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My name is Basie Martins. I trust that you are all well and I want to thank you again for listening to this program. For you who do not know, the topic of this series is, “How to Live Successfully and Victoriously in Christ”. It is all about us, the body of Christ, and us the church and us as individuals in the kingdom of God, being successful in all areas of life. It is about us claiming our full inheritance. It is about us putting in place on earth, which is already in heaven.
In the previous session, we discussed the steps that we need to take to cultivate miracle-working faith in our hearts. We have discovered that the true word of God is the foundation that makes miracle-working faith possible in our lives. We have discovered that the word of God and God himself can be utterly trusted. We have discovered the reason why people like Paul and Abram were so fearless when it comes to trusting God. They were always cool and calm and they even ignored life-threatening incidents in their lives because of the utter trust and the utter faith they had in God.
We have discovered that it is possible to live victoriously and successfully in Christ but we have also discovered that it takes discipline and commitment to do that. We have discovered that it is absolutely worth the effort and trouble. We gain so much if we sign up for this and we lose so much if we don’t. Taking all the pros and cons into consideration, we do not have a choice. We do not have a choice because the alternative to this is to live mediocre lives of defeat, full of disappointment and full of calamities and grave challenges. The alternative is a life of failure.
We do not have a choice because this is what God wants all of us to achieve and to experience. He wants us to experience this ultimate satisfaction, the joy and the fulfillment of living in victory in the kingdom of God. He wants all of us to experience what it is to reign over our circumstances and our areas of influence as kings of the most high God. It brings joy and it brings satisfaction. It honors God and it magnifies and glorifies him in our lives. When we live victoriously in Christ we reveal him. We make him known to the world. We magnify him, but in the process, we will gain so much for ourselves, for our families and for the people that come into contact with us. It is absolutely worth the trouble!
It takes a bit of discipline and it takes a bit of an effort but not too much. It is certainly possible and quite achievable. Yes we need to study the Bible and we need to renew our minds and we need to make the word of God our own by building it into our hearts. That is about the hardest thing that we have to do. It does take a bit of an effort because we need to be serious when it comes to the word of God. We need to be serious when it comes to renewing our minds. Once we have renewed our minds and once we have decided to be obedient to God in all areas of our lives, we are almost there. Once that is achieved the hard work is done. It will take you a year or two and then it is done forever. Once we have cultivated the miracle-working faith in our hearts, nobody can take it away again. It is there and it is ours and it will last forever if we keep our hope in Christ.
We also need to be patient and faithful and consistent. We need to pursue holiness and we need to submit our souls to God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. By taking this first step, we already made it impossible to get sick or to experience all sorts of calamities in our lives. It means we have stopped the tide. Like the writer of Psalm 91, we do not fear sicknesses and diseases and calamities and evil and criminals and undesired events in our lives. We see other people fall all around us but it does not happen to us.
Yes, that means that we did not yet deal with existing sicknesses and diseases and calamities in our lives but at least we have stopped the tide. Holiness and obedience and faith already stop the tide. It means our situations and conditions cannot get worse. It is already a good start but as I said, we do need to restore our lives completely.
I call this process, “Getting your soul in order”. When the soul is in order when the soul reached a state of complete obedience, that is when the tide of destruction in our lives is stopped, but that is also when the door is opened for us to restore our lives.
Let us briefly discuss a few Scriptures about this process:
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
So in this verse, we see that there will be a battle in our minds and our hearts. Remember that the heart represents the soul. The human soul wants to do what it wants to do. The Holy Spirit wants us to be obedient to God. He wants to lead us and guide us to pursue holiness and obedience.
1 Peter 2:11
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
In this verse, we see that fleshly lusts war against the soul. If it defeats the soul we will experience a lot of calamities in our lives. It means that when the soul rejects the leading of the Holy Spirit and runs after fleshly lusts, it is disobedient to God which is a sin and we will be held accountable for our sins and we will face negative situations in our lives. Everything comes at a price. Some bad things come automatically as a result of this.
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
This verse confirms the reality of the fleshly nature that is in all of us. It always wants to be disobedient to God. It is obvious in this verse that the law of sin wants to bring us into captivity. People who are in captivity are not free and cannot reign in the kingdom of God. So sin destroys our ability to reign as kings in the kingdom of God.
1 Thessalonian 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this verse, Paul emphasizes the importance of us being completely sanctified and that our whole being, spirit, soul, and body be blameless before God. This condition suggests that it is possible to restore ourselves completely. We can be completely healthy in our bodies and our souls and our spirits. Complete sanctification protects us from the results of sin. The opposite causes us to experience the results of sin which are sicknesses, diseases, and calamities. By pursuing holiness we protect ourselves against these things.
1 Timothy 4:16
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
This verse confirms this fact even better. It confirms that we can save ourselves by doing something very important. It says that we need to heed to certain things that we were taught. This suggests that if we are obedient to the word and the will of God that we will save ourselves. We know that this part is not addressing our spirits because our spirits are already saved by grace. This Scripture refers to the soul and our responsibility to save our souls by pursuing holiness, through obedience.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
This Scripture confirms the statement that I just made very clearly. It confirms that if we do a very important thing, and that thing is the pursuit of holiness and the renewing of our minds, that we will save our souls. It suggests that this is something that wé need to do. God saved our spirits through grace but we need to save our souls through obedience to the word and the will of God.
These two Scriptures support this:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
This Scripture confirms that only God can save us through grace and that works on our behalf cannot do a thing in this regard. It cannot save us at all. There are countless Scriptures in the New testament that all confirm this fact. So these Scriptures appear to contradict what I have said so far. It is because these Scriptures are not referring to the soul of man but it refers to the spirit of man.
However, James 2:24 says something that seems to contradict this Scripture. It says the following:
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
By works a man is justified and not by grace alone. It means that grace alone cannot justify us. Grace alone cannot justify us but we need the works also. It appears to contradict the “by grace alone” message or believe that we discussed just now. The reason for this is because this Scripture is referring to the soul. Our spirits are saved by grace only but not our souls. Our souls are saved by doing the works of God.
Unfortunately, our souls want to sin and it does not want to carry out the good works that God wants it to do. The Holy Spirit desires against the soul and the soul stands directly against the Spirit of God. Take note that the soul does not stand against the human spirit as so many people believe. The soul stands against the Holy Spirit. Our souls need to be brought under submission. We need to submit ourselves to the will and the word and the leading of God and the Holy Spirit. If we refuse to do this we are not completely justified. We are completely justified by works and by grace and not by grace only as James 2:24 clearly says.
This is what Matthew 7:15-17 say about this:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
This Scripture proves that we all need to produce good fruit, which speaks of good things in our lives or good works. So this Scripture suggests that although we are saved by grace and not by works, that we do need to produce good works in our lives. It is not an option. It is a requirement.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
This Scripture confirms that by doing bad works we deny Christ. So this Scripture confirms that we do need to have good works in our lives. We need to produce good fruit in our lives. If we do not bear good fruit or do good works, we are disobedient to God. This explains why Romans 8:2 says that there is no condemnation to them that walks after the Spirit and not the flesh.
James 2 verse 17 even says that faith without good works is dead. So good works are a necessity. It is a requirement in our daily walk of faith in Christ. So grace is a reality in our lives and it is from God but good works also need to be a reality in our lives and that is something that we are responsible for. Grace is the foundation on which the good works are built. It means the good works are not out of ourselves but based on the grace of God.
So to put this into perspective, the human spirit is saved through faith by grace, the human soul is saved through obedience by good works and the complete human being is saved by works and by grace. This is what the Bible says. It says that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only in James 2:24. It says that without good works, faith is dead.
God did the difficult part for us by saving us by grace but we are responsible for our souls. As a previous Scripture that we discussed in this session already suggests, we need to save our souls. 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Take note of this Scripture. It says that you shall save yourself. So we can save ourselves by being obedient to God and by submitting our souls to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is just another word for pursuing holiness. And by doing this we stop all sicknesses and diseases and calamities in its tracks. By doing this we become immune to these things. It is sin that automatically results in sicknesses and diseases and calamities. Being obedient to God stops it. This is, in fact, our biggest weapon when it comes to spiritual warfare. The devil wants you to sin. If you do, you already lost the battle because by doing so you give him a foothold in your life and you open doors to the devil but also to the results of sin. If you sin you bring sicknesses, diseases, and calamities over yourself. This is evil’s primary strategy. The secondary strategy is to lie and deceive you so that you start to doubt God and his word.
We need to submit ourselves to God, referring to our souls. We cannot live like we want to and we cannot do whatever we want to do. The problem is not with our spirits. Our spirits are always in harmony with God. Our spirits are always obedient to God. Our spirits never sin. It never takes part in the sins that the soul commits. Our spirits are always faithful to God. It always submits itself to the will and the ways of God. It always appeals to the soul not to sin but it will never attempt to force the soul and it will never be part of the sins that the soul commits.
The Holy Spirit is in our spirits. He is not in our souls and He is not in our bodies. The Holy Spirit is in our spirits because our spirits are completely saved and completely holy and justified. The Holy Spirit and our spirits are continuously in holy communion. There is a constant sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings. They are continuously communicating with each other and the spirit of man knows things that the soul of man is completely unaware of.
The regenerated human spirit is the candle of the Lord. It says this in Proverbs 20:27. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
Why is it searching the inward parts of the belly? The regenerated human spirit compares the condition of the soul with what the Spirit of God has taught it and enlightened it with. That is why the spirit is a candle. It sheds light on matters and conditions inside man or about man. It looks for things that are not in line with the word and the will and the ways of God, and when it finds something, it brings those things under the attention of the soul. Remember, the spirit of man cannot sin and it is always in complete harmony with God. The spirit is like God and therefore it gently appeals to the soul to come in line with the will and the ways of God. It never forces the soul to submit to God and his will and his ways. The spirit appeals to the soul to submit itself. If the soul refuses to submit and if the soul gets involved in sin, the spirit of man allows the soul to do what it wants but it never takes part in those sins. We read this in 1 John 3: verse 6 and verse 9:
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 3:2-3 says the following: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
So a Christian cannot sin and is always pure and holy and righteous in the presence of God because of a few reasons. This is what these Scriptures say: They cannot sin because they are in Christ and in Christ there is no sin. They cannot sin because they are born of God. They cannot sin because their seed is in God. They cannot sin because they abide in him. They stay pure and holy, just as completely pure and holy as Christ himself, because their hope is in him.
These two Scriptures emphasize a few things: It says that Children of God cannot sin because they are in and from him and because they abide in him and they have put their hope in him.
So this is what happens with Christians the moment they repent of their sins. This emphasizes the fact that Jesus literally does take sin away from people who accepted him as their Savior. He manifested to take sins away. He manifested for this purpose. He does not merely cover sins like the blood of rams and animals.
So what does it mean when we do sin? I mean, we are all struggling to submit our souls to the will and the word of God. It means that we are not held accountable for the sins that are done by our souls. It means we cannot lose our salvation because of the soul. However, the soul can cause a lot of turmoil in our lives. It brings sicknesses and diseases and calamities over us as an automatic result of the sins. But in some cases, because of a continuous walking after the flesh, it can cause God to bring sicknesses and diseases over us (which is the chastisement of God) and it can even cause us to lose our salvation if we stop to abide in Christ and if we stop to put our hope in him.
As I said this is a reality when Christians are living in the flesh continuously. This is when Romans 8:1 comes into play. It says the following: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Because these people are now walking after the flesh, there is condemnation to them. There is a condition that we all need to follow if we do not want to be condemned. We need to walk after the Spirit. We need to submit ourselves to the Spirit of God and we need to be obedient to the Spirit of God. This is what Paul refers to in Corinthians. He said that if we judge ourselves then we do not have to be judged by God. But if we fail to judge ourselves, then God needs to judge us and that is why so many of you are sick and some even dead.
When Christians are walking after the flesh continuously, God will eventually chastise them. He will cast them on a sickbed to put pressure on them to repent. He does this because He does not want them to go astray. When Christians walk after the flesh continuously the church or the congregation need to hand them over to satan so that their flesh can be destructed so that their souls can at least be saved. This does not mean that the devil puts sicknesses and diseases on such a person. It means the church kicks such a person out so that he is on his own. They regard him as part of the world. He is regarded as a nonbeliever and they allow him to live as an unsaved person doing whatever he wants. This is when such a person brings a lot of calamities over himself. This is also when God brings sicknesses and diseases and calamities over such a person. The congregation does not heal such a person. The elders ignore such a person when he calls for them to pray for him, but when he repents, when he indicates that he wants to repent, they will pray for him and he will be healed and his sins will be forgiven him.
This is why God created sicknesses, diseases, and calamities in the first place. He did that in the Old Testament already and He followed it through in the New testament. Read Deuteronomy 28, Read Isaiah 45:7, Read Jonah 1 and 3, Read Hebrews 13:8, Read Hebrews 12:6, Read Revelation 2:20-23, Read 1 Corinthians 11:30-32, Read Mark 9:47, Read James 5:14-15.
These are all Scriptures that proofs that God does punish his children when they start to walk after the flesh. Remember, this is what this course is all about. It tells us why we get sick and what we need to do to prevent sicknesses, diseases, and calamities and what we need to do to restore ourselves.
I know that there are people who believe that Children of God cannot go astray. They say that when a person rejects Christ that they were never saved in the first place. That is not true. There are Scriptures in the Bible that support the opposite. The one Scripture says that these people will arrive at the gates of heaven and they will say that they have driven out demons in his Name. They will say that they healed the sick in his Name and what they say will be true. Nobody can drive out devils and heal the sick if they are not Spirit-filled Christians. These people were indeed once saved. The Bible also says that it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. This Scripture does confirm that it is possible for people to fall away or to go astray, otherwise, this verse would not have been in the Bible.
The problem is, this world is filled with really bad people. Although it is not supposed to be like that, this world is also filled with bad Christians. Just look at the letters that Paul wrote to the church of Corinth. Christians were living like unsaved people. In one congregation the son and the father had the same woman. Christians did whatever they wanted to. Paul mentioned quite a few sins in the congregation that was really serious.
God’s people have always been rebellious. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were involved in pagan worship. They started worshiping the gods of the gentiles. They rejected God. In the New Testament, they rejected Christ. Christians are no different. Many of them live just like they want to.
Just look at the way people and even Christians live today all over the world. Look at the lies and the deceit, the atrocities, the murder, the rape the fraud and the shameless actions and open rebellion and hatred for God and Christians and everything that is good and right and beautiful. No wonder God had to put measures into place to hold people accountable for their actions. In the Old Testament and the New Testament and even today. That is why He created evil things, sicknesses and diseases, and calamities. That is why sin automatically causes all sorts of bad things to come over people who get involved in all sorts of sins. That is why He chastises those He loves.
That is why God has a law in place that always follows a specific path or a certain sequence, orchestrated by him to bring people or to pressure people to repent. That law, the law of sin or the punishment of God or the judgment of God, always has the following sequence: People sin, if they persist in sinning, evil things come over them automatically. It is direct causes like damages to internal organs by dangerous chemicals like drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. Even spiritual toxic causes like unforgiveness, bitterness, and hate. People who are involved in sin and Christians who are walking after the flesh continuously will receive warnings to repent and if they don’t, eventually God will chastise them by causing sicknesses and diseases and calamities in their lives on top of those that came over them automatically as a result of sin in their lives.
At this point, two things happen, either people repent or they refuse to repent. Those who refuse to repent just carry on with their lives but the bad things that they brought over themselves eventually put an end to their lives. For a time they might succeed in counteracting the sicknesses and diseases and calamities in their lives by treating those things, but in the end, those things kill them. This is one of the reasons why the medical profession is helpful but not a full alternative for divine healing. In most of their lives, the curse suddenly hits them and they die.
Those who repent stopping the tide in terms of the bad things in their lives but they still need to deal with the bad things that are already part of their lives.
Of course, they have the privilege to call the elders to pray for them and to heal them. God promised so many times in the Bible, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that if we repent, and if we call out to him, that He will forgive our sins and that He will heal us. He says in the book of James that we will be healed and our sins will be forgiven.
However, the problem for many people is that when things have progressed right up to this stage, they usually cannot find an elder or someone with the required faith to pray for them and they themselves never cultivated faith or built up their most holy faith in their own hearts. So they sit with situations that are just too much for them to handle or too difficult for them to deal with. At least they did repent and their souls will not go astray.
Many of them can still restore their lives completely if they want to but most of them just do not have the guts or the will to do it and most are too ignorant to do that. They do not even know that there is a way to completely restore their bodies and their lives. This is what ignorance does in people’s lives. Church leaders have failed people in this regard.
This is the reality about the judgment of God: Only a legitimate ruler of a kingdom can make decrees or make laws that have to be adhered to by everybody in that kingdom. Only the ruler and the government of such a kingdom have the legal right and the power to enforce those laws. Only the legitimate ruler and government of such a kingdom can punish the citizens and the people in that kingdom.
God is the sole ruler of the universe. He is the only person that has the legal right and the power to enforce the laws that He has put in place. He records the sins and the unrighteousness of every human being in his book. It is all recorded. Everything. God is the only person who can punish the people in his kingdom. He created hell and He created sicknesses, diseases and all sorts of calamities as tools to punish people who fail or who refuse to obey or to adhere to his laws. Sicknesses, diseases, calamities, and hell are from God. It belongs to him. He created it for a purpose. These things are not from the devil. The devil cannot cast you in hell and he cannot make you sick.
However, the devil and his demons are indirectly responsible for those things in our lives because of the strategies that they follow. They cause oppression in our lives by deceiving us and enticing us to sin. When we fall for those lies and those temptations we bring sicknesses and diseases and calamities over ourselves. God does not use the devil to punish people. It is the angels of God who will cast people into hell. They will cast demons into hell as well. Hell is a very bad place where people will be tormented and suffer forever. Sicknesses, diseases, and calamities either come automatically over us or God puts it on us as He did in the wilderness with Israel and as he did with Ananias and Sapphira. Read Deuteronomy 28 and see what God promised to do to Israel. He promised to do that if they did not obey him. They did not obey him and He really did bring all those things over them.
This is the God that we serve. Every good gift comes from the Father of lights and He is wonderful and amazing. His love and his grace and his mercy know no boundaries. His mercies are new every morning. But He is also a very strict God. He will and He does punish his children if they become rebellious and if they continuously walk after the flesh.
God hates sin and He punishes all sin. Everybody who ever sinned will be punished and they will pay the penalty for their sins unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. He took the punishment for our sins on him and therefore we do not have to go to hell because of our sins. Even nonbelievers will not be punished for their sins whilst they are still living in the time of grace. However, when they die without Christ, the curse hits them immediately with full force and they are punished in Hades right now and they will be punished in hell one day.
The reason that we need to hear the truth about the character and the will and the ways of God in this regard is to allow us to live victoriously and successfully in Christ. We do not have to become sick. If we know what causes sicknesses and diseases and calamities in our lives, we know how to prevent it. God even wants us to know how to restore ourselves. He wants us to live like kings in his kingdom. He does not want us to struggle.
In this session, I aimed to show you why people get sick daily and why they cannot get healed. Contrary to what many people believe, sicknesses, diseases, and calamities do come from God. Contrary to what people believe, we can do something about sicknesses, diseases, and calamities in our lives. Contrary to what people believe, sicknesses and diseases and calamities do not come from the devil. Contrary to what people believe, sicknesses and diseases and calamities are not just natural things that randomly happen but warnings that we are not in line with the will and the word of God. Contrary to what people believe, sicknesses, diseases, and calamities call for action. We need to act when we get sick or when calamities show up at our doorstep. This is the time that we need to seek God in prayer, This is the time when we need to determine why it happened. We need to find out what we did wrong or where we have sinned.
It can be anything. We might have been using a very aggressive medication which is causing damage to our organs. It might be because of drugs. It might be because of bitterness or hate. It might be because of stress. It might have been because of a specific sin. It might be because of us walking after the flesh by persisting to do certain things that we are not supposed to do. It might be because of us being disobedient to God or his word in a particular area of our lives. It might be because we did not believe that God can protect us against criminals or sicknesses and other diseases every second of our lives. It might be because we failed to believe and act on the word of God. It might be because we failed to renew our minds. It might be that we never learned how awesome and great and strong and powerful God is. It might be that we do not know how capable God is. All of these things are wrong. And whatever the reason was, we are never innocent. We are solely responsible for allowing that thing to become part of our lives and to stay part of our lives.
We cannot blame God or the devil or other people or circumstances or anything whatsoever except ourselves. God delegated his power and authority to us and we are always in control of all things in our lives. We can prevent anything and make anything happen and control anything in our lives. We were made in the image of God and we have the ability to change the future through faith and obedience and our actions. Through faith, we believe things into existence. We call things into existence because we believe. We have life and death in our mouths. We live by the word of God which is every word that ever came out of the mouth of God. We live in faith and by faith. Faith changes everything. The Bible is full of the promises of God and all these promises are yea and amen in Christ. This means that it is all guaranteed and that is what I experienced in my life. I realized that God can be utterly trusted. God can never fail you. If you fail it is not because of God or his word but it is because of you not being obedient or you not doing what you are supposed to do.
God always does what He said He would. God is amazing. The problem with many people is that they do not know God. They do not know what He is and what He can do. Most people did not yet fully grasp the power and the abilities of God. Most people never will. Allow me to tell you a few things about God that you probably did not realize yet.
God knows what every human being ever thought and ever will think every second of every day of their lives from Adam until for all eternity. God knows every movement of every human being, of every limb and every part of their bodies since Adam, until forever. He knows every time that you blinked and He can tell you exactly when and where and why you blinked, every time you ever did, and He can do that with every human being since Adam. He can do that with every animal, whether it is a land animal, or sea animal or bird or insect or whatever. Each and everyone of them since creation until all eternity. God does not miss a millisecond in the lives of all living creatures. He can tell you what every elephant thought at any specific time in the life of such an elephant. He can tell you the same for every worm or every maggot.
God knows everything about everyone. He observes everyone in real-time. No living creature can make the slightest movement right now without catching the attention of God. God even knew that it was going to happen beforehand. He misses nothing. He cannot be surprised. Even if there were thousands or millions or trillions of other worlds or universes with the same amount of living creatures on all of them, it would not have been an additional effort for God to do the same with all those living creatures. There is absolutely no limit to the power and the abilities of God whatsoever.
He knows when your bank charges you for administration cost the second they do it. He knows what each and every person speaks or thinks about you the second they do it, or even before they do. He knows every second of your life from beginning to end. Absolutely nothing is a surprise for God. If He knows in advance, the exact second and the exact way, that any particular ant or bee or shark act, how can anything be a surprise to God? He knows the exact condition of every cell and every fiber of your body, every millisecond of every day of your life. Not a single cell in your body can change anytime in your life without God knowing it.
This creature called God is amazing and there is nothing that He cannot do. He does not miss a millisecond of everything about you, no matter who you are, even if you are unsaved. If you feel that God forgot about you or that He does not care about you, your feelings cannot be further from the truth.
If you really know God and if you really know Jesus you know that He is just so much in love with you. This is what S.M. Lockridge said about Jesus:
“He is the King of all kings, He is the King of righteousness, He is the King of the ages, He is the King of heaven, He is the King of glory, He is the Lord of lords, He is a sovereign King, no means of measure can define His limitless love, He’s enduringly strong, entirely sincere, eternally steadfast, He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful, impartially merciful, He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world, He’s God’s Son, He’s the sinners Savior, He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He’s unparalleled, He’s unprecedented, He’s the loftiest idea in literature, He’s the highest personality in philosophy, He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology, He’s the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Savior, He supplies strength to the weak, He’s available for the tempted and the tried, He sympathizes and He saves, He strengthens and He sustains, He guards and He guides, He heals the sick, He cleanses the lepers, He forgives sinners, He discharges debtors, He delivers the captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, He beautifies the meek, He’s the key of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom, He’s the doorway of deliverance, He’s the pathway of peace, He’s the roadway of righteousness, He’s the highway of holiness, He’s the gateway of glory, His life is matchless, His goodness is limitless, His mercy is everlasting, His love never changes, His word is enough, His grace is sufficient, His reign is righteousness, His yoke is easy, His burden is light, He’s indescribable, He’s incomprehensible, He’s invincible, He’s irresistible, You can’t get Him out of your mind, you can’t get Him off your hand, you can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him, Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him, Herod couldn’t kill Him, death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
– SM Lockridge
Let’s discuss Ephesians 3:17-21 briefly.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
If you really know God, and if you really understand and know the breadth and the length and the depth and the height of the love of God, you will be able to trust God to such a degree, that you will succeed in living a full and satisfactory life of victory in Christ. You will be able to slay each and every giant in your life. You will be an overcomer. Stay tuned and learn how to achieve this in your life. Many have done it and you can do it too. It is yours. It belongs to you and God wants you to take it.
This is all for today. See you next time.