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Month: September 2017

Jesus is the Answer
Jesus is the Answer

 

 

 

 

 

Lately the world has seen an unprecedented number of terror attacks, murders, earthquakes, hurricanes, political hatred, racism, authoritative defiance and nuclear threats. And only the naive would not recognize that we are living in perilous times. So, where does this leave us as a nation and a body of Christ? Where and how do we look upon our world and wonder why all of these atrocities are occurring?

 

Well, to address these questions and many more, we have to start at the beginning for recognition of the true accomplice. Over the past few weeks I have heard time and time again, “How can God allow this to happen, or God must be disciplining or angry with those affected.”

God is love and in Him lies life. God loves us so much that he sent his one and only Son to take the death penalty that each one of us deserves. There is not a one of us that can say we haven’t sinned, and therefore we must have a Savior. That Savior is Jesus, the one who was with God since the beginning.

 

John1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

We were separated from God by our sins, so Jesus came to earth to deal with and finish the required sacrifice. God requires a blood sacrifice for sin and Jesus 100% accomplished just that. He gave His life for you and for me one time and one time only. So what this tells us is that Jesus has already dealt with the sin.

 

In the old testament we saw numerous times where God dealt with sin in amazing ways. We saw a flood which filled the earth and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah through hail and fire. The sin was mighty and absolutely MUST be dealt with. For God to not deal with this sin would lead one to ask what kind of Father He could be. But, no! God is a good and perfect Father and He must discipline us in order for us to be all that He created us to be.

 

Unfortunately, God recognized that time and time again people were continuing on a self-destructive path led by sinful behaviors. So God knew that He must send a proper sacrifice. And this was found in only one: Jesus. Halleluiah.

So this now leads us to know that Jesus took care of or sin, so therefore this destruction that we are seeing all over the world cannot come from God. Jesus already took God’s wrath upon the cross. But there is another and his name is Satan. He is death. He is destruction. He is a murderer. And he has come to kill, to steal and to destroy you, me and all of our friends and family. He is a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.

Satan, who in his jealousy, preys on the weak at heart. He is a massive manipulator, a deceiver, a liar, a thief and a murderer. He is Satan and he is evil! The destroyer is just that, a destroyer. He has one goal on earth: to stop you from believing in Jesus and to make you doubt the love of God.

 

And now that we have ascertained the fact that God is a Creator, we can also recognize that our enemy is Satan. And just as God in his Holiness warned Adam and Eve so now we must be warned of our enemy Satan. You see, without knowledge we cannot conqueror. 2Corinthians 4:4 tells us “Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe…”. And when we are blinded, we do not know which way to turn and we see only darkness.

 

But we don’t have to live in darkness, being manipulated and lied to by our enemy. No, we can take a stand for truth and know that although troubles and calamity may be occurring at enormous rates, God is here for us. “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” (2Corinthians 4:8)

 

So, the bottom line here is that when Satan was given control of the earth by sin, he began a wicked rampage against you and me. He is doing everything in his power to destroy us and lead us to turn away from God and our trust in Jesus. But we will not go down.

You and I were chosen for this specific time with a definite purpose. So, stand up for God. Do not allow others to turn away from God, but encourage them with all of your strength that our lives are 100% complete in Christ.

 

Now more than ever, ensure your heart is right with God. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Ask Him into your heart and know that you are forgiven and your name is now written in the Book of Life.

 

And although chaos engulfs the world in a multitude of directions, we are always triumphant. So, be an example in the way you handle all situations. Place your trust in our living God, pursue a godly life and work at bringing others to Christ in order to complete the ministry God has given you. (Timothy4)

 

Blessings: Heather Joyner