Aug 30 2008

Who is GOD?

 

The Bible reveals GOD as the only Infinite and Eternal Being, having no beginning and no ending.  He is Creator and Sustainer of all things.  He is the Supreme Personal Intelligence, and Righteous Ruler of His universe.  He is life, and therefore, the only source of life.  Read  John 5:26.

Man is natural and cannot know GOD by wisdom.  “Can you discover the depths of GOD?”  Read Job 11:7 .  GOD is a person and can be known only by revelation.  In the Old Testament He revealed Himself to and through His prophets.  In the New Testament He reveals Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.  Read Heb 1:1-3.

The Existence of GOD          Read Heb 11:5-6

The Personality of GOD          Read 1 Thess 1:9

The Nature of GOD          Read 1 John 4:8

The Grace of GOD          Read Eph 2:8

The Trinity of GOD          Read Matt 3:16-17

 

A Portrait of GOD:  God is

Blessed & Only Sovereign                                   Control & power are God’s alone

King of kings                                                      No king has more power or authority

Lord of lords                         God possesses absolute superiority over all powers, both human and divine  

Immortal                               God alone has inherent immortality; ours comes from Him

Unapproachable light                                          God’s glory is blinding

Unseen (invisible)                  God is so Holy that no one can see him and live

Worthy of Honor                    God is to be honored for who He is and what He has done

Eternal domination (power)    God’s power continues from eternity to eternity; it has no end    

 

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May 03 2008

God Gives Believers (Just Like David) Five Smooth Stones

A summary of one of my favorite sermon messages appeared in The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN  on June 6, 1992.  I have carried a copy of this message in my Bible for the past 16 years.  The sermon, “God’s Select and Courageous Army”  was delivered by Pastor J.S. Ray of All Believers Faith Center in Memphis, Tennessee.  I want to share this message with you!

 

   After the Crucifixion, the followers of Jesus were devastated, disappointed and in despair.  After the Resurrection and the appearance of our Lord to His followers, a quiet assurance that He is alive began to take over their spirits.  This assurance empowered them!  They were ready to continue His work.

   They were weak, fearful and unlearned in their own power, but in Him they were to become conquering warriors.  They were the army of God, armed and dangerous, as He trained and directed them from victory to victory over sin, sickness, oppression or any attack from the enemy.

   As a local church, we are there to reach into our community and our nation.  We are here as a beacon to bring about a change.  We can and will, if we give ourselves to Him, submit to His training and direction. We are the army of God.  We are accountable for  changing the environment in which we operate.  We must win others to the Kingdom.

   God will take the weak and make them strong.  He is a great change-master.  God chose and anointed David, and David defeated Goliath.  David knew no weapon formed against him would prosper.  You, too, must know and operate in that knowledge.

   God chooses those who will hear and obey.  They are willing to give up personal interest and opt for Divine direction in every area of their lives.  Until we reach this point of yielding our desires, we are not ready for the army of God.  We will not make good soldiers.

   As an army, we must extend the territory of the Lord.  We must go and bring the drug addict, sinner, prostitute, the lonely…..As we gather wisdom and knowledge, our debts become fewer and fewer, our discontent is not as severe as it once was and our despair begins to lift.  We’re working with the change-master!

   David used five smooth stones to slay the giant.  We, too, have five smooth stones.  These stones will defeat any enemy.  Our sling must be FAITH.  Here are our five stones:                                                        Our first stone against any enemy is the NAME OF JESUS – use the name often!                                                 Our second stone is the WORD – use the Word.  Know what’s written in the Bible and where.                            Our third stone is the BLOOD – the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus, will cleanse you.                                                  Our fourth stone is the HOLY SPIRIT .  Be filled with the Spirit and overcome the enemy.                                   Our fifth stone is PRAISE AND WORSHIP  – know the power of praise, the necessity of worship.

   Take your weapons, wind them in the sling of faith, and let go!  The giant will fall – you will take his head and have it to show.  Take aim at drugs, sin, debt or anything that keeps you in bondage.  LET YOUR WEAPONS DEFEAT YOUR GOLIATH.

 

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Feb 08 2008

America Needs to Bless God Before God Will Bless America!

My heart becomes heavy and filled with sadness when I see a bumper sticker or a car tag that says “God Bless America”.  I see these words used so lightly and I think to myself, “God, what are your thoughts when You see people asking You to bless our wonderful country?”  Thoughts go through my mind like God has,  is, and will bless the United States of America when the USA turns to God and lifts blessings to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Only when we as a people of this great nation turn from our sinful ways and take Him by the hand and walk with Him daily.  

This country was blessed by God the very moment that the pilgrims set foot on this land called America.  This country was built on the foundation that it was “One nation, under God……”  On September 17, 1796, George Washington, our first President, said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without GOD and the Bible.”  Abraham Lincoln depended on the power of prayer.  During the dark days of the Civil War, he served as a compassionate and resolute president.  Depression and mental pain were his frequent companions.  Yet the terrible emotional suffering he endured drove him to receive Jesus Christ by faith.  Lincoln said, “When I left Springfield, I asked people to pray for me; I was not a Christian.  When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian.  But when I saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there concentrated myself to Christ.  I do love Jesus.”  Thomas Jefferson said “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.” 

It is written on our money “In God We Trust” but do we believe that?  If we truly believe that we trust in God then why is our government banning prayer in schools?  Why are people wanting to remove “In God We Trust” from our currency?  Why are we allowing gays and lesbians to openly show their affections in public?  Why do we not take a stronger stand against the destruction of the unborn fetus?  Why do we go to Church on Easter Sunday and at Christmas because it is just something we should do?  Why is pornography and spousal and child abuse rampant in this country?  Why is murder, robbery and adultery spreading like wildfire?  Why is divorce tearing families apart?  My dear friends, if you think about these questions, are you surprised that God may be withholding His blessings from this country?  I’m not surprised.  God’s Word says “Righteousness Exalts a Nation”.  Click here Proverbs 14:34

God wants us to seek Him with all of our hearts.  Jeremiah 29:11-13  says:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Friends, God has blessings in store for this great nation.  He is not withholding blessings.  He wants us to turn from our wicked ways and seek Him with all of our hearts.  Click here to see the complete scripture 1 Samuel 2:30.  God says “I will honor those who honor me.”

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I would suggest that America must Bless God.  Please click on Exodus 20:1-17.  This is a clear picture of how we as individuals and as a nation can begin to honor and Bless God.  As you read these Ten Commandments ask yourself what you can do to honor God.  Click here to see what God did for you and me.  John 3:16   We can surely Bless Him.

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Come on America let’s Bless God and let’s see how God will Bless America.

April 28, 2008 Update on this article:   Dr. Charles Stanley of First Baptist Church of Atlanta sheds light on Blessings from GOD.

“God bless you!”  We hear it all the time.  A pastor may include it in his benediction or you may hear it when someone sneezes.  Dr. Stanley tells us to stop and think about what the phrase “God Bless You” means.  In Genesis 12, God’s commission of Abram shows His wonderful promise to make man into a great nation and give him a great and enduring name.  When the Lord speaks about blessing someone, it’s a promise to intervene in that individual’s life in a mighty, obvious way.  Please do not overlook two important conditions for the Lord’s favor.  From Abram’s life, we see that God values obedience and faith.  God wants to bring abundance in our lives and in our nation.  Let’s be sure His blessings aren’t being hindered.

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