Back to Blog
For the LORD has a Day of Vengeance
God’s vengeance is just and good. Our vengeance is corrupt and evil. Hand over your vengeance by giving attention to the LORD’s fury over your own fury. We fall under His Son’s grace – not His sword. Only God can bring full recompense of vengeance, so keep seeking and reading His book to be assured that He turns our deserts into His fruitful garden. Bless over curse, for we possess every blessing in Christ for it!
KEY VERSE: 1 Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.
2 For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter… 8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion… 16 Seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.
*EASTER: Blessed are Those Who Have Not Seen
None of us have seen the resurrection of Jesus, and for that we are blessed. By being with the fellowship of a covenanted family of God, we see a glimpse of it. By releasing our demands (“unless You…”), we avoid the snare of unbelief. By knowing we are seen by Jesus over being able to see Him, our faith rests on solid ground. Although we can’t see Him, the written Word gifts us a life seen by Him, and that is enough!
KEY VERSE: 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”… 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
*GOOD FRIDAY: While We Were Still Sinners
What is so good about this Friday? Even while we kept on sinning, Jesus kept on enduring, even to death on a cross. The Father was waiting for His perfect timing to fully give up His only Son in the unsparing death on the cross – once for all – in order to show the extent of His love for us. By the cross, on the last day mercy will triumph over His wrath, for it has been poured out already on His own Son over His own enemies. Now even while still being His enemies, the cross speaks that we have already been reconciled to God.
KEY VERSE: 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Now I will Arise
When does God arise to move in our lives? At times, we are fooled to think that the LORD is sitting idly by while life progresses. Yet God is always on the move. Although we may come to an end, until God says it is, it’s not finished yet! The LORD arises to get the last word – not what destroys nor betrays you. For God to rise up, you must go down – humble yourself in His arm and wait for His grace. Until all heroes and highways are put away, God cannot arise as our Hero and Way. With nothing more you can do, God can now arise to do. Jesus, who lives in and through you, arises daily to show His unfading glory and work. Now will you arise with Him?
KEY VERSE: 1 Ah, you destroyer, who yourself have not been destroyed, you traitor, whom none has betrayed! When you have ceased to destroy, you will be destroyed; and when you have finished betraying, they will betray you. 2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble… 5 The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, 6 and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure… 10 “Now I will arise,” says the Lord, “now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)