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The Knife of Betrayal

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Hosea (Hebraic for savior) was a member of the Jewish upper class and a prophet to the kingdom of Israel. Imagine Hosea’s disbelief and disgust upon hearing the Lord’s first command.

Marry a prostitute and have children with that prostitute. The people in this land have acted like prostitutes and abandoned the Lord. Hosea 1:2

The scripture above says it loud and clear.

SIN IS A BETRAYAL OF GOD’S LOVE!

Thankfully, the Lord is patient. Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Thanks to Hosea’s obedience. Gomer was rescued from her life of shame and hopelessness.

This act of love and obedience foreshadowed Jesus’s rescue of God’s own beloved— you and I.

Even when we stumble and sin the Lord is there. Extending His hands of love and grace. Picking us up and bringing us back into fellowship with Him.

Exactly what the Lord commanded Hosea to offer Gomer. Who after years of marriage and three children had deserted her family.

Go. Make love to a woman who has a lover and involved in adultery. Just as the Lord loves the people of Israel though they turn to other gods. Hosea 3:1

Hosea obeyed and diligently searched for Gomer. Where she was living and with whom is unknown. We do know she was not free to come and go as she pleased because Hosea had to pay the price of a slave to gain her freedom.

Like Gomer every human being has been enslaved by sin. Trapped and surrounded by the stench of decay and death. Which over time becomes less repulsive as the heart grows colder and less responsive to God’s love and truth.

A stench that has slowly enveloped Jesus’s betrothed— the Church.

What is the condition of the American Church today?

78% believe the Lord is the “all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today.” The remaining individuals use other descriptions of God not consistent with biblical teaching.

22% strongly agree Jesus Christ sinned while living on earth.

23% believe the Bible is the unequivocal Word of God and should be taken literally.

Although 79% of Christians believe Jesus will return to earth. Only 23% believe human actions can influence the timing of His return.

38% strongly agree the Holy Spirit is not a living entity but a symbol of God’s power or presence.

40% strongly agree satan does not exist but is a symbol of evil.

When it comes to morality. There is little statistical difference between the behavior of Christians and non-Christians. barna.com

How did this happen? How did a Church that walked in divine revelation and supernatural power in the first century? Becomes a Church whose followers today are inhabitants of the darkness?

Attempting to be warm, hospitable and politically correct. Churches have diluted God’s Word— His truth. Stripping Jesus of His godly attributes so He would be more acceptable to the masses.

The result?

The existence of divinity within a perishable human body is difficult for both Christians and non-believers to reconcile. This perceived incompatibility has negated these truths.

God became human and made His home among us. John 1:14

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee. The angel went to a virgin promised in marriage to a descendant of David named Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary.

The angel told her, “Don’t be afraid Mary. You have found favor with God. You will become pregnant. Give birth to a son and name Him Jesus.”

Mary asked the angel, “How can this be? I’ve never had sexual intercourse.”

The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:27 and 34-35

Jesus was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

Jesus healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast our many demons. Mark 1:34

Jesus called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead. John 12:17

Jesus, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Jesus loves us and has set us free from out sins by His blood. Revelation 1:5

Jesus was crucified. Three days later God raised Him to life and let Him be seen. Acts 10:40

Jesus boldly declares, “I am coming soon! And when I come. I will reward everyone for what they have done. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13

All believers at one time were spiritually indebted to sin. Separated from God. Destined for hell.

Thankfully, Jesus paid the debt. Justice has been served. All sins— past, present and future have been expunged from our criminal records.

God through a sovereign act of love served the sentence for us.

Yes, satan would have you believe once a sinner, always a sinner. Knowing each time you believe this lie. You negate the Lord’s mercy and offer of grace to create in you a new heart— the heart of Jesus.

GO DEEPER

What lie have you believed about sin that empowers self-destructive behaviors?

What is God’s truth about forgiveness of sin?

(Excerpt from I AM The Promise Keeper)

I AM The Promise Keeper e-book 

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Victorious Hope

satan’s only hope of victory in this battle for your soul is to persuade you that Papa has abandoned you. Convincing you of this. Ensures resistance, arrogance and indecision replaces obedience, humility and perseverance. You will do anything to numb the pain or feed your desires, regardless of the consequences.

By focusing your eyes— your heart on temporal circumstances. You are blind to Papa’s promises that are yours.

Jesus has won the war. Live life as a victor, not a victim.

Papa has adopted you as His child. Accept your inheritance— all of Papa’s resources.

You are satan’s master. You have been given both the power and the authority— legal right to rule over him. Tell him where to go!

But be alert! satan will continue to wage war against you. Doing whatever is necessary to deceive you into devaluing who you are in Christ, and who Christ is in you.

Give the Holy Spirit the power of attorney to manage all your affairs. His diligence and fidelity far surpasses that of any human being. He can equip you with the prudence, wisdom and skills critical in your quest for victory and freedom. Bringing to your remembrance Scripture. Wisdom and truth that quenches satan’s fiery darts of condemnation, temptation and ridicule.

Enlist in Papa’s army. Obey His commands and receive the Kingdom’s Purple Heart.

God is so good. By raising Jesus from death, He has given us new life, and a hope that lives on.

1 Peter 1:3 Contemporary English Version

Living For Today

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When I began writing Pearls Of The Kingdom Series. I envisioned a series of books devoted to the female gender. Exploring their contributions and struggles within and outside Christianity.

But sometime during the writing of The Gold Standard it became evident. The series would be devoted to the Bride of Christ— the Church— females and males.

Nuggets of wisdom seen through New Testament eyes focused on Christ’s return. Knowing the Lord does not delay as though He were unable to act. Is not slow about His promise as some count slowness but is extraordinarily patient toward you. Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. Then the heavens will vanish with a mighty and thunderous roar. The material elements will be destroyed with intense heat. The earth and the works that are on it will be burned up.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way. What kind of people ought you to be in the meantime in holy behavior? That is in a pattern of daily life that sets you apart as a believer in godliness. Displaying profound reverence toward our awesome God. While you earnestly look for and await the coming of the day of God.

For on this day the heavens will be destroyed by burning. The material elements will melt with intense heat! But in accordance with His promise, we expectantly await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent. Make every effort to be found by Him at His return, spotless and blameless. In peace— that is inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual wellbeing and confidence. Having lived a life of obedience to Him.

Consider the patience of our Lord. His delay in judging and avenging wrongs as salvation, that is, allowing time for more to be saved.

Just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him by God. Speaking about these things as he does in all of his letters. In which there are some things that are difficult to understand. Which the untaught and unstable who have fallen into error twist and misinterpret, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures to their own destruction.

Therefore, let me warn you beloved. Knowing these things beforehand. Be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men. Who distort doctrine and fall from your own steadfastness of mind, knowledge, truth and faith.

Grow spiritually mature in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory. Honor. Majesty. Splendor. Both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:9-18  

Christ is soon returning!

Be a modern day John the Baptist. Preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.

As it is written and forever remains written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet. The voice of one shouting in the wilderness.

“Prepare the way of the Lord.

Make His paths straight.

Every ravine shall be filled up.

Every mountain and hill shall be leveled.

The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough roads smooth. All mankind shall see the salvation of God.” Luke 3:3-6 

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