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“GOD IS LOVE”
MAY 5, 2013
1 John 4:16
how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in
is love, and all who live in love live in God, and
God lives in them.
THE LOVE OF GOD
INTRO: As God’s
Holiness is the diamond of God’s attributes, love is
what binds all of God’s attributes together.
Col 3:14 (NLT)
And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is
what binds us all together in perfect harmony.
The Christian Faith is the only religion that
worships a God of Love.
It is God’s Love that binds the Father, The Son and
The Holy Spirit, together; it is His Love that binds
Him together with us; and it is His Love that binds
every True Believer together with every other True
I. GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS SON
expressed His love for His Son at Jesus’ baptism.
Matthew 3:17 (KJV)
And lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
The Father again expressed His love for His son at
the transfiguration of Jesus.
Matthew 17:5 (KJV)
While he yet spake, behold, a
bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice
out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Jesus acknowledged the love the Father had for Him
while He was in the upper room with His disciples.
John 15:9 (KJV)
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:
continue ye in my love.
II. GOD’S LOVE FOR US.
When we use the
term, Love, it can have many different meanings.
define love is revealed by what it is that we love.
How the object of our love reacts towards us often
determines how much love we have for that object.
God’s love is totally different.
GOD LOVED US BEFORE WE WERE LOVEABLE.
Romans 5:7-8 (NLT)
Now, no one is
likely to die for a good person, though someone
might be willing to die for a person who is
But God showed his great love for us by
sending Christ to die for us while we were still
1 John 4:19 (KJV)
We love him, because he first
It was because
God loved us that He redeemed us the world of sin.
Deuteronomy 7:8 (KJV)
But because the Lord loved
you, and because he would keep the oath which he had
sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you
out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the
house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of
GOD’S LOVE IS EVERLASTING:
Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
The Lord hath appeared of old
unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an
everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have
I drawn thee.
Our love often
changes for one day to the next.
God love never changes.
Even after David’s sin, God loved him, even after
Peter’s denial God loved him.
GOD’S LOVE IS ALL INCLUSIVE.
John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.
There is no one who is outside of God’s love.
HIS LOVE IS UNFAILING.
In the KJV of the
Bible, UNFAILING LOVE is often translated as
The thought of unfailing love is that it will last
Psalm 89:2 (NLT)
love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the
God’s unfailing love will lead us.
Exodus 15:13 (NLT)
unfailing love you will lead this people whom you
You will guide them in your strength to the
place where your holiness dwells.
Psalm 25:10 (NLT)
The Lord leads
with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who
keep his covenant and obey his decrees.
God’s unfailing love forgives our sins.
Numbers 14:18 (NLT)
'The Lord is
slow to anger and rich in unfailing love, forgiving
every kind of sin and rebellion. Even so he does not
leave sin unpunished, but he punishes the children
for the sins of their parents to the third and
God’s unfailing love allows us to enter into His
Psalm 5:7 (NLT)
your unfailing love, I can enter your house; with
deepest awe I will worship at your Temple.
God’s unfailing love is better than life.
Psalm 63:3 (NLT)
Your unfailing love is better to me than life
itself; how I praise you!
The Communion Table is a symbol of God’s
great love for us.
John 1:17 (NLT)
For the law
was given through Moses; God's unfailing love and
faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:7-8 (NLT)
Now, no one is
likely to die for a good person, though someone
might be willing to die for a person who is
especially good. But God showed his great love for
us by sending Christ to die for us while we were
God’s unfailing love is available to us today, have
you accepted His unfailing love?
MAY 12, 2013
“A GOD OF MERCY”
For there will be no mercy
for you if you have not been merciful to others. But
if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward
you will win out over his judgment against you.
mercy is an attribute that comes from the goodness of
with a rescuing power behind those who are
miserable, needy, suffering or helpless in their
Why is it important that God is a God of Mercy?
I. GOD IS HOLY, BUT MAN IS
Romans 3:23 (NLT)
For all have sinned; all fall
short of God's glorious standard.
GOD’S HOLINESS DEMANDS THAT THOSE WHO SIN MUST DIE.
Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV)
Behold, all souls are mine;
as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the
son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
For the wages of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Because of our
sin we will face God’s judgment.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment:
WE ARE UNABLE TO FREE OURSELVES FROM SIN.
Proverbs 20:9 (KJV)
Who can say, I have made my
heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
THIS IS WHERE GOD’S MERCY COMES IN.
It is only
through accepting God’s mercy that we are kept from
facing His judgment.
Isaiah 55:7 (KJV)
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous
man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord,
and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for
he will abundantly pardon.
Lamentations 3:22 (NLT)
The unfailing love of the
Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept
from complete destruction.
As the judgment
of death is required as the penalty for sin,
God’s mercy was first shown in the Garden of
Genesis 3:21 (NLT)
And the Lord God made
clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
wipers and sin.
Psalm 86:15 (NLT)
But you, O Lord, are a
merciful and gracious God, slow to get angry, full
of unfailing love and truth.
is only for those who are unable to help themselves.
Ephesians 2:4-6 (NLT) But God is so rich in mercy,
and he loved us so very much, that even while we
were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when
he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's
special favor that you have been saved!) For he
raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we
are seated with him in the heavenly realms—all
because we are one with Christ Jesus.
The sins of those
who accept God’s mercy are taken away.
Psalm 32:1 (NLT) A psalm of
Oh, what joy
for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is
put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose
record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are
lived in complete honesty!
II. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF US IN
REGARDS TO MERCY?
Mercy is a Moral
Attribute of God and He expects us to seek to
possess these attributes.
As God is holy He expects us to be holy.
Leviticus 11:45 (NLT)
I, the Lord,
am the one who brought you up from the land of Egypt
to be your God. You must therefore be holy because I
As God is love He expects us to love.
1 John 4:21 (NLT)
And God himself has commanded
that we must love not only him but our Christian
brothers and sisters, too.
As God is merciful He expects to be merciful.
Micah 6:8 (KJV)
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what
doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Luke 6:36 (KJV)
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is
We should practice mercy every opportunity we have.
Proverbs 3:3 (KJV)
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them
about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine
As we show
mercy to others we will receive mercy ourselves.
Matthew 5:7 (KJV)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain
James 2:13 (NLT)
For there will be no mercy for you if you have not
been merciful to others. But if you have been
merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out
over his judgment against you.
Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to
fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and
spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the
cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister,
spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the
flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of
a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury
trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks
left by his kitten. Brandon was covered with flour
and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be
something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was
getting very bad. He didn’t know what to do next,
whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove,
(and he didn’t know how the stove worked)! Suddenly
he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and
reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to
the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this
monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his
pajamas dirty. And just then he saw Dad standing at
the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon’s
eyes. All he wanted to do was something good, but
he’d made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding
was coming, maybe even a smacking. But his father
just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he
picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him,
getting his own pajamas dirty in the process. That’s
how God deals with us. We try to do something good
in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets
all sticky or we insult a friend or we can’t stand
our job or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just
stand there in tears because we can’t think of
anything else to do. That’s when God picks us up and
loves us and forgives us, even though some of our
mess gets all over Him. But just because we might
mess up, we can’t stop trying to “make pancakes,”
for God or for others. Sooner or later we’ll get it
right, and then they’ll be glad we tried.
One rainy afternoon a mother was driving along one
of the main streets of town. Suddenly, her son
Matthew spoke up from his relaxed position in the
rear seat. “Mom, I’m thinking of something.” This
announcement usually meant he had been pondering
some fact for a while and was now ready to expound
all that his seven-year-old mind had discovered. His
mother was eager to hear. “What are you thinking?”
she asked. “The rain, is like sin and the windscreen
wipers are like God, wiping our sins away.” “That’s
really good, Matthew”, she replied. Then my
curiosity broke in. How far would this little boy
take this revelation? So she asked, ”Do you notice
how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell
you?” Matthew didn’t hesitate one moment with his
answer: “We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on
forgiving us.” Isn’t it comforting to know that God
does keep forgiving us? That all we have to do is
trust Jesus as our Savior and He will keep washing
our sins away. Hallelujah!
MAY 19, 2013
“GOD THE ROCK”
He is the Rock, his work is
perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of
truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
As we face the
shifting sands of change in our country, we need
something that is strong and dependable to keep us
Are you tired of seeing the things we hold so dear
being discarded and destroyed by the ungodly?
That which is called holy is now called evil, and
that which was evil is now called good.
Isaiah 5:20 (NLT)
Destruction is certain for
those who say that evil is good and good is evil;
that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is
sweet and sweet is bitter.
We are facing dark times and we need to find a place
of safety and rest.
Psalm 62:8 (KJV)
Trust in him
at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before
him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
God is the rock we must turn to.
Isaiah 32:2 (NLT)
He will shelter Israel from
the storm and the wind. He will refresh her as a
river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a
large rock in a hot and weary land.
What do you think of when you hear the word rock?
Consider what David said in
These are the
words he sang: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress,
and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find
He is my shield, the strength of my
salvation, and my stronghold, my high tower, my
savior, the one who saves me from violence.
My high tower
There is no other place we can turn to.
Psalm 18:31 (NLT)
For who is
God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God is unlike any other place where we might think
we can find refuge.
1 Samuel 2:2 (NLT)
No one is holy like the Lord!
There is no one besides you; there is no Rock
like our God.
Only God can keep us through these closing days.
Psalm 62:2 (NLT)
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress
where I will never be shaken.
Psalm 94:22 (NLT)
But the Lord is my fortress;
my God is a mighty rock where I can hide.
NOTE: As we have
considered the different attributes of God, we know
that there is nothing He can’t do.
What good would all these attributes be if we could
not trust God to keep His Word and to be justice in
His dealings with us?
It is these two attributes that should give us the
faith to trust God when everything around us is
I. A GOD OF TRUTH.
A. GOD WILL ALWAYS KEEP HIS PROMISES.
There is nothing
worse than to put your trust in someone in your hour
of need only to have them fail to keep their
To promise you one thing but does another.
There are times by either choice or unable to help
themselves, man will not fulfill his promises.
Hebrews 6:18 (NLT)
So God has given us both his
promise and his oath. These two things are
unchangeable because it is impossible for God to
lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge
can take new courage, for we can hold on to his
promise with confidence.
Hebrews 6:13 (NLT)
For example, there was God's
promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater
to swear by, God took an oath in his own name,
B. WE ARE BEING BOMBARDED BY OFFERS OF BECOMING RICH
ONLY TO FIND
THAT THERE ARE A SCAM.
Romans 3:4 (NLT)
Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is
a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say, "He will
be proved right in what he says, and he will win his
case in court."
C. WHATEVER GOD HAD PROMISED HE IS ABLE TO FULFILL.
Romans 4:21 (NLT)
He was absolutely convinced
that God was able to do anything he promised.
NOTE: Therefore we can have the confidence and faith
that God is not only able, but will also keep all
His promises to us.
II. GOD IS JUST.
There are so many
injustices going on in our world.
The guilty being exonerated.
The innocent condemned.
The unfair treatment one group gets over another.
has to do with His character, while justice and
righteousness has to do with His dealing with His
The justice and righteousness of God is
revealed in two different ways: God’s dealing with
the ungodly and God’s dealing with the righteous.
Romans 6:23 (NLT)
For the wages of sin is
death, but the free gift of God is eternal life
through Christ Jesus our Lord.
A. GOD’S DEALING WITH THE UNGODLY.
From the time
the world was created, people have seen the earth
and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see
his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine
nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not
God does not desire the death of the wicked.
Ezekiel 18:23 (NLT)
"Do you think, asks the
Sovereign Lord, that I like to see wicked people
die? Of course not! I only want them to turn from
their wicked ways and live.
B. GOD’S DEALING WITH THE RIGHTEOUS.
NOTE: God’s salvation
is offered to all who will call upon God.
Romans 10:13 (KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
Revelation 20:6 (KJV)
Blessed and holy is he that
hath part in the first resurrection: on such the
second death hath no power, but they shall be
priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with
him a thousand years.
blessed we are to worship a God who is both truth
MAY 26, 2013
“FEELING ABANDONED BY GOD?”
I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy
walls are continually before me.
Have you ever
The feeling of abandonment is painful and very
Feeling all alone, where no one seems to care.
The ones we loved and counted upon are nowhere to be
Psalm 142:4 (NLT)
I look for someone to come
and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me; no one cares a bit what
happens to me.
There are those who would say that no true Christian
would ever feel abandoned, yet there are many who
I. THE FEELING OF
There are many
ways we can experience the feeling of abandonment.
Abandon by a spouse.
Abandon by a parent
Abandon by your children
Abandon by a friend
Abandon by your country
Abandon by your employer
Abandon by God
II. FEELING ABANDONED BY GOD
Job felt abandoned.
Job 23:3, 8-9 (NLT)
If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his
throne and talk with him there… "I go east, but he
is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do
not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I turn
to the south, but I cannot find him.
David felt abandoned many times.
Psalm 10:1 (NLT)
O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I need you the most?
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How
long will you look the other way? How long must I
struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my
heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Asaph, the Palmist, felt abandon when he saw how the
wicked seemed to prosper, while the godly didn’t
Psalm 73:12-16 (NLT)
Look at these arrogant people
enjoying a life of ease while their riches
multiply. Was it for nothing that I kept my heart
pure and kept myself from doing wrong? All I get is
trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.
If I had really spoken this way, I would have
been a traitor to your people.
So I tried to understand why the wicked
But what a difficult task it is!
Elijah felt abandoned.
1 Kings 19:10 & 14 (NLT)
Elijah replied, "I have
zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the
people of Israel have broken their covenant with
you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of
your prophets. I alone am left, and now they are
trying to kill me, too."
These godly men
and others Believers have experienced the feeling of
The great preacher Charles Spurgeon had bouts with
II. GOD WILL NEVER ABANDON
should never feel abandoned by God there are some
A. Why then does a Believer
feel abandoned by God?
They lack an understanding of who God is.
Philippians 3:8-10 (NLT)
Yes, everything else is
worthless when compared with the priceless gain of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded
everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that
I may have Christ and become one with him. I no
longer count on my own goodness or my ability to
obey God's law, but I trust Christ to save me. For
God's way of making us right with himself depends on
As a result, I can really know Christ and experience
the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I
can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing
in his death,
They are walking by sight not by faith.
John 20:25 (NLT)
They told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he
replied, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail
wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and
place my hand into the wound in his side."
They take their eyes off God.
Matthew 14:30 (NLT)
But when he looked around at
the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink.
"Save me, Lord!" he shouted.
GOD’S PROOF THAT HE WILL NEVER ABANDON US.
Isaiah 49:15 (NLT)
"Never! Can a mother forget
her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child
she has borne? But even if that were possible, I
would not forget you!
God gives two
reasons why we should never feel abandon by God.
His promises of never to abandon us.
Deuteronomy 4:31 (KJV)
(For the Lord thy God is a
merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither
destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers
which he sware unto them.
Matthew 28:20 (NLT)
Teach these new disciples to
obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure
of this: I am with you always, even to the end of
Hebrews 13:5 (GW)
Don't love money. Be happy
with what you have because God has said, "I will
never abandon you or leave you."
The scars in His hands.
Isaiah 49:16 (NLT)
See, I have
written your name on my hand. Ever before me is a
picture of Jerusalem's walls in ruins.
The nail scars in Jesus’ hands spell out each and
every name of those who have accepted Him as Lord
the feeling of abandonment comes over us, we must
put our trust in God’s promises and remember the
price He paid to make us His children.
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