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“PEACE BE STILL!”
FEEL SAFE AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE POWER OF FAITH
ONI ABIMBOLA DANIEL
CAN TURBULENT PERIODS BE AVOIDED?
The Lord spoke on a certain fact that should be examined as challenges which one will encountered during the period of life time on earth, since the devil lives within man here in the world, having great anger because he has lost the battle and his time is too short. Rev.12:12. Nevertheless, Lord Jesus encourages all believers to belt up and stand firm in the faith that shall enable them to overcome all challenges of life, He said: “fear none of those things which thou shall suffer, behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death: and I will give thee a crown of life’’. Rev: 2:10.
Would this courage be acceptable to everyone in the house of faith? Since hardship had taken over every place today and people are suffering, looking for way of survival that will enable them to meet up with the standard of life.
People do worry over their daily bread in terms of where to get it, whether it will not be possible or otherwise. Majority of people are worried and double minded. They pick offence against one another, seeing the way of making it in life as not being easy, it seems to have bends and rough edges which makes people confused and murmured. Some people find it difficult to believe that such is the way of life, thinking that it is supposed to be fine as bed of roses. Such people aimed to see things blossom every day and when it is not as they want, they feel offended. This kind of reasoning seems wrong and not compatible with the nature of life. The Bible specified the nature of man’s life at the creation which should be acknowledged very well. Knowing what man is made for, should gear one up for correction. “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it”. Gen: 2:15.
The LORD bestowed responsibility to Adam in the Garden of Eden at the beginning; Adam was not idle at all. I noticed that when the serpent that deceived the woman came to the scene where they met, Adam was not present; he might have gone for dressing and keeping the Garden as God had commanded him.
“And the serpent said unto the woman” Gen. 3:4. Take note of this verse, not the man, but to the woman, which means Adam was absent then. Now where was Adam? This point needs diligent study because; it is an important issue that concerned everybody, mostly men. The serpent, the intruder who secretly went in, that he may perpetrate his evil deed, he acts as a clever agent to pull the couple down from God’s given glory. He did not come when Adam was present, that he would act as a man and chase the serpent out, which would have prevented them not to be deceived. However, since the woman had eaten the fruit at the absence of her husband Adam, he knew the consequences of eating from the tree as death sentence, but due to the love he had for his wife had made him to agree that whatever happen to her must also happen to him too, he thereby accepted the offer from his wife and did eat from the tree. “And the woman gave also unto her husband with her: and he did eat’’. Gen: 3:6.
This verse indicates that Adam knew that God already warned them not to eat from the tree, and that whoever eats from it shall die, yet he did eat: It means Adam deliberately disobeyed God by eating from the tree in the sense that whatever happens to his wife must happen to him too. Yes of course, Lord Jesus made good comment on this particular point of Adam case when the Jews were questioning Him concerning the relationship over marriage life, seen that the law gave them back-up in the issue of divorce, but Lord Jesus caution them and said, “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it was not so”. Matt.19:8.
Lord Jesus referred to Adam and Eve’s case in this particular verse; since the couple had eaten what is forbidden which brought them into problems and banishment from the Garden; “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons’’. Gen.3:7. Their eyes were opened means what? What was the LORD reaction to their open eyes? “And the LORD God said, behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”. Gen.3:22.
Points of view: God accused Adam of becoming as one of them, who is that particular being precisely? (Satan). It means since man had join hands together with Satan the evil doers in disobeying God’s commandment, it means he also had become as one of the devils. What was the next action taken by God against Adam? “Therefore, the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken, Gen 3:23. The first parents were sent out from the place of comfort to a place of hardship because of their sin and came short of the glory of God, just as the Lord had explained saying, ‘’but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is therefore good for nothing, but to be trodden under foot of man’’. Matt.5:13.
Since Adam and his wife Eve missed the glorious home to a place of punitive hardship, what is expected of their descendants? Would they escape the hardships that were brought by their predecessor? This was the beginning of the hardship which men are passing through on earth, and everyone is facing it squarely, no one is excluded, even our Lord Jesus faced the same challenges too on earth, He once suffered for many things during His ministry time. It happens in one occasion that someone demanded following Him to wherever He goes, but Jesus replied and said to him. “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the son of man hath not where to lay his head”. Luke.9:58. If the only begotten Son of God has no place to lay his head here on earth, it means no one is free from hardship until God’s kingdom will finally come. It is necessary for all who are born of a woman to pass through such situations before they die. This situation became the reward of Adam’s disobedience and extended to his descendants. They all must be partakers of his reward.Gen.3:23, Rom.3:23. Many people consider these types of conditions as foul play and decide to avoid it by following short cuts, which is Satan’s way of living. They side-track God’s wilderness way, thinking to have found it too slow and long before getting things done as easy as possible. Satan encourages such ambition; for this reason did he deceived the first couple in the Garden of Eden and brought them into hardship.
He attempted to do the same and came to our Lord Jesus to tempt Him in the wilderness by saying; “All this power will I give you and the glory of them; for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give. If thou therefore will fall down and worship me, all will be yours” Luke.4:5-7. In what sense of ‘falling down’ did the devil mean? It was to Fall down as Nebuchadnezzar commanded men in the province of Babylon, he urged them to worship his golden image. Dan.3:5. No wonder most religious people, nations, cities and tribes, are falling down to bow their heads to the devil and worshipping him when he gives them whatever they want. Luke.4:5-7.
Imagine the foolishness of men that they are even boasting of such wealth that they got from the wicked one, and had made him to become their god, even the god of this present world. 2Cor.4:4. Lord Jesus did not hesitate by declaring the devil as prince of this world, saying. “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” John.14:30.
Yes of course: Lord Jesus forbids the idea of falling down in worshipping to the devil, and no place was found written in the Bible that He bargained with him, this serves as a good example by which the Lord lived a sinless life on earth. John.8:46. The devil is the author of sin, according to 1John.3:8, and a god of all sinners, 2Cor.4:4. Nevertheless, the precious blood of Jesus Christ has purchased the chosen ones. He called them out from among the nations of the world and purified them as people of His own inheritance saying. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. John.10:27.
They do not just follow him but to live as He lived through out of His life here on earth. John.8:46. The sheep ought to believe their shepherd, and what are the shepherd’s commandments to the sheep? He said. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace: but in the world, you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”. John.16:33. This verse of Bible should be made clear unto anyone who have decided to follow Lord Jesus, and should acknowledge all these things and keep them in his/her heart properly and abide with them, if not, one may become like Judas Iscariot at the later day as it is stated. Mat.26:14:16, ch.27:3-5, the Bible confirmed it as sure evidence saying. For unto this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example, that you shall follow his steps. IPet.2:21.
There are many false doctrines in the churches nowadays that always condemn this true saying and embrace the deceptive style of Satan preaching, saying that Lord Jesus had suffer for them once to enjoy till thy kingdom come, ‘fine! but they are also told that there is no need for them to suffer anymore, hence even when sin is involved, they just swim right inside it; they care not to repent because they wanted to get things done as it suite their own believe and get rich quickly.
They often quote the Bible that they are under grace and not under the law anymore; forgetting as it is written ‘’shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid…Rom.6:1-2. It is impossible, it cannot be grace anymore since it is attached with sin, rather it becomes a disgrace to them that continue in sin until the last day “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness’’? Rom.6: 16. These groups of people in Christendom gave heed to sin by copying the other group of people who are fond of falling down to worship the devil. God forbids such act in Christendom, and had commanded the true believers as follows; “Thou shall not bow thyself to anything in worshiped except Jehovah God of the universe’’. Exo.20:5,
It is the devil that sat upon the mount of the congregation,’ precisely at the side of the north. Isa: 14.12-14, he (the devil) came to Lord Jesus and said. “If thou will fall down and worship before me: Luke.4:7. God warned His worshipers ever before the wicked one brought the idea of bowing down to worship, saying? “Thou shall not bow down thyself to them’’. Exo.20:5. Another thing to observe is that, there is a fixed time and hours to such falling down in worship, just as Nebuchadnezzar mandated it with a decree since then till today are men still doing such worship. Dan. 5:6. All these signs are to be observed and one is expected to hearken to the warning; but some among men do all these things that they may get what to eat, drink, be clothed and shelter which amount the Lord Jesus question saying, “… Is not life more that food and the body more than clothing’’. Mat.6:25. Many Christians are being taking captive today because of getting material things that becomes a trap and hinders them from basic truth. This is not an act of Christ, rather the believers are supposed to understand the particular period of time the earth is heading to right now; this is the time of fulfillment of the Gentiles, who are the children of perdition. 2Thess.2:3-12. They are the people who are supposed to be enticed with material things. Lord Jesus warned those who have such ambition to get understanding and flee such attitude. “… for after all these things do the gentiles seek’’. Matt.6:32. God forbids such attitude and believers should not worry about all these things for now, but to worry about the eminent thing of entering the heavenly kingdom first, which our God has already given promises of those things to them that wait patiently, even better than the perishable things of this world.
The Gentiles of this age are they who have not receive the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and savior. They have no hope in the inheritance of the extension of God’s kingdom which was established among the gentile’s nation of this present world. Hos.1:10- Act.26:18. Therefore brethren, it is better for the Gentiles of this age to gather material things as many as they can, to eat, drink, clothing, and sheltered, and get ready for the next action which is sudden mass destruction of the end time. Rev.6:15-17. Lord Jesus spoke concerning them and said, “because thou say, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing and known not that thou art wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”. Rev.3:17.
These should not have become the problems of a believer that have hope in the inheritance of God’s wealth and the fact that He cannot lie. Titus: 1:2. The Bible assures all that believe in God of inheritance of the new earth, after which the wicked children of the devils shall be wiped away with this present world into the horrible lake of fire. Ps.37:9, Matt.5:5. Some among the believers are somehow forgetful simply because they lack the true word of God and the word is not rooted in their hearts; seeing all that is happening today as the fulfillment of the Bible. The latest investment in technologies by scientists is the website, which is indicated with w.w.w.com; which by interpretation means world, wide, web .com. I however interpret it as I am inspired as ‘World Wide Way to Corruption’. Has anyone seen the implication on our youth this day? Yahoo+? The internet has been used to corrupt many humans globally. Lord Jesus mentioned these things as a sign of what is going to happen a long time ago saying. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for Wide is the gate, and broad is the Way, that leaded to destruction and many there be that find it”. Matt.7:13. He further detailed on them that are following the saved side of Hid saying. “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the Way, which leaded unto life, and few there be that find it”. Matt.7:14. Coming to the narrow way which few people are passing bye, it guided by the power of the Holy Ghost and had made it a no nonsense way to pass through; worldliness can never pass bye, because endurance is the gate keeper who keeps the gate that shall not be accessed by a sinner.
Lord Jesus simultaneously commended endurance as the watch tower which heavenly conscious men should follow. Matt.24:13- Ch.10:22-Mark.13: 13- John.16:21. Abiding in the principle of this way is the only alternative to accessing the strait gate. Do not join those who boycott the gate of endurance and follow the wrong way of short-cut, which is the World Wide Way to Corruption, that have corrupted the system of the whole world today. Doing this will surely wrong your soul and brought it into damnation of hell fire. The life of a man is worth more than things obtainable. Therefore brethren, try and strategize on the way of escape by not following the evil way of the world, and waste your life in hell fire. Lord Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. “Amen!” Try and abide in Him for your total safety and deliverance. John.14: 6.-Ch.10:9.-Isa.9:6-7. Amen.
Jesus Christ is Lord