We know there was a great World flood and it has been confirmed as True more than once by Archaeologists (see links below ) they have found evidence to support this Truth which we find in the Scriptures, yes Atheists and those deceived try to discredit their findings and this is the same as other Truths that only God could have known at the time they were recorded in the Bible. This message today is to explain why the flood was necessary and that it was not an act of revenge or punishment by God but was very needed for you and me.
Having been in a Ministry involving both Atheists and also Cults where you need to prove yourself as acceptable by agreeing with their rules and regulations. I soon realized it was a common assumption with Atheists, which they seek to prove and try to force on others, even though they claim not to believe in God and that we are suppose to have just invented Him in our delusion and that the Bible, was just written by men, they still say God deliberately afflicts us, that He is cruel and also seeks to teach and dominate us by force to make us puppets leaving us without free will but as we see in the Scriptures below this is just not True. But they say this because they are reading the Scriptures with fleshy eyes, they have no Light, they are in darkness.
I was also often challenged by people in Cults and still am today, some who doubt God is Love in all His ways towards us and believe He does evil to bring good out of it, which the Scriptures tell us is slander, but yes, He does work everything for good in our lives, even what Satan and others mean for evil.
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of men.
This deception that God willingly afflicts us for our good which even some Christians believe, has caused many to blame God for what Satan and others do to us that causes us to suffer or because we live in a fallen world or because of our own sin. God does not hurt us willingly to teach or punish us, and He will not force us to Love and obey His will, but He does discipline His own, by letting us reap the evil we sow until we come to our senses like the Prodigal son and this is not pleasant, who enjoyed time out as a child. He also chastises and warns those who sin through the Scriptures and The Body of Christ.
The Scriptures that speak about this time (see below) show us why it was an act of Compassion and Love which caused God to put an end to what was very evil in His eyes. He tells us that every thought of Mankind was evil and this is how it will also be in the End Times after the Rapture or First Sickle as it is called in Revelation. He also tells us, as a man/woman thinks in their heart their actions will follow and so by their example their Children will also accept evil as good and they will teach their Children the same and so many will continue to be afflicted by Abominations and suffer greatly as it was in Noah’s time, outwardly things may still appear to be normal but a fierce battle is raging in Heaven even now.
Genesis 6: 5-6 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth and it grieved Him in His heart.
Genesis 6: 12-13 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold I will destroy them with the earth.
God has always intervened when His little ones continue to suffer and the people in Noah’ time were sacrificing their Children alive to Pagan god’s and doing detestable things to them and to animals and each other and the polluted Children that survived did the same and we see this sadly by the Pagan Nations who came later and did the same things and God knew there would be no change, which was why He also destroyed with Sulfur, Sodom and Gomorrah and because of the horror of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany, He sent Nations to stop the untold evil there too.
Some ask; “If God knew these things would happen, why did He create man, or why did He save Noah and his family.” He did so because He is Love and Love never gives up, it continues to Hope and He knew from Eternity that you and I would Love Him with all our heart and so the gain outweighed the lose, to Him our friendship was worth all His heartbreak, we are His priceless Treasure and so He sent Jesus to Redeem us, to pay the cost when man would not listen and Jesus willingly suffered for us…How great is God’s Love!
But we can see from the practices of the people, why it was so necessary for Him to end their lives by the great flood and why He also sent His people later to put an end to the evil of the Pagan Nations around them, so they could not continue to pollute others with their evil practices and this was why He also gave the Israelites guidelines to protect them and their Children against the evil that would result by accepting and practicing them.
Thankfully Children who do not understand good and evil go to be with God, they are never punished for the sins of their Parents, all the Children who died and did not know right from wrong were saved Eternally, as they are today. The Israelite’s Children were allowed to enter the Promised Land even though their adulterous Parents were not. God is not for evil or does He deliberately allow it, what some believe to be evil is not, it is Merciful and Compassionate and comes from God’s heart of Love. Yes evil does happen to us, this is why we Trust God to work it all out for good, even if those we Love hurt us and continue to hurt us, we know without doubt God won’t but we can’t Trust Him fully in the flesh either, only through The Holy Spirit who we ask for and receive like God’s wisdom.
So is it God’s will we suffer, the Scriptures say No! do we have to suffer to have compassion for others who do, No, genuine compassion comes from The empowering of The Holy Spirit, not the flesh, many become bitter and angry when they suffer and blame God, some even reject Him, or they seek revenge when others hurt them. Some judge those who suffer as deserving and those who show their emotion as being weak and not having faith but we remember Jesus cried and was known as a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and yet He had deep inner Joy in knowing who He was and regardless of our circumstances we can too.
Those of us who suffer for doing good will be kept strong in our spirit and will be greatly rewarded.
Psalm 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
We also need to hold onto the Truth that God is not a Sadist or does He expect us to be Masochists, when He tells us to give thanks in all things, even when we suffer, it is not for what causes our suffering or hardship that we are giving thanks for but because we can be assured that He is with us as we go through them ( see below) and will work it out for good, this is why we give thanks which in turn gives us great inner Joy. But if we blame God for what we suffer we will live in fear and torment of what He will do to us even if sugar coated it is for our good.
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
As we choose to walk in The Fruit of The Spirit (see below) we are empowered to do so and we than increase in these strengths and the evil of our fleshy mind and soul are put to death, because evil and good cannot Co-exist in Unity and God’s Love is the strongest power on this earth to demolish strongholds and so we patiently go through trouble and hardship knowing they will have an end.
Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Now that we are in the end times and we can see once again the practices and customs of the Pagans and other unbelievers in our God of Creation, starting to have a great influence today, making it necessary for Jesus Christ to return and to separate His True followers from those who do evil before the end of this World as we know it comes. Satan seeks to hurt us which is the exact opposite of God’s plans for us. (see below ) Satan’s children or followers also seek to hurt, belittle, accuse, slander and deceive but God will keep us strong to the end and like Loving Parents with their young, He will be by our side to help us.
Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We ask God for His empowering as King David did below and to help us make every thought captive to Christ, so our actions will follow, as often said ….What would Jesus do!
Psalm 51 (10 ) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
To wait on The Lord , means also to Trust Him and depend on Him, to know His plans for us are very good, our tears are captured in the vessel of His heart and He will change them all to Joy. We are the Children of the Promise, Abraham’s Spiritual seed and we outnumber the Stars. Galatians 3:28-29
Isaiah 25 (8-9) He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
Thanks for listening – Christian Love – In Unity with Jesus, our Spiritual Husband – Anne.