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Encouraging daddies in the holy fear of God!

Psalms 34
11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalms 103
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

If we were to look the role of a father from the Bible, we see it has to do with leading his children to trust in God and fear Him. This fear the Bible teaches us is holy fear, a reverential fear by which a person understands his/her life is accountable to God and he/she is therefore moved to find their rest in Christ from all anxiety while fervently pursuing the righteousness of God in their lives, and in the families they head and raise.

Proverbs 9
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 16
16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

This world compels parents today to give their children a good education to do well in life. Yes, a good education is a must for your children but as Jesus says in Mat 4:4… the believer does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Therefore, I would urge and encourage you brethren, to instill in your children the fear of God by teaching it to them and living it out by example. I have come across many parents, who say they have given all they could give to their children but their children are useless. Having known these parents of theirs over time I have noticed that these parents have been poor examples of bearing the likeness of Christ, which is the very nature of God as revealed in the Moral Law. These parents fed their children with only material good while living out their lives without the fear of God. Hence, Luke 6:38, comes into play and these parents get a taste of the indifference they showed God, from their own children.

John 9
31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

Remember Daddies, when you teach your children the fear of God, you are helping them mature in spirit so that they may grow from relying on you to relying on the Lord. From the Bible, we ought to understand that there are two types of fear: holy fear & unholy fear. Unholy fear comes from the fear of punishment because deep within a person feels the oncoming of God’s good justice, which he/she must escape out of their dearness for nothing more than their own lives. Holy fear on the other hand comes from being trained in godly discipline (from which we get the word Disciple), where we who were once sinners and now saved in Christ are taught how to man up before the ungodly in standing up for the righteousness of God (Mat 10:28 & 13:45-46).

So, it is we see that the role of any good father, is to teach his children the holy fear of God, that in His time Christ may welcome you into His abode saying… well done good and faithful servant and you may rest in peace knowing, your children shall keep up the good fight and be conduits of Jesus’s blessing upon the earth.

Design Perfect Chaos!

Why is it that man is hassled by chaos?
It is because he prefers life to be served to him,
Like it were all available at a kiosk.
What is ‘chaos’ in a person’s mind?
It’s having as much control on life,
As a man who walks, though he is blind!

It’s like when you step into a fish market,
You can’t decipher who is saying what and to whom.
You’ve come by car when there is no place to park it!
So what is all this?
It is about us who love control,
Told we are mere stewards in a world that is His!

Since the fall of Adam in the garden,
Man received his own standard of righteousness.
This was Separate from God and without pardon!
Adam’s falls has changed our perspective of life,
Where what we cannot control, we despise,
As righteousness is now each one’s own, toward eternal strife.

So Chaos truly, is because man is unruly!

Man from His fall is crippled,
And so such a thing as trusting God,
Makes man think that his strife would be tripled.
Ideally, there is no such thing as chaos,
But man disbelieves God controls all,
As fall’s sting leaves man as dumbfounded as a sea horse.

This is the break from the rat race,
Every natural man runs,
As though it were keeping to life’s only pace!
To believe in one’s heart that God controls all,
Requires man to put away pride
And admit of oneself, folly from the fall.

Life is not for man to control,
And to even desire such a thing,
Shows man is since Adam, a depraved being on the roll.
A man’s desire to control every outcome,
Shows his broken communion with God,
Who is infinitely beyond all creation, even their sum!

If you asked: how much better,
Are the works of God as compared to men?
Then view the detail in a thread of a sweater!
Take a look at blood under a microscope,
And you see! The perfect design of an RBC!
While a thread appears as a chaotic kaleidoscope!

Man may believe only what he sees,
So Chaos is man’s incapacity to look beyond himself,
And see Almighty God working all things to the ‘T’.
Even if a person completed his doctorate with a brilliant thesis,
He still misses out on a rich relationship with God,
If this person knows not the Lord Jesus!

Like a person sitting pillion on a motorcycle,
and barely trust the rider,
Such is worried sick even when the engine runs idle,
So also it is with us men naturally,
Who trust not God,
But trust men, instead of God, fearfully!

So I close by inviting every person to remember,
That one need not substitute God’s solutions in the Bible,
For there is blessing in obeying His Law from January to December!
His Moral Law commands you first to love God above all,
Second, to love every neighbour as you do yourself,
And may God by His grace grant you a break from Adam’s fall!

– Poem by Fergus Davar
P.S. This is a poem I had submitted for a secular publication and it was rejected. So here it is for you to read and enjoy i.e. if you like reading material that glorifies God and humbles man.

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.

The Fallen Perception of Man!

If you were to ask the Antinomian or Arminian if there was a change in the nature of God progressing from the Old Testament to the New Testament, they would not have an answer that is grounded in sound thinking. People such as these question God’s Sovereignty in the election of His people in the New Testament and the election which is right in their face in the Old Testament is excused with view leaning towards the Dispensationalist.

Reading through the Old Testament, one can see that the prophets warned His people about the punitive justice of God that would come upon them for their apostasy. God used the heathen nations to strike strong reproof on this Nation He chose. The thing is today people who claim to believe in Jesus resort to the dialoguing tool of free will that ‘man chooses Christ’. The question that arises from this is that if man can truly choose Christ then it will seem that free will came into existence only with the New Testament revelation and human volition was nonexistent with the Old Testament saints. Yes, man does have free will but like everything else free will exist and has its meaning only under the Sovereign will of God. For all things that exist work to glorify His attributes of justice, mercy, love, wrath etc. equally. So as the Bible says that God does all things to meet His own purpose, free will was given to man to make man morally accountable to God and it so happens that what God decrees, man freely chooses, where it is the intentions that rival God that are judged for such is shown in Isaiah 10.

The Bible says that God reproves the people whom He loves and we see even in the New Testament that a rebellious believer is given over to Satan that he may be saved from eternal fire (1 Cor 5:5). Taking a run through history, it is seen that when the Church carelessly dealt with rampant corruption of sound Biblical doctrine that was the very time She was smitten. I will agree that ‘the blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church’ but how would you define a Martyr? If you care to notice: the Martyrs were the seeming minority against the seeming majority of the people of God. As the Bible says, it is the people who take the life of believers, who are under the notion that it is a good thing they are doing for God (John 16:2). We see that so much even today that the Church is attacked not only by pseudo religious extremist but also by those who claim to be the Church.

When God smote his people in the Old Testament, the prophets would cry out calling the people to repentance and those foreordained repented wearing ashes and sack cloth. Today when God smites nations, who earlier had a good foundational relationship with Him through His Son Jesus, there is never a call of repentance unto Christ but there is a call to action supposedly. The reprobate think, they never offended the aggressor to the extent of deserving such an onslaught and so unbelief rules where God becomes non-existent and the people never acknowledge their sin against God but play the blame game instead. Unbelief fails to see the aggressors as God’s punitive justice; this is the same unbelief of the people who failed to respond in repentance to the cries of the prophets in the Old Testament. However the aggressors are as much in God’s control (Gen 15:16) as are natural catastrophes, which will exist only until His full purpose with them is accomplished.

When we think of Jesus’ words on the cross: Father forgive them for they know not what they do! One feels the need to discern on whose behalf is He making this intercessory prayer? Considering that Christ died for the sins of His people, one can conclude that He as the only mediator between God and man is making this prayer for the Church that the elect among the Jews and Gentiles may receive the Spirit of Repentance and no longer continue in their apostate rebellion.

Psalms 116
6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

What makes a person believe in Jesus and come to repentance is receiving the Holy Spirit, Whom God sends to His foreordained elect. The believer is known when he is transformed each day into Christ likeness, which is the work of the Holy Spirit. However many apostate denomination relate the work of the Spirit largely with un-interpretable gibberish. Had the gift of tongues existed today as it did with the early Church, it would testify of that Spiritual body as being from God, which today observing the Charismatics seems to speak otherwise.

As Isaiah 53 credits even the salvation of the Old Testament Saints to Christ’ work on the cross, we can say that the Church has existed since Adam and even before that in the mind of God. As everything works for the good of those whom He has called according to His purpose, even the harshest of admonishing and considered but birth pains (Romans 8:22), for the world is heading for its renewal and restoration in Christ.

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