Summary: Sermon seven in a fourteen sermon series based on the popular Bible study by Henry Blackaby.
God speaks to His people. When He speaks, what does He reveal? Through out Scripture, when God speaks, it is to reveal something about Himself, His purposes, or His ways. God’s revelations are designed to bring us into a deeper love relationship with Himself.
1. God reveals Himself - vs. 13-15
When God spoke to Moses, He revealed His name - "I Am." He revealed Himself to be adequate for whatever Moses needed. Likewise, when God speaks by His Spirit to us, He often reveals to us something about Himself.
God speaks when He wants to involve us in His work. He reveals Himself in order to help us respond in faith. A person can better respond to God’s instructions when he believes God is who He says He is and when he believes God can do what He says He will do. Moses needed to know that God was sufficient for his every need if he was to be able to respond to the task God called him to, as he should.
What God reveals about Himself is critical to what task He calls us to. In responding to God’s call, we face a "crisis of belief." At that time, we must remember what God has revealed about Himself so we might proceed by faith. Let’s think about how what I believe about God impacts my walk of obedience.
A. I believe God is who He says He is.
B. I believe that God can do what He says He will do.
C. I adjust my thinking in light of this belief.
D. I trust that God will be true to who He is when I obey.
E. I obey the call of God.
Faith is action based on my understanding of who God is and the certainty of what God will do!
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6 (The Message)
How many stars are there? Astronomers don’t know. They simply assure us that the cosmos con¬tains more stars than can be num¬bered. Billions for sure - probably trillions!
Figures like that are hard for us to grasp. Even a million is mind-boggling. If you were counting a mil¬lion $1 bills at the rate of 60 a minute for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, it would take you nearly 7 weeks to complete the task. At the same rate it would take over 133 years to count a billion dollars.
"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." - Isaiah 40:26 (NIV)
So if we ever wonder whether God is able to carry us with all our burdens, let us remember that He is the sover¬eign of the stars. Surely He who is the guide of the galaxies can deal with our situations. If the skies are clear tonight, look heavenward and be thankful that the God who calls each star by name knows, loves, and cares for you. God not only knows the stars by name, but He knows you by name.
“What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. And I assure you of this: If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I, the Son of Man, will openly acknowledge that person in the presence of God’s angels.” - Luke 12:6-8 (NLT)
The Lord knows each of His children by name, which is why Jesus, in telling the story of the rich man and Lazarus, did not mention the rich man’s name. Jesus did not know him by name, because he had never acknowledged Jesus as His Savior (see Luke 16:19-31)! What a privilege it is to have a personal relationship with God and for Him to know me by name; a now He invites me to know Him by name!
(Show video clip - “that’s My King!”)
2. God reveals His purposes - vs. 7-9
God reveals His purposes so we will know what He plans to do. If we are to join God, we need to know what He is about to do. What we plan to do for God is unimportant. God speaks with a purpose in mind. When God came to Noah, He did not ask what Noah wanted to do for Him. God told Noah what He was about to do and called Noah to adjust his plans to the work of God.