The Special of the Day... From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"Who He Really Is"
From his opening salvo directed against the human race to the present hour, Satan seeks to distort our view of God.
"God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5).
"God is withholding something you need, Eve" implied the devil. "Open eyes, divinity, and the knowledge of good and evil that will make you capable of independently governing your own existence - you need this and God is treating you unfairly." The lie deceived Eve, who then became the devil's conduit leading to Adam's willful decision to distrust and disobey God (I Timothy 2:4). Again, the sad downfall began with distortion regarding the Lord's intentions, and the besmirching of His character, nature, and way. Thereafter, Adam's race is born with the native proclivity to view the Lord in terms that bear little or no resemblance to who He really is.
"There is none that understandeth. There is none that seeketh after God" (Romans 3:11).
Note the Apostle Paul's sequence regarding the darkness: lack of understanding, resulting in failure to seek God. Thus, the Lord must reveal Himself to us. He must seek us according to His perfect knowledge because we naturally hide from Him, as did Adam and Eve after they sinned (Genesis 3:8).
"The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost" (Luke 19:10).
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise Him up at the last day... And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me" (John 6:44; 12:32).
This refers to our initial salvation, of course. However, born again believers in the Lord Jesus must also realize we still possess in our flesh the inclination to hide in the trees rather than seek our Lord. "The flesh lusteth against the spirit" (Galatians 5:17). Through the Spirit of Christ dwelling within us, God is the delight of our spirit (Romans 5:5; Galatians 4:6). However, we still sometimes run far and fast from Him when devilish deceptions tempt us to walk after the flesh. We therefore do well to remember and affirm our Heavenly Father's faithful working to draw us into the loving fellowship with Him for which He redeemed us. "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).
The Spirit of God and the Word of God beckon us to "come boldly to the throne of grace, to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Most of all, we obtain and find the Lord of mercy and grace Himself. Understanding always leads us to Him. Darkness tempts us to wander from Him. We do well to remember our enemy continues to ply his nefarious trade of deception regarding who and what God is. We do even better to remember the Friend of our hearts ever calls us to Himself by revealing to us who He really is. Truth will lead us out of the trees and unto the Light in times of both faithfulness and unfaithfulness. May we respond and heed our Lord's perpetual call to our hearts...
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Weekly Memory Verse
In the multitude of words there wanteth (lacks) not sin."