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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Return to Me; God's Heart Cry started with a feeling, I'm not an intellectual or someone with a vast vocabulary. I'm just an average person who loves God and wants to live for Him. Not so different from you.
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This release through the death of Jesus is generally considered as an afterthought of God to salvage some of the human race. However, the depth of God's wisdom is shown in His foresight to devise a plan that provides for man's free choice and experience with evil, redemption through Christ and ultimate eternal happiness.
There they enjoyed a perfect home. Eden provided an abundance of food containing all the wholesome nutrients to sustain their perfect life. Adam was given dominion over the whole earth and all the animals therein. The crowning feature of this experience was Adam's close fellowship with his Creator and God Gen.
The third chapter of Genesis details the history of man's free will choice. God instructed man that if he practiced righteousness, he would live forever. If he disobeyed, then "dying thou shalt die" Gen.
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Death would be a process of sorrow and suffering culminating with the grave. Note well that death, not eternal torment, is the penalty for sin Gen. Like the child and the hot stove, Adam did not know what suffering and death would mean. These were mere words to him. By information he knew that his disobedience would lead to his own death. No matter how many times God reiterated "dying thou shalt die," these were only words devoid of meaning.
Adam never saw anyone die. The dying scenario was never played out. Adam could not look down through the corridors of time and visualize all the suffering and death that would be brought about by human sin and selfishness, all of which would have their beginnings in his own disobedience. Let's set aside his eating of the fruit for a moment and focus on the principle. Something far more weighty was involved here. Adam of his own free will chose not to continue in the fellowship of God. This important detail is recorded in Genesis 3: And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [breeze] of the day: This account indicates that a very familiar routine had developed between the Heavenly Father and our first parents.
Now that he had disobeyed, Adam heard God approaching to fellowship with them and knew the consequences of his actions. By his disobedience, Adam realized he had willfully chosen to withdraw from God's fellowship; therefore, he hid from the presence of God.
Notice that even before God cut off fellowship with him, Adam hid or withdrew from fellowship with his Heavenly Father. Ponder well Adam's choice. Just think, Adam enjoyed perfect communion and fellowship with the Heavenly Father. Communion with his Creator was not just a momentary experience. No wonder many are repelled by the absurdity that a momentary decision by a minutes-old Adam plunged the human race to long centuries of horrific tragedies. The record in Genesis 2: It elaborates on the events that occurred between Adam's creation and Eve's.
After Adam's creation, God planted a garden in Eden and put Adam in it. Adam, after receiving instructions from God, worked in the caring of the garden. There was extensive communication pertaining to things Adam could and could not do. Then Adam was instructed to name all the birds and all of the living creatures.
And, during this time of extensive responsibility in caring for all the plants and naming all the animals, Adam enjoyed communion with God. Then Eve was created and became the wife of Adam. Now Adam had time to spend with his wife and enjoy her companionship. All of these events covered a period of time.
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Other scriptures indicate a period of two years. In his talks with God in the "cool of the day," Adam should have realized there was something vastly different about his God compared to himself and Eve. He was such a loving Father. God not only practiced benevolence, kindness, love, justice and mercy, but God also loved these qualities. They were the very fiber of His being. He loved them so much that He wanted to exercise them in every relationship with His creatures. This was the "spirit" or "essence" of God's holy principles which He wanted to crystallize in the human heart.
If God had programmed these qualities into man's heart, man would have been a mere robot, devoid of fulfillment and happiness. But in order for mankind to live eternally in peace, harmony and happiness with each other, they must have these qualities crystallized in their heart. God was the epitome of holiness, wholesome benevolence.
Due to a lack of experience, Eve chose the way of self-interest, selfishness. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 2: Adam was faced with a choice between loyalty to God and His benevolent ways or loyalty to Eve and her ways of self-interest. Over a period of time, Eve evidently had become a rival to God. Adam not only disobeyed God but chose loyalty to Eve before loyalty to his Creator. He loved Eve more than he loved God. Man had to learn this basic principle. It is only as he loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his strength, and with all his mind, that man will be enabled to love his neighbor fellowman as himself.
The crystallization of God-likeness in man ended, but only temporarily. Before God pronounced the death sentence, withdrew His fellowship and expelled the first pair from Eden, He did a remarkable thing. God slew an animal and clothed Adam and Eve with its skins. What a ray of hope! Then they will individually be given the opportunity to crystallize God-likeness in their hearts. Meanwhile, the educational process has changed.
Man would reap the dire results of the ways of selfishness which Adam chose when he cast his lot with Eve and her ways. Because of Adam's lack of experience God knew he would disobey. Therefore, before God even created the earth and man, He planned for man's redemption. This meant a plan that would deeply grieve His fatherly heart as He watched man trampled down into death by the machinations of evil while learning the consequences of sin. Only profound love would conceive and pursue such a plan. The foreknowledge of God's own suffering proves that the permission of evil is a necessary experience for man's eternal welfare.
God's gift of Jesus was the greatest demonstration of fatherly suffering in history. Pastor Russell caught the degree of this suffering love when he wrote: Had he no appreciation of the pangs of a father's love when the arrows of death pierced the heart of his beloved Son? When our dear Lord said, "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death," did it touch no sympathetic chord in the heart of the Eternal?
Yea, verily the unfeigned love of the Father sympathetically shared the Lord's sorrow. The principle taught in the Divine Word, that true love weeps with those that weep and rejoices with those that rejoice, is one which is also exemplified in the divine character. God could and did sacrifice at great cost to his loving, fatherly nature, the dearest treasure of his heart and thus he manifested 1 John 4: When Adam and Eve disobeyed, God withdrew His fellowship.
Alienated from God, man became alienated from his human companions. Rivalry and jealousy raged, and soon murder shattered the first family.
Loneliness, stress and depression overwhelmed them rendering both mind and body prone to disease. The latest scientific research confirms the Biblical account of man's "fall" into sin. Mental distress does disease the body and mind. The dying process had begun and man became alienated from himself. Man is out of harmony with himself and struggles within himself.
This adds to his mental anxiety. Fear, hostility and aggression became the norm. Exploitation, crime and violence were the inevitable consequences. Man was learning the dreadful consequences of sin and its resultant evils. Yes, Adam's children, the human race, were born sinners Psalm This is "the sore travail God hath given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith" Eccl. After Adam and Eve disobeyed, they were cast out of their Edenic paradise into the unfinished earth, where the components of nature were yet unbalanced.
Man is learning by experience that death is the bitter consequence of sin and evil. Yes, disease, another natural consequence of sin and imperfection, has taken its ravaging toll. Natural disasters, too, take their toll, but frequently selfishness is the cause. Man's greed for industrial profit created the pollution that burned the hole in the ozone layer. This has accelerated and accentuated the scope of nature's catastrophes. More vicious than this, man's inhumanity to man has resulted in the slaughter of billions.
Man's greed enslaved and exploited his fellowman, resulting in hunger, pestilence and human depravity of every form. Remember the illustration in Chapter 1, of the parent who disciplined his child by sending him to his room for the evening and had loving thoughts of their continual relationship.
Yes, Paul said in 1 Corinthians Because Jesus died "a ransom for all" 1 Tim. Some will say, "Don't tell me you still believe in original sin! Just because Adam and Eve were disobedient, the whole human race are sinners? What better proof can we have that the Genesis account of Eden occurred? Unfortunately, the logic of the original sin concept has been obscured by Dark Age superstitions that have been attached to it, such as "hell fire" and a vindictive God who must be placated.
Modern man is rightly repelled by the superstitions contained in some church theology, but these superstitions are not taught in the Bible. During the first part of the 20th Century, sin was treated lightly. It was called "ignorance," only a growing pain of the human race. The prevailing theory then was to give man a bit more education, let him become a little more civilized and he will evolve out of his sin, leaving evil behind him. But now we are not so sure. The heinous events of World War II 12 million murdered, leveled cities, gas chambers , followed by the continuing senseless acceleration of war, crime and violence old people killed for kicks, year-old women molested and other immoralities have forced man to take a second look at the problem of evil.
A fresh look at sin is pointedly stated in the words of Dr. Joad, who was a noted Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of London, and listed by the editor of The American Weekly as one of the world's great scientists. For years my name regularly appeared with H. Wells, Bertrand Russell, and Aldous Huxley as a derider of religion Then came the war, and the existence of evil made its impact upon me as a positive and obtrusive fact.
The war opened my eyes to the impossibility of writing off what I had better call man's 'sinfulness' as a mere by-product of circumstance. The evil in man was due, I was taught, either to economic circumstance because people were poor, their habits were squalid, their tastes undeveloped, their passions untamed or to psychological circumstances. For were not psycho-analysts telling me that all the regressive, aggressive, or inhibited tendencies of human nature were due to the unfortunate psychological environment of one's early childhood? The implications are obvious; remove the circumstances, entrust children to psycho-analyzed nurses and teachers, and virtue would reign.
I have come flatly to disbelieve all this. I see now that evil is endemic in man, and that the Christian doctrine of original sin expresses a deep and essential insight into human nature. Joad, we must take another look at evil. It can no longer be considered a growing pain.
It is too deadly a disease to be explained away by environment. Standing at the closing of the 20th Century and looking back, the sad history of this century confirms that Dr. In elaborating on his observation of million slaughtered in the name of the "politics of organized insanity," he says: Contrary to its promise, the 20th Century became mankind's most bloody and hateful century of hallucinatory politics and of monstrous killings.
Cruelty was institutionalized to an unprecedented degree, lethality was organized on a mass production basis. The contrast between the scientific potential for good and the political evil that was actually unleashed is shocking. Never before in history was killing so globally pervasive, never before did it consume so many lives, never before was human annihilation pursued with such concentration of sustained effort on behalf of such arrogantly irrational goals.
Evil is a basic flaw in human character that can only be explained by the Biblical account of original sin. Speaking collectively of the human race, the Psalmist said, "In sin did my mother conceive me" Psalms The Apostle Paul in Romans 5: Since father Adam sinned, justice required that he die.
Thus, the whole human race is born dying.
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This is how it is learning the consequences of evil. However, the permission of evil is a brief controlled experience when compared with eternity. What are some of the grim lessons? God permits evil to demonstrate that man without God results in: God permits evil to prove that man's existence without God can only result in man's inhumanity to man. In our era of permissiveness, the justice of God seems to be an offense to the rationalist. Perhaps the problem is one of communication, which can be shown in the simple illustration of an argument.
All of us at some time have been engaged in an argument in which we really never objectively listened to the other party. We were too busy thinking up our answers to hear their logic. Similarly, the rationalist is carrying on a debate with God. If he would only stop and listen to what God has explained in the historic account of Eden Genesis 3 , he would catch a glimpse of the wisdom and justice of God that guarantees man's eternal happiness in due time. Some question the severity of God's justice in the death penalty. Could not a penalty other than death have been a just recompense for Adam's disobedience?
No doubt another penalty would have been just; however, God chose this penalty because it best suited His overall plan for mankind. Once Adam was informed that death was the penalty for disobedience, then the penalty was fair. A basic fact to always remember is that God in His foreknowledge knew Adam would disobey.
Therefore, long before the creation of Adam, God's wisdom devised a plan of recovery and ultimate happiness for the human race that would require the death of His only begotten Son. Thus I Peter 1: The Creator used man's experience in Eden to demonstrate the dependability of His justice.
It is vital for man to know that "justice and judgment [just decisions] are the habitation of thy [God's] throne" Psalms Justice is the foundation of the government of the universe, the basis of all God's dealings.
Judgment is also spoken of as part of this foundation. The Hebrew here means "a just decision. Man was placed in the Edenic paradise to thoroughly enjoy the love of God. Suppose that after Adam and Eve had lived obediently for a while, God changed His mind and expelled them from the garden condition into the thorns and thistles of the unfinished earth. His love would be worthless, whimsical, because it was not based on justice.
It would be changeable. If when Adam disobeyed, God said, "Oh, I will overlook your disobedience this time, I will not punish you as I promised to do. I am surely glad God is more loving than just. This, too, would have been whimsical, capricious, arbitrary. The Creator and Ruler of the whole universe could never be trusted throughout eternity.
At any time, in any place, with any order of intelligent creatures, God might at the slightest whim change His mind and turn on His creatures. Eden proved the unchangeableness of God's justice. Thus God declares in Malachi 3: How unchangeable is God's justice? It is so unyielding that God's court of justice required the payment of the costliest fine ever stipulated in a court of law.
What judge has been willing to give up his own innocent son to death in order to cancel the criminal debt of the defendant? Our Creator wants us to know the depths of His love, that He is the most loving Being in the universe, but how can God communicate this to our finite minds? In human relationships words of love can be quite meaningless.
Actions speak louder than words. How did God show His love? With tender fatherly emotions of sorrow, God took the dearest treasure of His heart, His only begotten Son, and sent him to earth to suffer and die at the hands of man. At great cost to Himself the wisdom of God formulated a plan which reveals that He is both just unyielding justice and the justifier benefactor of mankind Rom.
The simple events of Eden and Calvary tell so much about our God. Calvary is the greatest manifestation of love and mercy in the history of the universe. The combination of Eden and Calvary stand as a pledge throughout eternity that there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning in God's justice James 1: Many natural calamities are not a question of "Where is God? There would be no hole in the ozone layer without pollution. From whence came pollution? It came from diverse sources that are all rooted in man's greed for profit.
The extreme toll of human life accompanying other natural catastrophes have often been aggravated by man's selfishness. Over 4, lives were devoured in the Armenian earthquake. Such high casualties were due largely to shoddy construction of high-rise apartments over a well-known fault area, again illustrating human callousness. Californians dwelling over a huge fault area are hoping it won't happen in their lifetime.
Man has long observed and recorded the patterns of natural calamities such as floods, monsoons, hurricanes, etc. Yet thousands continue to rebuild in the path of the inevitable ruin. Hurricane paths have temporarily obliterated shorelines and coastal isles. Yet the vanity quest for the ultimate in ocean front luxury and prestige continues to provide a path of future victims.
Some disasters could have been eliminated or minimized if the recommendations of the U. Army Corps of Engineers had been followed. Yes, the killer force of natural catastrophes spirals numerically thanks to human selfishness and greed. This is one of the many lessons man is learning from the permission of evil.
Another observation must be made on the destructive forces of nature. Since the days of Voltaire s , atheists and agnostics always seized on nature's catastrophes to loud-mouth "Where is God? Numerically, the victims of natural disasters pale into insignificance compared to man's inhumanity to man. Actually these atheists and agnostics need the lessons of the permission of evil to explode their naive view of evil. At the turn of the century they were predicting that Darwinism and social evolution would usher in a 20th Century utopia.
Remember, Zbigniew Brzezinski's book notes that the 20th Century became the century of insanity. In which a million were slaughtered in the name of the "politics of organized insanity. Total all the deaths from natural disasters in the 20th Century and what do you have? It is a drop in the bucket compared to man's killing machine of our insane century.
This is what the schooling of the permission of evil is all about. Even if humankind learns the lesson of the dire consequences of sin in this lifetime, how do we know God's Kingdom will succeed? What assurance is there that at least the majority will crystallize the God-likeness that will enable them to live in eternal peace, harmony and happiness?
Jesus is our assurance. He is the "surety of a better covenant" Heb. Yes, Jesus will be a "Wonderful" success. Not only did Jesus die to provide the payment, a perfect human life that will eventually release the human race from death; but during his lifetime he suffered at the hands of his fellow man so that he could fully sympathize with their every need. The Prophet Isaiah anticipated the suffering of Jesus. Surely he has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows Jesus continually permitted himself to be afflicted through contact with sinful man.
Every time Jesus healed, it was at the expense of his own strength. We read that "virtue [strength] went out from him" Mark 5: He was expending his own strength so that he might be touched with a feeling of our infirmities. Further, Jesus was mocked; he experienced brutality, violence and murder at the hands of his fellow men. As a Jew, he tasted the racial scorn of the Romans. He identified himself with poverty, drudgery and obscurity. Full of compassion, his heart was moved for the mentally ill, the physically sick, the lame, the deaf and the blind. So that in God's Kingdom Christ will know just what lessons mankind will need.
Jesus assumed upon his shoulders the ills of this world. Indeed, he can have compassion on the ignorant and them that are out of the way. Those whom he ransomed, he will know how to restore. Jesus died nearly 2, years ago. Shame on those two! Imagine the gall of committing ourselves to a night of prayer and then slipping away.
I rejoiced to be agitated by their unfaithfulness. I was called to stand alone. The real problem lay not with those brothers who forsook me, but in this brother who forsook the Lord. I began then to learn a very powerful lesson. If God blesses me with others, well and good. I ask you, "Have you got what it takes to press on alone without any regard whether anybody else stands with you or not? It took me a long time to recover from that failure to stand alone. Oh, I plead with you to set your heart on giving God no rest day or night!
A sense of age can rob of the heart-cry that gives God no rest.
Then I was approaching my sixty-fifth birthday, and I allowed a sense of age to interfere. My calling was to give God no rest day or night until He visited us in gracious power. Well, if you give yourself a rest, you give God a rest. Inability to read the times robs the heart-cry for revival that gives God no rest. I find that something else that is robbing many, indeed I fear a high percentage of the Church, from giving God no rest is their inability to read the times and to feel with the heart of God what He feels. Being puffed up with pride and success robs one of a passionate heart-cry for revival.
One of the practices that I frequently engage in when addressing a group of ministers is to ask the question, "How many of you pastor churches where the attendance is in excess of a thousand? I know there are exceptions, but by and large those who attend conferences like this are the pastors of the little struggling churches. Someone spoke yesterday about the great danger of seeing success and then puffing your pride up to the point where you cease to seek God. Lack of fear of God prevents one from giving God no rest.
A lack of the fear of God has enabled many not to disturb the Lord. Timidity robs the heart-cry. Another great thief of the passion that keeps pressing the heart of God is the timidity, the lack of boldness that characterizes so much of the praying today. You remember when they built the golden calf. What kind of a God would do a thing like this? When Moses came down from the mountain, he saw and he heard the licentious activity of the people. Then his passions were thoroughly aroused, and nobody feels what God feels who has not seen what God sees.
And, oh the holy boldness that is needed is a holy boldness by viewing the world through the eyes of our creator and joining Him heart to heart in holy passion. There are certain factors that make all the more powerful the heart-cry for revival that gives God no rest. First, the desperate hunger and thirst for righteousness gives God no rest. I have not time to develop this, but in the beatitudes Matthew 5: You owe it to your soul to go back to the beatitudes and to see how urgent it is that one become poor in spirit--that he be utterly empty in the upward look and that he mourn inwardly and personally over his own sin and failure before God, and therefore, become emptied inwardly, and then that he stand in front of his world in the spirit of meekness, admitting to this world what he has already admitted to God and himself.
Thus the poor in spirit are emptied upwardly and inwardly and outwardly. And those are the only three dimensions in which we exist. When we are emptied in those three dimensions, we can do nothing other than hunger and thirst for righteousness. Secondly, deep heartfelt longings for the manifest presence of God give God no rest. This is an urgent part of importunate prayer for revival. They know nothing of the comings and goings of God.
But when you understand the principles that separate the essential presence from the manifest presence and from the cultivated presence of God, then you begin to get a heart longing for God to draw near, for God to manifest His presence. Third is a sense of shame for sin. This is part and parcel of giving God no rest day or night. It begins obviously with a sense of shame over our own sin, but as in the case of Nehemiah Nehemiah, chapter 1 his weeping, his heart-cry was not solely over his own sin.
He felt a sense of shame over the sin of the people, over their neglect, over the tragic decay of the city of God. Over and over, for instance, in the book of Daniel and in an abundance of other places, the overwhelming sense of shame because of the sin of the people drove men to importunate prayer. What else is important in prayer for revival beyond the sense of the glory of God? Is that not the overwhelming motivation for this kind of prayer?
Is God receiving today the glory due His name? God said to him, "Because you did not maintain My holiness before the people, because you did not carry My glory aright in your own hands, you will not bring this congregation into the land I have given them. Then I am touched regularly by the realization that my heart must be perpetually broken for others and especially the helpless. During my childhood and teenage years I always felt that the church community was my family, and since I was very little, God placed a love for His Word in my heart.
I still remember many evangelistic crusades and Bible conferences that I attended with a deep hunger for the Word of God. I do not know the exact moment when I was saved, but as the years passed by, the Lord brought my faith from my head down to my heart, and He brought me closer and closer to Him. The Lord also gave me a desire to tell others about the Gospel. In high school and in college I was always talking to my colleagues about God and the Bible. A very special moment happened when one of my friends named Adina, who was very religious but was not interested in the true gospel, professed faith in Jesus.
That was the first time when I experienced the extraordinary joy of seeing people coming to Christ! Afterwards, I remember that Adina and I would stay for hours and hours in a coffee shop just talking about God and the Bible. She was so hungry for the Word of God that she would read the Bible for hours and could not stop and study for exams! The strong emphasis in the student group was evangelism and discipleship. During that time I understood the Great Commission and how important it is not only to tell the gospel but also to help the young believer grow in faith.
God used many people in my life to grow me spiritually. I am especially grateful to Him for the pastors who came with HeartCry to teach in Bible conferences. I saw in them such a passion for the glory of God, such a great desire to live entirely for Him and to serve others. I joined the student ministry almost seven years ago and I am very grateful for these years. The Lord used them to reveal Himself more to me and to show me His great grace and power in saving people and growing them spiritually. When I first met them, they were not interested in spiritual things. Slowly Alexandra became interested, but Bogdan was reluctant and would not even come to a church service.
I started studying the Bible with Alexandra, and not long after that Bogdan joined us. We would stay for hours and hours and talk from the Bible. After several months the Lord saved both of them!