Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Word & Prayer For Today's Christian

Hosea Titlepage unbroken love broken heart_4
God’s love is strong, unconditional – a love that we cannot understand or explain in human terms.  It is absolutely and utterly beyond measure.  The life of the Old Testament prophet, Hosea, powerfully illustrates this kind of love.  Hosea was married to Gomer but Gomer was unfaithful to Hosea, betraying the covenant of marriage.  Hosea had every right to walk away from Gomer and divorce her but supernatural love caused him to make supernatural choices that demanded supernatural action and sacrifice.
Hosea 3:2 says, “So I bought her for six ounces of silver and ten bushels of barley” (Twice the price of an average slave).
Think about it.  Hosea was the one who had been wronged and humiliated.  Yes, he was the one faithfully following the moral Commandments of God.  He was the righteous one but he was also the one called to sacrifice.  We oftentimes misunderstand the full meaning of sacrifice, thinking that it is only a decision to “give up” our self-centered rights, or give up our surplus of resources or give up a few of our nonessential freedoms.  But true sacrifice is much more than these things.   Sacrifice causes us to lay down all sense of human justice or fairness in order for God to work in and through us on behave of those who are sometimes unlovable and deserving of condemnation.
While a sinner _Romans 5_8 Revised
Gomer broke the covenant of marriage.  Biblically, Hosea had every justification to divorce her.  He could have tossed her out and turned her children against her, stripping her life of any discernible value.  Hosea could have destroyed Gomer, and no one would have blamed him.  Instead, God instructed Hosea to rise to a higher place and lay down his anger, hurt and his right to retaliate or seek revenge.  God instructed Hosea to take the initiative and go to her and love her again.
Redeeming Love buttonHosea had to swallow his pride and go to her in love and forgiveness.  Now let me just tell you that if I had been the one going to find Gomer, I would have been more likely to snatch her up by the hair and drag her home in front of as many people as possible to prove she could not get away with what she was doing.  Better yet, I would have said, “Good riddance.  You can keep her!  I don’t want her any more.”  I am certain I could find many who would agree with my plan of punishment and revenge.  It seems to me that Hosea stood to gain very little but lose a great deal by choosing to respond as he did.  However, Hosea was called on by God to sacrifice everything to redeem a woman who did not deserve sacrifice or redemption.  Jesus did the same thing for us when He died on the cross.  He now calls us to respond with that same God-like heart and attitude of redemption.
God always seeks restoration and reconciliation and commands us to look for it as well.  We are to look past what seems logical and seek the sublime. 

Today’s Word Gods redeeming love
1Then the Lord told me, “Love your wife again, even though she is loved by others and has committed adultery.  Love her as I, the Lord, love the Israelites, even though they have turned to other gods and love to eat raisin cakes.”  2So I bought her for 23 ounces of silver and 10 bushels of barley. ~ Hosea 3:1-2 (GW)
Today’s Prayer
Father, I pray to You in the only name that is above every name—YeHoWsHua HaMashiach* - The Anointed One From God – Jesus the Christ.  Father, I am so tired of holding on to the pain in my life.  I want to forgive those who have hurt me and learn how to let go of the pain and move on.  Today, I lay down my pride and my rights.  I will not seek revenge or retaliation.  Instead, I choose to take the initiative and love my enemies and bless those who have harmed me.  Please give me the strength and power to reflect Your love for me in my love toward others.  Anoint me with thy Holy Spirit O God so that I may honor You as I step out in obedience to Your will and Your way.  This is my prayer in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Truth About Salvation Part 1

Truth About Salvation Part 2

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Uzzah Syndrome

 In the Book of 2nd Samuel there is a story of a man named Uzzah who was in the employment of David.  He and his brother were entrusted with the task of guiding an ox drawn cart upon which the ark of the LORD had been laid.  However, there was a divine order in which the ark of God was to be transported and handled. (Exodus 25:10-22, Numbers 4:1-20, 1 Chronicles 15:13-15)  This divine order was not observed by David or Uzzah.  They ignored God’s instructions and prerequisites regarding the handling of the ark, for only Levites were suppose to transport the ark of God in a divinely prescribed manner.  And when the oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out His hands to steady the ark of God so that it would not fall and God struck him dead.

A life was lost because a pair of human hands was laid upon the ark of God in irreverence (disrespect) to God’s divine orders.  Uzzah placed his hands upon the ark with the best of intentions, to steady it and keep it from falling, but they touched God's work presumptuously, and he fell dead. 

In today’s contemporary Christian churches, there are many systems of religions that espouse various forms of gospels that offer various means of salvation.  They have presumed to change God’s divine order of things and do it their way.  They have, in a real sense, shown irreverence to God’s divine will and instructions.  And regardless of their motives or of their good intentions, they are inviting the wrath of God and the destruction of themselves. 

God is a just God.  All of His actions are right and fair.  He does not show partiality for He is no respecter of men.  Deuteronomy 32:4 says, He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”  

If God killed Uzzah for touching the ark and disregarding His divine order, what will happen to those who mishandle His Holy Word-Jesus the Christ- disregarding His divine order and establishing their own way?
Disobedience to God equals disrespect for God and this will always end in death.

Our challenge today is simply to Trust and Obey.

Today’s Word
6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.  ~ 2 Samuel 6:6-7

 Today’s Prayer
Father, it is in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ that I pray to You today.  I confess that I have sinned against You.  I have shown irreverence and disrespect for Your way and Your will.  I have not followed Your instructions or kept Your Holy Commandments as I should.  I realize that I am in danger of eternal damnation.  Please forgive me O God.  I am sorely sorry for my sins.  I REPENT!  I realize that Your way is always right and just.  I desire to obey Your Word, for in Your Word is life—life everlasting.  Please forgive me O God.  Help me to never disregard Your living Word or disrespect Your divine order.  Your divine instructions are a delight and a joy to obey.  Empower me to keep all of Your commandments.  Help me to obey Your divine instructions regarding repentance, water baptism in Your name and the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit.  Protect me from false religions and counterfeit faith.  Please keep me away from perverse doctrines of demons and religions of men.  I want to be found in Your perfect will.  I want to be saved according to Your divine way.  This is my prayer in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen. 
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