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STAND, Fight the Good Fight of Faith.

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STAND, Fight the Good Fight of Faith.

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My book “STAND” is now available on amazon. Follow this link to get your copy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PNKTGRU
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Why Your Victory Over Sin Tarries

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Oh no! Not again! I hate to be like this!
Those are some phrases we commonly use after we have sinned. I’m talking about true born again children of God who love him and want to have their destinies in him fulfilled and make God proud. It’s such a frustration.

I totally believe the Bible, so if my experience or even the experiences of everyone I know don’t line up with the Word I still believe the Word is right and we are missing it somewhere. One of the verses that really got me thinking early is this one:

1 John 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

I read that and thought to myself, are there so many professing believers who are really not children of God? And that will make me also not a child of God, because I could still remember stumbling here and there. Well, right there was the issue. I couldn’t tell if everyone else was a fake or not, but I knew certainly that  I wasn’t. I loved God with all my heart and even hated the totally dumb way I fell into sin here and there. But the fact was that I needed help. I’m glad to let you know that I found help and I’m going to share it with you.

You can live above sin. But not by your will power or by your self denial. Never! Understanding this is crucial to your triumph. That verse in first John says the reason we don’t sin is because of the seed of God, which is also the life of God, that is in us. In reproduction, the male gamete(sperm) is the one that has the life and swims towards the egg and if the process of fertilization is successful, life enters the egg and both gametes make one cell that grows into a baby. In the same way, we were born again by the incorruptible seed of the word of God which lives and abides for ever.(1 Peter 1:23). The seed there connotes a gamete in the Greek root of the word. It implies, therefore, that it is only by the activity of the life of God in us that we are able to live above sin. I will explain how this works practically.

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The Purpose of Adversity

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It is common knowledge that no one prays to go through difficult times in their lives. As a matter of fact, people pray to God to lead them through ways of pleasantness and minimal difficulty. But having understood some of God’s ways through the scriptures, I dare to say that the reason why some of us will go through some difficult times in our lives is because of the love God has for us. Don’t get this wrong, the end is not to put us through difficulty but to achieve his goals and purposes after we come out of those situations. And his plans are of good not evil to give us beautiful futures and wonderful ends. However, there is a process through which God allows us to go in order to prepare and equip us for our glorious destinies. Read this:

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Hebrews 12:5-8.

A quick explanation of the above passage. First chastisement there doesn’t mean punishment or subjection to hardship. It means child training. If you read that passage with this in mind you will find that it makes more sense. It makes sense that a father should give training to his children whom he loves. In the same way God, our heavenly Father and Father of our spirits, subjects us to trainings that will profit us in life. This is love, that God gives us training to equip us and secure our futures. Next, it is important to note that there are no exemptions. Verse 8 says all the children of God are partakers of this training and those who are not are bastards. They claim God to be their Father but he is not. Even Jesus, who is the first born, endured suffering and temptation, and we are admonished to look to him as our example, as well as others who have gone before us(Hebrews 12:1-3). It is not a strange thing that we should go through trying times.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12-13.

There hath no temptation(adversity) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Certainly, we all have growing up experiences that we smile and laugh over when we remember now. For some, they didn’t like going to school or doing home works when they got back, but parents/guardians made them do them. Some never liked to clean the house and do chores but they had to do them anyway because parents/guardians insisted. Some didn’t even like taking their bath and brushing their teeth but parents/guardians made them do those things. At that time it all seemed like our parents/guardians were not nice. But imagine an adult who won’t brush his teeth or take his bath for several days at a time. What would you think of such a person, whose mouth oozes every time he speaks and has an unendurable body odour? And there are people like that. Those people failed to learn personal hygiene as children. Child training is meant to instil in children the disciplines that will make them function well later in life. At the time of discipline it doesn’t seem nice but eventually it yields profit, and trained children become grateful to their parents/guardians for the trainings they received, a lot of which were not pleasant at the time.
Our lives can be a lot more joyful and meaningful even in difficult times if we know that God teaches us important lessons through our difficult times. Now you can understand why James said this:

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4.

With this understanding, difficult times can become times we cherish because we know that we are going to receive some training from God that will give us ADVANTAGE in life.
A look at God’s evaluation of the experience of the children of Israel in the wilderness and a declaration of his purpose and intention is quite revealing.

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread(natural means) only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end. Deuteronomy 8:3, 16

The point of the whole process is that God has ordained a path to our glorification which is in living with and functioning by the understanding that man shall not live by bread(natural means alone) but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. When we understand this and we learn to live by the word and wisdom of God we will find out that we will end up with great good in our lives. Read this:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7.

There is a wisdom which God ordained before the world which is hidden in his word alone and that wisdom is what God has ordained to bring us to glory. Except we understand that the glory which God ordained for our lives is hidden in his wisdom we will go on living our lives as ordinary men. But the plan of God is that through us, in our difficult times, his manifold(many sided) wisdom will be made known to the world, principalities, powers and even angels(Ephesians 3:10). The way this played out in the life of Jesus is that God let the devil kill him and because the wisdom of God was hidden, the devil thought he had won – Christ was dead and buried. But when the wisdom of God was made manifest, he raised Jesus from the dead and the devil was more miserable than he had ever been. Jesus had triumphed and made an open show of the devil and his cohorts. Jesus was glorified through the wisdom of God that was demonstrated. Salvation would never have been possible if God did not let the devil kill Jesus. Paul said it this way:

…even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8.

WITH THE WISDOM OF GOD, adversity is just a stepping stone to glory. It doesn’t matter what life and the devil throws at you. Not even death can stop the plan of God from coming to pass in your life. Click here to read more about that. . With the wisdom of God, all things work together for our good. Heads we win, tails the devil loses. Either ways we come out on top and in glory.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Proverbs 4:7-9.

This is why the Apostle, James tells us that in our times of trials let anyone who lacks wisdom ask of God who gives liberally without finding fault(James 1:5). We must understand that the wisdom of God to turn terrible trying times around is found in God alone and that he gives to those who will ask and he doesn’t find faults to disqualify his children. He prepared this wisdom in advance for our glory. Proverbs puts it this way:

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous… Proverbs 2:6-7.

It is only when we fail to understand the point of the whole process which is that our lives should be lived by the wisdom of God which he reveals in his word and not in accordance with natural laws and common practices; and that our lives were meant to show forth the wisdom and glory of God that we remain in our adversity and wallow in it.

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
(but)If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. Proverbs 24:5, 10.

This means that it is the deficiency of wisdom that makes us to faint in the day of adversity. But with wisdom we will be strong and be able to navigate through our trying times into our victory and glory.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12.

P.S: Only in difficult and unusually hopeless situations is the hidden wisdom of God needed and it is this wisdom, when used that brings us into glory and makes us the light of the world indeed because only after we display such wisdom will the world learn of its existence which means we have illuminated the world with our light. So rejoice in your trial because you are about to shine forth like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.

I pray for you today that the fact that man shall not live by bread(natural means) alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God shall man live will settle into your spirit, transform your mind and determine your experience. Receive the wisdom which God has reserved for you before the world for unusual breakthrough in the midst of your adversity be it financial, marital, in relationship, your career, academics, health, personal life and whatever area of your life that you need it. You are a city set on a hill and you shall continue to shine and be a blessing in Jesus name….

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The Day Jesus was Wrong, or so they thought.

Once upon a time, during the life of Jesus on earth he made a statement about a situation that turned out, to the understanding of those that heard him and followed the event, not quite the way he said it would. Jesus, the one who was known to have performed so many great miracles, for the first time, was wrong, or so they thought.
Jn 11:1 Now a certain [man] was sick, [named] Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Jn 11:4 When Jesus heard [that], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Those were the words of Jesus himself, but a few day later he said this:
Jn 11:11-14 …Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
What a shock! Only a few days ago, Jesus was absolutely positive and he said that Lazarus was not going to die of the sickness he had. His disciples certainly were not expecting to learn of Lazarus’ death since Jesus the son of God had said his sickness would not end in death. But now he was breaking the news that Lazarus is dead.
Imagine the thoughts that would have been going on in the minds of the disciples. Thomas was probably thinking: “are you sure we can always count on Jesus’ every word?… I mean, he just proved to us that sometimes he could be…. well, maybe not wrong, but not right. I know he has good intentions but he was wrong all the same” Peter was probably going to scold Jesus for leading them to believe that Lazarus was going to live when he remembered that Jesus actually loved Lazarus and might be in grief, so he holds back. The bottom line however was that what Jesus said turned out in reality to be wrong, or so they thought.
The conclusion of the story of Lazarus and the sickness was going to be one that no man saw coming. By the time Jesus got to Bethany, the town of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, Lazarus had been buried for four days already. He was certainly dead, so dead that he stank. In the midst of all that had happened, when Jesus met Martha he told her that her brother who was dead and buried and stinking and rotting was going to rise again. Of course he will on the last day she said. Her mind could not accommodate the event of a man coming back to life after being buried for four days. Besides, if Jesus really wanted him alive, he would never have let him die. But Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25-26. And true to his word, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after being buried for four days and decaying.
To the natural human mind, the death of Lazarus was the end of the story and so we could conclude that Jesus was wrong when he said the sickness was not going to end in death.
Isa 55:8-11 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
When we see a dead end it doesn’t mean that God also sees a dead end. When we get to the end of our way it does not mean that God has gotten to the end of his. To everyone the death of Lazarus was the end, but to Jesus even death could not be the end, his word had to come to pass. Even if u wake up and find out that the sun did not rise in the morning, even that couldn’t stop the word of God from coming to pass.
So many of us give up on God because from everything we see, its game over for us. Some of us even wonder if we heard God well in the first place. We think to ourselves, I thought I heard God. The problem is that you are trying to think for God and make a way for him. That just does not work. God’s ways and thoughts are far above ours. All we need to know is that God’s word cannot go unfulfilled, even when it seems like Lazarus is dead, when God said he will not die and now he is buried and four days in the grave. Maybe God made you a promise and it looks like there is absolutely no way this can come to pass again. Two years or five years ago it might have been possible, but now the situation has crossed the line into the impossibility zone. Well, I have great news for you, God is a specialist in taking care of impossible situations. Remember Abraham and Sarah, when it became impossible for them to have children, God gave them Isaac. Remember the children of Israel’s exodus from Egypt? They were standing before the red sea, surrounded by mountains on the left and right and Pharaoh and his army were coming behind to destroy them. There was no way out, or so we would think. Psalm 77:19 says:
Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
A more contemporary translation says you (God) had a secrete way in the sea and nobody new of it. [Paraphrased].
His ways are not ours. When the children of Israel saw inevitable death, God saw a magnificent victory. The more unlikely your victory the more glorious it shall be.
How difficult do you think it is for the word of God to come to pass in your life? Is it more difficult than Jesus word coming to pass that Lazarus’ sickness was not going to end in death when he was already dead? When it looks like God has failed and his word did not stand, remember Jesus’ word four days after Lazarus’ burial: …I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
If only you believe you will see the glory of God. It is not over until Gods word is fulfilled in your life.

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WHAT WAS GOD THINKING, BLESSING HIM LIKE THAT?

A lot of time, when people talk about the sovereignty of God they pass across the notion that God, for whatever reason, chooses from time to time to cause misfortune and hardship in the lives of people. Like a bully who tortures animals and fellow human beings alike just because he has the power to do so. This is evident in everyday expressions of people like “it was an act of God”. Pick up an insurance policy slip and you’ll find the phrase “acts of God” somewhere. And what might this phrase refer to? Earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters, all attributed to acts perpetuated by God. On the other hand, people see a beautiful sunset or a mind blowing landscape and they say “wow! The wonders of nature”. They attribute the bad stuff to God and the good to nature.
It’s no marvel then that so many people, when they enjoy good time, they just enjoy it and deem themselves lucky and when tough times come they say “God knows why”. Attributing their hardship to God.
Romans 9:10-12; 15-16 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Contrary to popular belief that God is on the look out for whom he will punish or inflict with pain and poverty, the sovereignty of God is demonstrated in him taking initiative to bless people not for works sake but because of his choice to love them.
Romans 9:10-12 above talks about Esau and Jacob the twins of Isaac, Abraham’s son. God decided that he was going to bless and elevate the younger of the twins over his brother before the children were born. The older twin was blessed also, he became a great nation also but the younger was a lot more blessed in that through him was the blessing of Abraham propagated and he became the patriarch of the nation of Isreal and a forefather of the coming Messiah. You can read more about Jacob in Genesis 27 – 35. None of them had done anything to deserve a single blessing but God in his wisdom wanted to teach us about his character and nature and the covenant he was going to establish. If you ever ask what God was thinking to have blessed him(Jacob) that way, here’s the answer. God answered it in advance.
Rom 9:23-24 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.
God could have chosen any one of the twins to receive the blessing and he could have also waited for them to live a while so as to see who will be more deserving. If God had to choose before their birth, Esau would have been an easier choice since he was the first born and by right he deserved to carry on the family heritage. He also had the right to a double portion of inheritance when their father died. But God chose the unlikely, the one we could even say was less deserving, judging by some of the things he did. Remember, before they ever did anything was when God made the choice. Now, that choice was not solely for Jacob’s sake, as a matter of fact, it was more of a prophetic act and a revelation in a shadow of the intents and purposes of God. The real reason was that God was making a practical example to us(you and I) that obtaining his blessing and favour is not by what you do or what you don’t do. It means no body qualifies for the blessing of God by their actions no matter how good or bad. It then follows that whosoever receives the blessing of God has received the mercy of God. For it is not of him that wills or of him that runs but of God that shows mercy.
The most exciting part of this truth is that under the new covenant some people are made vessels of mercy – people designed by God to show forth the riches of his glory. Under the old covenant it was just anybody God chose that he blessed but under the new covenant God has blessed already one man. He has endowed him with all the power, riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. Revelations 5:12. The man Christ Jesus.
Before the covenant was executed, before he came to the earth, he already had all things because he was God. He didn’t need to come to the earth to obtain those things mentioned above, he had them already. But this was the essence of the covenant – that he might join himself to a people weak and helpless so that they might be blessed with his blessing, and their weakness and helplessness be replaced by his strength and glory. Apostle Paul puts it this way:
Eph 2:15-16 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
In Christ, God created one new man, the recipient of God’s blessings, love and mercy. This new man is made up of Christ Jesus as the head and every other person as members of the body. That is why we are members of the body of Christ and anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. This is the mystery of the new covenant that was hid from ages past but was revealed at the the birth of the body of Christ.
Being in Christ therefore is what qualifies one as a vessel of mercy. And like we read in Romans 9:23-24, all vessels of mercy were designed to manifest the riches of the Glory of God before they were ever born just like Jacob. The plan was that God would establish a covenant through Christ and everyone that will opt in will become a vessel of mercy. That was how God made the choice and through Jacob he showed us that to be blessed all you need is to receive mercy.
Now, having been made a vessel of mercy, we can draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.(Hebrews 4:16) knowing that God will not deny us because this was what he designed us for.
God has had mercy on mankind by sending Jesus to establish a new covenant, thereby making available for all the grace of salvation.
Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
You can opt in if you are not already in Christ. Tell him you want to be a part of that body and you accept his headship over you, and you will be saved and be a vessel of mercy.
If you are in Christ already, boldly approach the throne of grace to receive mercy for whatever you are going through. Obtaining the mercy of God will supply you with fresh grace and insight and enablement and open doors to put them to use. Go on.

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WHAT WAS GOD THINKING?

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WHAT WAS GOD THINKING?
Isn’t it strange? A man once handed over one of his life’s most precious investments (one that took him  his whole lifetime to build) to a trusted friend of his to manage, because he trusted him and believed he was going to make the best decisions and he wanted him to be more involved in his life. In order to run the business well without hitches, he also gave him the legal right to take any action he so pleased. A few days later he finds out that his friend had signed over the entire thing to an arch rival of his for no good reason. And he was not deceived or corned, he was fully aware of the implications his decision. If you were in the good man’s shoes what would you do? You are probably saying “what was he thinking?”. The good man, hurt as he was, was ready to remedy the situation and grant a second chance.
Another man had always loved a girl from his tender age and he decided early that he was going marry her and only she was his choice. He worked hard at his academics, became responsible and disciplined so that he could have the quality of life that was worth sharing with her. Not because she was from a wealthy background, or because he wanted something from her, as a matter of fact, he even had to work hard just to see her through school and supply her basic needs. He was ready to do ANYTHING just to make her as comfortable as possible. He didn’t mind that he had to work sixteen hours a day as long as her needs were met. Finally, it was a day to their wedding and as it was in his custom, thoughtfully, joyfully and hoping to give her a pleasant surprise he buys her a set of jewelry she had always loved. She would be the happiest bride there ever was wearing those jewelries on her wedding day and he the most fulfilled groom having such a happy bride. He could hardly wait to see the look in her eyes, he was enthusiastic. The evening, however, was going to be more eventful than he thought. He planned to surprise her but he was about to receive a great surprise himself. It was not her plan to surprise him though, as a matter of fact, she never even thought he would know about it. The man arrives at his brides premises excited, he could hardly wait to see how happy she would be when he started hearing noises coming from the car parked in front of his bride’s house. Infuriated, he was going to tell the car owner and his partner to drive off and find a more private place where they could indulge themselves. He knocks on the window but they were too engrossed to respond. He angrily opens the door to talk some sense into them, but to his utter flabbergast, there was his bride without clothes with another man doing the unthinkable, just a night to their wedding. After all the love and sacrifice. As he walked away, totally stunned and speechless, he thought to himself, “she is unworthy and undeserving”, but he loved her still, he was going to do anything to make her see it. If only she knew how much he loved her and could reciprocate a fraction… God’s love for us doesn’t end the moment we mess up or choose something or someone else over him.

What was God thinking when he handed over the dominion of the whole earth to man when he knew he could loose it? Genesis 1:26. And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and OVER ALL THE EARTH, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Hebrews 2:6-8. But one in a certain place testified, saying, what is man that thou(God) art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou(God) visitest him? Thou (God) madest him a little lower than angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou(God) hast put ALL THINGS in subjection under his feet…. And as if that was not enough, when Adam gave it all to the devil, God sacrificed heavens’ best, not to get back the dominion and creation for himself but so that he could give it back to man who gave it out in the first place. What was God possibly thinking?

What was God thinking when he told Hosea, a prophet, to marry a prostitute? Hosea 1:2. … And the LORD said to Hosea, go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. Here God likened the people of Israel to a wife that had left her husband(God) to commit adultery with other men. He wanted to make the analogy clear so Hosea his prophet had to marry a prostitute. Hosea’s wife kept going back to her former lovers to commit adultery with them and God kept telling Hosea to go get her back and care for her and love her. He wanted his people to know that though they had departed from him he loved them with an everlasting love. But how better a story would it be if a love story was told, one like that of Hosea, about the relentless, self sacrificing love of the man and how the woman eventually saw the love of the man and responded back in love and gave up her adulterous ways and they lived happily ever after. How beautiful and touching would that be? It could almost make one cry. On the other hand, if the man kept loving and caring and the woman never appreciated or reciprocated his love, how terrible a story would that be? That would be a tragedy.
Now, back to “what was God thinking?”. What made him sacrifice his only son whom he loved for sinners? God wanted to have a beautiful love story. He wanted a happy ending despite the beginning and everything that had happened. He wanted to make known his great love with which he loves us – undying, unending love. Think about the story of Hosea again, if he had used a spell or force on his wife to keep her to himself would that be a very happy ending? It would even be worse than if the story ends with the woman walking out on him, at least he would be the one who loved her to the end. If, however, he compelled her somehow, then he would be the man who loved but became evil because of rejection. God could make us obey him and do what he wants, but that would not be love. He made us so he has the right if he wanted to, but God is love. Rather than compel you, he would let you walk out on him and choose to go to hell even because what makes love love is the free will. If that is taken away, love is taken away. So, important as obeying God is, that is not his priority. If not why would he sacrifice the sinless, righteous and blameless son of God for a sinful, disobedient and unworthy set of people? God has chosen to love and accept you regardless of who you are or what you’ve done, do you choose to love him too. Would you grant Jesus the beautiful story he died to get? He doesn’t promise to love you, he has demonstrated his love by dying just to woo you to him, his arms are stretched out, he wants you the way you are, will you take his hand and let him shower his love on you? Do you believe in a love that powerful or will you despise his love like Hosea’s wife? If you have never accepted his love, sacrifice and proposal before you can do that right now, he has been waiting to hear you say yes Lord. Tell him you will submit to him as Lord and let him love you as his beloved. If you are already in this relationship, why not take a moment to tell him how much you appreciate his love and sacrifice. He loves us, yes he does.

Coming up next: “WHAT WAS GOD THINKING BLESSING YOU LIKE THAT?” If you have never asked what God was thinking to have blessed you so much, then you probably don’t know how blessed you are.

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