Sunday, October 26, 2014

Awesome God!

We serve an awesome God.  He intensely loves each one of us.  He was pleased to see His Son bruised or crucified just so we could be with Him forever.  He is 100% faithful to His promises.  He knows our every thought and desire.  Yet at the same time, He continues to rule the universe.  In the book of Revelation, God clearly shows His master plan to deal with every evil in the world and to establish His glorious kingdom on the earth. 

In other words, He will always be the infinite God who created all things "by Him, through Him, and for Him." and who will triumph over all.  Actually He has already conquered all evil through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.  It is only a matter of time and of inevitable steps to see all things put under His feet and as many as possible come to know Him.

Be not deceived.  God is not mocked.  What a man sows is what he will reap.  Secular man may say what comes around goes around.  Either way, the point is that God controls the outcome of our choices and actions.  God invites us to accept His direction or instructions so He can bless and fill our lives with the fullness He intended. When we choose to reject His way and go against His Word, the consequences always lead to death.  Man in our fallen state likes to pretend he is "God" and thinks he can do whatever he wants without consequences.  Big mistake. 

In our world man has become so arrogant that he exalts homosexuality, acts like killing babies in the womb is an acceptable practice, and continues to act like Christianity and God's Word is a detriment to the progress of mankind.  However, as the Word states "God is not mocked" and there will be a day of reckoning.  God resists the proud. 

On a global scale, when countries bless Israel, they are blessed.  When they curse or try to destroy Israel, they are cursed and will reap the consequences. Yet for the past few years the US had led a campaign to force Israel to be divided into a Palestinian state and a Jewish state.  A recent prophecy (given by several people in various parts of the world) speaks a warning to the United States: If we divide Israel, God will divide the United States.  The specifics are quite awesome with a large meteor hitting near Puerto Rico and both the tsunami and the earthquake literally dividing the United States from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as major destruction on the east and west coast.  In another prophecy given this October by a recognized prophet )hordes of terrorists crossed the southern border and caused great difficulty and destruction.  In disgust over the federal government leaving the border so open and not doing anything, the people of America lost heart and became divided.

These prophecies may be a warning and a call for God's people to pray.  If the United States continues to pursue this dangerous stance of dividing Israel there will be significant consequences.  It is always foolish to pick on God's chosen people.  Ask Hitler.  Likewise, our government policy concerning our border has subjected our people to great risk.  No wonder 1 Timothy 2:1 calls Christians to "first of all" pray for their leaders.  Yet God in His awesome love offers hope for things to change if "my people humble themselves and pray" so He can "heal our land."

So whether as a nation or on a personal level, God's principles stand. Our choices of obedience always produce reward and blessing.  God is an awesome God, far beyond man's ideas.  And in spite of His greatness, He is also so personal in His love for each person that He is constantly looking for opportunities and reasons to bless.  Because of the joy set before Him, Jesus willingly endured the cross.  In the same spirit. He sets great joy and reward before us to encourage our obedience and yielding to Him.  God looks forward to when He can say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

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