To be Spared from Judgment

Jeremiah 26:13   (KJV)   13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

There is hope even in the middle of an impending judgment from the Lord. Repentance and obedience are the keys. God loves the world so much; He would rather save the rebellious than judge or destroy them. Even if He has already pronounced destruction Jeremiah 26.13 - To be Spared from Judgmentupon the people, He doesn’t have any problem forgiving repentant sinners and withholding judgment from the nations.

Our loving, gracious, and merciful God sends us—many of us—to the lost and dying humanity. Many of them are unbelievably stiff-necked. They would rather ignore or attack God’s faithful messengers than humbly and wisely listening, acknowledging their impudent rebellions, sincerely repenting, and start living obediently before the Lord.

Repentance and obedience are non-negotiable pre-requisites. Praise God! He doesn’t require us to perform amazing feats before He grants us forgiveness and restoration. We don’t have to climb the tallest mountains, sail across the widest oceans, dive the deepest sees and explore the vastness of the universe before He withholds His judgments.

Turn to God—that’s what we did, that’s what we pray and strive for that others would do as well. There’s no human experience as amazing and as important as salvation from sure destruction—especially the eternal kind. The same principle holds true when it comes to judgment of nations. We have hope despite the chaos going on. We’re praying; we’re expectantly waiting. God can deliver us.

There will come a time when it’s too late. But as for us, we didn’t want to wait for that. We’re already living under the shelter of the Most High. We’re already living under His protection, and safe refuge. We do our best calling others to enjoy this peace-filled assurance. Not all, perhaps not many will heed our call. But to everyone who does, safety is sure.

Advertisements

“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.

Let Us Fear?

Hebrews 4:1   (KJV)   4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

There are healthy fears, and this is one of them. This is a concluding statement after a warning about hardening of hearts, turning away from God, and failing to enter God’s rest. Praise God; the promise of entering into His rest still stands. However, the Hebrews 4.1 - Let us Fearpossibility of coming short of entering that rest also exists.

God is still so graciously offering His rest to us. How we believers interpret the meaning of coming short of it—failing to enter that rest—may differ, but the seriousness and gravity of the admonition ought to neither be overlooked nor undermined. The blessing offered is very great, it’s just befitting that we take careful and sure steps in our pilgrimage: to have good, right, and godly attitude in all this.

John the Beloved wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18); the writer of Hebrews tells us, “Let us therefore fear…” They may seem contradictory, but they are complementary. My humble take: Perfect love casts out fear, except fear of God. We can elaborate and expand on that proposition ad infinitum, but the Scripture is very clear and explicit. To discard one is to err.

Touch Not God’s Anointed

1 Samuel 26:23   (KJV)   23 The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.

God calls leaders. We honor our leaders because we honor God Who calls them.  Although all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, there is a unique anointing that comes with God’s leadership call.  They may not be our best choice; we may not agree 1 Samuel 26.23 - Touch Not God's Anointedwith the way they do things, but as long as they don’t tell us to jettison our God, His Word, His law, we ought to honor them, submit to them, pray for them, and support them.

God is our supreme leader.  When someone He has anointed as leader tries to usurp His authority, that’s the time we rightfully rebel—this is a righteous rebellion.  Otherwise, disobedience becomes a direct assault on God’s choice.  We want them to do good; we want them to succeed; we want them to make the right decisions, and we’re ready to accept their decisions even when different from ours.

I pray that this won’t be taken as self-serving since I too am a leader, perhaps not to hundreds and thousands, but to scores.  We are accountable to our heavenly Father as to how we obey Him in honoring His anointed;  the anointed leader is personally accountable to the Father as to how they conduct themselves.  Leaders will make bad decisions; instead of shooting them down, why not find ways of filling their lack?

To position ourselves as an opposition to a leader and everything he does is obviously biased and wrong, but there are those who glory in such stand.  We don’t support anyone—leaders or not—when they directly oppose God.  We fully support God’s choice;  we dare not touch God’s anointed.  Instead of giving them a hard time, we bless them, and we want to be a blessing to them.  Again, if it’s just a difference of opinion, policy, approach, strategy—if it’s not against God or His Word—the leader has the mandate; we give him that.  It’s a righteous thing to do, and the Lord rewards it.

Trials, Temptations, and Triumphs

1 Corinthians 10:13   (KJV)   13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Although there are many times when we feel like certain trials and temptations we face are very different from everyone else, more difficult compared to everyone else’s, the truth is they’re not. There may be a uniqueness of some sort, but not absolutely. We don’t 1 Corinthians 10.13 - Trials, Temptations, and Triumphsuse this as an excuse to give in to them. Besides, whatever they may be, and however differently they may appear, everytime God allows them to come, they’re opportunities for victory.

Praise God, He always leads us to victory. Part of His strategies is to give us wisdom. It’s that wisdom that causes us to be in step with Him instead of choosing to rebel against Him. He’s a loving God Who fills us with innumerable favor and immeasurable empowerment for us to take the right steps. Not every recipient of God’s blessings live uprightly, but those of us who desire to do so possess what it takes.

We don’t waste God’s precious gifts. Others may experience a tremendous amount of God’s kindness and generosity, but miss out heaven itself in the end. We’re surrounded by a great cloud of examples to follow and to avoid. We want to have faithful walk to the end. There’s an inexplicable joy and satisfaction in staying within the straight and narrow. We navigate through it with humility, always aware that even when we’re strongest, we can fall. We heed the warnings; we seek His instructions; we follow His Spirit’s leading. Trials, tests, and temptations will come; we faithfully fight, and we live as Christians—triumphant.

Blessed Nation

Psalm 85:12   (KJV)   12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

That our land will be righteous and blessed, that our land will be good and godly, that our land will be healed, that our land will prosper, this is the cry of our hearts. It’s possible; despite the direction its going right now, our nation can be a country that fears God again. This can happepsalm-85-12-blessed-nationn; nothing is impossible with God. The good and increase of our nation depends solely on God. All blessings flow from Him. All good and perfect gifts come from Him.

We’re praying for revival. In the Name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus, we pray and believe and declare: revival is coming to our land. God longs for the nations to turn to Him. He’s not pleased with a backsliding people. It hurts Him terribly. He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us living in deception or lie; He doesn’t want us lost. He longs to gather us back under His wings. There, in the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty; we find refuge and strength.

God in His goodness has given us a clear pathway to healing, restoration, and revival. His blessings are available to those who love and fear Him–people who recognize their rebellious ways and truly repent from them. We declare: America (and/or) other nations will again be filled with God’s glory. We share the conviction of the Psalmists: “10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps” (Psalm 85:10-13 KJV).

A New Heart, A New Spirit

 

Ezekiel 38.31 - New Heart, New Spirit

 

Ezekiel 18:30-31   (KJV)   31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

God wants everyone to be saved. The last thing He wants is to hurt us, His much loved creation. Why hurt someone you love, unless doing so will ultimately be for their best? That’s the reason why He wants us to put away our sins. Contrary to what Satan or our flesh tells us, sin destroys us. Yes, it’s most often pleasurable, but the damage it creates is indescribably worse. Sin results to death. Do we really want this? Of course not, and God is so strongly opposed to it also.

When God tells us to get rid of something, it’s all for our good, for our best. We never think for a moment that He’s a bad Father, or worse, a sadistic one. He doesn’t delight in our pain. Our disobedience will cause exactly that – pain. Just because we don’t see the immediate result doesn’t mean we get away with it. God patiently gives us time and opportunities to humbly come to our senses and wisely take the next best step, that is, to repent.

We have to have a new heart, a new spirit. That’s the key to avoiding death. With it, we live. We can’t proudly go on doing what’s wrong, ungodly, and sinful, and expect God to just look away. It’s not love to just leave us walking the path of destruction without doing anything to ensure that we don’t end up ruining our lives. He runs quickly towards us to stop us before it’s too late. Isn’t that what He did when He left heaven and came down to where we are? He came to rescue us; otherwise, all of us would have kept walking the journey of destruction without any hope.

Life is beautiful; we love life. And praise God, we live and we will live forever—in bliss, beauty, and glory. For now, we get rid of all attitudes and acts of rebellion against God. That’s what real living is. What a wonderful life.