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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Everybody Who's Anybody

Big stuff. Little stuff. Intentionally or not. It doesn't matter to what degree, we all stand guilty as charged. There is just no way around the fact that people do things that displease God. It has always been so. Lucifer (Satan) had a prestigious position in heaven, was very good looking and the wisest of all God's creations. He grew so vain as to think he could overthrow God!* How ludicrous is that? He was even able to persuade others to join him in his evil plot! Was God displeased? Yes, He was. They were all cast out of heaven.** Sin was born and Satan did not repent, but instead the evil one devised a new plan. That's where we come in. When God created Adam and Eve, they had it all! I won't go into the whole story, but they were the first humans created and soon fell prey to Satan's coaxing to disobey God and it's because of them things got messed up. You can find their story in Genesis chapters 2 & 3 if you would like to read it.         

I am sad to report that by chapter 6, mankind had gotten so out of control that God had had enough. And rightly so. We were already far from the perfect creations God had placed on the earth. There are four reasons God chose to send the Great Flood. They are:  
  1. 'The wickedness of man was great in the earth' (v. 5).
  2. 'Every imagination of the thoughts of his (man's) heart was only evil continually' (v. 5).
  3. 'The earth was filled with violence' (v. 11).
  4. 'The earth...was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth' (v. 12). (All the people on earth had corrupted their way.)
There were only four men and four women who were spared because they chose to honor God and His ways. Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. Noah and his family were the answer to our sin problem for the time being. They built the ark as God commanded. When the task was complete, God sent the animals, closed the massive door and the earth was washed clean. God style

When the waters finally receded and God opened the door, Noah freed the animals.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

 “As long as the earth endures,
   seedtime and harvest,
   cold and heat,
   summer and winter,
   day and night
   will never cease.”. 
                                   ~Genesis 8:20-22

And a bit later He said to Noah and his sons:

 There's our true pot of gold, dear ones! God's promise in the rainbow. And it was established not only as a reminder for us, but for our Creator! He knew us well, didn't He? How many times have you said, "I'm never gonna' do THAT again!" only to do that again? Me, too. Have we continued to make God angry to the point of wanting to wipe us off the face of the earth? I am sure the answer to that question is a resounding yes! But He will not. No more wiping us out and starting over! For as long as the earth endures. A lot of time has passed since that day. Judging by the fact that there were only 10 generations from Adam's creation and Noah's birth, I can not imagine how much worse things are now. But God knows. Sin causes so much destruction in this world. The earth, itself, cries out for relief. (Romans 8:22) Sin is destroying our beautiful planet  It's destroying lives. It's destroying souls. God promised not to wipe clean the earth again, but He did provide a solution for our sin problem.    

For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son
that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.             
                                                                                                           ~John 3:16

Jesus will take on your sin and it will be no more. Will we still fall victim to sin after becoming Christians? Yes. Satan works just as hard to pull us away from the glory of a meaningful relationship with God as He does to keep us from meeting Him in the first place. His battlefield is vast, but Christian or not, it all starts in the mind. Next time we will talk about that.

I think this post has been long enough. So I will leave you to think about things. Have you accepted God’s offer to you of forgiveness for the things you do that displease Him? If you have not, I hope that will be what you think about most. Everybody who’s anybody. That's who Jesus died for because everybody is somebody to God. Jesus would have given His life if it had been you alone He came to save. If you are reading this and know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, think about your sin problem and talk to God about it. Put on that armor and fight! And, please, let's remember to pray for all of those who do not yet know Jesus. Satan works hard, we must work harder.

I'm praying for you. See you next time.

*Isaiah 14:12-14
 **Ezekiel 28:11-19
~rainbow image courtesy of Kidimage