Love

We have spoken about being directed…


This is what The Lord says—
your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel:
“I am The Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.

Isaiah 48:17

Ever felt led?

There is a difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’. Being led, leads to fulfilling need – for God will supply ALL your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, Amen

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)

I am The LORD your God, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalms 81:10)

For The LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps. 84:11)

But seek first The Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt. 6:33)

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but He thwarts the craving of the wicked. (Prov. 10:3)

He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? (Ro. 8:32)

Now to God Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ‘ask or imagine’, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Eph. 3:20)

This says no small thing! We ask because we need, to be expound on this – we want! Ask, in Faith… it is yours!

We will share again on the substance of faith. What it is!
Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance (the definition of the existence) about what we do not see.

We can go so wide on this! Ever been sick before? Did you ‘see’ it coming? If a ‘cold’ have you not been around someone who sneezes and spread germs and came out A-ok?

Yeah, yeah! So, you wash your hands/sanitizer/maintain ‘protocol’. Have you ever been ‘sick’? You did not see that coming, right?

We will go one deeper, “family history” – illness, disease, cancer…skips generations. Luck of the draw, no? Will it, can it, does it… questions!

One thing can be known for sure; Everything is not seen at first; but comes out/is seen/realized eventually, no?

Just as things that are not seen, but are suspected come to be. His-story demonstrates that all is ‘somewhere’. Everything starts somewhere!

To take a ‘risky’ moment and sound ‘off’. There is a ‘Force’, some may call it “luck.” ALL things come to be! Our reality is based on decisions.

Are you deciding right?

Pray!

“God will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: God will guide you with His eye.” -Psalm 32:8

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-guidance/

God sees ALL

https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_sees_everything

Knows ALL

https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_359.cfm

God is ALL

Omniscience of God – God Knows All Things
The omniscience of God is the principle that God is all-knowing; that He encompasses all knowledge of the universe past, present, and future. In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it, including knowledge.

At first look, the idea of the omniscience of God may seem to be a simple concept—God knows everything. But the more we study the Bible, the more we come to understand what an incredible truth it is. Psalm 147:4-5 tells us, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Imagine. God not only knows how many stars are in the universe, but knows each of them by name. An Australian study a few years ago put the number of stars we can see at 70,000 million million million, or the number 70 followed by 22 zeroes. That means there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on all the beaches and deserts of the world! What an incredible picture of the omniscience of God.

In the book of Genesis we read the story of Joseph, the favored son of Jacob. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and devised a scheme to get rid of him. They considered killing him, but ended up selling him as a slave to foreigners. God knew this was going to happen, and already had a plan in place. Through a series of events, Joseph went from slave to prisoner to Egyptian ruler. Years later he was able to use his authority and position to provide for his family during a famine in their homeland. How do you think Joseph felt when he and his brothers were reunited? Do you think he wanted revenge? No, he didn’t. He told them: “And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you (Genesis 45:5).” Joseph understood the omniscience of God; that the events in Joseph’s life had worked together for his family’s own good.

Omniscience of God – God Knows All About Us
God knew us and had a plan for our lives before we were born. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Matthew 10:30 tells us that even the hairs on our head are numbered. No matter how carefully we keep secrets from others, we have no secrets from God.

In Psalm 139:1-4 David wrote, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” And Proverbs 15:3 tells us: “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” He sees our actions every minute of the day, and even though He knows everything about us—both good and bad—He still loves us. God understands how we feel when we are going through hard times because He knows our thoughts and feelings. What a comfort it is to realize God who knows every star by name knows each of us personally and loves us no matter what. “For the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought” (1 Chronicles 28:9).

Omniscience of God – God Knows All About Our Future
The omniscience of God is complete. God does not continually learn, but knows everything at once. He knew millions of years before He created the world He would send His Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins: “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake” (1 Peter 1:20). God revealed His plan to Old Testament prophets, such as Isaiah, who spoke God’s word to the people: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus were not by happenstance. They were the result of a divine plan God set in place an eternity ago to provide us a way to have a personal relationship with Him. We can enter into that relationship by praying to God, confessing our sins and asking Him to come into our lives. 1 John 1:9says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

As believers our future is secure. Not because we know what lies ahead, but because God knows.

https://www.allaboutgod.com/omniscience-of-god.htm

The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Ps. 18:2)

I must step aside and really mull the word “Deliverer”! who uses this term? What does it mean? To define it simply, when something is brought to you. You either recieve it or ‘RTS’ it.

Really? Hmm 🤔 the address was right! “Perhaps it was mislabeled!”

My question! Did you open the delivery package?

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

2 Corinthians 9:15

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/The-Gifts-Of-God

Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. (Gen. 22:8)

Faith! I shout again FAITH!!! Abraham was to sacrifice his son, we may wonder why Abraham is called the father of faith?

https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/true-faith/abraham-father-of-faith/

Yes! People believed, but in being led, he went! A different land, a different, unknown place. Yet, where he went God went before, in, with and through him, Amen.

Yes, Abraham did do a few things ‘off’. But why was he termed “the father of faith”? Was no one ‘Faith filled’ before Abraham?

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjirJjTuqLgAhUJGt8KHR-OCI8QzPwBegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fww.crosswalk.com%2Ffaith%2Fbible-study%2F4-things-you-may-not-remember-about-abraham-in-the-bible.html&psig=AOvVaw2BK0EOPUFk5ZPDbP4CnM3z&ust=1549382746740779

Abraham is called the friend of God, the father of the Jews, and the father of the faithful. He is honored by Jews, Muslims, and Christians as a great man, but what religion did he follow before being called by Yahweh?

Abraham was born and raised in Ur of the Chaldees, which is in modern Iraq, near Nasiriyah in the southeastern part of the country. Joshua 24:2 says that Abraham and his father worshiped idols. We can make some educated guesses about their religion by looking at the history and religious artifacts from that period.

Ur of the Chaldees was an ancient city that flourished until about 300 BC. The great ziggurat of Ur was built by Ur-Nammu around 2100 BC and was dedicated to Nanna, the moon god. The moon was worshiped as the power that controlled the heavens and the life cycle on earth. To the Chaldeans, the phases of the moon represented the natural cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death and also set the measurement of their yearly calendar. Among the pantheon of Mesopotamian gods, Nanna was supreme, because he was the source of fertility for crops, herds, and families. Prayers and offerings were offered to the moon to invoke its blessing.

When God called Abraham (then called Abram) in Genesis 12:1, He told Abraham to leave his country, his kindred, and his father’s house. Everything familiar was to be left behind, and that included his religion. We do not know what Abraham knew about the true God at that point, but it is likely that he had received some instruction from his father, as each generation passed down their history to the next. As a worshiper of other gods, Abraham must have been surprised to receive a direct revelation from Yahweh. The moon god and other deities were distant objects of worship, and they did not personally interact with men. Abraham obeyed God’s call, and, when he arrived in the land of Canaan, he built an altar to Yahweh at Shechem (Genesis 12:7). The text indicates that God’s appearance to Abraham was a deciding factor in his choosing to worship Him. Hebrews 11:8 says that Abraham’s departure from Ur was an example of faith in action.

Abraham continued to learn about this God he now worshiped, and in Genesis 14:22, following the example of Melchizedek, Abraham calls Yahweh “the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.” This statement shows that Abraham set Yahweh above and apart from the moon god. His decision to worship God alone was settled in Genesis 17, when God established the covenant of circumcision with him. God appeared to Abraham, saying, “I am God Almighty, walk before me, and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). In verse 7 God said the covenant He established with Abraham was to be everlasting and that He alone was to be God to Abraham and his offspring. Abraham chose to follow God alone, and he demonstrated his commitment by circumcising every male in his household.

Though Abraham forsook moon worship, the worship of heavenly objects became a continual problem with his descendants. Many times in the Old Testament, God rebuked the children of Abraham for their idolatry and renewed His call to worship Him alone. In Deuteronomy 17:2–5, God specified the punishment for idolatry—death by stoning. Moses described idolatry as doing what is evil in the sight of God and transgressing His covenant. Much later, King Hoshea of Israel was defeated and the people taken captive. Second Kings 17:16 says the defeat happened because the people “bowed down to all the starry hosts.” In 2 Kings 23:4–5 King Josiah of Judah led a revival of Yahweh worship and deposed the false priests who burned incense to the sun, moon, and stars.

God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, wants people to worship Him, not the things He created. In Romans 1:18–20, we are told, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” When we worship creation instead of the Creator, we exchange the truth about God for a lie (Romans 1:25) and reject what God has revealed about everything in life. God saved Abraham out of idolatry, changed his name, and called him to follow Him. As a result of God’s blessings to Abraham, the whole world is blessed (Genesis 18:18).

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. (Gen. 9:3)

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. (Ps. 34:10)

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mt. 21:22)

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. (Jo. 15:6)

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Mal. 3:10)

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. … (Mt. 6:25-34)

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Mt. 7:7-8)

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through Faith. (Eph. 3:16-17)

Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that The Father may be glorified in The Son. If you ask Me anything in My name – Jesus, I will do it. (Jo. 14:13-14)

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:22)

NOTE: What must we do? Keep God’s commandment!

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom The Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (Jo. 14:26)

But according to His promise we are waiting for new Heavens and a new Earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Pet. 3:13)

The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps. 145:15-16)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8)

For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9)

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