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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 9 No.07    Servant Or Usurper???

 

Ye are my witnesses,

saith the Lord,

and my servant whom I have chosen:

that ye may know

and believe me,

and understand

that I am he:

before me

there was no God formed,

neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I, am the Lord;

and beside me there is no saviour.

12 I have declared,

and have saved,

and I have shewed,

when there was no strange god

among you:

therefore ye are my witnesses,

saith the Lord,

that I am God.” Isaiah 43:10-12

I am the Lord:

that is my name:

and my glory

will I not give to another,

neither my praise

to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8

The Lord God Almighty reigns! Always has! Always will! And I’d just like us to take a few minutes today to examine and remind ourselves God is our Sovereign King. No man can stop His hand nor thwart His rule. While He allows the affairs of men to defy and rebel against His authority right now, He never has, and never will relinquish His Sovereign rule. He is working even through those who stand against Him and HE will accomplish His purpose, in His time. We can become so distracted, discouraged, and disheartened by the evil, cruelty and corruption around us that we may need a reminder that God is still in control, and HE will accomplish His purposes—in His time.

And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:” Exodus 6:2

And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord.” Exodus10:2

Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.” Isaiah 41:4

Our God is He that “hath made us, and not we ourselves”! And when we give Him our lives, through repentance and faith in His “Only Begotten Son”, Jesus Christ, we can grow in confidence of all that He is and does.

This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” Isaiah 14:26-27

Know ye that the Lord he is God:

it is he that hath made us,

and not we ourselves;

we are his people,

and the sheep

of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

Jesus Himself, told us that He came to bring us into His fold, His pasture, and that He is the “door of the sheep”, “the good shepherd”, and the one who “giveth his life for the sheep”! Praise God that He “so loved the world that HE gave” Jesus to redeem us who are lost without HIM (And that’s everyone!)! Let’s dig into this great passage and feast on the truth of The Word.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you,

I am the door of the sheep.

All that ever came before me

are thieves

and robbers:

but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door:

by me if any man enter in,

he shall be saved,

and shall go in and out,

and find pasture.

10 The thief

cometh not,

but for to steal,

and to kill,

and to destroy:

I am come

that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd:

the good shepherd giveth his life

for the sheep.

12 But he that is an hireling,

and not the shepherd,

whose own the sheep are not,

seeth the wolf coming,

and leaveth the sheep,

and fleeth:

and the wolf catcheth them,

and scattereth the sheep.

13 The hireling fleeth,

because he is an hireling,

and careth not for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd,

and know my sheep,

and am known of mine.

15 As the Father knoweth me,

even so know I the Father:

and I lay down my life

for the sheep……..

26 But ye believe not,

because ye are not of my sheep,

as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice,

and I know them,

and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them

eternal life;

and they shall never perish,

neither shall any man

pluck them out

of my hand.

29 My Father,

which gave them me,

is greater than all;

and no man

is able

to pluck them

out of

my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.”    John 10:7-15 & 26-30

And because Jesus IS the good shepherd, He saves and delivers those who will believe in Him, from sin, death and hell. It is what HE came to do, and He accomplished His purpose, the purpose of The Father, at Calvary. No surprise to God The Father, or God The Son—because they “are one”! And when we usurp the authority of God we are violating the very core of our faith. And as believers in Jesus, we must stand on the sovereign power and ruler-ship of our God. We must remember it is His power and we are privileged to serve Him (Not vice versa). We can stand in who He is—God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit. It was God’s idea and will to send the Son for us, and it is just as much His will that He will return, and may we strive to be found faithful. We an take confidence just like Mary and Martha in John 11, who while they didn’t fully comprehend what Jesus was about to do for their brother, trusted Him and followed Him in their grief and sorrow to that tomb, because:

Jesus said unto her,

I am the resurrection,

and the life:

he that believeth in me,

though he were dead,

yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth

and believeth in me

shall never die.

Believest thou this?” John 11:25-26

Will we follow Jesus to the “tomb”, even though we don’t understand what He is doing? Or will we try to manipulate God; will we try to usurp His ‘ruler-ship’ and do it our own way? Will we bow before Him in our confusion, grief and disappointment? Will we walk on in faith knowing that HE is our loving, merciful and all wise, omniscient God; worthy of our confidence; for He promised to “never leave thee, nor forsake” us (See Hebrews 13:5-6). Jesus came into this world knowing what it would cost Him because God loves us that much. Just as Peter declared on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem so many years ago, God is in control!

Ye men of Israel, hear these words;

Jesus of Nazareth,

a man approved of God among you

by miracles

and wonders

and signs,

which God did

by him

in the midst of you,

as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered

by the determinate counsel

and foreknowledge of God,

ye have taken,

and by wicked hands

have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up,

having loosed the pains of death:

because it was not possible

that he should be holden of it.”      Acts 2:22-24

Just as Jesus asked Martha, “Believest thou this?” will you choose to believe, bow and become HIS follower? Not His dictator, but His servant. He IS GOD—You (Or I) are NOT!

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:

10 That at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow,

of things in heaven,

and things in earth,

and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”     Philippians 2:5-11

Will you bow/serve or usurp? Will we as believers bow before Him in every thing He asks of us? Or will we usurp the authority of the very one that we claim to serve? It’s a question that we each wrestle with daily, to believe, to bow and to be pleasing to our God. Or will we disobey and incur the discipline of the God who loves us (See Hebrews 12:6-11)? It is a choice that we must be conscious of! And we must choose wisely, rightly and consistently to be productive for the Kingdom in these tumultuous days. We must stand fast dear friends for we are in the “evil day”! Our failure may affect someone’s eternal destiny. We must be diligent and focused on Jesus, our ‘soon coming’ King! Will you join me as we bow before Him today—His loving, grateful and faithful servants?

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:25