Sunday, 11 February 2018

Our Mighty God

Scripture: Jeremiah 32 v 18 - 21:  ".....The Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of Hosts; is His name; great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open on all the ways of the sons of men, to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
20  Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
 21  And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;"

Our God is Mighty and is present to deliver us from the wrath to come. We don't know the day or hour that Tribulation goes from mild to manic but we know the season and it is soon.

In all God's dealings with Israel He did miraculous and significant things to get their attention and be remembered.  He commanded them to commemorate the Passover throughout all generations as not only did He deliver them from the oppression of Egypt, but from sudden death.  

Throughout the generations they sacrificed lambs for Passover, and then Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the very pen where the spotless lambs were kept to be used in the feast.  After all Jesus is our Passover, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  He came to deliver us from death, eternal separation from God.  We are also commanded to have Communion in remembrance of Him.  The Last Supper was a Passover Seder.  Join the dots.

With many signs in the heavens over the past few years backing up these warnings, eclipses, Blood Moons, the Sun and Moon being darkened, meteors, comets, the combining of Jupiter and Venus (Star of Bethlehem), and recently the Super Blue Blood Moon we should know that Jesus is at the door.  The Star of Bethlehem combination is the first time this occurred since the birth of Jesus.

He is coming to judge the people of Earth and by our works we will be judged. Have we shared the gospel; prayed for the sick; given to the poor; walked in His ways; obeyed His Word?  We can make up for lost time starting now.

The first calamity will be severe breakdown of world economies like nothing ever seen before. The big push for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has seen many people take huge gambles with paycheques and overdrafts, and lose heavily!  In December 2017 it reached USD20,000/1 Bitcoin, and last month it dropped to USD6000! Still significant if it was bought at USD200, but a disaster if you took out a second unaffordable bond to buy Bitcoin late last year.

The world teeters on huge government debts plus huge debts on credit cards, home loans, expensive living beyond their means.  Every now and then the stock markets crash, property companies crash, and like dominoes tumbling it affects the whole world.  Right now the stockmarkets of the USA are plunging and affecting markets around the globe.

When our lives revolve around money it becomes our god.  It's an idol that drives us relentlessly towards ruin and corruption.  Rather let our mighty God, Jesus Christ, be at the centre of our existence.  Let Him have complete control of every aspect of our lives.  Give a tenth or tithe of your income to enhance the spread of the gospel, by blessing the church or person who brings Jesus closest to you.  Enable them to do more and reach more people in need.

Malachi 3 v 10 - 11: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 
 11  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts."

In everything we do for God He responds.  If we forgive people, He forgives us.  If we give our tithes He rebukes the devourer and opens the windows of Heaven to pour out a blessing.  

Luke 6 v 37 - 38: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
 38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

These are the promises of our mighty God who loves us.  When you give time, help, prayer, food, clothing, money, whatever, the Lord multiplies it back to you in mysterious ways.  He is ever faithful.  We look for schemes to bring in more money that so often turn out to be scams in which we lose more than we gain.  We trust the unsaved world!  Perhaps we should rather trust God's way of  increasing wealth for He never lies nor cheats.

If you are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit you are safe from the tribulation ahead. Jesus will show you what to do. Its the unsaved who will suffer the most and not even know why. Its our duty and calling to sound the warning to them before it hits.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we look for the coming of Jesus with great joy while being mindful that those who have neglected Your outstretched hand are in mortal danger. Help us to help them right now. Help us share this message with friends and neighbours today. Lord there is a spiritual shaking and tsunami coming and it will hit them unawares. Lord be merciful.  In Jesus' name. Amen.