Friday, October 2, 2015

Devotion: God Is Not A Killer

We need to set the record straight.  We need to correct a misrepresentation involving “the nature of God” that has been perpetrated by the Church for so long that it has become a natural part of our religious culture.  What we are going to say, many amongst you will disagree with, will reject, or even label heresy, but the scriptures say, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 TLB).  It is our prayer that those who have an ear to hear will hear this revelation and be set free.  Our revelation has to do with the misunderstanding and confusion surrounding “the sovereignty of God” and “the will of God.”

While it is true, that God is sovereign, with supreme authority and supreme power, able to operate totally independent of any part of his creation, everything that happens does not happen because it is “God’s will” that such things should happen.  Religion has redefined “the sovereignty of God” to mean, “God is in total control and that nothing happens but that which the will of God allows to happen.”  If there is a tragedy, a disaster, a catastrophic event, or even death, we are quick to say that, “it was God’s will” that these events happened, but are these true statements.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:4).

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince (ruler) of this world be cast out” (John 12:31).

“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince (ruler) of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30).

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course (age) of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

It would appear from these passages that Satan has control of this world’s system.  The scriptures refer to him as “the god of this world, the prince of this world, and the prince of the power of the air.”

“And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power (authority) will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it” (Luke 4:5-6).

It would appear, from this passage that this authority, this control over the world’s system, was delivered to Satan by Adam.  We know that many of you do not believe and have even rejected the notion that the power Satan offered to give to Jesus and the glory of them was not Satan’s to offer.  But, could it be possible that we may have gotten this part wrong?

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part (shared) of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (slavery)” (Hebrews 2:14-15).

And he has the power of death.  Wait one minute here.  What did that say about death?  Who has the power of death?  Let us look at this passage again just to make sure we interpreted correctly.  The passage says that since we are flesh and blood, he, being Jesus Christ, likewise took part of the same so that through his death he, again being Jesus Christ, might render powerless “him” who had the power of and over death, that him “being the devil.”  Wow, we really did read that right the first time.  It is “the devil that has the power of death,” not God.  It would seem pointless for the son of God to show up on the scene render powerless the works of the devil and God be the one who has the power of death.  But this has been one of Satan’s greatest deceptions.  He continues to cast doubt on God’s word by blinding man’s ability to truly see God.  Maybe, if we redefine some of our redefined religious definitions, we just might be able to see “the true nature of God.”

May our commentary abundantly bless you and greatly inform you.  We pray that you will be the better for having read this message.  If blessed by today’s message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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