Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Voice in the Wilderness

Scripture:  Matthew 3 v 1 - 3: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,  
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

After 400 years of silence from God, Israel had a new prophet, whose name was John.  He started baptizing people in water as repentance for sin.  He was a lone voice that touched many hearts as he prepared them for the coming of Jesus.

Many had forsaken the way of the Lord and followed strange gods and practices.  Their lives were broken and they desperately needed a Saviour.  Many thought John the Baptist was the One, but he denied it by saying that there was one coming after him whose shoelaces he was unfit to tie.

Do you know Jesus like that? The One who is mighty and so powerful in majesty yet as humble as a servant, who should be held in such high esteem that we would exalt Him above all.  

John said of Him that He would baptize us in the Holy Ghost, which happened to John when he was still in His mother's womb.  When Mary, pregnant with Jesus, came to Elizabeth who was pregnant with John, she was baptized in the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1 v 41 - 42: "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; 
42 and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."

John the Baptist was one of three men spoken of in the Bible who were called Nazarites.  The other two were Samson and Samuel.  They were set apart from birth to the purpose of God, and never cut their hair nor drank wine.  The anointing for John to be a Nazarite would have come when he was still in the womb.

Our God is so mighty and powerful that even the ministry of Jesus started before He was born.   He caused his yet unborn cousin to be filled with the Holy Spirit when their pregnant mothers met.  And this same John was the man who announced the arrival of Jesus as the Lamb of God who comes to take away our sins.

There is no other religion that claims to take away our sins.  All the man-made religions promote various versions of self-improvement through reincarnation, psychology, and philosophy, or punishing oneself for sins.  Only Jesus shed His Blood to wash away our sins forever.

John was the voice of one crying in the Wilderness for people to turn their lives around through following the Lamb of God.  It seems like history is repeating itself these days as so few are speaking out against sin, but rather brushing it under the carpet.  John's message was simple, Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

When Christians are deliberately baited by those whose sins are now legally protected, and it causes Christians to lose their businesses because they choose not to compromise with sin, something very rotten has crept into our society, churches and lives.

The Lord says we must have no other gods, yet people who kill in the name of their god are getting away with saying 'our religion is a peaceful one'.  The agenda of this peaceful religion is to overtake the world with their barbaric laws and brutal lifestyles.

Our God says we have a free will to choose whom we will worship.  He also says that those who are deceived by Satan into rejecting Jesus face eternal separation from Him in a fiery furnace.  In Islam there is no choice given.  Reject your faith or die horribly right now.  In terror attacks like Sri Lanka, there is no choice given just indiscriminate murder of as many as possible.

They intend to use terror, fear and threats to bring the world to its knees to capitulate to their religion, but the words "fear not" appear 365 times in the Word of God.  There is not a day where we need to fear as even if the very worst should happen we have His assurance of Heaven.  Jesus took the keys of Hell and Death away from Satan just before His resurrection so He is the final authority on who goes where.

Our God loves us and has given us the gift of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit has given us nine awesome gifts to help us live abundant lives, helping others, loving others, and sharing the truth about Jesus with them.

This is your opportunity to be the voice crying in the Wilderness and to speak the words that will bring salvation to the lost.  We hear reports from around the world of the many thousands of Muslims who are converting to Christianity.  They can no longer believe in a god that is so cruel and unjust.  They have a free will to choose and many lose their lives to be saved.  Pray for them all as the Light is shining through that darkness.

Prayer: Father God please make each one of us a voice crying in the Wilderness of this world to bring Your love and rescue plan to their knowledge.  Show each one of us where Your light should shine to gain the victory.  In Jesus's name. Amen.