Friday, October 5, 2012

The Awesome Acts of God

UV 539/10,000 Exodus 34 v 10 The Awesome Acts of God And He said, “ Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.” Our relationship with God is based on a covenant just as the relationship between a man and his wife is based on a covenant. The words used are in the present continuous tense, “ I make a covenant.” The Lord continues to make a covenant with each of us individually. Just as a couple are expected to be faithful to each other through thick and thin, we are expected to be faithful to the Lord. All glory and honour and power and dominion belong to the Lord and when we stray away from our covenant relationship, it provokes the anger or “jealousy” of God. The Lord promises that in the midst of all the people among whom we dwell, He will do marvels that have never been done before on the earth or in any nation. All the people in whose midst we live will see the awesome work of the Lord. He promises to do an awesome thing not unto us but with us. This is the reason the testimony of each believer is quite different and unique. The other day I met a believer who lost his son in an accident. While they were mourning, the Holy Spirit appeared in a vision accompanied by a gust of wind and comforted his wife by allowing her to talk to not just that son but to see him holding the hands of three other lads whom they had lost at birth. The Lord was keeping His covenant promise to do an awesome work in his life. What the Lord does with us is nationally unique and globally unparalleled. He is not just the one and only God but He is an Unique Person. He delights in manifesting His uniqueness in our lives. He is merciful, gracious, patient and abounding in grace and truth. The manifestations of the power of God are not meant to impress or to awe but to reveal a combination of these qualities of His personality. The worship we offer must not be a reaction of fear but in the nature of a love song from our hearts in the manner of the Song of Solomon. There might be sub-themes and sub-texts but the overarching banner is love:” My beloved is mine and I am His and His banner over me is love.” The thanksgiving we offer therefore must not be out of a sense of obligation but an outpouring of gratitude for just His being there for us. Our prayers must not be a litany of petitions and requests but an acknowledgement of our faith that He is able to do all things in, for and through us. Prateep V Philip

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