January 08, 2020
God is bound by nothing less nor more than His character. There are things that He does not have to do, but He chooses to do because He is a good, faithful, merciful, and righteous God.
Thousands of times in the Scripture, God initiates conversations with men and women and gives them promises. Sometimes these are conditional (“I will do this IF you will do this”), and some are unconditional (“I will do this”).
One of the greatest illustrations is God’s initial promise to Abram, later to be called Abraham, found in Genesis 12:1-3. Notice the details and you will notice much about God Himself.
FULL FAITH, FULL FAITHFULNESS
Abram responded in faith, illustrated by his obedience to get up and go out, leaving all. And God has responded for over 3,000 years in faithfulness, continuing to fulfill His part of the promise. In fact, one of the greatest modern illustrations of God’s faithfulness was the return of Israel to the land in 1948 which God had promised Abraham and His people. God has not and will not ever forget His promises to Abraham. He has blessed the world through Abraham’s seed—most clearly through Abraham’s greatest descendant, Jesus Christ.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is still initiating activity with us; still calling us to believe Him and respond in obedient faith; and still fulfilling His promises.
We have the privilege of being the recipients of thousands of promises already given to us by God in the Scripture, if we will just believe. Notice a very small, but incredibly profound sample:
There are over 7,000 of these promises in Scripture to us! This is God’s operating system with man. He gives us a faith directive and promises the results. And, He is always faithful.
He is saying, “I WILL” to you today, if you will listen to Him through His word and follow Him in obedience, trusting in His promises. One of the greatest tragedies at the end of our lives will be to realize how much more we could have experienced of God if we had believed and obeyed our “I WILL” God.
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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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