Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
THE STORM NATURE RELEASES IN ITS CRY FOR DELIVERANCE (2)
Nature is an awesomely powerful force. God created it to function in a manner that served mankind. But when man fell in the Garden of Eden and was put out, nature fell under the domination of Satan. And it was there that nature remained until the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who, at that point, laid full legal claim to Father’s creation once again. Then, upon His ascension, He fully licensed His Church with power of attorney to use His Name and have victorious dominion over all He reclaimed through His redemptive work. In the broadest sense, that is where our present problems began.
Today, at this present moment, the believer, the Christian, the heir of God and joint-heir with Christ, should be walking in our God-given and God-ordained rights as sons of God, exercising dominion over all the Lord has given to us. Ah, but sadly, the Church has fallen far short of that mark. When Jesus redeemed you and me from the curse of the law, having conquered Satan and stripped from Him all power and authority, He placed you and me in charge of His creation. In His Name, He commanded that we should be doing the works He did, and even greater works. Now think about that. Jesus calmed storms that arose to destroy Him and those around Him. What are we doing with destroying storms? According to the Scriptures, the believer has authority over such things, and a promise from God that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper.” Yet I witness weapons prospering against God’s people every day. Since God cannot lie, then the problem must lie somewhere else. It cannot rest on Satan. Yes, he is the “thief” of John 10:10, but the POWER lies with the church. We are our own problem because we do not fully receive, believe, and act upon the living Word of God. I realize these words I am writing are not popular with many believers, but they are nonetheless, truth.
Now think about the things I am writing. Nature has been placed under the authority of the Church, the Christian. One of the characteristics of nature is that it behaves much like a child. The Word tells us to “train up a child.” A child should develop certain expectations of love, training, and if need be, correction from the parents. And while the Church is not the parent of nature, it has been placed in our care and under our authority by the Lord. What are we doing with it?
Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28; 1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:24