There is nothing lacking in the Scriptures, it all depends on your high level of interpretation by the Spirit. There are certain things we read and it sounds like a story, tale or history but deep behind the lines lies a great revelation that only takes meditation and understanding to comprehend.
Have you for once had a deep thought about the social media, internet, website or other forms of media in which the world is connected to, either from the phone or laptop? You can virtually do everything in one piece so far as you have data or Wifi. Yes, someone will quickly tell me it is the jet age or computer age or it’s a high-tech generation full of inventions and technology. I agree. My question is: “have you looked beyond it?”
The book of Isaiah 59:5-6 says, “They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.
6. Their webs will not become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands”.
Prophet Isaiah was saying that man weaves the spider’s web and hatches the viper’s egg which naturally is not possible. It is only the spider that produces the web through its secretion. Secondly, verse 6 says the web will not be like garment. Then what will it be like? I will tell you. It is simply talking about the website which brought about the social media.
Have you discovered why the web is called www – worldwide web and how it was invented? The scientists took the idea from the spider’s web. Watch the spider making a web. The poor silly animal takes a great deal of pain going round and round, connecting and building the web. When all is done, it is weak insignificant thing, a reproach to the place where it is and swept away in an instant. The web is only built just to catch a prey – the ignorance of men. The spider stays at the middle waiting for a prey. That is where we are – at the middle of the world. Just a click brings people closer to us than we think. The same way people click to watch pornography, nude pictures, violence, fill online forms to join Satanist organizations, read ungodly messages, listen to ungodly songs and learn worldly ways of doing things. The devil is using the social media to lure people to hell. Such are the thoughts which worldly men entertain themselves with, building castles in the air, pleasing themselves with imaginary satisfaction like the spider which takes hold with her hands very finely (Proverbs 30:28) but cannot keep her hold.
I’m not saying the social media is not a good invention but behind it lies a great trap to those who maximize it negatively to their detriment. The social media is a tool in the hands of the enemy. Be careful what you do with it. How much time do you consume on social media? How much time do you commit to God?
The web is designed for a prey. Don’t be the prey, be the web that connects people to salvation. Shalom.
Is it not something of concern when you see all that is happening today and ask why Adam never pleaded with God to forgive him? At least the consequences would had reduced. Immediately Adam and Eve sinned everything began to work against them. The question is: “why didn’t it occur to them to plead with God?”. They instead decided to bear the burden without thinking of remedy. Read on, I will tell you why?
When God cursed Cain for killing Abel, Cain immediately pleaded with God to reduce his punishment for it was too much for him to bear which God permitted (Genesis 4: 11-15). Why didn’t Adam do the same?
Adam was not pardoned or forgiven because he had no one to stand in the gap for him. Adam was perfect before he sinned, so he needed someone perfect to plead on his behalf. What God did was to sacrifice the blood of animal to cover their sins, used the skin to cover their shame waiting for Christ to come thereafter to cleanse us all from our sins permanently. That is why Jesus is called the second Adam.
Genesis 3:21 says, “Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them”.
The law of using animal blood sacrifice to cover sins started from Adam not Moses. Jesus was in the garden of Eden as the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22), but not accessible to Adam because Jesus has to manifest in the flesh. So even if Adam asked forgiveness there was no one to stand in the gap for God to pardon him.
God is always looking for someone to stand in gap so that His anger or punishment will be averted. Abraham had to stand for his brother Lot and others not to be destroyed in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:24-33). Moses stood in the gap for the children of Israel against God’s wrath (Exodus 32:9-14). When God wanted to destroy the children of Israel in the time of Ezekiel, God sought for a man.
Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”.
Adam had to bear the punishment because there was no Mediator or Advocate who is perfect and whose blood sacrifice is acceptable to cleanse his unrighteousness once and for all. For this reason Jesus had to humble Himself, bear the shame, passed through a painful death and shed His blood for the remission of our sins.
God is looking for people like you to stand in the gap for your family, church, spouse, christians, unborn children, generations. It’s time to stand up for the people you love.
When you stand in the gap for people, you close the gap between God and man. Remember, Jesus is standing in the gap for you.
The title of this message sounds absurd isn’t it? Sure, it is not going to be easy for you to digest but the truth cannot be taken away from the context.
Love is the most preached message all over the world. Love is the summary of the commandments. God is love. Without love our salvation is questionable. Trying to define love in its entirety according to the gospel is incomprehensible.
Leviticus 19:18 says, “…… but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord”.
Other verses of the Scripture such as; Matthew 19:19, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8 etc are all saying the same thing be it Old or New testament.
No matter how you love someone never do it at your own detriment. No matter how you want to show love to someone by giving, helping or doing charity work never put your life at stake. It is lack of knowledge that makes one to blindly go to the extreme to prove a point. No matter how God loves you He cannot force you to repent, He cannot leave His throne because of you.
Countless Christians misunderstand the message of love and therefore perish after rendering service to those who never wanted to be saved. You’re only permitted to die because of your faith or believe in Christ not because of your neighbour. It is the sole responsibility of Jesus not you to die for everybody but His death will only save those who believe in Him.
I have read the Scriptures concerning loving your neighbour as yourself but not loving your neighbour more than yourself because it is unscriptural. Doing things beyond your capacity without the leading of the Holy Spirit is a suicide mission.
You cannot jeopardize your salvation because you want to convince someone that you love him or her. Even the woman of Zarephath who gave Elijah her last meal waiting for death to come did it because she was led by the Spirit (1 Kings 17:12). It was a divine arrangement according to verse 8 of the same chapter. In verse 14 of the same chapter she heard Elijah saying it was the word of the Lord. It wasn’t out of ignorance. Such situations need divine guidance. If you do it out of carnality you are bound to suffer for it.
Showing love to others is good but doing it at your own expense is wrong. Never give, marry, mingle, associate, accept offers, be in relationship, take juicy job offers or be in a congregation at your own expense except by the word of the Lord who will certainly use it for your testimony.
Love is the greatest. Love is not blind. Love never fails but for you to show love you have to love responsibly and love wisely. Shalom.
Everything God does is for a reason. Why didn’t God use the blood, flesh or any other part of Adam to make Eve? God took Adam’s rib, why? Eve was made of a rib out of the side of Adam, not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to stand by him, under his arm to be protected and near his heart to be loved.
Adam was created but Eve was made. Adam came from the dust but Eve came from the rib. The rib does not easily decay in the dust but the dust can be blown away. So the rib (Eve) is in the dust (Adam) to help him stand the test of time. If God goes to the dust again to make Eve it will make her equal to Adam in headship.
Genesis 2:21, “And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place”.
In the medical world before an operation is carried out the doctor will inject the patient with a sedative to put the patient to sleep. That was exactly what God did. God is a Supreme Doctor, He never broke medical protocols. He took Adam to the theatre and injected him with a spiritual sedative. Adam slept, God performed a spiritual surgery on him, removed the rib and stitched his flesh. During the spiritual operation on Adam even when he was asleep he knew what was happening by revelation. That was why when he woke up he said, “This is now bone of my bones ………” (Genesis 2:23). He knew a bone was taken out of him.
I don’t buy the idea of, “what a man can do a woman can do better”. It is not scriptural. The woman came to life by the rib, meaning, she is made to strengthen the man when he is failing, lift him up when he is waxing cold and help him when he tries to stumble. In other words, I believe it should be, “what a man cannot do a woman can do”.
God had to take the rib from Adam in an exchange for something better. His rib was a sacrifice to have a partner. No love without sacrifice. God was teaching Adam that a rib can be transformed into his replica. The man gave birth to the woman before the woman had the ability to procreate.
The rib was the bride price of the marriage. God had to take it from him as a bond or covenant of the marriage. This is the reason marriage is sacred. If you don’t understand the mystery behind it you won’t value it. If you and your spouse is about calling it quits is high time you gave it a second thought.
In the marriage between Adam and Eve, Eden was the church. God, Christ and Holy Spirit were the witnesses while the angels were the guests. I pray your marriage will never lose its rib.
Marriage is for a lifetime but wedding is for a day. Never forget that.