Part 1 – Attributes of GodBro. David Chancellor
8/12/2007 11:00 AM
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
"… he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…" There needs to be a "coming to God." God has attributes and qualities. He is a being, not some nebulous something out there. It matters who he is and what qualities he has, and what you call him. He is someone you can approach.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy…" God is high, lofty and eternal. He has no beginning or ending. We don’t have to figure out where he came from. He isn’t subject to time like we are. Because we are made in his image, our soul has no ending. Our time here establishes what our eternity will be.
"I dwell in the high and holy places, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones…" In all his highness and loftiness, he still reaches down to those who are contrite and humble. He can reach out to us and care about us.
"I am that I am." God always has been and always will be.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Everything you have you have received. God made everything and he needs nothing that we could give him. He doesn’t look to us to provide for him. We need him to provide for us. He uses us, but he isn’t dependent on us. We’re very dependent on him. I need to realize that I need him, not the other way around. God is a living, breathing being, not an inanimate object. He made you a living, breathing being, a person. He is approachable when we come to him his way.
Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job realized the presence of God in his trials. "I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee." People try to be careful in what they say. It is good to keep some things unsaid. God knows your thoughts. He sees through an act. God brought Job through his troubles. He is all-powerful. He can do whatever needs to be done.
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
God knows us. To the saved, this is wonderful; to the sinner, this is terrible. "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" People try to go places and get away. There is no place we can go to hide from God. God is there wherever you go. The boundaries of holiness are defined by God. When you pass the boundaries God is faithful to convict and warn. Sooner or later you will have to account for your deeds. Make it right before eternity. You can’t run from the presence of God. Come to him. "…but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." (Hebrews 4:13b) If you have nothing to hide, you don’t need anything to hide under.
1 John 3:20-21
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
The only way to address the things that condemn you is to get it washed away in the blood of Jesus. God is great; he is approachable when we come to him his way. Are you going or coming? Where are you in respect to God? We need to know where we’re at. If your heart condemns you, go to God and get it taken care of. When there is no condemnation, you can enjoy God’s presence.