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​Even Adversity Favours Us in Christ!

Job 2
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

It’s popular among Charismatics who love to cherry pick their scripture, to believe that adversity shows a lack to faith because according to these, faith in God is a Shangri-La where no sorrow is allowed to touch them. We however understand from Phil1:29, that we who have received Jesus as Lord over our lives, are given to strive for His righteousness in this world, to this extent is righteous suffering on our part, that it showcases our devotion unto Him in Spirit and truth (Jn4:24), which He is absolutely worthy of (Rev5:9-14). The lives of the Godly thereby exhibits how we live for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 14
7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

If we look at Gen32:28 & Mat16:18, we know the Angel of Lord is the Old Testament Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is known to swear by His own name (Gen22:10-17) because He is God and bring things to pass by His own power (Gen22:17-18). What’s most interesting is God’s promise to the children of Abraham in Gen22:17 is “…and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies” while in Mat16:18 Jesus’ promise to those who believe in Him is “…and the gates of Hades will not overpower His Church.” This truth is so essential to the Christian faith that it is echoed again by Paul in Gal3:16 because Jesus is the victory God promised us from sin. In Him is God’s Salvation and victory over our enemies and even death (1Cor15:54-57). From the above we also realize that the Church did not begin with Pentecost, as many are given to believe but the Church began with Adam because the promise of Christ redeeming His people is sited in Gen3:15 when God righteously judges Adam and Eve for their disobedience.

Hebrews 12
3 For consider Jesus who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

I’d like you to see Job2:9-10 which I mentioned in the beginning of this post in the light of Hebrews12:6-7 mentioned above. Unlike the Prosperity Gospel heretics whose doctrine emerges from the choicest picking of scripture while having no harmony with rest of the Bible, the Bible on the contrary, holistically teaches that there is such a thing as righteous suffering (1Pet3:13-16) because we who are His sheep are the New Testament Israel. Biblically, Israel is defined in Gen32:28 as those who strive with God and men and prevail. Now, this definition ought to be seen from the perspective of God’s unconditional sovereignty because in sanctifying His people, God subjects His Church to affliction from the world (as though it were a controlled environment – 1Cor10:13), while the redeeming power of Christ sustains us through these fiery trials. This is beautifully picturized in Dan3:8-28. Look at it as a silver smith who fans the fire in a furnace while holding the silver in a crucible, the silver from which the dross is to burned out (Job23:10).

Ps 119
73 Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74 May those who fear You see me and be glad, Because I wait for Your word.
75 I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Take a look at the above scripture. In the context Jn 1:18 & 14:13-15 we see verses 73-74 above offers us a lot of spiritual meat because Prov9:19 teaches us that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom unto an understanding of His commandments (Moral Law). For you see, who David waited on in his moments of trial was Jesus Christ (Jn1:1), in whom God and His Salvation is revealed to all mankind. So to what effect is the Moral Law you may ask! Well, the question is what would you cling to when you are tried by the Lord our God. Would you hold to God & His righteous in the midst of trial as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did in Dan3:16-18 or as Paul did so in prison by writing joyous letter to the Churches (Plmn1:1,7). The Lord Jesus teaches us in Mat22:36-40 that the Moral Law requires you to love the Lord your God first and above all things even yourself and next to love and be concerned about those around you as you are about yourself. This sums up the Ten Commandments for us. So the question is would we hold to Jesus’ Commandments (the Moral Law → 2Jn1:5) in the midst of trial?

John 8
31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

John 15
16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

Well, unlike the humanist approach to Christianity, which discounts the Sovereign will of God for the free will of men as though they were mutually exclusive, the Bible teaches us that Salvation is 100% by the power of God because you see the living Spirit granted us (Ezek36:26-27/Jn3:3,16), is by the merit of Christ who overcomes our hostility and damn indifference towards God and propitiates our sinful nature unto the righteousness of God (Rom3:9-26). It is He, who has begun this work of Salvation is us (who truly belong to Him – Jn10:14,26) and it is He who shall bring it to completion (Phil1:6).

Rom 8
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

To conclude, while the world excuses its unbelief with the suffering present in the world, most of which is its own handiwork, the godly are given not to complain through the wilderness but to pray and ask God to see life from the perspective to faith and not sight (2Cor5:7) because we are not living to serve ourselves but God (Jn12:24-26). The world is filled with people living for themselves and this is where they err because the truth is only God is God and so unlike sin which we propagate in serving nothing more than ourselves, the righteousness of God on the contrary transcends all, in bringing creation to serve God, who righteously serves Himself in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Col1:16-20).

My Secret Sin of Self-Adulation!

Gen 3
3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, Or You Will Die.'”
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

From the account of the fall of man, there is much to learn. Summing verses 3 and 5 above, we see that the fall of man involves a spiritual death (broken communion with God) and from this spiritual death we also see that fallen man has turned blind to what his spiritual disposition really is before God, blind to such an extent where man himself yearns for worship in some form or the other. We see this very much in society today where pedophiles and homosexual perverts assert their rights to be treated with respect despite their spiritual morbidity.

I have never really shared much about myself in my blog post but now I am compelled to, so that you may see the sheer weight of what of our sinful inherent Adamic nature. Somewhere in 2003-05 I was being treated for schizophrenia and was put on medication, which also catalyzed my weight. The medication was supposed to limit my thoughts so my mind would be more stable and I could live a normal life. Well I am still on this medication though I now only take the lowest form of this dose.

By character I have been mostly an introvert and shy, I have now come to notice that most of problems were because of my secret self-adulation. This may not be such a problem for other people but for it was for me because whatever took place around whether that be on TV, radio, a street banner, my neighbour shouting etc., that all had some connection with me. Why? You see being an introvert, you don’t really go out and ask what is happening but you construct a story in your head with you at the center of it all… just because (you/I) (are/am) so important. I was dead in my relationship with God and I knew nothing more of Christ than what was formally practiced around me. Estranged from God as an unbeliever, I did not comprehend the spiritual weightage of the first and foremost and greatest commandment (Matt 22:37-38), which was to love God with all my heart and mind even beyond myself.

You see even though I had heard preachers preach umpteen times; I never gauged the sheer importance of totalitarian faithfulness to Christ in thought as well as action. I however at that time of being ignorant of the spiritual aspect of His Moral Law, I attempted to resolve my introvert nature by being brutally honest and I lost a few good friends with that, while one has nicknamed me the ‘possibility thinker’ I think. What I have learned now is that it was not my introvert nature, which was an issue but this notion in my head that I was so important that nothing which happened around me could have any significance if it was not connected with me directly or indirectly. It was almost as though I idolized myself secretly. Even if I did something good my introvert nature would buffet me from openly seeking praise but deep within I desired that praise enough to construct stories out of thin air based purely on my presumptuous nature. With time I have turned audacious and this has all been because of my secret self-adulation, which points to my inherent Adamic nature; self-adulation, which was intense enough to equal self-worship (Gen 3:5).

I am now coming to believe that if people knew as their very basic thought, the kind of devotion the Lord requires of them, we would have all the world’s psychiatrist out of work.

John 4
23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

Isaiah 14
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘ I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.

Another thing you would notice from the Genesis 3 account is that Satan (Lucifer) and his angels had fallen before man had fallen. For how else would Satan tempt Adam and Eve while knowing that falling from the glory of God makes one view oneself as a god? Isaiah 14 mentioned above speaks precisely of such a fall from the glory of God.

From this we learn that not only is it best for one to view the Triune God as nothing else but God (the Sovereign Lord over all that is in heaven, earth and world below) but also to learn to submit one’s folly of self-adulation at the feet Christ in repentance i.e. spiritual prostration.

I am not saying I am there yet and have successfully done what needs to be done but I am saying that God the Holy Spirit and convicted me of such an ungodly mindset and it is making a big difference in how am beginning to see things around me and deal with them.

Free will of man ~ Sovereign will of God

Hello people, how are you doing today? It’s been a long time since I have written and I will however be writing more frequently now as I am back home for good in Mumbai. Today I would like to write on the Sovereign will of God and free will of man.

In the world today, even the mostly godly of people consider that their free will is outside the Sovereign will of God. It seems that either they are subconsciously trying to protect God from the blame of all the bad stuff that happens in the world or may be these people consider their lives as times when they meet up with God and let his will be done in worship and other times in their everyday life where they feel they have the choice to follow God or not. The sad thing about this kind of thinking is that man raises himself above God without knowing it. Man feels insecure about God’s Sovereignty and so man tries to seemingly defend God saying that God has no hand in the bad stuff that is happening in the world and this same man will also feel that man has the power to choose God’s will in his life.

Let’s read; Romans 9:10-16, 18-24
10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” 13 Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”
14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel [l]for honorable use and another [m]for common use? 22 [n]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

If you need any more convincing then here is more scripture to show you that God’s people are not God’s people by the peoples own so called free will but by God own unconditional Sovereign will.

John 1:12-13 (Him refers to Jesus)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The reason we have trouble understanding this is because, the world considers God as something isolated from creation. Creation has come from God and the very reason creation exist is because it is sustained by God. So creation acts as God decrees. However what is right and wrong applies to man not to God, because the Law was something God gave to man, with which sin was made known but sin does not apply to God because sin primarily comes from disobedience to God and that can only apply to man but never to God and that is why we have Romans 5:19-21.

Romans 5:19-21
19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 [o]The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You see time and the effects of time comes from God and so when a man dies, in most cases we say that God has taken him away but we don’t apply the term murder to this because in the case of man when man takes away what is not rightfully his, even if it is his own life, he stands convicted because he is a tenant in his own body and the creation around him and so as accountability deals generally with responsibility of what man is a steward of. So the accountability that applies to man cannot be applied to God because everything is from God and belongs to Him exclusively (John 1:3). What I am trying to say from all this is that the right and wrong that is applied to us cannot most certainly apply to God. You see God gave man the Law so that man’s nature of sin/disobedience may be made known to man and that was precisely the purpose of the Law. Even though the Law came from God, it cannot be applied to God (Luke 6:1-11) because God has no sin; and disobedience does not apply to God. The difference between the actions of man and the actions of God is that the actions of man are based on current situations and a resolution that emerges from his own/derived knowledge but in the case of God, He is knowledge Himself, He foreordains situations, He builds rebellions and tears them down (Romans 9:17). He is like an ecosystem from which his creation is not separated. There is no transgression if a lion devours a zebra but instead it works towards and not against the purposeful ecosystem.

Isaiah 45:6-7
6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,
7 The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing well-being and creating calamity;
I am the LORD who does all these.

Yes man is made in the image of God but man practices humility before those whom he considers superior but humility does not apply to God because he is the first and last in Superiority and Authority. Do you know, what is the ultimate purpose of man according to the Bible? It is glorifying God and delighting in Him forever. You see man is called to be humbled and God is to be glorified.

In the case of Jesus, He is fully God and fully Man, His humility, tiring and hunger were as much his human aspect as is His glory, granting Salvation and forgiveness of sins aspects of his Deity.

John 10:7, 11 (Jesus’ Humility – Man)
7 So Jesus said to them again, “..I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep…

John 17:1 (Jesus Glorified – God)
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,

Glorifying God comes from obedience to Him and I am not talking dietary restriction or appearance regulation, I am talking about fulfilling God’s call in your life and if God has called you to do something then he will also give you the exciting desire to get it done. Fulfilling God’s purpose and delighting in it will make you feel the very essence of God’s pleasure in your being and that is what will take you on a high.

God’s will is done by those who are for Him and even those who are against Him. Consider the atrocious penalty that came against Jesus on the Cross, God made that too work in His favor, resulting in the Salvation for mankind. In fact you will see the extent to which God is in control that even the rebellion that comes against Him, cannot happen unless He raises it against Himself (Rom 9:17). Consider this, you and I know that it was man who severely tortured and crucified the Lord of Glory (Jesus) (1 Cor 2:8), yet the Bible says that it was the wrath of Father that Jesus consumed, the wrath which was due unto the world (John 18:11). As I said earlier creation is not separate from God, which goes to the extent that even Satan works, probably unknowing but surely hateful, towards fulfilling the purpose of God. Though Jesus was sinless He bore the sins of the world that the Father may punish sin for which Jesus paid the price. Do you see what am getting at, the Bible alone show God is such control that what is for God is from God and what comes against God is also from God, which all works to fulfill His eternal purpose.

If you would like some more scripture that shows God using the people against Him, to fulfill His purpose, then you should read Isaiah 10:12-15. The difference between God’s will carried out in God’s people and God’s will carried out in those who are against Him or don’t even believe in Him, is that only in the case of God’s people, only they can feel God’s pleasure in their actions, as he grants them what it takes to do what He has called them to do (Eph 2:10) and that is why with compassion He calls them as His people.

Psalms 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Do you see any room for free will in all this? The concept of free will in a person’s mind only shows that he is inclined towards Dualism, which is more cultish in thinking about the world as battle ground for good and evil, God and Satan. If there was any truth in this popular school of thought, then this so called god would never be able to tell the outcome of such a battle because being able to tell/make the outcome in his favor means he controls the battle but then that does not leave much room for free will does it? The concept of free will actually inhibits a person from seeing God in all His Splendor and Majesty.

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