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JUDGES SERIES: INTRODUCTION

Having just completed blogging the Samson Series my attention was drawn to the book of Judges and I started looking at the various narratives found in it which I found appealing and thought-provoking. Hence, I have decided to do a series on that book.

The book of Judges whose author is unknown covers the period of 1,220 -1050 BC, from the death of Joshua through the rise of Samuel. Since I am blogging solely on the book of Judges, I will not include Eli or Samuel who was considered judges but their stories are found in 1 Samuels.

Before I blog the first chapter let me share a little background history of this book. In Exodus and Leviticus Israel was given the laws, commandments, and statues by which they were to conduct themselves. In Joshua they entered and partially conquered areas in the promise land; thus, in many areas locales remained under the authority of the Canaanites and other inhabitants. Also, it is believed that the book is not written chronologically since the judges who were over different tribes were located in the various area of Canaan and some of the captivities and deliverances took place around the same time.

The book of Judges reveals how Israel chose to follow the laws, commandments, and statues that they received and the consequences for their repetitive actions of disobedience. Additionally, God’s grace and love for Israel is repeatedly seen as He sent them judges who were civil and military leaders, and who delivered them out of their captivity.

Judges chapter three thru sixteen reveals the seven apostasies of Israel, their oppression, their repentance, and their deliverance. Chapters seventeen thru twenty-one highlights the social and moral depravity of Israel, its decline, and degradation.

Finally, I have found in God’s Word He provides us with keys for spiritual warfare and instructions and answers for everyday life situations. Some of these things are not easily seen; somethings must be uncovered to discover the solution. It is my prayer in this series you will find the solution to problems and questions, the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened, revelation knowledge will flow in abundance, and you will gain keys for your spiritual battles.

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SAMSON SERIES: DEFILEMENT, DECEPTION, & DESTRUCTION – JUDGES 16

Judges chapter fifteen closes with this verse, “And he judges Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.” During that time, I can only surmise that Samson had limited or no interaction with the Philistines because the bible does not record any conflict between them. However, things are about to change in chapter sixteen for once again Samson returns to a Philistine town and engages in harlotry, and sadly we watch as defilement, deception, and destruction ensues.

When the enemy hears that Samson is in their territory, they set up an ambush for him, but God allows him to escape carrying the city gates that was closed upon his shoulders to Hebron which is located in Judah.

Next, Samson falls in love with a woman named Delilah who lived in Sorek which was in the enemy’s territory. The lords of the Philistine communicated with her and offered her a bribe if she was able to obtain from Samson information that would allow them to capture him. Delilah accepts their offer and initiates her diabolic scheme.

Unbeknownst to Samson that Delilah is asking him questions that will result in his capture, he lies to her three times giving information that proves false when she attempts to render him helpless.

Finally, after being pressured many days Delilah’s persistence pays off, and Samson reveals the truth to Delilah, and she has his hair shaved off while he is sleeping. Unfortunately, the next series of events was not what Samson expected. Judges 16:20-21 states, “And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass, and he did grind in the prison house.”

During a celebration to their god Dagon the Philistines decided to make a spectacle and sport of Samson whose hair had begun to grow; so, they brought him from the prison to the place of their gathering. While there Samson prayed and asked God to avenge him of his lost eyesight and strengthen him by allowing him to push the main pillars of the building where he and three thousand man and women were assembled. God answered Samson request, and Samson and the three thousand individuals were killed as the building collapse on them.

The sixteen chapter and story of Samson’s life ends with his brethren retrieving his body and burying it in the burying-place of Manoah, his father.

This chapter gave me a plethora of thoughts on which to reflect, and here they are:
1. Avoid temptations.
2. Continual sinning anesthetizes you to your sinful actions.
3. In your actions, you can be your own worst enemy.
4. The lust of the flesh enslaves you and causes you to act recklessly.
5. Lust dulls your perception.
6. People will hold vendettas against you for a lifetime.
7. People are watching what you are doing.
8. When you are out of place, news about you whereabouts always spreads.
9. Enemies operate in the dark.
10. Your enemy is talking about you.
11. Your enemy seeks ways to kill you.
12. Your enemy will set up ambushes for you.
13. The enemy is willing to pay for your downfall.
14. Your enemy will remain hidden until he can overpower and capture you.
15. The enemy is relentless in his efforts to conquer you.
16. The enemy seeks to wear you down and out.
17. The enemy desires to strip you of your strength.
18. The enemy wants you eternally blind and unable to see your way out. He strives to take away your vision.
19. The enemy uses seduction and deception to ensnare you.
20. The enemy is often rewarded for his perseverance.
21. The enemy seeks to humiliate you; he rejoices over your downfall.
22. Don’t tell the enemy your secrets, don’t divulge crucial information.
23. Without God’s presence, we are powerless.
24. It is a sad and dangerous thing when you fail to realize God’s presence is no longer with you.
25. There are consequences for our wrong choices; choose wisely.
26. When you lay your head down in the wrong place, you are likely to wake-up finding yourself in trouble.
27. Watch out for those who have the ability to lull you to sleep.
28. Illicit sexual activity will lead to your downfall.
29. Lusting after the wrong thing will eventually imprison you.
30. God is a restorer.
31. Starting well does not guarantee a perfect ending.
32. Use your strength to do God’s will.
33. God’s assignment for our lives will be fulfilled despite our failures.
34. Ask God to help you distinguish deception.
35. Not once in Judges chapters 14 – 16 did Samson ask God for forgiveness for breaking the Nazarite vow; yet God still used him, and his name is recorded in the Hebrews’ heroes of faith.

As I now conclude this five blog series, I pray you have enjoyed it and obtained insight and helpful information that you are able to use as you walk victoriously in the Lord.

 

SAMSON SERIES: RETALIATION – JUDGES 15

With the passing of several months, Samson’s anger waned, and he decided to visit his wife in Timnath in hopes of a conjugal reunion. Upon arrival, his wife’s father informed Samson that the wife was given to his best man, and he offered Samson another daughter to marry, but Samson inflamed once again, rejected the offer.

In retaliation Samson catches 300 foxes, places them in pairs and with a lit torch between their tails, he sets the Philistines’ corn patch, vineyards, and olive groves on fire. Consequently, when the Philistines found out that Samson did this horrendous act, they burnt his wife and father to death which caused Samson to seek more vengeance in which a merciless slaughter ensued.

To catch Samson, the Philistines invade Judah causing the Judeans to become dismayed. When they found out that Samson was the reason of the invasion 3,000 men went to Samson at the rock Etam and informed him of the invasion. After conversing, Samson agrees to be arrested and go quietly if the men did not attempt to take him forcibly.

With his hands bound with new ropes the men of Judean delivered Samson over to the Philistines; however, the Spirit of the Lord mightily moved on him and the ropes dissolved from his hands. The Philistines jubilation over the capture of Samson turned to horror as he picked up a jawbone of an ass and slaughtered 1000 men all by himself.

This massacre left Samson thirsty and exhausted. Thus he prayed to God for help, and God allowed a fountain of water to spring up, and Samson was able to drink and be revived.

The chapter ends stating, “And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.” The scriptures do not reveal if there were adversarial conflicts between Samson and the Philistines during these years; so, I assume that there were no significant disturbances.

Here are my thoughts on this chapter:
1. Samson has an anger problem. He appears to be driven by his emotions, and he often exhibits misplaced aggression.
2. Appeasing an angry person is difficult.
3. Knowing the flawed, volatile character of Samson, God used him in punishing the Philistines.
4. Violence generates more violence.
5. Retaliation is circular.
6. Vengeance belongs to God.
6. When people view you as a troublemaker, they are unlikely to help you.
7. God deserves thanks and praise for His wonderful acts toward us.
8. Seek direction from God before acting.
9. Even if you must stand alone, don’t fear the enemy.
10. God is a present help in your time of need.

 

 

SAMSON SERIES: DECISIONS – JUDGES 14

The decisions that we make in life are significant and should be made with thoughtfulness and prayer for they can be life changing and affect generations to come. In this chapter, Samson begins to make decisions that set the course of his life. Were they right or wrong; continue reading and see.

In chapter 14 Samson an eligible young man had reached the age where he desired a wife. Hence, the first verse of this chapter reveals that he leaves Zorah his place of residence and goes down to Timnath a Philistine frontier town located three miles from his home. In Timnath, he saw a woman to whom he was attracted, and upon returning home, told his parents that he wanted them to make wedding arrangements for him, for it was the custom of parents to negotiate wedding alliances. Knowing the laws (Exod. 34:11-16, Num.36:7-9, Deut. 7:1-3) given to them by Moses concerning marriage outside of your tribe they protested; however, Samson insisted that they carry out his wishes. The Bible also reveals unbeknownst to them God was using this to begin to bring judgment on the Philistines; therefore, he allowed Samson’s parent to submit to his request.

While traveling with his parents to Timnath to make the arrangements Samson became separated from them, and he encountered a lion which he slews with his bare hands, and upon meeting back with his parents, he does not share this experience with them.

Awhile later Samson was returning to Timnath for the actual wedding, he found the dead lion’s carcass, and saw that a bee hive with honey was in it; so, he scopes up some honey which he ate and shared with his parents when he meets them. Furthermore, Samson did not tell them from where he had gotten the honey.

At the beginning of the wedding feast with the lion and honey fresh in his mind, Samson proposes a riddle to the thirty Philistine groomsmen assigned to him. If they were able to solve the riddle they would each get garments, and if not, they were to give Samson thirty new garments. As the seven days of the feast progressed the men were unable to solve the riddle; thus, they threatened Samson’s bride with death for her and her family if she did not get the answer to the riddle for them. Also, they accused her of setting them up. Consequently, Samson’s bride cried and pleaded with Samson until he gave her the answer to the riddle which she told the Philistines. On the seventh day, they gave Samson the answer, and he became furious with them and made a horrible remark about his bride.

In his anger, Samson traveled twenty miles to Ashkelon where the Spirit of the Lord came on him, and he killed thirty men and took their garments and goods. He then returned to Timnath and paid up his wager. Still, angry Samson returns to his father’s home, and his bride was given to Samson’s Philistine best man to wed.

Here are my thoughts on this chapter:
1. When God predestined the birth of Samson He knew that Samson would be disobedient to His laws, reckless in his behavior, driven by lust and make unwise decisions; yet He chooses to use him. In the midst of his wrongdoings and flagrant disobedience, God still used the situation to accomplish His divine will and purpose in the earth, and He will do the same in our lives.

2. From infancy to young adulthood Samson’s parents raised him in a godly household. When he came to an age where he could make major life decisions he strayed from the godly teaching he received. Though you raise your child in a godly environment and make sure they know the things of God that does not guarantee that in adulthood they will follow the teachings that they have received.

3. Judges chapter thirteen ended stating,” And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan.” How the Spirit moved and what transpired was not revealed. In chapter fourteen the two times the Spirit of the Lord mightily moved on Samson it was connected with his strength, and he did feats that the average person was not able to do. When the Spirit of the Lord moves on you expect things out of the ordinary; there will be a visible manifestation.

4. Unfortunately, some issues remain the same, for even as we see in our society today, many leaders have a lust problem and choose to be ruled by their flesh. Lust causes people to disregard spiritual mandates, and if this problem is not dealt with appropriately, there can be dire consequences.

5. When we stray from our place of assignment and fraternize with our enemy problems will occur. Remember unholy alliances are detrimental.

6. The possibility of death can bring about betrayal and desperation can drive you to tears.

7. Finally, listen to people that you know, trust, and follows God’s Word.

SAMSON SERIES: BORN WITH PURPOSE – JUDGES 13

Chapter thirteen opens revealing the declining spiritual climate of Israel, “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of God.” Consequently, for their actions God allows them to fall into Philistine captivity for forty years. It is during this time that the thirteenth judge is about to come on the scene.

An angel first announces Samson’s birth to his mother whom the scripture describes as being barren and the wife of Manoah of the tribe of Dan and resident of the secluded mountain village of Zorah.

She was instructed not to drink wine or any other strong drink and not to eat anything that was ceremonially unclean. Additionally, informed her son from birth would be a Nazarite unto God, during his lifetime no razor was to come on his head, and he would be used to begin delivering Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.

After giving these instructions to Samson’s mother the angel leaves and Samson’s mother went and found her husband and shared the good news told to her by the unknown man. She told Manoah about the unidentified man of God, the pregnancy, and the Nazarite restrictions that she received. Manoah wanted to hear the instructions from the unknown man; thus he prayed and asked God to send back the man which He graciously did.

Once again the angel appeared to the woman, and she ran and got her husband. When he saw the angel, Manoah inquired, “How shall we order the child and how shall we do unto him?” In response, the angel replied, “Of all that I said unto the women let her beware.”

Unbeknown that this was an angel of God and not a man, Manoah offers the angel a meal while unsuccessfully attempting to find out his name. Not wanting to receive the homage that belongs to God the angel declines the meal but tells Manoah to offer a burnt offering to God. As Manoah offered up a kid and meat offering the angel ascended in the flame causing Manoah and his wife in awe to fall prostrate on the ground. When the angel did not reappear Manoah became fearful and thought they were going to die; however, his wife was able to speak reassuring words to him concerning their future.

Chapter thirteen ends informing the readers of the birth of Samson, the child being blessed and the Spirit of the Lord moving on him at certain times.:

From this chapter I want to share the following thoughts:
1. God will permit the enemy to have access to your life.
2. Evil and sinful acts will lead to captivity.
3. God always has a remnant.
4. God is a healer; He can open a womb.
5. Despite challenges, you have been set apart from conception.
6. Your diet can affect your life.
7. Life begins in the womb.
8. Your birth had reason and purpose.
9. At the appointed time God can raise up something from nothing.
10. You can receive a prophetic word concerning your child’s destiny.
11. There is a benefit for living within God’s boundaries.
12. God’s plan for your life does not alter.
13. Your assignment may be to start something but not to complete it.
14. God will repeat His instruction when asked.
15. Pray for instructions and direction on raising your children.
16. Some questions never are answered.
17. Dead people cannot parent a child.

SAMSON SERIES

During the time of Israel’s judges, the children of Israel were inhabiting the land promised to their forefather Abraham. This land was given to them with instructions by God, and they were told the key to continuing in God’s graces and living prosperously in the area was to adhere to His laws.

Unfortunately, there are two scriptures repeatedly found throughout the book of Judges that describe the spiritual climate of Israel and they are “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord” (Judges 2:11; 3:7,12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1) and “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which is right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 21:25). It was always God’s desire to be Israel’s king however they continually rejected Him. Hence, He was not pleased with His people, and He allowed them to go into captivity until they repented and sought Him.

During the several hundred years of tribal discord, apostasy and oppressive captivity that the book of Judges covered God raised up thirteen judges to give Israel His word and to lead them out of bondage. Thusly, these judges were deliverers and administrators of justice. It is during this age of disobedience and rebellion to the instructions of God that Samson was born.

The life of Samson is shared in four chapters in the book of Judges: Judges 13 -16. These chapters cover Samson’s birth to death, his triumphs and tragedies, his temper and lack of self-control, his love, his lust and his disobedience which resulted in his downfall.

Each week I plan to blog a chapter sharing the events and life lessons that I learned from it, and I invite you to come on this journey with me.

PLEASE GOD FIRST

Recently I have been talking to people concerning our relationship with God, the need to choose him above everything and to prioritize our actions as it pertains to our relationship with Him. I have been somewhat astonished and dismayed with the response of those with whom I engaged this conversation. Though we know that God is not pleased, that His Word instructs us and tells us what He is expecting from us, we do otherwise, and we expect God to accept us. We have been blinded and deceived. In this world, with its many distractions and attractions we believers must adhere to God’s Word first, and in so doing we are pleasing in His sight.

Understanding the war between our two worlds (spiritual and natural) is paramount to our success. The natural pulls us and delights our flesh, while the spiritual requires us to deny ourselves; however, this denial promotes relationship and causes the manifested presence of God in our lives.

In Luke 12 Jesus speaking to an innumerable multitude of people shares the parable of a rich man that was obsessed with accumulating wealth. This man built large barns to store his stuff thinking that things would last; nevertheless, at the completion of his building project he dies, and another inherits his wealth. Jesus ends this parable with this statement, “Thou fool, tis night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

When we eliminate God from of our daily activities, when we make worldly things our priority and minimize our relationship with God thinking we will eventually get around to building our relationship with Him, we will end up like the man in the parable.

While you are yet alive, it is never too late to make the necessary corrections enabling you to please God first. God will not push Himself on you; He allows you to decide true servanthood. Thusly, in your heart and mind it would be good if you could conclude like Joshua, “As for me, I will serve God” (Joshua 24:15).

While writing this blog, this simple prayer came to my mind; therefore I am going to end this blog with it. “God help us to start my day with you, end our day with you and fit you in the in-between. Help us always to keep you in our mind.”

STRATEGIES FOR THE WALL

Recently while in prayer God ministered to my spirit concerning the need to build a wall and He reminded me of the events that took place in the blogs I wrote on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. As I reviewed those blogs strategies for the wall became evident to me.

Additionally, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that our churches are similar to the temple built by Ezra. Our churches are erected, but the wall needed for its protection is missing. I have come to understand that we believers build walls around our churches and selves with our prayers.

A wall has numerous functions. It is a device that is used to set boundaries; it marks the limit of an area, and it makes a dividing line. It is used as a protection device, a defense and a barrier that prevents movement and access. It is intended to block passage and keep the undesired out.

If a wall is not strongly erected or has a breach, then the enemy has free access, and the blame for his admittance rest on me. Therefore, it is encumbered on me to pray without ceasing and have strategies for the wall for the enemy is consistently on the watch looking for a way to intervene in the lives of people.

There is a saying, “Without man, God will not, and without God man cannot.” When God created man, He gave the man the responsibility to subdue and have dominion over the earth. Thus, our prayers invite God into the activities of this earth, and our prayers are not just for us, for our prayers can alter people’s lives in distant lands.

It is said that prayer service is the least attended service in churches and this service unfortunately usually does not have men in attendance. The sad fact is that believers fail to realize that prayer is the key to our success; therefore, the prayer service should have the highest participation and men should be the primary supporters of this service.

This is not a new problem for we find this same issue in the bible dated thousands of years ago. God said, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22: 30). Things have not changed; the problem of old remains the same. The question then is, “What are we going to do?” Plus, if we are going to do something we need to have a strategy that will help us be successful in our endeavor.
Before I give you my strategies for the wall, let me give a short review of the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. After seventy years of captivity the Israelites returned to Jerusalem, and under the leadership of Ezra, they rebuilt the temple but not the walls that were destroyed during the Babylonian invasion. After the building of the temple some of the Israelites remained in that city; however, a significant portion of them moved out due to harassment from their enemies, not having able-bodied persons to protect the temple and city, and the broken down walls enabled the enemy easy access. Years later Nehemiah comes to Jerusalem and rebuilds the walls. First, he had to encourage the people in this effort and then he had to implement a strategy to keep the enemy from attacking while they rebuilt the walls. (You can find more details on these books in my archive blogs).

So here are my simple but effective strategies:
1. Remember a wall (prayer) denies access to intruders.
2. Regardless of age, all believers can participate in building the wall.
3. Have a plan.
4. Be specific in your request.
5. Don’t allow distractions to deter you from building.
6. Be armed with your spiritual weapons.
7. Be ready to stand guard for extended periods if needed.
8. Watch, hear and pray.
9. Remain faithful and committed.

A DOUBLE PORTION

In many sermons and conversations, I have heard people talk about a double portion/anointing, and today I also want to share my thoughts on this subject. The concept of the double portion comes from following scripture which will be the foundation for this blog, “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” (2 Kings 2:9), and it centers around the relationship of Elijah and his successor Elisha who lived during the ninth century B.C.

In 1 Kings 19:16 God informed Elijah that he should anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah to succeed him as a prophet to the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel. In verses 19-21 we see him finding Elisha the son of Shaphat in northern Israel plowing his father’s field near the ancient town of Abelmeholah, and passing by him Elijah cast his mantle upon him.

Elisha responded by slewing a yoke of oxen and used the yoke as firewood to cook the oxen. He then gave the flesh of the oxen to the people to eat, arose, went after Elijah, and ministered unto him. Though the scriptures do not reveal much about the time Elisha was with Elijah, scholars believed that for ten to twelve years Elisha was Elijah’s close attendant, waiting on him, pouring water on his hands, learning, receiving mentorship and guidance until Elijah was taken up into heaven.by a whirlwind in a fiery chariot.

From the only two chapters (1 Kings 19 and 2 Kings 2) that shares the story of Elijah and Elisha being together, I have drawn some conclusions concerning the transference of a double portion/anointing. These are:
1.God uses people who are workers. When Elijah found Elisha, he was busy working in the field.
2.To ascertain whether you would want a similar anointing that is on a person you must spend time with that person. You need to get to know them. This may require you leaving your family, friends, and way of life. This may require you going from the familiar to the unknown, and all of this needs to be done willingly.
3.Do whatever labor is necessary. For years Elisha was the errand boy and servant of Elijah. He no doubt did menial tasks, those things that people do not enjoy doing, however, being a servant made him eligible to be a leader.
4.Get as much teaching as you can while the person is with you. Elisha knew that Elijah was going to leave him and he determined to be with him as long as he was able.
5.Don’t permit the words of others to distract or divert you from your assignment. As Elijah and Elisha journeyed from Gilgal to Jordan, they met with several companies of prophets who said these discouraging words to Elisha, “Knowest thou that the Lord will take thy master from thy head today?” Elisha answered, “Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.” Sometimes you have to shut out the chatter of others and keep moving
6.Don’t expect others to join you. This is your assignment. The company of prophets did not join Elisha while he traveled along with Elijah.
7.On their last day together at three different locations (Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho) Elijah told Elisha, “Tarry, here, I pray thee.” In the Hebrew “tarry” means to sit down and consider, or to sit down in judgment. Elijah did not take Elisha’s companionship for granted he wanted him to sit down and make a conscious decision whether or not he should continue with him. You must count the cost and decide to commit to the end.
8.Know what you want. When asked Elisha told Elijah, “I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”
9.After you received the double portion/anointing, it is time to do the work. Elisha did not spend time grieving over Elijah’s departure, but he immediately went back to Jericho and there addressed a problem of the water and barren land, and he continued for the next sixty-five years in the work of the ministry prophesizing to kings and people and performing miracles throughout the nation.

I pray that this blog encourages you on today and give you food for thought concerning how to receive a double portion/anointing.

IS HE YOUR GOD

Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.

On last week I used the above scripture in my blog, “FAITHFUL TO THE FAITHLESS” and on this week I am going to use this scripture again.
As I said on last week in this scripture God talked to Jacob for the first time and acknowledged He had a relationship with his father and grandfather but not with Jacob. He told Jacob He was going to bless him but Jacob’s told God He had to prove himself to him prior to him making a commitment and it took over twenty years for Jacob to do so.

Also, as I said in my last blog God is faithful to us even when we don’t respond to Him positively. God waited on Jacob but He may not wait that long for others. I personally knew people who said they would give their lives to God when they became older but their lives were cut short without them ever making that commitment. Many have been deceived into thinking their lives without God is alright, they don’t understand that having a relationship with God is profitable and brings a lasting reward.

For those that take the salvation message lightly I suggest reading the words of Jesus found in Luke 13: 24-28. Jesus cautioned the crowd with these words, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”

This is the period of grace that has been extended with an invitation for whosoever will. However, this period will one day be over and those that have not accepted and committed their life to God will find the door shut. A denial of access will be given to anyone attempting to enter the kingdom of God illegitimately.

As we celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday, let’s not let His suffering and dying be for naught. If you haven’t given your life to God, and if you haven’t made the commitment to serve Him wholeheartedly how about doing so right now. Let it be said if the question is asked, “Is He your God” you can say, “Yes, He is my God too.”