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Summary: Learn more about the character and attributes of God. It is difficult to please God or respond to Him appropriately if we do not know what He is like.

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Omniscience of God

The doctrine that God knows everything.

Hebrews 4:13 (NIV) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Psalms 139:1 4 (NIV) For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

Implications

God knows our sins

Do not be deceived because all your bad deeds will not be overlooked

Galatians 6:7 8 (NIV) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Ask God to reveal our sins

It is easy to see the faults of others but few people can see their own faults. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to point out our sins.

Psalms 139:23 24 (NIV) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Our hearts should be filled with the greatest worship because He sees our every backsliding, every shortcoming and still loved me right from the start.

Imagine if on the night before our wedding, the Lord revealed to you in a vision that our future spouse would betray us and squander all your money. Would you still go ahead and marry the spouse if you are very sure the vision is from God? Think for a moment. Isn=t this how God must have felt. When He looks at us, He knows exactly how we will sin and grieve Him in the future, yet He still loves us.

Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God knows all our good deeds

Be encouraged because our good deeds do not go unnoticed

Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Matthew 6:3 4 (NIV) But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Luke 21:1 3 (NIV) As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others.

God knows all the injustice towards us

Do not take justice into your hands because God sees all injustice and take vengeance on our behalf

Deu 32:35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them."

God knows all our needs

Do not be anxious because God knows your needs even before you ask them.

Mat 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.


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