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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Anointed One



Matthew 16:16

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Christ being the anointed of God the Father means that He was the chosen One to be the Savior of the world. Christ was chosen because who He was and He met all of the Father's required qualifications to atone the sins of the world.
If the question was raised, what were the Father's requirements to atone the sins of the world? The person was required to be human and divine and without sin. Christ was both human and divine as He was God in the second person in the Godhead. Christ was able to keep all of God's commandments and His atoning works was a one-time event whereas the earthly priests' atonement was performed yearly. The earthly priests required that their sins be forgiven whereas Christ had no sin.
That said, God being God knew from the beginning of time what was going to occur and He had a redeemer ready and waiting until the appointed time to fulfill His mission.
It is noteworthy to say all of God's actions are a manifestation of His love, grace and mercy for humanity. Man is created in the image and likeness of God; man was created to be in fellowship with Him but sin broke that fellowship and Christ's atoning work on Calvary restored the fellowship.
What a mighty God who loved humanity to the point He gave His only begotten Son to be the sacrificial lamb.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Prophesied Christ



 Isaiah 7:14



Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

In the Old Testament the Lord God used prophets to foretell of events to come; the prediction of the coming birth of the Savior was no exception. The prophet Isaiah made this starling prediction of the coming Savior that His birth would be of a virgin. Isaiah provided the name of the Christ child-Immanuel which means God with us.
For Christ to fulfill His mission of providing salvation to all who believe He had to be human and divine; therefore, the Virgin Mary was His earthly mother and God the Holy Spirit as His father. It is in Christ that humanity and divinity met.
It is noteworthy to say, Isaiah's prophecy was prophesied just as God instructed him because in God's own time this prophecy would be fulfilled and in order for God's plan to be accomplished the prophecy would have to be fulfilled.
It is too noteworthy to say that many during this era were patiently looking forward to the promised Messiah. Let us be mindful of whom God is and everything He does is timely and right.
Christ being the perfect Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world and God the Father knew He would have to sacrifice His only begotten Son to redeem man from sin.
The prophesied Christ came one Christmas morning fulfilling the prophecy.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

God's Protection



Psalm 91:1-4


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

In the midst of this chaotic society we are left to wonder will there ever peace and a safe place to reside and raise our children. The news media can leave a person with anxiety that can lead to mental and physical stress and ailments. Be encouraged because God is in control and in His time will restore peace and calm to our society.
Let us look to God for peace that society cannot give neither can it understand the peace of heart that is demonstrated by His people. This is because believers are abiding in the safety of the Almighty God as we are hid under His mighty wings.
Let me further encourage all to take heart because the chaos that is being demonstrated in the media will be short-lived; the lies, bigotry, hate and fear mongering is of Satan and his days are numbered. His job is to confuse the minds of God's people; truth and right will prevail all the time.
Take heart, because what is right, just and good will prevail.


 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weapons Of Evil: Isaiah 54:17


No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

 
This earthly life is filled with evil as Satan and his minions try to impede believers' walk with Christ. That said,  believers will be assaulted by his evil weapons, but take heart that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper and every tongue that speak evil against you shalt be condemned. This is because God is our protector as believers abide in the secret tabernacle of the Almighty God because He is our refuge, our protector, our God and the rock of our salvation.

God being our protector, believers are covered under His mighty wings as truth shall be our buckler (Psalm 91:1-4).

Believers as we face troubles in this life give them to Jesus; focus on Him instead of our problems. He asks us to cast all our cares upon Him and He will take care of them (1 Peter 5:7) take Him at His word. Jesus is faithful to His promise; He will bear all our burdens; give them to Him. He is our comforter in the time of weariness. He will never leave nor forsake us; trust Him and never doubt.

Let me encourage all, let us keep our eyes focused on Jesus and He will resolve the problem because He is bigger than our problems.

All evil and unrighteousness will be brought to naught in God's time. He will give us the strength to endure.
 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Call On God



Psalm 102:2


Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me; in the day when I call answer me speedily.

This entire number of Psalm is a prayer when one is overwhelmed with troubles; this question come to mind, who do you call when trouble rises? Do you call on family, friends or do you call on Jesus? I strongly recommend Jesus, because He is a problem solver, a burden barrier, and a heavy load sharer; beside He is God. Jesus bore our sins on the cross at Calvary and is more than able to solve our problems.
When you call on God in prayer expect an answer. He will answer and is always on time. God's time and our time are different. While waiting on God do not get discouraged, because He is present with us every step of the way. God is faithful to His promise of never to leave nor forsake His own. Trust Him to see you through.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Be Still


Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

 In light of the turmoil in today's society can cause anxiety, but all me to encourage all to be still and know God is in control. Nothing happens or takes God by surprise. In His own time He will bring all this upheaval to naught.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Being Kept By God


Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 

What does it mean to be kept by God? We will address the question from three perspectives, and they are:

(a) Preservation through His powers as He preserves all that was created. This is accomplished through His Son Jesus Christ as recorded in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Christ is before all things, and by him all things consists.” These two verses clearly explains who holds everything in place, the planets in their orbits, the moon and stars in their places and even the smallest particles of life are held together by Christ.

(b) His provisions in that God provides for the needs of all life that was created by Him. Reflect with me on the plants and animals how they are cared for; are humans better than they? Philippians 4:19, which states, “But my God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches and glory.”

(c) His involvement in government we see God ruling this world through His sovereign powers. He allows the events that have occurred in our history and those that are occurring in the present are under His permissive will and oversight and at His appointed time He intervenes to bring about His redemptive purposes in our lives.

There is surety in being kept by God.