The Promise of Peril part 2

 

Have you stood at the foot of the Cross and let the blood of Jesus flow over you, covering your sin, bringing healing to your body, wholeness to your mind?  Have you ever imagined what it would have been like to be there that day with the full understanding of what Jesus was accomplishing as He hung there upon that Cross?

Have you stood at the foot of the Cross ~ in your mind’s eyes seen Jesus, with His body whipped and beaten, dripping red, pure and holy, a perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of your sin?

Have you seen your sin upon His shoulders and realized that it was for you that He died?

He died so that you and I could live out the days of our lives, thankful that He has made us to be holy as He is holy. Because He has made such a huge provision for our holiness, He expects to see us living in like manner.  But to us, believers and lovers of God we have 2 Timothy 3:2 warning us that

“in the last days perilous times will come and we will be lovers of ourselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, lacking self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

Last week, I highlighted “unthankful”, this week; the spotlight is on another little word with big meaning. “Unholy”.

The blood of Jesus, dripping red throughout the ages has made us holy as He is holy… is the greatness of the sacrifice not impetus enough to live for Him, to love Him?

And look! In the NIV version, plain as day two more little words pop out – they are “unloving and unforgiving”… words that are spoken to us who have been and are accepted in Christ !

We stand in Yahweh and yet seem not to stand in awe of His Word. Holiness is the essence of the character of God and for us to partake of that same nature we must be willing to love the unlovely and forgive those who have hurt us.

Even as the Blood has been shed and drips red over our lives, some of us have not willingly chosen to depart from iniquity.

2 Timothy 2:19 “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity”.

We choose to allow the weaknesses of our flesh to rule and we cater to those weaknesses!

We are lovers of ourselves more than we are lovers of God’s Word – we are fulfilling God’s Word in a negative aspect.

Can we go on from this place where peril is rampant? Can we let a holy fear wash over us, strengthen our weaknesses, move away so peril does not reach out  and entwine us with its long reaching bony fingers?

Would we willingly choose to be traitorous and betray the love of Jesus preferring the possibilities of peril to the promise of pure love?

Do we really prefer our own way of doing and being to the promise of being lead beside the still waters of restoration?

Is being headstrong really better than a yielded heart?

A heart that is haughty will always choose to please its own and yet can you see… the Blood drips red, it never ceases in its flow… it never loses its power to cleanse, never loses its power to transform lives.

My life, your life, the lives ours touch…

Stand in Yahweh, stand in pure holiness and from that viewpoint see yourself set apart as one for Him to love and bless. He will love you and bless you but He will also call you to do the same, setting us apart in our actions from those who are in peril.

He wants to use each one of us as vessels of honour each esteeming and preferring the other above ourselves.

Stand in Yahweh, stand in love and let Him prepare us for every good work.

Let the Blood of Jesus drip red into every corner of our lives and live!

Live free, a captive of sin no longer.

Live free because of the Blood and because of the love of Yahweh.

Live free and stand in Yahweh, no more with your feet on the brink of peril.

Live free standing on the promises of God ~ all of which are yes and amen in Christ -, where you are!

May the Lord give us understanding that we might learn His commandments. Those who fear You will be glad when they see us, because we have hoped in Your Word. Psalm 119: 73

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