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I’ll expose you…

Genesis 9:18-28

This part of chapter 9 talks about the story of Noah’s sons and the first settlement. So Noah becomes a farmer and at some point gets drunk off the harvest of the vineyard he made. And so he dozed off to sleep, commando style, lol  Ham, I assume was the second son of Noah (Since they were normally mentioned in genealogical order). Ham saw his fathers nakedness, which in those times would have been a huge no no, but rather than covering his father he went to tell his other brothers what he saw.

Here is where it could get complicated if not really understood. One could say, well Ham didn’t do anything wrong by telling his brothers that he saw their dad naked. Well, yes and no. In our day, as in today, seeing someone naked is not a big deal (See how far we’ve come haha), but back then, it was the equivalent of exposing your parents intimate and most personal secret that no one else was meant to know. So okay, lets say hypothetically you found out about your parents deepest personal secret by accident, but do you spread the gist, on your own parent?

This is where Ham fell down. Not only did he not turn away at the scene of something so private, but he exposed it which would have further put his father to shame. Lets face it, no one is perfect, not even Noah (And that tells us a lot about how loving God is, to have called Noah righteous even though he wasn’t even perfect) and it wouldn’t be funny if your own child outed you.

Sadly in all this mess, guess who bore the consequences of Ham’s actions. His son Canaan.

‘Cursed be Canaan                                                                                                                                                           A servant of servants                                                                                                                                                        He shall be to his brethren’. (verse 25)

Many times we don’t realize, but in the same way a persons righteousness can bless their generations, even to 1000 generations after them, one mans folly can curse generations as far as that too. Many people live under curses that they don’t even realize. But thank God for the blood of Jesus which sets the oppressed free, even the lawful captive.

Deuteronomy 7:9                                                                                                                                                          Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Job 22:30                                                                                                                                                                        He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.

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We live in a society where it’s acceptable to dish out someone’s dirty laundry, especially if they offend us. But it’s no different to when Ham outed his father’s nakedness. We are meant to be our ‘brother’s keeper’. and the truth is, doing the right thing doesn’t always come with the feeling to do so, but we all have a choice, and what we choose today will affect our tomorrow inevitably.                                                                                                                True character and integrity that warrants our blessings, and much importantly, the blessings of our posterity, come when we do the right thing based on God’s word; display a higher way of thinking and relating with others that shows we are not bound to our fleeting emotions (Emotions are temporary for sure). Don’t expose someones dirty laundry for any malicious reason especially when the power to do so is in your hand. That’s called mercy. And God said…

  James 2:13                                                                                                                                                                         For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; but [to the one who has shown mercy] mercy triumphs [victoriously] over judgment.(Amplified translation)                           Matthew 5:7                                                                                                                                                       Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (Amplified translation)

 

Prayer:

Jesus thank you for always showing me a higher perspective, and reminding me of how important it is to endeavour to do right by Your word, especially because it comes with a blessing for me and my posterity. You know how I have so thought to expose someone who I believe deserved it, and my reasoning was even validated by a conversation on  The Real Daytime television, (how sad, yes lord I know, lol), but Your word so washes my heart clean, and fills me with life, air, light and strength. Your Word has more power than the words that appear on the page, Your word resurrects, resurrects lost courage, and vision. I’m so grateful you encouraged me today, I really wasn’t ‘feeling’ it today. But I’m grateful. And I will say again and again, it’s because of Your consistent love I can keep running to You every day. Thanks for Your patience, I know I sometimes take fellowship with you for granted, It’s unbelievable to be honest, thank you for waiting for me to grow, and loving me in the process. Let Your will be done today, let your heart smile brightly, and I pray this prayer will be a soothing aroma to You. I’m glad You never gave up on mankind. soon it will be all said and done, I love You Lord, strengthen Your people in vision, in obedience, in communion with each other and You, de-tangle us from the materialistic ways of this life, help us come up higher and truly be Your hands and feet on this earth, in Jesus name. Amen

Taking Control

Lord close You are to me,

My prayers You do heed

A single will You require of me

But conflicting wills I see

So with words of life I speak

Spirit, body and mind I keep

Under the Word of God who says of me

Power doesth resides in me

Mark 11:23

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

 

 

I’m convinced by God’s word

Did you know that we have power to forgive sins and have the sins of others forgiven. Ahhhh! Gasp!

Jesus said the same thing.

Mark 2:1-12

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

(http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/why-is-jesus-called-son-of-man)

I gasp thrice because I didn’t, I never saw this before nor did I hear it from any one. See how Jesus addressed Himself, ‘Son of Man’. He was referring to Himself (God) in the form of man. The redeemed man; which we are as the church. Jesus was saying we also, we likewise are able to forgive the sins of mankind, no, not  referring to sins or offences against us personally, but that sin that has caused the un-redeemed to face judgment.

John 14:12 – 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

A few days ago, as I wrote in earlier posts, the Holy Spirit revealed how Enoch out of so many generations before him was the only one who didn’t accept the fallen state of man to hinder fellowship with God (Salvation). And so Enoch never died. This brought up the example of the Canaanite woman; who’s fate was already determined because she didn’t belong to the lineage of  Abraham, yet she was grafted into it through her faith, because she refused deadness with God. Likewise, in our day, God has given us power to forgive sins, so that we don’t have to accept the deadness of mankind before God.

If there is nothing God can do, without us being His hands and feet in this world, there is example plenty, of what we can do to enable God to do His complete will.

2 Peter 3:9 -The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Matthew 6:9-10 – Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

John 20:23 – If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven [because of their faith]; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained [and remain unforgiven because of their unbelief].”

so, if we as the church and redeemed, family of the Most High God and relaters of mankind, would pray for conviction in the unredeemed, by the Holy Spirit, that they would repent to God, we can demand the will of God in their lives!… the quest is to properly find out if indeed we can forgive as Jesus did, since we are given the same authority He has and are clothed in His righteousness, could it not be that God hears Jesus when we speak in line with God’s Word, When we ask forgiveness for the world. did not Moses pray for forgiveness for Merriam, such that God didn’t, couldn’t hear her because of her sin. So if God cannot hear the world because of it’s sin, could we not ask God for forgiveness for it.

Romans 8: 14-17   –    14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! 16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. 17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.

I’m convinced by God’s word, that the redeemed, as children of God, and heirs with Christ that we can ask for forgive of sins for others, not because we are better or cleaner by our admonition, but that the cloak of Jesus’ righteousness is what clothes us, so we can stand in the gap as Jesus, as Jesus would do if He was physically here…I, You, are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the body of Christ, since Christ now lives in us….one seed, multiplied, as the church.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  –  19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20 You were bought with a price

A Further example is of Davids army in 1  Samuel 30. Not all of David’s army went to war, some of them stayed back to rest. God gave them victory and David wanted to share the spoil even with those who didn’t go to battle. The bible describes those men who disapproved with David’s plan to share the spoil as wicked, because they didn’t want to share the rewards with those who didn’t work for it. But David brought to their attention that none of them worked for the victory, the victory was given by God. Could we not see the world with these eyes. There are many who don’t care to find out about God. Could we not stand in the gap for them that they may also share in the Victory of salvation, since none of us won it by our works anyway.

Luke 23:34                                                                                                                                                                        34 And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

How God sees me, determines…

Prayer: Holy Spirit open my eyes to the spirit behind Your word, show me things i need to know, guide me in Your word and empower me to put it to practice in Jesus name, Amen

Genesis 9                        

So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.[a] And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.

God establishes a new covenant with mankind, starting again with Noah and his family. He gave back dominion over every living creature even making them fearful of man. What’s even more is that God gives every living creature as well as plants and herbs and fruit to man as food. can you see the contrast from the beginning. in the beginning with Adam; Genesis 1.

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”;

God now gave man the fruits and more to eat without prohibiting him (Referring to mankind). Giving mankind even the animals for food which wasn’t His first desire so that there is no excuse for man to sin again.  God perhaps, lowered his expectation of man. In Genesis 6:3 God said  “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh…”. 

Man didn’t keep or even value the covenant with God in Adam’s day; the tree of knowledge and evil and this made God expect less of man than what He made man to be. Ouch!

A question to ask oneself is, Do my actions lower God’s expect of me. This opens up another perspective to the importance of obedience. Because obedience to God shows God that I am a covenant keeper, a keeper of His word and so am responsible. And if responsible, I can be entrusted with what is His.

Haggai 2:8  The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.

What’s more is that God never tells us to do more than we are able.

 1 Corinthians 10:13… No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. (Amplified translation)

Being obedient has nothing to do with trying to be perfect, but rather just valuing a covenant with God with a sense of responsibility. And so one should even ask oneself; do I even know what the covenant is, and what my part to play is for God to be compelled to do His part.

See, so many people in the world are striving to build wealth and for their posterity. this is not wrong. but God said 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33).

God is saying seek first to keep my covenant with you, and the things you desire I can indeed entrust to you because I can see you as responsible with what is Mine. Because every good thing belongs to and comes from God, and we desire the thing  that belong to Him.

Obedience determines how God sees me, thus directing how much God will entrust to me and is entitled to defend me and my posterity. Because although God is a God of love, He is also a God of principles and order.

To be continued…

Kept In No Hiding Place

 

Be as evident on my lips

As obvious in my manner

Be as prominent in my convictions

As the colur of my skin

A symbol the world can see

That no eye can deny or mistake

Be in and through me who You are

Because I am Yours

And my God, are mine

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Isaiah 43:1-12

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

 

 

 

I have the power to decide a thing, but I also have the responsibility to choose.

Prayer: Holy Spirit guide me in Your will today, deliver me from all plans of evil, lead me away from temptations of all kinds,  help me exercise Your Word, empower me for consistency in faith in Jesus name.

Continuing to reflect on Genesis 1-8, I also realize that for Noah to gain a new life, a fresh start, he had to let go of his old one.

When we want God to bring us into a new life, a fresh start, His own plan, rather than ours, it requires giving up those comfort zones. This requires trust in God, patience and dependency.

I’ve looked back at the times where my own faith was low, my belief in God to do what I couldn’t … doubt is such a common default mindset that it is also one of those comfort zones that we usually stick to. But doubt is a counteract of faith, and God works through faith. ‘You shall have whatever you say’

Mark 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Doubt is a comfort zone and one has to deliberately give it up, consciously walk out of it, on a daily basis. Walking out of doubt is a ‘chore’ that we have to accept is our daily responsibility to see ourselves grow.

One thing I realism with God is that, He says a thing, but we have the power to ruggedly agree with it or not, which ultimately determines if it will come to pass, for ourselves. For instance, God actually said in His word, the days of man shall be 120 years, yet we accept death as a norm of life. Now don’t shout me down, God said we shall live to 120, but most of us believe that’s impossible because science says… no no no. We got it all wrong. As I was praying today, just a simple prayer, it came to my mind, that indeed

I have the power to decide a thing, but I also have the responsibility to choose.

we shall eat the fruit of our lips, we are what we think… there are so many example of God telling us our power over ourselves, and this is why it is imperative to build ourselves in God’s word, because ultimately we will look exactly like, whatever we believe. That’s the power within us as human beings, let alone those who have chosen to become children of God with an inheritance.

Proverbs 23:7   For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.                                                                                           Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.              

So the next time doubt creeps up against what God said to you, remember you have to power to decide and the responsibility to choose.