(II Thessalonians 2; I John 4:1-4)
Deceit comes to all some time and in some fashion. Its
intent is to brain-wash the truth, in order to achieve its purpose of control.
The main reason it will be able to ensnare the mind successfully is ignorance.
Ignorance then partners with destruction when zeal is manifested. Deceit is
like a spider’s web in its impressive design. It does not covey the purpose to
kill in its beauty and intelligence. But it attracts the victim to its death
serving as food for the deceiver. That’s
the way Satan operates. YAHSHUA said this of him: The thief comes only in order to steal and
kill and destroy. I came that they (the sheep) may have and enjoy life, and
have it in abundance (John 10:10) There are many ways deceit leads to destruction.
However, the most serious one is the deceit that leads one to hell. From the
beginning of time, Satan used deceit to deviate man from the truth to believe
lies he created, instead.
What’s the meaning of blood and water flowing out from
YAHSHUA’S side? Have you ever wondered why and the meaning behind it? The truth
of the matter is that we never stop to wonder why and what’s the significance
behind it; we go on with minimum knowledge, not perceiving how little we care
to know the reason behind it, to understand the extent of YAHSHUA’S suffering
on our behalf. I believe that knowledge, as a glass window, will make possible
for our eyes of understanding to see clearly and to change the way we see Him
in His sufferings, and in relation to blood and water flowing out from His side
when He was pierced. There is much to consider in the case of blood and water
being flown from His side that is very important in the physical and in the
spiritual realm to all those who are called believers in YAHSHUA.
were five wise and five foolish virgins. The commonality between them was only that
they were virgins. With certainty, one group carried the mark of the Holy
Spirit but the other did not. The first represents the true church of Messiah
and the second, the apostate church- the Laodicea church, the church that thinks
it is earthly rich, but spiritually poor. Unaware of their spiritual condition,
they went together with the wise virgins to meet the bridegroom. Tired for being
late, they all feel asleep. Suddenly, a shout echoed in the air for all to
hear: Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet Him (Matt. 15:6).
21-41; Amos 7:8)
Lord spoke to the Prophet Amos saying, I will not pass by and spare them
anymore. He was finished warning the nation of Israel, due to their hardness of
heart. In their exit from Egypt, Israel experienced God’s protection in every
way they needed. They escaped all the plagues applied to Egypt, and even the
last one, which was the death of all the firstborn sons. By the blood of the
sacrificial lamb, upon the doorpost of their houses, their sons were spared from
death. That was a token or a sign that when God saw the blood He would “Pass over”
the nation of Israel and no plague would destroy them. God’s mercy is available
in the opportunities that come to us. Its door has been opened for a long time
for all to enter because our God is longsuffering. He desires that all be
saved. There is no limit to His mercy while its door is opened. God’s mercy is
such that can never be compared to human’s mercy in the fullest extent of it. Webster dictionary describes mercy as: refraining
from punishing offenders, enemies, persons in one’s power; kindness in excess
of what may be expected or demanded by fairness; forbearance and compassion;
the power to forgive, clemency, etc.
(II Kings 4)
The upper room was a chamber built above the houses to serve
as guest rooms and a place for activities and privacy for families.
Chapter four of II Kings offers a woman’s beautiful story of
faith and courage. She displayed her faith and courage after the loss of her
son to death. That was the only son she had, for her husband was an old man and
a very special child; he was the son the Prophet Elisha promised her in return
for her kindness shown to him. This Shunammite woman never realized that that
upper room she had built for the Prophet, was one day a refuge in her time of
trouble. It is said that “What goes around, comes around.” An act or a word of
kindness finds their way back to the one who blesses others. Even though her
emotional pain was great, her faith was greater. It compelled her to seek life
from the one who had promised her a son. At his death she knew exactly what to
do: The upper room where she had received the promise of a son, was to be the
place where he would receive his life back. It was the place where God was
going to manifest Himself through resurrection power. She carried her son up
there and left him lying on the prophet’s bed and left in a hurry to see the
prophet. He lived about twenty miles away. She pressed on seeking life for her
son, redeeming her time by not stopping to greet anyone. She kept her pain to
herself until she met Elisha, the prophet. In anguish of soul, she started by
asking him a question, Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, Do not
deceive me? As the Lord lives and as my soul lives, I will not leave you. And
Elisha arose and followed her (vs.28,30).
our Lord YAHSHUA went back to heaven He promised the disciples His presence to
be with them always. So deep was His love for humankind. He said, I am with you
all the days to the close and consummation of the age (Matt. 28: 20b). In His
priestly prayer, He prayed His desire that those whom God had entrusted Him may
be with Him where He is (John 17:24a). God the Son came into this world and
physically displayed God’s love for men. When He had fulfilled all that He had
come to do, He then sent His Holy Spirit to abide in those who would trust and
receive His gift of salvation. One can never measure God’s gift toward men. It
just grows beyond men’s life on earth. Amazing gift! For the disciples to
receive the promised Holy Spirit, He instructed them where they should be in
order to receive Him. He said, And behold, I will send forth upon you what My
Father has promised: but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed
with power from on high (Luke 24:49). The upper room was the place where His
Spirit was to descend upon them. A new chapter of God’s book was opened for men
to know and follow His instructions. That was a new era, a new dispensation-
the new covenant- the covenant of blood which included people from the entire
world. Christendom was then born. For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have
eternal life (John 3:16).
Then the Lord God formed man from the
dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life,
and man became a living being (Gen. 2:7).
Man is not just clay formed from the dust of the earth, but he is water also, for it takes water for clay to be formed. God gathered the dust to form man in a perfect combination of clay chemistry. Because man is dust, minerals are part of him, too. In fact, he cannot survive without them. They are important to man, as they are to the constituents of soils. The Lord confirmed to him saying, “You are dust and to dust you will return.” The soil we step on, are buried in, the soil that is needed to germinate seeds for food, for construction of some sort is the same soil from where God formed man. But man would not have had life without breath having to be breathed into Him by God, the author of life itself. So man is dust, soul and life-his spirit within him. The reality of this truth is strong enough to humble man to his original state-dust. He can easily return to what he came from when his breath is taken away. The air that he breathes is but life given him by God.