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December 7 – One fault line, two lines of loyalty

He has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.Hebrews 12:26

Scripture reading: Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 12:25-29 

Geographical fault-lines are deep, lengthy cracks in the earth’s crust. They run through countries and continents, forming crevices so deep and gaps so wide that they physically separate people onto opposite sides of an impassible divide. Spiritual fault lines are both similar and different. In Genesis 3:15, God established a spiritual fault-line which separates the entire human race into two sides: Satan’s side and God’s side. But it is not a physical or spatial separation; rather, it is a separation based on a person’s loyalties.

By obeying Satan, Adam and Eve showed allegiance to Satan and joined his side. But God quickly fractured that loyalty by placing enmity between them and their respective seed. This was a good kind of fracture! It broke apart a deadly allegiance, separating Adam and Eve from Satan by setting them on the Saviour’s side.

But fault-lines are also dangerous. Just as geographical fault-lines are places where two tectonic plates press against each other, causing deadly earthquakes, so spiritual fault-lines are places where extreme pressure between Satan and the Saviour and between those loyal to them, results in deadly fighting.

Tomorrow we will see how pressure between these two sides quickly builds to a quaking point. Today we note that when Jesus returns, His mighty voice will shake the entire earth. The final separation will take place as the earth opens its mouth, swallowing all those on Satan’s side, but leaving those on God’s side to enjoy the green grass of God’s new creation. Whose side do you stand on?

Suggestions for prayer

Praise God for Jesus Christ Who is the bridge that allows us to cross from Satan’s side to the Saviour’s side where there is eternal safety and security.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God DevotionalRev. Brian Zegers has been serving the Lord by working with Word of Life Ministry as home missionary to the Muslim community in Toronto, Ontario since 2015. 

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