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Darkness before light

June 26, 2014

Tonight at the mall gathering one of my favorite thought provoking scriptures was brought up…..
The thought…..
In the beginning God created the earth. And the earth had no form, and it was void.
Picture that, if you can.
Then….get a glimpse of this while you’re still seeing a earth with no form and void of anything….
Only darkness was found upon the face of the deep.
Was there anything or anyone that was moving out there? Anyone or anything alive? Hello!
“And the Spirit of God moved”……..
Where?
“upon the face of the waters” in utter darkness. There was the Spirit of God found.
Before light even existed.
Now wrap your brain around that…….
What a God!

(see Genesis 1:1-2)

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LIGHT was made to “Rule”

March 23, 2012

In fact, LIGHT has always ruled. In the beginning, the Spirit of God hovered upon the waters in complete darkness. Remembering though, that God is LIGHT. So, we could say that in the beginning, the Spirit of God which is LIGHT was hovering over the darkness. Even here in the beginning before creation as we know it, LIGHT was ruling over the darkness in the spiritual realm.

Then, God spoke physical LIGHT into existence. He said that LIGHT was good. No where did He say that darkness was good. Then, in fact, He separated the LIGHT from the darkness. He never allowed total darkness before or after creation. To make sure, then He did the following……..

He spoke LIGHTS into existence in the heavens. Why? To separate the day from the night, so that darkness could not rule. And if that was not enough…….

Then, He made the Sun to rule the day, and the Moon to rule the night. Both were made to give LIGHT and to rule, and less we forget, they were also made to separate the LIGHT from the darkness. And, it was all good in God’s sight.

So, in the spiritual realm, can we also see how that this “ruling” and “separating” of LIGHT from darkness takes place?

(Scriptural references for creation see: Genesis 1:1-5, 14-18)

Looking back to Noah’s time

October 10, 2011

My mind has been running a lot on Noah and what it might have been like in his day. I think that the story of “Noah’s Ark” gets discounted because of it’s “children’s story” reputation. To some, it probably has a “fairy tale” likeness. While it is most certainly a good story for children to read, or have their parents read it to them, we adults need to revisit the story from time to time and try to capture the importance and reality of the story.

For the most part, my mind has been thinking a lot about the people of Noah’s day. When we read the account in the book of Genesis, we get very little of any real details. We know that the people were very wicked and that is why God chose to wipe the then known world out. But, the mind wants to imagine what it must have been like around Noah when he was building the boat. It is speculated that it took him maybe a hundred or so years to build the boat. In any case, there was a lot of people around watching this enormous boat being built.

In 2 Peter 2:5 it says that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness”. Everyone would agree that by him building the boat alone that would be a message in and of itself. But it has to be broader than that. The word “preacher” here means ” a herald, i.e. of divine truth (especially of the gospel) – preacher”. It comes from a Greek word that also means “to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) :- preach (-er), proclaim, publish”.

So, we could look at this in many different ways. Of course, we don’t have the exact account of what happened in the years that it took him to build that boat, but we do know that he was a preacher. What kind of preacher? We don’t know. But, let’s take in the fact that here he was building a boat out in the middle of no where and people must have always been talking with him, asking questions etc. In his reply, of course he would have to of said on more than one occasion, “The Lord God told me to build this”. Then of course they would say, “But why?”

All these questions that they must have had to of asked him, gave him an answer to “preach” from time to time. Maybe he would be standing on top of one platform of the boat and there was maybe 50 people around on a given day. He would lay down his hammer and began to preach that they must turn from their ungodly ways and turn to God. Of course he would tell them things like “time is short!” “the flood is coming!”. Then, he would have many opportunities to explain to them what a “flood” was.

We don’t have any account of it raining before this great flood. So, how can you explain “rain” to someone who has never seen it? How could they comprehend rain, let alone how it would “pile up” so to speak.

How about explaining to them that the flood waters would also be coming from the “fountains of the great deep?” (Gen.7:11)

So, maybe he got so tired of explaining the same thing to people, over and over again, that he would hold weekly sessions for those who would want to come and listen. However, the word does say that they were “busy” with life as usual. So, if that be the case, maybe it was like today. The street corner preacher preaches to hundreds of people passing by. Only a very few stop to listen. They are going, and busy with life. However, just like in Noah’s time, they passed by and here some words. Maybe, just the right words that would judge them in the end?

I could go on and on here, but I want to close with the thoughts of what must it have been like when it came down to the very end. When the waters first started? Their thoughts? “Maybe he was right” “We now see these rains that he described to us” “Wow! This water doesn’t seem to be going away!” “Maybe this guy was right after all”.

How about when the rains started and Noah went about his work of gathering up all the animals? “Hey! You aren’t really going to take all these animals away from us, are you?” Were there people who pleaded with him while he was busy doing God’s will? I would think so.

How about, once they got inside the boat, and God “shut them in?” (Gen.7:16) Where were the people then? How were they “held back?” Did the giants of those days play a part here?

Let the mind go here for a moment. The door closes. Oh the sound of that one enormous door shutting! Once shut, it could not open until the time appointed. What about the people outside? Your heart must care about them Noah, right? But, they had been warned for how many years? They saw Noah building that boat for how many years? How many times did they pass by? How many times did they hear the Gospel?

By this time the water is about three feet up the side of the boat. Men, women and children are all gathered around the sides of the boat. The door is closed. Men are trying to figure out how they can get inside. They are all desperate now. Time is of the essence. Down on the far end of the boat, they are hitting the sides with what appears like a “ramrod”. It is swinging back and forth, ramming the side of the boat. The harder it is rammed, the faster it comes back. Can you imagine the sound inside the boat? What about all the animals? Were they just sitting there quietly? This boat must have had some divine design built into it. Did God know that it was also going to have to be unable to be “broken into?”.

Wait! Look over way to the left. They have brought what looks like a “ladder”, and they are climbing to the top to see if they can get in that way. Stand back and look! I see some men running around on the top looking for a door or window and yelling, “let us in! let us in!” “We believe you now Noah!” “let us in! let us in!” “Please!, Please!”

By this time, the waters are getting deep. There are dead bodies all around. Of course, no body knows how to swim. There are still some that are holding on to the boat in hopes of salvation. They remember that Noah had warned them over and over that it was going to be “raining” for 40 days. This was just the beginning.

As the hours pass by and the water increases, now just about everyone is gone into eternity. What Noah had preached, had come true. The next days would see all perish outside the boat. The smell of death was beyond comprehension. Lost into eternity forever. Separated from salvation.

Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Lk.17:26-27)

Just like in Noah’s time, God gives time to repent, but it doesn’t last forever. When the end comes, the end comes and its over.

Why did God give us his Son? (Part 1)

May 18, 2011

To be able to understand “Why”, one must begin at the beginning. The beginning of mankind.

Our question comes from the most popular verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Jn.3:16)

Mankind has to do with “the world” and “whoever” in this above verse.

Originally, man was made in the “image” of God. The word here has to do with “resemblance”. So we can say that man was made as a “representative figure” of God. We can say that God wanted to express himself in human form. So He did.

He also created mankind with the ability to choose (free-will), just like God himself. God is not a robot, neither are we. This gift of God can be greatly used for good, and it can also be greatly used for evil. When one considers this gift, and for what and how it can be used, it’s no wonder that man can end up where he or she has chosen. Is it not all a product or consequence of free-will? Our ability to choose comes with it, the circumstance or consequence of our choice, be it good or bad.

Making wrong choices that one knows (key word) not to make, is sin.

In the beginning, the first man Adam, was given one command from God. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (bad) you shall not eat of it, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall die.” (Gen.2:16-17) Here God gave the one command to Adam, and also the one consequence of he disobeyed.

Disobeying what God commands is sin. He is just and fair, and is also a personal God. He through the Spirit, convicts of sin. As I always say, “don’t worry, the Spirit will show you personally what is wrong, or what is sin”. His word (the Bible), has some definitions of sin. (Pr.14:21,24:9 – Rom.14:23, Ja.4:17, 1Jn.3:4, 5:17) However, when trying to understand the “basics of Sin”, one needs to go no further than the beginning of man. Herein lies, the foundation of “Sin”.

Remember, we trying to understand why God gave us his Son.

The Tree of Life

September 28, 2009

Adam and Eve “freely ate” of “The Tree of Life” before their fall.

“And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Gen.2:9)
Here we see that all the trees in the garden were “pleasant to the sight and good for food.” This included the “tree of life.”

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;” (vs.16) This included the “tree of life.”

The “Right” to the tree of life.
Adam and Eve had the right to the tree of life because they walked with God without sin. When sin is present, there is no right.
Before sin entered the heart of man, he had the right to eat and live forever. But when he sinned, he gave up his God given right to eternal life. All because of sin, the “right” has been given up.

Only through Christ can man gain back his God given right to eternal life. Only through Christ can he partake of the tree of life and live forever.

Before the fall, man was not “like God” in regards to knowing good and evil. There was no sin, thus no need to have knowledge of sin. But after his disobedience, he received the knowledge (or conscience) of sin.

Man’s consequence for sin.
Because man had become like God in knowledge of good and evil, God “drove” him out of the perfect place (the garden). Why? Because He did not want man to “put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever-” (3:22)

Now, it is very important to note here that God “drove out” man from the garden and that He “placed Cherubims” (beings of a sublime and celestial nature. Noted for power and wisdom) and a “flaming sword”. What for? “To guard the way to the tree of life” (3:24)

This is why man cannot freely take of the tree of life on his own. It is heavily guarded and no man can go on his own. He would never make it. The sword would cut him into pieces if he so even came close. I can hear the angels say, “don’t even think of it!”.

And just think, all because of sin. We must not under estimate sin and the consequences thereof.

This “right” to the tree of life is only given to “over comers”. Those who have overcome sin through Christ. And those who “do his commandments” (Rev.22:14) These are they who “do” the commands of Christ. Just like Christ, who came to “do” the Father’s will, we also must “do” the will of Christ by following his commands.

Here are some :
Mt.28:20, Jn.13:34,14:15,21; 15:10,14; Acts.10:42; 1Jn.3:23
God bless you as you go forward and do His commands and thus partake of The Tree of Life.

A measure of death (part 4)

September 22, 2009

The very nature of sin is death. Any sin in ones life is producing a measure of death. Let it go long enough and it will grow into more death, more separation from God. Even in a believers life this does not change.

God told Cain regarding the first mention of sin in the Bible, “but you should rule over it.” (Gen.4:7)
Here we see the rule, not the exception. If any people since the creation of mankind have the means to “rule over” sin, it should be us. Why? Because of Christ. We have the grace given to us to be over comers through Him.

Let’s take a look at some of the similarities of sin between Adam and Cain. In them we will gain some understanding regarding sin and it’s nature. Time has not changed these. Society has not changed the nature of sin. Education hasn’t changed it. Social status hasn’t changed it either. You might have a higher standard of living than most, but that doesn’t change sin and it’s nature.

After sinning, The Lord said to Adam, “Where are you?” (3:9) To Cain He said, “Where is Abel your brother?” (4:9)
Here comes accountability! God holds us accountable for our actions. When one sins, God through the conscience, speaks to us and holds us accountable. He let’s us know.

To Adam He said, “Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” (3:11)
To Cain God said, “What have you done?” (4:10)

God by questioning them brought them into accountability. He could have easily said, “OK, since you have done this and that, here is your consequences.” But no. He wanted them to face it square in the face.
Today, it is no difference. God speaks through our conscience when we sin. It’s His masterpiece! (see my post, “The Tree of conscience”)

And as if we haven’t had enough of “death” and “separation” we continue on with the similarities between Adam and Cain. (And also, don’t forget that they were “blood” related. That’s another subject).

God says to Cain, “So now you are “cursed” from the earth,” (4:11)
Where have we read that before? Right, in the previous chapter.
Sin brought forth curses. You can read them in chapter three. They are still here today because of sin. One is the “curse” between man and the earth. Cain followed in the same curse. (4:12)

And here comes the separation again because of sin. Cain says to God, “Surely You have “driven” me out this day from the face of the ground;” (4:14)
With Adam it was the same, “So He drove out the man” (3:24)
Separation all the way! Because of sin.

Some more? Cain continues on and says, “I shall be “hidden” from your face.” (4:14) Remember what Adam and Eve did when after they sinned? Right. They “covered themselves” and “hid” in the trees from God. Sin produces “guilt and shame”, then one wants to go off and hide. He also wants to try and mask over he guilt and shame. This is also a form of trying to escape and hide. This is what sin produces.

“Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord…” (4:16)
He separated himself.

In closing, death from sin is separation from God. There is a final separation from God for all those who reject Christ and do not repent from their sins in this lifetime. However, we must understand that sin not only produces final death, but also produces a measure of death in us if we have unconfessed and unforsaken sin in our lives as believers.

As the Apostle Paul said about sin, it “was producing death in me…” (Rom.7:13). If we have known sin in us that has yet to be dealt with, then death is being “produced” in us. Why? Because we have not surrendered it over to Christ. We don’t want to deal with it. The good news is that there is grace to overcome if we want to overcome sin and progress in growth.

And it is God’s will that we by the Spirit, “put to death (kill it!) the deeds of the body,” and then “we will live” (Rom.8:13)

God bless you as you move forward!

A measure of death (part 3)

September 18, 2009

It might be an ever so slow death, but it is still death if sin is operating in ones life.

What is real death anyway? It is separation from God.

After the “curses” that God handed down through Adam as contained in Genesis 3:14-19, we find the final key that unlocks the door of understanding death through sin.

“therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken,”
So He(God) drove out the man;” (vs 24)
Drove out here means, to “expel”, “cast out”, “thrust out”, “drive out”.

Sorry, but this is not a case where God was somewhat OK with sin. He did not treat it with “kid gloves”. I cannot see God in this case saying to Adam and Eve, “now I told you that you would have to leave, so please get going” “I know that you don’t want to leave, but you have to.” “come on, pretty please”.

No, God had to “drive” them out!

All because they disobeyed “One” commandment of God. This set sin into motion for all of mankind.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-” (Rom.5:12)

Death meaning separation from God. It is what sin does. It separates by it’s very nature. Take a look around today and see how it is separating lives. Satan comes to “steal”, “kill”, “rob and destroy”. And we might add “separate”. They are all forms of “death”.

Where is the word “sin” first used in the Bible? You got it. In the very next chapter. We will see some of the very same “measures of death” there also.

This story of Cain and Abel has been overlooked as to the real meaning or the real value of the story. Most would say that it had to do with the offerings. One God accepted, the other He didn’t. Right, but there is something to learn regarding sin in this passage.

When Cain found out that God did not except his offering, he was very “angry”. There you have another form of death. Another measure of death, “anger”. A lot of the times when sin takes it’s effect, it produces anger. Sin in the heart, which is where it starts, produces anger.

Then God said to Cain, “why are you angry?”

And then God says something that is overlooked. Basically, he says, don’t worry about it, just do good and you will be OK.
Here comes the first time that “sin” is used in the Bible.
“And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door”. Basically, He is saying that sin will be lying at your door if you don’t do well. Also in the next sentence it says, sins desire is for you or towards you, but you should rule over it.”

Here God is mapping out some education about sin. If you are not going to do well or right, then guess what? Sin will be right there where you are, waiting to sink it’s teeth into you. It’s very nature is towards you, to rip you into pieces and thus bring death.

And God says, “but you should rule over it”

Continued in part 4.

A measure of death (part 2)

September 16, 2009

Even in the believers life, any unconfessed and unforsaken known sin will be a measure of death that is taken place in ones life.

If you are a student of the subject of sin you will be found in the book of Genesis on a regular basis. Why? Because this is where it all begins. Here we learn and study from a foundational point. We start with the foundation and then move on and learn from this point onward.

In the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned they did not immediately fall over dead after they committed the first sin. God made a statement that would run throughout the course of mankind, and that was, “for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”(Gen.2:17) It literally means, “dying you shall die”, and it’s the “dying” process that we are addressing.

Yes, this did mean physical death, because there was no physical death before sin entered the world, only life. However, we must look at what really was God referring to when he said, “you will surely die.” What took place in Adam and Eves life immediately after they had sinned?

Now, I won’t take up the rest of this post talking about the “conscience”, but you can visit a post that I wrote sometime back regarding this subject.
What I want us to see here is how “death” ran through their lives after they had sinned. It is important that we get this because it lays the foundation for sin. We can go no further in our study on sin until we clearly understand “sin and death”.

How did sin first manifest itself after they had eaten of the “forbidden fruit”? Their eyes were opened and they knew. They had knowledge of their sin. Why? Because remember what tree it was that God told them that they could not eat of? Ah yes, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The key word here is “knowledge”. Knowledge of their sin.

Once they knew, what did they immediately do? They “covered up themselves.” Sin brings “cover up”. When one sins, they immediately want to cover up or hide. Shame and guilt from sin brings about this. It is a measure of death. There is truly no life to be found in this.

What took place next? They “hid themselves from God.” When one sins, they want to hide. Can you imagine, these two who walked with God in the garden, in the perfect place with God. They walked and talked with the God of all creation. Now, because of sin they are found hiding from Him. Oh what sins does! It reeks of death at every turn!

Running throughout these two incidences is “separation from God”. Can you see it? If you get nothing else from this post, you must get the fact that sin separates us from God. It is in it’s very form “a measure of death”. Separation from God is death!

I will stop here because I try not to write long posts.
I part 3, we will come to more of an understanding of sin and death.
Thanks for reading. I hope you are gaining some knowledge about sin.

The Root of the problem is Sin

June 13, 2007

In the beginning it was the problem.
All through history it has been the problem.
It is still the problem today.

Oh how big a problem it is, but how little it is acknowledged as “The root of the problem”.

Question : “When was the last time you heard anyone talking about sin?”

Sin, Repentance, God’s love and The Gospel (Part 1)

April 15, 2007

The true Gospel message must address the subject of “Sin”, “Repentance” and “God’s love”. Without these three, it’s not the true Gospel.
Originally, I was going to combine all three subjects into one post. However, it didn’t take me very long to figure out that it would be one long post. Most would probably not get past reading half of it.
So in this first series, I will try with God’s help to address the subject of “Sin”. I cannot express enough the importance of this subject. I will not get too technical and I will try and keep it brief and to the point.

THE KEY
I have always loved the simple, basic Gospel. God knew what he was doing when he put it together. It was created since the foundation of the world. The Gospel is so simple that anyone can understand it, if it is presented simply. That’s THE KEY.

THE MIND
If we are not careful we can let our mind run wild with all kinds of ideas, teachings, doctrines etc. and thus complicate The Gospel. When it comes to knowing The Gospel and sharing it, we need to understand the basics and the essence of The Gospel. Upon knowing this, we must not let our mind complicate the message.

SIN
First off, I would like to put forth the question, “How can you share The Gospel without ever mentioning SIN?”. The answer to this question is, “You can’t”. If you are, it’s not The true Gospel.
It’s just that simple.
Some might start to squirm in their seats, twist and turn at the mention of sin, but it is still true.
As I have said many times, “What did Christ come for?” “What did He die for?” He came to pay the penalty for our sin.

FIRST COMMANDMENT
God’s first commandment to man was, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die”. (Gen.2:16-17)

And we all know what happened. They both ate of the fruit, and thus disobeyed God’s command. This brought forth “SIN” into the world, and the consequence was death, both physical and spiritual. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans, “For the wages of sin is death;” (Rom.6:23)

Thus “Sin” and death was passed on to all mankind from this point on. (see Romans 5:12,19)

Physical death was one thing, but what is most important here is the spiritual death, the separation from God. This understanding is foundational. We must get this if we are to share The true Gospel.
When sharing The Gospel, it is important that the listeners understand that “Sin” is the barrier between them and God. It’s what separates them from God. Just as it was true in the garden with Adam, the same is true for us today, disobeying God’s commandments brings forth “Sin”. It’s just that simple.

Isaiah described it well when he said, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear”. (Isa.59:2)

I find that most people understand that they have sinned against God. However, most don’t realize the severity of sinning and the consequences that follow, both in this life and of spending eternity in hell.
And of course, if you run into the person that feels that he or she has not sinned, then The Ten Commandments serve as a mirror to show them their sinfulness.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom.3:23)

Another important understanding is that when Adam and Eve sinned it brought forth a conscience to mankind. Since that time, man has understood right and wrong, good and evil. (Gen.3:5,7) In most cases, their conscience needs to be awakened by The Holy Spirit and The Word, which it will certainly do.

WHAT NEXT?
So once man sees that he is fallen and in “Sin”, and that he is spiritually dead and thus separated from God, the next question is, “How can I be restored?”.
“How can I get into relationship with my creator?”. “How can this “Sin”, this barrier be taken away?” “What about this separation between God and me?

To be continued later in “Part 2”.