3 Awesome Life Changing Truths
1) God knows you.
“O LORD, You have searched me and known me.” Psalm 139:1
2) God loves you.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
3) God will never leave you.
“He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” Hebrews 13:5
For the believer, to have these truths penetrate your being and sink in,
will change your life.
What does it feel like to be known? I mean fully known?
And not only that, but loved, through and through unconditionally.
Do you know that God’s attention never leaves you?
24/7 God’s gaze is upon you, your life, and what’s going on in your heart.
Stop for a moment and let His knowing you sink in.
With loving kindness He knows you and gazes upon you.
And His Spirit is within you… is with you,
and sees all that is in your heart and mind. He knows you.
And He will be with you and in you forever.
FOREVER. Let that sink in for a minute. Your existence will never end.
Your spirit and His Spirit are knit together FOREVER.
There is no greater peace then the peace God gives: the peace
that comes from knowing Him and how He knows and loves us in all His ways.
“He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
You are known. You are loved. You will never be alone.
The Judgment and The Cross
The more we understand Gods judgment, and by that I mean the final judgment,
the “Great White Throne Judgment”, the greater the love of God becomes.
It magnifies Gods love and His work on the cross.
To dull down Gods judgment is to dull down the cross.
To exalt judgment is to exalt the cross.
There is a direct relationship.
The cross has little power and significance without the judgment.
The more we understand and perceive the terrible severity of the judgment,
the more awesome Christ’s work becomes.
It is impossible to separate judgment and hell from the cross.
That is why Christ came, that was His mission…
to save us from the judgment and hell.
They go together – they must both be equally and powerfully preached.
Judgment and hell must be fully preached.
If judgment and hell are watered down and not preached…
of what use to the unsaved is the work of Christ?
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose
face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no
place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing
before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened,
which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to
their works, by the things which were written in the books.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades
delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged,
each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast
into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone
not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
What an odd thing to contemplate.
God never has to plan.
He never has to think about how to
do something, engineer something, or create something.
If He did, that would mean there are things He doesn’t know.
We as humans have to plan and think about how to do things
because there are variables we are unaware of or have to consider.
God doesn’t have to do any of that.
He just does.
He already knows everything, there is nothing for Him to figure out.
He already knows all possible variables.
He already knows all there is to know about something
before He brings it into existence.
No sitting down and figuring out how to engineer
a human being to function properly.
We humans try to make human-like robots and what a challenge that is!
Think of all the design and engineering and thought
and planning needed to go into doing that!
And we’re not even close!
God has never had to sit down and figure out how
to do something or plan something.
He never has to think about anything…
He just… “does”.
“The weak you have not strengthened,
nor have you healed those who were sick,
nor bound up the broken,
nor brought back what was driven away,
nor sought what was lost…”
Here we find the mission of the shepherd:
To strengthen the weak, to heal the sick, to bind up the broken,
to bring back what was driven away, to seek what was lost.
This is not only the mission of the shepherd, but of us as believers too.
The New Testament calls each of us to do the same.
Who are the weak people in your life?
How about the broken?
Those with broken hearts and those in emotional distress?
How about those that have strayed from God?
Do you seek after them?
Would you want God to come after you and seek to bring you back
if you rebelled?
If you headed down a wrong path, wouldn’t you want God to come rescue you?
We are to do the same for others.
And how about the lost?
Those that reject Christ.
Certainly we know at least one.
Seek them out! God does!
Look for these people in your church.
And look for these people outside of church.
They are there, and a lot of times… in the shadows.
The sick, the broken, the hurting, the rebellious, the lost…
Gold is found in dark, dirty, and rocky places.
The patience of God… can it be grasped?
How many kids has He raised?
Millions? Billions? Trillions?
He has to go through the same thing…
over and over and over again, with every… single… person.
Imagine if you had, oh let’s say, 10 kids.
Think about how repetitive things would get.
I think you’d get tired of trying to teach the same thing over and over and over.
I wonder how differently we would talk to the 10th child verses the 1st.
Or would we have given up by then…
God deals with this, day in and day out. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week He is Father.
And boy is He patient.
Take a moment and ponder things from His point of view.
The amount of patience He has… is unbelievable.
What He has to put up with… unbelievable!
He is extremely loving and patient though,
amongst all our mistakes and shortcomings.
“As for you, son of man, the children of your people
are talking about you beside the walls
and in the doors of the houses;
and they speak to one another,
everyone saying to his brother,
‘Please come and hear
what the word is that comes from the LORD.’
So they come to you as people do,
they sit before you as My people,
and they hear your words,
but they do not do them;
for with their mouth they show much love,
but their hearts pursue their own gain.”
May we hear the words of God, and do them
Everyday is a good day,
to find a few verses out of the scriptures,
and to put them into practice.
And happy we will be if we do so.
“Now a word was secretly brought to me,
And my ear received a whisper of it.
In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on men,
Fear came upon me, and trembling,
Which made all my bones shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face;
The hair on my body stood up.
It stood still,
But I could not discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes;
There was silence;
Then I heard a voice saying:
Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
Can a man be more pure than his Maker?
If He puts no trust in His servants,
If He charges His angels with error,
How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust…”
“For there is not a just man on earth who does good
and does not sin.”
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
“I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
Even though this promise was made to Abraham, it also applies to us believers.
He (God) is our shield and… our exceedingly great reward.
He IS our reward.
Our reward for having believed in Him for our salvation here on earth.
He is what we get.
We get Him.
All of Him.
A full, uninterrupted, unhindered relationship with God.
His constant presence, His constant guidance, His constant communication.
We will feel and be immersed in the full totality of His love for us.
And we will be immersed in the totality of His person and personality.
The awesomeness of being in relationship with the person, the one creator of all that is,
that is our exceedingly great reward.
And I strongly believe and know, that those words are an understatement.
What is coming for us believers…
the forthcoming relationship with God…
has no words to describe it.
It is the single most greatest desire of our hearts… to be with Him.
And it’s coming…
and coming soon.
Duty and Responsibility: Ways of Loving Others.
It is every Christians duty to read the bible for themselves
and to know what it teaches.
This is not optional.
Unless you are blind (in which case you can listen) or mentally handicapped, or challenged in some other way.
But for everyone else: not optional.
Here is why:
As a Christian, it is your duty and your responsibility…
TO OTHER CHRISTIANS.
Let me explain.
If you do not know the scriptures, if you are not solid in its teachings,
you have left yourself open to being deceived and mislead.
Some unbiblical teaching will come your way and you will accept it.
You will accept it and you will influence other Christians
who do not know the scriptures
to believe the same as you have, dragging other fellow Christians into unbiblical teachings and error.
You will be causing your brother to stumble.
THIS IS NO SMALL MATTER.
It is therefore your duty and responsibility to other Christians,
to read the bible and to know what it teaches,
so that you will not be deceived and lead others astray.