One True Living God

Jeremiah 10:10   (KJV)   10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

There’s only One true living God; a god among millions of gods isn’t God, a dead god isn’t God.  He’s the King of all Kings, Lord of all Lords. He is eternal, awesome, all-powerful. Jeremiah 10.10 - One True Living GodNo one and nothing can fight against Him and survive, much less, prevail.

We stand, walk, and live in awe of the LORD our God. There’s no one else like Him. No one else is all-powerful, all-present, and all wise. There’s no other Name greater. He rules over all people of all nations. Others fight against Him; but everyone will eventually bow before Him and acknowledge Him for who He is. He existed before time; He will exist after time.

We praise God that He gave us wisdom to understand. We don’t have to find ourselves fighting a sure losing battle. God is the very source of life; He’s the very force or being that created the entire universe, and is the One sustaining or preserving it. We’re on His side; we live for Him. We’re not of those who incur His wrath; we’re of those who receive His pleasure. We don’t look forward in fear to destruction; we longingly and joyfully anticipate His return and our ultimate salvation and glorification, abiding forever in His presence, power, peace, wisdom and love.

“Kings” and “Kingdoms”

2 Chronicles 34:33   (KJV)   33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. And all his days they departed not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.

King Josiah opted to live in obedience to the Lord. He did away with all the abominable ways his predecessors established. The people of his kingdom were also living according King Josiah Hears the Law II Chronicles 34:14-19to the sinful ways of their previous kings. He also influenced the people of his kingdom to follow God.

Most of the nations in the world are not in a kingdom system. Most nations are comprised of different people who have different spiritual persuasions and who subscribe to different sources as their authority. Leaders in these kinds of societies can’t dictate their constituents who to worship. But the truth remains: leaders have certain degrees of influence that others don’t. And leaders choose who they personally worship. Leaders can choose the path of righteousness.

We all are leaders one way or another. As for us believers, we opt to live our lives in complete surrender to the one true living God. We willingly submit to His Kingship. Although we’re citizens of our country, we’re first and foremost citizens of His Kingdom. We live in obedience to His will and His Words. We implore others to be a part. And we lead those who become a part to fully live the Kingdom life—with all its challenges, uniqueness, and joy. There’s no life better.

God’s Love and God’s Leaders

2 Chronicles 2:11   (KJV)   11 Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.

God raising a good leader demonstrates His love for His people.  The question arises: “If God ordains who rules, why then aren’t all leaders godly?  In fact, it seems like God’s own Old Covenant people had more evil rulers than godly ones.”  That’s absolutely true.  Dream SpeechThere is no question about God’s love for everyone—good and bad alike.  In fact, that’s how He so beautifully demonstrated His love for us: when we were still sinners, Jesus died for us.

God loves everyone; sad to say, not everyone loves God.  God desires that all men be saved; not all will be saved.  His grace is available to all; not everyone avails of His grace.  Those truths don’t mean His character changes; He never does; His love is constant.  He always desires the best for His people.  That’s why through His Holy Spirit, He continues to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He wants everyone to turn to Him and experience life that’s full and super abundant.

Through history, we’ve seen how God raised up good leaders among rebellious people.  Those leaders become God’s catalysts for revival.  God can do that. Why, it’s because He’s ultimately in control. He loves even the worst of us and wants us to repent and return to Him.  If He chooses a leader as the influence to turn the tide towards godliness, so be it.  We rejoice when the righteous leads, or at least, the more righteous of the choices.  Our perception about our leaders are governed by our precious Lord and His values.  Our devotion is to Him.  We choose what’s good, what’s right, and what’s godly, and we don’t have to guess as to our basis for them; we have God’s Word.  Praise God for His direction, for His truth, and for allowing us to see clearly.

The One Mediator

1 Timothy 2:5   (KJV)   5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Jesus became man; that’s the Word becoming flesh. But He isn’t just a mere man. It’s worth noting: He took upon Himself the form of a servant in the likeness of man; humanity was something He took upon Himself. What was He before? He was in the very 1-timothy-2-5-the-one-mediatorform—or nature—God. That’s why He’s the perfect mediator between God and man—He’s a part of both worlds—both nature: GodMan. He is the fulfillment of the “kinsman-redeemer.” Hallelujah; He truly is one of our very own—our brother.

In Him resides the hope of sinful humanity’s reconciliation to our holy God. Everyone has hope to be saved though not everyone will be saved. With love, with faith, we pray for everyone nonetheless—whoever they are. Yes, I pray, even for leaders I almost don’t feel like praying for; it’s a natural tendency for the righteous not to like treasonous tyrants who attack God’s people and destroy the country they’re supposed to uphold. It’s natural for me not to like bullies, but I have to pray for them—lovingly, simply because God loves them, and He commands us to love even enemies. But I pray that God will bless them with a changed heart—a heart that pursues what’s good, what’s right, and what’s godly.

Our dear Lord Jesus paid dearly as a mediator. For us to be brought back, reconnected with the Father, He had to pay with His life. We were in chains, shackled by sin and death, but because of the precious sacrifice of our Mediator, we’re free. As those who now live in God, we spread that Good News, while living out what we preach. There will be sacrifices, but nothing compared to what He has offered. We may not live in luxury, but even that is a blessing. We don’t have to incessantly try to climb up the ladder of the world’s ever-changing yet empty expectations—chasings after the wind. We live simply, modestly, yet full of satisfaction. That’s what we have after we find ourselves mediated back to fellowship with the King.

Victorious Lamb

Revelation 17:14   (KJV)    14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

We never run out of reasons to praise our loving and victorious heavenly Father—our God. With the myriad people who treat Him as their enemies, after all their merciless attacks against God, our Father remains unscathed. His attackers have come and gone; many of them have returned to dust, our God still lives; He still reigns, and He will continue to do so—live and reign forever. Doubtless, it’s wise to be on His side; it’s an infinitely huge blessing to be His child. How amazing it is, when the world hits us with its most devastating blows, only to find out that in the middle of what they consider as our most humiliating defeat, they’re actually being paraded in front of the whole creation as vanquished foes.

All assaults against God are futile. This is obvious, but people foolishly continue in this useless and harmful exercise. Very interestingly, most of the attacks come from those who don’t even believe in His existence. We pray earnestly that they would be healed from their biased blindness and humbly bow before the Truth. It’s hard to kick against the Rock. Anyone who does this only hurts themselves. We don’t want them hurt. We want them saved and comforted.

During the end times, Satan and his cohorts will muster all the forces they can, and with coordinated efforts, they will launch an all-out assault against God and His people. This time, our Lord Jesus will literally and personally face them. And again, clearly and predictably, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world will win. And He wins simply because of the obvious reason: He is the Lord of all lords and the King of all kings. All rulers, powers, and principalities will bow before Him. You would think that His attackers would have given up a long time ago, but pride and foolishness blinds. That’s why we as His children are extremely grateful. He opened our eyes, that’s why it’s our heart’s cry and life’s passion to live faithfully before Him. Imagine, we also enjoy the victories, but He’s the one fighting the battles.

Lord of All Generations

Psalm 22:30-31  (KJV)   30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

God is God of all generations. He is not a temporary fad. From generation to generation, He will have those who will be serving Him, worshiping Him and declaring Him. He won’t fade away with time; He won’t fade away with culture; He won’t fade away with trends. He won’t run out of people who will recognize Him for Who He is.

People and magazines have declared that God is dead. Most of those who did are dead; God is still alive. I don’t write that heartlessly. People have confessed and campaigned that they will eradicate Christianity from the face of the earth; most of those who did are gone; Christians are still everywhere. Culture tries to take out every vestige of Christianity from everywhere; we still see crosses and Bibles everywhere. We see old people and young people, in the different fields of sports, in the different fields of the arts, in different government positions, in the military, in different fields of Science, in all strata of society, – we somehow sprout up – everywhere. It doesn’t matter how much society tries to step on us, squish us or destroy us, we keep on going. God rules and will continue to do so. Let’s take heart. Every weapon formed against God and His people will eventually perish. The enemies of God will arise from generation to generation and will invent new ways to attack Him, but followers of God won’t be stopped; they will continue to rise up as an unstoppable force, declaring their God to their generation and to the next.

Our eternal God Who rules and will rule forever, thank you for the joy and peace brought by the assurance that we belong to the victorious army of the King of Kings.