God’s Shocking Way of Defeating Evil

One fascinating example of God’s unique way of defeating wickedness is in the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk lived in a time where ungodliness became an epidemic. Evilness a normal occurrence and the mistreatment of others a common theme causing him grief. He had been praying for God’s intervention, but the answers didn’t come (Habakkuk 1:2-4).

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During this time of human existence, the Israelites lived in disobedience. They weren’t being held captive or suppressed from another nation, but their defiance against God had peaked. And God unleashed His wrath by using an unimaginable source to wipe out their evil ways.

God showed Habakkuk His plan, and it wasn’t the one the Prophet was expecting. God explained to him a shocking plan of eradicating this rebellion (Habakkuk 1:5). He called on the Chaldean nation to carry out His wrath. They were a ruthless and wicked society.

This must have been troubling for Habakkuk since the Chaldean’s were a pagan nation centered in living a life unacceptable with God. Their disregard for human life left a trail of death and destruction. Many nations feared them, yet God guided them to carry out His will.

In the Twentieth Century, a similar act of violence to Habakkuk’s experience erupted. World War Two showed the world an up close and personal look at wickedness. This war was full of evilness.

The Holocaust, millions of human casualties and massive amounts of physical injuries from its devastation caused by evil men. But God upheld His promise to Noah (Genesis 8:21) and lined up nations together to defend humanity. And one of God’s allies was Russia a notion with evil intentions.

 

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Today we face terrorism an unpredictable evil. This wickedness strikes when the world least expects it, and places fear around the globe. The evil men behind the terror have strategic targets aimed at disrupting Christ’s peace.

God has slowed their progress but hasn’t acted on His plan to cut out this evil threat. But remember your salvation secures a place in God’s kingdom and no matter how frightful the world becomes Christ has defeated evil (1 Corinthians 15:57).

God never stops defeating evil. Throughout humanity, His mighty hand has overtaken the worst evil Satan has inflicted in trying to overthrow His kingdom. God’s word doesn’t explain the exact time He pushed the devil out of His sovereignty. But we know He did (Job 1:6-12) and the reason (Isaiah 14:12-13). And in the lives of the unsaved soul, Satan’s terror runs wild because without Christ salvation is elusive.

God doesn’t show humans everything, but faith leads us to God’s wisdom. Satan is one of God’s hidden mysteries. But God has exposed the devil’s ways by showing us his hideous works. And Adam and Eve’s experience proves God loves humans and even though their disobedience upset Him they saw Him defeat the cunning serpent (Genesis 3:14-15).

Our generation parallels with Habakkuk’s time on earth. We face the same enemy of God as this Prophet encountered. God protected Habakkuk because he was faithful and Christ does the same for us. We are blessed to be chosen to live a spiritual life beyond the flesh and be able to meet Habakkuk in heaven!

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A Endless Knowledge of Christ

God never fails and makes salvation full of incredible experiences. When Christ inspired Apostle Peter to show the faithful a way of adding value to their faith (2 Peter 1:5-7) it opened the door to an eternal understanding of Jesus’ ministry. Everything a believer needs to know is made available. Because God takes care of the faithful and Peter’s message sheds truth on His integrity.

The greatest revelation of Peter’s good news comes in his closing truths.

 “For so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” (2 Peter 1-11).

God’s truths speak volumes and in this scripture, we understand our spiritual stability comes from adding to our faith. When we show Christ our loyalty then we find a passageway into an infinite security so strong nothing can close its door. And for us to receive a constant flow of this undeniable truth we need to continue growing our faith.

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God loves faithful people, and He opens the gateway to a never ending relationship with Christ. This incredible reality comes from our willingness to glorify God by channeling our lives over to Christ’s sovereignty. And God never stops shedding His grace on those who live in Christ’s body.

Thinking over God’s promise of an eternal relationship with Christ inspires us to give God our best efforts. Christ wants us to live in His kingdom, and this remarkable unity keeps us coming back. Receiving God’s charitable gifts (Isaiah 58:11) comes from growing our trust in Christ. And this helps us live holy in an ungrateful world.

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The best way to understand how significant Christ is to salvation we need to look back in Biblical times. Our ancient ancestors of the Old Testament relied on Prophets and Prophetess to teach them God’s commandments. God had them carry out sacrifices to connect them with His Spirit. God used several Prophets to show His plan for Christ. Once God brought Christ from heaven a new way of receiving salvation emerged. Today we are included in God’s new covenant.

God delivered Christ to the Jews and after Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension made His Son the way to heaven. The Lord simplified salvation, opened it up to everyone on earth (Jew and Gentile) and now wants to keep the door to Christ wide open. And to receive God’s promise of having a never-ending bond with Christ means building a faith full of action.

 Now that Peter has shown us God’s generous offerings for adding Christian principles then we understand the room for more growth. It  doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned veteran or new believer. God has commanded us to keep growing, and Christ will give us the strength to continue adding Christian value. By placing Christ as our top priority and nurturing our faith we can’t go wrong because God’s rewards make it well worth the effort.

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Loving God with the Heart

Love is the most sought after human experience. Everyone wants to receive love since it brings us incredible joy. Unlike any other emotion, love touches us in the most heartfelt way. This peaceful and serene spiritual connection is in every person and created by God. Nothing in God’s kingdom is designed by accident because He is love.

“He who does not love does not love God, for God is love,” (1 John 4:8).

Loving God with the heart isn’t complicated. It’s simple yet without Christ it’s elusive. Throughout the Old Testament, God used Prophets to show the Israelites’ how to find themselves with His kingdom. But they couldn’t stay faithful and lived in constant disobedience. Their hearts corrupted by sin blocking out God’s Light and keeping them from obedience. And when God gave them Christ they crucified Him. It’s in the way our ancient ancestors followed God that we get an up close picture of an unloving heart.

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Conformity is one of God’s best spiritual gifts. When we conform our lives over to God’s commands, then we are showing Him our loving heart. And by humbling ourselves over to Christ’s care, our loyalty to God’s rules is strengthened. Remember our flesh is weak but our spirits will stay firm on God’s words (Matthew 26:41).

God’s forgiveness opens the door to your new heart and its Christ’s death and resurrection that purifies the heart. And with God’s new covenant (Hebrews 9:14-15) in place then you can love Him with your heart. It’s here where God wants to love through Christ. Jesus is God’s greatest love for us and by becoming a part of Christ’s body, we become sons of God (Galatians 3:26). And what an honor to be called God’s son or daughter!

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Repentance is an excellent example of a loving heart for God. One of the biggest complaints unbelievers have is witnessing a Christian, who isn’t willing to repent. I’m not saying repentance is easy, or we don’t sin (Romans 3:23). But when a Christian proclaims Christ and doesn’t show God remorse for disobedience then their lives don’t show a saved soul.

Real repentance is admitting our disobedience to God followed by a sincere effort to make personal sacrifices unpopular to the world but acceptable with Christ. It’s our actions after confessing the sin that shows those around us if we love God.

With our new hearts, we enjoy serving Christ and obeying God. It’s the way Christ loves us that inspires us to live a life devoted to God. Christ is an incredible gift from God, and we can’t afford to miss out on heaven. Jesus’s love is infinite and never goes away. The best way we can love God is submitting ourselves to Christ and stay active in spreading His Good News.

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The Art of Selflessness

The art of selflessness is letting go of expectations (Luke 6:35). Expecting something in return for doing a good deed is a set up for disappointment. Nothing spiritual comes from self-searching motives. The purity of selflessness is anonymity. And it pleases God when we do something for someone without personal recognition.

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Our best teacher of selflessness is God. Our Father’s undeniable love and unselfish sacrifice of Christ proves His selflessness. God wants to save everyone and His altruistic plan defines His love for humanity. It’s sad to realize not everyone hears God’s call, and this makes helping others crucial in our Christian journey.

It isn’t hard being unselfish to those we love, but when a stranger asks this becomes a tougher challenge. A major stumbling block in reaching out to a unfamiliar person is self-centered fear. Fearfulness in uncertainty isn’t the Christian’s way because Christ has given us eternal security and the courage to do God’s will. With Christ’s armor, we are not afraid because our strength comes from God. Remember we are no longer apart from God’s kingdom and need to live in His purpose. Don’t be troubled over the reasons people ask for your help because it’s better to give than disobey.

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In the Gospel of Matthew, we find God’s commands of selflessness. Christ said when He comes in the day of judgement; He will separate the righteous nations from the selfish ones (Matthew 25:32-33).

To the righteous Christ said; Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34). God never forgets those who love Him and rewards them with eternal grace.

Christ said this concerning selflessness. “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me,” (Matthew 25:35-36). Here, Christ is conveying God’s approval for doing right. Those actions radiate the compassion God’s Spirit places inside the hearts of the faithful.

Those human problems are a call for action from Christ to help others. Here Christ shows the responses a Spirit-filled life takes when confronted with those needing comfort. The essence of selflessness is staying aware of one’s environment, noticing other’s struggles and providing help. And Christ has left us no doubt salvation includes putting aside personal interests and working for the welfare of others.

Jesus identified hunger, thirst, strangers, nakedness, sickness and incarceration as examples of needy things. And Christ shows us the actions necessary in providing those needs. Selflessness is the core of kindness. Every time we give of ourselves with a pure heart, it pleases God.

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Christ identified the eternal outcome of the unrighteous. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). God’s displeasure with evil doers is harsh, and the Bible is full of scriptures addressing His disappointment with disbelievers. We can’t escape God’s rules and if we don’t repent our eternal resting place won’t be with Him.

Our Messiah’s message is telling us when we help others we are extending God’s provisions. And by following God’s will our knowledge of eternity becomes reality. Jesus didn’t leave out the penalty for disobeying this truth. He pointed this out to the selfish. “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me” (Matthew 25:45).

Christ finishes His message with a warning. “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). God’s truth on helping others is obvious. Repentance is the key, and the good deed of selflessness is an act of repentance.

Another place to practice altruism is in adjusting our personal agenda to help aid others. Sometimes our lives become busy and when someone asks for help we say no. Yes, we have times when we can’t stop the task at hand and help. God understands, but if we do this every time we need to examine ourselves and take an honest look at our motives. Often our greatest spiritual growth comes from stopping what we are doing and help others.

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God never stops reaching out His hand to give us help. Christ doesn’t say “I’m too busy find someone else.” Our holy purpose is to glorify God, and when we make ourselves unavailable to others, we have fallen off the narrow way. Each of us and often unintentional is selfish.  Salvation doesn’t make us perfect, but it’s not an excuse to discard God’s will.

When I was a drunkard selfishness fueled my heart. I made myself the center of attention and focused on my plans. I had no room to be selfless because self-gratification ruled my motives. Sin had overtaken my spirit and enslaved to a life of darkness. I’m grateful for God because Christ has broken the chains of my evil ways.

It brings me great joy to share with you Christ’s Good News. Today He has opened my eyes and given me many opportunities to help others. And when I act on those God’s grace emerges and inspires me to become a better servant. I struggle with selflessness and experience the pains of selfishness but the more I pick up my cross those times are becoming less. I love Christ and want to learn from His wisdom and one way I can show Him my love is helping others.

One of the most gratifying Christian experience is doing something for someone without them knowing. Selfless giving is rewarding, uplifting and full of God’s love. God makes no mistakes and rejoices when one of His children acts out of the kindness of the heart and stays unnoticed. And the result selflessness brings is experiencing a stronger bond with Christ.

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The Fruits of Humility

It’s in glorifying God that we understand the fruits of holiness. This begins with placing Christ as our primary focus and living in God’s truth. Humility is the best way to approach God because we didn’t save ourselves (Titus 3:4-7). Christ’s enemy tries his best to convince us we don’t need God and places thoughts inside our minds telling us we can do everything on our own.

Our world is full of temptations wanting us to turn our backs on God and live in the lusts of Satan’s deception. Every few months a new technological advancement hits the market leading us to place the focus on ourselves and away from Christ. The devil is cunning and uses materialism to lure us into an unsatisfactory spiritual condition because he knows the lack of humility separates from God.

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Paul’s Epistle to Titus is one of the best illustration of humility. In Chapter Three verse two Paul shared This: “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceful, gentle, showing all humility to all men” (Titus 3:2). Here, Paul identifies humility as love, peace, and kindness. He reminds us to be an example of God’s Spirit. And God’s mercy holds us accountable to do the same with our neighbors.

Paul continued his message by showing us the reason for humility.

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who believe in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men,” (Titus 3:4-8).

Those scriptures provide God’s truth concerning the origins of salvation and leaves no excuses for self-righteousness. Here God places us in humility because He gives us knowledge of His plan for humanity’s eternal outcome.

Once God brings us mercy, then He uses Christ to wash us clean from sin and renews us through His Spirit. It’s God’s Spirit that makes us humble because He has opened our eyes to eternal light.

Since God showed us humility, shouldn’t we do the same?

The Lord saved us, and part of our duty is to extend God’s saving grace to those around us. Our lives must radiate to others (believers and unbelievers) God’s gift of salvation. God chose us and made us powerful examples of His mercy to humanity. And when we live in Christ, the world comes face to face with God’s love.

One way of staying humble is remembering our past and what Christ has done for us. Again God used Paul to shows us we too are sinners. Paul put it this way. “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating each other” (Titus 3:3). Those are the facts stemming from Adam and Eve’s great fall from God’s grace and passed on to humanity. And no human being on earth is excluded from sin.

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I used to live life for myself. My life before receiving God’s grace was full of pride. Everything I did was to glorify myself, and this caused others to stay away from me. I lived in constant fear and resented rejection. Selfish motives turned me into a taker looking for ways to receive instead of giving. Everything I chased was for self-satisfaction often involving lustful actions.

I’m grateful God saved me. Christ has changed my life, and He removed my need to rely on myself. The Lord showed me eternal light and since then I’m willing to live my life for Christ. I know God wants to help you too and He will the moment you ask in faith without reservations.

We can’t afford to forget God’s unconditional compassion. God’s truth makes us humble, and abiding in Christ keeps us modest. God has called us to a spiritual way of living and the more we devote ourselves then we can live humble and receive His grace (James 4:6). And once Christ sanctifies us, then we can show others the fruits of humility.

God is awesome!

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