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All Consuming Fire – All Consuming Love

20 Jul

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Behold, I will bring terror upon you, declares the Lord GOD of hosts, from all who are around you, and you shall be driven out, every man straight before him, with none to gather the fugitives. “But afterward I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 49:5-6)

If you look one chapter back, you’ll find pretty much the same story with Moab; destruction followed by restoration… The reason for the destruction bit was because they were worshiping false God’s. Yet God promised to restore them, despite their false worship, I wonder if perhaps we today have any Idol’s, (and since we all do), will we get the same destroy-rebuild treatment? I’ll be honest with you; yes.

6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:6-7)

We must first die (to self) before we can live (in Christ). Like the Ammonites we (formerly) had and worshiped our “false gods”. And each of those “false gods” sprang up out of and took root out of one thing; self. And until, also like the Ammonites and Moabites, we are destroyed, until all of our selfishness and false gods are done away with, can we worship the one true God. But now the question arises, how is it that we can die to our self? What must we do in order to crucify our flesh so that we can serve God?

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

 22 “He committed no sin, 
   and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e]

 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:21-24)

Through Christ’s death and only through his death can our flesh (self) be crucified.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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