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October 13, 2020 2:00 am
There are so many different belief systems out there, so what's your view? Does your view of God line up with the Bible? Skip addresses these important questions in the message "My God Is Bigger than Your God!"
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God never runs out his limited power. He is all powerful. He is impotent.
That's a Bible word by the way, the great anthem sung in eternity.
Revelation 19 is for the Lord God omnipotent reigns some diffidence control everything you could say yeah my dad is bigger than your dad try to one up each other to prove just how great the data today on connect with skip-Skip shares just to limitless and powerful, your heavenly father at the end of today's program Skip and his wife Linda share how a fuller knowledge of God helps them create a more intimate relationship with it's hard to relate these aspects of the on my attributes of God is present, all-knowing because none of us can relate to that. So fortunately though he is all about. At the same time he is. He reveals himself his father as Savior as loving as compassionate as forgiving. Thank you, Skip them on you if you want to hear more. Please stay tuned after the teacher. Now we want to tell you about a great resource that explores God's character or nature shows you what it truly means to be his friend. Can you imagine reading a biography about your life, only to find details about your life that were wrong felt it would be frustrating, wouldn't God's nature, character and motives have often been poorly portrayed, and even intentionally misstated.
That's one of the reasons I decided to write the book, the biography of God to open your eyes and heart to a larger picture of God. I hope you will go on this journey with me as we ask and answer the universal question. Can we know God. Here's how to get your copy of my newest book, the biography of God. The biography of God is our way to say thank you you give $35 or more today to help expand this Bible teaching outreach to more people request your copy when you give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer or call 800-922-1888 Psalm chapter 139 escapades extorts today's the title of this message today, you can pretty obviously say was taken from the kind of stuff we would say to each other's kids girls do this, much as boys, we'd always say things like my dad's bigger or did my dad could beat up your dad. My dad was 6 foot one, so typically he was bigger than a lot a guys dads and we'd love going back and forth and essentially though it's not as explicit in this Psalm David in the Psalms were declared that in comparison to any other gods that are worshiped Yahweh. His God was bigger. For example, in some hundred 15 he says why does nation say where is their God, and he says for our God is in heaven, and he does whatever he pleases. Their gods are idols made out of silver and gold. They have eyes but they can see feet but they can walk hands, but they can handle. So in essence he saying my God is bigger than your God my God can actually do stuff.
My God is actually awesome and powerful and filled with wonder just how powerful is God how big is a well is powerful enough to create everything in your universe and big enough and powerful enough to care for everything in your life and he'll never run out of power and army truck fans we have here Star Trek that is at the service we got any.
Okay so who was the chief engineer and Star Trek Scotty and Scotty would inevitably say things like I don't how much longer we can hold it together.
We haven't got the polar is always worried about what kind of power would be available for him to finish the task. God never runs out of his on limited power. He is all powerful. He is mom nymphet and that's a Bible word by the way of the great anthem sung in eternity. Revelation 19 is for the Lord God omnipotent reigns is omnipotent and he can control everything now to get our minds around the concept of God's greatness is not so easy for an adult or for a child, although I sometimes as you know, think children do a better job of articulating how great God is or wrestling with the issue. I love talking to kids about God, I love reading books about what children say about God. I have two of them. One is called letters from children to God. Here's a few entries. One writes dear God, are you really invisible or is that just a trick.
Norma writes dear God, did you mean for giraffes to look like that or was that an accident little man said dear God who draws all of those lines around all of the countries Tom dear God when you made the first man did he work as good as we do now. Susan said dear god I know all about where babies come from. I think from inside mommies and daddies put them there. Where are they before that you have them up in heaven. How did they get down here you have to take care of them all first.
Please answer all my questions. Jeff wrote dear God, it's great the way you always get those stars in just the right places.
Donna said dear God, we read that Thomas Edison made light but in Sunday school. They said you did it so I bet he stole your idea.
Jonathan said dear God if you don't let the dinosaurs not be extinct. We would not have a country you did the right thing. Graddy thinks of I love the way one small boy told his buddies about how powerful God is. He said he's greater than Superman and Batman and the Power Rangers all put together. That's actually a good from a child's perspective description of just how big and powerful God is some hundred and 39 we have been there for a few weeks because there's four great and unique qualities of God, we would call them in communicable attributes unique to God alone. Nobody else can have them.
He is all knowing. He is everywhere present and he is all powerful or is omniscient is omnipresent, and he is omnipotent. Now the biographer in this Psalm, God's biographer, here's David and it's pretty obvious that David only scratches the surface in any of these attributes. How and six versus can you fully write about one of the great concepts of the eternal God, we just scratch the surface, but it's enough to get us started. In its basic this is basic. In fact I would say that if you want to flourish in your faith there some things you need to know number one is the cross.
Nobody ever gets saved or gets to heaven without the cross of Jesus Christ his shed blood in our behalf. Number two is the authority of Scripture to believe that God's book is authoritative in errant passed down to us. Number three is the greatness of God.
It's absolutely essential that you get a handle on God's greatness is a teeny-weeny little God he can help you or do anything for you, so it's good to be refreshed on the awesomeness the magnitude is a cause child would say the bigness of God.
So looking at verses 13 through 18. Today, this third paragraph third section of the Psalm. This is what we consider in David would want us to know three things about this characteristic of God number one God's work is marvelous. God's work is marvelous. He says so in verse 14 and I'm in a go right to verse 14 and set a beginning at the beginning because I want to lift out a concept look at the second part of the second's trophy of verse 14 where it says marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. You just can't beat the King James here marvelous are thy works, and that my soul know what right well powerful way to say marvelous are your works now that little phrase is the pinnacle phrase or the hinge phrase in this section there are equal amount of lines politically before that phrase as well as after that phrase in verses 13 through 15. So this becomes sort of the summary the David is getting her attention on marvelous are your works after this point David would say marvelous is your knowledge verses one through six and David would say marvelous is your presence verses seven through 12. But now his emphasis is on what God can do is ability marvelous are your works, David would want you to know that God is not weak. God operates at full power. No Job in Job 42 Was Way before David was said this I know that you can do everything and that no purpose of yours can be restrained. Job said he knew that about God. He knew that. And David here says he knew that marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well is my question. Do you know that you really know that God your God can do everything because if you know that.
Let me take it a step further. Why not learn to say that more often. That is, as you and I go to our day and we notice the work of God could be a sunrise or sunset. Some cool thing you discover that God is done in your date. Why not pause to actually articulate that marvelous are your works.
I was driving last Sunday after church, a West through New Mexico and into Arizona and snowing all the way. Nothing like New Mexico in the snow on the ground and then at the end of the day the clouds broke the sun came through in the sunset was unbelievable.
In this first came to my mind marvelous are your works, and why is it so important that we not only know it, but as Job and David.
We say it is why I think of we learn on a daily basis to praise the Lord and thank the Lord and actually say marvelous are your works, it'll keep us from having a hard heart keeps our hearts soft when were thankful and we articulate were thankful and noticeable of God's work right. It almost goes without saying, but every great biblical author understood this attribute of God that he is all-powerful, but perhaps none framed it as well as Paul in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 11. He writes God is this powerful. He works all things according to the Council of his will. Once again he works all things according to the Council of his will. Just how big and powerful, is God well God's powerful enough to take a 99-year-old man and his 90-year-old wife in the can have kids make them have kids and whom I talk about Abraham and Sarah God said he was going to do it what it Sarah do. She laughed. She didn't think anybody heard she was behind the curtain and God said so, and she went. God said to Abraham why wife laugh and she said I did laugh, that's it yeah you did. I heard it, and then God said to her is anything too hard for the Lord that there's a good question for you to answer when you say something insurmountable, impossible is anything too hard for the Lord God did that so powerfully us and God could open up a body of water to lead to the 3 million people go on dry land across it and use the same body of restrained water to then bury their enemies. God is so powerful that he can take a ragtag group of slaves in Egypt and give them their own land to make them a world power at the time God is nip it all powerful super strong operates at full power. Every now and then you'll get somebody arguing these points and it's really a nitwit argument that the word my mom taught me nitwit.
I remember quite well. I was called out a number of occasions because of the things I did and things I said there are nitwit questions like what can God make round squares or triangular circles or as one can God make a rock so big that even he can't lift his cities or self canceling questions easily. Nitwit questions and here's the answer to those questions, God can do anything he pleases.
That is in harmony with his nature and that is the confluence of all the biblical teaching on the subject. God can do anything and everything he pleases. That is in harmony with his nature. Now, having said that, there are some things the Bible says God cannot do number one God can't lie. It was chapter 6 verse 18 it is impossible for God to lie, because it is in opposition and disharmony with his nature. Second thing, the Bible says God can't do is God cannot approve of evil or let it go in his presence unchecked. Habakkuk chapter 1 verse 13 the provinces you are of purer eyes than to behold evil, you cannot look at wickedness. So God can't lie. God can approve of evil or have it in his presence and dealt with unchecked third thing God cannot do you like this. God can't be unfaithful can't be possible. Paul wrote to Timothy second Timothy chapter 2 verse 13. Even if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. It is contrary to his nature. God is ever faithful so here's David writing God's biography in part, he was a king. He was once a shepherd had been a warrior is a poet, he seen a lot of God's work. Lot of God's power, he would summon up and say it marvelous God's work is marvelous or is one translation puts this phrase I worship and adoration. What a creation to good way to put God's work is marvelous. Second thing, David would have us know is the God's workmanship is meticulous now look at verse 13 notice emphasis for you. God formed my inward parts, you covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully created is the idea made you created your my creator. Now I know I'm very aware of the culture in which I live. I am very aware of the ideologies that surround us, and I know that whenever you talk to any person who's not a believer in God about creation or design.
You lose him.
There's this assumption that look, it's a done deal. Everybody was intelligent, knows that we were involved not design not created and when you say I've been created by God. They going altered states of consciousness. They just go berserk even though they don't have the stack of evidence on their side. I know we beat this to death in a number of studies are to sum it up by putting the you molecular biologist Michael Denton's words. Quote the evolutionary theory is still as it was in Darwin's time, a highly speculative hypothesis that is entirely without direct factual support."
We've already covered that in previous studies help design is apparent etc. David points to here is one particular aspect of God's creation and that is us human beings because human beings are the crown of God's creative genius so just interesting to me. Follow me here of all of the examples David could appointed to about have taken great and powerful God is in creation. He didn't go to the stars like it does in Psalm eight I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, the stars, which you have ordained or Psalm 19 the heavens declare the glory of God rather than pointing upward to the sky with its bright lights. He points inward to the dark womb where a developing child is inside the mother is born.
That's that's the section here he he points to the gestation.
The nine-month development of a child. Let's look at that verse 13 is follow-through for you formed my inward parts you covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you for an fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed in your book. They were all written the days fashion.
For me, when as yet there was none of them.
Speaking of the marbles of the human body. Your body marvelous, fearfully, wonderfully made. It's interesting to me. A lot of people dare I say in our culture. Most people are really happy with her body would be quick to sink marvelous are your works, but we'd be reticent to say marvelous is this world because were always trying to fix it and change it in all trading fight the aging process all the comes with but David would say and want you to know you are marvelous.
Let me just say that you collectively you'll rural marvelous you are.
You're the crowning part of God's creation marvelous are your works in the crowning work is you.
You are in the image in the likeness of God. Look at verse 15.
Notice the language that David employs my frame he says was not hidden from you, what is he speaking the bones. The skeletal system of a developing child.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Did you know that the term skillfully wrought literally is embroidered or knit together and I think what David is describing very poetically is the network of veins and arteries that develops very rapidly in the placenta that surrounds the child and gives it that blood flow that is so crucial to life skillfully wrought, embroidered or knit the notice. The lowest parts of the earth describes the darkness of the womb. Verse 16. Your eyes saw my substance notice being hit on formed means rolled up being yet rolled up or wrapped together in the embryonic and especially the fetal stage, the body parts are folded up scrunched together. They lack distinct proportions.
That's what is describing okay so we get the picture. We all had humble beginnings. We all started out as a spec you were once a spec zygote fertilized ovum.
One day became an embryo and later on he became fetus probably don't remember that it was so long ago when you were born you grew and developed in here you are today human being an adult with about 100 trillion cells with about 100,000 miles of nerve fiber, 60,000 miles of veins and arteries 206 bones, muscles, tendons make you you Davis point is God has been superintending your development since those early stages onward and is knocking to stop now and that the big thought of the Psalm, since it begins with you.
Search me, you've known me. Oh God, as God has known me so well because he knew me and watched over my development since I was in those primary stages that is true, and I can stop now that Skip the message from the series the biography of God. Now, let's head into the studio Skip in line as they share hopeful knowledge of God helps you create a more intimate relationship.
We haven't got all powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present it.
Mind blowing, that God cares about everything when it can light up at our how have you been able to relate to him and cultivate your own relations and what you know. David said in Psalm eight when I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that you are even mindful of him, he was puzzled. I was was foreign to him. So you know it's hard to relate to these aspects of God, the all-night attributes of God that he is everywhere present, all-knowing, all powerful, because none of us can relate to that. So fortunately though he is all about. At the same time he is. He reveals himself his father as Savior as loving as compassionate as forgiving. So yes, there are noncommunicable attributes of God, like the ones you just mentioned, but then there are communicable ones like love, like compassion, we can actually reflect the character of God, a characteristic of God and be changed by him so that we are reflecting more and more with his life get in line and while this conversation encouraged here and right now we want to tell you how you can help on the FAQ and encourage others by giving a gift.com/donate and help reach more people to controvert that's connected skip.com/donate or call 819 to 1892 communicant Skip Heitzig six years why you trust so Skip Heitzig presentation of connection communications changing through