Synopsis: Whereas young children will readily accept the unconditional nature of God's love, teens and adults tend to interpret God's love on the basis of their own feelings and experiences, comparing it with human expressions of love or the lack thereof. If they have had unfortunate, painful experiences in life, they are more prone to believe that while God may love people generally, He has not shown much love personally to them.
So how do you and I know that God loves us personally? What evidences are there? Our text answers those questions in this morning's message.
Synopsis: What are you looking to for the source of your happiness? for your satisfaction? Tonight we address an area in the believer's walk that affects his perspective on life. Where is happiness found? Can we know genuine happiness? How?
Synopsis: God's love for us personally is never a case of mistaken identity. Beginning today and for the next four Sundays, we look at four aspects of God's love and will ask and answer four questions. Today is the first: we look at the essence of God's love--What is it really? What does the Bible mean when it declares that "God is love."?
Synopsis: Mercy is not a temporary mood that God gets into from time to time and on certain occasions. It is an essential part of God's eternal being! If God can rescue us from our most miserable condition which is identified in today's text, then He can certainly intervene to work in any lesser miserable condition. Our text also magnifies a beautiful, amazing aspect of our God's nature - His mercy. Our text reveals three epochs of time in which the richness, the abundance of God's mercy is on full display. All of it is designed to extract from us the worship and praise God deserves.
Synopsis: There are those who see mercy as something in conflict with justice. Some equate mercy with giving an offender a second chance to do something. But is that really what mercy is all about? What is meant when the Bible declares that our God is "The God of Mercy?" Psalm 103 answers these questions for us.
Synopsis: God’s power to us and for us is exceedingly great & is expressed in the same terms as the same power that was mighty and evident in the resurrection of Christ from the grave! This means three important things and establishes three reasons God's power is great.
Synopsis: God is a God of all power and as such is worthy of our worship, service, and loving loyalty! So as we learn what it means to “Behold our God” as it relates to His power, there are two questions for us to ask and answer: 1) What does it mean that God has all power? 2) What does it mean to us personally that our God is a God of all power?
Synopsis: Tonight we continue addressing the question, "What makes God's wisdom so impressive so as to call forth our full trust, confidence and devotion? What is it about God's wisdom that delivers peace of mind and stability of life in the midst of adversity? This morning we looked at the first reason: Because God's Wisdom Cannot Be Frustrated. Tonight we look at two other truths.
Synopsis: What makes God's wisdom so impressive so as to call forth our full trust, confidence, and devotion? What is it about God's wisdom that delivers peace of mind and stability of life in the midst of adversity?
This morning's message looks at the first of three truths that answer those questions.
Synopsis: When consistently applied to either God or Jesus Christ in either the Old Testament or New Testament, "majesty" is a declaration of two things: 1) God's superiority, regal dignity and greatness, 2) A necessary, consequent response from man--either to bless and worship Him in the acknowledgement of that majesty or to tremble in fear because of it!
Our text tonight helps reject the wrong thoughts we have that place limitations on God that make Him appear small in our eyes or that rob Him of His glory--i.e. the many splendid excellencies of His perfections. Isaiah will use one aspect of creation as a point of comparison and as an illustration of the bigness of our God. Then he will fire three thought provoking questions designed to stir us to think correctly of His majesty.
Synopsis: No man ever rises higher than his view of God and no church is ever greater than its concept of God! One aspect of God's nature that He has revealed about Himself is His majesty. He is a majestic God! Psalm 139 is a beautiful and classic meditation upon one aspect of God's infinite, majestic nature--His amazing knowledge--especially as it relates to His people!
If we are to form the right idea of God's greatness so that with the eye of faith we see His majesty very clearly, we must reject the limitations we place on God in our minds that make Him appear so small to us! He has not lost control of our lives nor of the circumstances of our lives! Psalm 139 will help us with this. In the face of God's extensive and intensive knowledge of us, may we like the Psalmist open our hearts to Him and extend an open invitation to Him to search our hearts and expose wrong thinking, wrong beliefs, wrong attitudes and actions so they can be repented of and replaced with God's truth!
Synopsis: As we have been looking at God's unchangeableness and faithfulness, we find them to be reasons why we can trust Him. But our text tonight also gives us further "Encouragement to Trust God." Our text tonight reveals what that is.