Our Life Giver
The weakness of all men and women is sin. This in the broadest sense has
its foundation in the worship of self. The very first sin recorded was
that of Eve aspiring to be as God (Genesis 2:1-5).
How can a created being such as Satan aspire to be like his Creator?
And yet, men and women everywhere on this earth, professing Christians
and pagans, willingly defy the laws of worldly and spiritual life, temporal
and unending, for the fleeting worship of self and the pleasures thereof.
An old Chinese jewel of wisdom states: The ego massage is undoubtedly
a pleasant past-time, but hardly the most rewarding.
It can only mean that they don't know God.
And yet our heavenly Father has provided an easy way for us to get to know
The Lord God gives life, decides for how long, and takes life.
All things are created for God's glory, not for ours.
The Living, Loving, Almighty God.
God the Father,
God, the Son,
God the Holy Spirit.
This writing was compiled over a period of weeks under the leading of the
Holy Spirit and may seem disjointed. Please endure to the end.
All things belong to the Creator, even the Sabbath:
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then
ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth
is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy
nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children
And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath
day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day
that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have
ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he,
and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days
of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful
to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made
for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord
also of the sabbath.
What should we give our Life-giver back?
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver
you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall
be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against
them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when
they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand
what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be
given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but
the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and
the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents,
and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men
for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall
God the Father:
But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an
everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations
shall not be able to abide his indignation.
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With
men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are
possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I
will, but what thou wilt.
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and
he spake, and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about
them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill
country of Judaea. And all they that heard them laid them
up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the
hand of the Lord was with him. And
his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed
his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy
prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved
from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To
perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy
covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he
would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him,
all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet
of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare
his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission
of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring
from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon
them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore
afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is
born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
God the Son:
Jesus of Nazareth, with blood coursing through His veins, was crucified
and died, cutting the blood Covenant with God on behalf of man,
was raised from the dead as the Lord Jesus Christ by the Life giving (Spiritual)
Power of God to make a Spiritual path to the Celestial City for our benefit, for
the ultimate glory of God.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort
of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil
ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of
one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better
than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of
others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being
in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made
himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and
to do of his good pleasure.
Vainglory: vain or empty pride in one's own performance, idle boastfulness.
We are God's family through the Lord Jesus Christ - the Leader of the Way.
We must endeavour to get into God's presence, like the crowds that pressed
so close to Jesus that He could hardly breathe. He needed to gather strength
Himself when going off somewhere to pray.
God, the Holy Spirit:
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon
thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also
that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of
God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in
her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For
with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid
of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel
departed from her. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill
country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of
Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth
heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with
a loud voice, and said, Blessed
art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come
to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine
ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that
believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told
her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my
spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate
of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call
me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy
is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from
generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath
scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down
the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He
hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty
away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
For you also?
I recently had a wake-up call, fortunately it was heard.
Without excuse, this old man had become uncharitable of the faults of others;
an intolerant driver of our car, an impatient driver of supermarket trolleys;
until I rode over the toes of a bystander in a crowded supermarket aisle,
and had to apologise (in anger). Whew!
Only afterwards, when sitting in the car in the parking lot was it realised
what a bad attitude this was and I repented to the Lord God.
Later it was revealed that I was thinking of I, how selfish I had become;
but in reality the Lord's name had been dragged in the dirt by one of His
servants, and as such was repentance made.
By His providence was the following used as a gentle prod by the Owner
of this servant:
I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land
of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God. And
if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold
unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: But
as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee,
and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile: And then shall
he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall
return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall
he return. For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of
the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen. Thou shalt not rule
over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God. Both thy bondmen, and thy
bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are
round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of
the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall
ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat
in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them
as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for
a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren
the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.
And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that
dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or
sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family: After that
he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him:
Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that
is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able,
he may redeem himself. And he shall reckon with him that bought him from
the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubile: and the price
of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the
time of an hired servant shall it be with him.
Out of this we see firstly that there is a difference between a servant
and a bondservant.
Secondly, there is a year of jubilee.
According to Vine's Expository Dictionary:
The Lord commanded Israel "And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years
unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths
of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause
the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month,
in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all
your land." (Leviticus 25:8-9). Every fiftieth year was to be hallowed,
and liberty proclaimed to all inhabitants; it was a time for remembering
God's provision and for exercising compassion.
As far as was possible, the year of jubilee restored the people to the
original standing which they had had fifty years previously. Property was
to be recovered by its original owners, and each man returned to his own
family and possessions. Debtors were to be released from their debts, slaves
from their bonds, and no property could be sold. If a man, through poverty,
were forced to sell part of his property, it was the duty of his kinsman
to redeem it, or, if there were no kinsman, the original owner might buy
it back. The one exception was in the case of houses built in walled towns,
thus making a distinction between houses, which were built by man, and
the land, which was God's. The celebration of jubilee in the fiftieth year
prevented a man from accumulating too much land, while it saved others
from destitution; it was a
constant reminder that the Lord had brought His people out of slavery to
the Promised Land, of which He was the supreme Owner.
Thirdly we see the intervention of a Kinsman.
According to Vine's Expository Dictionary:
The kinsman (also redeemer and avenger) had three rights, (1) to purchase
back the forfeited inheritance for an Israelite who, owing to poverty,
had sold his land, as Boaz did for Ruth (4:3-5), or to hold land in possession
for a poor kinsman till the year of jubilee; (2) to ransom his kinsman
from bondage to a foreigner; (3) to avenge the death of his slain kinsman,
as a point of honour.
Blessed Jesus Christ is our Kinsman!
Why did God make all these laws?
For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are
my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am
the LORD your God.
By obeying these laws the Israelites acknowledged that the Lord God Almighty
was their God.
Today, there is almost universal hate of the nation of the Jews, not so?
Is it because they continue to honour God and the god of this world is
at war with Him?
Is it not because they are still God's Covenant people?
While the New Covenant is different to the Covenant of the Law, we who
are reborn of the Spirit worship the same God - the God of Creation; the
Living God: and we should each wear the Spiritual ambassadorial garment
of God on and in our bodies as a witness before the unbelievers.
The Amalekites were distant relatives of the Israelites, yet were their
bitter enemies, were afraid of them and chose to go to war as the Children
of Israel were moving about:
Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto
Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will
stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua
did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron,
and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses
held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand,
Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone,
and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed
up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side;
and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited
Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto
Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it
in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek
from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it
Jehovahnissi: For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the
LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
Here we see that when Moses held up his old shepherd's staff Israel prevailed.
This was the same staff that turned into a snake at the burning bush and
that Moses held over the red sea to part the waters. This was the staff
of God's power not so? When the staff was held up Israel prevailed, when
the staff was not visible Amalek prevailed. This was God's banner to Israel,
the banner of supernatural power.
Jehovah-nissi. God is our banner.
God is our Lord and we should make that known to all and sundry.
The Israelites were under the Covenant of the Law and had to follow the
Law for all to see:
Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing
image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land,
to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. Ye shall keep my
sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. If ye walk
in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give
you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the
trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach
unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and
ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And
I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make
you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither
shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies,
and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase
an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and
your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will have respect
unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant
with you. And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of
the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not
abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall
be my people. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out
of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken
the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments,
so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my
covenant: . . . .
We are under the Covenant of conviction by the power of the Holy Spirit:
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If
a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
If we are serious about following God the Father in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, not so? For sure.
We also have a guardian angel walking with us, not so? Definitely.
Why not then hold up the banner of Jehovah wherever we go, declaring to
the worldly people and the spiritual people that the God of Life is our
What do you think will happen when we each walk into a crowded room?
The unclean spirits will not take much notice of us, but they shall see
God's presence in their (Satan's) kingdom. They shall fear.
The worldly people shall see that we are different by the indwelling Holy
The Muslim faith generally causes bodily fear in worldly people.
The Christian faith generally causes spiritual fear in the unclean spirits
that control worldly people.
Try it at a party and see for yourself.
So, are you carrying the Spiritual banner, the example, of Jehovah, the
Creator around with you?
Are you suffering persecution as a result thereof?
Are you obtaining victory in your Christian walk; in your prayers, your
witness, your example?
Bear in mind that it is God who converts someone, not you.
Albert Finney, one of the first modern preachers in the time of great Christian
revival had this to say:
Great sermons lead people to praise the preacher. Good preaching leads
people to praise the Saviour.
Some relevant passages of Scripture to lift us up:
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was
the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed
be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And
blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy
hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise
of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it,
they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou
with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you,
and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD'S thy God,
the earth also, with all that therein is.
Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under
the whole heaven is mine.
The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and
they that dwell therein.
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine,
and the fulness thereof.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
(1 Corinthians 10:26)
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong
in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he
had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed
to him for righteousness.
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace,
and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is
acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Glory to the Living God!
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what
the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending
his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin
in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after
the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit. For
to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is
life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So
then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the
flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin;
but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit
of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised
up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit
that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh,
to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall
live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but
ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,
saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds
will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By
a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over
the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance
of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our
bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our
faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And
let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day
approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain
fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour
the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two
or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he
be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy
thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him
that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense,
saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is
a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance
the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great
fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by
reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of
them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have
in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your
confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of
patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the
promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and
will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man
draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them
who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of
We see here that the saving of the soul is future tense.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the
saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace
be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord
Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not
I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for