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Heavenly Amnesty

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3 February 2023

Eagles have strong and sharp vision. They can focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle spots his prey, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not shift his focus from the prey until he grabs it. The eagle will go for the prey in a “shock and awe” swoop. The key lesson here is the inference we can draw from the way of an eagle in the air.  God is the Creator of the whole universe. He created the eagle that we mentioned in this discussion. Heavenly Father knows us and sees our going in and out. His merciful focus on us is never shifted.  He identifies His glory in His vision and goals concerning our lives. He sticks to His vision about us and no obstacles can impede or stand against His divine way.  The scripture revealed, “There is a special way of an eagle in the air.” (Proverb 30:19)

Unlike eagle who focuses on his prey for the purpose of food, when God watches over us, His merciful eyes upon us is to offer us His Heavenly Amnesty for the purpose of our salvation.  “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him …” 2 Chronicles 16:9) That was why God chose Abraham regardless of his idolatry background in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. He called him and said, “Now  the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)

Through His servant, Samuel, God chose the first king of Israel. Saul, the son of Kish, was clueless about the glorious plans of God. His father sent him out to look for the lost donkey and he ended up in the presence of Samuel the ‘Seer’. “Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? … And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.” (1 Samuel 10:1,6)

Even in the New Testament, God chose Cornelius the Gentile, a centurion, and his household to partake in the commonwealth of His love through salvation.  “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” (Acts 10:44-47)

We did not choose our Savior Jesus Christ; He chose us when the vocabulary of repentance was still strange to us. He chose us when we could not even figure out how to approach His holy presence and ask for forgiveness. All the believers are the product of His merciful amnesty.  “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners . . . But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:6-8 NLT) Our precious salvation is priceless.  It was woven in in heaven in the bowel of mercy of God. It was wrapped in love and repackaged in the protective padded wrapper of grace and was personally delivered unto humanity through the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ His Son on earth. Since salvation is a gift of God it is expected to be received joyfully by faith.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:2-9)  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) The redeeming blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is too precious to be shed in vain. The heavenly amnesty is too costly to be trivialized. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.” (Hebrews 3:7-11) We must treasure the gift of salvation through Christ. We must not trash it through besetting sins.  We must do all things to value the beauty of grace.

Prayer: O Heavenly Father, help me to overcome the depravity of my heart so as to sincerely value the beauty of grace and genuine amnesty of salvation.  Guide me O Merciful Father that I do not trade this salvation for things that perishes with this world in Jesus name, Amen.


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