Three ways to respond to God's faithfulness

Written by: Tim Wood

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)

“O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.” (Psalm 89:8)

God is always faithful. Faithfulness is not what God does; it’s who God is! God’s faithfulness toward us is not based on our faithfulness to him. God’s faithfulness flows out of his unchanging nature and love for us. He is forever faithful. I’m grateful for that, aren’t you? When you look at the Old Testament, the people of Israel were consistently turning away from God. Yet, God would deliver them over and over again. Even when they complained, God would provide for them and protect them. God is always faithful. How should we respond to a faithful God? I see three ways to respond to God’s faithfulness from Psalm 89:1 and 8.

We should sing about God’s faithfulness. Knowing that God is always with us, that his love will never leave us, that he is ever faithful to us is cause to praise him.  Psalm 103:2 in The Living Bible says, “Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he has done for me.” God is faithful and we should sing about it.

We should share God’s faithfulness with others – “With my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” The best way to show you are grateful for God’s faithfulness is to share how faithful he is with others. It’s natural for people to speak about the negative experiences they encounter. It’s natural to complain to others. But something supernatural happens when we share God’s faithfulness to others. Something positive happens when we brag about God to others. Sharing God’s faithfulness can be a source of blessing to other people.

We should submit to God’s faithfulness. Who is like the LORD, God Almighty? God is surrounded by faithfulness. If that’s true, then we should submit our lives to the faithfulness of God. Don’t resign to your circumstances; submit yourself to God’s faithfulness. With God, all things are possible.

Can we trust Him today? Yes, we can. Is His Word going to fail? No, not one word of all His promises has failed. Is His grace going to run out? No, He the riches of his grace are vast. God is faithful in everything. Have you learned to respond to God's faithfulness? Praise Him for His faithfulness, share it with others and submit to it. He can be trusted.

 

 

God Never Changes: So, trust Him!

Written by: Tim Wood

“I the Lord do not change. So, you the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."  James 1:17

God does not change. Who he is never changes. His attributes are the same from before the beginning of time into eternity. His character never changes – he never gets “better” or “worse.” His plans do not change. His promises do not change.

This ought to be a source of incredible joy for believers. Sam Storms writes this about the good news of God’s unchanging nature: “What all this means, very simply, is that God is dependable! Our trust in him is therefore a confident trust, for we know that he will not, indeed cannot, change. His purposes are unfailing, his promises unassailable. It is because the God who promised us eternal life is immutable that we may rest assured that nothing, not trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword shall separate us from the love of Christ. It is because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever that neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, not even powers, height, depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:35-39)!”

He is the only one worthy of complete trust. Some people tell us to follow our hearts, but our own feelings can fail us. Our feelings fluctuate and are corrupted by selfishness. God, however, is steadfast in His ways. God is the one constant in our lives. While everything else shifts, subject to change, God remains as He is. Always.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. 
 (Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message).

 

 

God is thinking about you!

Written by Tim Wood

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:17)

David realized that God knows him and is thinking of Him. What are God’s thoughts toward me? The bible gives us answers to that question. All of the Scriptures below give us some indication how much God loves us and thinks of us. May God’s thoughts be precious to you.
You may not know me, but I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways…Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image…Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring…Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation…Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book…Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb…Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born…Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me…John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father…1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father…Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand…James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing…Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession…Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul…Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things…Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me…Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager…2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus…John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed…John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being…Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you…1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me…1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again…Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father…Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…Will you be my child?…John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you…Luke 15:11-32

Plug into God's Power Every Day

Written by: Tim Wood

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen.  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

This verse tells us that God is able. God is able to do more than we ask or think. We should be asking for more and thinking more because God is able.  God’s ability is according to his power.  And Paul makes it clear that God’s power is at work within us. Certainly, this means that God has the power to save us. We should never take that for granted. God’s power is working within us on a day to day basis. Empowering us to live for him, to be comforted by him, equipping us to expand his kingdom. How do we plug into God’s power in our life so our lives bring glory to him?

I believe there are three daily practices to plug into God’s power in our lives:

1)    Acknowledge that God is with you. The Bible makes it clear that God will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6).  Jesus said, “I will never leave you as orphans; I will come to you. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:18,20). No matter what you are facing today, acknowledge God’s presence with you. You are never alone.

2)    Acknowledge that God is for you. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). God is on your side. God is fighting for you. Nothing or no one can defeat you.  God used Gideon and his small group of men to defeat a vast army.

3)    Acknowledge that God is working in you. God’s power is at work within me, according to the verse above. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

This is how to plug into God’s power in your life. Every day in prayer say, “God I know that you are with me today. I know that you are for me today. I know that you will work in me today.” What a great way to start your day. As God’s power works in you, God will do in your life more than you ask or think. To Him be the glory and honor. AMEN.

Five ways to know God

Written by: Tim Wood

 

Thus, says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  (Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV)

What is the most important thing in life? According to Jeremiah it’s not earthly wisdom, strength or riches. It’s knowing God. Knowing carries the idea of having a personal relationship with him. People need to know that God can be known.

Knowing God does not involve knowing everything about Him (we’d have to be God to know all that).  But God has given us knowledge that is totally adequate for personal salvation and growth. God has given us this knowledge of Himself in five main ways:

Naturenature reveals the Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”  (Psalm 19:1-2)

 Conscience–God has put into people’s hearts a natural understanding of right and wrong.  “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.”  (Heb. 10:16).

The Ten Commandments–God’s requirements for people (Ex. 20:1-17).

Old and New Testaments– what we need to know to be saved and to live for Him. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16).

Christ–if we would know God, we must know Christ. “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2). 

What a privilege. We have the opportunity to know God. I pray that we experience his power in nature and in our conscience.  That we are humbled before him by the ten commandments. That we listen to him and obey him through the Scriptures.  And ultimately, we see him and love him through Jesus Christ.