The Proof of God’s Faithfulness

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The Proof of God’s Faithfulness

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.

Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-8 NKJV).  Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things.  This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.

We must understand what the fall of Man represents and gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.

Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, herepresented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.

So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2).  The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this God did when he made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).  

When the prodigal son returned, he was restored. The best robe was put on him replete of glory and honor. Ring was put on his hand restoring his authority and shoe on his feet restoring his influence and impact. Arise and return.

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Proclaiming God’s Faithfulness

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed (Matt.8:8)

What one knows essential informs his/her choices and motivates his/her pursuits. We may not all make the same choice nor pursue the same venture, but we inevitably settle with our choices and are content with the outcome of our pursuit until we are otherwise better informed. This is the basis for each one’s continued activity or change of it. Every change is motivated by something new learned.

In essence, we (often) would not change our position, pursuit or preference until we know more than we already knew.  This is the effect and impact of knowledge; the more we grow in knowledge, the greater and stronger the depth that underlies our judgments and the tact that prioritizes and defines our pursuit.  We are surely better off when we know better…better meaning the truth about the subject of interest.

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It is clear that there is blight of knowledge among the Saints, sad and sorry to recount; The Bible says “Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.” (Hosea 4:1) God has an indictment, a concern and worry about His people; there is no “…knowledge of God” and that impedes and limits the benefits of the people in God. In fact the Bible further says,  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…” (Hosea 4:6)

The picture is clearly illustrated by the Laodicean Church about whom the Bible recorded, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. (Rev. 3:17 -18).  Notice; that Church did not know that she is “…wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:..” rather she, “sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;”  until someone enlightened her of what she truly needed. It is important that one grows in knowledge to gain truth so as to prevent and insulate oneself from such endemic situation; gain truth and buy knowledge.  

The centurion that came to Jesus had good and rich knowledge of the Power latent in the Word (backed by Authority). He explored it and took the rich and instant benefit it carries. How greatly beneficial it is to know enough.  Unlike many others who would require Jesus to come and see, he (the centurion) knew the effect and speed of the Word. He expedited the healing of his servant by not having Jesus walk the length or miles to his house rather speak (now!) and have the servant healed now than later.

There is Power in the Word. “Then to the centurion Jesus said, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.” (Matt. 8:13 AMP)

Beloved, Jesus has bestowed authority on you and I to speak and have what we say if we have faith in God and do not doubt in our heart.  “And Jesus, replying, said to them, “Have faith in God [constantly].Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]” Mark 11:21-23 AMP.

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The Faithfulness of God’s Promises

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Heb. 4:1)

In God’s relations and interactions with Man; God has always been faithful, true, committed, harmless and blameless. The nature and characters of God must naturally endear and encourage Man to walk with Him, believe in and commit to Him. How important for us to know God…this is the only way we can truly love, fear and trust Him. 

Consider the veracity and exactness of His promises for instance; the Bible says; “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Heb. 6:17-20). Beloved, God does not lie. It is central and fundamental to our relationship with God that nothing changes in God’s commitments to us and should anything change it can only be traced to Man.

Now, giving God’s opened door to Man; talking about entering into the redemption Christ purchased for us through His body (See Col. 1:19-22); we must both be urgent and instant to play our role and participate fully in the redemption plan and program. We must understand that God alone is not responsible for the events and outcome of our lives. We collaborate with Him to see God’s plan, purposes and pleasures fulfilled in our lives. We cannot lose sight of this very important truth.

 Man’s inconsistencies and contradictions have been the crux and limiting effects of God’s interactions with Man. Would Man; representing you and I, realize and apprehend the sincerity required of us to walk with God, we soon should be that unique and peculiar persons preferred above all “…for God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34-35). We need to return and revise that qualifying terms and conditions to inheriting the promises of God and earn us drawing rights of kingdom privileges.

The door to God’s eternal rest is opened, there is therefore no limitation to the treasury of God or hindrance to His glorious presence; the veil is rent (Matt. 27:51) and we can approach without reproach rather boldly, “…the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)…but are we interested?

Notice what Heb. 4:1 says, Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Heb. 4:1)  in fact Bible went further to describe some to whom it was first preached and how they could not enter; not because God reneged on His promise but these would not play their part…”Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (Heb. 4:6).

 We must learn and glean from these things written and communicated to us…we must fear not to miss God or inherit His glorious plan for our lives. What must we do? Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. (2 Cor.7:1)

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Praise the Lord

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. (Psalm 147:1)

Nothing delivers profit or benefit like understanding. When a subject is well understood, one essentially masters (becomes a master of that subject) the subject and by that mines, extracts the content of that subject to his use and profit. Subject or Course Professors in Universities are deemed to have mastered their respective subject, they profess the subject not by reading the subject as everyone else but rather by the study, research of the subject including performing experiments to understand various conditions, to determine the character of the subject and identify its properties. The commitment and devotion of these College Professors to understand the nature and texture of the subject is what confers their mastery of the subject and they began to profess the subject; earn compensation for it

 It is time we pursued and gained understanding of the subject of Praise; its content, composition, character and compensation…praise is comely, appropriate and necessary. Praise is a majestic and fantastic weapon of war and welfare. Praise is the production site for flint stones to executive judgment against the enemy, the quarry for hailing vengeance against the wicked and best of all, the seething pot for pleasing God.

Praise is pleasant…(Psalm 147:1) .We must pause to gain truth here. The whole essence of man’s creation, his fall, redemption and justification is centered on man’s requirement to please God. When God made man, man was given divine instruction to maintain his stand before God and earn his pleasure. But man displeased God and lost his place before God. Driven out of God’s presence (Eden), man became a fugitive, depraved and denied of all sanctity void of any sense to give or earn God’s pleasure. Man became deplorable. Ah! May we not return or remain natural man in Jesus Name.

God is his infinite wisdom and gesture of Love raised a man in Jesus the Christ, a man about whom God said, “…I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).  This is God requirement for all his sons…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12).  God wants all his children to please him. That is the essence of salvation. To the Saints in Christ and Church in Colosse, and Paul wrote, For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossian 1:9-10).

The focus of man’s relationship with God is to please God. That is our calling, that is our mandate…to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. Now the Bible says, Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. (Psalm 147:1). We do a pleasing act…when we Praise the Lord. Praise ye the LORD

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