Summary: What you believe about God affects your entire life. It affects your response to circumstances and situations in the presence and it determines the outcome of the future, in this life and the life and the life hereafter.
Title: "Grasping His Care"
Theme: Truths To God Working In Your Life
Introduction: What you believe about God affects your entire life. It affects how you respond to the consequences of your past. It affects your response to circumstances and situations in the presence and it determines the outcome of the future, in this life and the life hereafter.
That is why Satan has laid out a plan to distort our view about God. Unfortunately, there are many who have an un-Biblical view of God, His Son and the Holy Spirit. Satan effectively uses the media, music, movies, experiences, false teachings and people in general to distort mankind's mind about the God whom everyone must face someday. The Bible says, "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19)
The Apostle Paul in prayer asked God for two key needs: give the Body of Christ Holy Spirit revelation of His love for them, and revelation of His full control and power.
Proposition: I would purpose to you that God has shown His love for the church in many different ways. Grasping His care will enable her to enjoy His love and intercession in their lives.
Interrogative Sentence: Just what are the truths of God working in your life? How can we live a life that tells all who are watching that God has revealed Himself to mankind when He has rescued mankind from this world's view and provides for mankind's most important needs?
Transitional Sentence: The God of the Bible has given revelation to mankind so they may know His will for them. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) Three times we see "word" (λόγος lógos) meaning to speak intelligently, an intelligent discourse. (The Complete Word Study of the Bible) This Greek word is the title of Christ (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13; Dictionary of Biblical languages) Jesus is the "Word" the logos of life. (1 John1:1; Dictionary of Biblical Languages) This is the very "Word" we are to preach. (2 Timothy 4:2; Dictionary of Biblical Languages) "It is the very utterances of the prophets - Word, Message." (Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains. New York: United Bible Societies)
Just as our words and actions reveal to others our hearts and minds, God has given us revelation of His heart and mind to us, so we can know how to live for Him on this earth and discover our eternal reward. He has accomplished this for us through the written Word, the Bible. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God-breathed (θεόπνευστος theópneustos), means that the written Word of God was prompted by God, divinely inspired as opposed to (phusikós) coming from mankind's natural abilities. (Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers; (Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) "This is the Scriptural view of inspiration; that inspired men were [instruments] of God in such a sense that their words are to be received not as the words of men, but as they are in truth, the words of God." (Hodge, C. (1997). Systematic theology (Vol. 1, p. 157). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) "The Bible has revealed truths and fact that are infallible... All truths and doctrines of Scripture which are necessary to salvation [and living for God] are with out mixture of error and are the infallible rule of faith and practice... It is the operation of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind for the purpose of conveying religious truth to mankind." (Shedd, W. G. T. (2003). Dogmatic theology. (A. W. Gomes, Ed.) (3rd ed., p. 98). Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub.)
It is like this: God putting His hand on the hand of the writer and moving it for the author so that the Word is written down exactly what He wanted to say. Therefore, the Bible is from His heart to our spiritual heart. It's like taking the hand of someone who can not write and helping them mark an X on a piece of paper.