God’s Seal of Grace


Kings Seal

Revelation 5

Jesus has broken the Seal of Fate and purchased the lives of all who come to faith.

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:13-14

Seal: a mark, sign, symbol, or the like, serving as visible evidence of something.
anything that serves as assurance, confirmation, or bond:

Satan’s Jealousy

When Satan understood mankind would be made a little lower than the angels and in God’s image and one day reign with God’s Son, he planned his deceptive plot.  Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and sinned, sealing their fate by what was proclaimed by God; “if you eat of this fruit you shall surely die”.  (Hebrews 2:7, 2 Timothy 2:12, Genesis 2)
So their fate was sealed the moment they took the bite out of Satan’s seductive bait. But God’s Judgment upon Satan was that “One” was to come, destroying his works and satisfying God’s decree of eternal judgment.
Through God’s plan of redemption, the works of the devil would be destroyed with a fatal blow with the Savior’s atoning sacrifice, making the path to eternal life possible for all who  believe.
(Genesis 3, 3:15, Hebrews 2:6-8, Romans 5:9, Revelation 6:15,3:7-10)

God’s Seal of Judgment

Because God is a Just and Holy God, He must punish sin. God’s sealed proclamation concerning the consequences of sin is irrevocable, but the shed blood and broken body of Jesus Christ, has made a way of escape for all who place their faith in Him. There is no other rescue plan but God’s. Since He was the One who decreed it, He is the only one who can provide the solution to the ultimate consequence which is eternal separation, punishment and death.  (Romans 6:23)

The Provocation of Jealousy

Satan’s  jealousy permeates the minds of those who reject God and His righteousness. Beginning with Abel’s death by the hand of his brother, and throughout biblical history, the same has been true, jealousy provokes the unbeliever to murder those who are righteous.  (Genesis 4)

The Sealed Ark

During the time of Noah when the sins of mankind multiplied, God made a proclamation concerning bringing about their destruction. Noah believed God and was obedient in building an Ark, whereby, he and his family and many animals could be saved. During one hundred years while Noah was building the Ark and sealing it with pitch, he warned the people to repent, but they rejected what he said, and continued with their evil acts. When the time had come for God’s wrath to take place, he called Noah into the Ark along with all who were to be saved and sealed the door shut. No one could open the door until God had finished cleansing the earth. This cleansing was through water; the next would be by fire.
(Genesis 6-9, Revelation 3:8-10)

The King’s Seal

During the time of the Persian captivity, King Ahasuerus was persuaded through a plot of deception to make a proclamation against the Jews, which ultimately would bring about their destruction. After writing down the fate of the Jews, he sealed it, making it irrevocable, a decree, even he was powerless to reverse or break. But through Queen Esther, and the prayers of the Jewish people, God moved upon the heart of the king to provide a way of escape, saving their lives. (Esther)

Daniel was a man of faith during the Jewish Babylonian captivity which at this time, King Darius appointed him to rule in his kingdom.  Daniel’s adversaries were provoked with jealousy and persuaded the king to decree that during a certain period of time, if anyone worshiped any god besides King Darius, they would be executed. Daniel continued His prayers and worship of God everyday even with his fate sealed by the King’s destructive proclamation. So when the decree was put in writing and sealed by the King’s authority, it was impossible to repeal; even the King could not reverse the consequences of the law he decreed. But when Daniel’s accusers told the King of how Daniel continued to pray, Darius was greatly distressed and looked for a way to rescue him, “but the edict could not be changed.” (Daniel 6)

When the law was carried out, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den.  King Darius was sad concerning Daniel’s fate and declared, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

“A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.” Daniel 6:17

But at the first light of dawn, the stone to the entrance of the lions den was removed and Daniel was found without harm and saved because of his trust in God.
(Daniel 6:19-23)

Joseph’s Fate Sealed

When Joseph’s brothers learned how Joseph could possibly reign through confirmation of his dreams, they were provoked with insatiable jealousy, and they threw him in a pit. Instead of killing Joseph they sold him into Egyptian slavery.  His fate was sealed. It would be impossible for him to escape. But when the time came, God called him out of slavery and prison to reign in Egypt. This brought about Israel’s salvation during the great famine. God highly exalted him and at the right hand of Pharaoh he received God’s authority and all of Egypt and his brothers bowed before him as revealed in his dreams.
(Genesis 37,39,41)

The Sealed Tomb

In a similar way, Jesus allowed His betrayal, and suffered the consequences of the sin of the world. The proclamation above His cross read; King of the Jews. And when some tried to change what Pontius Pilate had written, he said, “what I have written, I have written”. They removed him from the cross, placing his limp and motionless body in a tomb sealed by a stone with the irrevocable Roman decree.  But when it was time, the seals were broken and with the power of a mighty angel, the stone rolled away. The Son of God came forth, resurrected, providing the way of escape from God’s wrath and judgment for all mankind.  (John 19:21-22, Matthew 27:66)

The Holy Spirit’s Seal

And after everyone who is to come to faith during the time of grace, sealed by God’s Holy Spirit- the guarantee of His redemption through faith in Jesus Christ, a door will open in heaven, with the call to come up, and the the blood stained Lamb of God will break the seals of God’s wrath, and His fury will be poured out upon the earth.  Ephesians 1:13-14

144,000 Sealed

During this time of tribulation  before the Second coming of Jesus Christ, 144,000 Jews will be sealed, giving testimony of the lamb who was slain. (Rev 7,14). During the time of the great tribulation the gospel will be preached throughout the earth and all who call upon the Lord will be saved. (Revelation 14:6-7)

Satan’s Seal of Fate

During the Great Tribulation, there will be a great delusion, and those who refuse to repent and reject the only way of escape through faith in Jesus Christ will receive Satan’s seal of fate; marked for eternal destruction because they chose to worship the beast and refused to worship the “One True God” and His Son.
(Revelation 13:16-18)

No Excuse

All Creation speaks magnificently of God’s Glory. With the rising and setting of the sun, the beauty of the rainbow’s appearance, everything is designed and predestined to function with utmost precision. Therefore, there is no excuse for ignoring God, and His Salvation, as He has revealed Himself through His Word and by the things He has made.
(Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11)

His seal of promise is proclaimed throughout the earth!

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Where Fear Has Its Place


Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

  1. Definition: Fear – a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, , whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. reverential awe, especially toward God: the fear of God.

When I was a child, I had formed a healthy respect and fear of my parent’s discipline. Their discipline was so consistent, I knew not to cross their line. They had ultimate control of my life, and although I knew they loved me, it was because of their love they would teach me to avoid certain dangers. Specifically, I remember when I was around ten years old, I was told to always be home by dark. We were privilege to have a large neighborhood with restaurants and stores within walking distance. Once, when a friend and I were collecting newspapers to turn in for profit, I was egged on to continue our quest to places in our town where they would  relinquish their old papers. It was well after dark.and I knew I was going to be in trouble because my mother let it be known in previous times there would be no room for excuse. So as we bicycled up to my driveway, sure enough, my mom was standing there with flyswatter in hand, ready to enforce the rule. She seemed angry, but it was more the emotion of fear she was demonstrating, fearing the worst could have happened to me.  (Proverbs 23:13-14).

We are  always under someone’s authority whether we are aware of it or not. The government is given the authority to enact justice whenever it’s citizens break a law. When it comes to criminal justice the objective is to establish laws and consequences to protect innocent people from criminal activity.
Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding  fathers made the statement that a democracy where freedom to live peacefully is maintained  is only made possible where a moral populace exists.

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Benjamin Franklin

The freedom to do whatever you want, serves only those who desire to please themselves. This goes along with the philosophy “the end justifies the means ” and the indoctrination of self-will/values clarification – where each individual determines whether something is right or wrong depending on the desired outcome.

What’s scary, is when in view of possible consequences some will throw caution to the wind and take unnecessary risks, while others will avoid any type of risk for self-preservation.

Wisdom which leads to the best outcome for everyone is  defined as easy to understand, peaceable and leads to the best results. This is the Wisdom which comes from above and the fear of God is the beginning of that Knowledge.
(Proverbs 9:10, James 3:17)

Whether we disagree or dislike the fact; God is Holy, Good and Just. He is so good, He sent His Son to die for all sinners and take the place of our punishment for all sin. This has satisfied the Justice of a Good and Holy God.

But the Kingdom of God is not a place for the unrighteous but for those who have accepted God’s great salvation and repented. The Kingdom of God is a place where the born again believer in Christ is under the authority of God’s Holy Spirit. Outside God’s eternal Kingdom are those who choose to continue to sin and remain in darkness.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Psalm 103:19, John 3 )

The fear of God to the one who has repented and accepted Jesus Christ is one of awe, and reverence, receiving the continued discipline He gives to whom He loves and calls Sons (Hebrews 12:5-6).

So the question is whom do you fear and why? The person who is fearless with disregard of an awesome, powerful God, is foolish in his assumption because while it’s possible to escape accountability in this world, it is impossible when we stand before the judgment seat of God. (2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:7-12).

Christ stands as eternal advocate to the one who repents and believes, but who is there to plead the case of one who rejects such a wondrous, powerful salvation, so simple a child understands. (1 John 2:1-2, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 19:14, Mark 16:19)
A Child’s Faith

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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When God Speaks


“And he said, ‘Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and then a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”   1 Kings 19: 11-13

I just recently saw a group of women shouting over one another, speaking harshly and loudly, with all attempts to drown out all opposing opinions. And I thought, when you really have something important to say, it’s never necessary to scream to be heard, for the Truth needs no trumpet, it’s always loud and clear.

I also find it amusing, whenever my friend and I meet to discuss scripture and how the Lord is working in our lives, something loud and noisy, rude and demanding, usually comes right beside us to prevent us from hearing God’s Word. We laugh about it now, and have learned to ignore it, continuing our conversation, turning deaf ears to the intrusion.

When God Joins Our Conversation

Satan is the accuser of God and all who have come to faith in His awesome salvation. The best way to defeat his antics is to ignore his outbursts, accusations and walk away. Since there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, he looks for ways to pull the rug from under anyone whose confidence is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

“Those who have no leg to stand on will look for ways to pull the rug from under those who do.” DF

Years ago, when my faith was shaky, I began listening to the accuser’s voice, until I was convinced I’d lost my salvation. Then, as I quoted God’s Word in Isaiah 40:30-31 about “waiting” on what God had to say, I heard a small still voice, say, “Don’t give it the time of day, just walk away.” As soon as I started ignoring the verbal assaults, I felt God’s awesome peace, while soaring high with the power of His unconditional love.

I love how God asked, Elijah, what he was doing there. Actually, it was a question concerning his faith. Was he standing in faith, or was he listening to the voice of doubt and fear. I also love the way the Lord just told him the next thing to do while assuring him, he was in no way the only one who was trusting in Him. Elijah had just experienced an amazing victory and was simply worn out emotionally and physically from the ordeal.

The lord did the practical thing by allowing Elijah to rest and be nourished before speaking. But He is always ready to speak in our worse circumstances, the question is, are we waiting in expectation to hear What He has to say.

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