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Message From Matt – June 5

“Know-It-All” 
 
Don’t you just love being around a “know-it-all”?  Ok, most likely you don’t because for some reason, people that fit that description are hard to be around.  It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone who knows everything about everything and doesn’t mind reminding you about it.  On top of that, we all know that “know-it-alls” really don’t know as much as they think they know, but convincing them of that is nearly impossible.  
 
However, there is one exception…God!  He is a “Jack-of-all-trades and a Master of all of it”.
God knows everything.  His Omniscience is one of His attributes that we can’t deny but many of us wish weren’t true.  Why?  Since He knows all things, there is nothing that we can hide from Him.  Just like last week’s email about His omnipresence and the truth that He is everywhere at all times, including the past, present and future, the same goes for His knowledge…you can’t hide your thoughts or actions from Him.  
 
This is frightening when you think about it because He knows your every thought!  He knows your motivations for what you do and He knows all the plans that you have.  Since God knows every hair on your head (Luke 12:7) there is nothing that we can keep from Him.  His knowledge of everything is perfect.  A.W. Tozier said it well when he wrote, “God knows all that can be known”. 
Even though God’s knowledge can be scary, it also can be comforting because God never discovers anything!  He is never blindsided!  He is never caught off guard! He knows your worries and struggles and He knows what can help you overcome them.  
David wrote about this in Psalm 139:1-4“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.”
 
As I think about God’s greatness through all of His attributes,  my mind goes to where Paul’s was at when he wrote, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” – Romans 11:33-36
Even though it’s hard to comprehend everything about God’s greatness, I  believe it.  I rest in the fact that my God is so much greater than anyone that has been created and anything that has been made!  He is so high and lifted up even above the heavens yet He thinks good thoughts to me and you!  He knows you, the good, bad and ugly things about you, yet He loves you!  What a God we have and serve!  
 
Let’s keep searching out the attributes of God!  You’ll never be disappointed in Him!


Message From Matt – May 29

You can’t run, can’t hide!
 
Remember the story of Jonah?  I know…everybody does, but do you remember how the book started?   
 
It starts out with God telling Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach God’s warning of judgment against them, BUT, Jonah had another plan…”But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…(Jonah 1:3)
If disobeying God was Jonah’s plan, he succeeded!  
If getting away from God was the plan, he failed!  
 
The problem is the same problem that everyone else has that tries to run from God; it’s impossible to run from Him…Because He is everywhere at all times!  For those that are running to God that is a blessing!  For those that are running fromGod, this can lead to big problems!  
 
Focusing on the good parts of this truth, it’s good to know a few things!  The first is that God’s omnipresence transcends time itself.  He is in the past, present, and future all at the same time which is far above our comprehension.  The truth is,  since God is currently in all three of those time categories,  He already knows my future!  He already has mapped out His best for me and knows every move that I will make and since He has the best thoughts toward me (Jeremiah 29:11) and cannot lie (Titus 1:2), I know good things await me…especially in spending eternity with Him (Revelations 21-22).  
 
The second part of this truth is that God is never far away.  You can never be too far from God!  He is never too busy or distracted to take His eyes off of you and He is definitely always capable to handle any problem that you have.  
 
Lastly, He is here, there and everywhere.  Normally, that phrase is said in a negative way, but the truth that God is everywhere at all times should give us comfort!  We cannot escape His presence, His mercy, His grace, His chastening when needed, or His love.  Whether you are in Indy, Florida, or China…God is there.  You might try to run from Him, but if you are His child…you can never get rid of Him!  You can never get Him out of your mind!  You can never get Him to forget you!  You can never be so far away that He can’t help you!  
 
Let’s always be running to Him…never trying to run from Him!



Message From Matt – May 22

Untapped?

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”  – Ephesians 3:20-21

You have probably heard me say this a few times, but I want to say it again;  I believe that most Christians don’t understand the power of God that is within them!  

What I mean by that is that we have been given everything  we need to live a life pleasing to God and overcome sin and temptations, but oftentimes we live defeated, depressed or even devastated.  

 

I don’t wish this on any of us but the truth is that  maybe one of those “D” words apply to you?  If so, are you ready to break free from that downward spiral of troubling emotions to a life of experiencing the power of God?

I am not suggesting that we won’t have times of troubles and problems; being saved doesn’t “save” you from struggles and suffering…in some cases, it might mean more of that.  The point here that I want to get across is that we need help to overcome the daily struggles that we have and God is there, never changing in His power, to help us!  

 

As I spoke about on Sunday, God is Omnipotent! (Omni = All/Potent = Powerful) and according to Paul in the verse above, God’s power works in us for His glory!  God’s strength is unlimited and is our power source, but in many lives, His power is untapped!

So, what is too hard for God?…NOTHING!!

  • “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”  – Jeremiah 32:17
  • “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Does God every wear out or give in to pressure?…Not a bit!!

  • “Hast thou not known?  Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” – Isaiah 40:28

God’s power is hard to resist – Job 42:2

God’s power is hard to comprehend, but we just need to believe it – Ephesians 3:20

God’s power never changes – Psalm 102:25-27

When we read the Bible, look at Creation, or think about the fact that God will one day be rapturing out His children, we have to say that God is all-powerful…and His power can help you today!

Look at what Isaiah wrote about God’s power given to us…He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31