God is Love

 

God is love? How can a loving God allow all the misery and suffering that goes on in the world? Don't blame God for this messed up world. What he created was wonderful. The Garden of Eden was a paradise. All the animals and people lived in harmony. There was no sickness, disease or death.

 

I was strolling through the woods on the north shore of Cedar Lake. It was a beautiful sight. There were huge trees and vines. I began thinking of the Garden of Eden and how much more beautiful it must have been. All the luscious fruit, the heavenly smells, the birds singing. Can you imagine walking the paths in the Garden of Eden? All the wonderful odors and sights. But then Mankind chose Satan, that spirit of selfishness, and they were in another world.

 

That's why we have all the problems. Satan, the god of this world, is to blame. One third of the angels followed him. Now he and his demons rule this selfish world system. The wars, the diseases, the lust, greed and selfishness all come from him.

 

The history of the world since the fall of Adam and Eve has been that of a world governed by selfishness. All the wars, slavery and injustice have been the result of that selfishness.

 

But it isn't all bad, there is a way out. Jesus has provided us with a way to live in the worldly system, yet not be a part of it. The kingdom of God exists in each of us who depend, rely and trust in God. We are an island of God's love in a sea of selfishness. We are islands of God's love in the eye of a hurricane. We can have love, peace and joy while all around us is turmoil. Our only protection from satan is Jesus Christ.

Satan is a celestial being and very powerful. His demons surround us, trying to find openings to control us. They work on our mind, thoughts, emotions and body. We must read the Bible, pray and fast; create fellowship with one another, and move closer to Jesus for protection, especially when we are in trouble. We must pray for God's love, mercy, grace and forgiveness.

God is love but two of his attributes are truth and justice. God is all truth and all justice, so the outcome must be truthful and just. In Israel they had a jubilee every fifty years where all the land went back to the original owners. That was an example of God's justice in a selfish world. It wasn't followed very well or for very long. This world system can't stand truth or justice. So we are gathering the fruits of our selfishness. The misery, disease, pollution, overpopulation are all caused by selfishness.

 

We must choose up sides. Which side are you on selfishness or love. Do you really care about others?

 

Christians are so worldly, so caught up in causes and politics instead of building a loving caring body of Christ. They get caught up in hate and violence. They are supposed to love their enemy, to hate no one. God will take vengeance -- not us. We are supposed to love our enemy, to hate no one. God will take vengeance, not us. We are supposed to trust in God for all things. We should help each other become mature Christians.

 

You can't change people by passing laws. You can't take over the government and make a Godly world. Satan, the spirit of selfishness, must be removed before we can have a worldly system of love. Only Jesus can do that and that will be one of the first things he will do when he returns.

 

In the meantime lets get serious and build the Kingdom of God within ourselves and others around us.

 

When Jesus returns to establish his kingdom of love he will binde satan. God's love will permeate the earth. All the pollution will be eradicated. People will be motivated by love not selfishness. It will be as easy to love then as it is to be selfish now. The new Eden will have come. The Kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven.

Scriptures

Leviticus 25:10 ................1st John 2:15 , 5:19

Matthew 4:89................... 2nd Corinthian 4:4

Luke 4:5 , 6:7................. Revelation 12:9

John 12:31 , 14:30

 

Matt. 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

Luke 13:27 "But He will say, I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart from me all you workers of iniquity!"

Matt. 13:29 "But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat with them.'"

Psalms 115:13 "He will bless those who fear the Lord, both great and small."

Mark 4:6 "And when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away."

Romans 8:28 "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him."

Matt. 6:33 "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."

1st John 2:15 "Do not love the world or things in the world."

1st John 5:19 "We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one."

Luke 4:5 "And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, 'to you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it is has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, you, then, will worship me, it shall be yours.' And Jesus answered him, "it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve."

John 12:31 "Now is the judgment of the world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out."

John 14:30 "I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so the world may know that I love the Father."

2nd Cor. 4:4 "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God."

Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who si called the devil and satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him."