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The Wonders of God’s Love Without Limits Article 13

October 6, 2016

Reverence

I am doing something different, there is a song that has been going through my mind for three weeks that fits this article.  It is called, “In the Garden.”  I will do the chorus just once.

v1. I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses; and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the son of God discloses.  Chorus

v2.  He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing; and the melody that He gave me within my heart is ringing.  Chorus

v3. I’d stay in the garden with Him tho the night around me is falling; but He bids me go, thru the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling.  Chorus

Chorus: And he walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

This song speaks of the tenderness of the Lord’s love for us.  He wants to meet each one of us in His garden, so we can get to know Him and His love personally.  That we may know the extent of His love for all man kind.  Also know His love for all people, during this age of grace, we cannot assume that if somebody does not believe, or they are in some type of sin, that they are not worthy of God’s love, and redemption.  Only God knows who eventually will turn their lives over to Him.  That only happens when we want to know Him.  Reach out to Him, He will let you know when He is near.  He is the tender Savior that wants peace in your life, security, and blessings.  Yes, all you have to say Jesus, come in, and you will never be the same.

The Wonders of God’s Love without limits.  Article 13   10-5-16

What hinders from the wonders of God’s love.

Psalms 141:3  “Set a guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Why is it important for a guard to be set over my mouth, and to keep watch over my lips.  Job:7 “For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward.”  all people at times have a hard time keeping their tongue and their lips from getting into trouble.  In Jeremiah 17:9  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”  It takes one greater than we are to help us from making a fool of ourselves.  He is our mediator with our heavenly Father.  Jesus Christ and all of His pain through being nailed to the cross.  Who else could be man’s helper, but one who went through agony, despair, and suffering, who did not utter a word at anytime during His ordeal.  We can turn to Jesus for that help with every part of life.  Through the Spirit, He lives within us to help control every part of our life.  He can help us with our mouth , anger, and public display of senseless actions and words.  James 3:8 says, “But no one can tame the tongue, it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.”  Jesus said He would send us a helper,  without the Spirit, we would be a restless soul.  God has a passion for man’s life, for man to depend upon Christ for his needs.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  One generation after another, man comes and goes.  God and Christ are the only permanent beings that have all knowledge to keep track of each person that has been here, is here now, and who will come in the future.  Our salvation depends on us listening to the Spirit of God, and His presence in our lives.  He does give all men His voice that calls each individual to believe in Him.  The beginning of God we do not know, the ending however we know that all that  believe in Him will be with Him at the end, going into eternity.  Man is but a footnote.  That statement is not true.  Man has a preeminent place in God’s heart.  He made man to be steward of His creation.  He has given mankind the ability to design, build and make things for good and if man does not use it correctly, it is to our detriment.  He made us, why would He not love us, He may not like what we do or the way we act at times, but Christ paid for that so that we can be forgiven if we ask.  God has given man the capacity to think big dreams, do great things.  But it is God who can bring them to pass for you.  Man is never alone.  God is always near.  He is even close to the wicked, for when and if they ever call to Him, he will answer them.  Oh what a creator, what a Savior, He watches over all of us night and day, God controls the time of all things.  He gives good gifts to the saved, and unsaved.  He has it rain on the unsaved and the saved.  We all have the sun and moon, both saved and unsaved benefit from them.  God helps all so He can help them know Him who created them and gave them the ability to think, remember, and reason.

Our beginning as a baby and ends in old age, all we have is a short period of time to come to a saving faith.  By God’s standard of time, James 4:14 “Yet you do not know what your life will be tomorrow, you are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”  Our life either being saved to Christ or being lost in eternity.  It is either right or wrong.  Building a building, your lines cannot be off, or your building is off.  Basics are not a waste of time with God.  Just as Christ and His words are true, they are not a waste of time to the reader.  They are the difference of life and death.  Also to us they are the difference of either hitting the mark of Christ or joining satan.  What does God say to us from His word to keep us from sinning against Him.  I hope that these will be a lamp unto our feet, and a big light that guides our path.

Psalm 140:8-11  “Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not promote he evil device, lest they be exalted.  As for the head of those who surround me, may the mischief of their lips cover them.  May burning coals fall upon them; may they be cast into the fire, into deep pits from which they cannot rise.  May a slanderer not be established in the earth; may evil hunt the violent man speedily.”

Psalms 144:4  “Man is like a mere breath; his day are a passing shadow.”

Psalm 145:8  “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger ad great in lovingkindness, and His mercies are over all His works.”

Psalms 146:3-4  “Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.  His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

Psalm 147:1  “Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is becoming.”

Psalm 148:5-6  “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.”

Christ wants to fulfill your life.  He wants you to trust in Him, if you do trust, since He knows you better than you yourself.  After all He did create you.  The one who makes something knows all the details of the end creation.  He knows how you think, the way you think, the desires that you have, your goals and aspirations.  He knows ahead of time what your life will be like.  Wouldn’t you want to know Him who made you.  He will give you a job that will take you out of your comfort zone, away from the things you used to do, and doing something for Him ad His kingdom.  After all, this is what faith is all about.  How we can be used for His glory.  In the process we get to contribute, grow in the knowledge of God and help others in the process.  Christ shows us how God works with people.  Each of us has an assignment, that we do not know about yet.  But before we get to the assignment , we have to believe and learn of God and Christ.  In other words, get grounded in God’s word and know Him and believe what His word says.  Not what we want to believe, but believe God and what He says.

In short, here are some of the Lord’s sayings that can help us in our everyday lives to help guide our ways.

1. “They would not accept my counsel, the spurned all my reproof.  So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satiated with their own devices.  For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, and the complacency of fools destroy them.  But he who listens to Me shall live securely, and shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”  2. “My son, if you will receive My sayings, and treasure My commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for  hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of the godly ones.  Then you will discern righteousness and justice and every good course.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you.”  3.  My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for the length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you.  D0 not let kindness and truth leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, so you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” 4.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.  5.  For whom the Lord loves He reproves,even as a father, the son in whom he delights.”  6. There are seven things the Lord hates, “Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one that spreads strife among brothers.”  7. “For he who finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord.  But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.”  8. “He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out, he who winks the eye causes trouble, and a babbling fool will be thrown down.  The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” 9. “He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain life, and he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.”  V27. “He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it will come to him.” V30. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.”

Proverbs 1:30-33  2. Proverbs 2:1-11  3. Proverbs 3:1-3  4. Proverbs 3:7 5. Proverbs 3:12,13  6. Proverbs 6:17-19  7.  8. Proverbs 10-9-11  9.  Proverbs 11:19,27,30

God is not haphazard or lax in all that He does.  There are no accidents with God.  Everything He does is exact, He never has to go back and apologize for something that He has done wrong.  He has measured every action and out come. We may never understand why He does some things, but it is for someone’s benefit.  Sometimes it is for our benefit, but many times it benefits someone else.  Jesus never judges the way man does.  In Isaiah 11:3  “And he will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, not make a decision by what His ears her.”  For the Lord has set a standard, the Lord knows man says things or does actions or deeds at times he has to take back.  What is God’s standard?  Faith in Jesus Christ.

What is Faith?  In Hebrews 11:1 it says,  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  The promises of God are wrapped up in this verse.  When God says He will return for us at the end of time, that is an assurance that we can believe in because to a believer we have come to know what God says, He will bring to pass at the precise moment it is supposed to happen.  Since God is in control we do not need to know the when.  We cannot see it, touch it, or hear it, but it is our confidence, that God is trustworthy and reliable.  Our society is based upon faith.  Faith in our government to have it do what it is supposed to do. Faith in our money to get equal value for what we pay.  Faith in the companies we work for to pay our wages when they say it will be there.  Faith in brothers, sisters, family members, the courts, etc.  Faith and believing has an intellectual part that believers have as fact.  We, by believing, believe that God’s word is true and complete, it needs no other books from any denomination to expand on or detract or change words to fit their theology from His word.  The bible is the final word on God’s word that can be believed in.  The difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is the old covenant instructs  His people that God wanted them to be obedient to Him.  When they sinned, they were supposed to bring an animal to the Priest for the covering of that sin they had committed.  In the New Covenant with Christ, His crucifixion was the acceptable sacrifice for sin, for one and all.  It only works  in faith to Christ and ask for the forgiveness of sins.  “And for this reason He is mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant , those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.  For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.  For the covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.  Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.  For in every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the caves and goats, with water and scarlet, wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people.”  Hebrews 9:15-19  So much better is our sacrifice, because Christ endured the pain and suffering by taking our sin upon Himself, and went to the cross, so our confession of sin to Jesus.  It is forgiven us, as the Bible says  Amen

What is the result of our faith?  What faith produces in Christ.

  1. Truth, according to God’s word.  2. Justice, according to Christs direction.  3.  Love, to love  your neighbor as yourself, and love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He himself is kind to ungrateful men   Luke 6:35   4. Mercy, to give mercy in the abundance as Christ has given us.
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