Thursday, September 18, 2014

Names and descriptions of God #2




Let's continue on this morning looking at some of the names and descriptions of God.



Our Father- Isaiah 64:8





But now, O Lord,

You are our Father;

We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all we are the work of Your hand.



Not only is God our Father, He is our heavenly Father!!!



Matthew 6:32



For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.



I don't know about you but having God as my Father is such comfort! Amen?



A Sure Foundation-Isaiah 28:16



Therefore thus says the Lord God:



“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,

A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;

Whoever believes will not act hastily.



This is a verse of great importance to understand. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have a sure foundation. The foundation is the most important part of a building. If the foundation is not solid it will all come crashing down. Remember these verses:



Matthew 7:24-27



Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”



Jesus is the chief cornerstone which is the stone where all the others in the foundation build from:



1 Peter 2:6



Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”



Thank you Jesus for being our sure foundation!



God Almighty-Genesis 17:1



When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.



There is NONE more almighty than God. He loves us and gives us the opportunity to love and serve Him. Wow, think on that. Almighty means: having unlimited power; omnipotent, as God.



So today we see from the Word of God... God is our heavenly Father, God is a sure foundation, and God is almighty. That's a pretty awesome God, huh?



See you tomorrow with some more names and descriptions of God!



Tom

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Names and descriptions of God




For the next week or two I want to share the names and descriptions of God found in the bible. Read then slowly and let them sink in and realize how amazing our God is!!!!



My Witness-Job 16:19







19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,

and he who testifies for me is on high.



My Wonderful Counselor-Isaiah 9:6





6 For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.



My Strong Deliverer-Psalm 140:7





7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

You have covered my head in the day of battle.



So what we see in our God today is He is our personal witness in heaven. He is a wonderful counselor to us. He delivers us first from our sins, and then through the battles of life.



What an awesome personal God we serve!



Tom

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Proof




As a follower of Jesus, does the following passage describe you? Read closely and see:





1 Corinthians 13



1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



Love is key to the follower of Jesus after all God is love:



1 John 4:8



Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.



If we really love Jesus we do this:



John 14:15



“If you love me, keep my commands.



Following Jesus is not hard to figure out, we just put stumbling blocks in our own way! Check out this song by King and Country "Proof of your love":






So what about it? Do you love Jesus and do you love others? These two things are proof of your faith in Jesus!



Tom

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Overwhelmed




Life ever get you overwhelmed? I already know the answer to that! Many times we can control some of that by the choices we make. Other times life is just overwhelming. This is ONE is life that should overwhelm us and that is Jesus Christ. His love. mercy, and grace well is just overwhelming. Slow down a bit this Monday morning, relax for a couple of minutes, and listen to this song and worship our King!



Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave






If you are not overwhelmed by Jesus something is wrong. Matter of fact when it gets right down to it, if we put our focus where it should be, on God, the rest of lifes difficulties seem so small compared to the awesome God we serve.



Psalm 61:2



From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.



Mark 7:37

People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”



Oh Jesus I am overwhelmed by you! Every aspect of you is amazing. Thank you for saving my soul! May nothing in life overwhelm us like you do, for you are God and God alone!



Tom

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sept. 11 and the gospel

RADICAL

Another reminder of God's love for you!




I pray you already know God loves you more than anyone else, after all He created you out of His love. I want to share a couple of verses with you this morning just to remind you of that great love He has for you.



Did you know you did not come after God? No, He came after you! Why? Because he loves you!



Romans 3:10-12

10 as it is written:



“None is righteous, no, not one;

11 no one understands;

no one seeks for God.

12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;

no one does good,

not even one.”



Sin has such a hold on us folks that in ourselves we do not seek God. We are selfish and want our own way all the time. Thanks be to God He comes after us!!!!



Jeremiah 31:3

3 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:



“I have loved you with an everlasting love;

I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.



John 6:44

44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.



John 15:16

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.



God comes after us!!! Now think about this, would you go after someone who constantly denies you, runs from you, disobeys you, or has no time for you? No we wouldn't, but that's exactly what God does for us and with open, forgiving, merciful arms! It then becomes our choice to give Him our lives or deny Him.



Oh how God loves you and me folks. So much He sent His own Son to die for your sins, so you may spend eternity with Him!



Can I get a witness this morning!!!! Hallelujah!!! Thank you King Jesus!



God is love!



Tom

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Lord is your Life!




If you were asked this question right now, "What is your life?", what would your answer be? Take a little time and think on that and honestly answer.



Now read this verse and see if you can find the answer from God's Word:



Deuteronomy 30:19-20

19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”



What awesome verses! Let me share what caught my attention in these verses:



1. Choose life! God is life. Nothing else can claim that! Have you chosen life through Jesus Christ?



2. Love the Lord. Do you? The bible says this: John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments."



3. Obey God. With all of your life...do you? John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.



4. Holding onto Jesus. Wow do I need to hear that. In all the turmoil of life...hold onto Jesus! Who else would we want to hold onto anyway???

Hebrews 12:2 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.



5. He is your life! This is so important to grab a hold of this morning brothers and sisters. Jesus is not to be a just part of your life, or a Sunday Morning visit, or a little prayer at meal time, HE IS TO BE YOUR LIFE! Jesus should consume your life! Think about that!!! Please! God is a jealous God, and He wants all of us. Deuteronomy 4:24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.



So again let me ask...Is Jesus your life? It is of utmost importance that you examine your life and your families life and determine if He really is or not.



Tom