God is not fooledBro. David Chancellor
8/4/2002 11:00 AM
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
This speaks of the word of God as living, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. The word of God is Jesus. He is the inspiration of the Bible. He is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart. He is not unaware of how things are with you. He knows what you are about and what you are trying to do. He knows what is going on with the animals. God knows about every creature. "... but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do..." What is "covered" isn't covered; you face it every day. He already knows about it. Nothing is hidden from him. The fact that he knows should affect how we live our lives. It's bad that people tell others lies, but it is even worse when people lie to themselves. God knows even the insignificant and unimportant things about you. He knows what our intentions are, and whether they are good or bad. God knows our hearts, both when it is to our advantage for him to do so and when it isn't.
1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
"... the God of thy father ... the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts..." People in high places are not exempt. God has very interesting ways of letting things be known that people would like to think they have hidden. Solomon had advance warning, and yet he forsook God. Some are only seeking after the acceptance of men. God knows whether or not you are truly seeking. God is not impressed with the forms and ceremonies of men. He sees the soul that is crying out for help, but thinks that it can't have it. By the power of God, you can have it. God wants that message to get through to the seeking soul. God is not fooled by the hearts of men. He sees the heart. He will feed the hungry soul. He isn't fooled or misled. He wants us to come to him. He sees and understands. He knows the desires of men. It is a quality of God to search the hearts of men.
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
When Jesus was through talking to him, Nathanael was convinced that Jesus was the Son of God. It was because Jesus had the quality of seeing the heart. Philip came telling the news to Nathanael, yet, Nathanael was convinced that Philip was mistaken. Philip told him, "Come and see." This is what people need to hear. We want people to come and meet Jesus. When people get face to face with Jesus, it will make a difference. Jesus could see that Nathanael was one to tell things like they were. Jesus told him that he had seen him before Philip called him, and the implied thought was that he knew what stories he was telling. Can you imagine what it would be like to be around someone who knew everything about you? Jesus knows every thought and intent of the heart. The Pharisees couldn't put one over on him because he knew the thoughts and intents they had. Excuses won't carry any weight, because he knows us.
John 16:17-19, 29-30
Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? ... His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now we are sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
The disciples were muddling this among and in themselves. Jesus asked them if they were confused about it, and then explained it to them. He knew the question before it was asked, and knew how to get the point across. They realized that they were dealing with God. He knows the desire of your heart before you get it said. "Before you ask, I'll answer and while you are yet asking, the answer will come." God knows all about us. He isn't fooled. He knows whether or not you really want to serve him. By his grace and power, every person can serve God. He knows if we are really seeking him or not.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Spirit helps us when we can't get it said quite right. The desire of your heart is heard by God. Christ and the Spirit make intercession for us. He tells God, "They want this." They see the heart. They speak to God in our behalf. The fact that God knows the heart means he knows what we want even if we can't say it. There's no misunderstanding on the part of Christ. When you realize that God knows everything about you, get whatever you don't want him to see out of the way. God doesn't give always give us what we ask for, but he gives us what we really want. He can help us to know what needs to change in us and to change it.
2 Timothy 2:17-19
And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his." Build on this foundation. We aren't building on the acceptance of others. We can know that God knows whether or not we belong to him. Build on this. Anchor your feet on it. You deceiver yourself if you are living a life of iniquity and saying that "God knows I'm his." We have a solid foundation if we are his and don't try to hide anything from him. God won't have to ask any questions; he already knows who are his. People will be eternally lost because they didn't seek after God with all their hearts. Seek after him with your whole heart. When we are honest and open with God, he will save us. God sees the condition of the heart and he wants to set men free. Cry out to God to set you free. Have a heart clean and clear before God. He loves you and he wants to meet your needs.