Evil and hate

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“To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.”   Proverbs 8: 13-14

These are strong, and unsurprising words from the Lord. If we know Him and His Word, we will know these words to be true. If we don’t know Him, we might be surprised to hear that God has hatred towards some things because we have heard that God is love.

God’s love is not like our love. He loves because He in Himself is love. God loves righteousness, and the flip side of that, is that He hates unrighteousness.

To love God is to love what He loves and hate what He hates. To be a believer is to fear the Lord and hate evil. Our problem is we don’t hate evil, the evil that rises in our own hearts, and separates us from God. We are proud and arrogant and think we know best. We don’t want to humble ourselves before His throne and admit our guilt. We tolerate our sin and easily slip into the hatefulness in our hearts that leads us into perversity in our thinking and speaking and doing.

We think our wisdom is correct. We contend with the almighty God and imagine we have the right to argue with Him. All the councils of wisdom and justice belong to the everlasting God. To think we can challenge Him is rampant presumption.

The ruling of God over what is sin, or not sin, is absolute. There are no deals to be done or concessions to be made. We definitely don’t like this idea. We are used to being asked our point of view and the opportunity to express our opinion. God has laid down His holy law, and it is unchangeable. He will never tolerate evil in any form. The greatest evil being disobedience against His law, and unbelief in His person. God’s hatred of sin, is the expression of His absolute power. Holiness is power. Unbelief is our chief sin and will keep us away from God and forgiveness, and will keep us always choosing the wrong path.

Only God has the power to change this situation. He can open our eyes to see our true position before Him, and to see our great need. We need to recognise love as He is love and admit that we are unworthy servants in need of His love. Only as we recognise these things, will we bow our proud knee and confess our sin. He is ready to forgive us and lift us up in His kingdom, to turn our lives around and change our hearts and minds. This is the grand design for the coming kingdom and those who acquiesce to His mighty love, will find that love and live in it’s power. Then we will hate what is evil and love what is good. Then we will become more like God, as we walk the pathways of this fallen world. We will love what is good and we will love God.

Covenants and promises

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“This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.  For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. ” By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”   Hebrews 8:10-13

The old covenant: This was weak and bound to fail, because it was between the creature man and a Holy God. The man could not, nor ever could keep the covenant. Mankind made a wretched choice and chose his own way rather than keeping true to his creator. The covenant broke down almost straight away and mankind fell into ruin.

The new covenant actually existed before the old covenant: This was a strong and Holy bond, because it was between the three persons of the Holy Trinity, and depended on them only to keep it and sustain it.

The first covenant was then the one made between the persons of the Godhead, so that sinful man could be redeemed and sanctified and brought safely into heaven itself. The covenant made with man, was seen to be useless, as it could not be upheld by the weak, human party. The two parties of the agreement, were not of equal power or authority.

God therefore demonstrated the weakness of sinful man and the glory of His own Holy strength and power to buy back from slavery and death, a people for his name. God was the active person in this covenant.

God the father willed this event, the Son gave himself as a ransom for many and the Spirit calls those who are being saved and indwelling them and keeping them until the day of final redemption. Thus the Holy covenant is fulfilled and sinful man can now enter in with true confidence that God is able to save to the uttermost, those that come to God through Him. “Salvation is of the Lord..” Jonah

In the scriptures there are many covenants between God and His people. They are the great and precious promises that fill the pages of scripture. These promises are true and forever sure. Not one of the promises of God have ever failed or ever will. God is the upholder of all things, and it is His power alone, that keep us in all circumstances. The promises of God are certain, because of who He is, and they reflect His holiness, supreme and total power, His never failing love, His mercy, justice, wrath against all sin and deliberate sinners. The attributes of God are the manifestation of His eternal being, and His desire is to save all human beings, who humble themselves and trust in Him. This is determined by the everlasting covenant with Himself.

We can know the powerful and steadfast outworking of these covenants, agreements and promises in our daily lives, day by day. To grasp the enormity of what the holy God, the three persons in one, has done for us, brings life and peace. To deal with doubt, we remember that it is God who saves and keeps His people and not one will be lost.

 

Strong and courageous

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”     Joshua 9

There is much to be thankful for and we have a God who gives courage to face the many difficulties of life. God commands us to have courage and to face each day with the recognition that He is with us. We don’t need to worry or fret about the future, or even the past, because God’s sovereign purposes are directing our lives.

There are times when we can feel discouraged and we cannot understand where our life will lead, but the grace of God will sustain us and give us the necessary strength to go through.

At certain points in life, there will be changes that dramatically change our circumstances and this can undermine our confidence. God still tells us to be strong and to face each day with courage. We must not listen to the tiresome voice of doubt, that can distract us from active faith in God. We may not feel able, but as we walk with Christ, we will grow in courage and faith and find His comfort and peace every day.

Jesus says to us, “I will never leave you or forsake you..” 

The Scriptures are full of promises that can never be broken, because of who says them. We can trust the Lord Jesus because of who He is and His power, which is infinite.

If you are not a believer, He calls to you to come to Him, let go your sins and trust in what He has done for you. He is able to rescue us, and forgive us, because He took the blame for us on that dreadful cross. His love never fails. Why would we suffer loss, or struggle on alone?
If we set our hearts to obey the Lord, we will not be disappointed.

“The Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord bestows favour and honour. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly..”

 

Simone de Beauvoir on Existentialism & God

Simone de Beauvoir on Existentialism & God

This is a bit sad and jumblemumbled. She says she has no interest in, or anything to say about the metaphysical, and yet says there is no God. The experiences of her life led her to disbelieve in God, but she has no actual arguments or proof. “I stopped believing with out any positive reason.” This is curious for someone who purports to takes philosophy seriously.

These arguments that Simone takes, are from a selection of existential writers (quite a lot of name-dropping) who have no reason or concrete foundation to rest upon. She sees people who believe in God, as only interested in absurdity, the the “Christians” she talks with, exhibit no saving faith in a living and loving God. Her view of God is capricious and she interprets His character like her own human character, or other believers/non believers she has known. The statement are in themselves absurd.

This interview shows someone who walks constantly in the light of her own eyes, and who’s soul is dead to God. If the Scripture is not known or revealed to us, then this mindset will be our “light.” Simone is regarded as “bright” but not by God. Those who do not have faith are judged as “foolish.” Foolish because we cannot contemplate a person outside ourselves, and therefore selfish and lacking in spiritual discernment..”

Romans 1:18-22

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…”

How searching is the Word of the living God….

End history

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History wends it’s way
To that monumental final day
The king will come for His own
Salvation He has shown
The clouds will tear apart
And love like a dart
Will enter His people true
All sins eschew
Perfect they will rise
Through folding skies
Forever with the Lord
Heaven’s Hosts adored.

Two resurrections


“…the resurrection of the dead…”
Hebrews 6 :2

When the Christian dies their soul leaves this life and enters into the eternal kingdom. The Christian walks with God, not looking to right or left, and keeping company with the One they love best. All hope is in their Saviour and Lord.

One day, God will call His child home forever. We shall step over from this life’s consciousness, into the full light of heaven’s glory. We shall go gladly as we will be walking with Jesus, as we do, daily. There will be no breaking of fellowship with the Lord nor silence from His Word, but a continuation of the life of faith in this world, and on into the total life in Heaven.

There is physical resurrection and spiritual resurrection. Spiritual resurrection needs to happen first. Our souls need to be brought to life by Christ and our sins confessed and forgiven, and God puts spiritual life into us, and our souls live. This is the resurrected life that we walk in this world, as the redeemed people of God. This life is exclusively for those who repent of their sin and place all their hope in Christ and what He did for them on the cross of Calvary.

This is the resurrection of the soul. It is necessary if we are to experience the second physical resurrection from the dead, when Jesus returns to wind up the affairs of human history. He will put a stop to all our sinful, human society and take His people home to heaven for eternity.

This physical resurrection that will happen to every person is certain and also the time unknown. Only God will instruct the trumpets to sound and the Eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ will descend from heaven with a shout, calling His people out of the graves and into eternal joy. Soul and body will be reunited and every redeemed person will instantly be changed. They will become immortal, and glorified, so that they will live with God forever, doing what was intended for them from before time began.

The resurrection of the bodies of those who have experienced no spiritual resurrection, will stand before their Saviour, who is now become their Judge. They will listen to the verdict, which they have chosen for themselves, through neglect and unbelief. These people will fall into the second death, and their resurrection will lead to everlasting ignominy.

Christians, we must speak up and reach out to the people all around us. Why are our hearts so hard? If you know resurrection of soul and can know the presence of God in your life, why are you not sharing it? We are too concerned about how other people view us, and not about the spiritual realities that are evident all around us.

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”    Hebrews 6: 10-12

The bride of Ophir

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“Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.”   Psalm 45

The bride is ready. She has been made ready for this great day of destiny. No day is happier for her and her Bridegroom.

She is perfect, beautiful and all she has is interwoven with pure gold. When we read Psalm 45, the atmosphere is filled with joy and expectation, as the queen awaits the Bridegroom. This is the day she has desired for, fought for and kept her faith placed in the certainty of this moment.

The bride enters the palace of the king to never leave, but be in His presence forever. All trouble has been forgotten and all the resisting of sin is now finally conquered. She is bedecked in glory, not her own but shared with Him who she loves. This is the destiny of every child of God.

This Bridegroom is the ultimate embodiment of victory and glory. He is the Prince of peace, the king of the ages, and the eternal God in the person of Christ. No one who trusts in Him will be disappointed. His people will be His glory and His inheritance and He will be theirs. Who would reject Him for the paltry pleasures of this doomed planet? Who would swap this eternal joy of darkness and destruction?

May we enter the palace of the king and love Him with great joy.

Women who glorify God