February 2013

The Sovereign God



(February 2013 - Week 4)

(1). Romans 9:20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
(2). Psalm 115:3 Our God is heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
(3). Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
(4). Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
(5). "Most Christians salute the sovereignty of God but believe in the sovereignty of man." [R.C. Sproul]
(6). Prayer thought: We initially think that God fits our perspective and answers our demands. He reveals to us that he does as he pleases. As we continue to come in prayer, we discover that our perspectives, attitudes and plans must conform to his purpose. We put our answers aside, listen to his direction, and begin to pray according to his will. Our sovereign God answers the prayer that he desired us to pray in the first place.

The God Who Does Not Grow Weary




(February 2013 - Week 3)


(1). Psalm 121:1-4 I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my
help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven
and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not
slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor
sleep.

(2). Psalm 102:11-12 My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away
like grass. 12 But you, LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures
through all generations.

(3). Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is
the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow
tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives
strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths
grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who
hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like
eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

(4). “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God. God handles
the world quite nicely while a hemisphere sleeps.” [John Piper, ©2012
Desiring God Foundation]


(5). Prayer thought: We are encouraged to seek an untiring God. We
find strength in his presence. We discover God is a rock, a fortress, a
pillar and a stronghold. When we are weak, he is strong. When we are
weary and carrying heavy burdens, in him we find a place of rest.

The Omnipresent God



The Omnipresent (The Everywhere at All Times) God.

(February 2013 - Week 2)


(1). Jeremiah 23:23-24 "Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away? 24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.


(2). Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.


(3). 1 Kings 8:27-28 "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 28 Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day."


(4). Prayer thought: “While the thought that God is everywhere present with his whole being ought to encourage us greatly in prayer no matter where we are, the fact that no one place can be said to contain God should also discourage us from thinking that there is some special place of worship that gives people special access to God: he cannot be contained in any one place.” [Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, page 174]

Pray To God - Who Is He?

February - Week 1 - The God of Covenant.
 -      1 Kings 8:22-23 - Solomon (when dedicating the temple) prayed to God and said: "Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below - you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way."  We are praying to God who keeps his covenant of love with us.
-      Psalm 25:14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
-      Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
-      In making the New Covenant, God said very definitely, "Not after the covenant I made with your fathers." We have learnt what the fault was with that Covenant: it made God's favor dependent upon the obedience of the people. "If ye obey, I will be your God." We have learnt how the New Covenant remedied the defect: God Himself provided for the obedience. It changes "If ye keep My judgments" into "I will put My Spirit within you, and ye shall keep." Instead of the Covenant and its fulfillment depending on man's obedience, God undertakes to ensure the obedience. The Old Covenant proved the need, and pointed out the path, of holiness: the New inspires the love, and gives the power, of holiness [Andrew Murray, The Two Covenants].
 
-      Prayer thought: God has established his covenant for us.  We pray to a covenant-keeping God who honors his covenant even when we don't always keep that covenant.