He  with His church and His people.

God made it

Today I was reminded of how magnificent creation is. The moon shone at 6:16 am glowing like a neon sign. It was as if God was saying look at me and indeed that’s the first thing I thought about. How could men think this to be from nothing? It is no wonder why its theory and not science. Science has to be observed. Guess what? They weren’t there. I think this idea of evolution has been nothing but Chinese whispers. The theory aspects just keep getting muddled up with real science.

The bible says that creation tells of the existence of God. Forget the mess of the world right now for a minute and let me share some hope with you. We are beautiful and though decaying we were well thought out. All that we are is far from what we should be just see what is said in Genesis. From the earth to us as people, we were made good. God made us that way but if we look at ourselves now it doesn’t seem like it. From illnesses to disasters, it just seems like a steady decline and all since man has been walking in rebellion against God. The bible even says that the earth groans and have been since that act of disobedience in the garden. This is where we begin to take ownership. Our choices have brought us here. Our sins. Though we can’t stop what is in motion we can still enjoy the beauty that still manages to shine through the chaos.

This is our glimmer of hope. Even though we have sinned, God still says that I love them and I will send my son to die the death of the world so that one day when everything is consumed we who believe in His death and resurrection can have the full experience of God’s splendour in the new earth. Just think no violence nor disorder. No sickness or disease, no global crisis nor dirt but clean streets paved in gold. 1st Corinthians 2 verse 9 “Eye has not seen nor ear has heard neither has entered the mind the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”

what power?

rope

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.

Thank you dawn

The night doesn’t sleep for its looks for the lonely soul.

The restless eyes and heart it is to behold.

To toss like a boat on the waves of a tempest

The night calls out to its friend folly,

let’s see mischief and boredom at work,

triggering youth and steering them into the mess

to have missed the mark for this world.

It thinks its never going to end,

until it meets dawn and daybreak and their father sun

to ease the terror of past sins won.

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