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Offering…

 “‘In addition to what you vow and your freewill offerings, offer these to the Lord at your appointed festivals: your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings and fellowship offerings.’”

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION : NUMBERS 29 IN FOCUS)


Our entire life is all about offering! God offers us the free gift of breath each day to continue the journey of life! The appointed time has come and there is no other time like now to make free offerings unto God; a living offering unto the Lord!

There is this one thing God demands from us today: our lives, and it is not just our lives, but also the whole ‘subsets’ of our lives too. Jesus Christ poured out Himself for our sake and so He said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 ESV).


All lives belongs to God, but not all lives that will go to Him at the end of ages. All lives belong to God, but not all lives shall be saved, however,  “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21. “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2).  Jesus Christ said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7) . All lives belongs to God for He is the giver of life and  breath and so Jesus Christ said, “Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it… ” Luke 17.

Why thou offer thy life to the world at the expense of thy eternal salvation of joy and glory in Heaven above? For a moment, the world can give all that we seek for: that understanding and insight, wealth and fame, protection and influence, honor and glory, authority and power, but one thing the world can never assure us is our eternal life of salvation, and knowing that  there is an eternal life of condemnation, the world is ever ready to blindfold us from knowing the real end, and the long journey of either eternal salvation or condemnation after our short journey of life hear on earth, so we may keep ‘enjoying’ the world until we get to the real end and see the real end.

They were to make a  sin offering for atonement (Numbers 29:11) to secure their lives so that they may not be cut off from God , but Jesus Christ paid it all for us on the cross that those who will believe in Him, will not have their lives now and miss it in the end, but will have their lives sealed, by the blood of the Lamb of God, for an eternal redemption in Heaven above when our lives here on earth is over!

Abraham was to offer something to God! “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 2) God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3). He is a precious offer from God; a lamb without blemish or defect(1Peter 1:19)

He came in the form of man to offer His life as a living sacrifice pleasant unto God Almighty.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One”   (John 1)

Is gold or riches better than life?  seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  He can bless exceedingly and abundantly! The apostle said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12).

“Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” (Revelation 8:13)

They were fully dedicated to God and so they said,  “We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, as he commands us. (Exodus 8:27)”  What shall you offer unto the Living God, oh mortal man? Behold, something terrible is at the end of the journey for they that shall be condemned; do something now before you get to an eternal end of had I known!  Behold, offer something to God now! Behold, offer the totality of your life to God! Behold, the Lamb of God: Jesus Christ, is coming again!


HYMN

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,

“Who will go and work today?”

Author: Daniel March (1868)

1 Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheave away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I; send me, send me”?

2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the heathen nearer,
You can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
You can give the widow’s mite;
And the least you give for Jesus
Will be precious in His sight.

3 If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Saviour’s waiting arms.

 

4 Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
While the souls of men are dying,
And the Master calls for you:
Take the task He gives you gladly;
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
“Here am I; send me, send me!”

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ye are special; ye are wonderful

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 7 IN FOCUS)


The mere hearing of the words I hate you sparks a new thought and emotions in us; and when we hear I love you we ponder and have certain thoughts! What an amazing news of love to receive from the Creator of all that we see! Imagine knowing that you can be a game changer and exhibit your total dexterity for winning of a landmark competition, but never chosen to be a part of the selected players for the match!  He has chosen us, not because we as mortal and sinful as we are, we deserve His honor and glory, but because of His love! He has chosen us, not because we are so pious or we have riches untold 20 to buy His glory, but because of His love for us! Oh mortal man, ye are special!

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

His faithfulness is sure; His assurance is firm; God is God!  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? ( Numbers 23). He says, “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)  David said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

Oh mortal man, know ye not that thy Immortal God loves you? When we fail to know who we truly are, we shall only live who we think we are for pleasures of today that shall not guarantee our eternal salvation in Christ Jesus and always disobey the Sovereign Lord God Almighty!  Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; 10 and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face. 11 Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.”

God gave Adam and Eve authority, but another seeming great authority was presented to them, and because of their desires, they disobeyed God! “the serpent said to the woman. 5” Oh mortal man, know thy your true value! Yours is the love of God; yours is the glory of God; yours is the true dignity of God! Oh mortal man, do not leave the love of God for the love of the world! Oh mortal man preserve your birth right!

Moses inquired of the Lord, “For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” (Exodus 33). He created all, but they that shall know the Sovereign Lord God Almighty and shall abide in Him shall receive His glorious love now to  eternity in Heaven above!   Oh mortal man, trust in the love of your Immortal God! He loves you; Hallelujah!

He made the world and  He knows the very foundation of the world! We may find all other means to worship or seek to please Him, Nevertheless, “God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2).

He led them through their journey and he demanded their full obedience! He chose them, and He showed them His love! God gave them order to set themselves apart for their journey to Canaan; they were to mark their doors with blood of a lamb.  12“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”

“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.” (John 3:16). Just as they started their journey unharmed because of the blood of lambs, so Has the blood of Jesus Christ marked us for a new journey! Not to Canaan but Heaven! As it was in their days, so shall it be; soon, either we are alive or gone,  He shall come to differentiate they that are marked by the blood from they that are not! He is coming; He is coming; He is coming with His reward!

26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17)

Many started the journey from Egypt, but not all got to Canaan! Special people don’t live anyhow; special people obey their Immortal God, in truth and in Spirit! Special people don’t obey God through any other means! Adam and Eve could not stand the test of God’s silence and absence, and they were lured to miss a crown! Jesus Christ says “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Revelation 3). There are many believes, but let us believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and Let us remain in the love of God! Let us be there on that day Oh Lord God Almighty!


HYMN 

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more

Author: James M. Black (1893)

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

Refrain:
When the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

2 On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
and the glory of his resurrection share;
when his chosen ones shall gather
to their home beyond the skies,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

 

3 Let us labor for the Master
from the dawn till setting sun,
let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;
then when all of life is over,
and our work on earth is done,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

 

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Talk of them…

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 6 IN FOCUS)


If one day God should for once call us and ask us, ‘give me an account so far of your journey on earth in relation to and in accordance with the dos and don’ts I gave you’, what shall be our story? And when we get a second chance, what would we never do again? We can only do His true will when we know His true will; we can only know His true will when we understand His words; we can only understand His words when we read and meditate on His words! If we are not filled with His word, then, we are filled with the world!

God said to Joshua, “ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1)

A lawyer who understands the laws well and their good application is able to win his cases at the law court and always win the admiration of his clients and so it is! God wants us to be the word and the word be us. He told them, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6)

It is one thing reading the word and it is another thing understanding it; it is one thing understanding the word and it is another thing living by the word! “The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8)

A good understanding of His word shall make us not depart from Him to serve or bow to any other thing. A good understanding of His word will keep us from living in sin. A good understanding of His word will help us to always be watchful so as not to forget the redemption blood that redeemed us!

God redeemed them from Egypt to Canaan and said unto them when they were almost through with their journey, “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you 15 (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.

It was said unto them ,   “beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt”. Jesus Christ came to die for our sins and so there is no condemnation for us! We however have a responsibility,; a responsibility not to forget who we are so as not to live who we are not supposed to live and attract the anger of God! “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6) 

It shall take a moments forgetfulness of the presence of God with us and who we are in Christ Jesus for the world to take advantage and lure us into going against the will of God. When a soldier takes his uniform away, he can be regarded as a civilian.  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” ( 1 Corinthians 10). Many are in the race to the end: Heaven, but not all shall get to the end! They that shall know the Word and live by the Word, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and doing His will, will surely please God! Think of Apostle Paul’s conviction about the word in Romans 8

Let the word be your reason for all you do; live the word; meditate on the word! Teach others the word! God said to them, “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”. Let every moment be the Word: Jesus Christ! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1)

Living by His Word, brings true comfort, and real prosperity, and glory and honor in Christ Jesus! Live by the Word!


HYMN

Lord, Thy word abideth

Author: H. W. Baker (1861)

Lord, thy word abideth,
and our footsteps guideth;
who its truth believeth
light and joy receiveth.

2 When our foes are near us,
then thy word doth cheer us,
word of consolation,
message of salvation.

3 When the storms are o’er us,
and dark clouds before us,
then its light directeth,
and our way protecteth.

4 Who can tell the pleasure,
who recount the treasure
by thy word imparted
to the simple-hearted?

5 Word of mercy, giving
succour to the living;
word of life, supplying
comfort to the dying.

6 O that we discerning
its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear thee,
evermore be near thee!

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God’s Presence…

So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders. 24 And you said: ‘Surely the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 5 IN FOCUS)


Standing before a king is an honor, but meeting the presence of God is as precious as a non compared to gold! He is God! He is God! He is God! “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.”(Psalm 104:4). “God is a consuming fire.”

Who is wiser than God Almighty who made him? Oh mortal man, give utmost reverence to thy Immortal God! Oh mortal man, fear not mortal men who do not know what exactly, and with all certainty,  will happen to them tomorrow! Jesus Christ said, ” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Oh mortal man, fear God Almighty who knows yesterday, today and tomorrow better than any living creature! Jesus Christ said, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  (Matthew 10)

They heard His voice, and they saw His Majesty! They took Him for granted, but when they met His presence, they realized God is Great! They said, “Surely the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire.”

“Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?” Oh mortal man, mind your words, for God is always listening to us! It is written, Then the Lord heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me: ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. 29 Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! 30 Go and say to them, “Return to your tents.” 31 But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess.’ (Deuteronomy 5). How right are your words? 

Their words became pleasant unto God and He instructed them to live by His commands! When you speak into the wind, remember the wind is God’s messenger! Jesus Christ said, A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Be mindful of His presence with you all the time, and be very careful to do His will! It is either good or bad, nothing in between! If the world can charge you because of your words, how much more God?

 “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left33 You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! He who wiped Sodom and Gomorrah with fire (Genesis 19)  is still alive . They took Him for granted and they saw His presence in a different form. “Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.” (Genesis 19). Remain in His presence and Hear His voice! God still speaks! God still speaks! Oh mortal draw closer and closer to your Immortal God, and you  shall hear Him speaking to you! God still speaks to His Children!

One day, we shall see His full presence again! Soon Jesus Christ the son of the Living God will appear for all mortal men to see Him! They took God for granted and they were surprised and were filled with fear! We shall take Him for granted in our today, but when He appears, there shall be fear and surprises! Oh mortal man, be careful of the presence of your Immortal God!

We cannot blame God in the end, for He has issued His commands for us to follow in their accordance, without adding or subtracting! They took their journey with His presence and they were always pleading for His presence! In His presence there is fullness of joy! He has listening ears, to listen to us; seek and be in His presence evermore!

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33)

Be in His presence and journey in His presence! One day, we shall see His full presence again!

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22)


HYMN

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Author: Walter C. Smith (1867)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small,
in all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.

 

4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render, O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!

 

 

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further commands…

 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

(JOURNEYIING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 5 IN FOCUS)


Imagine a world without true love; hatred will be food for thought (John15:25; Psalm 69:4),  envy will miss its counting number, and life will be full of darkness, slander and massacre! Love is a light that shines to brighten paths!  “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” ( 1 John 4:16).  This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5). Jesus Christ said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).

God said unto them,

… 16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

17 “You shall not murder.

18 “You shall not commit adultery.

19 “You shall not steal.

20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

God gave them ten commands and He issued many laws, dos and don’t to them! ” … an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22).

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10)

It is written, 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3).

Apostle Paul wrote,  “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  (Romans 12)

Ponder over Matthew 5 as Jesus Christ presents the dos and don’ts for our journey to the end! What a love it is to have free air from God each day in our journey to the end; imagine the cost of air! What a love it is for Christ Jesus the son of the living God to endure the life of mortal men and be crucified, all because of the salvation of men! A life without the true love of God is full of darkness! As we journey to the end, show the love of God! The hymn writer, Frederick M. Lehman (1917), wrote,

 The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

2 When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song. [Refrain]

3 Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky. [Refrain]


HYMN

Beloved, let us love; love is of God

Author: Horatius Bonar

 Beloved, let us love:
for love is of God;
in God alone love has its true abode.

2 Beloved, let us love:
for those who love,
they only, are his children from above.

 

3 Beloved, let us love:
for love is rest,
and those who do not love cannot be blessed.

4 Beloved, let us love:
for love is light,
and those who do not love still live in night.

5 Beloved, let us love:
for only thus
shall we see God, the Lord who first loved us.

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life without don’ts…

And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 5 IN FOCUS)


Imagine a school without don’ts! Imagine a home without don’ts! Imagine a country without don’ts ! Imagine a person without don’ts! When all don’ts die, everything will become ‘do’! A house without walls has its compound exposed to any passerby! God gives us laws and commands for our walk in this paradoxical world and for a safe journey to an end of salvation and glory in Christ Jesus! The commands of God are the best walls and defense to guard our paths and also to please our Sovereign Lord God Almighty !  If God likes everything, then He wouldn’t have issued His decrees to us! Oh mortal man, fear thy Immortal God!

Do we know where exactly we came from into this world? God said unto them,

‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

‘You shall have no other gods before Me.

‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

11 ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. (John 9:41) and He added, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.” (John 15). Should we always do the don’ts and expect God to be happy with us? Would He not cut us off?

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15)

Oh mortal man, stay closer to your Immortal God and do not go far away from Him to the other side! Oh mortal man, fear your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, do not speak any how to your Immortal God and remember what happened to those of old who spoke anyhow to Him! His current patience never means His total absence! Oh mortal man, cling to your Immortal God! An electrical gadget can only work well when it is connected to a powered on  source! Oh mortal man, remain in the Lord your God!

If we truly  fear God, we shall truly obey all His don’ts! Oh mortal man, fear God Almighty! Remember Joseph! remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Remember Daniel! What do you stand for?  What would you never do if you are offered the whole glory and riches of the world or face the most deadly arena of life? Don’ts!!!

One day, we shall all stand before the same Almighty God we always break His don’ts!!!

 

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:13


HYMN

That man is blest who, fearing God

Published in 16 hymnals

 That man is blest who, fearing God,
From sin restrains his feet,
Who will not stand with wicked men,
Who shuns the scorners’ seat.

2 Yea, blest is he who makes God’s law
His portion and delight,
And meditates upon that law
With gladness day and night.

3 That man is nourished like a tree
Set by the rivers’ side;
Its leaf is green, its fruit is sure,
And thus his works abide.

 The wicked like the driven chaff
Are swept from off the land;
They shall not gather with the just,
Nor in the judgment stand.

5 The Lord will guard the righteous well,
Their way to Him is known;
The way of sinners, far from God,
Shall surely be o’erthrown.

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Dos and don’ts

Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 4 IN FOCUS)


Jesus Christ said, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37).  We ought to keep the commands of God! God said, “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. . Oh mortal man, in words, thought, actions and deeds how do we stand before the living God Almighty? James said, But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.” (James 3)

An aim of the world is to close the gab between good and bad, mixed them together,  and by that kill the conscience of men  to regard both good and bad as equal (Matthew 13:24-30) ! Oh mortal man, be watchful! It is written, “Do not go beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4). It is a simple dos and don’ts God expect us to follow so we may not do what He does not like!

Can we love Him and hate His words? Can we love Him and twist His word? What does God expect from us? Can we seek to be with Him one day and yet do not fully obey Him today? Aaron started the journey with Moses, but he could not reach Canaan!

God said to Joshua, “ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”  (Joshua 1)  And Apostle Paul admonished us, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3).

We must know His word and we must apply His word! We must apply His word, but as He wishes we do it and as it would please Him! Not our desires! Not our will!  There is a very thin line between good and bad, and obedience and disobedience! We need to know His word, and we need to live by His word according to His word, His will and His desire!

Many people fell along the way from Egypt to Canaan, and it was not because they did not love God or God did not love them, but because they failed to go by simple dos and don’ts! Remember Lots wife! Remember Balaam! Remember Miriam! Jesus Christ said,  “not my will, but yours be done.”

God said to them, “You saw with your own eyes what the Lord did at Baal Peor. The Lord your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, but all of you who held fast to the Lord your God are still alive today.

See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”

God is God and we must respect Him with all reverence, and humility! God said unto them “Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?”

David said to Saul, “Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ (1 Samuel 24) . Joseph said,  “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39). oh mortal man,  Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty! (Ecclesiastes 12)

How would you feel if somebody misquotes you? How would you feel if your son disobeys you?  Oh mortal man, fear your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, ye are not of your own, and so remember, “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you” Jesus Christ said, “anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Remember where you are heading towards and know your dos and don’ts! Dos and don’ts; Oh mortal man, obey your Immortal God!


HYMN

When we walk with the Lord

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)

 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

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War time; fear dies!

 “Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. The Lord said to me, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 3 IN FOCUS)


They that kill their fear grow their faith and cripple their doubt. They are not moved by circumstances, but they move circumstances with their trust in God, and they always know that there is a Supreme God Almighty who is always with them! Emmanuel; God with us! If God is for us, who can be against us? We are at war! We are at war! We are at war! Not a war with weapons; remember the warning;  “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

The apostle said, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8)

They that know the God who is with them take a matter of life and death steps with the conviction that in the end, even if they ‘die’, there shall be life! Esther said, “And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). Remember the four leapers in 2 kings 7; Oh mortal man, kill your fears! God said, Do not be afraid !

Jehovah our Banner is still Jehovah our Banner! He who sits at the right hand of God Almighty is alive to lead us through the ‘war’ of our time! Kill your fears, grow your courage! God said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). God is not for the dead; He is for the living! He is with the living! And He fights for the living!  David said, “The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind. It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to the place of silence; it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 117) And he added, Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20).

God won all wars for them and so Moses said, “ At that time I pleaded with the Lord “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?  Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.” (Deuteronomy 3) May God make us see  our Heavenly abode when our works here are done!

 “So the Lord our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down, leaving no survivors. At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages. We completely destroyed“. When God is with you, ‘fortified walls’ and ‘high gates’ can never be a barrier to your final destination! As the walls of Jericho went down not by might of men, but by His own might, so did He do it for them!  When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys. — (Joshua 6)

We might not be facing the same wars they faced, for we are not heading towards the same place they went! We are at war with the cunning and alluring ways of the world! We are at war with our salvation we need to secure so as to make it to Heaven! We are at war with ‘high walls’ that seek to block many millions from hearing the good news of Christ Jesus! We are at ‘war’ with ‘gates’ and ‘bars’ that seek to be barriers and hindrance to people making it to their final destination: Heaven above! (2 Corinthians 4:4)

John said,

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12)

 

The apostle of Christ Jesus said, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” (2 Corinthians 10). In His sermon on the mount, Jesus Christ gives us powerful weapons for the war of our time and He concluded, Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5)

His delight is to win the wars of life for us! His joy is to see us rejoicing! David said, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” (Psalm 28)

He who lives in fear, lives an ’empty’ and an already ‘defeated’ life, for anything at all can move such a person, but they that know the God who is with them knows that they are not at war in life to fight with their own might and strength, but with God Almighty! He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” ( 2 Chronicles 20:15))

Jesus said to Philip, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” ( John 14). Trust in God and also believe in Jesus Christ! Kill your fears! God is alive! Why do you have fear, when you have God? He who said to you, “I am with you” is truly and fully with you! Oh mortal man, remember your source of power: Jehovah our Banner! (Exodus 17: 15)



HYMN

When we walk with the Lord

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)

 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

 

 

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the long walk…

 Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 2 IN FOCUS)


It was a paradoxical exodus, but for our lessons and learning! The journey was an important one (from captivity – Egypt- to absolute freedom- Canaan), but He who was going on the journey with them, their obedience and disobedience, the joyous and melancholic moments are what we need to ponder over in our days! One moment they rejoiced over the victory from God, and another, they grumbled against God because of challenges! Oh mortal man! (James 3:9)

God was their victory for they met wars that were beyond the strength of men (Numbers 14:42)! When they fought with God on their side , they won, but when they went alone, they were defeated! Oh mortal man, do not forget your Immortal God! Jesus told them, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24).

 “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord,  the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” (Exodus 17).

Jehovah Nissi; the Lord our banner! God said to them in Deuteronomy,  “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle. 25 This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.” Life is war, they say; why then do you go to war without your weapon: the Sovereign Lord God Almighty!

God said to them, “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle.”  It was time for Jesus Christ to ascend,  “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ( Matthew 28)

God knew when to order them to war and when to tell them to ignore and move on! Their journey is not all that different from our days, for life is full of twist and turns; the wealthy has their own and they that are in need are not free, and so the apostle admonished them saying, ” .. be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6)

‘ Thirty-eight years passed’, and they were still on the journey to the promised land. God did not want them to settle, but to move on till they get to their final destination! He said to them, “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north” (Deuteronomy 2). They turned, but to ignore a war to meet a war! God was however with them! There might be many wars in our days (alluring and deadly) and in our journey to our final destination, but when we make God our banner, there shall be wars, but there shall be victory! The disciples of Jesus Christ did not have a smooth journey, but God proved his power and authority! Jesus Christ was faced with many oppositions,, but He never did it without always beseeching the face of His Father (Luke 4:42; Mark 1:35))!

He who employs, ensures he caters well for his employees! Oh mortal man, why go to the retailer when the wholesaler is closer to you! Draw nearer to God; let Him lead the journey today! Oh mortal man, rely on your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, do not take the long walk of life without your Immortal God!

Man is man and God is God; man without God is death, ABSOLUTE DEATH, but God does not need man to be alive! Oh mortal man, Know ye not that God can grant you victory in the war of life and to an awesome end of redemption and salvation in Christ Jesus?  God took a journey with them, and He won their battles for them! What is your battle, big or small; thinkable or unthinkable? Rely on God! Depend on Him!

Obedience! Obedience! Obedience! Not all who started the journey journeyed to the end! They disobeyed and they fell along the way! We ought to take lessons from them and put our full trust in Jesus Christ whose blood always intercede for us even  in our sinful nature, such that we are not falling along the way just us some of them faced the anger of God! Oh mortal man, trust and obey your Immortal God in all your ways!!!

He who saw them through their journey is still alive! He who fed them forty years without their efforts to toil for food is still alive! He who fought for them is still alive! He who guarded and guided them is still alive! Make God your strength, your wealth, your comforter, your guard and your guide, then you know, you shall journey to your journeys end with conquering stories and meet the welcoming hands of your Father who is in Heaven! On the cross, Jesus Christ said, “It is finished”


HYMN

I am trusting thee, Lord Jesus, Trusting only Thee!

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal

 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.

2 I am trusting Thee for pardon;
At Thy feet I bow,
For Thy grace and tender mercy
Trusting now.

3 I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood.

4 I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev’ry day and hour supplying
All my need.

 

5 I am trusting Thee for power;
Thine can never fail.
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
Must prevail.

 

6 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever
And for all.

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… but be very careful!

Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea, as the Lord had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir. Then the Lord said to me, “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.

JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 2 IN FOCUS)


God may be with you, but be very careful; God can fight for you, but be very careful! God might be taking  a journey with you, but be very careful and fully obey your   Commander! God was with Zechariah, but his simple doubt  made him experienced God in a different way!

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. (Luke 1)

Know your own and do not fight your own! Even in the womb, they knew themselves in a positive bonding way! “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1

Fight not your own; fight not your own, and do not provoke your own to war! God said to them, “Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.  You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.”

Fear can breed so many ill ‘fruits’! Fear can cause people to take unthinkable steps! Fear can make people grow their envy within to bear bad fruits! Fear can make people attack others unthinkably even when one party is totally innocent (Numbers 22)! Because of fear, well trained soldiers well trembling at the shout of Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  Fear is not for the children of God, it is instead a weapon for the children of God, ” For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). We ought not to fear fear, but to fear God and obey His commands, then He will make us be fearful! “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10)  God said unto them, “They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.”. If David could kill Goliath, what about Saul? Because of fear, Saul pursued David with all his strength and might! (2 Samuel 7)

Jesus Christ sending the disciples said to them, ” I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. ” (Matthew 10:16)

“Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.” (Numbers 2)  Concentrate on the journey and do not just  jump into any war at all! Concentrate on the journey and do not go fight for any land at all! Do not fight your own! Do not fight your own!

God knew their names and He could mention their names! How well do you know God and how well does God know you? There are billions of people who wake up each day to continue the journey of life, “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2:19)

Gaining salvation is important, but working on our salvation with fear and trembling is our non negotiable duty (1 Corinthians 10:12). Remember Balaam and ponder over Jude 1! Jesus Christ said, ” Many will say unto me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:22-23). Lot’s wife had been saved from destruction, but she could not get to a final destination!

… Be very careful! Take a joyful walk with God to the very end; trust and obey and He shall lead you with His fear upon all you shall encounter! The hymn writer wrote, ” Courage, brother! do not stumble, though your path be dark as night; there’s a star to guide the humble: trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be rough and dreary, and its end far out of sight; foot it bravely; strong or weary, trust in God, trust in God, trust in God, and do the right.” They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.

Know your own and do not fight your own! Fight not your own; fight not your own, and do not provoke your own to war! Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians 1:13). There is a different destination than Canaan: Heaven above! Jesus Christ is calling; calling all unto Himself! Come, take a careful walk with Him and let Him lead the journey! Now, turn to Him! Now, turn to Him! Now truly turn to Him! Now truly turn to Him and let Him lead the way to a joyful and fulfilling end! …” in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1)


HYMN

I hear thy welcome voice

Author: Lewis Hartsough (1872)

1. I hear Thy welcome voice
That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
That flowed on Calvary.

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

2. Tho’ coming weak and vile,
Thou dost my strength assure;
Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse,
Till spotless all, and pure.

 

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

3. ‘Tis Jesus calls me on
To perfect faith and love,
To perfect hope and peace and trust,
For earth and heav’n above.

 

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

 

4. All hail! atoning blood!
All hail! redeeming grace!
All hail! the gift of Christ our Lord,
Our strength and righteousness.

 

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

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Adventure… don’t be afraid!

 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God


(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 1 IN FOCUS)


He still calms storms! He still calms storms! It was all a smooth sailing until a storm arose! “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41)

Would they not have gone back to ‘indentured servitude’ if the Lord had lead them on a path where the whole army of their enemies would not be crushed and rendered no more? Would the Egyptians not have gone to bring the Israelites back at a later day, and without any struggle due to their huge army, when they felt they had missed a great workforce? But the Israelites never understood the ways of God on their way to Canaan and they grumbled against God even when God was fighting for them!

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen  and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14)

Oh mortal man, trust your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, wholly trust and obey! Oh mortal man, know ye not that there is an Immortal God who has all authority, power and dominion? Oh mortal man, why thou trust in doubt when you can trust in God? In the adventurous journey of life, and in the walk with God, sometimes things may not be as you want, but do not grumble and never rebel against the living Sovereign God! fully trust and wholly obey, even when you have not yet see anything!

Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?  (Psalm 94:9). Trust! Wholly trust! He knows the paths of life, and he sees tomorrow better than us! He made the tomorrow we have not yet see and he knows what is in tomorrow!

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12 :28-29)

“The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?” They replied, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.” Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’ ” Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men. At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’ “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men. ” (2 Kings 1) (see 2 kings 6)

Whatever He did, he can do again! Have faith! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Trust and obey! They had evidence of an existing Canaan, but they rebelled against God! They saw God fighting for them, but they did not fully trust Him! Oh mortal man, remember Deuteronomy one! Oh mortal man, be still and know that Jesus Christ still calms storms!


HYMN

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side

Author: Kathrina von Schlegel; Translator: Jane Borthwick (1855)

1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in ev’ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
thro’ thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

 

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice, who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the veil of tears,
then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
from His own fullness all He takes away.

 

4 Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.