Hiding from God

In the book of Revelation we see in the 6th chapter that God’s wrath is finally poured out upon the wicked. What we find is (to me) very interesting. We see people of all types running, hiding looking to escape God, more willing to die than yield to the truth.

Seen this on a church sign. The truth sounds like hate to those who hate truth!

  • Just a quick side note; truth is not subjective.
    •  Contrary to the lie that has been shared since our grandparents rejected God’s truth in the garden, which had Cain kill Able. That had scores of men and women refuse forgiveness and are condemned to an eternal hell.
      •  The same lie that has captivated and confused many a mind of those who are already searching for anything that will allow them to fulfil their lust and not feel guilty.
    • Truth is truth no matter where you find it.
      • It is not my truth and your truth. It is not relative.
      • Other words changing to ones conditions.
      • If it was true then it is true now and will always be true. ( like I said, quick side note)
    • Truth is NOT subjective!

We wonder how can this be? How and why would anyone given the overwhelming evidence, reject God’s truth?

 For the period of time we are looking at the answer is found in Paul’s 2nd letter to the church in Thessalonica. In speaking on the subject of the day of the Lord he says:

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

2 thessalonians 2:11

For the day which we live in, it is simple. The bible tells us; men loved darkness rather than light.

Remember it is not that God is defrauding or deceiving, He is just allowing them to have what they desire. (Like those who want to believe in subjective truth?)He is removing His hand, He is turning them over to their own mind.  (Wow! that a scary place for many of us.)

Now we have many examples of mankind running or attempting to hide from God.

 We have Jonah. The illustration of the Prodigal son. To name a couple. But it all starts at the beginning. In the garden. It has been a character trait ever since.

This is why Jesus says “come unto me”. (Matt.11:28) We so busy running the other way, attempting to hide. Also “and if any man will come after me”. (Luke 9:23)  Jesus ain’t into the hiding seek thing. He says here I am.

This is what really floors me though. Have you ever experienced God’s presence? This is what revival is all about. Coming into the very presence of God.  If you have ever experienced it you know it’s an amazing place. Every day we should be, as born-again believers, should be in His presence. Life ought to be a romance.

If we were to be honest with ourselves this isn’t always the case. Why?

Look at (Genesis 3:6-9)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Genesis 3:6-9 KJV
  • His Presence.
    • If anyone should be able to speak about being in God’s presence it should be these two. Think of the effect that the little glimpse of God’s presence does in us.
      • Makes a drunk man sober, a stoner straight. It brings to light all the dark recesses of our heart and cleanses them. Sets us free.
      • Now think about it. God actually walking, talking on an afternoon stroll. I can’t comprehend it. How it must have been.
    • Now look at what they (Adam and Eve) are doing. Hiding.
      • From what? God’s presence. The very thing that had to be just out of this world. The very thing they come to expect, time with God. An experience that we can none testify to.
      • Walking with God. Talking about the events of the day.
  • Sins presence.
    • What caused this turn about? What could make you want to hide from the only one who created you? Who loves you? Who came purposely to spend time with you?
      • SIN!
    • When you carry sin in your life, when you justify its presence, it drives you away from the light, away from anything lovely.
      • Sin has so marred us that we see ones that love us as enemies. Ones that destroy us as desirable.  Ones that care for us as overbearing and ones that prey upon us as protectors.
      • Sin makes us hide from the only thing that can cleanse us, heal us, satisfy us.
    • What would have happened if Adam and Eve had come straight before God and repented instead of hid themselves and explain their rebellion away?
      • ( Isa 1:18) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
      • .James said it like this; (Jas 4:8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
    • We could most likely conclude that life would be totally different.
      • But what our grandparents started in the garden, we carry on today. We have been hiding ever since.
  • You’re present.
    • Even today there are those who would rather hide from the truth than to confess the truth before God.
      • Sin has blinded them into thinking that God is ok with what they have done or what they are doing.
      • They continue to go through the motions but death is at work upon them.
      • Slowly corruption is eating away at their love of anything Godly. Replacing it with a self -anointed, appointed theology of service.
    • Remember when you carry, hold on to unconfessed sin in your life; it drives you away from anything of worth, anything lovely, anything of God.
      • Part of our problem is what we consider confessing. Most of us fell its telling God.
      • He already knows.
      • Confessing is actually agreeing with Gods word about the issue. Total agreement seeing it as He does reacting to it the way He does.
    • Then when we can confess we can’t help but repent.
      • Remember how David repented. If it doesn’t cost you something there is not much repenting happening.
    • We can only guess at what might have happened to creation if Adam and Eve would have repented, but we don’t have to guess about what will happen if you do.
      • (Isa 55:7) 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.
      • (1Jo 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
      • Jesus said: (Lu 15:7) I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
    • Two major obstacles of repentance. Pride and fear.
      •  Fear that what we done is unforgiveable. Fear of other people opinions. Fear of rejection. Fear of the unknown.
      • The other is pride. 

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 13:10
  • If you’re struggling within come today. If you’re struggling with the words I have spoken, come.

Knock, Knock

Covenant Day 2020

Rev. 3:20-21

 

Revelation is a thrilling book full of mystery, miracles, majesty. It tells us what to expect, what to do, and who we can trust. Here in this third chapter as Jesus the Amen, the Faithful and True witness, the beginning of the creation of God, shares the past present and future we see a marvelous characteristic of our Lord.

  • Jesus Knocking:
    • Not just a tap and go knock. Not a rum pa pa bum knock, but a patient determined knock.
      • It shows how devoted Christ is to His creation.
      • It shows how patient he is as He stands outside our heart and knocks.
    • Outside our heart! Not in the things we value, we love, we enjoy. 
      • He is willing to stand outside all the things we put before Him and patiently lovingly persistently knock.
      • It shows those who are willing to look, how much He loves us!
    • When I read this I get the picture of everyday life.
      • Jesus is standing, knocking on our door but the TV is too loud.
      • Jesus is standing, knocking on our door but we’re busy with tending to our possessions. 
      • Jesus is standing, knocking on our door but we are too ashamed for Him to come in and see. 
      • Jesus is standing, knocking on our door but we’re arguing about…
    • Jesus is constantly knocking. Not only for the unbeliever to open their heart but for the believer to declutter their heart.
      • He lovingly, patiently waits and knocks. Giving us plenty of time to answer.
  • Jesus knocks through His word.
    • The BIBLE holds His truth.
      • Our hearts open as we read and study His living word in private devotions. Spending time listening as well as praying.
      • Our heart burns within us as we prepare to gather with His saints and hear the word proclaimed.
      • Our heart is changed as we take in what God has prepared for the body as we serve together the same vision.
  • Jesus knocks through the Holy Spirit.
    • The Holy Spirit is that which guides us in His truth.
      •  Aides us in understanding of His word.
      • Places us in the midst of His people.
    • The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and points to the answer. The only answer for man’s sin problem. JESUS!
  • Jesus knocks through His people. The Church
    • Our primary goal in this life is to live, love and lead a lost world to Jesus.
      •  By the way we live out our lives they should see a difference that points to Jesus.
      • By the way we die to ourselves and love the unlovable they should see Jesus.
      • We should all know how to introduce them to the risen Lord.
    • We work with each other in various ways to be the best we can be for our Lord Christ and King.
      •  As iron sharpens iron.
      • We lift one another up in prayer and support. 
  • Jesus knocks through circumstances.
    • Have you heard any knocking lately?
      • Of course this covid circus, but what about life in general.
      • Relationships, occupation, finance, health.
    • As this covid circus plays out, you will begin to see:
      • Those who were fearful or leaning to a worldly wisdom coming out like Brave Barts never dealing with the truth.
      • Still Jesus knocks.
    • Husbands and wives living pitiful lives. 
      • Fuming, fussing, and fleeing. Unable to agree that their walk with God or the lack thereof is the basis of their self-destruction.
      • Still Jesus Knocks.
    • Workplace woes.
      • Jesus has placed you with who He wants you to be with and where He wants you to be.
      • Yet we whine and whimper wasting precious time that could be used for the King’s glory.
      • Still Jesus Knocks.
    • On our poorest days we here in GOD BLESSED AMERICA are richer than most of the world.
      • Still we deny God’s provision by hoarding, wasting, stealing the very blessing God grants us.
      • Still Jesus knocks.
    • He blesses us with good health.
      • We use it to fulfil our desires, our lust. 
      • We enjoy all the great and wonderful things God has placed on this earth but find we have little time for serving.
      • As this world reminds us it’s not forever, our health deteriorates. We gripe about not feeling like doing anything wishing we had better health so we can SERVE?
      • Still Jesus knocks.
    • Our Lord knows our sinfulness, our filth, our hypocrisies and He patiently, lovingly knocks!
  • I am so grateful for the day the Holy Spirit tuned my ears to hear his knocking on my heart’s door.
    • So loud and clear. Unmistakable was His calling.
      • He empowered me to open the door of my heart and He came in, just as He promised.
      • Though I have failed Him many times, He has never once faltered in His promise.
      •  He has continually loved me, strengthened me.
      • Chastised me because of this love. And lifted me up. 
      • He has carried me not only in tough times but through every time.
      • Because I have learned, I can’t even walk without holding His hand! 
  • In 2013 Jesus moved upon the body of New Hope. He provided and planned away for us to do the unimaginable.
    • It wasn’t that we just have this building. But we have seen Him countless times provide means of continuing His mission here.
      • Even in the midst of adversity, division, apathy, deceitfulness, God has continued to bring sons and daughters to Him. 
      • We have been invited and involved with many different works.
      • But this is important! It is not over!
      • Jesus is still knocking.
  • There is a great promise here in this 21st verse.
    • I believe it is what Paul was referring to when he told Timothy.
      • Ti 2:11-13, “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
    • Today Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart.
      • Are you able to hear it?
      • Are you willing to hear it?
    • It is time for us to rise above the noise and become who Jesus originally intended for us to be.
    • It starts with you!