ADAM WAS NOT DECEIVED; SO WHAT HAPPENED?

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1)          All it takes to get caught up in the discomfiting hideousness of transgression is a simple rejection of the express word of Jehovah, the Creator. Every intelligent being is created a free moral agent. God does not dither in stocking the intelligence of free moral agencies with the necessary knowledge to guard against inappropriateness.

It is clear that God knew that His grace would come to Adam’s rescue. He empowered him with dominion [Gen 1:26]; being the ‘dresser’ of the world [Gen 2:15]; the ‘keeper’ of it (Gen 2:15); more than enough of victuals (Gen 2:9) and the fifth is the knowledge to keep away from annihilating evil (Gen 2:17). A calculated study of these authorising items shows that Adam was actually given four tools of empowerment to enable him retain his sole dominion. ‘Dominion’ is the Hebrew râdâh (raw-daw’) ‘to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off.’ The word ‘dress’ in Genesis 2:15 is ‛âbad (aw-bad’) ‘to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.’ ‘Keep,’ of the same verse is shâmar (shaw-mar’) ‘to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.’

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The first part of Genesis 2:9 says “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.” Adam’s dominion makes him the sole determining worker. He is well equipped to protect Eden (as the ‘dresser’), and by extension the whole world, against any foreign invasion. Abundant food to strengthen, and for refreshment of his soul was available for his use. To ensure his eternal life of dominion, Genesis 2:17 says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

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God did put everything in his hands and under his control; it is just sad that the man threw all caution to the winds of carelessness. Adam was created to crush any opposition to the word of God. He should have tied the invading ophidism of Lucifer in knots and flung away. Four is the scriptural number of creation. On the fourth day was the creation of the lights of earthly illumination. Adam was sentiently and intelligently endowed, as the federal head of humanity. So, what happened to him? An unnecessary risk beckoned on him for a ride into obliquity. Stupidly, he decided upon this embarkation. Our pristine dad did not embrace the wisdom of God. He, unexpectedly, played God.

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“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” [1Timothy 2:14]. ‘Not’ is ou (oo) in the Greek, and it means: ‘the absolutely negative adverb; no or not; in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer.’ The verb ‘deceived’ is apataō (ap-at-ah’-o): ‘to beguile, cheat, that is, delude.’ Adam knew exactly what he was doing. He was not under any delusional mesmerism. He decided on the commission of hara-kiri, seeing that the woman had degenerated into a walking cadaver.

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Adam, you are not God. You should have done what your wife failed to do: waited till the cool of the evening when the LORD God came to fellowship with you as He was wont to. Yes, you are the lord of the earth, but the LORD God who did put you in charge will ask you to give an account of your action. This is why we need to be circumspect in every course of our earthly act, especially, the one that has to do with God.

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Get Jesus initiated by getting born again: pray this prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say, Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”   (…to be continued…)

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Get Jesus Involved (1)

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All you need to do is to get Jesus involved in any boisterous satanic bullying and the gargantuan frightening opponent will be nothing more than a ranting of a braggadocio.

The Bible says that “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). The word ‘standard’ in Hebrew is nûs (noos) ‘to flit, that is, vanish away (subside, escape; causatively chase, impel, deliver).’ When Abraham believed in the LORD, hoping against hope for a child, it was Jesus Christ that he actually involved in that historical show of faith. And when the trial of all trials came knocking at the door of his faith he still believed God to do something for he said, “…..My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” [Gen 22:8].

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How do I know it is Christ? Abraham spoke face to face with the epiphany of the LORD God in Genesis 18:1, 7, 13, 17-33. God, the Father, will never vacate the celestial throne. The only visible Member of the Godhead can be none other than Jesus Christ. Amen.

It was Jesus Christ who followed the exodus of the Israelites that gave Moses the heroic gutsiness to chart an unheard-of path in the Red Sea which brought the raging, saline water at attention! When they were thirsty Christ stood on the torridity of a rock to provide abundance of the needed liquid to everyone’s satiation.

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For the impossible to become a possibility, involve Jesus.

In the book of Judges 13:18 we read of an event which was a precursor to the birth of Samson, “And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?” Manoah had involved Jesus when he prayed to God for a son. The epithet ‘angel of the LORD’ is, in many cases, the epiphany of the unseen Jehovah. This is the preincarnate manifestation of Christ Jesus. He said HIS name is ‘secret’ which in Hebrew is pil’ı̂y or pâlı̂y’ (pil-ee’) meaning: ‘wonderful, remarkable, incomprehensible, extraordinary.’ Who does the oracular afflatus call ‘wonderful’? It is the expected Messiah of Isaiah 9:6. It is Jesus the Christ. As many times Samson got Jesus involved he brought the extortionate belligerency of the enmity of the Philistines to their knees.

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                                “…even the devils are subject unto us through thy name

The disciples of Jesus followed the ascribed due process of an operation Jesus’ involvement, the result of which was captured in Luke 10:17, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Jesus is the reason for their spiritual feat in verse 18, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Michael led the angelic counter force, in the name of Christ, the Creator, against the first putsch by Lucifer, the Devil. On the cross of Calvary, Satan’s power went into enervation for as many who would invoke the involvement of Jesus in their vexatious predicaments.

2. the church prayed

They involved Jesus on behalf of Peter

What things have the evil ones expropriated from your ownership? The kind of which he did when he came to the nascent Church unawares and plucked off James. Take your authorized stand in the same fashion as the Church, when she began to call on the name of Jesus in Acts 12:5, “….but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”  What type of prayer was offered by the church? It is called proseuchē (pros-yoo-khay’): ‘prayer addressed to God.’ Proseuchē comes from another word, proseuchomai (pros-yoo’-khom-ahee) ‘to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship.’ Proseuchē  calls for supplication which gives a picture of an appeal from someone to a familiar person. Proseuchomai comes two words: pros (pros) ‘to the advantage of; at, near, by’ and euchomai (yoo’-khom-ahee) ‘to pray to God; to wish.’

In supplication they told God how they grew lethargic and lost James, a pillar giant of His ministry and after apologising made a proseuchē  unto God for a miraculous release of another giant of a pillar in the person of Peter. We understand that anyone who dared to free Peter would have had to face a treasonous charge, no doubt. But how do you slam a treasonable offence on the angel of Jesus, the Governor of the nations? Do not wait until you are dispossessed of something priceless. If the Church had not brought Jesus into the spiritual fray Peter would have been lost, probably, when he was most needed.

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Use your faith, like the woman with the issue of blood, to involve Jesus.

 The Woman with the issue of blood was trammelled by the economy of the covenant of the old testamentary order. A woman having her periodical flow must not go near an ecumenical person or the temple. She heard of the liberating Jesus and wasted no time involving Him. And the emaciating shame of twelve, sanguinary years came to a miraculous end. Just like that! She brought Jesus into her picture when she uttered the faith filled, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  Two words stand out here: touch & whole. ‘Touch,’ in the Greek is haptomai (hap’-tom-ai) ‘(properly) to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch (in many implied relations).’ Sozo (sode’-zo) is the Greek for ‘whole’ and it means: ‘to save, i.e. deliver or protect.’ Only Jesus can save, deliver and protect. It was the involving ‘touch’ which led to her salvation.

 (…to be continued…)

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The LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning

 

 

 

 

NO COMPROMISE (one)

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Did Daniel die in the ruinous den of ferocious lions? No! So, don’t compromise.

He is an exceptionally great sportsperson. This guy who has won so many laurels has, for so many occasions, been invited to join the secret cults of masonry but had for that many times declined. His sole reason being, “I’m already in the secret cult of JESUS.” As a Christian he believes he is 110,000% wholly Jesus’, therefore, there, ostensibly, is no room left to join another cult.

Anytime he is poised to score a good point an invisible dart will just fly towards his direction to maim him. An angel sends the dart off his direction, into the belly of the ground. There were times when the satanic weapons were sent back to the evil culprits, maiming or sniffing out their lives outright. Tongues begin to wag à la press publications. Little did they know that Psalm 91:5, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;” was at work from the Lord whom this great footballer confesses as his Lord and Saviour.

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For I know that my redeemer liveth,” he said, in Job 19:25

He was Abrahamic resolute, walking the walk side by side his Jehovah. He would not trade-off his covenantal position with Jehovah for anything. In the face of aggravating vicissitudinary turns of life he becomes the philosophical Job in equanimity. Of course she is a Mary who, in expectation of her Lord’s demand, kept herself from youthful concupiscent inclination, thereby, making her matrix available for the LORD’s use.

He asked himself what Joseph’s stance would be if he were an athlete and found out, from the scriptures, that he would certainly have stuck to his uncompromising integrity. Hear an uncompromising Joseph in Genesis 39:9, “There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Emphasis mine).

Yes, David walked a route meant for a dastard when he ordered the assassination of Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba, whom he was committing adultery with, but this same David always knew how to come back to the Father and he never forsook the worship of Jehovah all the days of his historic life; and in this wise he trod the path of David.

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Abraham, the father of faith.

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” [Gen 17:1]. The verb ‘walk,’ is hâlak (haw-lak’): ‘to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively), lifestyle.’ Abraham chose a lifestyle that put a smile on the divine countenance of Jehovah. ‘Perfect’ is tâmı̂ym (taw-meem’): ‘entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth.’ Abraham’s integrity remained in one piece; he died at an eld of one hundred and seventy-five years, having run an enviable race.

The book of Job 2:9-10 reads, 9) “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 10) But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.The word ‘integrity,’ tûmmâh (toom-maw’) means, ‘innocence.’

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Job’s ‘no compromise’ stand paid off. Amen.

Job’s innocence and obdurate fidelity earned him one of the biggest earthly biblical rewards. “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before” [Job 42:10]. This, no doubt, made him the richest man on earth! Your story can end so beautifully like Job’s: “Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12) So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13) He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14) And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15) And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 16) After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations” [Job 42:10-16].

My advice is, “Don’t compromise.”

It is a well-known fact that Job was, personally, guiltless of the predicament he found himself. He faced his trials with a certain equanimity. Tribulations are good for us. They teach us how to wear the fitting robe of patience. It is getting worse these days after six thousand years of Adam’s unfortunate act that has plunged man into this quaggy state of depravity. Knowing fully well that God has imbued every individual with the spirit of equanimity, it is quite expedient for him to exploit this virtue to his own advantage when he gets ambushed in a trial. It will always rear up its head: trial.

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              “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

The no-compromise person remembers Joshua and Deborah. Joshua’s strength is predicated on, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” [Joshua 1:8].

(…to be concluded in the next part…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part three)

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The vicissitude of the righteous Job

 

(…continued from part 2)

There is no doubt that the beings who became demons had a way of contacting their Creator. They would rather be fed with lies. They forsook the LORD, their God to their own peril.

Adam was another intelligent person. He was endowed with an immense wisdom. Did the LORD God not show up every evening to commune with the first Adamic couple? Did the LORD not appear well garbed while they sat before their God in stark nakedness? Did Adam’s intelligence prompt him to expect the LORD to show up, in one of those days, with a glorious toga befitting Adam, the lord of the earth? Why would Adam throw the futuristic glorious opportunity on the scrapheap, in a direct opposition to the Maker, only to take sides with a woman who was no less than a walking cadaver? You cannot allow your spouse to separate you from the love of the LORD.

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John 10:24, Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Their unbelief had affected their souls. Unbelief is plainly a deviation from God’s desire. God kept them in the darkness of their choice. He cannot dwell together with unbelieving souls. Spiritual immaturity of humanity will view this as a weakness on the part of God, which is not so: for God’s immutability is the proof of His strength. Amen.

                Job. If he had not gone through that harrowing experience, he probably would not have agreed to ventilate Job 40:4, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. I can hear someone’s agitation: “You mean God had to take him through that excruciating and debilitating pains just to make him say that?” You have no idea what is at stake here. We are talking about an acquirement of celestial citizenry. God, in His wisdom, has decided that Job had all it took to undergo the trial. Job, fortunately, did not disappoint the LORD God, his God.

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King Ahab paid dearly for rejecting Jehovah

Why will God allow a lying spirit to deceive Ahab in 1Kings 22:22, And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. King Ahab decided to dump the God of his ancestry, the One who made a covenant with faithful Abraham. God does not force anyone to serve Him: He is looking for those who will do John 4:23, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Ahab, by his action, did call God a liar. A spirit that would deceive Ahab, according to God’s judgment would not be out of place.

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The only family that survived the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:24 reveals, Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. What right had a man to force his sexual immorality upon a fellow man? The visitors that Lot thought wise to lavish a comfortable hospitality on are the very ones the evil Sodomites decided to violate, not knowing that they were messing with heavenly visitants. Only if they had known!

Jericho is a type of the world. Jericho means ‘fragrant’; and figuratively it speaks of yareach (yaw-ray’-akh) (or Yrechow): ‘the moon’ and ruwach (roo’-akh) 1. (properly) to blow, i.e. breathe 2. (literally, only) to smell 3. (by implication) perceive 4. (figuratively) to anticipate, enjoy.’ Jericho refused to give off good smell; would not shine and breathe the life that glorifies Jehovah. Joshua, whose name means ‘Jehovah is Saviour’ went round Jericho to preach of the salvation but Jericho would not accept Jehovah. God destroyed it.

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There’s a reason why Jericho fell

2Thessalonians 2:11, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” The above punishment will be meted out on those who would worship the Antichrist. Jesus did warn us in the holy writ when He told His disciples in Matthew 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. To disbelieve the word of God is tantamount to calling God a liar! They shunned the truth. They will be fed with the lies of the one whom they believed: the enemies, that is.     (…to be concluded…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part two)

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(Continues from the 1st part)
Imagine what a slap –not to mention a more devastating punch– from God will do. God, as we have in Psalm 139:7-12, Proverbs 15:3 & Jeremiah 16:17, teach His ever-presence at all times in everywhere in the entire universe, on land and in the innermost part of every palpability of objects of human treading and navigation. Psalm 139:7-8, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there”. Isaiah 46:9-10 and Proverbs 15:11 do shed light on His omniscience. “…I am God, and there is none like me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 9-10). “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). And to cap it all is His foreknowledge of:
(i) Contingencies: 1Samuel 23:10-12
(ii) Future events: “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:9); Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 2:23.
(iii) Human needs: Matthew 6:8
(iv) The Day of Judgment: Mark 13:32
(v) The redeemed: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). See also, Romans 11:2 & 1Peter 1:2.

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Is God a good Person as Matthew 7:11 asks? “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 19:17, “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments”. There is no evil in Him: Psalm 34:16, “The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth;” read also Jeremiah 44:11; Amos 5:14 & 9:4. If God is good and has all these incomprehensible power to deal with all circumstances, then He knows why He did, and why He allowed what. When we get to heaven (make sure you’re born again before you die) He will explain all things to us, surely.

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                Lucifer, the dark angel and his demons

It is wrong to colour God’s actions. You will be delivering Lucifer’s message thereby. Lucifer would not be allowed to be Masonically generative in the heavenly assizes, and would not be permitted to step into an unauthorized position. He flared up. Lucifer missioned himself to set mankind against the will of God. Many have fallen into his trap, turning themselves against the thrice holy God. In Genesis 6:5, it is said of Satan’s achievement: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.” So he has succeeded in making those who think they are wise enough to believe that they can teach God what to do.

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Could demons look thus?

The first living beings God created were endued with intelligence. Angelic beings know why they were made. In a most befitting sanitary holiness, these magnificent ones were brought into creation to beseem the sacrosanct ambience of the celestial abode of the thrice holy Jehovah. God did not decide to create robots for a good reason. He (God) needed intelligent ones who would, from a cognitive dispositions, make decisions from a desiderative mind, which is totally committed to the worship of the truly Most High and who alone deserves all honour, glory and power!

Any created being who infringes on an inviolable code should be intelligent enough to understand the implications of taking steps in an audacious contempt of the heavenly assizes. Had God any other choice but to sentence Lucifer and his co-putsch plotting scoundrels into eternal damnation? I believe not! The beings of the earth at the fall of Lucifer followed the Devil, were stripped of their bodies, and they became the disembodied spirits: demons. I have here, the link to my five-part post: “DEMONISM,” to enable an understanding of the origin of demons: https://hoojewale.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/demonism-part-one …

God allowed Satan to dwell on his heinous desires, concoct the machinations, scout for unholy votaries, and the unfortunate execution of the evil intention, so that He would prove to Lucifer how great Jehovah truly is. God wanted to show him that all the unbelievable praises in the worship of Him, all of which had tumbled from his angelic lips, were absolutely true! Satan gambled and, inevitably, he lost. Amen.

Lucifer, you were so full of pride, which goes ere falls of great entities, and again you failed to sprawl in absolute submissiveness before the LORD GOD. Faith in God would have enabled you to have explored a hitherto unknown merciful nature of Him, who sits on the everlasting throne. You gambled pridefully. The truth is: if you had to gamble you should have brought faith, according to His Word, on the table of stake.
(…to be continued…)

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WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part one)

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Angels married the daughters of men

The first thing Lucifer lost was his sense. His sense of reasoning got impaired. God, the Creator, is the first to establish the sense of reasoning. All forms of reasoning must conform to His Logos. Why? He is the Almighty! All-knowing! All-over! Only from Him does true wisdom flow. An impaired wisdom requires correction. A wielder of wrong notion is very circumspect, suspecting every correction and the communicator of it; believing an attempt to rob him of his ‘treasured’ understanding. Lucifer, hence, would not approach the High and Lofty Jehovah with his problem. He was lost forever!

The evil in him posed, “Why should I be the only one to lose?” And in his satanic resolve, “I’ll inflict this evil on every living entity”. He raised the first ever insurrection: in heaven. This attempt cost him his estate (Jude 1:6). He had lost forever: his leadership role of the celestial praise and worship, his ‘light bearing’ office and his archangel leadership. Too much to lose when opposed to the Creator! When the spirit of defiance leads you to a loss, and you decide to continue to wage the war of defiance, this is a fully blown danger of self-destruction. Lucifer became the most dangerous being in the universe. His ability to cajole the third of the mammoth population of the heavenly host evinced the parlous and perilous stance of his existence among unwary men. And by the time this great angel had taught the beings of this earth his ways -at the time of his fall from heaven- they became foul demons (read my post DEMONISM https://hoojewale.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/demonism-part-one …).

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He beguiled Adam’s wife who made her husband to display an egregious stupidity which has turned men into querulous beings of criticism who are asking questions like, “Is there really a Creator, and do we need one at all?” The Hindustan’s is “Are you sure there’s no rapport between God and Satan, hence, good partners?” How can there be hell!?” When man lost his sense through Lucifer’s incursion, he also lost the Light of knowledge which in turn severed him from the true worship of Jehovah. Severance from the Almighty makes one hell bound. Cain lost out because he followed Lucifer. Knowing fully well that man was made to be a worshipper, Satan pointed out the sun to replace the True Light so as to make up for the sacerdotal vacuum which sin had created.

In the same vein, symbolism took over the given Word of God. Is it not the norm to see people flashing two fingers these days? If only they know what cultic symbolism that portrays. Two fingers of a hand is the compass. The two fingers of the other hand is the square. Intersect the two ‘v’ shaped fingers and you have an abstraction of the occult star of David. What does it mean to flash the compass and the square? It means that man is the sole architect of his own life, needing no God of the Bible!

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God’s Unapproved Angelic Marriage to Daughters of Men Proved Disastrous

So it was very easy in Genesis chapter six for the girls of the Adamic race to fall in love with fallen angels resulting in an unholy alliance which gave birth to a freakish species of half-angel half-man beings; and this is what the ‘G’ in Masonic compass and square stands for: generative. Those giants were an act of obviation of the inevitable coming of the Messiah. Those giants would never go, neither would their offspring, to heaven, having in them the seed of a doomed fallen angel. The word ‘giants’ in Genesis 6:4 is nphiyl (nef-eel’) (or nphil {nef-eel’}) ‘(properly) a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant.’ They were the tares that Lucifer planted. God would not be frustrated. He destroyed all of them in the great deluge. Why would God create what He cannot, or would not want to, or be able to tame, is the 64 billion dollars question.

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They roamed the desert because they could not show faith

One important truth is that when the Bible is silent on an issue, it is quite unwise to give any exegesis on it. A proper study of the Bible does reveal a whole lot to feed man’s curiosity as it pertains to His ways or acts. Is He the Almighty, having a certain potency even science cannot compute? How powerful will a One who could, as Exodus 15:8 reveals, “And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together…;” Job 4:9, “By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed”; and also, “…and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4) be?

(…to be continued…)

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SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part Five)

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Is the Holy Spirit an inanimate entity? 

“Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;” [Ephesians 3:5]. Definitely He had always, from eternity, been here. We know who enabled David to eavesdrop the Divine discourse of Psalms 110 as revealed in Mark 12:36, “For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.” He gave spiritual utterances in Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

                The Spirit can be very forceful as it is dramatically presented in Luke 4:1, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” The same Holy Spirit, first introduced in Genesis, would, millennia later, speak through another prophet in Acts 21:11, “And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.”

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             …and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness

If He speaks, then, His relevance is Divine. ‘Saith’ is the Greek legō (leg’-o): ‘A primary verb; properly to “lay” forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas [epō (ep’-o):to speak, say] and [phēmi (fay-mee’): to make known one’s thoughts, to declare] generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while [rheō (hreh’-o): to pour forth, to utter] is properly to break silence merely, and (laleō (lal-eh’-o): to utter a voice or emit a sound; to speak] means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.’ The Holy Spirit talks.

1Corinthians 12:3 “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” Spirit relevance! Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” How can a mere wind make bucolic appointments? Selah.

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Will an inanimate breath be involved in these scriptural exercises below? Acts 13:4 reads, “So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.” Acts 13:9, “Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,” and Acts 15:28, “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;then this full and precise ecumenical control of His, displayed in Act 16:6,“Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.” He is not just a mere force; the Holy Spirit is an Intelligent Force of control. He is God.

Throughout the Apostolic age in the first century, none of the Bible writers of the New Testament ever gave any hint on nontrinitarianism (check the scriptures). According to Wikipedia documentation: “Nontrinitarianism was later renewed by Cathars in the 11th through 13th centuries, in the

Unitarian movement during the Protestant Reformation, in the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, and in some groups arising during the Second Great Awakening of the 19th century.” This truly captures God’s protocol, the Bible.

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If the Word of God is a Personage what stops His Spirit from being one? The Church must consist only of a new species of born again beings. The One (Holy Spirit) who brought Jesus into being must be the same to effect the holy, justifiably sanctified parturition, when anyone accepts to receive the Lordship of Jesus; so, He (Jesus) did the most necessary in John 20:22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” all because the relevance of the Holy Spirit is the divine consummation of the benediction in every assemblage.

This benediction receives attestation in 2Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” In the Greek, the word ‘communion’ is koinōnia (koy-nohn-ee’-ah): ‘partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction.’ Quite reminiscent of what used to be obtained way back in Genesis chapter three when the Lord God walked into Eden to have fellowship with the first human couple.

The Spirit communion which was lost in the Garden must be restored, hence, the second breath from the First Giver to those who would soon be born again! Hallelujah!!

I rest my case on HIS relevance. Amen!           (Concluded)

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SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part Four)

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 (…continued from part three)

In a widening of the scope of His relevance Matthew 28:19 recorded “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” the very words of our Lord, Jesus. Is the Father, God? Does John 1:1 call Jesus, the Word of God? If it takes only the Deity to commence the work of spiritual rejuvenation and the Holy Spirit is involved, then, He is a Personage. Amen.

                I do not know of how a one, purported to be an insentient being, could have the capability to search the heart of man in order to aid an effective prayer. Let us look at the prayer perspective in scripture. Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” The preposition ‘in’ is en (en): ‘A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest.’ Only God can give rest, which has its location in the Spirit.

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“Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high

An intelligent and acceptable discourse with the Father in heaven can only be achieved with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:27, “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” The phrase ‘maketh intercession,’ entugchanō (en-toong-khan’-o) as explained by Thayer Definition: ‘to go to or meet a person, especially for the purpose of conversation, consultation, or supplication’. And according to Strong’s Definition: ‘to chance upon, that is, (by implication) confer with; by extension to entreat (in favor or against).’ The preceding verse of Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The uttered groans, as gibberish as they sound, happen to be the composition of the Holy Spirit. How can He know God’s design and consequently order our tongues to unlock it with the groaning keys? He is God. That is the relevance.

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Galatians 4:6 “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” The word ‘sons’ is uihos (hwee-os’), the highest form of the five (brephos, nepios, paidion, teknon and huios) types of sonship. Our spiritual infirmities hinder holy discourse, so, the Spirit, resident in us, puts the correct and perfect words in our mouths, ensuring that we do not ask amiss. The Divinity would not be caught in a lowbrow soliloquizing state. He (the Holy Spirit), therefore, speaks to Himself (i.e. the Father) by using my vocal cord; the Father answers back and the holy beat of divine discourse goes sweetly on! What does that make me? I become the vehicular agent of divine tête-à-tête, of course! The Holy Ghost is a Person. He helps to build our faith as the Bible points out in Jude 1:20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” As Christians we are triply protected by the Father, Son and the Spirit. The Bible makes this clear.

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  The great commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…”

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” [1John 5:7]. The word ‘one’ is: heis (hice): ‘numeral one, also serves as neuter.’ The oneness goes beyond mental concordance among them, the Spirit being One of Them –who also wields a mental discretion. The gender neutrality is of essence: The three are of transcendent essence of immanence and of eternity. 1Corinthians 2:13, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” It is, for this reason, not difficult to understand His pedagogic role, I believe. This is what 1Corinthians 12:3 says, “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” Amen!                               (…to be concluded…)

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SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part two)

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THE HOLY SPIRIT SAT IN THE HOLIEST OF ALL AS GOD

Throughout the theophanous phenomenon of the Messianic enterprise, wrought in a man called Jesus, the Holy Spirit was there in the holiest of the temple; a place where only the high priest was privileged an access, just once a year, and must approach the room with the blood of atonement in his hands. It was a grave, awe inspiring business. It could cost the high priest his life if he should treat the ritual with any levity. History teaches that two high priests did die while performing the annual rite. At the epical final pronouncement of “It is finished,” the Holy Ghost left the temple, “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;…..” in Matthew 27:51; simply because of what Pauline’s Hebrews 10:20 “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” attests to. Amen.

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As a co-Creator it is quite instructive to understand that He stood side by side the Father to raise the Lord Jesus from the grave. Before the passion week Jesus had intimated on the relevance of the Holy Spirit: John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Ahead of the time Jesus would sit in the heavenly assizes, in accordance with scriptural sacerdotalism, Spirit relevance is seen in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

The relevance is buttressed here in John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” God understands that Lucifer is the god of this world so, we, the holy offspring of the Most High must be empowered to deal with satanic jingoism. Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Without the Holy Spirit we can do absolutely nothing to please Jehovah God.

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Is the Holy Spirit a Personage? Let us do an exploration of the Bible, where this Spirit of God is designated ‘Holy Spirit,’ ‘Spirit’ (with a capital ‘S’) and ‘Holy Ghost.’ I want to start from the Old, Jewish, Testament of Isaiah 63:10, “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” The word ‘vexed’ comes from the Hebraic ‛âtsab (aw-tsab’) ‘(properly) to carve, that is, fabricate or fashion; hence (in a bad sense) to worry, pain or anger.’ Only an emotionable entity can be made to go through the reaction of Isaiah’s reminiscence. Ephesians 4:30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Lupeō (loo-peh’-o) is the Greek word for ‘grieve’ which means: ‘to distress; reflexively or passively to be sad.’ For the fact that this Spirit can be grieved should be a constant warning to us that He is watching (which can only be consummated by a living Entity).

Hebrews 10:29, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” The clause, ‘done despite unto’ is one Greek word enubrizō (en-oo-brid’-zo) ‘to insult.’ I know how very easy it is to wriggle out of this glaring facts with your calculated pandering of Jehovah’s Witness sect who teach that: “The Holy Spirit is an impersonal force from Jehovah, but not God.” They infer that an inanimate thing cannot be insulted. Agreed! Acts of the Apostles 5:3 reads, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

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There are two spirits involved here, in the above verse. If we believe that Satan has a physical palpability, then he told Ananias to ‘lie,’ which is: pseudomai (psyoo’-dom-ahee): ‘to utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood.’ Any uttered untruthfulness is an immediate affront to the Holy Spirit. It was His Divine presence that received the sacerdotal adoration as He was seated as Jehovah of Israel, in the holiest of the temple. He is still present in every feat of mankind from the day of Pentecost, because His presence is the result of God’s promise of Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”                            

 (…to be continued in the next part…)

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FAITH RESPONSIBLE (II)

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(…continued from the first part)         It is all about Jesus, hence, another scripture, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” found in Titus 2:13. John used three verses: “1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; v2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) v3) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” [1Jn 1:1-3]. If there are only two forces: good and evil; and only one of them is merciful as Jude 1:21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” clearly evinces, should there be any wonder why a father will cry out in a desperate sincerity in Mark 9:24, “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief?” Amen!

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It is so evident that the great God [Titus 2:13], and the One who framed the world (Hebrews 11:3) should, no doubt, be the Author of our faith. Christ Jesus is our chief leader when exercising faith; and being in possession of this gospel fact, the disciples approached Him in Luke 17:5, “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” Acts 5:31, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” ‘Saviour’ is sōtēr (so-tare’): ‘saviour, deliverer, preserver; a deliverer, that is, God or Christ’. This sōtēr comes from sōzō (sode’-zo): ‘to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction’. The chief reason for the exercising of faith is to come into spiritual contact with God to enable one’s celestial citizenship.

Revelation 1:8 is an indubitable authentication that only Jesus holds this dual office of the ‘Author’ and ‘Finisher’, which reads, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” As the Alpha and Omega He also spans the entire twenty-four letters of the Greek alphabets.

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Every word of faith must have a Logos corroboration. Is this Lord a One said to be “which is, and which was, and which is to come”? Then this One spans the three realms of time. He ‘is’, as the Lord of this Adamic age. He ‘was’ because His existence was the ancient of days at creationism. He ‘is to come,’ to perfect a sinless eternity to come, being the One by whom all things consist as it is revealed in Colossians 1:17, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist”.

Hebrews 7:19 makes Him the ‘Finisher’, which reads, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God”. Christ remains the only hope for mankind. Our faith must be in response to His finished work. Hebrews 10:14 informs, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” His works of faith make meaningful, every step of the journey of faith we embark on. The Bible says in Psalms 138:8, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Who is this LORD who perfects that which concerneth me? It is the same Christ of Hebrews 12:2. How do I know this? The Bible clarifies this in Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

It pays huge dividends to rest in Jesus who will be with us forever as 1Corinthians 1:7-8 attests to. 7) “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Philippians 3:9, true faith that is responsible takes its seminality from its Author and Consummator as it quotes, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

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The reason for all this exegesis on faith is to get us to the right place; and that happens to be in Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” for at His appearance we would need not exercise any more faith having come face to face with Him who is the Amen. A multi-millionaire does not need faith to acquire a fifty-dollar pair of shoes. At the Lord’s appearance it is time to enjoy an unspeakable love! Amen!! Hallelujah!!!

   (Conclusion)

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