Fear and Justice

Isaiah 11:3   (KJV)   3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

This passage is commonly interpreted as a prophecy about the Lord Jesus. There are at least two things we can observe about His ways: He doesn’t struggle understanding the Isaiah 11.3 - Fear and Justiceconcept of fearing the LORD, and He judges not by outward appearances or factors alone.

It’s part of our growth into Christlikeness to fear the Lord. Those of us who understand His power and authority, His holiness, His justice and righteousness don’t find it difficult to comprehend why we need to fear Him.

Another Christlike attitude is being just and fair. And we do this by not being swayed by mere appearances. Some people are very good at wearing masks and telling lies. Yes, appearances can help, but there are other factors involved: things that aren’t obvious to our natural senses.

We continue living and growing in humble surrender before our heavenly Father Who is also God Almighty. It’s also a pleasure for us to continue living and growing in wisdom and discernment. It’s godly to be respectful, right, and fair.

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Jesus’ Return

Revelation 1:7   (KJV)   7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Our beloved Lord Jesus is coming back. We’re absolutely sure about this because He Himself gave us His promise, and He’s completely dependable. He never ever lies; there has not failed one word of all His promises; all His promises are yes and amen. When He comes, our faith will be vindicated. Although others don’t believe that our dear Lord Jesus revelation-1-7-jesus-returnreally died and rose again bodily, we do. Our hope and faith are anchored on His resurrection. There were more than five hundred eyewitnesses of his resurrection; they saw Him ascend above the clouds; they heard the comforting declaration that in the same way He left, He will come again.

Our heart breaks for those who still don’t believe despite all the convincing evidences of His reality and power. Our Lord Jesus is alive and He’s alive forevermore. One day soon and very soon, the clouds will break open and He will return in great splendor and glory. I don’t know what amazing miracle He will perform, but every eye from all curves of the world will see Him. This isn’t impossible for Him Who created our incomprehensible universe. What a glorious day of rejoicing it will be, but not all will be delighted. For some, it will be a day of utter horror and deepest anguish.

We continue to pray for the lost to be saved: our love ones, relatives, friends and neighbors. Anyone can be saved. Whoever wills may come and drink freely from the Living Water. We pray that none will remain lost, although truth declares otherwise. If our hearts are broken because of this fact, I can’t imagine the pain in the heart of our Father—He Who loves us most. But we’re steadfast; we keep on fighting, for ourselves, and for others. When our Lord comes, I pray that we take with us most of the people within our sphere of influence—our personal “worlds.” We get it: the road is straight, the gate is narrow, there’s only one door, only few find it and enter in, but our loving God has done everything He needed to do and is continually moving through His gentle Holy Spirit to woo people to Him. We take great joy and encouragement in this. We joyfully move with Him.

The Real Deal

Luke 24:44   (KJV)   44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

The omniscience of God is noticeably alluded to. He can predict the end from the beginning. That’s what clearly sets Him apart as God. Yes, there’s a spirit of divination working behind many people making correct predictions, but most of their predictions are no more than just calculated and educated guesses. What makes our God awesomely luke-24-44-the-real-dealunique is His 100% accuracy in His predictions and prophecies. No one ever comes close. In His love, He shares to us slices of His knowledge and foreknowledge. He wants our paths lit well; He doesn’t want us groping lost in the dark. He reveals His will and ways to us—not all of them, but all we need to know.

The most perfect revelation of God is our precious Lord Jesus. He’s God’s perfect representation. Whoever sees Him sees the Father; that’s as perfect of a representation as perfect can be. He was God’s mouthpiece in preparing His disciples for what awaited them. He revealed His genuineness and the truths about Him to His followers. He showed them that He was the fulfillment of God’s revelations found in the Scriptures—all over the Scriptures. The affirmations, proofs, and supports aren’t from one witness; it’s from Moses, the prophets, the Psalmists, the apostles, and a lot more—many of them were eyewitnesses, their words accurately backed by a great deal of experiences.

We are extremely blessed and privileged as His people; we are helped tremendously by our infinitely more than able God. We are very limited in our perception; we operate within the limits of temporal time, matter, and space. To navigate through life, we do better when we see things from “bird’s eye view,” and more. Praise God; we have God who sees way well than birds do. Hahaha. We don’t see beyond the natural; He does. We don’t see the future, but He does. We’re limited, but He isn’t. That’s why we trust Him. That’s why we trust His Son. They’re the real deal. Case closed. We believe.

Fail-Free Prophecies

Luke 1:33   (KJV)   33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

This is a part of angel Gabriel’s explanation to Mary as to Who the Son is Who will be born through her. It’s speaking of the established earthly eternal kingdom. This is a description Mary never saw happened in her lifetime. We still don’t see it today. But it’s a prophetic description coming from a being who stands in the very presence of God, sent by God Himself aluke-1-33-fail-free-prophecys His messenger of Good News of great joy, a message of peace and goodwill. Oh yes, He reigns; He does so in the hearts of man and women who are fully surrendered to Him—citizens of the Kingdom that will soon be manifested in the visible realm. There’s a major kingdom “relocation” we’re still waiting for.

Just because we don’t see God’s prophecies fulfilled with our own eyes doesn’t mean they won’t be fulfilled. Many of the saints in the past—heroes of faith saw God’s promises from afar, but they saw them—by faith. No prophecy, no Word of God will fall to the ground and fail; they will all come to pass; they will fulfill their every purpose. God never lies; He never will. That’s why He is completely trustworthy, infinitely trustworthy. He is totally and absolutely dependable. He sees the end from the beginning. How can He fail? How can He make a mistake? Every prophecy that needs to happen to date has happened. There’s no reason to doubt what He declared are still about to come.

We have incalculably more than sufficient reasons to believe God and to believe His messengers, especially those who spend time in His presence. God is pure; His intentions are pure. There’s nothing we can give Him that He doesn’t have yet. Everything we have comes from Him. He doesn’t have any reason to deceive us; He won’t get anything from that. It’s to our utmost advantage and benefit believing His promises and living out His Word. It’s crazy and foolish not to. We live by faith and not by sight, feelings, senses, or circumstances. Faith is anchored on His Word. A life of faith is life lived under the canopy of His blessings, and favor. There, we find worth greater than anyone can give; we have our God-given purpose and direction; He shows us where to go and leads us to our destiny. The Lord is Truth; we shall not doubt.

In Control

Daniel 2:21   (KJV)   21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

As His children, we’re not afraid of what’s happening in the world. In God’s inscrutable wisdom, He’s in control of the course of human history without controlling it. The end will be as He planned it, yet people are free to make their own choices. We may not fully understand why He chooses and/or allows certain individuals to rule; if the choice is ours, we’ll do everythidaniel-2-21-in-total-controlng to stop some of them from ever getting into position of power and influence. But God’s wisdom transcends ours. The good thing is, He’s given us far more than sufficient assurances to know that He’s always right and always good. He knows what He’s doing perfectly well; He’s perfect, and His ways are perfect.

Wisdom and power belongs to God. Praise God for allowing us to share a slice of that. That’s why we enjoy knowledge, reason, strength, mobility, health, and wholeness. And unlike a lot of people who question Him, we know our place.  A fly will never understand the extent of the universe. Honestly, will all our intellectual abilities, advancements, explorations, and discoveries, it’s a scientific admission: we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the universe. That’s why we know the fallacy of arrogance against God, and the wisdom of acknowledging His greatness. It will be ludicrous for a fly to question the existence of God. In the context of the vastness and grandeur of creation, we’re really not that different from a fly.

In His perfect timing, everyone will see His sovereignty and rule. There’s never a time when He ever felt threatened, never a time when He ever lost control. All His opponents are so small to pose any kind of threat. There lies our encouragement, peace, and hope. Despite the twists and turns in history: wars and peace, victories and defeats, conquering and being conquered, freedom and captivity, riches and poverty, order and chaos, proponents and opponents, progressions and regressions, construction and destruction, life and death, etc., they all lead to one direction—one absolute culmination, that of God’s, that of our Father’s: the end He planned from the very beginning. In that fact, we live worry-free; we’re calm; we’re cool, and collected; we’re relaxed; we’re rested.

God’s Plans Fulfilled

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Revelation 10:7   (KJV)   7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

All of God’s sovereign plans will be accomplished; there’s no force—human or demonic that can stop, derail, or delay what He has purposed. There are those who work contrary to God’s will and God’s plans; some, knowingly and deliberately; some, unknowingly and ignorantly. But whatever the nature is of any deterrence to what God declares, they will all fail. God’s plans will prevail. It will be a horrible time for His enemies; it will be glorious for us.

We look forward to that time; we look up and watch, when the curtains of the mysteries of God open, when we understand them, and when the things existing in our faith become visible. People can say whatever they want to say. Many people today think we’re deceived, that we believe in fairy tales, that we’re hurting others for leading them astray, that we’re propagating a lie, that we’re enemies of progress. It’s not always easy, but we patiently bear the burdens.

We will be vindicated. Just because there are more people and louder voices deriding us doesn’t mean we’re wrong; majority isn’t always right. We look like underdogs in this conflict, but we’re the underdogs who are guaranteed with victory. This assurance comes from Someone Who has seen the end from the beginning. Systems and ideologies come and go; kings and kingdoms rise and fall, history will continue to have expected and unexpected twists and turns, but all these lead to the fulfillment of God’s decrees. We often hear people say, “There’s nothing sure here on earth;” this is true if God isn’t in the equation. But God doesn’t change; His promises are true. What He says will happen will happen. This is the anchor of our hope; this is the solid rock we stand on. We’re right, and everyone—even our accusers will recognize this.

Of Prophecy and Blessings

Revelation 1.3 - Of Prophecy and BlessingRevelation 1:3   (KJV)   3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

There’s something special about God’s revelation of His eyes and heart. It’s good knowing the truth, whether its truth about now or about the future, there’s such a refreshing blessing and satisfaction that comes with it. With the knowledge of course comes responsibility: to believe what He says and to live out what we believe. This is very important, and urgency always escalates as time gets shorter for us to accomplish our tasks.

God in His immeasurable generosity has repeatedly revealed His will and plans to us—not all of them, but those things we need to know. But God reveals what He knows will be good for us to know. He’s always done this. From the very beginning of time until now, God hasn’t stop revealing His will to us. He walked with the very first man and woman; He spoke directly to and through His people; He spoke to us through the incarnation of His Son; He speaks through us through the glory of His creation; He speaks to us through His Word, His Holy Spirit, His church, circumstances, and many other ways.

We enjoy being blessed with divine revelations; we don’t undermine the importance of truth; we don’t diminish the honor of being entrusted vessels, bearers, and vassals of His revelations. We are faithful to it. There are reasons why God reveals them to us. There’s something God expects of us, and we pour our hearts to making sure that we wisely take advantage of this privilege of knowing His mind. There’s so much going on; there’s so much ahead. We live in serious times, and the worst is still ahead. There’s a world that needs to hear about the hope we have. God prepares us. We’re not lackadaisical; we face our responsibilities; we’re ready.