Ever been in a service where the choir starts singing, the Spirit gets thick and the order of service goes in the trash?! When I was a kid, we would always get excited when dad didn’t get to preach. Maybe that didn’t sound right… Sorry, Pops. What I mean is, we always loved it when “The Big Preacher” showed up! People leaving their seat, hitting the aisle and falling into the altar for no other reason than the Spirit of God moved them in that direction. Man, those were the days. I’m not suggesting that all of those days are in the past and gone forever but they certainly did leave their mark on this ole boy as a kid. Hey, when God wants to talk, what else needs to be said? After all, God is the first One who ever preached the gospel.
Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel. Gen 3:14-15
Yep, that’s my God talking!!! The sermon is enough to get ecstatic over but do you recognize at whom the sermon was directed? The first presentation of the gospel was delivered by God to the Devil himself! Can you even fathom the love of God? No sooner did the residents of Eden seemingly destroy this wonderful plan that God had for all of humanity than God swooped to our rescue with the promise of a redeemer! One who would take away the sins of the world! A Savior whose sacrifice was not only adequate to clean up the mess made in the garden but is more than sufficient to wipe away any mess you or I have made of the lives God so graciously granted to us. By the way, Jesus never was plan B. Who knows what else was mentioned as the three stood huddled discussing their plan for mankind? I can only imagine that before God thunderously shouted “BREAK” He winked at His son and said, “Are You ready for this?” Christ smiled and wiped away a tear as He replied, “I’ll go long”. Yes God does indeed love you and me and His provision to deliver us was put in place well before deliverance was needed. If God truly does cherish us to that degree, it shouldn’t leave any wonder that Satan would wish to cause us harm. Let me stop right here and be sure that each of you who have ever prayed that the Lord Jesus would forgive you of your sins, therefore becoming the sons and daughters of God, recognize; He considers the relationship He has with you not only good but marvelous. With that said, can you understand why Satan would spend every moment of every day harassing the child of God? Satan simply despises what God adores.
There’s nothing more comforting than to know that our maker cherishes us. I mean we are literally the apple of His eye. And because of that, we are therefore the targets of the adversary.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8
Stay the course, my friend. “The Big Preacher” has made the way for us to live this day, and every one that follows, in victory!