Coincidences. What are the mathematical odds of these happening?
Ever thought maybe there was something more to life than the random chances we have been told they are?
Have you felt drawn lately to talk to God or have you thought about him for some reason?
Or maybe come to a point where you feel you need God?
I want you to know I 100% believe God is real and that he loves you, me… all of us. I wasn’t always this way.
If you are willing I want to share the story Of God’s love for us.
Also if you need someone to talk to about any of this and you don’t have anyone you can talk to. I would love to hear from you and pray for you.
So I know this is a little off track from horses.
But there are so many hurting people that need to know the hope of Jesus. Jesus is for everyone, he loves everyone and he gives hope to all who choose take his gift of everlasting life.
Whether you realize it now or not.
So here we go…
A Story Of God’s Love
In a huge explosion of light God created the heavens, space, time, the universe, and our earth. After some time, He separated the light and darkness and created the first day. We don’t know exactly how much time went by between the beginning of creation and earth’s first day. But according to Science it seems there was a long gap of time.
Then after the 1st day each day for the next 5 days, he created something new on the earth until finally the seventh day, when he took a break from creating. The earth was teeming with life, plants, animals and the first man Adam was created in the image of God. He placed Adam in a beautiful garden named Eden.
God created Eve sometime after Adam. He knew the animals were not an equal enough companion for Adam. So he formed Eve from Adam’s rib. Which is where woman got the name. Womb+ Man= Woman. God thought it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone.
They were the first humans God created and he loved them like they were his children. He told them they get to name and care for his creation, as well as to be fruitful and multiply. Pregnancy and childbirth was to be much more peaceful in this time. Every seed bearing plant was for food. They had everything they needed. Everything was good and there was no sin or evil in his creation.
However his creation was being infiltrated by an enemy. Satan meaning adversary, was once known as Lucifer. A beautiful angel who was the highest ranking angel in God’s kingdom. He was adorned with jewels and jems. However he became filled with pride and deceit. He wanted to be worshiped like God.
When he decided to try to overthrow God. God knew his plans but stayed silent. Lucifer convinced a third of the angels to follow him and betray God. After attempting to overthrow God they were cast out of heaven. Losing favor and trust with God forever.
Now Satan was sneaking about God’s creation.
God took everything away from him. Satan pride infected him. He is not the angel he once was. He is vengeful, spiteful, filled with hate and malice. A smooth talker and a persuasive liar. Easily convincing to make wrong seem right.
He became twisted in the mind, often believing his own lies.
The Fall Of Mankind
Now God planted two important trees. One was the Tree of Life. The other was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He told Adam and Eve to never eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would surely die. Die spiritually. Die physically. Cause the earth to decay. Why he put it there is a good question!
Just My Thoughts Here: It is not clear in the bible and I am just speculating on this but, I wonder if evil always existed like God always existed. God is the exact opposite of evil. He is literally goodness and love. I wonder if God compacted evil into that tree almost like a Pandora’s Box as a way to contain it. Maybe not just a thought. These are just my own thoughts and wanderings not in the bible. I think he wanted Adam and Eve to have the opportunity to choose for themselves to do the right thing. In order for them to have free will to choose. God would have to allow them to make the wrong choice. Rather than force them to do it. He could only tell them what is best. Well they failed the test.
Anyway back to the story. Satan disguised as a serpent sweet talked them and convinced them they would be fine to eat the forbidden fruit. He told them they could become like God knowing good and evil. Satan is great at telling half truths. After they ate the fruit creation immediate became transformed like a disease ravaging the lands with nothing able to escape it’s grasp.
Sin entered into all of creation. Animals changed to carnivores and omnivores where as before they only ate seed bearing plants. Degeneration. Aging. Pain. Hunger. Thirst. Disease. Illness. Natural disasters. Toil. Suffering. Mental illness. Death. Evil.
Adam and Eve pretty much took their authority on earth which was given to them by God. And handed it right over to Satan. Damning themselves and all future generations to come from them.
Creation had become sick and cursed forever.
God is love, goodness and he is perfect justice. He hates evil down to the tiniest white lie. Evil and injustice makes him very angry. He kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden Eden he first placed them in.
Where the Tree of Life dwells. He set an angel with a flaming sword to guard the entrance of the garden so no one could ever enter again. Because they had chosen evil and became infected with evil, they would no longer have everlasting life, but instead physical death and the second eternal death.
Before sin entered the world. Humans were inherently good. Now that sin has entered the world humans have to fight to choose to do the right things, it no longer comes naturally. This infected body now had a propensity for evil desires, that are not easily overcome.
God does not allow sinners dwell in his home called heaven. Not only because God despises evil but also for the reason heaven does not become infected with evil.
For us to be in heaven with a sinner’s hearts and the stains from anything wrong we have done. That would cause heaven to become like our fallen earth.
Sometime after Adam and Eve died. Men and woman multiplied and instead of turning to God and loving their creator, they chose to do evil things, to themselves, others and they rejected God. It was a time of great evil.
God became sorry that he created us, because he saw so much evil in the hearts and actions of mankind. He decided the best thing he could do was to destroy his creation.
But there was one family loyal to him and faithful. Noah’s family. He chose to protect them, and save 2 of every kind of animal so they could breed and exist after the flood. This would be a fresh start for mankind. You probably heard of the worldwide flood and Noah’s Ark.
After that terrible disaster. God made a promise to never flood the whole earth again. He created the rainbow as a sign of that promise.
Despite starting fresh with Noah’s family. Evil still dwelled among men, because of the curse.
We were still doomed to die. Our spirit already dead. After our physical death we would experience that spiritual death forever. To be spiritually dead means to be separated from God.
Sin separates us from God. To be spiritually alive means to be together with God, because God is life. Without him is death.
But not only are we apart and dead without God. There are also consequences for wrong doing. Every sin committed comes with a penalty, consequence, a debt, that will have to be paid, by us. Not more not less. Just what is due for every sin and even thoughts of doing sins.
God considers our sinful thoughts the same committing sin. Because we commit the sin in our heart. The standards are so high he condemns even evil thoughts.
He is not against good, kindness, doing right, loving.
Only those who have done evil. Because of that, everyone is basically screwed because who is sinless among men?
This is the road we travel on without Jesus.
Luckily despite how much God abhors evil. He doesn’t hate us. It actually grieves him to see us choose wrong and do evil.
In fact he loves us while, at the same time despising the evil we do. God is many things and one of his titles is Judge. He is a Good, Just and Moral Judge. Crimes of evil must be paid to set things right.
Now that the crappy, depressing part is told here is the GOOD PART. The JOYFUL PART!
The Son of God came down to earth and became both man and God who was named Jesus. He subjected himself to much suffering and death on the cross. He sacrificed himself to pay what we owed for all the wrong we had done in lives and minds.
Let me rephrase that.
The Son of God who had everything, all riches, all power. He was royalty, perfection in all ways and was deeply loved by the Father. He stepped down out of that… into our realm of despair, to suffer for the things we did and be punished for our wrong doing. So we can enjoy and inherit what he had and not suffer our eternal fates and punishment of death.
Father God let all his wrath he had for all the sins that had been committed by us, out on his Son Jesus instead of us. The son he loved dearly, so that we could be saved from our fates.
Even though he was the one person to ever keep from sinning. He had done no wrong and there was not evil in him. He was the innocent lamb sacrificed for people who didn’t deserve it. But God loved us that much.
It was the only way. Why I don’t know. Jesus asked if there was another way. He didn’t want to suffer. But he went through with it.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit agreed to this together because they loved us and wanted to create a way for us to be in relationship with them again, like before the fall.
Side note: God is a trinity. What is he? God. Who is he? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son is Jesus and was known as “The Word before he came to earth as Jesus.” Here is more about Why Jesus is called The Word before. I don’t fully understand 3 in 1 God concept. But I believe it. There are a lot of things we as humans can’t understand about God because “his ways are not our ways.” He knows a lot more than we do. Which makes sense if he created everything that ever was, or is, or is to come.
Here is a video to help understand the trinity better.
Jesus was beaten and suffered great affliction. After being mauled. A crown of thorns were pressed onto his head and a purple robe placed around his shoulder. They mocked him and called him King of the Jews.
This was before, in his agonizing state, he had to drag the gigantic, super heavy cross to where he would be hung on it and killed. The thick nails were hammered into the cross through his wrists and ankles. Then the cross hoisted up with him hanging on it. His weight In great pain and suffering until finally he died.
Three days later the holy spirit brought him back to life. His physical body was glorified and better than before, but still bearing the holes where the nails had been driven. His followers didn’t even recognize him at first.
Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 to see the prophecy about Jesus written years and years before he came. This is not the only prophecy about him either.
Making The Decision To Follow God
He gave us this opportunity to be set free from the consequences of our sin. But also to have our spirit healed and live life in freedom as well as to have a home in heaven to go to when we die.
To do this you have to decide to let Jesus to become Lord of your life.
- You need to ask and receive forgiveness. When you ask for forgiveness of sins you see how the sins are wrong and turn away from them.
- Believe in who he says he is.
- Believe that your sins are forgiven and you are made clean, by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
- Ask the holy spirit of God to dwell within you and change your heart. The holy spirit living in you is the guarantee of the inheritance God promises us
- And then live for him. Read the bible. It doesn’t need to be straight through can be random chapters. I love when God gives me exactly what I needed to hear for that specific time in my life.
When you do this a relationship with God has begun and you are set free from the chains of sin. Your spirit becomes alive as the holy spirit makes it alive. You are no longer separated from God’s presence. You are now destined to live eternal life in heaven.
DANGER: When you first accept Jesus, Satan will try his very best to make things difficult for you. He wants to keep you down. He wants you to fail God’s purpose for you. Cling to the truths God has for you in the bible. This time will come and it will be hard, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
You won’t be perfect here on earth. Because you will still be tempted here and make mistakes. But if you are true to the Lord with these things, the holy spirit will start to change your heart. You will see the fruits of the spirit begin to produce in your life. People will begin to see that you are different. Not because you try to be different but because the spirit is at work within you.
It’s all a process called sanctification. God sees the faith you have in him as righteousness.
The only sin that can’t be forgiven is blaspheming the holy spirit. Which is essentially rejecting Jesus and the Holy Spirit. To learn more read What Does It Mean To Blaspheme The Holy Spirit. on Beyond Today.
What is To Come
The world we know today is not going to be around forever.
In the Bible God says the world will come to an end. The end will be troubling times.
There will be an Anti-Christ and a helper who is in cahoots with Satan that will deceive many into believing he is the Christ. 7 years. One world government. One world currency. One world religion. Natural Disasters will be frequent. Pandemics. Famine. Wars and rumors of wars. The times are said that they will be worse than the times of Noah.
There will be judgement on the earth to those people who choose not to receive the gift of Jesus.
Satan will be imprisoned when Jesus comes back to earth for 1000 years before he is released one final time, before the final judgement.
During this 1000 years Jesus will reign as King on earth and all those dead in Christ who are in heaven now, will rise in glorified physical bodies. All those alive in Christ will be made new in their glorified bodies.
And all those in Christ will reign with Jesus. Praising and worshiping him because of all the glory and amazement they will know feel see and experience. They will be undone and in awe.
The ones who are dead and have rejected Christ will not come alive in this time.
When the 1000 years end. God is creating a new heaven and a new earth. Who knows what it will be like. Sin and evil will be defeated for ever at this point and there will be no worries.
Just Some Bible Verses
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
All of this can be hard to believe. I understand. Our minds can only accept so much at once.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
I challenge you to try it and see what happens.
I did and now I can’t deny God’s not real. I have so many stories to tell that make me smile when I tell them. Because they remind me how real God is and I feel myself fill with joy.