"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:6-9 KJV)
Let's begin by stating that transcendence is the aspect of God's nature and power that is completely independent of the material universe and beyond all of its physical laws. We often contrast it with the immanence that says God is completely present in the physical world which makes Him accessible to man in various ways. Both are characteristics of Our Awesome God. Having both characteristics, God is able to communicate through prayer, "dreams" and "visions," and even make Balaam's donkey to "talk".
By now you should realize that Our Awesome God is completely free of creation. Our finite minds and experiences make it very hard to define and grasp who He is and what He can do because God is in all things around us but cannot be equated with all things.
Our Awesome God is a spirit because He is not made up of matter nor does He possess a physical nature as we do and the things around us do. He is free to do whatever He wants. He is only restricted by His perfection and His laws of judgment. He is our example of perfection and true judgment.
How can our perfect God co-exist with evil? God has allowed evil because without it there can be no recognition of God's perfect holiness and God's perfect love. He has allowed it to show more of His character for mankind. He loves His creations and wants them to love Him.
When we say God is transcendent, we mean that He is separate from His creation and not dependent on the created order in any way. Our Awesome God made the universe and He is therefore its sovereign ruler (Gen. 1:1). He has given us certain characteristics and knowledge, and has allowed us to use them for good or evil. So, depending on the choices we make, we can live forever, in heaven with Him - or in hell if we reject His salvation.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."
(Romans 12:9 KJV)
"He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:"
(Proverbs 24:24 KJV)
Abhor means to Despise; spurn; regard with horror. Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely. New York, N.Y., 1999.
When the word "abhor" is used it has a strong meaning of rejection and horror that should make you sit up and pay attention to what is being said. We don't use the word much anymore. Is it because the world around us is trying to ignore the constant sinning against Our Awesome God they are doing? Are they rejecting Jesus Christ? Do they really have enough knowledge of Christ to reject Him?
Abhorring evil in your heart is the result of knowing Our Awesome God's saving grace and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in the sinner’s heart. Thus the end result is that the sinner, now a saint, abhors evil. Evil is repugnant to him. The Christian hates it because he realizes how much Jesus Christ paid for him to be free from sin and that he will still sin again, even if he doesn't want to. We know that we hate sin because we love God.
If we ever cease to abhor evil, ours or others, then how are we able to know we are right with Our Awesome God? Proverbs 8:13 in the KJV says "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." Yes, we should know when we sin and backslide. Do our worldly brothers and sisters know enough about Jesus Christ to be able to reject Him? Have we explained to them Our Awesome God and our need to stop sinning by obeying God's laws?
Our Awesome God wants us to love our family, friends and neighbors enough to tell them about Jesus Christ and the rewarding salvation He offers to all who will accept Him. LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
" Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
(Ephesians 6:11-13 KJV)
On May 28, 2015, in this column, we began a three part discussion of battles that are constantly being fought in the war between God and Satan. The prizes in this war are the souls of men. Christians are warriors of God on earth.
Our Awesome God does not leave His warriors defenseless. He has provided the protective equipment and the weapons we need for battle and He guarantees that they will be effective. Although often overlooked, Ephesians 6:11-13 contains the orders for Christian warriors to prepare to use the equipment before actively joining in the battles. Failure to do so will severely limit your individual effectiveness for God and you may become a casualty with no effect at all.
The armor is likened to that worn by a Roman soldier, even to being heavy and cumbersome. Our spiritual armor should serve us in the same way---protection from the "evil one" (Satan). Like the Roman soldier, you need to work in your armor and teach yourself to use it correctly to protect you from attack by Satan. Remember, it is important that you wear and use your spiritual armor because you are in full-time service to Jesus Christ if you are a Christian! You are in the Army of God! So when you get up in the morning PUT ON THAT SPIRITUAL ARMOR! Pray, asking Our Awesome God to put on each piece of the Armor as you go. The armor will help against Satan's lures and lies each day you put it on. Then put the armor on each member of your family using your prayers, because this is WAR, 24/7!
This is a continuing war between Our Awesome God and Satan that has spanned the life of earth itself (Isaiah 14:12-15), and will continue until events in Revelation have been accomplished. This war has already been won by Jesus Christ's death on the cross so Satan is trying to take as many souls as possible to hell with him. It is called a Spiritual Battle (Ephesians 6:12). Be sure you put on the WHOLE armor of God for protection, your conscious and unconscious being. Leave nothing of yourself open to attack but have all of you guarded with His armor.
Though you cannot see it, this war is a real battle of spirits and we can win the one on earth (see this column for May 29. 2015) with Our Awesome God's help against Satan and his demons (fallen angels who rebelled against God). Read your Holy Bible in Ephesians 6, pray and read #2 Arming Yourself, on our website for tomorrow, 6/06/15. If you are not a Christian, become one and win the war against Satan for your place in eternity! Heaven!
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study with a program for children called AWANA which goes to 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
"Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions."
(Daniel 6:16-19 KJV)
Read all of chapter 6 of Daniel. The story of Daniel in the Lion's Den is usually seen as a story that shows Daniel's love and obedience to Our Awesome God, even with the threat of death. Or it is used to show what God can do. Both renditions are true but, like most stories in the Bible, there are other applications to this story.
What happened to King Darius? He was tricked, possibly because of his pride, by advisors (princes), who were jealous of Daniel. Tricked into signing a decree that would send a person to his death (Daniel 6:6-9). Darius thought highly of Daniel (Daniel 6:2-3) and had been considering making him in charge of the realm over the princes and presidents. This, of course, is what made the same princes and presidents decide to have Darius kill Daniel legally.
It was an effective plan but it was evil and against Our Awesome God's purposes so it didn't thrive. In verses 6:13-14 of Daniel, King Darius realizes that he has signed a paper to kill a man whom he likes, is his best advisor, and is loyal to him. He immediately starts looking for a way around this decree but cannot find one. (His pride in being worshipped has consequences.) The presidents and princes almost gloat aloud to the king in verse 15 which later results in their own death warrant from the King Darius.
Then King Darius turns to Our Awesome God. The king, returns to his palace after putting Daniel in with the lions, stays awake all night and fasts for Daniel. When Daniel walks out unharmed, King Darius proclaims to his world that Daniel's God is a true and living God (Daniel 6:23-25). Thus God's power and love is shown to the largest empire of the world at that time. Read your Bible and see what you can find!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour while AWANA for children meets until 7:30 PM and there is more during the week. We love visitors and would welcome you to God's House!
Flo & Bill