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God Searches All Hearts

"...for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought..." - 1 Chron. 28:9
    God "searches all hearts." The Creator of heaven and earth, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He "searches all hearts." To search is to go or look or examine with the purpose of discovering. He does that with every heart. There is not one heart that God does not examine.
    Why would God search our hearts? Is it not to see if we shall live uprightly before Him? Yes! God takes great pleasure in the upright heart. And He examines each of us to know who, like His servant David, shall walk before Him uprightly, follow His commands and live with whole hearted devotion unto Himself. 
  Samuel tell's us in 1 Sam. 16:7 that "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." He is looking for men who love Him, devoted to Him and follow Him. The Scripture state in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that God's &qu…

God's Mercy Is Great

There was a time in David's life that he displeased God for ordering that a census of Israel to be done. Now inevitably this was the work of Satan, for Satan "incited David to number Israel" (1 Chronicles 21:1). Not long after, God sent Gad, David's seer or prophet, to give him three options as discipline for this act. David chose option three, "three days days of the sword to the LORD, pestilence on the land" (1 Chronicles 21:12).

  What made David choose that option? David reasoned that it was better to fall into the hands of God rather the hands of man. He stated, "I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man."

  It is better to fall in the judgment of God than to fall into the judgment of man. For man is full of meanness. Man can be often unkind. Man can be malevolent. Man can be merciless.

  Not God. He is merciful. If one has the option of falling i…

The Secret To David's Success

David was the second king of Israel, succeeding Saul. If you are familiar with his life you know that there was never a king like David. He was a man who was wholly devoted to God and who loved God. And if you know him, you would know that he was very successful in battle, but why?

   The secret to David's victories and successes was not his wit, his ability, his power or his strength. David was not victorious in the defeat of his enemies because of the 120,000 plus men he had at his side. The reason David was victorious and successful in all that he did was God.

  God was the secret to David's success. God is the One who gave David his victories. 1 Chronicles 18:6 & 13 states, "And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went." It was God who gave David victory and it is God who gives man victory. It is God who gives me victory. It is God who gives you victory. Victory over your battles lie in the hands of God and God alone.

   It mattered not where David …

God is the giver of life.

"I have made you the father of many nations' - in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and call into existence the things that do not exist." - Romans 4:17
Who is that God made "the father of many nations'? Abraham. And Abraham was justified because he believed God, when He said that. What catches my attention here is that God is a giver of life to the dead and can call into existence the things that do not exist. I love that!
    God "gives life to the dead". And in Abraham's eyes, he was "as good as dead, since he was about hundred years old" (Rom. 4:19) when God told him that he would be the 'the father of many nations' back in Genesis 15, but know this where there is death, God can give life! God is able to voluntarily and does so without compensation, grant permission the ability to live. Where there is the cessation of life God is able impart to life once more. Is this not what He did with L…

Why We Can Rejoice In Suffering

According to Pew research, USA today and other news agencies Christians remain the most persecuted group in the world. Just over the past week I have heard that California is potentially putting up a bill that could ban books such as the Bible and how GQ rated the Bible as overrated. Persecution in America is not bad compared to many other countries but it is steadily climbing and to be expected according to the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ. What I would like to do is give you some hope from the Scripture's.

   Paul stated in Romans 5:3, "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance". When Paul states we can rejoice in our sufferings, he is making a huge and profound statement. What Paul is stating is that when we suffer we can do so with joy. We can be glad in times of affliction. We can be delighted in tribulation. We can celebrate when life is not going our way. What would Paul such hope?

    When Paul stated, &quo…

Access to Grace

"Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God." - Romans 5:2
   Every verse has a point. In Romans 5:1 Paul makes the point that we can have peace with God as a result of being justified by faith through Jesus Christ. Here in Romans 5:2, Paul is making yet another point, here it is: We obtain access into grace by faith through Jesus Christ. Let's unpack this. 
   What does Paul mean when he says we have 'obtained access'? What he means by that is you and I have been given permission to acquire a certain possession. That we have been given ownership rights to something in particular.
   The question now becomes what exactly have we 'obtained access' too? Paul declares that you and I have access to this wonderful thing called "grace". But what is grace exactly? I would like to give you a couple verses to consider and want you to understand what you have access to. Y…

How Do We Have Peace With God?

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." - Romans 5:1
  In the recent post I told you that in order to be made innocent in the sight of God one must be fully convinced that God was able to raise from the dead Jesus our Lord. That is faith. Now, what is the result of being "justified by faith"
  Paul stated, "we have peace with God". When you become fully convinced that God raised Christ from the dead and that Jesus is the Son of God you are made innocent, and the result of that is 'peace with God'. So, consequently, faith in Jesus is the very thing you must have in order to have "peace with God".
  Why do you need "peace with God"? The answer is that we are not at peace with God in our flesh, we are at war. The Bible declares in Ephesians 2 and Colossians 1 that because of the presence of sin in our lives we are enemies of God. Hence we are not naturally at peac…

Innocent by faith?

Paul said in Romans 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." A couple questions I have from this is what is does Paul mean by the word 'justified'? How are we justified? What kind of faith does it take to be justified? That is more like three but who is counting.

    What does Paul mean when he says "we have been justified"? When Paul uses the word justified he means we have been made innocent. But that implies that we are not already innocent. In fact it means that we are guilty naturally because we have to be made innocent. Why are we guilty? What are with guilty of? Scripture makes a profound declaration that we have all been charged with sin (Rom. 3:9) and that all have sinned (Rom. 3:23), and because of the presence of sin we are all short of God's glory (Rom. 3:23).

    How then are we justified or made innocent? The answer that Paul gives is that we are made innocent in the …

Does God Effect The Affairs of Men?

"So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by the LORD that he might fulfill his word, which the LORD spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Neat." (1 King 12:15)
   Does God not bring about the affairs of man? In 1 Kings 12:15 we see God has frustrated the counsel given to Rehoboam, making the yoke harder on Israel, to fulfill his word spoken to Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11:31-33. The reason Rehoboam paid no attention to wise counsel was so that God could fulfill his word!

   Eventually the kingdom was divided, the house of Judah from the house of Israel, and according to 1 Kings 12:22,24, it was God's doing. No one can say that God cannot or does not altar the affairs of man. No one! He does! And he does so to accomplish his will, fulfill his spoken word and bring glory to himself. All the more reason to seek God for all things! He is ultimately in control of all our lives.

  Reading passages like this helps me to unde…

Following God is not based on intelligence but love.

Solomon was a very wise man. Even in all his wisdom he went from a man who "who loved the LORD" (1 Kings 3:3) to a man who did what was evil in the sight of God. The Scripture says "Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done. (1 Kings 11:6)" 

   What is evil in the sight of God? Evil is not wholly following the LORD.  It is not that Solomon did not follow him at all, it is that Solomon did not follow God with all his heart. Even so, it is that Solomon's heart turned from God after God appeared to Solomon twice (1 Kings 11:9). One would think the appearance of God would be enough for any man to whole heartedly follow God, but it wasn't. This destroys those who say, 'I will believe in God, if he shows himself to me'. This gives us a good definition of what evil is in the the sight of God but not completely.

  Solomon did not just stop following God completely, he turned away …

God Deals With Man According To Man's Righteousness.

How does God deal with man? Does he not deal with man according to the righteousness of a man as he did David? David said in his song of deliverance, "The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleaners of my hands he rewarded me." (2 Samuel 22:21,25) What does this mean?

   The LORD deals with David according to David's righteousness. When David states that God "dealt" with him, it means that God took action concerning David. God either rewarded David or God punished David. David was either benefited, honored or David was hurt or dishonored.

   How did God know how to deal with David? God dealt with David according to David's righteousness. In other words God's dealing with David corresponded with David's morality, uprightness, goodness and fairness. Thus David, being found righteous in God's sight, was given victory over the Philistines.

   The Scriptures tell us that God repays each man for his righteousness and…

Life is like spilled water.

There is an unnamed woman in 2 Samuel 14 who says something deeply profound. I have read the Bible each year through, never have I picked up on this and that is what is so amazing to me. She comes to David at a time when David is mourning for the return of his son Absalom. Also she comes to David per instruction of Joab, David's military commander, pretending to be a mourner that has been mourning over someone dead for many days. Regardless, what she has to say in verse 14 is still worth thinking on for a bit.

  What does she have to say? She states, "We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast" (2 Samuel 14:14). She begins with four words deeply factual: "We must all die." Everyone is bound for death. To be true death is an imperative, unavoidable requirement to living. To live is to die. Or you can put i…