Where are You? ~ the Great Question

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  BY FRANCESROGERS

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Gen. 3:9

I remember as a young child crouching in the corner of a small coat closet. I don’t recall why except that I wanted to be alone. I had either done something wrong and dreaded facing the consequences or at the worst, been chastised already. I don’t remember how long it took my parents to find me. It was usually my dad who chastised me and knew where I was.

We can ask many questions in this life ~ “Who am I?” “Why am I here?
What is the purpose of life? “How did we get here? “Will there be an end?”, etc.

God asked the great question at the beginning of His creation to settle the consequences of our disobedience. When we know where we are, we know where to find the answer to all other questions.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

The Lord was not looking for or calling Eve, but Adam, because it was to Adam He gave the commandment, “Do not eat…..”. 

So Adam said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 

Adam was not lost to the Lord, the Creator. He was hiding because of his shame and guilt. His disobedience separated Him from the Lord. Sin robs us of His presence with us.

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

Adam shifted the blame for his sin to his wife, so the Lord turns to her to deal with her sin.

13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord then turns to address the action of the serpent.

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” Gen. 3:14-16

That done, He comes back to Eve to settle her account in the matter.
As the mother of all flesh, women fall under the same condemnation. 

But let’s remember the first promise of a Savior is made through the punishment of the serpent which applies to all creatures in future generations.

“He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
The serpent’s seed is the power and spirit of the evil one and her Seed is the power and Spirit of the promised Messiah, the Son, Jesus Christ. Though Jesus’ heel was bruised as He hung on the cross, the head of the enemy, his power and rebellion were overcome. “Death, (the punishment for sin,) was swallowed up in victory” through Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection.

“To the woman He said:“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

We will not venture through all these verses, but focus on women’s “sorrow and conception,” and the pain of childbearing. We have seen how far the enemy has deceived so that women seem to have delivered themselves from the consequences of Eve’s sin. Refusing to bear children has come to pass by many forms of birth control, the most brutal of which we know as abortion.

“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it? “Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” Gen 3: 17-19

No longer would he have the joy of tending the Garden over which he had been given control, but to force it to produce what he needed to live. He became dependent on the earth instead of the Lord God who created him. That relationship was severed until the coming of the Redeemer who would bring reconciliation and restoration.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

The Lord sacrificed the animals to cover them – another significant sign of His mercy and promise of care and restoration.

The question remains for all His creatures, “Where are you?”

We have many reasons and many places for hiding from the Lord our Creator.

We sometimes can be found  behind someone who has deceived us.
There are a lot of hiding places in this world.
The past has many closets, corners, holes, and crevices where we live our own lives independent of our Father who wants to bless us in our relationship with Him. 

The most common is our sin and guilt. From these, fear makes our hiding place much broader and makes us harder to find.

In this age, parents no longer call or text their children to ask, “Where are you?’ The tracking devices on their phones make it easy to know where they are.

Have you ever wondered how God our Father knows where we are and how to get in touch with us? 
He has His own tracking system.

“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.” Proverbs 20:27

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [c]hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
Psalm 139:1, 7-10

Samuel and Isaiah
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 1 Sam. 3:10

And the call came to Isaiah.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Our Father is calling us today. Will we remain in hiding, or answer His call as Samuel, and Isaiah did?

Dear Father, open our ears to hear your voice, and know your holy, high, and heavenly calling and to answer, for such a time as this. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

https://godsgracegodsglory.com/2021/07/08/where-are-you-the-great-question/

The Man Who Found God in the Desert

by Greg Laurie on Jun 4, 2021

Billy Graham used to tell a story about when he was holding a crusade in a certain city and had a letter he wanted to mail. But he didn’t know where the post office was, so he asked a boy walking by if he could tell him where the post office was.

The little guy told him how to get there, and Billy thanked him and said, “I’m preaching here tonight, and I’m going to tell people how to get to Heaven. I would like you to come tonight and hear me preach.”

“Well, I don’t think I’m going to come,” said the boy. “You don’t even know the way to the post office. How can you tell me how to get to Heaven?”

The Bible, the user’s manual of life, tells us exactly what we need to do to get to Heaven.

For instance, if you called me and needed directions somewhere, my first question to you would be, “Where are you?” Before I can tell you how to get somewhere, I need to know where you are.

God asked that very question of Adam in the Garden of Eden after he ate the forbidden fruit and sin entered the world. Adam was hiding. And when the Lord came walking through the garden in the cool of the day, He said, “Adam, where are you?”

Of course, God was aware of Adam’s whereabouts. What He really was saying was this: “Well, Adam, you ate the forbidden fruit. How did that go? Are you happy with the way things turned out?”

I think the Lord could ask the same question of us today. Where are you? How is your life going? Are you happy with how things have turned out? Are you wondering if you’ve missed the whole point of what life is all about?

Even the most beautiful, famous, and wealthy people eventually have to face their own mortality. The Bible tells the story of a man who was very successful and had everything this world has to offer. He had money, power, and fame. He even had religion. On the outside he looked like he had it together, but he didn’t. He was empty on the inside. And he was searching.

He was a government official in charge of the treasury of Ethiopia, which was a powerful kingdom at the time. But he wasn’t finding what he was looking for in the religion of his culture. He had heard about the city of Jerusalem, the home of the Jewish people—the people who had a relationship with God.

So he went to Jerusalem searching for God, but he didn’t find God in Jerusalem. Sadly, the Judaism of that day had become a lot of rituals and regulations, and he didn’t find what he was looking for. But he did obtain a copy of some Scripture, basically a hand-lettered scroll of Isaiah, which is now one of the books of the Old Testament

Meanwhile, God directed a man named Philip to hang out in the desert and wait for him. So as this government official rode through the desert, reading out loud from Isaiah 53, Philip ran to him and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:30 NKJV).

He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” (verse 31 NKJV).

The he invited Philip to sit with him in his chariot. And beginning from that Scripture, the Bible says that Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

This man knew the Bible was important, just as a lot of people do today. But sometimes they don’t know what to make of it. They need someone to show them the way, and that is exactly what Philip did. He told him how to have a relationship with God. So this Ethiopian official believed in Jesus and was even baptized that day.

Becoming a Christian doesn’t take years. It doesn’t take months. It doesn’t even take hours. It can happen in just moments, just like it did for this man. And the Bible tells us that he went on his way rejoicing.

Religion didn’t do that for him. In fact, religion disappointed him.

Maybe you’ve looked at Christians and thought, “These Christians are very weak people. They’re kind of losers. And this whole thing they’re into, this Christianity, is just a big crutch.”

But Christianity isn’t about religion; it’s about a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And by the way, Christianity isn’t a crutch; it’s an entire hospital, and I need all the help I can get.

I used to have a tough exterior, due in part to the way I was raised by my alcoholic mother. When I was 17, I felt as though I were 70, because I had seen things no young man should ever see. So I had a tough façade, and I would hang around in Newport Beach and lean against a wall, trying to look cool.

The Christians would come down to where I hung out, and they would hand out their little booklets. Most of the time they bought my tough-guy act and walked on. But sometimes they gave me their booklets to read, and I’d grab them and shove them into my pocket like I didn’t care.

But when I went home, I’d take all those booklets from every religious group imaginable and put them in a drawer. And every now and then I’d pull out the drawer and empty it onto my bed. Then, as a 17-year-old kid, I would sit there trying to figure out the meaning of life. I wanted to know the truth. However, like the Ethiopian official, I needed someone to show me the way.

Thankfully, God tells us how we can have a relationship with Him.

You can find what you’re searching for and start rejoicing today, just like the man from Ethiopia. But first what you need to do is believe. You need to believe in Jesus Christ. It isn’t religion; it’s a relationship. It isn’t rules and regulations; it’s real freedom from the power of sin.

Whatever it is that you’re facing today, whatever problems or challenges you have, I want you to know that God has a future for you. And that future is in Heaven—if you put your faith in Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Pastor Greg Laurie.

This article was originally published at WND.com.

The River and Tree of Life

 / MULYALE MUTISYA

‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the Holy Place where the Most High dwells’ ~ Psalm 46:4

One of John’s vision of the New Heaven and Earth given to him by Jesus Christ concerns the River of Life. John writes, ‘And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city’ (Revelation 22:1-2). This river of life has God as its Source, and waters the tree of life so that ‘On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations’ (v2). This tree of life watered by the river of life was also found in the Garden of Eden. ‘In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ (Genesis 2:9). In addition, ‘A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters’ (v10). God then commanded man that; ‘you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ (v17). Mankind ate of it, and surely, he experienced death.

There was no command restricting the first man not to eat from the tree of life, but because of man’s sin and spiritual separation from God (death), the tree of life was also restricted from mankind. And so, ‘After he (God) drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way of the tree of life’ (3:v24). Since the tree of life as John describes was for the healing of nations, mankind could not have healing from sin, since access to the tree was denied. And denied it was for many centuries so that God says, ‘Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing. There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you’ (Jeremiah 30:12-13). Mankind’s wound and injury remained, until Jesus was revealed and says, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he was anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord’ (Luke 4:18-19).

‘Come, and let us return to the Lord; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind us’ (Hosea 6:1). This is an open call, and whoever chooses to turn to Jesus will be healed. Just like mankind chose to eat of the forbidden fruit, so are we given a choice to accept restoration from the tree of life Himself. Jesus says, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener’ (John 15:1). In fact, Jesus is the ‘shoot . . . from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit’ (Isaiah 11:1). He even says of Himself, ‘I am the Root and Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star’ (Revelation 22:16). So, Jesus being the Root to the tree of life declares, ‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me’ (John 15:4). And so, ‘Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be a tree planted by the water that sends out its root by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit’ (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Jesus, the Root to the tree of life, is also the Source of the river of life that nourishes it. He says, ‘Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life’ (John 4:14). Jesus our Root not only makes us bear fruit by giving us access to the tree of life, but also gives us His very life – His Spirit. His Spirit not only sustains us in this life, but also grants us access to eternity, because ‘no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit’ (3:v5). And so, anyone who believes in Jesus, ‘out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (by this he meant the Spirit)’ (7:v38-39). The level by which we grow in Christ determines the depth at which we can be in this river of life, God’s Spirit. When Ezekiel was led to a river flowing from the temple, at first the water was ankle deep, then knee deep, and then up to the waist. The further he went, he eventually noticed that ‘I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in – a river that no one could cross’ (Ezekiel 47:5). This shows that God ‘gives the Spirit without limit’ (John 3:34), and so it is up to one to determine the depths at which they want to reach.

A tree cannot grow in two places. Where its roots are, determines its growth. A tree in parched land does not fare well like a tree next to a river. Likewise, we cannot bear fruit in other sources besides the true Source, Jesus Christ. David writes, ‘Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers’ (Psalm 1:1-3). The more we remain in the Source, our flesh increasingly gets overshadowed by the Spirit, because ‘this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live’ (Ezekiel 47:9). Where the river flows, Ezekiel also notices that, ‘Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing’ (v12). In essence, when we abide in Christ, we take up His nature, becoming trees stemming from Him.

‘Jesus said to them, ‘Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life’ ~ John 6:61-63

https://carolynemutisya7.wordpress.com/2021/04/19/the-river-and-tree-of-life/

Teaching Kids America Always Racist: Key to Destroying Nation’s Future

05.09.2021 | Jerry Newcombe

Surge Summary: Efforts like the “1619 Project” want to tear down the United States through false history … so that they can then rebuild her in their own twisted image, contrary to the best of the nation’s founding ideals.

by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

If there are riots now in America, what will it be like 20 years from now if the New York Times gets its way?

The New York Times sponsored the 1619 Project, which postulates that America’s real beginnings as a nation are when the first slaves were brought over….to Jamestown in 1619.

  • Not 1776, when America declared independence from Great Britain.
  • Not 1620, when the Pilgrims first came over “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
  • Not 1787, when the founders wrote the Constitution, the longest-lasting constitution of any nation.

Many historians note that this is a distortion of our nation’s roots. Worse, it makes young people turn against this country. Despite our flawed history and their own personal sins, the founders created the framework by which evils like slavery could one day be uprooted. And it has been.This battle over history and what is to be taught in our schools (when they reopen) has reached the highest echelons of power these days.

CNN reported (5/3/2021): “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is asking schools to stop using the 1619 Project, a curriculum aimed at reframing US history around the date of August 1619, when the first slave ship arrived to what would become the US.”

McConnell and other Republican senators said, “Families did not ask for this divisive nonsense. Voters did not vote for it…Americans never decided our children should be taught that our country is inherently evil.”

In my humble opinion, Mitch is right to do this. If this curriculum continues to spread, all children will learn is a distorted view of our past.

In his classic book “1984,” George Orwell said, “Whoever controls the past controls the future.” And he added, “Whoever controls the present controls the past.”There is indeed a battle over the history of America. Much of the rioting in the streets of the last year has constituted a war on America as founded. Statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and many others have been torn down by the mobs. Even Abraham Lincoln has not escaped the wrath of rioters.

Although some historians support the 1619 Project, many historians vehemently disagree. The DailyWire even reported that a group of scholars demanded that the Pulitzer Board revoke the Pulitzer Prize awarded to NYT writer Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize for her introduction to the 1619 Project.

Bob Woodson, an African-American scholar who has worked for decades on behalf of urban renewal, organized a number of scholars to oppose the 1619 Project.

In an interview I did with Woodson for D. James Kennedy Ministries, he told our viewers, “We at the Woodson Center organized 23-plus scholars and activists to confront this 1619 Project. We call ourselves the 1776 Unites.” These scholars include some prominent Blacks, like Dr. Carol Swain, retired professor at Vanderbilt Law School.

Already the Woodson Center has seen some changes: “As a result of our essays that we wrote…Nikole Hannah-Jones, who was the author of the 1619 Project actually revised it…We forced them to back away from and change the reasons for the Revolutionary War.”Initially, the 1619 Project held that America’s War for Independence was held for the purpose of protecting slavery.

That is an astounding claim, in light of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774, whereby George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Members of the Virginia House of Burgesses tried to abolish the slave trade into Virginia. King George III put the kibosh on their efforts. (This was before William Wilberforce’s successful crusade, motivated by his Christian faith, to abolish the slave trade and then slavery itself throughout the British Empire.)

Woodson remarks, “And so we have other changes that have been made; but essentially the whole 1919 Project is an attempt to undermine, I think, the values and virtues of our nation. And they’re using race as the bludgeon to do that.”

Woodson adds this about the 1619 Project: “They are trying to define America by its birth defect of slavery and Jim Crow, and our counter is that no individual or nation should be judged by the worst of what they used to be. America is a country of redemption. America is a country of second chances, and so we at 1776 Unites believe that America is defined by its promise. And the constitution is a mechanism for us to be self-correcting, and America is the only nation on the face of the earth that fought a civil war to end slavery.” [Emphasis added]

The above-mentioned Dr. Carol Swain argues that the 1619 Project sends a “very crippling message to our children” by conveying the idea that racism is in our national DNA. It basically says that no matter how you try, you will always be a victim of hopelessly racist America.She adds, “It seems that anything that’s connected to Western Civilization and the traditions of our Judeo-Christian heritage in America, that’s very unpopular these days.”

What is this all about? Dr. Richard Land, the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, observes, “If you want to remake America, you’ve got to tear down belief in the country we have now. You have to make the country we have now and the founding fathers and our institutions illegitimate—that’s what the 1619 Project is about.”

There is a battle over history, and it is a battle we must win if we are to continue as a free nation.

COMMENT:

Our first parents were Adam and Eve we all share their DNA.

Originally posted here.Image: Screen shot: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-1619-project-details-the-legacy-of-slavery-in-america

Dear Depressed Christian: If You Do Nothing Else Today, Please Read This

by Pastor Ray Patrick

Is there an issue in your life today that you would like to put a stop to? Maybe it’s a certain behaviour, addiction or bad attitude that isn’t pleasing to God. When Adam and Eve disobeyed in the garden, the first thing God did was to put clothing on them. They needed to be covered. In the same way, you and I need to be covered today. What should we cover or clothe ourselves with?

Remember, when you “clothe yourself” with the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be protected and able to stand strong against temptation. How do you clothe yourself with Jesus Christ? First of all, when you receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are covered and cleansed by His blood. You are restored and renewed.

Today think about this, just as you get dressed daily to cover your body, you have to daily “cover” your mind with the Word of God. That means you cover every point that has access to your thoughts. Cover your ears by listening to the Word. Cover your eyes by watching only what is pleasing to the Lord. Cover your mouth by speaking the Word and encouraging those around you. As you cover yourself with Christ, you’ll be strong against temptation, you’ll walk in victory, and you’ll experience the good things He has in store for you!

“Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature]…”

(Romans 13:14, AMP)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to redeem me and restore me. Father, there are many issues I’ve been struggling with for a long time. Please cover me with Your Spirit so I can stand against temptation. I say thank You in advance for making me new and covering me, so that I can stand strong against temptation. Today, I submit every area of my life to You and invite You to have Your way in me, in Jesus’ name! Amen

https://godinterest.com/2019/09/27/dear-depressed-christian-if-you-do-nothing-else-today-please-read-this/

VIDEO ‘As In the Days of Noah’

By Rob Pue – June 4, 2019

A short time ago, my wife and I were having lunch in a small restaurant on a Sunday, and nearby was a lady pastor, dressed in black clergy garb and collar.  She was sitting with several couples around a large round table.  It appeared this was a group from her church, having lunch after their service.  As they ate, there was a lively discussion about “fundamentalist” Christians, and how deluded they are.

“The problem,” this lady pastor laughed, “is that so many people are stuck in the mindset of what they have always been taught.  But now we KNOW so much more.  Now we have SCIENCE, which explains so many things that were mysteries to the Bible writers.  If only these fundamentalists would open their eyes and adapt to the times!”

Here we had a modern, ultra-liberal lady pastor, (and very likely a practicing lesbian, based on other things we observed), surrounded by adoring members of her congregation, and she was instilling doubt in the minds of her flock — doubt that the Bible could be trusted, and more than that, she was actually holding Biblical Scripture up for open mockery and ridicule — along with anyone who would believe God’s Word.  Now, you might think this was maybe a Unitarian Universalist gathering, and it could have been, but it wasn’t.  It was a group of people from a MAINLINE so-called “Christian” denomination, and if I shared that denomination with you, you might be surprised.  I won’t do that here.  I’m trying to be tactful.

But this is an example of what is taking place in our world today.  As I sat nearby, overhearing this discussion, the Lord showed me an image of this lady pastor — not as she appeared there in the diner — but as she really is, in her true form: as the serpent we read about in Genesis 3.  From the very beginning, Satan’s tactics have been the same… instilling doubt in the minds of God’s people, causing them to distrust God’s Word, and scoffing at people who believe Him.   Here was a mainline protestant “pastor,” presumably entrusted to teach and instruct and rightly divide the Word of Truth… openly and proudly lying and planting the seeds of doubt in the souls she is responsible for.   Literally, there was NO DIFFERENCE between this lady and the serpent in the garden.  Both were betraying the Creator.  BOTH will reap the same reward.

As human beings, we do not know everything.  We are not omniscient.  But we have been blessed with the knowledge the Lord has seen fit to entrust us with.  By reading, studying and meditating upon God’s written Word, we have all the information we need to base our lives on this earth upon.  If we needed to know more, we can rest assured, God would have told us more.  Some things, however, will remain mysteries to us.  Some things are not for us to know.  It’s not foolish or simplistic of me to say this or accept this.  It’s simply a matter of faith.  I trust my Creator to provide for me and give me the knowledge, information, discernment, judgment and wisdom I need in this world.  As I seek to know HIM more, He reveals Himself and His ways to me.  He’s my heavenly Father, and I trust Him.  Good grief — why wouldn’t I?   And how arrogant and presumptuous to assume I know better!

This is not the topic of my message today.  But this anecdote is instructive because it is important to remember, Satan, the serpent, is still here today, and still using the same old tactics he did in the garden…and moreover, sometimes he will disguise himself as an angel of light — or, in this case, as a modern day, liberal protestant pastor.

But it’s easy to see through the devil’s disguise.  Because anytime someone tells you or tries to teach you something contrary to God’s Word, or anytime someone tries to get you to doubt God’s Word or as they will say, “think critically” — (which is code for “did God really say…”) —  you can be sure you’re dealing with a serpent.  Of course, in order to know if something you’re hearing is contrary to God’s Word, you have to already KNOW what God’s Word really says.  I’m assuming, here, that you do.

But now, let’s move on, because I want to talk about a few things we can count on, from God’s Word.  Specifically, how Jesus said when He returns, the world will be like the days of Noah and Lot.  So let’s get started, back in Genesis.  Biblical scholars place the time of Creation at approximately 4004 BC.  That makes the Earth and all things in it about 6019 years old.  And at that time,  in the beginning, when God created all things, He declared everything “Good.”

But it wasn’t long before the serpent lured mankind into sin, and this was accomplished first of all by causing Adam and Eve to doubt what God said.  One simple doubt, one lapse of faith and good judgment, brought death and destruction upon all mankind.  If you read the Bible through from cover to cover, you will see a pattern woven throughout the history of all humanity…  all of our woes, all of our sorrows, all our regrets… we bring all these things upon ourselves because we doubt what God said.  How many times did Jesus lament, with great sorrow:

“Oh ye of little faith?!”

If only we believed.  If only we had the faith of a mustard seed!  Indeed.

History moved on.  Many centuries came and went.  In Genesis, we read about Cain and Abel, Seth, Enosh, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech and finally, Noah.  Finally we come to chapter six in Genesis, and I’d like to share that with you, starting at verse 5.

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain.  So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.’”

Of course, we all know what happened next.  God purified the earth through the flood, saving only eight souls alive, and we began again.  Then the Lord promised to never again destroy the earth with a flood.  He said:

“I have set My rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”

It is interesting to note that the rainbow — the symbol the LORD chose as His covenant with us —  has today been hijacked by the homosexual lobby, and they’ve turned it into a sign of prideful rebellion against God and nature.

Bible scholars place the time of the flood at approximately 2304 BC, so there were approximately 1700 years between the creation of the earth and Noah’s flood.  It was about 406 years later, in approximately 1898 BC that we read another account of God’s anger.  You can read about this starting in Genesis 18… the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.   God said:

“The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous…”

Yet He promised Abraham that for the sake of ten people who might be found in those cities to be righteous, He would not destroy them.  Apparently there were not even ten, because the next thing we read, the LORD sends two angels, appearing as men, to investigate the cities, and to rescue Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family.

As we read the account of the angels visiting Sodom, the way the men of the city of Sodom behave is eerily familiar.  These men are homosexuals.  They march in unison against Lot’s home.  They surround it and make demands.  They yell and scream and condemn Lot for “judging” them.  They attack and try to break down the door.  It sounds very much like the typical “gay pride parade” of today…  anytime there is a homosexual “pride” march or parade, there is always anger and hatred, there is always those among them accusing Christians of “judging” them, there is always mockery of God and Christianity, along with vile displays of perverse sensuality, and vicious disrespect of the things we hold sacred.  Because the same demonic spirit inhabits modern homosexuals as it did in the days of Lot…Satan is not that bright — he only has a couple of tricks.

Now here we are today.  As I write this message, it is literally impossible to keep up with all that is happening in our world, regarding man’s rush to self-destruction.  It’s mind-boggling and we have taken the offense of Sodom and Gomorrah to a whole new level.  Not only have we used our silly Courts to try to redefine the God-ordained institution of marriage, we have made it mandatory to steal the innocence of young children, and indoctrinate and confuse them about sexuality, and then we’ve made it illegal to counsel them to remain “straight” when they become confused!

We not only kill our own babies for convenience, we then sell their body parts for profit.  And we have leaders in power who praise child-rapists and savages who behead and torture innocent victims, while calling humble, peaceful Christians who follow God’s Word “homegrown terrorists.”   I can’t imagine it was any worse in Noah’s time or in Lot’s time, can you?

But Jesus said it would be like this.  And once again, God’s Word proves true.  There will be plenty who laugh it off, and cast doubt.  And the Bible even tells us plainly that THIS will happen.  There will be those who defiantly boast:

“Where is the promise of His coming?”

But remember how I said to identify a serpent…

We are reliving the days of Noah and Lot right now.  Look at the words of Christ in Luke 17:  “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.”

He went on:

“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.”

“I will come again,” said Jesus in John 14:3.  Really, that is the only solution to this mess.  We don’t know when He will come, not the hour nor the day.  Only the Father Himself knows the appointed time.  But, observing the signs of the times and believing God’s Word, we know that surely, we MUST be at the very brink of eternity.

So how shall we live then?  In fear?  In dread?  Should we hide in our closets, or our churches and just let the wicked world around us burn?  No!  God’s Word tells us:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age, looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do good works.”

We can get caught up in the mess, we can put our hope in the leaders of this world, we can hope and pray “our” candidate wins the White House next year and solves all our problems.  But we would be wrong.  Our hope, our only hope, lies in the Savior, God’s Son — just as it always has.  I’m not saying we should resign ourselves to a wicked, evil world.  Surely we are still to be salt and light here.  We’re still to stand up for God’s Word and Truth, we are to share the Gospel and, like those angels who were sent to warn Lot, rescue as many as we can from the fire.  We are to stand in the gap for the innocent, and to minister and love those the world — and the “religious leaders” — choose to pass by on the other side of the street, refusing to look upon.  We must still BE that good Samaritan.

But meanwhile, we also have a great hope.  We know God’s Word and His promises are true, and we know we need never doubt, nor should we put our trust or our hope in the temporal and vain things of man.  Our faith, our resolve and our fortitude will be greatly tested, as through the fire.  But we know, the one who endures to the end shall be saved.     The rain drops fell in Noah’s time.  The fire fell upon Sodom.  And now the Grace of God will come from the sky next, riding on the clouds, just as He departed.  Luke 21:28 tells us:

“Look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near!”

Any day now.  Watch… and pray.

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