Summary: This message will consider several ways that God’s hand is upon the life of every Christ-follower.
01.22.06 PM Smyrna Assembly of God Pastor Shell Osbon
“The Hand Of God - Part 4”
Eccl 9:1 Solomon says, “For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all, that the righteous & the wise & their works are in the hand of God.”Intro
Solomon tells us that he’s taken a lot of time to think about this before he wrote it down. He’s come to the conclusion that the hand of God was an important factor in his life. He goes on to say that “the righteous, the wise & their works are in the hand of God.”
Parts 1-3 Review
1. The Uniting Hand Of God
2 Chron 30:12 “The hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart.
Brings people together for worship, service & fellowship!
2. The Providing Hand Of God
Ps 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Guarantees that you will always have exactly what you need!
3. The Empowering Hand Of God
Neh 2:17 “Come & let us build the wall of Jerusalem.”
God will bring others along to help you fulfill His will!
4. The Protecting Hand Of God
Is 51:16 “I will keep you safe in the palm of My hand.”
Keeps you safe even when you’re facing your enemies!
5. The Correcting Hand Of God
Heb 12:6 “The Lord corrects the people He loves.”
Is designed to perfect you!
6. The Remembering Hand Of God
Is 49:16 “I have inscribed you in the palms of My hands.”
You will never be forgotten!
7. The Keeping Hand Of God
John 10:29 “No one is able to snatch My sheep out of My hand.”
Keeps you in His grace!
8. The Directing Hand Of God
Is 48:17 “I want to direct you in the way you should go.”
Directs our lives in the way that we should go!
9. The Mighty Hand Of God
Josh 4:24 “The hand of the Lord is mighty.”
Makes a way where there seems to be no way!
10. The Helping Hand Of God
1 Sam 7:12 “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
Helps you throughout all of your life!
11. The Warring Hand Of God
1 Sam 7:13 “The hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.”
Fights your battles so you don’t have to!
12. The Merciful Hand Of God
Ps 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life & I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Follows you every day of your life!
13. The Multiplying Hand Of God
Acts 11:21 “The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.”
Builds His Church!
14. The Strengthening Hand Of God
I don’t know how it’s worked in your life but in my life God rarely asks me to do anything that I can do in my own strength. In fact, I think He finds great pleasure in asking me to do things that are way beyond my own ability just to make sure that I depend on Him!
Ezra is the person called by God for the task of leading the Israelites to make a renewed commitment to God after having been held captive in Babylon for many years. He even gained the favor of Artaxerxes, Kking of Persia, who gave him the finances required for Ezra to refurnish the Temple after it was rebuilt.
The Israelites had been exiled for many years & Jerusalem had been destroyed once again. The task that God called Ezra to was absolutely overwhelming.