An Authoritarian, Disciplinarian and Punishing God?

When did man stop believing that God was a Loving God, wanting to provide, nurture and bless, and became an authoritarian, disciplinarian and punishing God? Was it In Noah’s day? Or was it at Sodom and Gomorrah? Maybe is we on the day God gave Moses the law and put up with then for 40 years. I have heard all of these answers at one time or another from very knowledgeable theological scholars. But none of them are right. The truth is our lack of knowledge of God’s love and fear of punishment started long before any of the aforementioned events.

If you remember God made man and loved him. He prepared a special garden for man and provided everything in life for man. Then entered the “LAW” God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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A Universal Question?

Lately I have heard people say that they think that everyone will be saved, and they ask this question. If God is a loving God how could he condemn people to the lake of fire and eternal damnation?

There is an explanation for this thinking. It is because of the flesh. The very first thing we must understand is, God is a judicial God, and also, God cannot lie.

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The Best of All The Land

We know God was with Joseph all that he did prospered in his hand. Also we understand that Joseph had no possession or power of his own except what God allowed pharaoh to give him. Think on this Joseph is a representation, a type of Christ.

In the story of Joseph the life that is a greater example to me is Jacob and Josephs brothers. In their world they were in a land of famine. Jacob sent his sons to the land of Egypt to buy food not knowing that Joseph was alive and well in the land and second in command of all the land.

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Significance Is As Significance Does.

Believe this or not but a lot of Christians get into service not in the Christ life but rather to bring significance to themselves. They have a deep seeded need to feel important and to be needed by others. Most aren't even aware this is what they are doing. They serve in the church, on the board, in the choir, on the prayer team as well as other positions in the body. There are pastors, Sunday school teachers, deacons and evangelists. All working in their own flesh, their self-effort, to feel like they belong to something greater then themselves, to make their own life significant.

Many Christians use this self-significance as their identity. They serve because it gives the purpose and it appeases their flesh. It gives them false security, It makes them feel good and, they think this service is needed for their salvation.

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To Beg For Or To Be The Revival?

I hear so many people continually say we need to pray for a revival in our nation. That we need an out pouring of the Holy Spirit to get us back on track. I agree this country is in a great decline and we do need a revival of sorts. But what exactly is this outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is begging God to give it to us the way to get it.

"It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29

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