Participants: Shakeela Yasuf
Series Code: DOA
Program Code: DOA000015
00:41 As-Salaam-Alaikum to our Muslim brother and sisters
00:45 and shalom to our Hebrew cousins,
00:48 peace be upon you to our Christian brothers and sisters.
00:50 Welcome once again
00:52 to the "The Descendants of Abraham."
00:55 I would like today to take this time to say a special welcome,
01:01 a greeting to Brother Angus,
01:08 Brother Angus is in Malawi
01:10 and he has been emailing us and he has been
01:13 blessed by the programs.
01:15 Brother Angus, we welcome you to the program
01:18 and thank you so much for your prayers and your emails.
01:22 And we pray that you will continue
01:23 to be blessed by these programs.
01:26 I would also like to take this time to say
01:29 Salaam-Alaikum to Sheikh Qasima.
01:33 I will not mention what country you are in but we are glad
01:37 and so happy that you are with us and we pray
01:41 that - that this programs will be a blessing to you
01:45 and that you will contact us if you have any question
01:49 and anything to share, we'll be more than
01:52 happy to answer those letters or emails.
01:58 Welcome Sheikh Qasima.
02:02 A Muslim brother who has chosen to follow the God of Abraham
02:08 who he believes to be Jesus Christ says this.
02:13 "As I began to examine the Scriptures,
02:16 I came across some revolutionary teachers.
02:20 In the excellent names of Allah in Islam, not one is love.
02:26 Not one is father.
02:29 But I read about a God who loved mankind so much,
02:33 even after they rebelled against Him,
02:36 that he made a way that we could come before Him
02:40 and call him Abba, Father."
02:46 I would like you to ask yourselves
02:48 brothers and sisters the God
02:51 that you worship is he a God of love?
02:56 Is he a God that says come and call me Father Abba,
03:03 daddy, papa is your God and the God
03:10 you worship an intimate God,
03:14 one that has a very intimate relationship with you?
03:22 Our Muslim brothers and sisters honor the name of Jesus
03:27 because the Quran states that He is a great prophet.
03:33 Our Jewish brothers and sisters claim
03:36 that He was just an ordinary man, no one special.
03:41 But everyone who has heard His name
03:45 does not deny His existence.
03:49 Yet today there are still too many people around the world
03:54 that who have never heard the name of Jesus
03:57 or what He has done for humanity,
04:01 all humanity, you and me.
04:07 Do you know that if you were the only person
04:11 on this rebellious planet, this very sinful world
04:16 that Jesus Christ would have come just for you,
04:21 just to rescue you from the bondage of sin and Satan.
04:27 This is a reason that He left His home
04:30 in heaven and came to this world.
04:33 When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden
04:37 and ate of the fruit, the forbidden fruit every man,
04:43 woman and child every one that was alive then
04:50 and all we know is that Adam and Eve
04:52 were the only ones alive then but afterwards
04:55 when the earth became popular did every single one
04:58 from that time on started to die because of the sin.
05:04 We are all facing the consequences of that sin.
05:09 Let's look at Genesis 3:6 it says
05:14 "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
05:17 that it was pleasant to the eyes,
05:20 and a tree desirable to make one wise,
05:23 she took of its fruit and ate."
05:29 Now God had given Adam and Eve instructions
05:32 about that forbidden tree and that forbidden fruit.
05:35 You know He taught them about the fall of Satan,
05:39 He warned them that this enemy will be lurking in the shadows
05:46 and will be looking to destroy them and to deceive them.
05:51 Well, Eve wandered away from her husband
05:56 and she went to the forbidden tree and that is where she came
06:00 face to face with Satan in the form of a serpent.
06:06 Eve believed what she was being told that the fruit
06:11 was good that she would not die,
06:14 that God lied and so she pluck the fruit and she ate it
06:21 and we know what happened after that.
06:26 God made us all free moral agent.
06:31 He did not forbid Eve or Adam to eat of that fruit,
06:38 He warned them, He gave them the instruction
06:41 and He said don't go there.
06:45 You know we - we read that's forbidden
06:48 and it was His instruction to say you don't want to go there.
06:52 This is not something you want,
06:53 it was a test of their faithfulness
06:55 and their obedience to God.
06:58 But they were free to go and to eat of the fruit.
07:03 They were free, God makes us
07:05 all free moral agent.
07:07 He does not, He does not force Himself on us.
07:12 He does not force us to worship Him,
07:17 He does not force us to worship anyone.
07:22 He shows us through His love
07:25 who He is and then He says, you make that choice.
07:30 If you want to come to me, follow Me, worship Me
07:33 or choose if you want to disobey and go your way.
07:38 But He does say there are consequences
07:41 because by disobedience the consequence
07:45 for Adam and Eve was death.
07:48 And you know, they started to make excuses
07:53 blaming each other, blaming the serpent
07:55 and so and so forth but God
07:57 does not accept excuses, only repentance.
08:03 So yes, we are going to sin, we are going to fall
08:08 but that's okay, because we need to get up
08:11 and repent of our sinful acts and God and ask for forgiveness
08:17 and our loving Father will forgive us.
08:21 When we choose to believe a lie,
08:24 we then choose to disbelieve the words of God.
08:28 And that's what Eve did.
08:30 She chose to believe the lie that Satan was telling her
08:34 instead of believing the truth that what God was saying about
08:39 staying away from the tree.
08:41 See God can not coexist with sin,
08:45 it just can't happen, He is pure, He is sinless
08:50 and so when Adam and Eve sin,
08:54 He had to be separated from us.
09:00 God through Jesus Christ is now calling us to dwell with Him,
09:06 He is reconciling us to Himself
09:08 because it is only through Christ,
09:11 that we can be reconciled to God,
09:16 never by ourselves.
09:19 We read in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death,
09:25 but the gift of God is eternal life
09:29 through Jesus Christ our Lord."
09:33 There are laws in the kingdom of God.
09:36 It is so unfortunate that we as human beings
09:39 we want laws in our land, in our country,
09:43 even in our homes, in our schools,
09:45 in our government everywhere all around us we expect
09:49 that laws will be there but so many of us do not want
09:53 to believe that the God of heaven has laws
09:57 in His government, in His kingdom.
10:01 Eve thought it was all right to eat from the tree of life,
10:05 I'm sorry from the forbidden tree.
10:08 The fruit looked delicious and safe to eat.
10:11 She lingered at the forbidden tree and by doing so,
10:14 she invited Satan's temptation to pick and eat of the fruit.
10:20 And that one act of disobedience
10:23 can still be seen in our world today.
10:27 Eve deceived herself into thinking
10:31 that something so small, so insignificant
10:36 could get by God, that He won't be holding
10:43 her accountable for that.
10:46 How many times do we do the same thing.
10:49 We know in our hearts what is right and what is wrong
10:54 but we start to rationalize our sins away
10:58 and we can't do that.
11:01 So many people believe that God loves
11:03 so much that He would never destroy us
11:07 and God is not looking to destroy us.
11:11 He loves us, He wants to save us,
11:14 He wants us to dwell with Him in heaven.
11:18 So many choose their own God and their own way of worshiping
11:24 and then they believe that their way will get them into paradise.
11:30 This is very dangerous ground brothers and sisters.
11:34 Here is what our Creator says in Proverbs 14:12,
11:40 "There is a way that seems right to a man,
11:44 but its end is the way of death."
11:47 And we can also read in Malachi 3:6,
11:52 "For I am the Lord, I do not change."
11:58 Because our first parents Adam and Eve violated
12:01 the law of God and by doing so sinned against God,
12:06 the whole world became contaminated.
12:10 Men are teaching that we are released
12:13 from the obedience to God's law but this teaching
12:18 has weakened our moral obligation
12:22 to our holy God and open the doors
12:26 of sinful living in our world today.
12:30 For many people sinning has become
12:33 as easy as drinking water, but all is not lost.
12:39 Our Creator already had a plan instituted for just such a time,
12:45 the plan of salvation through Jesus the Christ.
12:50 We will take a look at a very tender
12:53 and compassionate Father
12:56 in the Book of Isaiah 59:14-16.
13:03 It says, "Justice is turned back,
13:05 and righteousness stands afar off,
13:09 for truth is fallen in the street,
13:12 and equity cannot enter.
13:15 So truth fails and he who departs
13:18 from evil makes himself a prey.
13:22 Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him
13:25 that there was no justice.
13:27 He saw that there was no man,
13:30 and wondered that there was no intercessor.
13:34 Therefore His own arm brought salvation
13:38 for Him and His own righteousness,
13:42 it sustained Him."
13:45 Isn't that beautiful.
13:47 God saw that there was no one in the universe
13:51 that was qualified to bring salvation
13:55 to a fallen man and so what did he do?
13:59 He stepped in, He became the sacrifice for our salvation.
14:05 What a great and glorious and awesome Father He is to us.
14:11 What love He has for you and for me brothers and sisters.
14:18 Jesus had to come to this fallen world
14:20 so that we can reconciled to our Father God
14:25 because when sin entered our world,
14:27 we became separated from Him,
14:29 that is the reason that Jesus the Christ,
14:33 the anointed one had to come here to reconcile us
14:38 to His Father and our Father.
14:43 This is what Jesus said to His disciples,
14:46 we can read about it in Mathew 18:11.
14:49 He says, "What do you think?
14:52 If a man has a hundred sheep,
14:54 and one of them has gone astray,
14:57 does he not leave the ninety-nine
14:59 and go the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
15:03 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you,
15:07 he rejoices more over that sheep than over
15:10 the ninety-nine that did not go astray."
15:15 And so He came seeking, this is why He left heaven
15:20 and left His Father and the angels,
15:23 the holy angels and why He left that perfect piece in heaven
15:29 to come to the sinful chaotic planet.
15:34 It is to rescue you brothers and sisters
15:37 each one of you and me, if we will allow him to do so.
15:42 If you were the only one, He would have come
15:45 to this earth, He is still seeking to reconcile
15:49 you to His Father our Father.
15:53 Here is what His disciples in the Book of John 1:1-5 tells us.
16:00 "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God
16:05 and the word was God.
16:08 He was in the beginning with God.
16:10 All things were made through him,
16:13 and without him nothing was made that was made.
16:17 In him was life and the life was the light of men.
16:21 And the light shines in the darkness
16:24 and the darkness did not comprehend it."
16:30 As we learned in the previous program,
16:33 Jesus here was beginning His ministry,
16:36 His earthly ministry lasted only three and half years
16:41 and in that short time He was working to show us
16:45 the character of our Father and His Father.
16:50 You see beginning in heaven and continuing
16:53 to our present day, Satan has been accusing
16:56 God of being unjust and unfair.
17:00 He managed to deceive a third of heaven's angels.
17:05 These are angels that were created by God
17:09 and that - that were face to face with him in heaven
17:13 and yet here is Satan
17:18 who managed to deceive them.
17:22 God could have destroyed Satan and these angels
17:26 but in His infinite wisdom, He chose to allow Satan
17:30 to reveal his character of sin.
17:35 The unfallen beings in God's universe will see first hand
17:39 that God is a God of love and forgiveness,
17:43 compassion and mercy.
17:47 When Jesus spoke of leaving the 99 to save the one,
17:51 I believe He was speaking of having to leave
17:55 the unfallen beings to rescue us.
17:58 He left heaven, He left the angels,
18:01 He left His Father.
18:04 And you know in this vast universe
18:10 should we be so pompous and arrogant to think
18:13 that we are the only planet
18:17 that God has placed life upon.
18:22 He is a Creator and I believe that may be just may be,
18:28 there are other beings on other planets
18:30 that He has created that are watching this rebellious planet
18:36 and watching this battle between God and Satan
18:42 playing out and they are seeing first hand what happens
18:46 when sin enters the heart.
18:51 I believe Jesus left all of these creations
18:54 to come and rescue us.
18:57 There are several verses in the Bible that supports
19:00 that and in a later day, we will look at some of those.
19:04 Lets look now at Luke 10:17, 18.
19:09 "Then the seventy returned with joy,
19:11 saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.
19:16 And he said to them "I saw Satan fall
19:19 like lightning from heaven."
19:23 What Jesus was saying to His followers is,
19:26 I have conquered Satan, I was there in heaven
19:32 and I saw him fall, I threw him out of heaven,
19:36 I saw him fall from heaven, I have conquered Satan.
19:40 I fought with him and the rebellion there is done.
19:47 It is all now happening on this earth,
19:50 but there is nothing for you to be afraid of my children,
19:54 none of you, do not be afraid of Satan.
19:58 Many people today will tell you that they believe in God,
20:01 ask a lot of people and they say,
20:03 do you believe in God?
20:04 And they will say absolutely yes and yet bad things happen,
20:09 when bad things happen they blame God.
20:12 Well, if we believe in God the Creator
20:16 and we believe in His love for us,
20:19 then we have to believe what He tells us
20:21 that there is an adversary that there is a devil known by Satan.
20:27 Satan is the one that wants to destroy us.
20:30 He is the one that brought sin into this world and destruction.
20:36 Why do we tend to blame God for the good and the bad?
20:42 God will allow us to go through trials that will help to shape
20:46 our characters and that will bring us closer to Him.
20:51 He also promises to be by our side
20:53 as we are going through these trials.
20:56 He never leaves us alone.
20:58 I can attest to that personally, but we can't blame him
21:05 for the sins of this world.
21:08 There is a devil and the devil Satan, he is to be blamed.
21:13 He loves to be portrayed with a - a red manned
21:17 with you know these, these horns and a tail
21:22 but that's not who he is he is a fallen angel
21:25 and he was beautiful, he was the head angel in heaven.
21:29 But through his pride he fell, fell from grace and he is now
21:35 here to take us with him.
21:37 You know the old adage misery loves company,
21:41 he doesn't want to go on his own.
21:43 He wants to take each one of Gods children
21:46 so that they will be destroyed also.
21:50 Let's take a look at what the Holy Scripture
21:52 tells us in 1 John 3:8.
21:57 "He who sins is of the devil,
22:00 for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
22:02 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
22:06 that He might destroy the works of the devil.
22:10 Jesus came, brothers and sisters to set us free from the bondage
22:14 of Satan and to ultimately destroy Satan
22:18 which He will do at the end of this age.
22:22 And we read in 1 Peter 5:8.
22:27 "Be Sober, be vigilant, because your adversary
22:31 the devil walks about like a roaring lion,
22:35 seeking whom he may devour."
22:38 Right here in this verse we can see that the devil is our enemy.
22:42 As our enemy Satan is out to destroy us,
22:45 all of us, he is out to destroy you and me,
22:48 his whole life work has been to separate us from God
22:53 and he is accomplishing that unfortunately.
22:57 His fear is that we will turn to God in prayer
23:01 and we will repent of our sins and that we will confess
23:05 and come to God and be saved.
23:08 Our creator shows us how to resist Satan in James 4:7.
23:14 "Therefore submit to God.
23:16 Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
23:20 This is a wonderful promise, submit to God, resist the devil
23:25 and he will flee from you.
23:26 God will give us the strength and protect us in this.
23:31 Brothers and sisters if we are not living
23:34 in sin Jesus Christ would never had have to come
23:38 to this earth to face shame and suffering.
23:41 He has given up so much for us for you and for me.
23:46 He came to reveal to us the true nature of our Creator God.
23:52 In 1 John 3:12, we read, "Cain was of the wicked one
23:58 and murdered his brother.
24:00 And why did he murder him?
24:02 Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous."
24:06 When bad things happen to good people, don't blame God.
24:11 There is evil in this world of course
24:13 there is and the one responsible for you for this is Satan,
24:18 so let's put the blame where it belongs.
24:21 The 9/11 attacks, the innocent lives
24:26 that are being destroyed around this world,
24:29 the murders that's going on, the terrorism,
24:32 there is an evil one behind it all and that is Satan.
24:39 In John 1:1-5 we read, "In the beginning
24:46 was the word and the word was with God
24:50 and the word was God."
24:52 He was in the beginning with God.
24:54 "All things were made through him,
24:56 and without him nothing was made that was made.
24:59 In him was life and the life was the light of men.
25:04 And the light shines in the darkness
25:06 and the darkness did not comprehend it."
25:09 Brothers and sisters, His light is still shining
25:13 in this wicked world and many
25:16 are being brought out of darkness into light.
25:19 Please choose, do not stay in the darkness.
25:22 Allow the light to shine in your hearts, in your mind.
25:27 Ask God, pray to Him and ask Him to guide you
25:31 into His truth not mine, not anyone else's but His truth.
25:36 And I promise you, He will do that.
25:39 He will guide you into truth, into the truth
25:44 of the true God of Abraham.
25:48 We will be right back.
25:51 When you get to the Descendants of Abraham,
25:53 you can be sure that you're lighting the way for all
25:56 in search of the Creator God and His message of love
26:00 and forgiveness to all nations.
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26:21 Listen to what the young disciple John
26:24 has to say about Jesus throughout his ministry
26:29 as he was here on this earth and after Jesus was crucified.
26:34 Let's look at John 21:24, 25.
26:40 "This is the disciple who testifies of these things,
26:44 and wrote these things, and we know
26:46 that his testimony is true.
26:48 And there are also many other things that Jesus did,
26:52 which if they were written one by one,
26:55 I suppose that even the world itself could not contain
26:59 the books that would be written. Amen."
27:03 What reason could these men have
27:07 to lie brothers and sisters,
27:09 many of my Muslim brothers and sisters believe
27:11 that they Injil the gospels were corrupted but I have to ask
27:16 this question and I would like
27:18 you to ask yourself this question.
27:21 When was it corrupted and by whom?
27:25 Can you please open your hearts to the true God of Abraham
27:29 and He will teach you all things,
27:32 allow Him to guide you into the path of His righteousness.
27:37 I will be praying for you and I pray
27:40 that next week you will join us again.