What To Desire – Part 4

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Ps. 19:9-10

This is our last deposition in this series. Here I am going to talk on rights – God’s right vs human rights. Notice that the word “righteousness” comes from the word “right”.

Right at the outset, let me point out that the term ‘human rights’ appears very appealing in the natural. But you would be surprised to learn that, in the Spirit, that term is extremely abhorrent to God. But I probably am getting ahead of myself…

I am sure you have heard of that term, ‘human rights’. And you will have heard also of ‘women’s rights’, ‘children’s rights’, ‘animal rights’, etc, etc. There are all kinds of rights in this world. And I am sure you can attest to the fact, as I said, that they sound very appealing.

But now we have everything wrong on account of these ‘rights’. In some countries around the world, parents are not allowed to beat their own children, and if a parent beats a child they could get arrested!

The outcome of that is that children, whose young minds need to be provided direction, are left direction-less by parents who have been robbed of the tools they need to direct their children. And believe me, the best tool for raising up a child is the rod. Forget about that love stuff. There is no real love without the rod.

How can we do differently when God Himself has said,

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Prov. 13:24)

“Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” (Prov. 23:14)

“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” (Prov. 29:15)

Clearly, a society or government that forbids parents from physically disciplining their children is a society that is actively fighting against God’s laws for God has given parents the mandate to beat their children with the rod. In other words, therefore, it a society that is fighting against God!

I wouldn’t want the kind of freedom I see in some quarters for my children. I want my children growing up knowing how to respect not only their elders, but everyone else; but especially their elders. I read the story of a 16-year boy who stabbed a 60-year man in the stomach because the old man accidentally spilled the boy’s coffee. The boy claimed the old man had ‘disrespected’ him. Those are the bitter fruits of ‘children’s rights’. The man who was stabbed died.

That was in the U.S., of course.

The parent who gives the rod must of necessity be Godly so that, as he gives his child the rod, he will do so in the fear of the Lord, bearing in mind that he, too, has a heavenly Father who also shepherds him with a rod of His own. That is why parents cannot physically or emotionally harm their children.

Did you ever hear of the Beijing Conference of 1995. That is one of the most famous conferences that has been held in recent times. It was a worldly conference on women’s rights. Among the resolutions passed was that men and women are to be equal at home, in the workplace and everywhere else.

Try to picture a woman, devoid of the fear of God, running about armed with such a declaration. What a disaster!

But God’s Word is soft and simple:

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” (Eph. 5:22)

Here God is trying to mold a humble spirit in the woman’s heart; and the world is telling her to ‘climb’ from under the man!

Unless we want to be like the world, kindly allow me to venture to ask, What right could we possibly have before God?

We have absolutely no right at all. The man has no right, nor the woman, nor the child. Before God, we are all equal, and each one is to fulfill their role in this life in the fear of God. Notice God’s Word above:

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

At no one time have the judgments of man been true or righteous. At no time have the demands of man been true or righteous. They are all wrong. All the ‘human’ rights in the world are just that: ‘human’ rights; and they go against God’s Word for, ultimately, they are an excuse for the flesh to gather strength and rebel further against God. Do not be deceived: Man has never intended nor desired to do God’s will, in spite of all indications to the contrary .

In the Spirit, therefore, only God is right; and the only right we have is to seek after the righteousness of God. In other words, the only right mankind has is to return to God. It is to seek God and His ways. That is the only right we have. That is why the Bible says,

More to be desired are they (God’s judgments) than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

A return to Godly ways is to be desired more than gold, yea, than much fine gold.

A return to God is sweeter than honey and the honey comb.

The Cross, The Final Solution – Part 2

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Phil. 3:7-11

In the Swahili Bible, the word used for “righteousness” is the same word used for “justice”. Therefore, we could re-write verse 9 thus:

“And be found in him, not having mine own justice, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

The Apostle Paul wanted, not his own justice, but Christ’s.

Now, that word, “own”, is crucial here. We all know that nothing good comes from the word “own” as far as it refers to man. So what is our “own justice”?

Our own justice is our rights. It is our worldly, human rights. According to the Bible, we should give them up. All of them. Including the right to life.

With the Bible, there are only two things: law and grace. If we are to be men and women of grace, we are to surrender our rights. If seek after justice for ourselves, we have become men and women of law, and Christ is become of no value to us. Christ is of value to whoever will lose their lives.

Notice verse 7:

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”

What were the things that were gain to Paul? Paul is talking about his worldly rights. He counted his rights loss for Christ. That means he gave them up, that he might gain true life, which can only be found in Christ.

Paul surrendered all. Not some, or half, but all of his worldly rights. He surrendered even his life (Acts 21:13).

But Paul was simply obeying what our Lord Jesus taught. Jesus taught:

“38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” (Mat. 5:38-41)

And,

“10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Mat. 5:10-12

Moreover, in Romans 8:35-36, the Apostle Paul himself writes:

“35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

And, finally, in 1 Peter 4:1 we read:

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin”.

All these scriptures go against what the world teaches; but, again, the Bible is not the world. The Bible is the Word of God. The world teaches an eye for an eye; the Bible teaches to surrender your life. If we would have true life in us, we must account ourselves as given to suffer and to die with Christ – literally.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is no soap opera. On the contrary, it is all about being man enough to face the cross of Jesus Christ.

Emboldened by the realization that nothing else could save this woman, my pastor friend asked the lady, “Would you be willing to take your own life because you cannot bear to lose? Ultimately, the real problem here is not your husband, but you, if you cannot bear to lose. In Jesus Christ there is abundance of everything you are lacking: peace, joy, and love. You need to love your husband just as he is, with all his weaknesses. But these things can come into our own lives only when we allow Jesus into our hearts, and we do that by losing.”

And with many other words he preached Christ to the lady.

The lady bowed her head and let the words sink into her heart. When she raised her head, she told the pastor, “I will come to church on Sunday.”

And, true to her word, the lady went to church on Sunday, and worshiped. She was filled with joy and a new hope in her life. The pastor had given her the secret to beating one of the most difficult situations she could ever face in life. It was to surrender her rights.

The cross is the final solution to absolutely any problem on earth.

[Women are the most oppressed members of society. In Christ Jesus, though, this state of affairs translates into a blessing, for these same women have the best head start in the Spirit if only they can take up their cross and follow Christ]

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