God Will Never Be Angry with You

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

Isaiah 54:9–10

A warning is issued in 1 Peter 5:8—“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I know that a lion roars to intimidate and to bring fear, but I used to wonder what kind of fear the devil tries to instill in the believer. We must let the Bible interpret the Bible. We can’t base our interpretations on our denominational backgrounds or our experiences.

One day, I was reading Proverbs 19 when I came across verse 12: “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.” Who is the king that this verse refers to? It is our Lord Jesus! So when the devil goes about like a roaring lion, he is trying to impersonate the King. He is trying to make you feel as if God is angry with you. Every time you hear preaching that leaves you with a sense that God is angry with you, guess what? You have just been roared at! But know this, beloved: God will NEVER be angry with you ever again. He only has to tell us this, but He wanted us to be so sure that He swore in His Word that He would never be angry with us again.

Today’s verses are from Isaiah 54, which is right after the famous messianic chapter of the sufferings of Christ in Isaiah 53. Therefore, Isaiah 54 is spelling out the triumphs and spoils of His sufferings.

Do you know why God will never be angry with us again? It is because of what Christ has accomplished for us! On the cross, God poured out all His anger on the body of His Son. Jesus exhausted all the fiery indignation of a holy God against all our sins, and when all of God’s judgment of our sins had been completely exhausted, He shouted, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). And because our sins have already been punished, God, who is a holy and just God, will not punish us today when we believe in what Christ has done. God’s holiness is now on your side. His righteousness is now for you, not against you. You are His beloved, in whom He is well pleased because of Jesus’ finished work!

The next time the devil tries to rob you of your sense of being beloved by making you think that God is angry with you, just ignore him. Ignore him when he says, “How can you call yourself a Christian?” You are a righteous, accepted, and beloved child of God! When you believe this, you will have the confidence to face every challenge with boldness, knowing that you have God’s unmerited favor on your side!

Joseph Prince

LATTER RAINS!

Haggai 2:9
[9]The latter glory of this house [with its successor, to which Jesus came] shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place will I give peace and prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.

2019 The Year of Latter Rains 😊

Colossians

Colossians 3:1-4
[1]IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [Ps. 110:1.]
[2]And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
[3]For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.
[4]When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

Colossians 3:10
[10]And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. [Gen. 1:26.]

Colossians 3:13
[13]Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

Colossians 3:16-17
[16]Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.
[17]And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

Saved!!

The whole story of salvation will always leave in awe, God himself coming down on the earth he created and breath the air he created, beaten and died, paid an ultimate price for the debts he never had, came and made it possible for the world to be saved. A world full of people who were rebellious to him, but because of his love he overlooked all of shortcoming and still paid for all our sins.

Colossians 1:20-22

[20]And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.

We have been reconciled back to God not because of our works or self-righteousness but the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary. He was broken so we can be made WHOLE, he was made a site of shame so we will never face shame: our righteousness our strength and hope are all found in him and his finished work.

[21]And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,
[22]Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.

We are holy, faultless and righteous before God not because he sees us but eeach and everytime he looks at us he see Christ our cornerstone. We are a chosen people and how do we maintain what we’ve been given? The answer lies in the next verse

Colossians 1:23
[23][And this He will do] provided that you continue to stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven, and of which [Gospel] I, Paul, became a minister.


Thank you very much for reading, I hope this has revealed to you something bout Christ and our salvation, leave in the comment section on how Christ is your hope.

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Work Out Your Salvation!

If you have been in christian circles For a long time I’m sure atleast one or two times you’ve heard someone say “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” If you’re like me, obviously you’ve always wished to ask how do I work my salvation with fear and trembling ? Not because you’ve not tried but everytime you try you find yourself failing. Perhaps some days it will look like you are on the right track but after sometime you will find yourself astray. So you keep asking “HOW DO I WORK OUT MY SALVATION?”

I heard of this verse for a long time but I never took time to study it or check the whole chapter where it comes from. The day before yesterday during my personal devotion I finally found the verse and to my surprise the answer to our question is exactly after the verse. The verse is found in the book of Philippians, Paul is telling the people in the church at Philippians to work out their salvation and he gives them a way to work out their salvation.

Philippians 2:12-13
[12]Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).
[13][Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

The answer is in verse 13, not in your own strength but through God who works in you. I had always tried to work out my salvation through my capacity no doubt I always failed. Under the new covenant of GRACE it has extremely nothing to do with me but it all points to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary. We neglect the cross everytime we try to depend on our flesh, but everytime we focus on God’s grace we exalt what Jesus did for us on the cross.

I don’t know what you are struggling with but I want to assure you that there’s only one way out and that’s when you fully depend and focus on Jesus Christ! Your strength will fail you, people will fail you only when you allow God to work in you, he will keep perfecting you until the day of Christ return. The only way you will work out your salvation is when you allow God to work and empower you.

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