<![CDATA[Pearl Nsiah-Kumi - Blog]]>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 02:50:40 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[ GOD’S WRATH IS SATISFIED]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:27:49 GMThttp://pearlkumi.weebly.com/blog/-gods-wrath-is-satisfied
 
Wrath can properly be referred to as anger, fury, or rage. The title of this article is stating that God was furious about something, but now not anymore, because something has changed. What was He furious about? We can sum up the reason in one word—sin, which is defined as lawlessness in 1 John 3:4. By the way, all mankind is guilty of sin (see Romans 3:23). If we are still a bunch of sinners, why is He no longer furious? Usually, going from a furious to a non-furious state is an indication that either the source of irritation or whatever brought on the fury has been removed or dealt with in some way, like punishment.

God is holy. He hates sin! Yet God loves the sinner, and the only way He can establish a loving, ongoing relationship with the sinner is to separate the sinner from his or her sins. In order to accomplish that, He put into motion plans He had before the foundation of the world. God came to earth in the person of His Son Jesus, lived among us, and died in our place. So Jesus, who was sinless, was punished on our behalf. His blood washed away our sins, and therefore, God’s wrath was satisfied. The condition for restoration of fellowship with us was met. Hallelujah!  

Although God’s wrath is satisfied, it is not an automatic cover for everyone. Each individual must want forgiveness and ask for it. After all, not everyone will admit to being a sinner or to having done anything wrong. So then, people who believe what the Bible says about humans must agree with God in that regard (confess their sins), and ask God for forgiveness because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Anyone who takes this step is forgiven. The new believer’s fellowship with God is restored in this life and continues into eternity. It is made evident through the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This of course is the beginning of a new way of life. The Bible calls it adoption. God becomes our Father, and rather than being His enemies, we become His children. Others who have been adopted through the same process are our brothers and sisters in Christ. This family bond is universal. Together we form the Church, the body of Christ, where Christ is the Head.

Indeed, God’s wrath is satisfied. We should rejoice over this truth! God has gone from being angry and being compelled to punish us with eternal separation (see Romans 6:23), to calling us His children. After giving up His Son for us, He says there is nothing else He won’t do for us. Wow, such love! In addition, He is preparing a place in heaven for us. He says we will live in mansions. Jesus told His disciples, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3 KJV).

We need to put an effort into maintaining our restored relationship, nurturing it to blossom. How do we do that? Although we don’t know it all yet, we can safely allow two basic rules to guide our lives, and those rules are: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV). If we love God, we will seek to obey and please Him in all that we do, and if we love our neighbors, we’ll seek their welfare in all situations.

In addition, we need to read the Bible and allow it to guide our walk. We need to communicate with God through prayer. We need to encourage sisters and brothers and be encouraged by them by sharing fellowship with other believers. Next, we start to look for opportunities to share the gospel with those who haven’t heard it, or don’t understand it. There are many such in our neighborhoods, at our jobs, and everywhere we go.

God’s wrath is satisfied, yes, and He has reconciled us to Himself through the death of His Son! May God help us to take the responsibility that comes with reconciliation seriously, and look expectantly for His return.   

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<![CDATA[ What We All Long for the Most]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 03:29:40 GMThttp://pearlkumi.weebly.com/blog/-what-we-all-long-for-the-most
 
You probably haven’t thought about this, and if you have, you probably have not expressed it, but deep down, you long to be very special to somebody—anybody. Most likely, you don’t care who it is, just as long as somebody loves you for who you are, unconditionally.
          
  In our society, the decision to love is often based on factors that are lacking in many: good looks, stature, social status, education, financial status, skin color, race, nationality, and so on. In other words, someone might love or not love another because of his or her nationality, skin color, profession, or how much they earn. When love is based on such things, it is conditional. What will happen when a big-earner loses the ability to earn that much? What happens when good looks fades with age and or poor health?  Does love then cease?


No matter how poor or unattractive we are, we all desire someone to go head over heels for us. That is where God comes in. He is that Person we are all longing for, to satisfy our deep-seated longing. But why is God that Person?


He love us unconditionally because He created us the way we are for His pleasure. He never decides someone is too unattractive, handicapped, or poor for Him to love. He loves us no matter what; He never disowns or stops loving us because something about us has changed. He loves us just as we are, and by choice!


God wants His love for us to bring us into a loving relationship (which we lost as a result of sin) with Him, and for our deep-seated need to be satisfied, we need to respond to that love—we have a responsibility in the matter. A relationship is not a one-way street: it needs to have at least two people to qualify as such.    


So, how do we respond to God’s love? We need to understand and accept  that we are sinners with no ability or resources to pay the penalty for our sins. The Bible makes it very clear, “For everyone has sinned, we all fall short of God’s glorious standards” (Romans 3:23 NLT). We then have to ask for pardon through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died in our place. When we take this step, he forgives us and restores our previously broken relationship with Him, because, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NLT). 


To clarify God's unconditional love, let’s look at God’s reasons for loving the Israelites. “Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the LORD loves you, and was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8 NLT). God’s love for the Israelites was by choice and by His faithfulness in keeping promises He had made previously. God loved them, no matter what they did! He punished them some of the time, but never stopped loving them. In fact, again and again, He pleaded with them to return to Him from their sinful wanderings.


This is the kind of love we all long for: love that is unconditional! Only God can do that. Only He wipes away our sins and never brings them up again. That is easy for Him to do, because  His love for us was by choice. He knew us inside and out; He knew we were evil, but that did not stop Him. Nothing in our future was ever going to surprise Him; we might hurt Him by our behavior, but not surprise Him. Being faithful is the other half. God has promised, “I will never again remember their sins” (Jeremiah 31:34 NLT). When we repent, He forgives and forgets, so our relationship with Him remains intact.


Have loved ones failed you? Are you left to wonder if anyone cares? Are you longing for unconditional love? Try Jesus, the Son of God, through whom God is reconciling the world to Himself (see Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18). He’ll love you beyond your expectations, transform your life, and at His appointed time, bring you home to Himself in Heaven. 
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<![CDATA[The Gift of Snow]]>Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:04:12 GMThttp://pearlkumi.weebly.com/blog/the-gift-of-snow
We just got tons of snow! I could have gone sledding on my front porch, but I knew better. I didn’t! How do we usually respond when it snows? What I feel, and hear others express as well is how inconvenient it is: meaning we can’t go out, can’t go to work, shut in maybe for days with probability of power loss, and on and on! Occasionally though, some are glad for the opportunity to stay home from work.
 
First, do we realize snow is one of God’s gifts for which we need to be thankful? Although snow interrupts our lives in a way, let us look at what blessings it brings. Snow is completely out of our control (even though the Meteorologists sound like they control it); God makes it start when He wants, and makes it stop per His timetable. What if starts, but never stops? We’ll all be buried alive! This is one of the ways in which God demonstrates His power. Let’s be appreciative and bless His name! What a mighty God!

Second, snow is beautiful, no question about that! But in addition, because of snow, we can understand to some degree how clean the blood of Christ makes us. The Bible illustrates the cleansing of our sins this way, “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18 NLT). We’ve gone from our sins being red (scarlet) to as white as snow! Amazing, and that really means going from being sinners to righteous (as though we’ve never sinned). That miracle was David’s desire after his sin with Bathsheba. He prayed, “…wash me and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7 NLT). If you have snow, look outside, and be reminded of God’s grace and power to transform you. Your sins completely covered, and without a trace!

The snow, because of its associated problems, offers us the opportunity to express care and love for loved ones and neighbors. We check on each other to make sure all is well. My neighbors, Bob and Mary started cleaning my driveway before I got out of bed! Am I God’s princess or what! Before they cleaned, my brother, Tom and my son-in-law, Scott, have each offered to come and do that very thing. I feel so blessed! I also know many people have been recipients of such kindness. It is refreshing to experience kindness from neighbors in a world such ours.  

Thank God for the snow; it really is a gift from above! He has a reason and purpose for everything He created, contrary to what we might think. Thank you, LORD, for the snow!      ]]>
<![CDATA[January 21st, 2016]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:52:31 GMThttp://pearlkumi.weebly.com/blog/january-21st-2016
Hello,

A friend, a fellow author interviewed me today. The interview is posted on her website; address posted below. Please visit and leave a comment if you can. Thank you!

http://www.janiscox.com/what-god-says-pearl-nisaiah-kumi/
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