Monday, 20 January 2014

Unimaginable Blessings

Scripture: Isaiah 64 v 4 "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him."

1 Corinthians 2 v 9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."

God our Father has a mind and heart that far surpasses our finite minds. His mind is infinite and able to create the most exquisite life of unimaginable pleasure for each one of us who believes and obeys Him in this lifetime.

He knows how hard it is to resist temptation and overcome sin for Jesus Christ is seated at His right hand, who endured the very same temptations without once yielding to Satan. Because of this Jesus is able to speak to God on our behalf and intercede for us from a position of intimate knowledge of our struggles with the flesh.

Consider the ant. Do you know what an ant feels when it is stepped on or sprayed with bug spray? Does it cry? Does it hurt? To really know you would have to become an ant and be put in every negative situation it would have so you could experience first hand what an ant's death felt like.

Consider Jesus. He laid aside his Heavenly existence to be born as one of us so He could experience every trial and sorrow; every sickness; bereavement; loss and cruelty; as well as our joys and triumphs. He did this so that He could share these human events with His Father, who only knows pure and sinless love.

Lucifer fell because sin was found in him. Specifically Pride followed by Rebellion and Lies. These produced Lust, Disobedience and Self Will and Jealousy, Covettousness and War leading to Death was the inevitable result.

Sickness, suffering and death became the norm for all humans trapped in Lucifer's world, which became Satan's world. When Lucifer fell from Heaven his name was changed to Satan, the Accuser.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit, Satan was the instigator and manipulator who knew he would thereafter control the world until God came up with a plan.

God's plan of redemption for mankind had to include Jesus being born here to feel everything we feel so He could tell our Father exactly what humans go through under Satan's bondage. That is why God plans such unimaginable blessings for us if we overcome all this and make it home to Him.

When Satan tempted Jesus for forty days in the Wilderness after His baptism, Jesus overcame every temptation by applying the Word of God to him. Jesus declared the Word powerfully and Satan the father of lies was not able to counteract the truth of it. 

I would tell you what these blessings are but they are beyond anything I can think or imagine. The Bible tells us that in Heaven it is joy unspeakable and full of glory - no tears, no sorrow, no pain, no sickness, no death, no ageing, no war, no horror or cruelty.

That's a good start. Total peace forever withour fear, depression, anxiety, doubt or panic attacks. No drug addicts, alcoholics, no blind, deaf, dumb, lame, or handicapped people. No famine, poverty, biochemical or nuclear threat, no tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes or floods.

Jesus came to save us from all this and make a way for us to be reunited forever with our Father in Heaven. We have a choice. Believe Jesus and follow Him home. Or not.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father You so loved us that You sent Jesus Your beloved only Son to take on Satan and sin to make a way of escape for us who believe it. I pray that the whole world will believe it and be saved to enjoy You and the unimaginable blessings You have prepared for those who love and worship You. In Jesus' name. Amen.