September 22, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO KNOW US BETTER THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations

We have discussed what God has cleaned and clarified in this verse. We started with the first claim:

“I FORMED THEE”

Now let’s move on to the second claim:

“I KNEW THEE”
This particular word means that God not only knew us before anyone else did, but that God also knows us better than anyone else knows us. This word literally means to understand, to know how something operates. God understands us better than we understand ourselves. God knows our personality. God knows our weaknesses. God knows our strengths. God knows how we think. God knows our shortcomings. God knows where we have a tendency to mess up. God knows where we have the tendency to be at our best. God understands everything about us. He knows how we tick. Before we came out of the womb, God understood us.

I can tell you something even better than that. God understood us before we were even conceived. In this verse God says, “Before I formed thee in the belly”. That means that even before the moment of conception, God knew and understood each of us. We did not have to be physically seen and heard for God to understand us. God understood us before our mom and our dad ever looked upon us. Of course this disproves the manipulating myth of abortion. Life, I believe, not only begins at the moment of conception, but I believe it begins even before that. Our life began with the foreknowledge of God. God knew us before our physical mother and father ever even met.

May I remind you today that God knows you. There may be some things about you that your mate doesn’t even know. There may be some things about you that your children, or even your parents don’t know about you. There may be some things that you have hidden from your friends, fellow church members, and even those closest to you. But dear friend, God knows you. There’s no sense trying to hide anything from God. It is useless to try to fake it with God. You and I might as well be open and honest before God. He already knows us. Even more, He knows us better than we know ourselves.

September 21, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO CREATE BREATH

Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

In this verse, God claims and clarifies a few things. God’s Word always does that. Every answer is in there. Anyone that claims anything different is foolish. Do yourself a favor and do not listen to them. Do yourself a bigger favor and stay away from them. God gives a reminder here to Jeremiah:

“I FORMED THEE”
Here, God claims creation. God did not just say “made“, he said “formed”. That is more specific. I love working with Wood. Now I will make it clear, I am not experienced or accomplished at it. I simply do not have many tools, and I’ve never really been taught, but I love to figure things out for myself. I have done many small projects over the years. They are functional and do what I needed them to do. However, they are not professionally done, professionally made, and not very attractive. Somebody who is accomplished at woodworking would not be very impressed. Now I know some individuals that are craftsmen. The difference is that I’ve “made” some things, they “formed” some things. They know what to do. They have the tools they need. They have the experience. They cover all the details, and you can tell.

Man has made many things. Man has learned to create many things technologically, physically, and aesthetically. But I will tell you this, man cannot form what God can form. Man has learned to clone animals, but man cannot figure out how to create breath. All that man can do, man cannot create life. God has to give that. God has created that. In fact the Bible says:

* Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Look what Job said when speaking about God:

* Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
* Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

Look what David said directly to God Himself in a description of God:

* Psalm 104:29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Look what Daniel said as he was reprimanding Belshazzar:

* Daniel 5:23 …..and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

Let me close with this verse as you knew I would. Let’s remember today who has “formed” us.

* Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

September 20, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO SANCTIFY, SEAL, AND SEND

Jude 1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

First, we are “SERVANTS” of Jesus Christ.
Jude could have brought up a number of other things to describe himself and even his accomplishments, but Jude felt his greatest description of himself would be “the servant of Jesus Christ”. That should be what each of us aspire to. Not our accomplishments but being a servant. That is what was most important to Jude.

Second, we are SANCTIFIED” by God.
This means to make holy, purify or consecrate; (mentally) to hallow, be holy, sanctify. You see, God has consecrated us. God has set us apart, He has made us holy. THIS MEANS THAT WE SHOULD THINK, LIVE, ACT, DRESS, AND LOVE DIFFERENTLY THAN THE WORLD.

* Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Third, we are SEALED” in Jesus Christ
We are “preserved”. This means we are protected. This means that Jesus never leaves us nor forsakes us. Jesus gives us what we need to be supplied.

* Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
* II Corinthians 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Fourth, we are “SENT” by Jesus Christ
We have been set apart, consecrated by God. We have also been sealed unto the day of redemption in Christ. These are all things that have been done for us. Now, it’s time for us to do something for Him. We have been called. It’s time for us to step out and do something for Christ. You may not realize this as you are reading this but you have been called by God for a specific purpose in your life. You and I have been “sent” to be a “servant” for our “saviour”. God has “sanctified us to do so. And do not be afraid as you serve Him, because you have been “sealed” tightly under his protection. Oh, dear friend, God is able!

September 19, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO DO THE TALKING

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

I notice first in this passage that God never said that things were going to be easy. He describes us as being sheep surrounded by wolves. Sheep are at an automatic disadvantage when compared to wolves. Wolves are stronger, faster, and far more vicious. It would be an unfair fight. So, Jesus said we have to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”. No pressure there. This whole thing seems a bit too much to ask. How do we face this? How do we know what to do? What do we say?

That is exactly where God wants us to be. HELPLESS! It is when you and I think we know what to do and how to handle something on our own that we really make a mess. God wants us to be fully dependent on Him.

* II Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God says that when we are at this point, “take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak”. This way, we will only say those things that are of the Lord. This way, we will only do those things that are in accordance with His will. That’s why God wants to run the show. God wants “not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you”.

This means that God did send us as sheep in the midst of wolves, but He did not send us helpless or alone. God is with us as we face every person and every obstacle. Not only that, God will do the fighting for us, and the talking through us. We don’t have to know everything and understand everything. God will give us what we need when the time comes. It would be an impossible task if we were on our own, but we are not on our own. Isn’t it great today to know that we don’t have to know what to say, God can do the talking.

I challenge you today, ask God to speak through you today to others. Ask God to give you wisdom, to know how to answer people, to know what to say to be an effective witness for Him. Ask God to direct your words and your conversation, that it would bring glory to Him. Trust me, we need God to do the talking.

September 18, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO DO SOMETHING NEW

Isaiah 43:16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; ……. 18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?………

It is miraculous what the Lord did, parting the waters of the Red Sea. We are so accustomed to talking about it that maybe sometimes we forget how miraculous it was. Maybe sometimes we forget how miraculous our God is, that is easy to do. We become consumed with our present problems. We have some bills that it would take a miracle to pay, family issues that seem impossible, and personal burdens that we are crumbling under. In the middle of all that, we forget that God parted the waters of the Red Sea. He literally created a wall of water on both sides and a path of dry land the entire way across a large body of water. I mean, it wasn’t damp on the ground when they walked across. It must have been incredible, and yet God told them to forget about it, and move on. What? God told them not to even take the time to consider that right now because it is time to focus on the future.

God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing”. Even though God had done miraculous things in the past, God still has some miraculous things to do in the future. I guess God is letting us know that if we are not careful, we can be consumed with the things God has done in the past and overlook that God still wants to do miraculous things in the future. We want to just sit around and talk about what God has done, instead of getting up, going on, and seeing what God will do in the future. Please do not get me wrong. I’m not saying we should not give God praise for what he has done in our life. I am saying that God’s word teaches that we cannot please God unless we exercise faith. Sitting around and doing nothing but talking of the past does not require faith. Continuing to trust what God will do in the future requires faith.

God wants to do a new thing in your life. God wants to perform new miracles. God wants to accomplish new milestones, answer new prayers, and part new waters in your life. Even Paul said:

* Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I encourage you today, let God do a new thing in your life!

September 17, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GUARD HIS NAME

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

“MY NAME”
There is nothing more precious to God than His name.
* Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

God would never let anything happen that would bring dishonor to His name. If God ever failed to keep one of His promises given in His Word, it would dishonor His name. If God ever failed you, it would hurt His name. You and I are secure in God’s name. We know He will never leave us nor forsake us because His name is at stake, and God will always protect His name.
* Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

“MY GLORY
That’s right. It is His glory, and no one else’s. God is very possessive of His glory and rightfully so. God will not bless anyone or anything that attempts to take the glory from God.
* Deuteronomy 5:24….Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness
* I Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name

You and I need to be very careful to make sure that everything we do, and everything we accomplish, gives the glory to God.
* I Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

“MY PRAISE”
You and I are to live, worship, and operate by faith. It does not make sense to some religious people to worship a God that they cannot see. They have to have some man made, physical image to address their worship to. God says that He will not share His praise with some man made, graven image. All these types of images are gods, but there is only one true living God. Very important to God is His “name”, His “glory”, and His “praise”. Why don’t we praise His name today and give Him the glory that He deserves?