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For all Generations

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For all Generations

18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
and in Jerusalem his praise, Psalms 102:18-21
 
From Genesis to Revelation the theme never changes. God is redeeming His people. His plan of redemption is expressed for all generations to see.  For all people and nations to come to freedom and life.  He’s never wavered, His redemption plan has never changed it has always been the same. He has heard your cry. He desires to set you free. He wants to save you. You will praise Him for your salvation.
 
The most unfortunate of prisoners is the one that does not know that he is a prisoner.  Daily people you know are groaning and moaning about their lives. They live lives of not so quiet desperation. Looking in all the wrong place for release of the bondage that is holding them. Not aware that they are in bondage. Freedom is knowing that the creator of all things is with you every step of the way. He will never leave you. He will be there with you for the battles of your life and the victories there in.  He will be your shield and deliverer. He will be your ever-present help in times of trouble, and He will not change. 

 

He Could Not Change

 

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He Could Not Change.

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
Hebrews 12:16‭-‬17

These are sobering verses. “He could not change what he had done.” We are taught in Christian circles that there is always redemption for our sin. That we can always return to God and he will accept us. I look at these scriptures and others and find this endless claim of redemption not to be so. I believe there is a point where God will not call or hear you. A time when he will say, I will leave you to your own devices. I will not intercede on your behalf. We do harm to those who have assimilated this belief from us. We need to inform them that the patience of God is not limitless. That there is a time in a person’s life when God will not hear their cry of repentance. We need to instill the reality of the fear of God back into our lives as well as the lives of those around us. I am not referring to the reverence of God I referring to bone shaking fear of God. The ultimate judgment of God is in deed something to be feared.

Sharper

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Sharper

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Have you ever wonder why the reaction to the Gospels is sometimes visceral?  Maybe because the word of God cannot be bargained with. It always brings you back to the truth. It is alive and relentless in its exposition of truth. It cuts through the layers of deception and exposes the lies we dilute ourselves with. It lays bare the inconsistencies of our thoughts and points to the one true God.  Maybe because it reveals to ourselves the shallowness of our selfish, sinful intent.

The word of God can also show you His redemptive, restorative grace. It shows you His longsuffering patience. It shows you His amazing love. It shows you the life He offers you. The word of God is the fork in the road with redemption, salvation, grace, love and joy on one side. The other road is the lost life you’ve chosen.

Goodness and Mercy

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Goodness and Mercy 

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalms 118:1 NKJV

I don’t want to take this for granted. For God is the creator of the universe and if He were to require repayment from me for my sins, I would be sorely inadequate to pay.  If I tried to earn salvation, an eternity of good works would not suffice. It is only through His goodness and His redemptive plan that I can attain forgiveness and restoration.  It is through His mercy that we even have a chance of redemption. Remember He did not have to have mercy on us. However, In His goodness He has.

Living and Powerful

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Living and Powerful

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Even though this was written shortly after the crucifixion of Christ, it still bears the truth. The word of God is still a sharp sword piercing through the heart of man. Discerning righteousness and sin, relentlessly exposing injustice and rebellion. The word of God stands as a standard that exposes the inequity of man, and as such it reveals the evil and inherently vile heart of man. The sword of God which is the word of God has always caused division and separation among men because the perfect righteousness of God will not exist with any sin.  Someday you will stand before God, and you will be judged in accordance with the undeviating standard of God, which is His word. On that day the piercing sword of God will identify those who have received redemption.

Seeing the Same Perceiving It Differently

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Seeing the Same Perceiving It Differently

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 Corinthians  1:18

We can all look at the same picture and perceive it differently. If you believe in Christ, you can look at the cross and see salvation, forgiveness, redemption, restoration, payment, regret, pain, conviction and horror.  If you don’t believe in Christ, all you see a crucified man.

Inheritance

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Inheritance

12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14

The dominion of darkness has no place in our lives as we have been transplanted into the kingdom of His son. We have access to His kingdom because we have been redeemed through the shedding of His blood, for the forgiveness of our sin. We are grateful, thankful that God the Father has made us inheritors of His amazing riches.

Redemption and Grace

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Redemption and Grace

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8

Through the blood of Christ and God’s amazing grace, we have the opportunity to be redeemed and  forgiven.