ETERNAL STORY SERIES
Christ Throughout the Word
The motion of time is friction and like sandpaper against wood, it wears away everything that exists inside of time ... time is wearying ... it breaks us ... it wears us out. This is why the heathen are raging. This is why unbelievers run to every kind of distraction and addiction, they are trying to dull the pain of wearing out. They are trying to forget that life is but a vapor that appears for a moment. This is the ETERNAL STORY: God (who is outside of time) has entered into time to rescue us!
You might think that Adam would have realized the horrible, terrible, awful thing that he had done and would have cried out, “Oh God where are you? Lord, come and have mercy on me!” But that is not what happened and in Adam we see how it is for everyone. The Apostle Paul is very clear in Romans 3 we don’t understand, and we don’t seek God. They sinned and then in shame they ran and hid from God. Never forget, “We love HIM because HE first loved us!”
"God's love is an exercise of his goodness toward sinners. As such, it has the nature of grace and mercy. It is an outgoing of God in kindness which not merely is undeserved, but is actually contrary to desert; for the objects of God's love are rational creatures who have broken God's law, whose nature is corrupt in God's sight, and who merit only condemnation and final banishment from his presence." – J.I. Packer This part of the story shows us that we can throw ourselves upon the character and mercy of God and we will not be disappointed!
God who had provided the open door ultimately shut that door and all who were outside perished. I know it may not look like it now, but one day all sin will be punished, and God will make all things right and new. However, the most glorious fact in this part of the story is not that the wicked perished but that the faithful were saved! Noah and his family had endured and remained faithful to God, despite abuse, hate, and ridicule. And now they were “safe” inside the ark but their rescue was not complete ... it wasn’t done until they were back on dry land.
Jesus has come to tear down our towers of ego and pride. What towers have you built in your life? Into what long term hardships has your pride forced you into and tricked you into defending just so you can have a momentary pleasure here and there? What cherished rebellions against God are you still harboring in your heart? I want you to know today that you are not unique in your condition. I also want you to know that Jesus has come to restore what your tower of ego has destroyed. The work of God is a perfect work. Yes, God condemns but He also forgives. And when God forgives, He wipes away all record of guilt and when the record of guilt is gone, then what guilt has stolen, Grace at once restores!
A.W. Tozer said, “The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things.” God is taking Abraham through this difficult and bitter experience not because God hates Abraham; not because He is punishing Abraham; God is taking Abraham through this valley of sorrow because God wants Abraham to experience the wonderful freedom that is only realized when God is first in his life.This is the same thing that God wants for you and me.
Satan will first divide us over differences so that ultimately, he can make us enemies of each other. What is true of biological families is also true in all family systems, including churches. Here is a quote from Thomas Brooks. [Thomas Brooks: Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices. Device IV point number 3] “Satan has his devices to destroy the saints’ and one great device that he has to destroy the saints is, by working Christians to first find another strange then to divide, and then to make them bitter and jealous, and then they will bite and devour one another.” We must never forget that Satan is the accuser.
We need to awaken from our spiritual slumber and realize that God has not abandoned us, God has not forgotten us. GOD IS AT WORK right now as much he has ever been. This may not look like Acts chapter 2 but God is as much here in this place as he was when the disciples were together praying and even they weren’t aware of it until God acted.
We need to awaken to God’s presence.
I believe every one of us know something about feeling unloved and unwanted. I want to counsel you to never allow the devil use those dark moments to draw you away from the very one who desires you so much He left the glory of heaven to die on a cruel cross so that you might be His forever. Yes, Leah was forsaken by her sister and husband but not by God and what Leah did not receive from her husband and sister she found in HIM.
10. A VICTORIOUS DEFEAT
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God’s invitation is for you to look back and draw from the remembrance of those past blessings, spiritual awakenings, and divine callings and find healing. The book of Psalms is filled with this very thing and the Hebrew word means to remember, recall, bring to mind, or make a memorial. "I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work ..." Psa. 77:11