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GOD VS GOD PARTICAL

Scientist at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Europe have recently verified the finding of a sub-atomic particle that’s been called the “God Particle”.  This particle, the Higgs Boson, is a small part of the positive charge proton of an atoms’ nucleus and give scientists their closest thing yet to explain their hypothesis of the beginning of the universe with the “big bang”. Modern scientific thought is that the universe as we know it started from a bang of a near infinitely small physical source and expanded at multiple times the speed of light. It is continuing to expand even now about 14 billion years later but at a slower speed according to their theories. To the scientist the Higgs Boson gives a reason for objects (baseballs, airplanes, hamburger or planets) to have mass (a resistance to change) that has eluded scientific verification before. Theoretical physics has many theories about the observable universe we see around us. These theories lead to many unexplainable things that lead to other theories. I don’t understand most theoretical physics with it’s black holes, black mass, black energy, string theories, supersymetry, anti-matter, etc on the origin and make up of the universe. But I have a thought on the whole process of the determining the origin.  It has to do with the old discussion of evolution and creation. Here’s a whole new way to think of what existence is all about and a basis for scientist to start a whole new way of thinking.

A FRESH LOOK AT CREATION
First there must be an assumption on the scientists part that there is a God and He has given us the scriptures, the word of God.  A big step for many these days.  Next, let’s define God by His word. Foremost, God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24). God is love (1 Jn 4:8). God is unchanging (Mal 3:6, Jm 1:17). The fact is that in the scriptures God has given us many attributes that define Him. The nature of God is outlined in 2 Peter 1:4-7: Faith, virtue knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity. Other places (Isa 1:2 and Rev 3:1) show some of the makeup of God’s Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. The Apostle Paul gives us a way of seeing the fruit of God’s Spirit in these: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. (Gal 5:2,23). These then, are things that were with God in creation.(Prov 8:20-30)

God says in the Bible that He created the heavens and the earth (Gen1:1). Since God is a Spirit and not a man (Num 23:19), He must then have created this material universe in a spiritual manner, THE SPIRIT MAKING THE PHYSICAL. There is great power in the spiritual realm. Look at Peter, who was just a man but with the Spirit of God. People laid the sick in the streets so Peter’s shadow would pass over them and be healed.(Acts 5:15) You can’t do that with dark matter or the Higgs boson. Paul, Elijah, Elisha, and of course Jesus raised the dead. You can’t do that with supersymetry or dark holes. In this spiritual realm sight is give to the blind and hearing to the deaf, men walking on water and many such unexplainable things. It is the spiritual things that have power over the natural, or physical, things in this universe. God didn’t use computers and cyclotrons to create. He used things of the spirit. Look at these parts of His word to us:

Proverbs 3:19. “The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”
Jeremiah 51:15. “He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.”

Just a small part of the scriptures that show the invisible creating the visible. This is foreign to the thinking of the natural mind, but look what God says about this type of thought.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isa 5: 8,9)

God’s words have great power. When God said, “Let there be light” the scripture says, ” and here was light”, (Gen 1:3). In the rest of the creation story each day God said, Let there be….”, and it was so. This is creative power in the words of God. In the book of Hebrews, chapter 1, verse 3, the word of God tells us that, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so the things which are seen are not made of the things that do appear.” Things physical, that can be seen with our eyes, created from the Spirit of God, that cannot be seen.

The scriptures says, “God is light” (1 Jn 1:5). The creative “energy”, the power, the ability, the source of creation is a God of light. God enlightens, for He is light. The name of God, Jehovah or Yahweh, means “the self-existent one who reveals himself”. He will enlighten anyone who diligently seeks him (Heb 1:6). But many have lifted themselves up in pride and in their own arrogance have convinced themselves that they have no need of God or His scripture. Jesus confronted by such told the Sadducees, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”(Mt 22:29) The light of God stands against the evilness and unbelief of this world. Jesus tells us that men would rather believe in the dark evil things of this world than the light and reality of God, and this brings condemnation. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world , and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (Jn 3:19)
Men professing themselves to be wise have become fools (Rom 1:2). “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…” (Ps 53:1). Or as Stephen Hawking (famed theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author who brought us black holes and event horizons, etc) said, “There may be a God, we just don’t need Him.”

So we see that through these scriptures, and there are many others, the creation was by the Spirit of God, not through material things that somehow pre-existed before anything existed?? Knowing this closes a multitude of prideful thinking and opens a multitude of new thoughts, not to mention faith in God. Until we can see our Creator as a spiritual being we’ll never understand the creation. And as Paul admonished Timothy, “… avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” (1 Tim 6:20)

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A DAY OF THANKSGIVING

The scriptures tell us that the experiences of Israel in the Old Testament are given to us as examples for us in the end times.  (1 Cor 10:11)

Recall the times of the book of Judges.  Israel would fall into unbelief and rebellion against God and therefore receive the judgments and curses that God told them they would get for such actions.  In Deuteronomy chapter 28, God tells us what will happen when we obey his voice and when we do “not harken unto the voice of the Lord thy God”.  God says that when we “harken  diligently” to his voice then his blessings will overtake us.  We will be blessed in the city and in the field, the fruit of our bodies and the fruit of the ground, and in our livestock, our enemies will be defeated and he will bless all that we set our hand to do.  All this and more will he curse if we don’t obey his commandments and statutes. If we have no fear of the Lord then we will justly reap what we sow.  When Israel in the book of Judges would see their need and cry out to God, then he would send a deliverer. Israel had to see their fault that was bringing the cursing to them and their land.  They had to see who they were as a people and repent before the nation could receive God’s blessing.

Now we as a nation need to see just who we have become in the sight of God.  Our present President has said that we are no longer a Christian nation.  Is this so, have we we forgotten God?  In the last 60 years or so Satan has really obtained a foothold in our political, religious and educational systems and leaders.  Unbelief and rebellion against God has been growing because the leaders have taught us so.  As a nation we have lost our fear of the Lord.  This is not the first time we have been in this situation but it is most likely the last time we have to repent as a nation for all our ungodliness, for he is coming in judgment soon.

During the Civil War President Lincoln saw our condition and addressed the nation as to our need.  In 1863, in the midst of that War, he made two separate proclamations concerning the state of the spiritual and moral standing of the nation.  Below is part of these  proclamations.  Note how the President of the United States acknowledges the Supreme Authority and upon who we owe our dependence.

On March 30th he signed this proclamation which is given in part.

“Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People?  We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.  We  have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”  […]

On October 3rd, Lincoln signed this proclamation:

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.  […]

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.  It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who area sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.  And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidable engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purpose to full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”  {…}

It seems to me in this time of diverse divisions and ungodliness in this country and also of war in foreign lands that we could use similar proclamations to once again come from our governmental leaders to our own national benefit.  Though I don’t expect it to be politically correct to our ungodly, arrogant and self-righteous leaders, no matter how greatly it is needed.

In my Februar 12, 2010 post I wrote about what it takes to please God.  Here, lets look a little deeper into this subject.

What is God looking for in a man;  just what is his standard?  Does God ask for more than mortal man is able to give.  Jesus told us to be perfect as God is perfect (Mt 5:48).  Is this something that we should try to do, or is it unattainable in this life?  What does God call perfection?

To answer these questions lets start with King David.  David asked, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Ps 8:4, Heb 2:16).

Good question.  What is it about you and me that we fill God’s mind?

WHAT DOES GOD EXPECT ?

“For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps:” (1 Pet 2:21)

So we are to follow the steps of Christ.  To do that, we can look at his life in the Gospels.  Jesus went about doing his Father’s work (at least from the age of 12, Lk 2:40-52).  He knew the scriptures and his place in them.  He had the Spirit of God manifest in his life.  He was an Apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher.  He did signs, wonders and miracles.  He loved the good and hated the evil of this world.  He withstood his enemies and facedown his critics, those who hated his Father and corrupted with hypocrisy the simplicity of God.  I could go on but the point is that here is God’s example of what he wants a man to be; the perfect man and a real man in God’s eyes.

Jesus didn’t have a physical appearance that would draw people to him (handsome face, outstanding muscular build or long curly hair) according to the scriptures (Isa 53, 1 Cor 11:4).  What he did have was the Spirit of God, his Father.  Jesus honored and loved his Father above all else.  The focus of his life was to be obedient to his Father.  God honored his faith by giving Jesus the action, or the manifestation, of his Spirit.  Through him God met the needs of his creation, he healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and life to the dead.  The fulness of God was in his Son.

“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:” (Acts 2:22)

JESUS WAS A MAN’S MAN

Jesus’ love for the world was such that he gave up his vocation in this world (he was a carpenter, Mk 6:3) and fulfilled his calling.  (He knew the scriptures concerning himself but he had to choose to fulfill them.)  He stood before government, legal and religious leaders and rebuked them for their unbelief and hypocrisy and faced injury and death because of his stand. He did not compromise his beliefs, he didn’t back down under threats from authorities and persecution.  Many would paint Jesus as a passivist and not give him credit as being what some would call a “‘man’s man”.  He wasn’t wishy-washy or a pansy.  He did (and does) love mankind with all his being.  He had joy and comfort, peace and freedom.  He was free from fear and wasn’t self-centered.  He had every thing to live for and yet he gave them all up to be the propitiation for our sins, he became sin for us, that we could become righteous in this world.

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil 2:8)

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21)

Only Jesus could be the unblemished Lamb that God provided to be the sacrifice for our sins, but in all other things in his life he was the example of what God wants in a man.

PETER AND PAUL

The Apostles Peter and Paul both had livelihoods before their ministries.  Peter was married (Mt 8:14) and was a fisherman.  Paul was a Pharisee, a high position in Judaism (Acts 26:5) and therefore should have been married,  also he may have had children (1 Tim 1:2).  Both gave their life to live for God and became as if they were not married.  (That doesn’t mean they abandoned their family).  Paul lived in Arabia and Damascus for 3 years (Gal 1:17,18) learning of God before going to Jerusalem and beginning his ministry.  He was a tentmaker (Acts 18:1-3)).  Both preached to  multitudes.  They stood, as Jesus stood, and rebuked the hypocrisies of the religious and political authorities.  They were used of God to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and life to the dead.  They were both a “man’s man” in character and action.  As Jesus did, they manifested the 100 fold fruit bearing life of a Christian.

Look at Moses, the meekest (but not timid) man on the earth (Num 12:3), who withstood the most powerful man on earth.  Look at Job, David, the prophets of old and John and others of the New Testament.  These men were not mealy-mouthed and timid, but they  knew their God and had his Spirit within them.  These were not passive and timid men, but men of love and compassion for God’s creation, who withstood the wiles of the Devil.

SONS OF GOD

The scriptures in 1 Corinthians 11:17 reads, “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God:  but the woman is the glory of the man.”  It says man is the “glory of God”.  The scriptures also reads , “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom 3:23)  Have we not all come short of being the man God created us to be in this world?  This is our own fault, not God’s.  But now, of course, we can change that through Jesus Christ.   When we give up our life and receive him and start our walk of following the steps of God’s Son.

THE LAST DAYS

These are special days in God’s plan for the ages.  When we received him as Savior and believed on his name, we were all given power to become his son (Jn 1:12).  In these last days God is going to manifest his sons in a special way.  Now is the time for the manifestation of the sons of God spoken of in Romans 8:19, the time when God will glorify himself in his many sons in the manner of his Son Jesus and like Peter and Paul, and Elijah and Moses.  God is looking for men, real men, to be these manifested sons.  Men who do not walk in fear of this world.  God is calling an army of sons to be manifested world-wide; to walk as Jesus walked.  His sons (because of their great number) doing the greater works Jesus spoke of in John 14:12.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

The high mark that God set for man is to be like his Son Jesus.  Where can God find men like this in the earth today?.  Where can he find men like Peter and Paul?  This is God’s greatest prize, what could be a greater calling on a man’s life?  Paul knew this when he said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14).  For God to make a man into the image of his Son is the greatest prize of all.  And yet, that is what is going to happen soon as the end of this age draws nigh.  God’s word will be fulfilled and we will see these sons with power in the earth showing forth God’s great love.  Multitudes will be saved (Rom 11:26).  God will reap his great harvest out of great tribulation before he closes the door on salvation.  These things will happen during a time of trouble on the earth such has never been, when God brings justice to the ungodly for all their ungodly sins against him and mankind. Some will cry out to God and others will curse God.  His sons with signs, wonders and miracles will bring the gospel of salvation to those who will receive it.  God has pleasure when he is able to give a repentant soul the kingdom (Lk 12:32, 2Pet 39), and we were created for that purpose (Rev 4:11).

So who will receive this prize of being one of God’s manifested sons  Where will God find men who will answer this call?  Look at Isaiah  when he heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send, and who wll go for us?  Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isa 6:8).

IF MY PEOPLE

Have you ever considered the fact that some of God’s blessings are conditional?  In many instances God requires an act of faith on our part before he can give his blessing. This act of faith is a work of faith, as James says in James 2:18,”…I will shew thee my faith by my works”.  For example, look at this often quoted scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and see the condition that God requires for his blessing.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

“IF” my people will do these things “THEN” I will bless you.  With the word “if” God is saying his people have an opprotunity to be healed both physically and spiritually but first they have to make a decision or a choice.  They must choose to change their life and in so doing they know God will grant his blessing.  This would be and act (work) of faith.

With this work of faith God does what only he can do.  We can’t forgive our own sins and we can’t heal a land.   Another point here is that what God does is for our own good, a blessing to us.  God doesn’t do this for us because he carries the bigger stick, but because he love us and wants us to have joy and comfort as only he can give.  Only he can forgive us our sins against him and give us salvation and an entrance into his kingdom and eternal life.  Only he can heal our land and drive out the evil that plagues us (contrary to what politician’s say they can do with their endless empty promises).

REWARDS

Another well known scripture is Isaiah 58.  Read this short chapter and see what God will do if we make the choice to change our life.  Note that IF we do the fast that God has chosen THEN a reward, or blessing, is given.  But the blessing he gives is to make us a fruitful servant for him, to serve others.  His reward is to make us a blessing.

We  cannot serve God for ourselves, for our own reward.  If we serve God for ourself then obviously we are not serving God.  God doesn’t love us for his sake, but for our sake.  In the same manner if he is in us of a truth then we will  be a blessing to others, a conduit through which he can love his creation.  This is why the prosperity message of many preachers today is so wrong.  That message is self-centered and deceiving and is no way matches the example we have in Christ Jesus.  Jesus didn’t serve his Father for a fine home and money.

Does not the scripture in Matthew 25 tell us we will be judged (for reward)  by our service to others (Mt 25:31-46) when they are hungry, naked, sick or in prison?  We will not be judged for reward by the size of our TV, our clothes, fancy car or a big house.  The prosperity teaching and entitlement mentality being propagated today are two sides of the same coin of self.  Both will lead to destruction.  The Christian caught up in this false self-serving doctrine will say to himself, “I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing”.  He needs to know that he is “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” before God.

The choices are ours to make.  God cannot break his own laws set down in the beginning.  IF we sow to our own lusts (the unspoken truth of the prosperity message) THEN we will reap the consequences.  IF we sow to meeting the needs of others we will reap the consequences for those actions.  For one of God’s fundamental laws from the beginning is that we will reap what we sow (Gal 6:7).

[For those who believe they are entitled to be rich and that the government will hand them the substance of life, they will easily receive the “mark of the beast” which will come with the one world government being pushed on us today.  With the mark of the best comes government control with which no man is able to buy or sell (Rev 13:17).  Satan wants to control and govern God’s creation, it’s been his goal since the beginning (Isa 14:13-14).  Satan has world politicians and world bankers leading his charge to this end and multitudes will fall into his trap.]

LAODICEAN CHURCH

In the message to the church at Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22) Jesus shows us that in this last of the church age we will think highly of our own accomplishments (encouraged by the prosperity message).  He then bebukes us and tells us how pitiful we really are in his eyes and what changes we need to make in our life (vs 18).  In verse 19 he says , “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.”  IF we examine our life and repent, THEN he says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock…”  That’s what he was doing in the previous verses, knocking.  He says, “If any man hear my voice and open the door…”  There’s that word again, “IF”.  So if we receive this knocking on the door of our heart and open that door by our repentance and change, THEN he will come in and sup with us and because of this overcoming he will grant us to sit with him on his throne (vs 20-21),  It’s our choice.  This is no small thing.  The temptations to keep our eyes off God’s calling in this present age are without president in our history.

SONS OF GOD

This Laodicean church age will have near its end the manifestation of the sons of God (Rom 8:19) before Jesus returns to put an end to Satan’s goal.  This will be the time when those who answer the Father’s call will walk with the same manifestation of his Spirit as Jesus walked 2000 years ago in Israel.  The whole creation is waiting for the Christian to show forth the Father as his Son Jesus did.  These sons will go forth to the world from Zion and Jerusalem not as Baptist or Methodist or any of the denominational creature.  With their very powerful ministry these sons will be God’s means to fulfil many last day prophecies such as Ezekiel 37, the joining of the two sticks, Israel and Judah.  As a result of their ministry multitudes will be saved (Rom 11:26-27).  Because of their number these will accomplish the “greater things” that Jesus spoke of.

These sons are not going to fall out of the sky.  They must be made in the image and likeness of Christ.  We all must respond to be able to fulfill our calling, even those who are to be manifested sons.  We can’t respond to the calling of the Spirit if we are more interested in a 4000 sq ft house with a pool than we are of saying, “Hear am I Lord, send me”.  God has many prophecies yet to be fulfilled, great ministries to be done.  But this will not be done through “great” men of God, but by humble, obedient and faithful men of a great God who judge themselves and repent of the shortcomings in their life.  We must look at ourselves in these last days to which the message to Laodicea is written and have an ear to hear what the Spirit says to us.  We must see if Jesus still has “somewhat against” us or if we have received his rebuke and repented and therefore opened the door for him.

God was in his Son Jesus doing miracles, wonders and signs (Acts 2:22) and he will do so again in many sons bringing multitudes to his kingdom.  IF we respond we could be part of this great end time work.  It will be done, God has no other plan.

THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD

Man by human nature is not a giver but a taker. He may be charitable on occasion but in general he seeks his own pleasure and satisfaction. This is manifested in that he has fear for himself, he is greedy, not happy with his lot in life, restless, self-centered, deceitful and prideful. (The root of all this evil existence is, of course, the love of money and the lusts for the things of this world which that money can provide.  All for self.) Money and things will not bring true satisfaction and joy in life, but that’s hard to tell a self-centered person. God gives the only true satisfaction and joy but to obtain it requires that a man give up his own desires and take on His desires for his life. God provides this solution to happiness in His Son and his sacrifice on the cross. As long as a man is a taker, trying to satisfy his own lusts, he will never see his need for a Saviour. But, God is longsuffering and patient. He knows what is best for man and leads him to seek salvation. But with all God’s leading, man still makes his own choice: he does what he wants to do.

When God chose Israel to be a kingdom of priests to this world (Ex 19:6) they didn’t respond because they loved their sinful ways. To guide them to his plan for their nation He sent them godly priests, prophets, seers and judges and they were rejected. Finally He sent his own Son and not for Israel only, but for sinners of the whole world. This man, God’s only begotten Son, was rejected also.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (Jn 1:11)

This man gave of himself completely. He was a giver not a taker. Unlike others, his desires were to God and not himself. This is God’s greatest gift to us. Look what this man did for an ungrateful creation and see the longsuffering of God and his great effort to help us in our unseen need. Isaiah, chapter 53 sums this up very well. God’s Son, our Lord Jesus,  was “despised and rejected of men”, a man of “sorrows” and “grief” for our sake, yet we hid our faces from him. He has “borne our griefs” and “carried our sorrows”, he was “wounded for our transgressions”, “bruised for our iniquities”, chastised for our “peace” and by his stripes we have healing. God laid the iniquity of us all on him and yet we have turned to our own way. He was oppressed and afflicted and led as a sheep to the slaughter and cut off from the land of the living for our transgressions.

Yet it pleased his Father to bruise him and put him to grief. Why? Because when we repent and make His soul an offering for our sins, God will see His Son’s sacrifice and give forgiveness. Herein we see God’s love and longsuffering with us all.  All this in Isaiah 53.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9)

Man doesn’t want to stop his life and see his need for a Saviour. God, in his longsuffering, deals with our heart time after time until we finally come to a place where we see clearly the ultimate and eternal choice we have to make. We either give in to our own selfish wants and choose to pursue our own lusts and thereby reject all of God’s love for us or, we give up our life and give ourself to God and take on His desires for our life. We choose either eternal life or eternal death. No one else can make that choice for us.

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Rom 2:4)

For those that choose to serve God rather than their themselves, God gives great opportunities to be of service in his kingdom.

…. as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor 6:16-18)

John tells us that to, “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (Jn 1:12). What greater calling, what greater goal and purpose in life than to become God’s son manifested in this earth; manifesting the love of the God to a world of lost mankind.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  (Rom 8:18-19)

(Let me make something very clear here. The heart of man is a battle ground. God made us and one of the things he gave us in our creation is a free will to    make our own choices. God does not force us to love him , nor does he cause us to forsake him. This choice is ours. Satan deceives us and entices us with the things of this world, but he is a liar and the father of it (Jn 8:44).  His enticements are not founded in truth but catered to our own lusts.  Once God, through the Holy Ghost, has powerfully worked with our heart to show us our need for a saviour and our need to repent, and yet we reject all this, then God gives us up to our own devises and deals with our heart no longer.  See John 16:8-11, Hebrews 6:4-6, Romans 1:24-32.)

Until we make our choice God is longsuffering with us leading us to make a choice for Him.  Jesus, because of his love for God, suffered all those things mentioned in Isaiah 53.  When we receive the love of God then we also will have sufferings and persecutions.  The more we let God express His love through us the more we will suffer at the hands of an ungodly world.

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (2 Tim 2:12)

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  (2 Tim 3:12)

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;  (Phil 1:29)

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  (1 Pet 4:16)

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (Rom 8:18)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  (1 Pet 2:21)

HOW DO WE SUFFER

Romans 8:17  reads that we are to suffer with him.  Since our sufferings will not be as the sacrifice for sin, just how will we suffer as a Christian?  The scripture in Romans say we suffer “with him”.  Not as Christ suffered 2000 years ago but “with him” now, in this present time.  Since God’s Spirit is in us then the same spirit of longsuffering (Gal 5:22) is in us and we have that same suffering for the lost souls of mankind.  That is the fruit of the Spirit.  But it is not automatic in its manifestion in us.

The scripture says “if ” we suffer with him then we will also reign with him.  It also says that all who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution.  If we aren’t suffering persecution then we know why.  It’s our own life and our own choices.  Our own decisions as to whether we allow God to reach the world through us.  We decide whether the Holy Ghost uses us to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteous and of judgment”.  That’s what Jesus said the Holy Ghost would do when he came (Jn 16:8).  It’s us that is to stand for God in this world.  We are called to be a royal priesthood.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  (1 Pet 2:9)

Righteousness is given freely to every Christian, but it’s our choice to let God work through us to show that righteousness to the world.  We are called to be priests of God and make intercession for his creation and walk holy before him.  If we walk as Jesus walks then we will be rejected and despised, ridiculed and sneered at.  The more holy and godly we walk, the more we will be disliked by the world and the closer we will walk with God.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  (Rom 8:31)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Rom 8:35-39)

SUFFERING

Christians can suffer physical harm for their stand for God.  We have many scriptural examples of this of the apostles in the book of Acts.  Also the prophets as shown in Luke 11:49, 13:34, Acts 7:52, James 5:10.  And a multitude of others as shown in Hebrews 11:36-38.  The Catholic Inquisition was a horrible time and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs shows us much more.  Above all there was that great suffering of Jesus at his trial and crucifixion (Isa 52:14).

Christians also have sufferings of the heart.  Paul in his letters to the Corinthians and Galatians show his heart-felt sufferings for those who had gone astray from what he had taught them.  Look at what God’s Son went through during his ministry as given us in Isaiah 53.  Love endure a lot of offenses.

Another way of suffering is from our own ignorance (from the base word ‘ignore’).  We reap what we sow. Not being obedient to God can cause him to withdraw from us so we can learn our lesson.  Such as the basic truth that God will not bless pride and a haughty spirit.  There are many lessons to learn in life to become the person God wans us to be.  They don’t have to be hard lessons but they do have to be learned.  Even Jesus had to learn.

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (Heb 5:8)

God’s lessons are always for our own good and for his kingdoms sake.  We have a calling to be as Jesus was here on the earth.  He endured a lot and we will also as we desire to be like Christ Jesus.  Can we be like Paul?  He said:

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. [16] Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. (Phil 3:13-16)

THE WORD MADE FLESH

In the first chapter of the book of John and in Revelation chapter 19 verse 13, Jesus is called the Word of God. Therefore the words that Jesus spoke in the Gospels are God’s words. These words from our Creator have the same power with which he spoke the worlds into existence in the beginning (Heb 1:2, 11:13). God spoke through his Son 2000 years ago with such power that even today they can change our lives and our eternal destiny.

IN OUR OWN WORDS
The words that we speak are also important, because Jesus said, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Mt 12:37) So our own words can also determine our eternal destiny. Therefore we need to be aware of our speech and realize the significance of what we say. When, at whatever age, we choose to disobey God’s law (that is sin, 1 Jn 3:4) we seperate ourselves from God. We’ve all done this and since sin will not stand in God’s presence, we are lost. Our words and our actions therefore have eternal consequences. None of our words, the fruit of our lips, are counted as good while we are sinners because that fruit comes from a corrupt tree from which it is impossible to bring forth good fruit.

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Mt 7:17,18)

It is our heart that produces the words that we speak. We can’t be both good and evil: we are one or the other. If our heart is unrighteous then our words, no matter how righteous they may sound, are unrighteous also.

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” (Mt 15:18)
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Lk 6:45)

[ A scriptural example is found in Acts, chapter 10. Cornelius was a devout man who feared God, gave alms and prayed. But all these “good” works were not counted as righteous until he received the words of salvation from Peter.]

Therefore to be justified by our words, our heart must be converted and that only comes by being born of God through faith in God’s redeeming work in his Son. No amount of self-cleansing and works of piety, or works of the law, will ever make a man justified and righteous before God. Righteous works can only come after salvation when we are made righteous in Christ Jesus.

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Rom 3:28)

It is the word of God that brings us to that saving faith.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17)
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Pet 1:23)

Jesus said it is by his word, God’s word, that we will be judged.

“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (Jn 12:48)

CHOICES
There are those who make a deliberate choice to receive God’s word and there are those who make a deliberate choice to reject it. Those who reject the word of God will in turn not be able to understand it.

“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” (Mt 13:15)
“Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.” (Jn 8:43)

MAKING THE WORD ALIVE
The Bible, the written word of God, has no more power than a rock or a board while it is just a book lying on a shelf. It is nothing until the words become alive in a living person. For the word of God to do its work it must be made flesh; be made alive in our mortal bodies. The Spirit of God, or the Action of God, is manifested in his word. It is this word, this living action, which stirs, convicts and converts the heart of mankind. And, it is the heart of man that determines his salvation. Our heart is revealed by our thought and words and actions. What we do, what we are, is what we believe, and belief is from the heart. We will be judged by our words and our works that we do in this present world, not what we do in the here after.

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
(Mk 7 21-23)
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Rev 20:12,13)

STRESS, ANXIETY, PRESSURE, WORRY
A person can put on a front, but under stress he will always reveal himself for what he is in his heart. Under stress a man will either praise God or curse God, all pretence is lost and he is revealed for what he is. The heart will speak its secrets. Whether or not we believe the word of God in our heart has everlasting consequences. Our openness to receive God’s word is paramount to our salvation. Many will not receive this word for it demands we choose to give up our life if we are to receive God’s life. We are to give up our selfish wants for his wants, our selfish desires for his desires. Our old heart, our old nature, must end for us to receive the new heart and new spirit that God longs to give us.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezk 36:26)

God has provided all we need. We just need to repent and receive him by faith. It’s our choice.

“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” (Rom 7:5)
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Rom 8:13)
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Gal 5:24)
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal 6:8)

For those that choose to receive the word (the seed, Lk 8:15) with a good and honest heart, they will bring forth the fruit of righteousness unto God.

“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.” (Ps 119:41)

After salvation the word continues its work to further cleanse and sanctify our heart.

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” (Eph 5:26)
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” (Jn 15:3)
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (Jn 17:17)
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” (Ps 119:9)

Those who have received this word (and Spirit) are motivated by God’s love to share it. It becomes alive from within and they are quickened to speak the words of God. With the prophet Jeremiah it was like a fire shut up in his bones. (Jer 20:9). A quick study of the book of Acts will show the great importance of the word and how it was preached and taught by the diciples and converts, and how it increased in those who received it. God’s word is so important in his plan for mankind that he has magnified his word above his name (Ps 138:2). We, in Christ’s stead, have been given this word so that those of the world can be reconciled to God.

“To wit, that God was is Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath commited unto us the word of reconcilition.” (2 Cor. 5:19)

The same Spirit that was in Christ is now in us also, and is always in agreement with the word of God. Jesus Christ and the word of God are the same. Remember John chapter one:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The same was in the beginning with God. (Jn 1:1,2)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)

God, in the Gospels, walked and spoke his word through his Son and now he walks in his saved people to speak to this present world. The power with which he does this is up to the Christian and the amount of God’s Spirit he is willing to receive. But let no man deceive you that God is not speaking through his peole today.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.” (Rom 8:9)

Jesus Christ is in the mortal flesh of all his people to preach his word and reconcile the world to God.

“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world.” (1 Jn 4:2,3)
“For many decievers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an
antichrist.” (2 Jn 1:7)

“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Lk 21:33)

LIBERTY

Freedom and oppression are opposites. Civil liberties and government control are opposites. Government can and does overtly create fears and then promise deliverance of those fears. Government makes promises of deliverance but at the cost of freedom. The taking away of freedoms are made to be acceptable for the deliverance promised. These fears take many forms but will all concern the general wellbeing of the individual, his family, his nation or the planet. The promise of a better life is a great encouragement for giving a little here and a little there of liberty. In time the government controls the individual. Life is livable but only as long as you do the government’s bidding. This power of the government over the individual is escalating in our time. Fears of financial ruin, fears of food supply, fears of environment, fears of war, all kinds of fears have been put upon the people. Government promises of deliverance of these fears (which will never fully come) brings bondage, control; loss of liberty. The temptations are great.

TRUE LIBERTY AND THE ABSOLUTE
Civil liberties are secondary to another type of liberty, that of the heart and mind. This is true liberty and is based on truth. Truth and fear are enemies. Truth is real and brings deliverance from bondage, fear is mostly imaginary and brings bondage.

There is an absolute truth. God and his word are both absolute. There is no wavering with God, he cannot lie, he’s not indifferent or lackadaisical (Ps 119:89, Mal 3:6, Jms 1:17). Government is all of this that God is not and cannot bring peace of heart. An earthly government will never bring its suggestion of Utopia.

OUR EXAMPLE OF LIBERTY
We know from Hebrews that Jesus is our High Priest. Not after the Aaronic priesthood of Aaron who was the first high priest of Israel. The Aaronic high priest after giving a blood sacrifice for himself went into the Holy of Holies once a year and offered intercession for the sins of Israel. But Jesus, after a different priesthood, that of Melchisedec, offered his own blood once for the sins of the whole world. Hebrews 4:14-15 reads,

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

We see here that our high priest was tempted just as we are in all points, He can relate to all our temptations. He’s been there. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness with turning stone into bread, Jesus said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (from Deuteronomy 8:3) In the devil’s second temptation Jesus answered with, “It is written….”. The same with the third temptation, Jesus said, “It is written….”. This then, as our example shows us, is the way we should resist all evil temptations, with the word of God. Sounds simple, but the hard part is we need to recognize evil temptations and know the word of God. Satan is the greatest of deceivers and only God’s word can expose his lies and defeat him.

The scripture says that after Satan’s temptations that he “departed from him for a season”. Jesus’ next temptations in the Gospels came from the Pharisees, Sadducees, Lawyers, Herodians and Scribes; the religious and political leaders of his time. These were the advocates and minions of Satan through which he continued his temptations.

Jesus had peace even though he was confronted with such earthly authorities. He had peace because he knew God’s word and the power behind that word. He knew the truth (“…thy word is truth”) and this truth made him free from the attacks of the devil. Knowing God’s truth made him free from the troubles and temptations of this world. He was free from the political, religious, legal and scholarly authorities that would have consumed him everyday. He didn’t get caught up in their political correctness, their sanctimonious accusations and their hypocritical ways. This is the peace of mind that we all need.

GOD’S CREATION
When God creates something, when he makes something, who can undo it? Can anyone, even Satan, undo what God has made? If God gives you truth, can it be taken away? When God gives me truth that truth gives me freedom over any lies against that
truth. God’s truth makes me free. He creates a freedom in me that brings peace. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn 8:32) (The scripture says the truth will “make” me free not “set” me free as is so often misquoted. When I am made free that’s a creation within me and not just a change in position.)

God in his scripture says there is a world system coming on this earth. This system, called the beast in Revelation 13:1, is a governmental system to be headed by a man also called a beast (Rev 13:11) or the anti-Christ (1 Jn 2:18) or the man of sin (Thes 2:3). It will be a system deadly to many of God’s people (Rev 6:11). This government system will have a religious system called the great whore (Rev 17:1, 19:2) and “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHERS OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev 17:5). This religious system is headed by the “false prophet” (Rev 19:20, 20:10) to back up the beast system and make it look like it’s best for mankind’s welfare. This beast system will bring out a mark for mankind to have without which it will not be possible to “…buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev 13:17) Today evil men are working to bring this to pass. Men in high places, men of influence, men of corrupt minds, sold out to bringing world dominion to a reality. God said it will happen, so it will happen. The only thing keeping this from being a reality now is God’s righteousness in his people, Christian ethics. It will come in the fulness of God’s timing. Surely you can see this evil in our education system and in the entertainment industry and in the news media and in governments policies. Compare the morals of just a few years ago with today and see how rapidly things are decaying. From lying and whoremongering in the US presidency to filthy predators in high religious authorities to teenage pornography on TV, all should show us the signs of the times. When true fear and honor of God and his righteousness is sufficiently suppressed so as to overshadow basic Christian values then Satan can finish his plan. Satan is at war with God and the earth is his battlefield and people are his pawns. He wants to rule over God’s creation and be like the Most High (Isa 14:14). There will be a world government, God says so (Rev 13:16). There will be a great battle at Armageddon, God says so (Rev 16:16). Jesus will return and defeat the beast’s armies, God says so (Rev 19:19-21).

One world government conspiracy advocates are continually put down as alarmist and fanatics. Some are. What is mostly overlooked though is the fact that this is not man’s efforts to control the world but Satan’s efforts to control and rule over God’s creation. It looks like the U.S., Britain, China, Russia and other nations are going full bore toward bringing in this end time. The time is near. Satan has his final effort ready to spring on mankind. The end of this present age is almost upon us.

SATAN’S END
Just as Satan’s plan will come to pass and fulfill prophecy, so is God’s plan to be fulfilled. Hard times are coming to this earth. God’s people are in the earth and will experience these hard times. (There is no fairy tale “rapture”.) Persecution will grow, temptation to compromise with Satan’s ways will become stronger. We can’t become complacent and think that because we are Christian Satan can’t touch our physical universe. God has provided us weapons to withstand the wiles of the devil which he gives us in Ephesians, chapter six. These weapons are rooted and grounded in the word of God. Look at the Laodicean church (the last of he church age) in Revelation, chapter three and see how Christians are being deceived into complacency. [See LAST OF THE CHURCH AGE April, 2009 in this blog for more on the Laodicean church.] We have to make an effort to be the overcomers that God wants for all seven stages of Christian growth (Rev 2:7,:11, :17, :26, 3:5, :12, :21).

Satan of course doesn’t win this earthly battle. The end of his ungodly system comes at Armageddon when the King of Righteousness returns and destroys the armies of the beast and reigns on earth for 1000 years. Then will come Satan’s final effort and his complete and eternal end in the lake of fire where the beast and false prophet are (Rev 20:10).

AND THAT’S NOT ALL
Also the manifestation of the sons of God (Rom 8:19), also called God’s army, will come to pass before Armageddon. When the elect of God’s people will rise up and proclaim God’s salvation with great power and authority and multitudes will turn to God. For more on this glorious time see Ezekiel, chapter thirty seven; Joel, the whole book; Wayne Hancock’s Immortalityroad.wordpress.com and numerous mentions in this blog.

Present politics are removing more and more freedoms of the individual and putting control in the hands of government. This is fulfilling Satan’s plan (Lk 4:5,6). Civil liberties will be taken away, but real liberty and deliverance is in God’s word established in our hearts

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherein Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Gal 5:1)

True liberty, true peace, is grounded in knowing and doing the truth. That truth was manifested in Christ Jesus 2000 years ago and still is as he manifests himself is his brothers and sisters. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life”. In Revelation 19:13 he is called “the word of God”. It is all wrapped up in him.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17)

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (Jn 8:36)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7)

Jesus read from Isaiah 61:1.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.