And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering so they went both of them together. Genesis 22:8 KJV
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”Revelation 5:5-7, 9-10 ESV
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 9:22 ESV
TRUST2KNOW,MERCY IS FREE BUT IT WASN’T CHEAP! TRUTHBTOLD…NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD!
Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.”I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. Hosea 14:3-4ESV
One of the most controversial and gravely undervalued Biblical principles of Christianity is, watch out Y’ALL…’REPENTANCE’! Like the Ol Skool Preacha used to say, “I guess I done lost half my church, huh?”
While many 21st Century Biblical Scholars typically shun broaching the very suggestion, much less accept its validity or even legitimacy. Yet, last time I checked, it’s still in The Book. In fact, personally, I most ardently believe that a careful inspection of the Holy Writ emphatically implicates its ETERNAL significance! Without ‘GODLY REPENTANCE‘, can there ever be trueSalvation?#Don’tshoutmedownnah!
According to 2 Peter 3:9“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. Still, given the propensity of humanity to push the envelope to see just how close we can get to the world and not step outside The Shadow of God’s Grace, we often gravitate to our pet axioms in an attempt to excuse or justify our rebelliousness, like “After all, ain’t nobody perfect”, “Pray for me I’m not there yet”; and we can’t exclude this one, “God knows my heart!”
In our Scripture Text we see God’s Servant, Hosea, reminding his people how gracious the Lord has been to them, the consequences of their sin; he desperately pleads for the Nation of Israel to turn back to God before provoking His Hand culminating in their ultimate downfall and destruction.
“Oh Israel, return unto the LORD thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity!” Hosea 14:1
At the same time, The Prophet begs God to remember His Love, Mercy and Patience! Nevertheless, the peoples hearts had become fallow ground, hardened by their sin lustingdesires and unrelenting spiritual whoredom, they refused to hear Hosea’s plea, heaping unto themselves false religious practices thereby inciting the bitterness of God’s Anger and Wrath!
Not unlike many church folk today, our forefathers foolishly attempted to mock God’s Favor, as if He was their Lucky Charm or Spiritual Sugar Daddy, who could be pushed aside until needed! Their persistent rejection, blatantly minimized His Righteous expectation that they would respond to His Goodness with gratitude, faithful obedience and devotion!
How often have we been guilty of neglecting that other side of God’s Righteousness aka Justice?#JJJEEESSSUUUSSSS!
But ThanksB2GOD, HE IS LONGSUFFERING! He allows us more than ample opportunities to come to the end of ourselves and realize that we need Him a whole lot more than He evrrrr needs us! TRUTHBTOLD, without His Help, none of us could exist!
TRUTHBTOLD, we misconstrue GODLY REPENTANCE with “I’m sorry” followed up by the shedding of a few tears! Needless to say our interpretation falls way short of God’s Intent! GODLY REPENTANCE first acknowledges that we have violated God’s Righteous Commands and that nothing besides God can save us. Next, GODLY REPENTANCE requites a change of mind and heart about Sin. We must not see it as something to be loved but hated and abominated! Finally, GODLY REPENTANCE requires a change of will and behavior followed up by turning away from sin to God for pardon and forgiveness!
OMG! I feel a tomato throwing spirit in the house!
Hosea concludes his message admonishing those who have an ear to hear to carefully contemplate the prudent wisdom presented to them, consummate their intimate relationship with their Heavenly Father by making a irrevocable decision and commitment to forsake all else and embrace the leading of The True and Living God of All Power, Provision, Consolation and Comfort!
#DIDJAHEARDAT? WELL? #HOW’BOUTU?
BCUZ, SOMETIMES SAYING UR SORRY AIN’T ENOUGH! #IJS
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with GOD through our LORD Jesus Christ; By whom also we have access by faith into THIS GRACE wherein we STAND, and REJOICE in HOPE IN THE GLORY OF GOD! Romans 5:1-2
OMG! DIDJACDAT? TALK ABOUT LIBERATION, huh?
There’s a word being blasted throughout news networks and social media these days, “ACQUITTAL”. While the debate rages on about whether or not the trial is legal or even relevant, undoubtedly history will determine the significance or insignificance of unbiased accountability! Nevertheless, none with escape this world unjudged by The RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME SOVEREIGN JUDGE OF HEAVEN AND EARTH! #ijs!!
How many of God’s Elect have bein bamboozled (my word) by all of their self incriminating evidence, instigated by Satanic threatening accusations, robbing them of the joyful experience of walking in the full benefits of their personal relationship IN CHRIST JESUS! Let me be the 1st one to raise both my hands!!
TRUTHBTOLD,NOT ONE of us deserves suchGIFT OF DIVINE GRACIOUSNESS AND MERCY! (SALVATION) and TRUST2KNO, GOD KNEW EXACTLY WHO AND WHAT HE WAS GETTING when HE offered up His Son in exchange for you and me! Yet, according to The Holy Writ, ‘ITPLEASED THE FATHER’ TO SACRIFICE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of RIGHTEOUSNESS as propitiation (Eternal Collateral) for our unrighteousness!(Ref. Isaiah 53:10) AWEMAAZING, huh?
I mean, who among us can claim that our good works (or feeble attempts to adhere to religious rituals) have earned this treasure! Even on our BESTEST day, we all fall far short of OF THIS GLORY! In fact, who can honestly say that they were looking for Him or striving to live a life pleasing and acceptable to Him when He snatched us up out of our sinful lusting spiritual stupor and shined the Glorious Light of The Gospel into our hearts? NOT ME! But GRACE and MERCY refused to be intimidated by our messiness! The SAME GOD who ‘calls those things that BE NOT, AS THOUGH THEY WERE, CALLED US TO GODSELF ANYWAY! CAN SOMEBODY SAY ‘GLORRAAAAAA 2 THE LAMB OF GOD!‘
But now, we can be enlightened and transformed by The WORD OF HIS POWER to walk in The God Ordained Freedom and Authority as Heirs of The Kingdom of God, annointed and appointed to enjoy the ETERNAL benefits of being RECONCILED TO GOD thru The DEATH, BURIAL & RESURRECTED LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST!
In other words, we have been set free from the guilt, shame and penalty of sin to live every day trusting, depending and relying wholeheartedly in THE EFFICACIOUS BLOOD OF OUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, THAT WAS SHED ON THE CROSS AND SPRINKLED ON THE MERCY SEAT OF HEAVEN’S ETERNAL SANCTUARY as TOTAL PAYMENT FOR ALL OF OUR SINS…PERIOD!
Notwithstanding, it behooves us to never foolishly, purposely and consistently practice sin,BELITTLING AND WILLFULLY REJECTING THE PRECIOUS PASSION SO SELFLESSLY DISPLAYED ON OUR BEHALF THAT WE MIGHT BE CALLED THE SONS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD! (Ref. Romans 3:31) GOD FORBID!
Beloved, I am beseeched by The Holy Spirit , Who encourages you (and me) as much as it is possible, to endeavor to live our lives honoring and embracing THE ALL SUFFICIENCY OF HIS AMAZING GRACE and UNRELENTING MERCY, striving to live humbly before HIM in faithful obedience and gratitude for this undeserved FAVOR, seeking ultimately to meet Him in Peace and Confident that BECAUSE OF THE WORKS OF CHRIST, IT IS WELL WITH OUR SOUL!
DIDJAHEARDAT? REST ASSURED! HE WHO THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE…INDEED! I’M STILL TALKING ABOUT SPIRITUAL ACQUITTAL!
Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. 2 For his unfailing love for us is powerful; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Psalm 117 NLT
Notice, the Psalmist is encouraging all nations, of the earth, not just certain peoples, to give praise to The Lord! TRUTHBTOLD, everything in the Earth shall one day recognize God as The Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of ALL Life. (Ref. Psalm 24:1)
Yet, while everything that has breath is admonished to give God Praise for WHAT He’s DONE, only those who have secured a personal intimate committed relationship with The ONLY True Source and Hope of Salvation, thru Godly Repentance and acceptance of The Sacrificial Atoning death of Jesus Christ, experience the unspeakable Joy and treasure of Pure Worship for WHO HE IS!
DIDJAKNO, The only thing comparable to GOD’S GREAT LOVE, IS HIS ENDURING FAITHFULNESS?
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8
YEP! OUR GOD IS UNDENIABLY, UNDEFIABLY EQUAL 2 NONE!
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is her mercy toward them that fear him.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children. To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. Psalm 103:11, 17-18
One of the most difficult challenges for the God’s Servants to overcome is an individual’s preconceived perspective of the Character and Attributes of God! TRUTHBTOLD, God’s Ways are so far beyond human capacity to comprehend that they can only be known thru Divine Revelation! Thus, Scripture attests “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts, unto the children of Israel.” Psalm 103:7
Often one’s personal intimate relationship with The Sovereign Creator and Lord of Heaven and Earth is hindered by our past personal experiences, coincided with what we picked up from worldly associates! Nevertheless, God’s greatest desire for His Most Precious Creation, humanity, has always been, “That WE may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”Ref.Philippians 3:10
Like so many, before I came to Christ, I could only see God as this INVISIBLE Holy Entity, seated somewhere in The Heavens, spying on me, watching every wrong thing I did and waiting intently for me to reach that mystical numerical act of unholy offenses, before pulling out His Righteous Judgement Sledge Hammer and squashing my po wretched mind, body and soul back into the dust of the Earth. I was convinced that God had a predetermined Spiritual Case System of “HAVES” AND ‘HAVE NOTS” and I already knew which side I fell on. #Don’tjudgemeyall! Thankfully, God was not intimidated by my ignorance and engrafted me into His Royal Family, anyhow!
My heart still flutters when I think about the awesome transformation from sinner to saint! Who could’ve imagined that God receives no satisfaction from punishing lost humanity for their sin, but is driven by His Incomparable Compassionate Desire for people to forsake their sin and turn to Him, allowing Him to remove their sin as far as the east is from the west, releasing forgiveness, healing ,redemption and renewal, empowering us to experience unimaginable abundant life benefits to satisfy our mouths with His Mercy and Goodness in this present world and the world to come! #WOW #DIDJAHEARDAT?
TRUST2KNO, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS GREATER THAN THE LOVE OF GOD!
Can we talk, 4REAL? Sometimes there’s a great disconnect between who we are and where we are! Don’t shout me down, nah! Seriously, life has a way of placing us in circumstances where we, as born-again-baptized-loving-The Lord and endeavoring 2 live our lives 2 please Him-with all of our hearts, minds, spirit and soul—never expected to be! Well, welcome to REAL-TIME!
Can I tell you something else? You are in good company! Jus look at God’s Prophet Habakkuk. Having been called to preach a message of impending devastation to the backslidden nation of Israel, anticipated that the people would heed God’s warning and repent allowing The Sovereign Lord to intervene on their behalf driving their enemies far away from them. However, God does not always show up as we anticipate leaving us distraught and confused! Do I have a witness?
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven, his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous; but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD LOVETH RIGHTEOUSNESS; HIS COUNTENANCE DOTH BEHOLD THE UPRIGHT. Psalm 11:4-7
HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Amidst the undeniable climatic chaotic events and seasons of extreme uncertainty, The Voice of The Sovereign Lord yet speaks from Eternity Past these words of comfort and consolation into the hearts of all who faithfully abide in The Refuge of His Holiness, having placed their trust in The Immutable Foundation of His Truth, Power and Love!
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Isaiah 41:10
While the wicked man persists in scheming and plotting evil, being foolishly fully persuaded that his covetous, proud, self-centered, haughty, dishonest and cruel deeds go unnoticed, he recklessly denies The Presence of The True and Living God, arrogantly dismissing accountability and mocks reckoning before The Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Eyes of The LORD of Heaven and Earth!
Nevertheless, the soul of the righteous shall remain secure, affixed and totally relying in The Rock of Ages Who has pledged HIMSELF to His own hurt “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
Granted, we’re definitely living in “unusually turbulent times that have tried and vexed the souls of God’s Elect”, yet when we acknowledge WHO WE ARE AND WHOSE WE ARE, our spiritual condition is undaunted by circumstantial evidence! Beloved, THIS CONFIDENT HOPE assures us that GOD SEES AND KNOWS EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON AND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING EVER TAKES GOD BY SURPRISE!
Precious Ones,TRUTHBTOLD, GOD is STILL ON HIS THRONE, THEREFORE NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
DON’T GET IT TWISTED!GOD HAS APPOINTED A DAY OF JUDGEMENT TO REWARD THE WICKEDWHO LOVE VIOLENCE WITH THE RAIN OF A HORRIBLE TEMPEST AND SNARES OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!
HOWEVVVRRR, TRUST2KNO, God’s ETERNAL WORD continues to encourage the 21st Century righteous, who have committed their entire being into The Faithful Compassionate Care of The Saving Grace and Mercy of King Jesus, that HE WHO IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE IS A VERY PRESENT and UNCEASING HELP for the godly man! FOR HIS FOUNDATION REMAINS SECURE AND HE SHALL REIGN 4EVER MORE!
How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations! …As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth…
We are confounded, because we have heard reproach; shame hath covered our faces; for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD’s house.
Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images; and through all her land the wounded shall groan. Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice, when her do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered.
Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken; for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.
And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men; and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts…And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her, and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah. J
Jeremiah 51:41, 49,51-53, 55-57, 64
Beloved, in the midst of these unsettling times of unprecedented uncertainties, God is yet calling His people to rest assured! Although, The Holiness of God’s Glory allows punishment as judgement for the willful disregard of His Standard of Righteousness, nevertheless, when those He uses to exact justice become drunk on arrogance, falling prey to their selfishness, driven by lust and greed, excessively abusing the power delegated to them, fail to respect and making mockery of God’s Will, TRUST2KNO, the LORD of Host requites NOT ONLY VENGEANCE BUT RESTITUTION!
For It is written, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” Psalm 37:1-6
Take courage my Kingdom Brothers and Sistas and wait on The Lord! TRUTHBTOLD, Our God is Faithful!There will be GLORY after THIS!
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34 NASB
Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old and made him King in the room of his father Amaziah…And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did. And he sought God in the days of Zachariah, who had understanding , in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. 2 Chronicles 26:1, 4-5
History bears witness to the testimony that Godliness instills boldness and a holy confidence in the integrity of Our Heavenly Father’s commitment to intervene on our behalf with the manifestation of His miraculous Power! The inhabitants of the land who are wholeheartedly devoted to a lifestyle of righteousness, honor God and enjoy blessings of Peace, Protection and Prosperity!
Howevrrr, the sinful lust of those who selfishly persist in their rebellion, blatantly disregarding the Kingdom Standards instituted by The Sovereign Creator and Lord of Life, inflicts fear, produces distrust, affects the worship, robbing the nation of it’s witness and inevitably ruptures or delays the GOD-ORDAINED Destiny of mankind; ultimately enslaving the nation to the global pandemic of disgrace and defeat!
NEVERTHELESS, God’s lingering Loyal Love for His Precious creatures, not willing that any should perish, abides Faithful! The Passionate Source of Life, waits patiently, luring whosoever will to open their hearts and minds, embrace His Mercy and Grace in Godly-Repentance by turning from their wicked evil ways and accepting The ONLY TRUE SALVATION available to us, in JESUS CHRIST Alone, guaranteeing that they SHALL receive the Gift of Eternal Life!
#ijs, while YOU STILL HAVE THE POWER OF CHOICE! WHAT SAY YE, NATIONAL GRACE OR DISGRACE!
And Hannah prayed and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the LORD; for there is none beside thee, neither is there any rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:1-2
In the midst of chaos, confusion and uncertainty it’s a struggle for us , even saved-sanctified-Holy Ghost filled baptized believers, to remember the true worth, value, not to mention unmerited privileges of a prayer life! Seriously! Who would’ve imagined that The Eternal God, Creator and Sustainer of ALL LIFE would allow such fickle, frail, flawed worm-like creatures access to His Majestic Throne, armed in the bold Blessed Assurance that as we pour out our heartfelt woes, casting off the burdens of life’s maladies that OUR POWERFUL GREAT HIGH PRIEST, was not only listening compassionately, but willing to perfect every one of our concerns! #ijs #WOW #DATZ AWEMAAZIN, huh?
That’s exactly why, when our hearts are overwhelmed with the daily grind and drama emanating from the ungodly antics of this world, it behooves us to take full advantage of any/every opportunity to escape to the backside of The Mountain for momentary respites to simply dwell in His Presence! Beloved, I encourage you to discover the secret treasures waiting those who intentionally turn your focus away from the depth of disappointed hopes, the sadness of sorrows, the pain of sufferings and even the sporadic satisfaction of answered blessings, just to look into HIS FACE, beholding the Joy and Glorious Wonder of Pure Holy, Faithful, Omniscient, All Powerful Sovereign Excellence of The Only True Reverser and Restorer of circumstances.Yep!! TRUST2KNO, that’ll turn your prayers into praiz! Jus ask Hannah! ABOUT FACE!