It is often common to sing praises of men after they are no more. This is always too late, because they do not get the opportunity to know how great they have been. Ravi has been a Kingdom Patriot, a Champion and a Hero, guiding the minds of many people back to God. He has contended with the thoughts of men and women, and strongholds of the mind with light from the mind of God. In an answer to the question, Who am I?, Ravi indicated to let God guide the personal answer. I want to take you into the mind of God from the very beginning of creation, as a tribute to this great Patriot of God’s Kingdom, Ravi Zacharias.
Genesis 1: 26-28
Then God said “lets Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness ; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
In answering the question Who am I, it is simply but profoundly noted that mankind was created in the image of God, created to keep harmony and balance on the Earth. God created humanity, male and female, God blessed this work of His hands and God gave the charge to be fruitful, multiply and exercise control over the earth. Since God intended mankind to be His image bearer, any attempt to operate outside of this original design is a distortion of God’s intent and a distortion of the created image. This distortion leads to a removal of the self, the originally created image, from under the blessing of God and brought under the wrath of God. In Christ however, the distortion can be restored.
Ravi has called attention back to God’s truth in many of life’s critical questions. He has contended well for the faith; he has lived well and will go home well to a hero’s welcome when God calls his name. We thank God that he gave Him to us in our time. He has been faithful in his time slot within eternity, and we want to say congratulations, faithful servant of God, and while you remain with us, may God’s grace and strength abound towards YOU.
May 16, 2020
God extends grace and He also extends justice. This makes it a very fine line to navigate. Under grace, the advocate Jesus Christ speaks on our behalf drawing from His sacrificial death on the cross to make it possible to walk that fine line. Jesus calls it the narrow road that leads to life. When there is an uprising the authorities curb it with full force. When there is a violation of human rights and the law, the perpetrators are hunted down and brought to justice. How about encouraging rebellion against the Lord Almighty? He makes the call. May we love Him, walk with Him and encourage others to come along focusing all the glory on Him. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
People scramble for power, nations go to every extend to show their strength against others. In the midst of it all is a silent but firm reminder that there is one who has command and control over all. He established the world, He stretched out the heavens, the thunder of His voice echoes through the heavens and the earth. Who is like Him? Let us be still and know that He is in charge and is calling us all to Himself. From every tribe, people, nation calling us all by name to a place of repentance and recognition of who He is. In the midst of the rage, remember that when He speaks even the storms obey. He summons the winds from every corner of the earth and there is no place to hide from His presence. The intent of the heart is bare before Him. Lord may we recognize who you are, give you the due glory and stand in compliance before you. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
When the nation of Israel violated God’s sacred principles, they were cast out and sent into captivity, even as a chosen nation. In that place, God indicated ” I will not show you favor”, deserved and undeserved. That is a very scary situation recorded so we can learn from it in our time. Fortunately, in Christ grace and truth came so that in Him we can have access trough repentance and acceptance, to God’s favor. I love grace, because without that humanity remains under the curse of the law, however, Christ was made a curse on the cross, that we might be redeemed from the curse of the law. That grace, is extended to ALL. However, it needs to be accepted through repentance. I love grace because it did not come cheaply. It remains the most expensive gift God ever offered. I don’t know if anyone will allow another to toy with their Bentley or Lamborghini, so why toy with grace? I thank God that He gives us the liberty to be ourselves. That is really appreciated, considering the cost involved. May we glorify him in our living for the gift he gave.
God makes a distinction between blessings and curses. Blessedness emanates from His favor out of obedience and curses from His wrath and out of disobedience. God expects full obedience and trust in Him and not trusting in idols or in the strength of man. His delight is in those that trust in Him and He directs His favor towards them but those that despise Him and deny Him His glory, He sets His face against them. May the Lord look towards us with favor as we set our hearts after Him, and turn away from the things He hates.