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In the nineth chapter of the Book of Joshua (verses below), Joshua and the assembly leaders of Israel get themselves into a big pickle.

In short, the Gibeonites have used all sorts of tricks to deceive Joshua and the men of Israel into making a peace treaty with them even though they are their neighbours.

Joshua’s error is made obvious in verse 14:

“The men of Israel sampled their provisions (ie: the provisions of the deceiving Gibeonites) but did not inquire of the LORD.”

You see, Joshua and the men of Israel looked with their eyes and heard with their ears and maybe even tasted witht their mouth but “did not inquire of the Lord”; they did not ask of the Lord; they did not speak with the Lord; they did not pray to the Lord; and so they were deceived.

Let’s make things a little clearer.  The Gibeonites were the enemy of Israel.  Joshua was meant to completely destroy them, as he had done with other peoples in the region, but because “he did not inquire of the Lord” he is now, tragically, making a peace treaty with them.  In other words, Joshua is making a peace treaty with the enemy. 

Further, the Lord had made a promise to Joshua and the Israelites that he was going to go with them and destroy all of the enemy so that they would inherit all of  the land.  So this agreement that Joshua has made with the Gibeonites stands in opposition to the very promise of God all because Joshua and the men of Israel “did not inquire of the Lord”.

When I was in Cyangugu, Rwanda earlier this year with my friend Jerome I met another friend’s father who is a Pastor there and he said to me “It’s very hard for someone to come out of witchcraft and into faith in Jesus because they have made agreements with the devil.”

I believe there is a similar thing going on here with Joshua.  Joshua, in his foolishness, has made an agreement with the enemy that stands in opposition to the very promise of God.  And not only that, but they now have a deceptive enemy living in the camp with them.  They have mistakenly decided to honour their oath made in deception rather than honour the promise of God.  “The enemy is living in the camp”.

What can we learn from these verses?

We know that our enemy is actively trying to deceive us out of our inheritance.  That inheritance is ours by faith in the promises of God.  We’re not to live by sight but in everything we need to “inquire of the Lord” (PRAY) so that we are not deceived into loosing our inheritance and/or compromising the promises of God.  We need to be quick to acknowledge our mistakes and honour the Word of God and the Promises of God higher than any foolish decisions that we make.  You will notice that there was no repentance by Joshua and the men of Israel.  There was only ‘damage control’ going on to honour an invalid agreement that was based on a deception.

Joshua Chapter 9:
9:1 Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things — those in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Great Sea  as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites)— 2 they came together to make war against Joshua and Israel.
3 However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, 4 they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded  with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. 5 The men put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. 6 Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.”
7 The men of Israel said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us. How then can we make a treaty with you?”
8 “We are your servants,” they said to Joshua.
But Joshua asked, “Who are you and where do you come from?”
9 They answered: “Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt, 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan-Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. 11 And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, ‘Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; make a treaty with us.” ‘  12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 13 And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey.”
14 The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.
16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them. 17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim. 18 But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel.
The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, 19 but all the leaders answered, “We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 20 This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them.” 21 They continued, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community.” So the leaders’ promise to them was kept.
22 Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, “Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way from you,’ while actually you live near us? 23 You are now under a curse: You will never cease to serve as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.”
24 They answered Joshua, “Your servants were clearly told how the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this. 25 We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you.”
26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. 27 That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the community and for the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose. And that is what they are to this day. NIV

This clip comes from ‘The Passion’ movie.  It’s poetic license at it’s best as Jesus has ‘crushed the head of the serpent’ at and through the cross, not here at Gethsemene (and not a real snake).  However, for me at least, it is a powerful visual of what Jesus’ death and resurrection has achieved in the spiritual (which is perhaps the original intent).

Note: A snake’s poison is lodged in its head so crushing a snake’s head leads to the snake fatally ‘drowning’ in its own poison.

The reference is:

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
[Gen 3:15]

So what is ENMITY? - actively oppossed, active hatred, active hostility

Kind of like a modern day terrorist? – Yes, that right – actively destructive

Who’s involved? – Well, God is speaking to the serpent and the other party is Eve.

Anybody else? – Yes, the serpent’s offspring and Eve’s offspring

I don’t get it? – The serpent’s offspring are the evil spirits and the wickedness of man and Eve’s offspring is all of humanity including Christ and His Church.

It says God put this enmity there, so it’s all His fault? No, no!  Everyone is responsible for their own heart and ‘yes’ the devil has a heart.  It’s just that his heart is divorced from anything good.  There is nothing good in him.  Therefore his heart is filled with hatred, lies, deception and destruction.  He is totally against God, and more specifically those made in God’s own image.  God has allowed this to happen.  And God is still completely in control.

So why does it say ‘HE will crush your head’, isn’t Eve a she? Ah yes, very observant! God is not talking about Eve but one of her offspring.

Who is this? Well, it’s the only one who is worthy and has the authority to crush the serpent’s head and that is Jesus.

What about ‘and you will strike his heel’ bit? The serpent was allowed by God to strike the humanity of Jesus. Also, God allows the serpent (the devil, Satan) to attack the humanity of man as well but Jesus’ death and resurrection gives us victory over anything the evil one can try to do to us.

So this verse is quite prophetic? Absolutely! God not only pronounces a curse over the serpent but also prophesies about His Son!

So this verse is quite important? Yes! It not only explains our past, it also explains our present and our future.

How do you mean? Well, 1) it explains what happened in the past 2) it explains our present and why the world is the way it is 3) it hints or prophesies to God’s solution for mankind (Jesus) and 4) it explains or lays out the future.  You see the future isn’t uncertain; it is set and complete.  The devil has been defeated.  Jesus is the victor!  We no longer have to perish in our sins but we can have a sure hope of our future through Jesus Christ!

But wait a minute, why didn’t God finish everything up at the cross? Good question! Why don’t you ask God this? But do you realise that you wouldn’t be here if God did that!  These days that we live in are days of God’s grace where every person has the tremendous opportunity to receive or reject God’s graceous gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 says this:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,  that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

You will never have this day again. 

Believe Jesus and receive Him into your heart today!

In Jesus name

Amen!

Would it be possible you are not ‘stepping up to the plate’, to be everything God intended you to be, because you have some warped idea of what humility is?

Let me try and explain.  Humility in the Bible is often mentioned in the context of repentance and being a servant of the Lord.  It is taking a lowly position for the grace and forgiveness of the Lord to come into your life(and mine) and also so that the Lord can use you for His great pleasure.  In contrast, a prideful heart in these situations leads to no repentance, no grace and no forgiveness and also, God is not able to use you for His purposes.  This is easy to see and understand but its application in our lives is often hindered by our own sinful nature.

A Warped Humility

But what if you aren’t stepping into the things of God because you think that if you do, you will be drawing attention to yourself and therefore no longer qualify to be humble.  I mean, somehow, you’ve picked up a kind of  ‘warped or false sense of humility’ that is constipating the things of God in your life.

Are you getting what I am trying to say?

Now on the surface of things, this thinking might sound honourable (to you), but going under the surface, it is a lie and deception of the Devil straight from the pit of Hell.

Am I being a bit strong about this?

I don’t believe so.  You see, this ‘warped humility’ stands in the way of God’s plans and purposes for your life.  It is a barrier or a stumbling block for ‘God’s Kingdom come’ in your life.  Therefore it is ‘anti’-Christ in your life.

Humility is a State of the Heart!

You see, humility is a state of the heart and not the head.  It’s a position of the heart out of which everything else flows.  If you are stumbling over ‘warped humility’ ask yourself these questions:

Do I still have a prideful heart? In other words, are things still all about me?

Have I been deceived in my mind? In other words, has my head deceived my heart?

Am I still preoccupied by the ‘perceptions of men’? In other words, am I concerned about whether others will see my actions as prideful?

It’s All About God!

It’s all about God.  Life is all about God.  It’s not about you(and me) so stop focussing on yourself in whatever form that might be!

Forget about youself and be FREE to be who God meant you to be.

We are Meant to be Radiant!

In reality, we are meant to be radiant, and stand out, and to be salt and light in this wicked world.  We’re meant to shine the light of the glory of God into this darkened place.

BE YOU!

Step into the destiny that God has for you and radiate His glory.   Get over this ‘warped humility’, this stumbling block of Satan and start glorifying the Lord with the plans and purposes that He has for your life!

You were Meant for Greatness in the Eyes of the Lord!

Amen

The Reason

This is kind of powerful – The Reason by Hoobastank with clips from The Passion. (Warning – very graphic)

Isa 53:1-11 (Prophecy dated at 700BC)
1 Who has believed our message?  To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? 2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. 3 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.  We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.  He was despised, and we did not care.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.  And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.  He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.  And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away.  No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.  But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.  But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief.  Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants.  He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied.  And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
[New Living Translation]

Many, many people have walked away from God, believing that ‘God isn’t Good’ because of some misplaced ‘Justice’ issues.

You know what I mean; the thoughts that we can have like, “Why is this happening to me?”, “I don’t deserve this!”,  “This is not fair!”, “Where is God in all of this?, “Where is the justice?” and so on and so forth.  And from there we talk ourselves into believing something terrible about God, that perhaps He is not Just, and therefore perhaps He is also not Good. I have said this in a previous post and I need to say it again, whatever happens in our lives we must always remember that ‘God is Good’.  We must always have this as a pillar of truth in our hearts. 

WE MUST BE UNSHAKEABLY CONVINCED ABOUT THIS!

Even when we don’t understand what is happening, when God appears silent, when we can’t see God anywhere, we need to make sure that the enemy can NEVER snatch away from our hearts, that pillar of truth that ‘God is Good’.

Did you hear that?  Did you get that into your Spirit?

READ IT AGAIN!

Even when we don’t understand what is happening, when God appears silent, when we can’t see God anywhere, we need to make sure that the enemy can NEVER snatch away from our hearts, that pillar of truth that ‘God is Good’.

So, what about justice?

That is, the Justice of God.  Here are some thoughts (they are by no means exhaustive):

Foolish and Selfish Notions about Justice

Firstly, I want to deal with a foolish notion about God’s Justice.  I believe a lot of us have a foolish notion that we deserve life to be trouble free and fair.  Now this isn’t really a ‘Justice of God’ issue, but when we are in those moments of trouble and despair, we think life (or rather God) is unfair.  We ignorantly blame God and label the situation as a ‘Justice of God’ issue.  In reality, in those moments, we have no concept of what the ‘Justice of God’ really is.  You see, the foolish notion that we deserve a trouble free and fair life is a self centred delusion that is birthed out of the depths of our pride and sinful nature.  God and His Justice gets twisted.  You see, we try to twist our selfish notion into a ‘Justice issue’, an accussation against God, and from there, unfortunately, we begin to slander God’s character.  Have you thought about the implications of this thinking?  That by blaming God we are actually slandering His character!

“Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself? – God [Job 40:8]

Some preachers feed into this foolish notion of prosperity and blessings and ‘best life now’.  “YOU DESERVE WEALTH AND PROSPERITY” (NOT!).  And what happens when we don’t get these things?  Our faith takes a nose dive, the wheels fall off and disillusionment sets in, and, in the end, God gets slandered!   We say, “Oh, if God was ‘Just’ I wouldn’t be going through all of this”.  NO, NO, NO!

PRIDE, PRIDE, PRIDE!

This is not a Justice issue.  This comes from the depths of our sinful nature.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The truth is, since we were born, the only thing we have deserved is death and hell (Rom 6:23) .  The truth is, if God’s Justice was metered out upon us we would have never lived at all!  The truth is, in these present days, we are living in times of God’s Mercy and God’s Grace through His Son Jesus.  In these present days, God’s Justice is held back from those who are evil and those who are ‘good’ (ie: I mean ‘not so evil’)(Matt 5:45).  “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”(Rom 3:23), “All are condemned to die for their sins”(Rom 6:23), “But Jesus took our condemnation and gave us His righteousness(Rom 5:9-10, Rom 5:18-19) – as a free gift”.  Stop looking for more than Jesus.  Those who are in Christ have everything.  EVERYTHING we have is Jesus.  Jesus is our Jewel and our Crown but if we are blessed with material wealth this is a bonus.  And when trouble comes, we still have Jesus!  Jesus is enough! (unless we are looking for something more than Jesus).

Life is not Fair

I have always observed that ‘Life is not Fair’ and, since the sin of Adam and Eve, life can never be fair.  So, if you are hoping for Justice and Fainess on this side of Eternity you may be waiting a very long time (However, sometimes Justice does happen and sometimes it is something worth fighting for).  But, on the other side of the coin, we have a sure hope that Justice will prevail (eventually) when God wraps all things up.  ‘Life is not Fair’ is not a moan or a whinge, or some slogan to justify brokenness or mediocrity, it is a fact of life.  ‘Life is not Fair’ is a wake up call to get over things, to move ahead knowing, in the end, there will be Justice.  ‘Life is not Fair’ can be a releasing thing knowing that you are not the only one singled out for injustice.

Consider Cain and Abel.  What did Abel do wrong?  NOTHING! – his gift was acceptable to the Lord.  He had favour in the eyes of the Lord and yet he was murdered by his brother.  Where is the Justice?  Please tell me what did Abel do to deserve to be murdered?  Please tell me the wisdom of this story so that we can understand God Justice(Gen 4:3-16)?  The truth is, Abel did nothing to deserve his murder just as there will be things in our lives that will be unfair and unjust.  The sin of Adam(and Eve) has set off a chain reaction of sin and corruption in the hearts and lives of men and women that even extends to God’s very creation(Rom 8:19-22).  In the world that we live ‘Life is not Fair’ but ‘God is still Good’.

The Lord’s True Justice

The Lord loves justice and His heart is for the poor and the needy.

“The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love” [Ps 33:5]

“The LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy” [Ps 140:12]

So, as our hearts come more into line with God’s heart, so our love for righteousness, justice and the needs of the poor and the weak will grow greater.

Bono, in his speech to the NAACP put it this way…

This is true religion, true religion will not let us fall asleep in the comfort of our freedom. “Love thy neighbor” is not a piece of advice, it’s a command…That means that in the global village, we’re going to have to start loving a whole lot more people…where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die…The poor are where God lives. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered.  God is with the mother who has infected a child with a virus that will take both their lives. God is under the rubble in the cries we hear during wartime. God, my friends, is with the poor, and God is with us if we are with them.

God’s instructions and warnings are clear…

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other” [Zech 7:9-10]

“Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” [Isa 1:16-17]

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” [Mic 6:8]

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” [James 1:27]

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless” [Isa 10:1-2]

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former” [Matt 23:23]

In the words of Jesus and His mission we hear the heart of the Father…

Luke 4:16-21
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to release the oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

There is so much more to the Justice of God.  It is perhaps sufficient to say that we have discovered that the true Justice of God shows the Father’s heart of compassion for the lost and broken, the poor and in prison, the blind and the opressed, the orphan and the widow but it also shows the Father’s great wrath for all those who oppress and take advantage of the weak and also perhaps to those of us who sit on their hands and do nothing.

And finally,

Luke 18:1-8
18:1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

I find this passage really interesting.  It starts with the persistent prayer of a widow for justice and it ends with Jesus saying “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

So where are His faithful ones, helping the widow get her Justice?

Have you ever really considered the challenge and the freedom of this verse?

James 5:17-18
17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

“Elijah was a man just like us”

I believe there is a challenge here in this verse for you and for me.  You see, “Elijah was a man just like us” and God wants to take the ordinary, impart His Spirit, and make us extraordinary; God wants to take the natural, impart His Spirit and make us SUPERnatural.

Do you know and understand that God doesn’t play favourites?

Rom 2:11 makes it clear: (see also Deut 10:17, Acts 10:34-35, Eph 6:9)

“For God does not show favouritism”

Do you believe this?  Do you accept that God does not show partiality to any man(or woman)?

Well, if you believe God’s Word that ‘Elijah was a man just like us‘ and you believe that ‘the Lord shows no favouritism‘ consider the freedom and the power that God can impart into your life.  There is no limit to what God can do in and through you.  Or is there a limit?

2 Chron 16:9a says this:

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

Do you know what the limiting factor is in our relationship with the Lord?

Is it God? – NO WAY!

Is it the Devil? – NO WAY!

The limiting factor is us!

GK Chesterton puts it this way:

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

Here is a quote from D.L.Moody’s biography here:

It was during this first visit to Britain that Moody heard the words which set him hungering and thirsting after a deeper Christian experience and which marked a new era in his life. The words were spoken to him by Mr. Henry Varley, the well known evangelist, as they sat together on a seat in a public park in Dublin. The words were these: “The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully consecrated to Him.” “He said ‘a man'” thought Moody, “he did not say, a great man, nor a learned man, nor a ‘smart’ man, but simply ‘a man.’ I am a man, and it lies with the man himself whether he will or will not make that entire and full consecration. I will try my utmost to be that man.” The words kept ringing in his mind, and burning their way into his soul until finally he was led into the deeper, richer, fuller experience for which his soul yearned. The impression the words made was deepened soon afterward by words spoken by Mr. Bewley, of Dublin, Ireland, to whom he was introduced by a friend. “Is this young man all O and O?” asked Mr. Bewley. “What do you mean by ‘O and O’?” said the friend. “Is he out and out for Christ?” was the reply. From that time forward Moody’s desire to be “O and O” for Christ was supreme.

Prayer:

Father, I do not pursue You and love you with all of my heart and all of my mind and all of my soul and all of my strength.  I allow things to get in the way of my relationship with You.  Please forgive me and give me a heart that is fully consecrated , fully devoted and fully committed to You.  I take myself off the throne of my life and put You onto it.  Have Your way with me and my life.  My deepest desire is to see Your Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven.  Lead me and refine me and empower me be your Spirit, in you Son Jesus’ name, Amen


God is Good!

Here is a basic and essential truth that each one of us needs to ALWAYS hold on to with all of our being…

“GOD IS GOOD!”

Since the beginning of time, Satan and his cohorts and this corrupt and broken world have relentlessly and tirelessly tried to get mankind to believe the lie that “God is not good”.

Let’s look back at the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent in the garden of Eden for a moment:

Gen 3:1-5
3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'”
4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Now there are many things that can be drawn and learned from this story but, for me, there is one very important thing; you see, the serpent sold Eve a lie, the serpent slandered God’s character and Eve bought it.  So, in Eve’s eyes now, because she has bought the lie of the serpent, she believes that God does not have the best intentions for her life.  She believes God is holding out on her.  In essence, Eve no longer believes that “God is good”.

Folks, it’s the same with us.  Many, many things will press in on our lives, either from the enemy or from this broken world and try to take from us that essential pillar of truth in our lives that “God is good”.

Can you see that in your own life?

Can you see where the devil has got in by a whisper or a shout saying something like, “See, I told you so.  Look at what is happening, God is not good”.

And so, you are the one that suffers.  You have bought the lie of the evil one into your heart.  You have been tricked and deceived.  The problem is, this lie robs you of the fellowship and the relationship of your Heavenly Father.

Never let go of the truth and the fact that “God is good”

Else your hope and relationship in the Lord will be lost.

Heavenly Father, forgive me that I have bought a lie of the enemy that you are not good.  I see that now.  Lord, you are good and all your ways are just and right.  Lord, restore unto me the joy and my salvation.  I never want to be in this place of isolation and hopelessness again.  Lord fill my heart with your love and your peace and your joy.  I trust you with all of my heart, in Jesus name, Amen.

To be continued – the justice of God

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