TODAY’S DEVOTION (WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2023)
“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.” 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7 NIV
WELCOME TO THE 354TH DAY OF OUR YEAR OF SIGNS AND WONDERS.
It is out of His mercies that we are not consumed, for His compassion fails not. We thank God for giving us another day, and for sustaining us. The Spirit of the LORD has made us, and the breath of the Almighty gives us life.
Our lives testify of His goodness, kindness, mercy and everlasting love. To God be the glory for all we are today and all we will be tomorrow.
It has been a year of receiving from Him. Day unto day He has not failed to speak to us. He said in His word, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”
Indeed, words have been proceeding from Him to us on daily bases, and the words have kept us. Today we will be looking into the justice system of God. This is one proceeding word that can change our lives if we live by it.
God has an amazing justice system that if you truly understand will make your life exciting on earth. It is the very system He uses in ruling over the earth as the Judge of all and Sovereign King of the earth.
The first lesson the Holy Spirit will pass you through, if you submit to Him to teach you about the justice system of God is simple; God is Just! That is the lesson!
Friend, God is so just that He does not justify the wicked.
He is so just that He does not forsake the righteous. He is so just that He makes sure no one who serves Him faithfully goes unrewarded. Indeed, our God is a just God! The Bible says;
“… the Lord our God is just in all his works which he hath done: for we have not hearkened to his voice.” Daniel 9:14 Douay-Rheims
He is so just that He forgives the sinner who repents and takes away the consequences of His sins; no matter how heavy they may be. He is so just that no sin is strong enough to take one to hell, so long as forgiveness for it have been withdrawn through repentance.
He is full of authority to cleanse and take away any sin or it’s consequence at the instance of our repentance.
JESUS DEMONSTRATED THIS WHEN HE HEALED A MAN WHO HAD BEEN SICK FOR MANY YEARS BECAUSE OF HIS SINS.
He would later meet to warn him saying, “Sin no more least a worst thing comes upon you.” God’s just nature made repentance the only escape route from hell in time and eternity. Sadly, many do not know the power of repentance that is why they do not pursue it.
Born again is actually a Child of genuine repentance.
When you say you are born again, you are saying you have repented from your sins. When you say you have repented from your sins, it means you should not be found in them again.
Repentance will give you blessings, that no other deed in the kingdom of God can give you, because God is just.
God is so just that He is not moved by what comes out of our mouth. He is only moved by what goes on in our hearts. Yes, I believe in faith and confession, but until your heart is acceptable to God, the words of your mouth will not be acceptable to Him.
So many in Church are yet to catch a revelation of God as a just God. That is why they do not even understand what the grace of God came to do. Many think it that the grace of God came to strengthen our hands in sin, and to delete God’s hate for it from His heart. That will make Him an imbecile.
God has not lost His hate for sin that is why people still go to hell. He remains a just God whose eyes cannot behold iniquity my friend. He is still so just that He will make sure we get only what we deserve.
Where we deserve mercy, He will show us mercy. Where we deserve purging, He will purge us using the power of His grace. And where we deserve chastisement, He will chastise us. Where we refuse to repent of our sins, He will make sure we know how just He is by allowing the sorrows of sin to catch up with us.
IF YOU KNOW HOW JUST OUR GOD IS, YOU WILL REAP MORE BLESSINGS FROM HIM THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
I pray someone reading this will ask the LORD for a revelation of His just nature. It is this nature of God, that is responsible for those who sow sparingly to reap sparingly, and those who sow bountifully to reap bountifully. No matter how much you claim you love the LORD, if you do not sow, you will not reap. That is how just God is!
Though bastardized by many, sowing is a word used to described the act of worship that involves giving substance to God, obeying His voice, paying the prices for the prosperity of His will, and etc.
The real seed we sow is the word we responded to, not the money we give.
In the third dimension of the most Holy Place, a sanctified person set aside to do God’s will on a particular place, becomes the seed. Howbeit, sowing in God’s kingdom, is something that is governed by God’s just nature.
For instance, in the school of God’s power, if you do not sow prayers bountifully, you will not reap power bountifully. If you do not sow fasting bountifully, you will not reap the blessings of fasting bountifully. If you do not sow money into God’s will bountifully, He will not prune you so that you can bear more fruits in His kingdom.
To bring forth many blessings in your life, you must understand that God is a just God and relate with Him as such. That is why I tell pastors who ask their members to sow prayer, fasting, money and sacrifice unto the LORD while they watch, to stop the madness.
God is a just God! He will bless your members and leave you poor for not doing what you asked them to do. Then you will start putting them under pressure to give you the money God blessed them with for obeying His word in your mouth, that you disobeyed!
God is a just God my friend. Tap into your own portion of His just nature too, by sowing to please Him also like those who hear you preach are doing.
He is so just that He does only, what He says. He will not do what we think He said; neither will He do what we claim He said. He will do only what He says He will do.
THAT IS WHY IF YOU UNDERSTAND HIS JUST NATURE, YOU WILL BE ACCURATE IN YOUR PROPHECIES AND EXPECTATIONS.
Misunderstanding or adding to the word of the LORD will frustrate and disappoint your expectations, because God is just, and does only what He says. The first few sentences of our devotional text today say, “God is just: He will pay back…” That to me, holds the message for today.
God is just, He will pay back. Hallelujah!!
God is like a big fruitful land, that makes sure whatever you sow in Him brings back a harvest in proportion to your seed or actions. When you sow wickedness as a seed, you get wickedness as the harvest. When you sow kindness as a seed, you get kindness as the harvest.
That is why the Bible says “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Whatever you do in God, will be paid back to you proportionally! That is why, no sinner will go unpunished, especially if there is no repentance. Daniel said
“The Lord was mindful of the calamity, and He brought it on us. For the Lord our God is just in all He has done, and we have not obeyed him” (Daniel 9:14).
God is so just that He brings calamity upon the disobedient.
On the other hand, no one who is righteous goes unrewarded except he or she becomes weary and slips back into lawlessness. And those who trouble the righteous will receive their payback either in time or eternity.
Those who hate and speak ill of God’s true servants, will loose divine protection and expose their lives to demonic spirits. That is how just our God is.
God is just. He is so just that He takes away sickness from the body of those who are truly serving His will. He is so just that He will not put any of the diseases of the Egyptians upon His own Children who serve Him in spirit and in truth.
He is so just that He blesses the bread and water of those who serve His will and bring the bound, who are pliable in His hands, into prosperity. Except your life is in conflict with His will, God will not leave you in trouble because He is a just God.
MAKE THIS SCRIPTURE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR THE DAY!
“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.” Proverbs 4:5-6 NKJV