God-Here,There, and Everywhere!

God is Omnipresent! That is the theologians’ way of describing God’s Presence as being everywhere. I would like to probe what this means to you and me. For openers,  God sees everything! Nothing escapes His scrutiny. That goes a lot further than you might realize. He even sees our thoughts. He sees our motives. He sees our desires. He sees our attitudes. He sees it all!  His Word is a "..discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.."  Hebrews 4:12.  It is as if God has a camcorder that sees and records everything about you including everything inside your innermost being. Hebrews 4:13 expands on this "..all things are naked (i.e; exposed) and opened (i.e; seen) unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.."  Now where does this leave us? The bottom line is that we can’t get away with any sins. We will be unable to enter Heaven because our sin and our sinning would infect Heaven, just as sin has infected this world of ours. Yet, God has a solution for this monumental need. When we receive The Lord Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Lord, He places all our sins on Jesus and covers us with Jesus’ perfect righteousness. When God looks down on us, He sees that perfect covering and not everything He had against us. Selah! What could anyone be thinking of, to pass up an offer of this magnitude?   Ron

For those who are born again:  "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed  our transgressions from us."  Psalm 103:12   How far is that?!

Focusing on God-His Holiness

In our world today, our consciousness of the Holiness of God is profoundly lacking. God is ignored, rejected, and rebelled against! He is not consulted. He is not respected. He is not honored. He is not appreciated nor is He given thanks. If we regard Him at all, it is with a vulgar familiarity that is offensive to His Holiness. Even His own children are too often blissfully unaware of their flippant approach to God. Have we forgotten the fact that God is to be held in reverence? We barge into our church assemblies and most of us never prepare our hearts to worship and be in awe of the Holy Presence of The Living God! Do you recall how that in the Old Testament order, only the High Preist could go directly into God’s Presence and that only once a year. It was done at the risk of his life, if he did it in a way other than the way in which he was instucted. It is true that we who are His are to come boldly to the Throne (i.e; in prayer). Hebrews 4:16. However, it is never implied that we are to be careless and insensitive to the greatness and glory of our Heavenly Father. It is high time to return to a worthy response to and awareness of, the majesty of our Holy Father and God!  Selah!  Think about and do:  "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise;.." "Know ye that the Lord, He is God,.."! (Parts of Psalm 100:4 & 3)    Ron

"Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee, Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see; Only Thou art holy – there is none beside Thee,  Perfect in pow’r, in love and purity". (Reginald Heber).

Focusing on God-His Wisdom

Let me remind you of a very useful definition of wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is learning to see life from God’s point-of-view. Wisdom is learning to respond to life from God’s perspective. (Grace provides God-given ability to appropriate true knowledge and wisdom).. We find out God’s thinking and ways in the Bible. As we faithfully study and meditate on Scripture, we will start to notice that God is renewing our minds and we are beginning to live life as God intended. Jesus said in John 10:10b, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." God has unlimited knowledge and wisdom. There are no boundaries for God’s mind. James reminds us that real wisdom comes from above. (James 3:17)  Colossians 2:3 tells us about God, that in Him "…are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.."  From James 1:5, we also learn that if we lack wisdom we can ask God for it and He will be liberal in giving it to us. The instrument He uses, almost exclusively, is His Word. Keep in mind that all this wealth of knowledge and wisdom is available to those who enjoy a personal relationship with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ (i.e; salvation).  Selah!  Keep this imperative constantly in the forefront of your thoughts: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,.." Philippians 2:5        Ron

".. be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…" Romans 12:2

Focusing on God-His Power

God’s power is beyond all comprehension! All might, power, energy, strength, dynamism, and force find their source in Him. Jesus, who is God, holds all creation together. Speaking of Jesus, in Colossians chapter one, we are reminded in the last part of verse 16 and in verse 17 that "—–all things were created by Him, and for Him; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." His is the cohesive power that keeps all creation from disintegrating. Now I can’t speak for you but I would have a hard time managing a small town. He not only manages our entire world but manages all of creation! Do you think that it just might be within His power to manage our lives? His power is not only physical, it is also Spiritual. God’s power can transform a hell-deserving sinner into a saint and gradually and finally conform him or her into the image of His Son. It is "..the power of God unto salvation.." Romans 1:16. This amazing, all-powerful God asks a question in Romans 8:31b: ".. If God be for us, who can be against us?"  Good question!  Ultimately, we are "more than conquerors through Him that loved us."  (Verse 37b.) We will lose some battles here and there but the final outcome is total victory!  Selah!  Meditate deeply on this: This God loves us!  Do we really love, appreciate, and value Him highly?    Ron

"..he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11b.& c.

Just Saying We Love God or Do We Actually Love Him?

God created man and gave him a perfect environment and a simple test that required obedience. Man rebelled! Why should God waste any more time on man? Why not write him off as a failed experiment? Well, for one thing, God does not fail!  More importantly, God knew man would fail and mankind would keep right on failing and sinning. God’s love was ready to salvage man before man needed saving. What is astonishing is that God knew what it would cost Him to provide salvation. The sacrifice and death of His only Son was the price He paid because of His love for us. Now, before you pass over this too lightly, suppose it was your child that had to be nailed to a Roman cross. Would you pay that price? Could you love like that? The measure of God’s Love is Calvary!  Many believe, and I am one of them, that if only one sinner needed a Savior, Christ would have died for that one! Consider this: Is there anyone else who loves you like God does? How can some be so ungrateful as to spurn His love and refuse His Gift of Grace? When we couldn’t care less, God couldn’t care more!  Selah!  Weigh carefully the words below of "The Love of God" ( by Frederick M. Lehman):

"Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill and every man a scribe by trade, to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole ‘tho stretched from sky to sky!" What is your response to this kind of love?   Ron

"We love him, because he first loved us." I John 4:19

What Matters Most?

Jesus stated a very fundamental principle in Matthew 6:33a. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousnesss…" (We usually focus on the second half of this verse.) Is He first?  Where does God fit in our lives?  Is He only at the edge of our lives?  Does our heart go out to him constantly? Maybe we just "tip our hats" to Him in the midst of our busyness. Is He revered?  Is His name revered?  Do we love Him, deep down in?  Have you considered that maybe we just like Him?  Might it be that we are a little afraid of letting Him take a penetrating look at our values, attitudes, thoughts and behavior?  Do we crave God?  Do we long to get alone with Him?  Are we anxious to listen to what He has to say?  Have we told God that we love Him?  Are we grateful to Him?  Do we hunger for a consciousness of His Presence?  I’m searching my own heart with these questions!  Are we ready to commit to making Him the most central and important part of our lives every day?  Selah!  Carefully consider the cost of this kind of commitment and then consider the cost of a life centered only on self!           Ron

"…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;.." Luke 10:27

God, Intensity, and Discipleship

Today’s article is mostly to explain the ground we hope to cover in the next few days, Lord willing.  I want us to delve, as deeply as possible, into the matter of our concept of and experience of God. Is God any more to us than just a distant Deity? Do we only know about Him or are we actually experiencing a deepening and very personal love of God and fascination with His Glorious Person? This is not for those who want only a vague awareness of God. It is not for those who don’t want God to interfere with their daily lives but, on the other hand, want Him to intervene in their behalf when they have a need. This is for those who are serious in their craving for God. This is not for those who are content with their current level of involvement with God. It is for those who can not settle for anything less than knowing more and more of God. This, I expect, will be soul-searching. It already is for me and I haven’t even begun the series yet. If you know me, you know I haven’t "arrived".  However, I want you to know that I am on the journey. Will you join me for the trip of a lifetime?   Selah! Think! When you reach the end of your life, what matters, even remotely, as much as where you stand with God?    Ron

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13