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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Power Of God

How can we describe the power of our Creator or the ability of our infinite God in all things?It is really impossible to define the power of God.It is so powerful and great and vast that our little minds cannot understand it.No one who takes the Bible seriously can deny the power of God. Whether we study zoology, astronomy, meteorology and any other scientific pursuit, it will become apparent that all creatures and all things have a Maker, indeed an Almighty Creator and Preserver.God revealed himself in the Bible about his adequate power to do anything thought by man to be impossible.However much we investigate, to whatever extent we carry our search, we still have to say, We know but little, especially when it comes to God's attributes, and particularly his infinite power and might.

The earliest manifestation of God’s power is seen in the creation of the world in which we live.He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion. (Jere 10:12).Throughout Scripture, the creation of the world is cited as a compelling testimony of the power of God.The power of God is seen in those commissions in the air and earth: thunders, lightnings, storms, earthquakes, hurricanes.Animals,Birds,Plants etc. of the earth speak of his infinite power.Innumerable other creatures can be mentioned to testify the power of God.Not only does all creation bear witness to the great power of God, but also to His entire in-dependency of all created things.Man's power is limited, his measuring rod is too short to acquire a proper idea of the incomprehensible omnipotence of God.

Without the power of God working in you, there is no victory, there is no overcoming. The power of God works in us, and keeps us through faith to salvation, which is to be delivered from sin. Christendom today is without the cross and without the true hope; and so without the power of God, left only as a hollow shell of the original Christianity, without the new life of the new creature, without holiness, boasting of their imperfection, perishing, whose end is destruction. For without the power of God released to change a man, his heart remains full of sin and unacceptable to God, whatever his lips may say in the form of worship.

If we really believed God is omnipotent, we would come to Him in prayer first, not as a last resort after having tried every other means and failed. We would forsake trusting in the idols of our day and trust in Him. We would humbly acknowledge that all the blessings we have are a gift of His grace and the result of the working of His power. Our prayers would be filled with praise and thanksgiving, seeing God as the Source of every blessing.We would be filled with faith and hope, knowing that no purpose of God can be thwarted (2 Chron. 20:6) and that every promise God has made will be fulfilled, in His time, and exactly as He has promised.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sovereignty Of God

The church and the world have never stood in greater need than today of the message of the sovereignty of God. What a scene of confusion and chaos confronts us on every side! Sin is rampant; lawlessness abounds; evil men and seducers are waxing "worse and worse" day by day(2 Tim. 3:13). Everything appears to be out of control. Ancient dynasties are being overturned, democracies are revolting, civilization is a demonstrated failure,instead of the world having been made "safe for democracy," we have discovered that democracy is very unsafe for the world. Unrest, discontent, and lawlessness are rife everywhere, and none can say how soon another great war will be set in motion. Men's hearts are "failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:26).

Without a doubt a world-crisis is at hand, and everywhere men are alarmed. But God is not! He is never taken by surprise. It is no unexpected emergency which now confronts Him, for He is the One who "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Eph. 1:11). Hence, though the world is panic-stricken, the word to the believer is, "Fear not!" "All things" are subject to His immediate control: "all things" are moving in accord with His eternal purpose, and therefore "all things" are "working together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."Present history is not moving towards chaos. It is moving in the grand drama of God’s plan to the accomplishment of His holy designs and to the vindication of His glory.

In these circumstances the message of the divine sovereignty is to be considered.The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy.Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth.He is not influenced by anything on earth.He does everything according to his will.“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Ps. 46:10). God’s supremacy demands subjection to His law and guarantees judgment for every transgression. All history is under His control and is moving towards His final judgment where every infraction of truth and deviation from justice will receive its final adjustment and adjudication. 

It is assumed that since God is paramount or supreme that nothing can happen without His approval. That is not what the Scriptures teach. In 2 Peter 3:9, Peter said, "The Lord is  not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." This clearly states that it is not the Lord's will for anyone to perish, but people are perishing. Jesus said, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in threat" (Matt. 7:13). Relatively few people are saved compared to the number that are lost. God's will for people concerning salvation is not being accomplished.This is because the Lord gave us the freedom to choose. He doesn't want anyone to go to the hell. He paid for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2), but we must choose to put our faith in Christ and receive His salvation.God has a perfect plan for every person's life (Jer. 29:11), but He doesn't make us walk that path. It is the free will of man that damns them, not God.

God is sovereign means that He is paramount and supreme. There is no one higher in authority or power, but that does not mean He exercises His power by controlling everything in our lives. He has given us the freedom to choose. He has a plan for us. He seeks to reveal that plan to us and urge us in that direction, but we choose. He doesn't make our choices for us.In many instances, it is our wrong choices that bring disaster upon us. In other cases, our problems are nothing but an attack from the devil.Believing that God controls everything renders a person passive. Why pray and believe for something better?????

The Lord is the answer to all our problems. He is not the problem.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Goodness Of God

Psalm 31:19.
Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you 
and worked for those who take refuge in you, 
in the sight of the children of mankind!

God is the source of all good and goodness, and He alone defines what is good. All that He is and all that He does is good. Most of us often mistakenly equate the goodness of God with the “rightness” of our circumstances. When we get what we everything we need, we say “God must really like me!” Or conversely, when things aren't going our way, we say, “Why is God punishing me like this?” But our circumstances are not an accurate reflection of God's goodness. Whether life is good or bad, God’s goodness, rooted in His character, is the same. Human goodness is modeled on divine goodness (Mt 5:48). For human beings goodness involves right behavior, expresses itself in kindness and other praiseworthy qualities, includes avoiding evil, and springs from the inner person etc...

There is not only God’s general goodness that he shows to all people, making his sun rise on the evil and the good (Matthew 5:45), but also a peculiar goodness for “those who fear him.” This goodness is abundant beyond measure. It is boundless. It lasts forever. It is all-encompassing. There is only goodness for those who fear him. Everything works together for their good. Even their pains are filled with profit (Romans 5:3-5).But those who do not fear him receive a temporary goodness—a goodness that does not lead to repentance, but leads to worse destruction (Romans 2:4).

"O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men" (Ps. 107:8). Gratitude is the return justly required from the objects of His beneficence; yet is it often withheld from our great Benefactor simply because His goodness is so constant and so abundant. It is lightly esteemed because it is exercised toward us in the common course of events. It is not felt because we daily experience it."Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"(Rom. 2:4). His goodness is "despised" when it is not improved as a means to lead men to repentance, but, on the contrary, serves to harden them from the supposition that God entirely overlooks their sin. The goodness of God is the life of the believer’s trust. It is this excellency in God which most appeals to our hearts. Because His goodness endureth forever, we ought never to be discouraged: "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him" (Nahum 1:7). 

When others behave badly to us, it should only stir us up the more heartily to give thanks unto the Lord, because He is good; and when we ourselves are conscious that we are far from being good, we should only the more reverently bless Him that He is good. We must never tolerate an instant’s unbelief as to the goodness of the Lord; whatever else may be questioned, this is absolutely certain, that Jehovah is good; His dispensations may vary, but His nature is always the same.

Holiness Of God

Holiness is God's central attribute. One writer actually defines it this way. "Holiness is that which makes God God.Holy means the pure, loving nature of God, separate from evil. To be holy means to be separate from evil. Therefore, we need to separate ourselves from evil, by not associating with evil. God is absolutely separated and is above from all his creatures and he is exalted above in infinite majesty."Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? Who is like you; majestic in holiness, awesome in glory" (Exodus 15:11).

In Isaiah 6:3, the angels were calling to one another,
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
This is the only time in the Bible an attribute of God being repeated three times. The Bible say that God is love, but not love, love, love. According to Jewish custom, when they wanted to emphasize a point they repeated it two times. Jesus said, "Truly, truly I say unto you" This mean it is absolutely truly what he was going to say. But here in Isaiah Gods holiness is repeated not to the second degree but to the third degree, which means he is infinitely holy.The holiness of God is somewhat different than all His other attributes, as God is holy in all His attributes. He is holy in His Goodness, holy in his Justice, holy in His Wrath, etc., He is majestic in His Holiness, because His name is Holy. In the past the name of a person reflects the character of that individual. Gods name is holy, that means all what he thinks and does is holy.We can never fully understand the holiness of God. It is immeasurable.

The holiness of God is directly related to His righteousness, God alone is to be worshipped. He alone is separate from evil, but He tells us to be holy like Him.Since God never tells us to do something we are unable to do, we have to commit ourself to separate from evil and trust that He will enable us to do just that.The holiness of God humbles our pride and unveils our hypocrisy, but demonstrates the absolute perfection of God. Repentance begins at the feet of the Holy God.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mercy Of God

"O give thanks unto the Lord: for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever" (Psalms. 136:1). For this perfection of the Divine character God is greatly to be praised. Mercy is essentially God’s relieving love poured out upon man in deep misery and trouble. God is a God of mercy.  When he appeared to Moses, he declared his name before himself in these words: "...The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.... " (Exodus. 34:6). It is God's mercy to which we sinners primarily appeal.  We see this demonstrated in the words of David in Psalm 51:1: "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions." The Father assures us in Psalm 147:11 that he is pleased with such an approach, for the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his mercy. Of course, the greatest act of mercy that God has ever demonstrated was to send his Son to die for our sins. In Titus 3:5 we read that “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy....” 

In endeavoring to study the mercy of God as it is set forth in Scripture, a threefold distinction needs to be made:

1. There is a general mercy of God, which is extended not only to all men, believers and unbelievers alike, but also to the entire creation.“The LORD is good to all, and his mercies are over all His works” (Psalms. 145:9).

2. Second, there is a special mercy of God, which is exercised toward the children of men a special mercy, to all of mankind. “Be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matt. 5:45)

3. Third, there is a sovereign mercy which is reserved for the heirs of salvation, which is communicated to them in a covenant way, through the Mediator.“For He says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Romans 9:15‐16).

Following out a little further the difference between the second and third distinctions pointed out above, it is important to note that the mercies which God bestows on the wicked are solely of a temporal nature; that is to say, they are confined strictly to this present life. There will be no mercy extended to them beyond the grave: "It is a people of no understanding: therefore He that made them will not have mercy on them, and He that formed them will show them no favour" (Isa. 27:11).God can never cease to be merciful, for this is a quality of the Divine essence (Ps. 116:5); but the exercise of His mercy is regulated by his sovereign will. This must be so, for there is nothing outside himself which obliges him to act; if there were, that "something" would be supreme, and God would cease to be God.

 Because God is a merciful God, he expects his children to be merciful. Mercy is so important that God instructs us to bind it around our necks and write it upon the tablet of our hearts (Prov. 3:3). The prophet Hosea informs us that God desires mercy, even more than he desires sacrifice (Hos. 6:6). When Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, he summarized the biblical teaching in these simple words, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Matt. 5:7). In another place, the Lord gives us a simple command to be merciful: "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36).

“You that have received this mercy from God, show mercy to others. Use all that is within you so as to endeavor to beget men to God. Though God alone does it, yet he uses means; though means contribute nothing, yet God uses them as the clay to open the eyes. Have you a friend who lives with you, perhaps a student or brother who is unconverted? Oh, if you have received mercy from God, endeavor to bring them in to obtain like mercy with yourself.”

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Grace Of God

Grace is a favour that God shows towards us without measure. He loves us and wants us to know about His grace. Grace is a characteristic of God. God is a gracious God. Grace is a part of God's very nature. Grace is an attribute of God. He would no longer be God without his grace. This grace we could never earn on our own and we do not deserve His grace in the first place. But God showed us how much He loved us by sending His Son Jesus Christ into this world (John 3:16). He gives His grace freely to all those who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. Grace can be described as:

G-Godly        R-Riches        A-At         C-Christ's         E-Expense

Grace is God's undeserved favour and unmerited love. It is God's blessing on man when he is not bound to bless, and when he has no obligation to bless. On man's part this grace of God is utterly undeserved. It depends on a free decision of God and not on any worthiness at all in man. It exclusively comes to sinners through the Lord Jesus Christ. If a judge freed a guilty prisoner that would be his mercy. If he paid his fine that would be his kindness, but if he adopted him into his family and made him his son and heir that would be his grace. The Lord Jesus restoring Peter after he denied him and saying to him, "Feed my sheep" is an example of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The way he continually forgives our own familiar pattern of sins is because of his limitless grace. The grace of God is his great heart of love.

Imagine the Creator of all things and the Lord of all creation, forsook His riches for our sake. He became poor, so that we could become rich (2 Cor 8:9). This is not earthly or temporal blessings, but it is about God's riches of love we are blessed with, it is the Divine grace. Grace was made available to us as He bore our sins on the Cross and took our spiritual bankruptcy upon Himself, that we might be able to partake of His spiritual richness (Eph 3:17-19).We have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ, had our sins forgiven, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Apostle Paul was greatly marveled at the people for deserting God so 'quickly', who called them by the grace of Christ, and were following a different gospel (Gal 1:6).The truth that salvation is by God's grace humbles us, but it also exalts our God. It gives God all the glory. When a sinner sees this he doesn't say, "I think I made the smartest choice a man could make. I chose eternal life." He knows that it was the mighty God who set his love on him. God knew all about us; he had seen the file. He understands us better than our own spouses or parents, but he still loves us with a love that continually forgives and will never let us go.

Grace is not a sentiment or a divine attitude or feeling. Grace is God's omnipotence saving and sanctifying his people. Grace is strength. Grace is the total commitment of God. He holds nothing back. He spares not his own Son. With him he freely gives us all things. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians tell them about his thorn in the flesh, and how the Lord refused to remove it. Paul knew constant weakness, distress and tribulation. He longs for deliverance but he was told this by the Lord, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." The grace of Christ is the strength of Christ upholding his hurting servants. His grace can change every circumstance, and strengthen every weakness, and cheer every distress, and lift every burden, and bear every responsibility, and handle every privilege. 

Whatever may happen in life or in death; whatever may take place in any conceivable situation or circumstances, whatever may be your lot, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be sufficient. It will hold you, it will sustain you, it will even enable you to rejoice in tribulation, it will strengthen you, establish you, hold you, keep you, answer your every need and take you through. Ultimately it will present you faultless, perfect, in glory in the presence of God. "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen"

Love of God

"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

The Love of God is Awesome!!! His Love is much greater than you will ever be able to fully comprehend during your physical existence. Once you begin to understand the reality of the Love of God, you will never cease to be amazed at how much greater his love is than you thought you understood it to be. The love of Jesus can be compared to an ocean which has no boundaries, which contains an immeasurable amount of water. The love shown by the God almighty to the human being is greater than the love of a mother to her child.

There is no reason why one part of mankind should be loved, more than another part. As we know, this love was not shown to a group of saints who lived in the earth, or to a group of people based on their character or based on their services; but it was shown to a world of sinners. God loved men as a race, as sinners, the enemies of God. There was no reason why a part of the race of sinners should be loved. There was nothing in the character of the human race that could allow God to love them, or take any delight in their character. This is the only love, a universal love, which could have been exercised towards man by a good being.

The love which God actually did manifest was the only kind of love that could have been important to man. If the love of God had mere emotion, or pity, it would have done man no good. But there was some good reason for this love of God--something which his own understanding and conscience sanctioned. There was something about men which rendered it reasonable for God to love them, with a certain kind of love. The reason why God loved men was not because they deserved that he should do them good. Observe, there was a good reason why he should love them, but they had no right to demand his love as a matter of justice, for they had forfeited all claim to his affection or protection; and therefore, of course, justice did not demand that God should do them good.

But let me say once more, the soul of man was so valuable, its happiness would be so infinitely important, and its misery so great an evil, that God, looking at the intrinsic value of their souls, saw good reason for loving them and doing them good--that is, God did the good for the sake of the good itself; he willed good to them for the sake of the intrinsic and infinite value of this good to them considered in itself, and not because they at all deserved it. There was good reason for this, not in view of the actions of mankind, but in consideration of the value of their souls.

 The sinners mistake the nature of God's love, and so they try to make themselves happy. They always think that they must do something to deserve his love. The sinner never will believe that God loves him as a sinner. But let me tell you sinner that this is all wrong; you can never deserve God's love in the sense in which you hope to possess it--and if you seek to deserve it thus you will never be saved. But remember that Christ died for you! Just as you are in your sins God loves you, and for you just in that state he gave his Son to die for you. This is what you must believe

God came to this earth in human form, he came to serve us. He taught us, he loved us, at one point he even washed his disciples feet. He died for us to show how much he loves us, because he wants to be in a relationship with us. That`s who he is. He doesn`t stay in up there in an air-conditioned heaven; he came down here to serve us so we could know him, so we could be in relationship with him. That`s what he wants. No matter how contagious we are, and we all have the disease called sin, no matter how rich or poor, bad or good, sinful or sinless, anything that we might be, that`s who Jesus is.

Yes,God is a Loving God, Who showers blessings upon those who love and serve HIM. And even these, God will not hesitate to spank to correct then to walk in the way that He wants.