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God Delivers and Forgives

January 20, 2014

We do not believe in a second-rate god.  Our God is an awesome God who is able to do even more than we ask or think.

I.  God Created:  Psalms 33:6-9

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

There are many people who say that they feel close to God when they are in nature.  Romans tells us that the attributes of God can be seen in the things that He created. (c.f. Romans 1:20)

The Bible begins with the words ” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  (Genesis 1:1)  For generations, this fact was questioned by very few.  The existence of the natural world was used as a primary argument for the existence of God. The evolutionary theory was the first serious threat to this belief.  Since it was introduced, it has gone from a scandalous, ludicrous idea, to a theory that is widely accepted by the scientific and academic community.  Actually, tremendous pressure is brought upon people to conform to this belief.  However, there is  a return to faith  among many within the scientific community.  Lee Strobel’s book “The Case for a Creator” does a wonderful job of provided current scientific support for belief in a creator.

We can believe what the Bible says.  Our God is able to create the world out of nothing, by a simple spoken phrase.  He is an awesome God.

II.  God Delivers:  Psalms 37:3-8

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

I am glad that our money still contains the phrase “In God We Trust”.  We regularly need to be reminded that we should not place our trust in our own strength and abilities, or in some organization, or government.  Our trust is well-placed when we trust in God.

We should do what is good, what is right in the sight of God.  It is never right to do wrong, nor wrong to do right.

We should delight ourselves in God.  I love to gather together with other believers and join together in worship of the King of Kings.  The world does not offer anything that compares with entering into the presence of God in worship.

When God is our first love, God gives us the desires of our heart.  First, of course is a sense of His presence in our lives, but God also blesses us in a whole variety of ways with the good gifts of this world.

Commit our ways to God, and He will bring it to pass.  We should not give up on our dreams!  If the dream is given by God, then God will bring it to pass.  God will give us the wisdom and strength to do what He calls us to do.

Rest and wait.  When we have done what we are called to do, we should rest and wait for God to do what only God can do.  If we become impatient and try to speed up the timing of God, we may create problems for ourselves.

Cease from anger.  “The anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.”  This is a lifelong challenge for many of us.

Do not fret.  You cannot worry and trust God at the same time.

Trust in God.  He is able to deliver what He has promised.

III.  God Forgives:  Psalms 51:10-13

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

This psalm was written by David after he had committed adultery and murder.  God is willing to forgive us our sins when we turn to Him in repentance and faith.  He will restore our joy and help us to turn from our sins, to be the people He has called us to be.

The change in our lives can then inspire others to turn to God.  As others are drawn to God, we can teach them about His goodness.

Our God is an awesome God who delivers and forgives.

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