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Does God take the blessings?

Does God take it back the blessings He gave us? 

Job mentioned something about God taking back His blessings.   Job never knew why was he blessed with prosperity and then was shredded into unbearable circumstances.   He lost everything including his family.  Humans always turn away from God when something not good happened and the rage is always at God blaming Him for letting bad things happen to good people.  Are we really that good?

Job couldn’t find out why it happened to him (Job) and having no acceptable help from his friends’ advice, Job turned the blame to him and felt that he was not good enough to plead his situation to God effectively. 

However, Job never turned away from God.  His faith never weakened no matter how grim the circumstances of his life had become.  He showed how to keep the faith and how to fight the good fight of faith.  Job later proved his faithfulness and righteousness and defeated the challenges that Satan was wrong in picking him, and God was right in letting Satan test Job.  Job later received double restitution.

When God gave power and authority to Jesus, God did not ask to give back what He has given him. But Jesus knows God very well and he (Jesus) is voluntarily giving it back. In Luke 10:19, Jesus gives us the assurance that He has given us the power to overcome all the power of the enemy and nothing shall harm us. In Matthew 18, Jesus says, “Whatever we bind on earth, will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Why did God give us life only to die?  Does this mean that God takes it back?  He allows us to taste life only for a period of time and we as his creation should accept that limitation.  We are here today to enjoy the precious life with Him but in return what do we do?  We turn our back away; continue sinning, corrupting His creations, abusing our free will.  We have a chance and we called it grace and grace has an expiration and it is coming very soon to all.   If we do not express our heart filled with the spirit of repentance in its truest meaning and not the works of our lips, where do you think we are heading after this life?  

Death is taking life away and through the resurrection, we can get it back, therefore we should learn the lesson of the past and if given a chance with a stronger body to resist sin, then we can make it through; but if sin is still stronger than the will of the fleshes, then we need to keep being resurrected over and over, but resurrection doesn’t work that way.  Once resurrected and receive a glorious body, eternal life has been fulfilled; death has been defeated again for good. The only one that can defeat sin is its own death. Sin dies when we all return and submit under the wings of God.

In God’s government or we called it the kingdom of God, there is no law that people can commit sins and when there is no law there is no sin. People with a lack of knowledge can come to this confusion.  How would the world look like without the law that controls bad behavior; survival of the fittest, hard work, sleepless night, stress, worries, and anxiety?  Powerful to the powerless, fortunate to the unfortunate, and authority and the influential will dictate the lives of every individual.

This will look like the world without God. So, the law, on the other hand, is mandated only to those who live in darkness, but in God’s kingdom sin is dead, no one knows about sin.  Life will be good and anything good comes from God. We need God and that is the bottom line.

With a glorious body, eternal life, living with God, our mind has no room for missing the mark. Once sin is defeated it will perish and no more trace of its existence that is why we will no longer be under the bondage of the law.

Psalm 57:2 says; “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” The key to understanding this passage is our submission to God’s purpose for our life. There’s nothing we can do but to obey His Will if we want to receive the promise of eternal life. If we resist fulfilling every purpose He has for us, God is not going to change the days of lives and He is the only one that can change the circumstances. However, our choices and actions depend on us and not God to act.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., Bishop Emeritus

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