Saturday, September 19, 2015

Devotion: The Lord Changes Not

Here is a tidbit of information about God that you may find interesting, one that may take you to another level of understanding.  We hear quite often that God is doing a new thing this year or in this season.  We realize that many of you have experienced something new in your life and we understand how you believe that God is doing something new or has done a new thing in your life.  And while we cannot disagree with the fact that something new maybe going on in your life, this new thing that you are experiencing does not automatically translate to mean that God himself is doing something new or has changed.  God says

“For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).

God has said that “he change not” and he has not changed since the beginning nor will he ever change in the future.  God has not changed his mind nor changed those things that he put into place since the beginning, contrary to popular beliefs.  Many of the changes we see today are because man has changed what God says, it is not God changing what God says.  Man has changed many things and used God’s name to do so.  But here is a revelation for those of you who have a hard time accepting this truth and think God is doing something new or has changed in some way.  God can be doing the same thing that he has always done, but what he has always done can be something new for you, a never before experienced blessing, a never before experienced healing, or a never before experience revelation, all being something new in your life but not something new for God.  Keep this thought in mind, it was you who accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and caused the change in your life.  It was you who choose to draw nearer to God and by doing so, caused this new experience that you are now going through.  It was you who changed and not God.

Man, Adam to be more specific, not God, changed the original creation, the original nature of mankind in the garden when he ate of the fruit.  However, it has been God’s plan, hidden since the beginning of time, to reconcile mankind back to him.  And it was God who reconciled his creation back to its original state, not a new state.  For if a man be in Christ, he be a new creature, redeemed for his old sinful nature, created by Adam, to a new nature for him, the nature of the original man, before the fall, created by Jesus Christ.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:17-19).

This be the ministry of reconciliation, the renewing of that relationship that existed with the original man before his fall from God’s grace.  So, God has not changed his mind nor changed those things that he put into place since the beginning.  An all-knowing God cannot have a change of heart or a change of mind because if he changes anything that he has already done or said, then that change, that variation, or that deviation would suggest that he did not know everything from the beginning and we all know that this is not true, for “God is omniscient or all-knowing.”

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.  This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:3-5 NLT).

Even before he created anything, God had a plan for mankind, a plan to save mankind, a plan to reconcile man back unto himself.  While he knew, in advance what man, Adam would do to mankind, he also knew what Jesus Christ would do for mankind (Romans 5:19).  God has loved mankind from the beginning, before he created the first thing and this love for his creation has never changed.  It is this love for mankind that caused God to devise a plan from the very beginning that would bring or reconcile mankind back to a state where God would not see our faults anymore, to a state where we could be a part of his family once again, to a state that he wanted us to be in and one that gave him great pleasure.  This has been God’s plan for mankind from the very beginning and this plan has not changed nor is it something new.

We trust that you can see that if there were any variation or deviation in God or the slightest suggestion of change, that he would have been untrue to himself at some point in time.  We trust that you can also see that he would have also have lied at some point as well.  This is why there can be no change in God.  This is why he cannot be doing a new thing.  This is not to say that what is going on in your life is not something new or some type of new experience for you, but that does not automatically translate to mean that God himself is doing something new or has changed,  because God says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”  If we cannot take God at his word, then whose word are we to take?  Whose word do you take?

As always, we pray that today’s inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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