Saturday, November 26, 2011
Blessed are those...
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men.
From the place of His habitation He looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. Psalm 33:12-14
Show me the "nation" which has the God of Abraham as their God! There is none... No wonder this earth is in so much turmoil, pain, war, death, crime, disasters and about to sink in a deep "hole".
O Lord, raise up Your children to follow You in sincerity and dedication, I pray.
What about the people of God who turn to this world for their "god", for their "entertainment" or to satisfy their flesh?
See what happened in Exodus 32... Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
Verse 7... And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: Verse 35... "And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made."
Other times God opened the earth and some of His people who became rebellious were swallowed up. See Numbers 16:32 and Chapter 26:10
What I am referring to is the seriousness of followers of God who become rebellious and who go astray. Through Christ we have found a rescue from the judgement of God, but we must walk in His ways. Those who love Christ will not put God to the test, because they desire to obey His voice through the Holy Spirit.
Do NOT think that God does not see or know what you are doing and in what you are involved with. He is a righteous God and He does not hold His hand over His eyes concerning the doings of His children, because we know what to do, not to do and what is expected from us. His Word reveals to all human flesh how to live and how to seek Him in sincerity. His help in our daily walk is available for the asking.
His Word also states that God is merciful and gracious, but this does not mean that we should speculate on this, nor try to abuse the attributes of our Father. We can walk in victory and joy, through the Holy Spirit.
His people are those who follow Him and to such Jesus says: "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 10:28
Just in case you may think that one becomes a child of God without effort on his/her part or being ignorant by continuing in sin, let me show you how it works.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given unto you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." If this scripture is not adhered to, then nothing will change. The words Jesus spoke are not meant to be idle, but expect reply and response.
God’s word teaches that Salvation and Forgiveness of sin does not come automatically.
John 3: 18,19 He that BELIEVETH on Him is not condemned: but he that BELIEVETH NOT is condemned already, because he hath NOT believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Sure we can bring the message of reconciliation but the "hearer" needs to respond. This can be compared to the marriage vows: each party has to declare "I do". It is a 2 way street. Each one has a free will to reject or to accept. If one of the couple to be married, does not respond with the "I do", the marriage vows are void. Both have to agree to make it a marriage.
And so it is with the Word of God... one rejects or accepts, nothing in between will do.
Man is not a puppet, but has to take responsibility for his/her actions according to God's word. And for this Jesus Christ did come to present freedom to all who COME to Him and OPEN the door of their heart when He knocks. This requires ACTION on the part of the “hearer”.
Abiding in God's word will always reflect TRUTH. AMEN!
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27
Watch you therefore not to be caught unexpectedly when He appears.
In the service of the Master,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman