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November 26, 2021 1:00 am
The most important thing about you is what you think of God. How you explain the pain and suffering in the world is directly tied to your view of God. In fact, God already knew ahead of time that that creation would include within it the fact that young children would be abused by their parents, that there would be wars, and that there would be problems resulting from our sin. In this message, you’ll discover five attributes of God in Scripture that will enlarge your view of God and comfort your heart in the midst of the brokenness of this world.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
The believers in the recent one good question might be just where did this Dragon begin. What was it like before the earth was created. If you've ever wondered about things like these stay with from the Moody Church in Chicago.
This is with Dr. Erwin Lucerne whose teaching sauce make it across the finish line series that starts today asks a big question, what is God up to today. He'll take us back to the very beginning of time when God was alone, you know, as I preach this series of messages, what was on my show that God has a purpose. Yes, but to also introduce all of us and remind all of us of the greatness and the majesty of God. Today's message has to do with the fact that, from everlasting to everlasting. He is God. You know, as I get a little bit older, I spend a great deal of time contemplating God and his eternal malady oftentimes comes to my mind, we can't get her mind around it. But you know what we can do. We can learn to worship better and I think that what this series of messages is going to do is to see the sweep of God's purposes and I want everyone at the end of the series to say how big and great is God all of us should fall on our knees in the presence of the Almighty. Even in the presence of ministry were so glad that God has revealed himself in Christ, so let's listen carefully as we begin this series of messages and I believe that our heart will be warmed. I believe also that we will indeed be led to worship the Almighty. Now the beginning of this series of messages I would like to ask you to bow with me in prayer our father anything that we say about you is inadequate. And yet, the Lord, we pray that your blessed Holy Spirit would do a miracle take human words with all of their limitations, and a servant of God who is unworthy and transformed the sour into a confrontation with the living and the true God in Jesus name we pray. Amen. I want you to know that the most important thing about you is what you think of God, the most important thing about you is you know I just returned from Japan and I visited a Shinto shrine. I didn't go inside of it in tonight I'll explain why I would not do that. But as I stood outside I saw people lining up coming to clap their hands to ring a bell to awaken the God's and then to get some money. The people that I was with said that in Japan there are 8 million God 8 million God's but because there are so many. There is not one God who really commands the allegiance of anyone or who is worthy of the allegiance of anyone and so we live in a day and age when paganism is alive and well in different parts of the world. Of course, as Christians, we believe that there is only one God and that he has revealed himself through the Bible and the evidence that God has indeed revealed himself through this book is overwhelming that we see through a glass darkly, but thankfully we do see and we get glimmers of what God is like and what his purposes are in this world. Of course, the fact that God has revealed himself to us in the Bible does not mean thereby that we have all the answers.
We are deeply perplexed over problems such as the difficulty of when you stop to think that you realize that when God chose to create he already knew ahead of time that that creation would include within it. The fact that young children would be abused by their parents that there would be wars that there would be problems in earthquakes and alien nation and divorce and distress and ill health, and the list could go on and on in the 18th century there was a huge earthquake in Lisbon and when that earthquake took place. The people ran into a church or sanctuary for rescue and then the church collapsed. That was the beginning in that area of a tremendous amount of skepticism and anger and hostility toward God. What is it that God is up to in the world. Why is it that God, the creator of the sun and the moon and the stars chose to create man and angels, and angels that eventually became demons. Why is all this human suffering worth it. What is he is a hidden agenda in the universe.
Now there was a time of course, when God was alone. The Bible says in the beginning God created but before he created. He existed as God and God alone.
We don't know how long that period of time was but we do know of course that there was a period in which God existed, and nothing else exists beside him because he is the creator and before he created, there was only God.
What I like to do today is to give you five attributes of God. Five attributes and some verses of Scripture to go with them and because our time is limited. We will not necessarily turn to all these verses, but you can write them down so that you can read them later. What is God like. First of all I wish to say a word about the eternal analogy of God. The fact that he is indeed eternal. It says in Psalm 90 verse two that before the mountains were formed or the earth was brought catch this expression now from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Now we are eternal. Also, having been created, we are going to live forever, stop and think that one through, visualize a bird coming to this earth every million years and taking one grain of sand in a million years time he comes and takes another grain of sand, you realize that by the time all mountain ranges and all of the sand of the earth.
All of the molecules that make up this existence that we call planet Earth, it would have been moved to another planet. By the time that has happened. Eternity has not yet begun because it is incorrect to speak of the beginning of an infinite series because the beginning implies in an think of how awesome eternity is and you're going to be around that long.
But the Bible says that from everlasting to everlasting God is the Lord. That is to say that God is not only eternal in the sense that he has an eternal future. But he has an eternal past. He existed from all time.
He never had a beginning, God always was. Now that leads us.
Of course, to the boundaries of our imagination. Because it's not possible for us to grasp it, but how wonderful it is to contemplate it you realize of course that if God did not exist from all eternity. Nothing now would be in existence if there was ever a time when there was absolutely nothing, nothing would have ever come to be because from the nothing nothing can arise. And that's why there had to be something that existed from all eternity.
That did not have a beginning, so that all of the creation could be explained.
God is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. This, by the way is one of the reasons why a theistic evolution is so absolutely foolish because there are even scientists who believe that at one time there was nothing, and then suddenly from nothing, all the galaxies of the heavens came to be and so an evolutionist believes that nothing times.
Nobody equals everything is difficult to believe the E turn analogy of God. Secondly, the immense city of God, the immensity of God how big is this being week-old God. After Solomon dedicated the temple. He said in first Kings eight verse 27 during the dedicatory prayer. He said the heaven of heavens cannot contain the how much less this house that I have built. Solomon was saying you can dwell in this house but certainly not all of you can dwell in this house not all that there is to God can dwell there because even the heavens of the heavens cannot contain. God is bigger than the heavens.
It is unthinkable that God would've created a universe that was bigger than he is. So how big is the universe. Now I need to remind you of course the light travels at 186,000 miles a second.
That means it goes around the world approximately six times in just one second. That's how fast light travels light from the sun, which has to come 93 million miles takes eight minutes to get here and so the light that you see from the sun has been traveling for eight minutes to make it here over that expense of 93 million miles, but I want you to remind be reminded that there is a star near Orian.
There is a star that has light that travels to the earth, and it takes 525 years for that like to get here. Remember back in 1517 when Martin Luther on 31 October nailed those theses on the door of the church and with bird now when I say remember that is not that I think that you were there when it happened but I'm just simply reminding you of that historical fact that you have read about, you realize that light from that star that began on that day did lose third tactic those theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. It has not yet arrived. It's on its way. It's hustling at 186,000 miles a second, but it's not here yet give it another 2550 years and then it will arrive. Now here's what I want you to understand that that's star's diameter is twice the diameter of the earth's orbit around the sun. I just read this past week that that star has a diameter between us 300 and 400 million miles and it is constantly expanding and shrinking so sometimes it's only 300 million miles, and sometimes it's 400 million miles, but what an awesome star.
What an awesome start is and you realize of course that that's star is only one among thousands of trillions of stars.
Chicago Tribune carried an article last year. That said, astronomers have discovered more than a dozen evenly distributed clumps of galaxies, galaxy is hundreds of millions of stars in their clumps of galaxies stretching across vast expanses of the heavens, suggesting a structure to the universe that is so regular and immense that it defies current theories of cosmic creation and evolution.
It says that this dwarfs the existence of long sheets of galaxies that were dubbed the Great Wall I need to read only one more paragraph scientists were described to see so many large clumps rather than a more uniform distribution of matter, but they were astonished to find the clumps so evenly spaced each either 400 million or 800 million light years apart, depending on assumptions of how rapidly the universe is expanding.
The regularity is mind-boggling, said David Koo, one of the astronomers at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
Mind-boggling talking about hundreds of millions of light years. Thousands of trillions of stars, remember that spaceship that we sent up.
I say we, I had no personal involvement, except that some of my tax money was used. There was a time you know when a trip to outer space text only the imagination.
Now it has other implications, but that thing is traveling at 25,000 miles an hour. Actually I'm wrong on that. I'm sorry I still have some jet lag 65,000 miles an hour now that's a going rather slow in relationship to the speed of light in the night just hobbling along at 65,000 miles an hour, you know, of course, it took 12 years to get to Triton and now it is headed for the stellar universe, and it will have to travel 600 years before it comes to the closest star, and after that it can go on into infinity and it will never come to the end and God is beyond that infinite and the heaven of heavens cannot contain the how much less this house that I have built. Now think of the power of God were still speaking of the immensity of God. Think of the power of God, you know, a carpenter may take some wood that came from a tree and he may make a pulpit, or he may make some furniture, but he always uses pre-existing materials. Scientists always use pre-existing materials ever realized that science sometimes brags about his ability to replace God when you meet a scientist like that when you tell them you know some afternoon when you have nothing to do go into a laboratory and take nothing and make a molecule out of it. Just take nothing and make a molecule one measly molecule. Science has never been able to take nothing and make something out of it. Now you imagine God when he was alone there was no matter in the universe, but it says in Psalm 33 verse six by the word of the Lord what I heavens made the host of them by the breath of his mouth piece spoke and he made stars that are hundreds of thousands and millions of times bigger than the earth, and it says in the first chapter of Genesis, God created the sun, the moon and then it says and he made the stars also. As if to say, oh yeah by the way, just in case we forget he just happened to make the startles thousands of trillions God is a man it's absolutely immense.
Thirdly, the intelligence of God.
Theologians call it the omniscience of God. The fact that he knows everything, you realize that he knows the longitude and latitude of every single one of the atom. The molecules that he has created. He knows there their position in the universe, which is constantly changing. You have stars that are pulsating expanding and then shrinking, and he knows all that, you realize that when a star falls from the heavens. God does not have to calculate to see how fast it's falling. He never has to read measure the number of drops of ocean in the Pacific after a rainstorm because water has been rearranged.
He's got a check for total he already knows the total when the Bible says that the number of hair on your head is numbered. I mean that's rather small potatoes, particularly for some of you as I look out here nothing to God. He knows the number of cells that you have in your body. He knows the number of grains of land that were on your shoes when you came into church today and Jim would known probably is interested in that number are building superintendent, but God. God knows all these things, and he never learns anything. He never has to study a textbook. He never has some new thought that had never crossed his mind before. Is it never dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God nothing you realize of course that when we speak of his intelligence. We are speaking about his wisdom. It says in Psalm 104 verse 24 in wisdom.
He created the world. Psalm 147 verse five says that his understanding is infinite. You know that you have billions of cells. I think something like 4 billion cells in your brain, and that each of these cells has as much activity in it as a city the size of Chicago or Tokyo and all of that has to work with horrifying accuracies so that you are able to think and you're able to function and most of the functions that our brain does our unconscious were not thinking of it, you know, I had to study the balance system because of some dizziness. I say study at the doctors told me about it, you realize that your brain is constantly receiving all kinds of information to keep you balanced when you walk your receiving information from your shoulders from your legs from your muscles. All of this is constantly being programmed and reevaluated and you're not even aware of it. God is a God of incredible intelligence and wisdom number for the personality of God. The personality of God. There's so much that could be said about this when we speak of personality, we mean intelligence. Obviously, we mean intelligence, emotion and will, and God has all of that we spoke of his intelligence. What about his emotion. Is he, some being up there. That is just absolute glee imperviousness to what is going on on earth because he is cold and indifferent and he is no feeling to them all. I'm glad that God isn't like that you read the Old Testament you find that God is a God of DB motion. He becomes angry with his people. The Bible says that God became very angry and even Jesus Christ became livid.
The New Testament says anger of God, you find that God is also well pleased.
We find that things can please him.
God can be grieved, it says the Holy Spirit of God is grieved in our hearts because of then God has been motion God has willed it says in first John 48 God is love. The is a personal God, you realize the implications. Don't you the implications for companionship. The fact that the Lord is with us. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. And that isn't a computer that's talking that's the omnipotent mission grade might he personal God who is speaking and to a woman who had had a series of bad marriages five to be exact, and now living with 1/6 man without the benefit of marriage. Jesus could say to her. Those that worship the father worship in spirit and in truth for the fathers seeks such to worship him a personal God. Number five we have the consistency of God. What I mean by consistency. His unchangeable mess. Malachi chapter 3 verse six I am the Lord. I do not change. It says in Hebrews chapter 1 that the Lord created the earth and the sun and the stars and someday they will all be folded up like a garment and they will be tucked away. But God is remains the same and is unchanged. This is Pastor Luther, my friend. I don't know about you but I have to say that whenever I contemplate carnality of God. The changeability of God and his other attributes. My mind can get around it, but I do spend time worshiping and contemplating God, let me ask you a question are you blessed as a result of the ministry of running to win. If you are it's because people have invested in this ministry and they have helped us and as a result of their help and their commitment.
I'm so glad to be able to tell you that running to win is on more than 100 stations in Spanish throughout Central and South America. What motivates us is the knowledge that people are not only listening but they are being blessed, for example, I hold in my hand a letter from someone from Argentina. She talks about the fact that this ministry has beautiful teachings administers to her. She said she grew up in a home that was full of rage, physical and verbal abuse from her father even though she says today. I am in Christ and I continue to ask God to finish the healing process but running to win. Has this kind of ministry in the lives of thousands upon thousands of people. Thank you to all who participate.
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