Sunday, May 20, 2012
A God of new beginnings!
GETTING OUT OF EGYPT
Personally, I have seen many good Christians live under condemnation. They see themselves as failures. They have been bound by habits and have tried to be free, only to fall again and again into the same situations.
Some have given up. Others wind up having nervous breakdowns and I know of some who have committed suicide. Condemnation adds to stress and stress will get you depressed and sick. Why is this?
True, God wants us to be free. God wants sin removed out of the camp, but guess what? You need to realize something very important, maybe the most important thing you will ever realize about yourself-YOU ARE NOT PERFECT!!! Again, yes, God wants us to live a life above sin and shun sin, but you need to realize you are not perfect.
Sounds like a contradiction? Not really. Lets take a look at the following-" I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5) Notice the words WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING!
In order to face a problem, you got to admit you have a problem and guess what? You cannot do nothing without Christ. The word of God says that my people (Notice), my people perish for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
The word,also, says that you shall know the truth and the truth say make you free. Many have said that the truth shall set you free. Nothing can be further than that. Many a Christian have died young from sickness in a hospital bed, some with their bibles open. The truth,itself, did not help them. They need understanding of the truth. My brethren, we need to understand just what God's word says about sin, sickness and prosperity.
Now, this is not a faith teaching promising you wealth and riches. I, personally, believe that God wants his people prosperous and wealthy, but there are some misconceptions and wrong teachings. In a nutshell, if you want to have God's precious promises, decide this as an opportunity for change. Decide that you are going to hate sin. With blessings, comes accountability and the word does say that to whom much is given, much is required. It is a very dangerous thing to get things from God by his grace, because there comes a day where sooner or later, you have to give an account and that is where some faith teachers should be telling the other side of the story. Consider Samson, how God thru his grace helped him even though he was in sin, (Yes, He is full of Grace) but consider the other side of the coin. Sin was not dealth with and he paid a heavy price. (Judges 13-16)
Gods people lived in bondage to EGYPT for many years. Finally,look at the word that he gave them- "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house (Exodus 12:2-3) EGYPT represents sin, world and bondage. God was going to give his people a new beginning. Until then, the Jews had a civil calender which was the seventh month. God had changed their calender and gave them the sacred calender, which is the 1st month called Abib. To better understand this, I encourage you to paste this link on your computer-http://www.bcbsr.com/survey/jcal.html
As you use this link, it will break down the details of the Jewish calenders and apply them to our date and time. It will, also, give you a brief rundown of the Jewish feast and other interesting things that will aid you in your Old testament studies. We need to understand this as we read the Bible, the history and the culture background of the times. That is why we need to dig into it. Interesting enough, our calender is filled with Paganistic influences. The months and days of the week were named after, mostly, Pagan Gods. You can check this out, also in the following link-http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/year-history.html
Does that mean that we have to throw away our calender? No. God will work with us concerning the days and times. Notice that the month of Abib which is the first month of the sacred calender was changed by the Babylonians to Nisan. God's word even mentions it in the word (Neh 2:1) When God speaks to you, he will mention times and days in terms that you can understand, nevertheless, it is good to do a study on the Feast of the Lord because we need to understand our Jewish roots. Our holidays are filled with Pagan practices.
WHAT KIND OF BREAD ARE YOU EATING?
Notice that after they celebrated the PASSOVER in Exodus 12, the Jews ate unleavened bread for seven days. They made a decision. They took action. They walked out of EGYPT, but brethren, it is not enough to walk out of EGYPT, you got to get EGYPT out of you. So, that is why they ate unleavened bread. Many a times, we are not victorious because we are not taking time to meditate and study the word. We need to be like Jeremiah, that ate in a spirtiual sense , the word of God. (Jer 15:16)
Israel was eating, in a spiritual sense, leavened bread. It was eatiing the bread of affliction, but God in his mercy, gave them unleavened bread. How do we eat of God's word. By taking time to meditate and confess his promises. (Joshua 1:8). I, myself, have asked the Lord to give me a hatred for sin and I kept on getting frustrated at my shortcomings. Finally, God spoke to me and said- Have you confessed my word? Have you confessed that you hate iniquity and love righteousness? Have you received that promise? I had to say no, and repent of my unbelief.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THAT YOU HAD A PARTY?
It is an interesting fact that the word feast is translated in Spanish as Fiesta. Fiesta means a party. We need to get into party mode. Proverbs says that a merry heart has a continual feast. Are you going to church in a " Party mode"? Are you spending time getting drunk on the new wine and receiving strength from on high? Folks, its time to get drunk! Its time to go party and guess what? The Party does not start until The Holy Spirit comes in!! He is the life of the party. Well, thats it for now. God bless until next time. Feel free to share your thoughts.
P.S. I want to thank God for my wife Terry, who helped me with this article.
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