God Knows Me Intimately

God's Knowledge of Us

Daily Spirit & Word: 761: God Knows Me

How Does God Know Us?

Psalm 139: Study 1. He Knows You Intimately.

WOWzer! Did anyone hear that THUNDER last night? I’ve not seen rain like this in years.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the thunder and lightning. It’s like God speaking to us in a very loud voice, but what is He saying?

Yesterday morning we had an awesome prayer gathering, during which we sang “What a mighty God we serve” I’m not kidding, HEAVEN came into our gathering. There was only a few of us, but WOWzer!

Today, I’m going to begin a short series looking at Psalm 139. It’s such a wonderful, amazing and enlightening Psalm, full of insight about how God knows us, the plans He has for us and His control of our situations, leading us to KNOW we can fully trust HIM.

Why Psalm 139?

We all make decisions every day, (Not just EU Referendum Day), but how we make them, that’s what counts. Because what we think about God and our relationship with Him determines what we think about everything else that makes up our busy little world. When we get God’s perspective right, then other people, the universe, God’s Word, God’s will, sin, faith, and obedience and our choices will lead us in the right direction. On the other hand, wrong ideas about God will ultimately lead to wrong ideas about who we are, where we should go and what we should do, and this leads us down a crooked path toward the wrong destiny. In other words, the right knowledge of God is essential to the abundant and fulfilled life the LORD wants you to have in this world, and getting you ready for life forever with Him.

King David gave us Psalm 139, his life was full of a deep knowledge and understanding of HOW the LORD directed his steps.

Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV) [For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.]
1  O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4  Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
5  You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

God Knows Us Intimately (vv. 1-6)

The verb “searched” means “to examine with great pain and care.” The Jewish people used this word to describe digging deep into a mine, exploring a land, and investigating a legal case.

Your friends only see the outside, but the LORD God sees your heart, and you can’t deceive Him.

Some folks in the Bible tried to deceive God:

  • Adam and Eve tried it (Gen. 3:7-24),
  • Cain tried it (Gen. 4:1-15),
  • and even David tried it (2 Sam. 11-12),
  • Ananias and Sappheria tried it too (Acts 5:1-11).

What do we discover from them? What they all discovered, that God knew all about them. He knew what they’d done and even how they’d tried to cover it up. We cannot HIDE from God. He searches and sees the HEART. King David knew this from bitter experience and Divine Grace and forgiveness.

Understand” in verse 2 means “to distinguish and discern with insight”. My friends, God’s not just making notes about your life, He’s not keeping a dossier if you confess your sins and get cleaned up, but be assured of this, if you don’t get right with God, then He is going to bring out all the records of your life.

Verse 3: “You are familiar with all my ways” He knows our ways, where we go, when we go, how we go and why we go. The habits, the little things that can either help or hinder our walk with Him.  The fact that God knows us so intimately and completely is revealed in verses 1, 2, 4, 14, and 23.

These verses reveal God’s DEEP KNOWLEDGE about EVERYTHING in our lives:

  • He knows our actions,
  • He knows our locations,
  • He knows our thoughts and words,
  • He knows our ways, and our motives.

He knows more about you than your Mobile Phone does. You know they are able to keep track of where you’ve been down to  the inch, but God’s knowledge is even more, He not only knows where you’ve been, but what you’ve been thinking when you are there.

The Eyes of the LORD (2 Chronicles 16:9).

“All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13, nkjv).

But even more, He knows what is best for us and does all He can to guide us to go His way.

Psalm 139:5  “You hem me in: behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”

He hems us in behind and before and puts His hand on us to give us peace, to show us His way and to direct our steps.

That’s an awesome thought, God wants us to allow Him to show us the way.

The word translated “beset” (kjv) or “enclosed” (nasb) means “to guard a valuable object,”

God’s Guarding YOU!

So my friends, God’s all knowing, all encompassing knowledge and guidance are for your protection.

How should we respond to that?

Like King David, we should TRUST Him completely with every aspect of our lives.

In the UK: We’re all going to VOTE today on the EU Referendum, no matter how you feel or how you VOTE, God is in ultimate control.

Don’t WORRY… PRAY (first) … TRUST… VOTE: Let the LORD guide you to the right decision today.

Be blessed today,

Don.

P.S. The other day Karamoko my grandson came back into the lounge from the garden to get a spade. He was hiding his hand behind his back. Karamoko is only 2 1/2 years old, but is already showing signs of being deceitful. I said, “What have you been doing in the garden?” He said, “Nothing” hiding his hand even more… It was so funny and a dead give-away. His hands were black from playing in the mud, he knew that he shouldn’t be playing in the mud because he’s been told not to touch it a few times. But Karamoko just loves digging in the dirt…

We cannot HIDE from God.

KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY

Psalm 139: Part 1: God Knows Me Intimately.

Psalm 139: Part 2: God Will NEVER Let Go of My Hand.

Psalm 139: Part 3: God Made Me Wonderfully

 

 

Living In The Fountain of Life

Christian living in the power of the Holy Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word: 728:

Living In The Power of The Holy Spirit.

A Battle Royal: How to live a submitted life.

“When you do what pleases you, does what you do please God?

Good morning my friends, what a wonderful Alpha Experience evening we had last night. Our theme for the evening was all about The HOLY SPIRIT. We looked at the teaching, filling, empowering, seeking and yearning. We all admitted our NEED of God The Holy Spirit.

However, one of the main points of our discussion was what we’d talked about the previous week: How does God guide us? How does the Holy Spirit let us know His will? How can I live in such a way that I know I’m going to be victorious as a Christian?

We will understand and know His guidance the more we SUBMIT ourselves completely to Christ, but what we discovered afresh last night was, the more you submit yourself to God, the more you begin to realise how just un-submitted we really are. And therefore, how much we need God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, cleansing, power and presence every single day.

THE WALK OF GENUINE FAITH:

  • The Walk of genuine faith in Jesus really is a battle of WILLS: God’s Will and Our Will. 
  • The Walk of genuine faith in Jesus really is a battle of DESIRES: God’s desires and our own sinful desires.
  • The Walk of genuine faith in Jesus really is a battle of WANTS: What God wants and what we want.
  • The Walk of genuine faith in Jesus really is a battle of PLEASURES: What pleases God and what pleases us. 

Thankfully our wills, desires, wants and pleasures change as we submit ourselves to Jesus and seek the fullness of Holy Spirit, but then as we go on in the walk of faith, they sneak back into our souls, sometimes, undetected.

Thankfully Holy Spirit reveals our condition: He’s a gentle Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ, but he’ll not leave you, those who’ve received Him as Lord, in a condition of sin for very long. His heart’s desire is that you become more and more like Him: Holy, righteous, good and faithful.

When we follow our heart’s desires, wills, wants and pleasures instead of or in-spite of God’s revealed will, we become like an Adulterer: Unfaithful to the one who’s loved us.

James 4:4-10 (NIV)
4  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (We become friends of the world when we do worldly things that God hates).
5  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
6  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
7  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9  Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

When Holy Spirit shows you your condition, He does not do it to make you feel guilty, but to bring you back, to stop you falling, to keep you on track with God’s good plan for your life. However, just like Adam and Eve hid in the garden when they sinned against God, our NATURAL tendency is to hide too, we want to cover it up, pretend it never happened, keep it in the darkness. As God looked for and called for Adam and Eve, he’ll be doing the same with you and me by His Spirit. “Adam, where are you?” … “Eve, come out of hiding”…. Notice what happens when we respond to the pull of the Spirit, when we draw near to God, “He draws near to us”. What grace, what love, what amazing mercy.

Encouragement:

  • Submit yourself to God:
  • Resist the devil (the worldly attractions, temptations and pleasures),
  • Come Near to God: When we draw nearer to God (Nearer my God to Thee)… He comes bounding towards us in Spirit. “He will come near to you”…
  • Wash, Purify, Grieve, Mourn, Cry: i.e. feel what God feels because of your sinful wills, desires, wants and pleasures and mourn about it. Decide in your hearts that you want to be cleansed and set-free again.
  • WHEN: When you submit, resist, draw near, wash, grieve and mourn and cry: i.e. HUMBLE yourself towards God: He WILL LIFT YOU UP.
  • WHAT IF?: What if I’ve failed again? What if I keep falling? My friends, if you feel guilty then you are in a good place, because God’s not giving up on you. It’s when you stop feeling guilty and keep sinning you should really start to worry, because “God resists the proud”. However, if you feel the sorrow of a sinner’s heart, then you will receive from the Lord “MORE GRACE” James 4:6.
  • Remember Psalm 103:12. When you come in true confession and contrition (sorrow for sin), then God takes your sins away from you and FORGETS all about them, as if they never happened.

Psalm 103:11-13 (NIV)
11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13  As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

The Holy Spirit’s Intense Jealousy:

James 4:5 “Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?”

The Holy Spirit, that God caused to LIVE IN US, “Envies Intensely”: i.e. He’s jealous for God’s Glory and your own goodness in the Christian life. There’s an intense feeling of JOY when we walk in step with the Spirit.

FOUNTAIN OF LIFE:

The Holy Spirit: Becomes in us (Inside Us) a SPRING or FOUNTAIN… i.e. we get filled up with the Holy Spirit from within… It’s not external, but internal filling we need. Some people erroneously, mistakenly, foolishly “Call Down” the Holy Spirit, but how can you call down someone who’s already there? He is in you if you are saved by Jesus. You are full of Holy Spirit, but we leak… All we need is a greater filling, more of His fullness, more LORD!…. “Go on being filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:8-18.

Awesome! Because when God lifts you up, you’re going to have one of those MOUNTAIN-TOP EXPERIENCES.

Focus on God’s desires, focus on Jesus, focus on His awesome tender compassion, kindness and love.

  • He give GRACE to the Humble.
  • He RESISTS the Proud.
  • The Spirit’s Presence is like a FOUNTAIN.
  • Go on being filled… i.e. every day. 

Amen!

Don.

Worship: Wonderful Grace.

He is my EVERYTHING, He is my ALL.

Jesus makes your life complete

Daily Spirit & Word: 682: Jesus IS Your EVERYTHING.

Jesus really IS ALL you need.

Good morning my friends, today we’re back with Revelation 1:8 where we discover just how much Jesus knows about everything. Last night we celebrated Ash Wednesday in Fellowship. Did you know that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent? Lent is a time when we think about Jesus temptation in the Wilderness for 40 Days and 40 Nights. During that time Jesus didn’t eat or drink and it was after being without food for such a long time that Satan (The Devil) came to TEMPT Jesus.

Note: Jesus was put to temptation when He was at his weakest. But revealed a secret strength that is available to you and me today.

Today, in Revelation, we’re going to see how Jesus is EVERYTHING we need in the face of temptation, moments of weakness, times when we’re feeling we just can’t go on: He’s the ONE who’s able to carry us through. Why? Because Jesus is the I AM for your everything.

Revelation 1:8 (NIV) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John is giving us the REVELATION as he received it from the LORD Jesus. Jesus is the one speaking. He is GOD ALMIGHTY.

Alpha: Is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Omega: is the last letter. So Jesus is telling us He’s the first and the last and everything else in-between. He’s the A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J …. Everything.

He also tells us: I AM (Which is the Bible name for the all knowing, all powerful, all sufficient, God).

  • He’s the “I AM” who IS: He exists in your present.
  • He’s the “I AM” Who “WAS”: i.e. He always existed in the past. He was before time began. He created time.
  • He’s the “I AM” Who “Is to Come”: i.e. He will always be around for all eternity. He’s never going away. He will exist when the Creation ceases to exist. He’s coming back to Earth to Judge all mankind.

When Jesus said, “I AM the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

He’s showing you that He is the “I AM” for whatever your need is in life.

  • For instance if you’re sick, you’ll hear Jesus say, “I am your Divine Healer.”
  • If you’re in a storm in life, you’ll hear Jesus say “I AM your life-boat”.
  • If you don’t know your way, can’t make a decision, Jesus will be revealing, “I AM the WAY”.
  • If you’re sick and dying, Jesus will comfort you with, “I AM the resurrection and the life.”
  • If you’re in the dark, afraid and can’t see, Jesus is your light, for He promises, “I AM the Light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness”.
  • If you are feeling weary or burdened by life’s pressures, Jesus is shouting in a tender tone to you today, “Come to me, I AM going to give you a burden that is light, my yoke is so easy, come to Me”
  • If you are feeling like no one else cares about you, Jesus is saying, “I AM your Good Shepherd, I look after my sheep, I know each one by name and I’ll lead you to pastures new.”
  • If you are feeling happy, Jesus is your brother who’ll share in your joy. There’s NO jealously in God. He rejoices with you and doesn’t envy your happiest moments in life.

My friends, in Jesus, in Revelation, Jesus is the ALL KNOWING: “I AM”. He is everything that you can ever imagine that you’ll need in life.

  • He’s the ONE: Who washes you clean from sin. He does that with His own life-blood. He died so that you could be purified.
  • He’s the ONE: Who give you Eternal LIFE: The moment you turn in Repentance and seek His forgiveness and receive Him as your LORD and Saviour, at that moment ETERNAL LIFE is your inheritance. Awesome!
  • He’s the ONE: Who’ll give you abundant, overflowing LIFE: As you walk each day with Jesus, no matter what the world throws at you, as it did Him in the wilderness, you’ll be full of Holy Spirit and JOY of the Lord Jesus.

So this Lent, to be afraid to try and give up something you like, you’ll discover that Jesus can more than replace and resource you in ways you can’t even imagine, because HE is your EVERYTHING:  He is your ALL.

He knows more than any Professor on Earth: He Created the Universe and everything in it.

TRUST Jesus Christ afresh today. He always was, always will be and always is.

Jesus is the Lord God Almighty: He’s with you. He’s in you.

  • So don’t be afraid.
  • So don’t worry.
  • So don’t give up or give in.

Oh How I LOVE Jesus.
Oh How I LOVE Jesus.
Oh How I LOVE Jesus.
Because He first LOVED me.

Amen!

Don.

The Power of God’s Word

Spirit and Word: God's Word

Daily Spirit & Word: 616: The Power of God’s Word.

Good morning my friends, it’s been hitting home to me again today just how wonderful and powerful God’s WORD is. He speaks mainly through the Scriptures (Bible), but the power of God’s Word also comes to us in so many other ways, as people share God’s eternal truth. In what ways has He spoken to you?

Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

These two verses in Hebrews 4 are AWESOME:

God’s WORD: It’s;

  • LIVING
  • ACTIVE
  • DIVIDING
  • PENETRATING
  • JUDGING

“The Word of God”: Bible Commentators are divided as to what this phrase is referring to:

  • Could it be the Whole Bible as some assume?
  • Could it be the Lord Jesus Himself?
  • Could it be the Gospel (Good News)? For we know that it’s the Word of God that gives the gift of faith.
  • Could it be the Law, as some assume? For the Law is a Schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. (An awareness of our need of God’s forgiveness, for we’ve all broken God’s Laws).
  • Could it be when the Scriptures are read or preached? 

Personally I think it is a combination of ALL of the above:

The Power of God’s Word: We’ve probably seen it ourselves in our own experience of walking and trying to live the Christian life.

When we hear a sermon and it cuts right into our daily life, the preacher being completely unaware of what we’ve been doing, but the Power of God’s Word hits home. Making us feel like getting down low and hiding or running out of the room. I’ve had that as the convicting power of God’s Word comes upon me.

We’ve probably all had an experience of chatting with someone about the Lord’s things; answered prayer, what the Bible is saying to us in our daily devotions, and then all of a sudden you become aware that He’s in the room right there with you, speaking through your words or of the conversation of others in the room. The Power of God’s Word comes to life upon the lips of a brother or sister. It’s wonderful when the Lord does that, speaks through your brothers and sisters in Christ.

We’ve probably all had the experience of reading the Bible and suddenly a phrase jumps into our hearts and encourages us and makes us feel secure, strong, bold, humbled. When God’s Word does something to take away our fears or illuminate a problem we’ve been having.

God’s Word: Is LIVING AND ACTIVE: It’s always there, it’s powerful and it can accomplish what God wants it to. Just think for a moment how the Power of God’s Word: Created the Universe and how God’s Word can make Peter walk upon the water with Jesus. WOWzer! It’s mind-blowing, the POWER of God’s Word.

I heard the story of a young boy, he’d just been converted to Jesus and was sitting in the park reading his bible and yelping with delight. An old stuffy Minister was walking past, he asked the boy, “What are you making all that fuss about?” The Boy responded, “It’s awesome how in the Bible the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea when God rescued them from Pharaoh” The Minister was a liberal and didn’t believe in the literal reading of Genesis, he said, “Oh Archaeologists have proven that the Red Sea was probably only about two feed deep at the point they crossed over”

The young boy’s face fell and the Minister walked away smirking to himself, thinking he’d put the boy to right. Then he heard the boy whooping and dancing again, he turned back and asked the boy, “What are you making a fuss about now?” The boy replied, “It fantastic, what a wonderful God we have” Impatient, the Minister said, “What do you mean?” The boy said, “Don’t you think it’s just amazing how God could drown the whole Egyptian Army in just two feet of water?”

The boy walked away praising the Lord Jesus, the Minister’s face fell. LOL.

 

  • God’s WORD has a Power to convict the hardest of hearts. (Penetrating).
  • God’s Word is living and active and will never cease to be. (Alive).
  • God’s WORD: Is a lamp to my feet and light unto my path. (Guides us in life).
  • God’s WORD is TRUE: for ALL time. (Truth for Everyone, Everywhere).
  • God’s WORD is TRUSTWORTHY: ALWAYS.(Believe ALL God’s Promises in His Word).
  • God’s Word is FAITHFUL: Reliable and Encouraging. (Feeds & Nourishes the Soul).
  • God’s WORD: Has the ability to give faith and lead a person to Jesus Christ today!

Let’s let God’s Word do it’s job in our life and the lives of those we love today.

Oh LORD Jesus Christ, I thank You that You are that living WORD, that You’ve given us Your Words to teach, encourage and strengthen us every day. You have revealed Father God to us through the Words that He gave You to speak whilst upon the earth. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for the ways that You speak to us and show us the truth in our lives. Your Word is amazing. Praise You Lord! Amen. 

Think about it, what ways has God’s Word spoken to you?

What ways has He spoken to you apart from Scripture and you KNEW it was Him?

What ways have you become aware that God was speaking through you?

The POWER of God’s WORD: Let it soak into your soul today, let it feed you and nourish your walk with Jesus.

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.”

Have an amazing Tuesday with Jesus.

Don.

The POWER of God’s Word:

Isaiah 40:6-15
6  A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
7  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.
8  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.”
9  You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10  See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
11  He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
12  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
13  Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counsellor?
14  Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?
15  Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

 

The Man of Macedonia Beckons

Macedonia Holy Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word 585: The Man Of Macedonia Beckons

The Man of Macedonia:

Fantastic Friday: Yesterday was awesome, because in the morning at 8.30am I met up with two other Pastors from West Norwood in a Cafe for breakfast and later for prayer. Why was that so amazing? It was because just after we’d greeted one another I said, “I’ve been reading about the Holy Spirit and how sometimes He tells us “NO!”, then about the vision of the ‘Man of Macedonia’, it was what I’d been reading in Acts. Well just as I was explaining, Dennis said, “WOW, that’s what we were just talking about in our prayer meeting less than an hour ago” then Peter chipped in, “I was reading about that too last night” It’s amazing how three Church leaders were all reading the same thing from God’s Word and, had the feeling that the Holy Spirit was saying the same things to us: Sometimes God says “NO!” or “Stop!” or “Don’t go”, but He always seems to reveal where He wants us to go.

Acts 16:6-10 “Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.

7  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
8  So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9  During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

10  After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

I’m preaching upon Acts 16 tomorrow, but isn’t it brilliant when the Lord brings us together and opens up His Word in such a wonderful way? They couldn’t go to Asia or Mysia or Bithynia, but from Troas they had the vision; from the Man of Macedonia, to take the Gospel to Europe.

Could it be that The Man of Macedonia is Beckoning Again?

I wonder, even now, what it is that the Lord is saying to us here in West Norwood?

With all that’s happening in Syria, Greece and Macedonia: Countless thousands of souls passing through on their way to Germany, could it be that He wants us to go to Macedonia to preach the Gospel again?

How those poor people, coming from an Islamic terror need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Freedom that being a member of His Kingdom brings.

I heard yesterday about a man who was recently converted by a dream that he had and a mini-revival has broken out in Macedonia as a result, because he was a man with influence and many listened to him when he declared his conversion to Christ.

Gathering together for fellowship and prayer and to share God’s Word together will keep you strong.

Listen my friends, God still speaks today and He’ll guide us clearly wherever He wants us to go and proclaim Christ. Be free in the Love of God, let His Spirit flow within you.

Don.