For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. ( Luke 19:43-44)
Did you know that God visits mankind? We understand that all Born-again believers have the Holy Ghost by faith. He lives inside of us, but the manifested glory and presence of the Lord is another thing. It can either bless or curse us.
The above link shows Jesus’ concern over Jerusalem. He wept and interceded for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). A word was given by the Holy Spirit. A prophetic utterance that pronounced doom and destruction for Jerusalem. Why? The Jews did not recognize the time of God’s visitation, which was Jesus coming to bless his people.
Salvation and grace are so important in this day and time. We hear many teachings about grace, and I praise God for it. The other ingredient that we overlook is Judgment. Failure to receive God’s grace can have dire consequences. (Rev 2:21) The church of Thyatira was an example. It was given a warning and a space to repent. Judgment always follows grace when it is rejected.
How is your garden?
Did you know that your life is a garden? What you do with it will determine your blessings or curses. Adam was given a garden. God gave specific instructions on how to tend to it. Unfortunately, we know the end of the story–Adam and Eve disobeyed God and lost their blessing. Our life is filled with choices and decisions that we must make. The wrong decision can affect us and our loved ones for generations to come.
As a believer, you have to make a choice. Am I going to sow to the flesh or to the spirit? My advice to be is to put on Christ. (Romans 13:14) When you get up, you comb your hair, wash up, and put on your clothes to start the day. Now, add to that the mind of Christ. Don’t leave home without it.
The word of God tells us that we have the mind of Christ. Christ is the anointing power of the Holy Spirit. Now, you may ask—How, do I put on Christ? The word says to call those things that are not as though they were. ( Rom 4:17) You have a miracle in your mouth. Think about this–There are two trees. One is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the other is a tree of life.
The first tree is good, but why is it forbidden? Because you can do good works and not have God involved. The word says that our righteousness is as filthy rags. (Isa 64:6) I thank God for many governments and social programs that help the less fortunate, but if God is not involved, it is in vain. You can feel the calling to go to Africa to help the less fortunate, but If God has not called you, it is like filthy rags in his sight.
When you speak the mind of Christ into being and receive it by faith, you are eating the fruit of the tree of life. (Proverbs 15:4) It will give you the wisdom to solve complicated problems. You will be in control of your thoughts and have his peace flowing. A renewed mind will help you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
God visits his garden.
God will visit your garden whether you are aware of it or not. God visited Israel’s garden. (Luke 20:10-16) He sent his prophets to call them to repentance. They mistreated and killed some of them. Finally, he sent his son Jesus. The religious leaders felt threatened and killed Him. They were losing their people and their influence was diminishing. They thought that they could kill Jesus and solve their problem.
Alas, they complicated their lives even more. God’s blessing of Salvation went to the Gentiles and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. Jesus came as a lamb to visit his people and returned as a lion in judgement. It is no wonder that Jesus prophesied to his female followers not to cry for him but to cry for their children. (Luke 23:28)
Let’s learn from Israel’s example. Take care of your garden. Years ago, God spoke to me saying — I would rather show my people my blessings instead of judgment. God is a good God. Put on the mind of Christ and start eating of the fruit of the tree of life. It will bless you and your family for years to come. Shalom!