THIS SEASON COME OUT OF THE ROUTE OF THE LOST
God is near to all, but man is continually far from God, taking to the route of the LOST by missing out of God’s promise for REST.
The route to be far from God is the route of LOST.
God’s mindful for all man is the reason why He left His place to come for all man not to LOST but yet man did not get the understanding to live life for the glory of God.
Jesus said, “…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) From this day, why not begin to gain understanding and knowledge to seek Jesus and find a place in Him for your salvation?
WHY IS THE LOST OF MAN NOT TO GAIN THE PROMISE OF GOD FOR HIS PEACE?
Jeremiah 50:6 points it out, “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.” According to the above Jeremiah’s verse, Shepherds are the contributing role for the LOST ones, but that will not excuse the LOST ones before God from experiencing the consequence of living life as the LOST one.
Jesus came to seek and to save the LOST sheep and the sheep that seek Him in return, will find Him and be saved.
In the man’s calendar of the yearly Easter celebration of Jesus’ price to seek and save the LOST demands understanding that will make the life of a believer be with REST, the promise of God.
For all man, there is no excuse to claim or place acquisition of being led wrong by the shepherds. John 8:31-32 clearly point out that individual should know the truth and not become a victim as the LOST one. John 8:31-32 states: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
There is no excuse to have been wrongly led if: “…YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH…” From today, seek God to know the truth to keep you save and not become a victim of being led wrong by the Shepherds. All should make the choice not to become the LOST one but, with desire seek God. Psalm 27:4 of David said it clear, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”
The way of the LOST is the route which leads the LOST one not to gain the REST promise of God for all man.
The REST promise of God is the peace of God.
Hebrews 4:1-3 records, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, [a]not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest…”
The Hebrews 4:1-3’s prompts questions for all man with the desire to come out of LOST into God’s promise of His PEACE:
Do you have the fear of God to avoid missing His promise?
Have you been hearing to do the word of God enough to be profited by His word?
Do you have the understanding to know that what you hear to mix with faith is the way to gain REST, the peace of God?
The choice of REST in this wicked world is to come out of the LOST by seeking Jesus that have paid the price to seek and save the LOST.
HIDE IN THE LIVING WORD OF GOD!
When the devil thought it was over for the ministry of Jesus on earth, our Lord and Savior rose on the third day. On the third day, the grave of three days led to the birth of new grace. In this third month, if you will continually look up to God for the newness of His mercy, then His grace shall recover all that the enemy has buried concerning your breakthrough.
In this journey of life, have you at any time felt that it is over? Are you experiencing the loss of a ground that has held you high in the community or at your profession? Is it becoming clear to you that there is no way for you to regain your lost ground? Trust and have hope in God for the grace of the third day which answered for Jesus will also answer for your breakthrough.
Experiencing the breakthrough of God’s deliverance and preservation is hiding self in the living word of God.
Among ways of waiting on God is hiding in the living word of God. By waiting on God, it is not possible to become wasted in the journey of life. Waiting on God encourages that God, “…acts for the one who waits for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)
Are you waiting on God by hiding in the living word of God for His act on your behalf?
Studying to gain understanding in the written word of God will enable one to know and be hiding in the living word of God.
Romans 15:4 records for all man to know that: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Having hope is for those who waits on God by hiding in the word of God. If any man will begin to spend time in the word of God as a hiding place continually the agenda of the enemy shall not prevail. In hiding place that is gained in the living word of God there is no way to become exposed for evil agenda.
It is understanding gained in the living word of God that will make one be a believer with prudence. Some verses in the Bible identifies SIMPLE ONES as BELIEVERS while PRUDENCE means one is to be sensible, being cautious in matters. A believer that is not with prudence is a believer that is not complete and limited to gain deliverance available for a believer with prudence. A believer with no prudence is a believer with no mind that considers. Proverbs 14:15 records: “The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” The word of God warned against being a believer (simple one) with no prudence (careful one) as stated: “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3) Study to learn and know in the word of God that there is a hiding place in the living word of God if you will be a believer with prudence.One that is not hiding self in the word of God is exposing self to the world of wickedness. Wait on God, hid self in His living word for His deliverance and preservation in the living word of God.
The word of God located Elijah to hid in the living word for his deliverance and preservation.
ELIJAH was commanded by the word of God to HIDE not because God cannot shield him, but Elijah must do his part. Elijah hid in the commanding living word of God as stated in 1 Kings 17:2-3 records: “Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” For Elijah, hiding in the word of God, DELIVERANCE AND PRESERVATION answered. Hiding in the word of God is rooted in full Obedience to the word of God. Elijah’s obedience was his hiding in God’s command when raven was providing bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:6) Begin to hide in the living word of God for your deliverance and preservation.
Jesus demonstrated the need to hide when the challenging situation calls for hiding. Despite the truth that He knows the end from the beginning of His journey through Calvary for His crucifixion, He did not expose Himself to any danger but hide. Matthew 12:15-17 records, “But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great [a]multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying…” Jesus’ warning not to make Him known is the evidence of not exposing Himself for evil’s agenda to deny the fulfillment of God’s plan. The hiding of Jesus is for all man’s understanding that hiding is wisdom, not foolishness.
THE FEAR OF GOD
The complication of knowing to fear God is not a complication with one with an understanding of God in His word.
It is wise to fear God which no man can hide from His sight.
Psalm 33:13-15 buttressed, “The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling, He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.”
Is your works in the fear of God?
God looks from above, to see those who fear Him or those who do not fear Him. It is true that one with no fear of God cannot see Him in His word to observe God with obedience.
Psalmist buttressed: “The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:2-3) One with the fear of God walks away from corruption which is not hidden from god. To fear God is in studying Him to understand and know His word which the conclusion is of all that matters in living life.
With the fear of God, there is understanding, and two things cannot be denied in the life of one with understanding:
Firstly, “…But knowledge is easy to him who understands.” (Proverbs 14:6) One with the understanding of God will always have a knowing edge over challenges and a peace that surpasses all understanding becomes of one.
Secondly, “Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding…” (Proverbs 14:33) Wisdom is the instruction of God. 1Corinthians 1:30 states, “But of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…” The wisdom of God in the heart of man is Jesus in the life of man to fear God. With fear of God, meditate the word of God day and night to remain in God’s presence.
King David a man identified by God as one after God’s own heart volunteered to teach the fear of the Lord when he stated, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” (Psalm 34:11) David knew what he was up to when he made his statement to the ones who have an ear to hear. The fear of God kept David through life’s terminating challenges because of his fear of God.
DO YOU FEAR GOD?
Psalm 34:13-14 identifies four points in one who fears God:
- Keep your tongue from evil,
- Keep your lips from speaking deceit,
- Depart from evil and do good,
- Seek peace and pursue it.
In this wicked world, one should meditate what it means to fear God; to gain understanding to know and have the fear of God. The Bible pages pointed out what it means to fear God:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7)
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. (Proverbs 8:13)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10)
The fear of the Lord prolongs days. (Proverbs 10:27)
He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. (Proverbs 14:2)
In the fear of the Lord, there is strong confidence. (Proverbs 14:26)
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27)
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom. (Proverbs 15:33)
By the fear of the Lord, one departs from evil. (Proverbs 16:6)
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. (Proverbs 19:23)
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
The fear of the Lord is His treasure. (Isaiah 33:6)
Psalm 2:11, Serve the Lord with fear.
In the journey of life, Abraham served God because he feared God. Hebrews 11:8 testified, “By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
To be living life year after years without the fear of God is not God’s will for all His creation. Just like Abraham, fear God to be obeying His word for remaining in His presence.
YEAR TO SEEK GOD DILIGENTLY
REST SOLUTION, not NEW YEAR RESOLUTION is all man’s solution to navigate this wicked world without becoming a victim.
For your rest solution, desire, decide and declare the New Year as YEAR OF SEEKING GOD DILIGENTLY. Standard to seek God diligently demands seeking God to please God but not seeking God just by mouth. To be seeking God diligently is driven by faith. Hebrews 11:6 buttressed, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Seeking God diligently is taking a position to find God for man’s life. To seek God diligently is to find Him. Deuteronomy 4:29 buttressed, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Name your New Season or the New-Year as Year of SEEKING GOD DILIGENTLY.
In this wicked world, seek God by serving God to dwell and abide in God. Psalm 91:1-3 buttressed, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Highest Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.” As a believer, not an unbeliever, it is a secret to seek God by dwelling and abiding in Almighty God.
Seeking God diligently to find God is serving God. Serving God is living life for God.
Seek God is following righteousness as pointed in Isaiah 51:1, “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord…” With today’s world of wickedness, it is wise for one to listen and to give self to God’s word. One that is not giving ear to hear will not gain an understanding of Him. Jeremiah 16:12 testified, “each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart so that no one listens to Me.”
Seeking God diligently is serving Him. Serving God is also following Him with no hidden agenda because He knows all man. Word of God demands and declare what it means to follow Him. John 12:26, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
Give self to seeking God diligently to find God. Believe and know that if it is not possible to seek God diligently for finding Him, He would not have asked us to seek Him diligently. One that follows God is not possible to walk in darkness as declared by God’s word which will not lie. John 8:12 confirmed, “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”
God is true. Seek God diligently to find Him. David was a man like us and sought-after God. 1 Kings 14:8 testified, “…My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in My eyes.” Are you with the desire to seek God diligently, following His righteousness in His word? Unchanging changer God, yesterday, today and forever once warned against not seeking to follow Him in 1 Kings 9:6-7, “But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.” Think and search who or what you have set before your way of living life outside of living life, following God.
Listen, obeying God is seeking diligently to keep self in God as His treasure just as He spoke in Exodus 19:5, “Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.”
Seeking God with heart and soul is to disallow seeking God unpleasingly.
Seek God diligently is fulfilling God’s required condition to see God.
Keeping God’s command is not chasing after world activities.
Keep God’s word to do as commanded in God’s word and to live life for God’s glory.
THE GIFT OF GOD
In every season or with reason to give or receive, let it be with sincere heart knowing that God sees all. Whatever you can afford to give is what will count before God. With a sincere heart, only engage in giving or receiving without lying or deceiving in your celebrating moment.
Honestly, the gift that matters and counts best, for giving or receiving at all time is Jesus. Jesus’ introduction is not limited to those who know or those who do not know Him. Bible recorded Jesus’ self-introduction to the woman of Samaria which does not know Him, “…If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) Jesus is the GIFT of God for all man. Romans 6:23 buttressed, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Which kind of expensive or cheap gift are you chasing after to lay hands for impressing families or friends? Why not decide for giving the GIFT of God that is free to give out to your world?
Do you know the GIFT of God for you? GIFT of God is near and not far from man but not knowing the GIFT of God is man’s ignorance not unwrapping GIFT of God.
Often, man is decorated by the GIFT of God but not declaring the GIFT of God. God is not evidence in the way of man’s life. In life, it can be recklessness or destructive in the effort of giving or receiving the gift of this world which is evident in the testimony of Gehazi the servant of Elisha; the life of Ananias and Sapphira.
CASE OF GEHAZI
After the healing of Naaman, Elisha refused to accept gifts from Naaman. Without any direction from Elisha, Gehazi the servant of Elisha deceitfully went after Naaman and stated, “My master sent me to say, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.’” (2 Kings 5:22) Gehazi deceitfully claimed gift from Naaman against Elisha’s will. Elisha knowing about Gehazi’s deceptiveness, he asked Gehazi for his deception to claim gift from Naaman. Elisha responded to Gehazi’s deceptiveness stating, “…was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves? Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.” (2 Kings 5:26-27) Gehazi’s appetite for the gift of this world derailed him from arriving at his journey of divine assignment. Just like Gehazi, make the right choice to run after the gift of God not the gift of this world.
CASE OF ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA
Have you been getting away with lying and deceiving others for so long that there are no bounds as to when or where you lie? Lying and deceiving can be destructive to a liar’s life. As much as it reigns outside the church, so it is rampant inside the church. Acts 5:1-2 recorded, “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” Ananias and Sapphira were to sell their possessions voluntary without any pressure. Ananias and Sapphira voluntary move resulted in deceiving their brethren. Deception is lying, dishonesty and insincere. Are you an acclaimed believer who will lie, fake, or deceive to get attention or to impress fellow believers? All conduct is accountable before God without hidden from God that does not sleep.
Peter knew that Ananias and Sapphira were lying and not sincere before brethren. Peter responded as stated, in Acts 5:4, “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?’” Was it a good intention by Ananias and Sapphira that prompted their lying to deceive their brethren? Deception is not impressive before God. Whatever is worthy for doing before God is worthy to be well done. The bible recorded the result of Ananias and Sapphira’s deception in Acts 5:5, “Then Ananias hearing these words fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.” Lying and deception took the life of Ananias and Sapphira. Telling lies is a gift of this world. Telling lies is deception which can go unnoticed for years, but it will only take one day for the truth to expose you. Give up the gift of this world, receive and unwrap the gift of God in addition to your journey of life.