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The Goodness of God Part 2

Genesis 3:4-5

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 As long as Adam and Eve were in fellowship with God and obedience to Him, they knew only good. Satan, appearing in the body of a serpent introduced them to evil. He successfully tempted them to partake of fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so they could be introduced to evil.  What does that tell you? God is not the source of evil. Satan is. Fellowship with God and obedience to Him kept them in touch with only good. They had to commit an act of disobedience to experience evil. In order for the relationship between God and man to be genuine, man had to have a choice. Unfortunately, man has often made bad choices. Thank God for His great love for us that was revealed by the extent to which He went to separate us from sin and guilt. He sent His only Son into the world to give His life for us and pay the penalty for our sin. We are forgiven because God is good.

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The Goodness of God Part 1

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The Goodness of God Part 1

Let us start a new series of meditations on the goodness of God. It can help increase our faith. Everyone who believes in God believes He is powerful. However, being powerful can be scary if the powerful one is wicked. Our confidence in God's willingness to help us is affected by our understanding of His goodness.

Genesis 1:3-4

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1 reveals the beginning of life on earth as we know it today. Verse 1 and 2 can give the impression that after the earth was created something catastrophic occurred. Then in verse 3, a restoration began as God created life on earth afresh. Regardless of the view we have of the creation account, our definite insight into how we have the world as we know it now begins in verse 3. It is important to note that every time God did something, it was good. The only time God said “It is not good” was in Genesis 2:18 when the man he made did not have a female assistant. So, in Genesis 2:21-22 God fixed that. He was never satisfied until what He had done was very good. Let’s keep that in mind as we decide what is from God and what is from the devil. There is nothing good in the devil and nothing bad in God. A psalmist said, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:21) Let’s do that today.

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The Unseen Realm Part 28

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The Unseen Realm Part 28

Joshua 6:2 NKJV

And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.” 

Before Joshua led the Israelites to victory in the Battle of Jericho so they could possess the land God had promised them, God told Joshua to see the victory. Before Joshua could see the victory in the seen (natural) realm, he had to see it in the unseen realm. He had to accept what he could not see with his physical eyes. That is the way God wants us to operate. We first accept it by faith based on His Word, seeing it with our spiritual vision. Then we experience it in the natural, tangible realm. Faith is not necessary to believe what you see or contact with your spiritual senses. Jesus encouraged Thomas who had the wrong attitude. Thomas wanted to see in the natural realm before He would have faith in Jesus’ resurrection.  John 20:29 NKJV says, “Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Look at how many people have been saved and transformed by the power of God because they believed in the resurrection even though they never saw the physical evidence! They are blessed, as Jesus said, because they have not seen, yet they believed. The same way we began our spiritual journey is the same way we should continue to live – accept the unseen first by faith, then experience the supernatural manifestation in the natural realm.

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The Unseen Realm Part 27

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The Unseen Realm Part 27

John 4:24 NKJV

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Worship is one of the areas where we must operate in the unseen realm. Where are we worshiping from? Most people are worshiping from their heads. Their brains are in complete control. Paul, who prayed in unknown tongues very often, said that he prayed with his spirit as well as his understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15-17). He pointed out that giving thanks in the spirit (a heavenly language) was a way to give thanks well. In order for us to worship God well, we have to move beyond our heads. We must do it from our spirits. We must see ourselves connecting to our Father who is in the unseen realm. Whether in our known language or in other tongues, we must connect from our spirits. Otherwise our worship is very shallow and will not do much good.One thing that may help is to place one hand or both hands on the belly where the human spirit resides while worshiping to increase consciousness of worshiping from the spirit.

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The Unseen Realm Part 26

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The Unseen Realm Part 26

Exodus 13:7-8 NKJV

Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ 

God instructed the children of Israel to celebrate the feast of unleavened bread as a reminder of what He did for them when they came out of Egypt. They were to look at something they could see to remind them of the power of the unseen realm. Their escape from Egypt did not come about because of natural weapons or human schemes. It came because the mighty hand of a good God performed signs and wonders to bring their deliverance. It was a power that was unseen, but they saw the effects of it with their physical eyes. It is good to surround ourselves with things that remind us of the unseen power we depend upon for victory and success in our lives. One reason we gather with other believers to worship the Lord and learn His teachings is to remind us of the unseen Source that we all rely on. People who stop coming to church usually stray away from God because they get distracted with other things and voices that go against God. May we continue to participate in services that honor the Lord, and surround ourselves with things that keep us conscious of the unseen realm where all of our help comes from.

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The Unseen Realm Part 25

Candy, Thanks for sending the message to remind me that you look forward to the "Throne Room." So many things have happened since I posted last but by God's grace I'm back now.

Colossians 3:1 NKJV

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

What does it mean that we were raised with Christ? We must go to the unseen realm to understand. Paul wrote in Romans 6:4, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” He reveals that when we were baptized, our going under the water was symbolic of our burying our old selves, and coming out of the water symbolized our being raised to a new life in Christ. We identify with Christ in His death (when the old man dies and we are born again), burial (when we put away the old life), and His resurrection (when we arise to a new life).We have to accept all this by faith. It is not something we can realize by our natural senses. So when Paul says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above” we must accept that spiritually. We must use our spiritual imagination and see ourselves seated with Christ at the right hand of God. Then we must ponder what kind of things are “above” so we can seek or pursue them. One example of a revelation of what is ”above” can be found in James 3. Verses 13-18 explains how we can tell where the “wisdom” we are operating in is from above or of the devil. The things that are above can be found in God’s Word. So, let us read and be doers of the Word. That is one way we seek those things that are above.

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