Days are upon us when enemies of those given wholeheartedly to God may be our own circle of friends. The Prophets speak of a time when father turns against son, and daughter against mother. I have a strong sense as things deteriorate in our nation with the economy, social moors, crime, debt and joblessness, the love of many may grow cold; as fortold by Christ. As sin and iniquity increases, those who love God begin to tire of the struggle. Many will fear they will fall and slip away; some will, hopefully just for a season. As Children of God we must retain our sanity and recognize the days in which we live.
Since my last post, to my knowledge, I have not sinned in any great measure. By the grace of God there has only been the usual difficulties and headaches of everyday life as an American citizen in the midst of recession and trouble. But in my spirit I feel that days are fast approaching when there will be temptations and such an increase in iniquity in our society that I need to convince myself and others of the true nature of our Father that is in Heaven.
If in a moment of weakness, or anger, or great temptation we should sin, we must remember the nature of our Heavenly Father. The Book of MICAH, Chapter 7, speaks of a season when the LORD becomes indignate at sin and of course, punishment for sin ensues. But after we bear the indignation for our sin against Him, whether it be unbelief, praylessness, or return to an old sin of the flesh, God Himself will plead our cause and will bring us to His light and we will again behold His righteousness (vs 9).
NEVER LET the enemy convince that we have sinned beyond measure and forgiveness. This is a trick as old as Adam and Eve; do not fall for it, especially now as we approach the conclusion of the ages.
We must remember - WHO IS A GOD LIKE UNTO OUR GOD? He pardons iniquity, passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage, He does NOT retain His anger forever because He delights in mercy! (Micah 7:18)
As we continually seek His face and favor, as we plough through our daily routines of which He is fully aware and He is right there with us, our enemies will lick the dust like a serpent and move out of their holes like worms of the earth; they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of US! THEIR HERITAGE IS FEAR! Do not fall for the lies of the enemies of our Father. The battle is really against those who follow Him.
WHAT IS OUR HERITAGE? Verse 18-20 says there is no God likened unto our God; He pardons iniquity, passes by transgressions, does not retain or keep His anger forever because He delights in mercy! OUR HERITAGE IS VICTORY AND FORGIVENESS!
He will turn again!
He will have compassion upon us!
He will subdue our iniquities!
He will cast our sin into the depths of the sea!
He will perform truth in us!
He has sworn as such to the fathers from the days of old!
Rejoice! I say Rejoice! We are on the winning side!
Yeild as He daily works His graces in us. It is not an easy process, but it serves His purposes.
Know and be confident that we are a forgiven people; do not believe the lies of the enemy or of those the enemy uses to get to us. Be confident in HIM.
Micah 7:8 encourages us that when we fall, we shall arise. The enemy need not rejoice, and if the enemy does rejoice it will be shortlived for when we sit in darkness the LORD shall be a light unto us. Shame will cover their face as they realize that we are a protected people, the apple of His eye.
Unto Him who is able to keep us from falling ( we may slip but not fall all of the way!)
and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding JOY! He is able. Not by our strength, not by our power, but by His Spirit, saith the LORD.
To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now (in 2008) and forever! AMEN.