Profile cover photo
Profile photo
World Harvest Church North
20 followers -
"A Church for All Nations"
"A Church for All Nations"

20 followers
About
World Harvest Church North's posts

Hope for America and Canada

Acts 4 : 8 – 12, Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." NKJV

 A man who has been mightily anointed and who has been used by the Lord for many decades to preach the gospel around the world was born on this day 95 years ago. Therefore, today is a very special day in the history of America because in celebration of Dr. Billy Graham’s birthday, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will be conducting what could be the largest crusade that Dr. Graham has ever held. The purpose of this crusade is to reach America and Canada with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is called MyHope with Billy Graham and will be aired on television (check your local listings) as well as on the Internet. Dr. Graham will preach a brief message entitled “The Cross.” The BGEA is working closely with thousands of churches in America and Canada to reach millions of souls with the life-changing message of hope in Christ.
America is in desperate need of a move of God that will sweep our land. This is your opportunity to be a part of what could be Dr. Graham’s final crusade. If you know someone in your family, work, gym, or at school that doesn’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord won’t you prayerfully consider inviting them to watch this powerful message? Don’t worry that you may not have enough time because the message is available online to view at your convenience.

Another way that you can participate in this massive soul winning outreach is through prayer. Please take the time throughout the day and tonight to lift up Dr. Graham and the souls that his message will touch for the glory of God. Let’s agree together that this is God’s answer to the many prayers Christians have lifted to God for our great country and for Canada to be saved. If you would like to learn more about the crusade or about Dr. Graham’s ministry, you can click on the link MyHope with Billy Graham. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. It’s time for America and Canada to call on the Lord.

Praying for the Lost to Be Saved,
Pastor Asa Dockery

Love Activates Faith

John 3 : 16 - 17, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. NKJV

I cannot even begin to imagine what would have happened to mankind had God looked at the world and said, "I believe in you," but, nonetheless, didn't act on His faith. Likewise, God hasn't called Christians just to believe; He requires us to mature in His love and become His disciples, indeed. The Apostle James warns us not to be hearers of the Word only. He exhorts us to be doers of the Word so that we will be blessed. Aren't you eternally grateful that God loved the world so much that He GAVE His only-begotten Son?

In Christianity, we place a great deal of emphasis on faith and believing; nevertheless, this is only part of the work. Whenever we put our faith in the work that Jesus has already done for us on the cross, according to Ephesians 2:8, it saves us. However, now that we are saved, is having faith all that it takes to be a child of God? When we become saved, we have only just entered the race. The writer of Hebrews tells us to run the race that is set before us with endurance while we keep our eyes on Jesus.

Now we must begin to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. When we decide to move forward in our faith and allow it to become a "walk of faith," we have moved beyond faith and into love, or faith in action. James tells us that faith without obedient actions is dead. Consequently, there comes a time in every believer's life when we must choose to love God more than ourselves. In other words, we take what we have read and learned from God's Word, and we allow it to change our hearts and lives through "acts" of love toward our Savior.

Isn't it interesting that after the gospels, God allows those who canonized the scriptures to place a book called, "Acts" after them? Acts is where we move on into a deeper commitment to Christ; it is where we will place Him before self. This is also the place where Christ begins the work of transformation in our hearts through our love and devotion to Him.

In John 15, Jesus told His disciples, who had believed on Him that if they loved Him, they would also keep His commandments; consequently, they would abide in His love as well. Through faith, we abide in Christ. Even so, when we decide to apply God's Word to our lives through our love, do we begin to allow His love to abide in our hearts? Once we learn how to abide in God's love by keeping His Word, it will give us the power to die to self and to live a sinless life. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 119, "Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against it." The psalmist understood something about spiritual maturity and how it is connected to submitting to the spiritual authority of God's Word. Didn't James teach us to first submit to God, and then resist the Devil, and he would flee? We, in and of ourselves, can't quit sinning, but if we will seek to keep God's Word through love, then we will abide in His love and defeat the power of sin.

God didn't save our souls so that we would have to live in bondage to our flesh and to sin until Jesus returns, or until we go to meet Him. He saved us and gave us the Holy Spirit and His Word so that we might overcome the flesh and sin through our obedient faith and out of our love for God. We love God because He first loved us. Only when we begin to live the Word does God become glorified and honored in our lives. How serious are you about becoming a disciple of God's Word? If you've never been poised with this question, then, please allow me to challenge you to get into the Word and put it into action in your life.

Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of God,
Pastor Asa Dockery
0, 0

God Shall Give His Angels Charge over You

Psalms 91 : 9 – 12, Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. NKJV

In the day that we are living in, we should seriously take the words of this psalm to heart. In Psalm 103, we’re instructed not to forget all the benefits of being in a covenant with God. The Word of God is alive. Nevertheless, in order for it to have an impact on our lives and so that we reap the benefits of it, we must keep it living in our hearts. As we honor God’s Word by reading, obeying, and declaring its benefits over our lives, we are releasing the power that the Word of God contains into the atmosphere around us.

If this principle seems strange to you, let me remind you of what Jesus taught us to do when we are faced with seemingly impossible situations (Mark 11). He told us to speak to the mountain (or whatever the opposition) that may be hindering us from moving forward spiritually. As we proclaim God’s Word over our lives and the situations that we encounter, it releases the Lord to perform His good Word in our life. He is allowed to move on our behalf.

Notice that it says, “For He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” As we speak, God begins to release the forces of heaven to preserve and keep us safe on earth. He will also remove any spiritual stronghold that might be used by the enemy to prevent us from accomplishing our purpose in Christ.

If you read Jeremiah 1, you will see where God asked Jeremiah to speak what he saw. As Jeremiah recited the vision back to God, God said that He would watch over His Word to perform it. It wasn’t until after Jeremiah proclaimed God’s Word that the Lord could fulfill it in Jeremiah’s life, as well as in Israel.

It’s obvious that we are living in perilous times, and because we are, we must be proactive with the spiritual weapons that God has equipped us with in Christ. Many people begin to earnestly pray only after a problem has arisen. We should be diligent in praying the benefits of God over us and our family to keep the enemy from gaining an upper hand against us.

You may say, “Well, I’ve prayed for God’s protection, and bad things still happened anyway.” To this I would answer, “The weapon was formed against you. However, because you had already prayed and sought the Lord’s protection, the enemy’s plans weren’t able to prosper.”

As a pastor, I pray weekly over our members and their families. It doesn’t mean that they won’t have troubles and trials. Nevertheless, I have personally seen our members walk away from situations that have taken others out. Praying the Word of God over ourselves works. God has promised that if we honor Him and His Word, He will give His angels charge over us.

Protected under God’s Shadow,
Pastor Asa Dockery
  
 

God Will Fight For You
 
Deuteronomy 10 : 12 - 19,"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it. The LORD delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. NKJV

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the greatest Friend you could ever have in your life. It doesn't matter how many times you have failed Him; He still loves you and will stand in your corner with you when the enemy attacks your life. We know from the Bible that God dearly loved Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even though they had "issues" in their lives that He had to confront and remove. They were His precious people, and if any man or nation ever rose up against them, that person or nation had to take God on as well.

God is no respecter of persons. In the same way that God defended Israel and protected them, He will also fight for you. As you read today's scripture, you saw where God told Israel that He would administer justice for the fatherless, the widow, and that He loves the stranger. It wasn't that God couldn't love anyone other than the descendants of Israel; God had chosen the Hebrews to demonstrate His love to the world through His relationship with them.

Furthermore, in the above passage, God instructs Israel to love the stranger. If He only loved and fought for Israel, why would He instruct them to reach out to and to love strangers? I'm belaboring this point to establish a truth that can greatly bless you. God isn't just the Defender of Israel. In fact, He is the defender of anyone who is considered an "underdog," reject, outcast, etc. Even though Israel made plenty of mistakes and committed serious trespasses against the Lord, He still defended them, even when they were in the wrong (Genesis 20).

When the Lord delivered the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, God led them through the wilderness with a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. There was a time when the children of Israel needed to pass through the land of Edom (Esau's descendants), and the Edomites would not give them passage through the land. Many times Esau and his descendants made themselves enemies of Israel, and their prideful actions made them enemies of God. We're told in Romans 9 that God loved Jacob, but He hated Esau. Why was this? Read Obadiah; and you will see why God hated and completely destroyed the descendants of Esau.

God can handle us when we sin, but God hates pride. Consequently, if you've been exploited, and someone has taken advantage of you, like Esau did with Jacob, you can rest assured that God will fight for you, as long as you humble yourself under His mighty hand.

Nevertheless, if you should decide to allow arrogance and pride to get in God's way, and you choose to retaliate yourself, then God will bring correction upon your life. You see; God is no respecter of persons. He will defend you when people take advantage of your weaknesses, but He will also punish you, if you allow pride to enter your heart. King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 6 how God hates pride and a haughty look. The Lord wants us to remain humble at all times, so that He can defend us against those that would rise up against us, even though we may have "issues" in our own lives. Isn't our God a great God? Can I get a witness?

Amen and Amen,
Pastor Asa Dockery

Don't Be Stopped by Contentious People
 
Matthew 12 : 22 - 28, Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons." But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. NKJV

If you were to be able to go back to the days when Jesus walked the earth and ask the scribes and Pharisees who they represented, they would tell you that they were servants of God. We know that Jesus was both God's servant and His voice to the Jews. However, in this passage today we see contention between Jesus and the religious rulers of the synagogues.

The leaders of Judaism accused Jesus of casting out demons through the power of Beelzebub, the ruler of demons. Instead of acknowledging the authority that rested on Jesus as being from God, the Pharisees lied against Him. Why was there contention between Jesus and the Pharisees, if they all represented God's will in the earth? The Pharisees weren't submitted to God's will; they only did what pleased them. They continually did things in order to get the attention and accolades of man, but Jesus sought to please the Father. Consequently, there was always contention between them.

Whenever a church leader or believer becomes offended at God because He hasn't allowed them to do what they want to do, the enemy will use such an occasion to tempt them. I call this form of temptation a "spirit of distraction." It leads "good," well-meaning people astray in their hearts and away from God's will, so that they become consumed with fulfilling their own will or agenda.

You can see in today's passage that the Pharisees opposed Jesus, even though His heart was set to please only the Father. Whenever people get distracted by their own agenda, they can become enemies of the cause of Christ. (I will give you a scripture to confirm in a moment) We see the contention and the hostility that the Pharisees, the scribes, and the later elders of Israel had against Jesus when He sought to please God. As you step out to know and to fulfill God's will for your life, you, too, must guard your heart from "going after" your own desire or agenda. The quickest and easiest way to fall prey to the spirit of distraction and contention is through offense.

James teaches us how to overcome the accusations and temptations of Satan. First, we are to submit to God, and then we can resist Satan. As long as we remain submitted in our hearts to God with a clear conscience, we won't fall prey to demonic attacks. I want to leave you today with a verse that confirms the principle that I've shared with you.

John 16: 1 - 3, "These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. NKJV

Notice that there is a difference between pleasing God, as Jesus did, and offering God service, as the Pharisees did. Jesus always did those things that pleased His heavenly Father. The Pharisees only did what pleased themselves in the name of God. If we are truly serving God in the way that is pleasing to Him, then the Holy Spirit will bear witness with our conscience that it is of God. Paul used this confirmation many times in his teachings.

Finally, Jesus tells us that we, too, will have to face the same hostility from religious spirits who seek to persecute us and even put us to death because they believe in their hearts that they are doing God's service. Anyone who lives and speaks the truth of Christ is going to be confronted by those who seek their own agenda and philosophies. All we have to be concerned about is being submitted to God, like Jesus was while He ministered. God will take care of our adversaries. Now, go out there and turn your part of the world upside-down for Christ.

Be Instant in Season and Out,
Pastor Asa Dockery

Preserving Your Soul From Sin
 
James 1: 2 - 4, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. NKJV
 
Salvation is comprised of both the work of the cross and the work of grace. The cross is what Jesus did for us so that we might be reconciled back to God. There was nothing that we could do as sinners to redeem ourselves. Jesus came to be our redeemer as well as our Lord. God's grace saved us; however, now that we are born again, it also empowers us to grow up in Christ and become mature children of God.
 
Faith is just as essential after we're saved as it was in bringing us to salvation. Until we grow in our faith walk to a place where we can begin to see with our spiritual eyes, there will be occasions when adverse circumstances and mistakes of our own can set us back spiritually. Therefore, we must be willing to endure trials and temptations by faith and allow patience to do its work in our hearts. 
 
There is a very important reason why you will want to endure trials and temptations through faith, instead of giving up and running away from God because of fear. Although your soul is saved by your faith in Christ, you still have to preserve it from sin until you leave this world. We have many examples in the Old Testament where men were called of God; nonetheless, they allowed sin to enter their hearts...for example: Adam, King David, and King Saul.
 
When we choose to suffer trials and endure temptations while holding onto our faith and our commitment to God and His Word in the fire, we will preserve our souls from corruption. The Lord has an eternal reason for allowing our faith to be tried while we're living in this world. He wants us to utilize our faith to endure so that we will ultimately overcome our flesh nature and the world's ways. Only when we choose to suffer by faith and wait on God to bring us out of our afflictions will we be able to see or understand the ways of God.
 
Whenever believers decide not to remain submitted to God during a fiery trial or while they're being tempted, it opens their hearts up to sin. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing to stop the power of sin. If we remain submitted to Christ while under attack, our faith will keep us from the evil one.
 
We have a promise in Romans 8 that tells us that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ. Nevertheless, we must be strong enough in our faith to keep ourselves from walking away from God's love and choosing sin. Simply exercising your faith during trials and temptations will assure you the victory over the enemy of your soul. Keep the faith and endure suffering as a good soldier, and you will grow into a mighty man or woman of God.
 
Keeping the Faith,
Pastor Asa Dockery

His Word Produces Life
 
Isaiah 55: 3, Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; NKJV
 
Have you thought about the power that is required to fuel the entire world? Take a moment and think about all the things in our lives that require power from all kinds of sources. It seems that anything functional requires some type of power to make it operational. Humans require electric impulses that are fired from our brains to operate daily and to make rational decisions. Our bodies must be fed nourishment in order to maintain strength.
 
However, society seems to be lacking fuel; it is slowing to a screeching halt in some aspects, and economists and governmental officials are scratching their head trying to remedy the problem. We wind up clocks, plug in our cell phones, and fuel up our cars, but the world doesn't realize that man doesn't live by bread alone. No one can live independent of God for very long. Likewise, society can't flourish and prosper apart from the blessing and power of God either. 
 
You've probably read on a church sign somewhere that if someone goes seven days without the Word, it makes one weak. Jesus tells us in John 6 that He is the bread from heaven. The fathers of the Jews whom He was speaking to that day had eaten of the Manna that Moses gave them and were dead, but the Bread  He was offering them would give them everlasting life. He also tells us that His Words are spirit, and they are life. The point of today's devotion is to impart some wisdom from God's Word so you can both have life and enjoy it to the full. (John 10: 10)
 
No one can live eternally without placing faith in and living by the Word of God.  God upholds all things by the Word of His power. In other words, we don't perpetuate life as humans, but God sustains life through the power that is contained in His Word.
 
John 1: 1 - 5, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. NKJV
 
Many countries around the world are experiencing very troubling times, and the leaders of those countries are perplexed. They are dumbfounded as to how to go about rectifying their adverse situations. You see; when people neglect the Source of life and try to separate themselves from the Word of God, this negligence allows death to begin to take hold of everything that isn't plugged into the OUTLET.
 
The Lord is calling His people to repentance and to turn back to His Word, which is truth. The text from Isaiah 55 tells us that if we will incline our ear, turn to Him, and hear, our souls will live. Satan has worked overtime trying to separate the people of the world from the Word of God in order that he might pollute our hearts with sin and cause death to people's souls.
 
In the beginning, when God spoke light into existence, there was nothing but darkness and death. However, once He spoke, and there was light, it didn't take long before the world began to show signs of life. We must come out of the darkness of Satan's lies and walk in the Light of God's Word so God can empower us with life once again.
 
God's method of introducing life to the earth, mankind, and dead situations has never changed. In the beginning, we read, "And God said." After this, we read where God spoke through holy men to His people. "Thus says the Lord." In the New Testament, the Word became flesh, and we heard, "Verily, verily, I say unto you. Jesus taught both His disciples and us, to use the Word to speak to dead situations. "It is written." If you are living in a situation that seems hopeless, begin to speak the Word of God in faith over it, until the power of God resurrects it with new life. God has promised us that if we will humble ourselves and pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear from heaven and heal our land. Let's speak the Word of God over the nations and watch them be resurrected in newness of life for the glory of God.
 
And God Said,
Pastor Asa Dockery

One Lonely Hill  
 
Mark 15: 22 - 24, And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take. NKJV
 
We, Christians are quite often taught on the subject of Jesus' passion and the days leading up to the death of our Savior, but today the Lord has directed me to take you back to where it all began... in the beginning.
 
In the book of the Revelation, we find Jesus being described as a Lamb, who was slain. In one portion of the Revelation, John reveals to us something that is essential for believers to know about the sovereignty of our God. He is omniscient, which means He knows the end from the beginning. Jesus, as the Christ was revealed to John as the Lamb of God who was slain before the foundation of the world. This name lets us know that long before God created man and before man sinned, God designed a plan and a place to redeem man from the fall. 
 
As the Lord caused the earth to rise up out of the water and made the dry land appear, He could see the very place where one day His Son would lay down His life. We read in John's gospel that the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He went on to write that all things were made through the Word and without Him, nothing was made. Therefore, as the Word, Jesus was forming the very place that He would one day give Himself for the sins of the entire world.   
 
Before the seed of a tree was planted in the earth, there was a lonely hill waiting for the day that God would need it to fulfill His redemptive plan for mankind. Even though we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, God has already made provision for our sin..., and He did this before sin entered the heart of man. God has seen to it that all of our needs have been taken care of long before there was even ever a need. 
 
Finally, the day of Jesus' crucifixion had come. Satan and the rulers of this world saw a hill call Golgotha that would serve their purpose of ridding this world of Jesus. As He was being hung upon the cross, the forces of darkness viewed that hill as their place of triumph. Little did Satan and his imps know that Calvary was the end of sin and death for all who believe in Christ. On the third day after Jesus' death, the hill that was created in the beginning has now become the place where sinners discover life and break Satan's reign over them.
 
Through today's word, we can better understand how God is in total control of our lives and destinies. God not only created us, but He has also seen to it that every need is already supplied through His Word. Today, allow your faith to stand on God's Word and access all that you need through Jesus, your redeemer. My God shall supply all of your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He calls those things that be not as though they already existed.
 
Thank God for the Cross of Christ,
Pastor Asa Dockery
 

His Mercies Are New Every Day
 
Lamentations 3: 21 - 24, This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" NKJV
 
The other day I was getting ready to leave the house, and just as I normally do, I asked the Lord to protect us while traveling. I had barely gotten that prayer request out of my mouth, and a thought went through my mind: "Don't you think the Lord gets tired of hearing you pray this every day?"
 
Do you have prayers that you repeat every day? If so, have you heard a thought go through your mind that sounded similar to the one I had? How did you respond to it? As Christians, we must be able to recognize the voice of the enemy. Remember, Satan and his imps operate through the avenue of condemnation; and as humans, we can fall prey his attacks. Even so, as Christians, we must train ourselves to notice when an accusing voice is speaking to us. We should not just accept what it says as fact.
 
Let's suppose that I failed to recognize the thought that I mentioned earlier as originating from Satan, and I chose to leave it unchallenged by the truth. When we have a thought that rises up against something that we know is scripturally correct, and we accept it through condemnation, it can greatly diminish or stop our faithfulness in that area altogether. Looking back at the times that you have experienced a similar situation, did the enemy's lies cause you to back off from what you were praying?
 
Why would a demonic spirit care if I pray a simple prayer of protection every day? Do you suppose that it really is concerned about the Lord being bombarded by repeated prayers? Absolutely not! However, if Satan observes that something we are doing for God is effective, he will try to prevent us from continuing in that vein in the hope of gaining access into another area of our lives.
 
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, and the righteous run to it and are safe. There is safety that comes into our life when we cover ourselves and others in prayer. If we should allow a thought from Satan to stop us, then it can give him the availability to bring us trouble. Therefore, we must be able to recognize and challenge thoughts that arise in our mind when we know we're doing the right thing before God.
 
Shortly after the thought of condemnation shot through my mind, the Holy Spirit gave me the verse that I used in today's devotion. He reminded me that God's compassions and mercies are new every day. The Lord loves to hear from us daily. He cares about what concerns us, and He instructs us in His Word to bring those concerns, worries, and fears to Him. Therefore, the next time you pray, and you hear a condemning voice don't let it go unchallenged, lest it rob you of a blessing.
 
Pray Without Ceasing,
Pastor Asa Dockery

There is Nothing about Sin That Is Just
 
Genesis 3: 6 - 11, So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" NKJV
 
There's an old adage I've heard all my life that says, "A word to the wise is sufficient." Don't you just wish that Adam would have heeded the Word of warning from God not to eat of the tree of knowledge? I sure do, especially when I remind myself of Adam. I suppose we all turn a deaf ear to God from time to time, but the repercussions should teach us to listen the first time.
 
We all live on this side of Adam's decision to sin against God. Therefore, we must teach ourselves to be sensitive to God and the leading of His voice. He has promised to be a very present help in times of trouble. Since the fall of man, justice has been very difficult to find and to maintain in the earth. People constantly strive for justice and equality in the world, but only a few will find it. The only One who can give us true justice and equality is Jesus Christ. Even though Jesus never committed a sin, He willingly chose to suffer for the sins of the entire world. Where is the justice in all of that, I ask?
 
When we read Genesis 3 in its entirety, we never find where God punishes Satan, who orchestrated the fall of man and embodied a serpent to pull it off. The serpent was cursed. The woman received great punishment as well as Adam, but we don't see where God addresses the real culprit, Satan. Doesn't that seem a little unjust? If you said," Yes", then you have a good understanding of how unjust sin really is toward humanity.  
 
Here's something that the Lord revealed to me recently to help my lack of understanding of why God allowed Satan to go seemingly without punishment. Once Adam and Eve sinned, they began to blame someone else instead of taking responsibility for their own actions. Sin in the hearts of the man and woman demanded the other person receive the punishment as a way of getting justice served. They did not realize that they were just as guilty as the other party. Had God cut one off for the sin, he would have had to cut all of mankind off as well. God had a plan, and He reveals it to His babes in Christ. (Matt. 11: 25)
 
Even though it appears that God was being unjust in His punishment in Genesis 3, He was actually extending mercy toward the man and woman who had violated His law and deserved to perish. Whenever people are guilty of violating God's law or man's law, it seems that they demand justice more than those who are violated by those who break laws.
 
The world in which we now live is the result of the fall of man. Consequently, we must be willing to wait on our salvation from the curse of sin, by faith. This means we are going to have to endure hardness as a good soldier, especially when we face the fiery furnaces in this life. We can face them because we know that God is with us, and He will one day deliver all the righteous out of this world of sin. At that moment, God will dispense judgment and punishment upon the head of our adversary, the Devil.  
 
You see. God designed a place called Hell for Satan and his demons before the fall of man. God never intended man to enter the horrors of Hell, but we have a free will. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 that many will choose the broad way that leads to destruction, and few will choose the way that leads to life everlasting. Many will choose the way that leads to destruction and eternal condemnation simply because Satan has poisoned them against the love of God like he did with Adam and Eve in the garden. Satan convinced Eve that God didn't want her to be like God, so she took on Satan's offence against God and sinned. Beware that you don't allow the spirit of offence to poison your heart thus causing you to depart from the living God through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3)
 
I pray that this devotion gives you a greater understanding into the ways of God and Satan so that you might be able to resist the Devil and overcome his lies through your faith in Christ.
 
God Is Always Good,
Pastor Asa
Wait while more posts are being loaded