2/1/14 “How Great Is Our God” – Pastor Shane Idleman
COMPLETE SERMON NOTES
HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD?
INTRO: The enemy wants to paralyze; hurt & crush you
CREATION: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” Gen. 1:1. “He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever.” Ps. 146:6
The gravitational pull is set just right. The nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, neon, and ethane mixture in the air is just the right amount to support life. Increase just the carbon dioxide and all of life would be obliterated. The sun’s heat at 10,000 fahrenheit would incinerate the surface of the earth if it were just a few degrees closer. The molecular structure of the human body, are so complicated that any biologist who is humble and teachable will admit that there is a Creator. Christians don’t “check our brains at the door”; we simply acknowledge Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
There is NO excuse for these ridiculous assertions in our culture that there is NO God.
If you believe that you came from animals, you will act like animals.
“When confronted with the order and beauty of the universe and the strange coincidences of nature, it’s very tempting to take the leap of faith from science into religion. I am sure many physicists want to. I only wish they would admit it,” (Physicist, Tony Rothman).
The denial of God is not because we lack “facts”; it’s because man suppresses the truth. Denial is an issue of the heart,
How Great is our God? *Scripture is the NASB
1. Leads us: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you,” (Ps. 32:8).
2. Offers peace: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful,” (Jh. 14:27).
Philippians 4:7- “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” KJV
3. Offers assurance: “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you,” (Deut. 31:6).
Love Has A Voice. Love Has A Name: “I will never be the same—He has called my name—from the ashes I rise to proclaim HIS NAME!”
5. Offers His Word
Heals Them; Delivers Them; Saves Them; Convicts Them (Josiah); Comforts Them
6. Blesses His children
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Ps. 1:1-6).
HOW TO EXPERIENCE HIM: Psalm 34:4-9, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.”
IF WE HAVE TIME:
I Sought the Lord (fasting, prayer, humility, brokenness…)
He Answered Me
Delivered from unhealthy emotions
Fear of man is a snare
Look to Him
HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!!
You are Radiant (sending out light)
Poverty (destitute; in need of more)
Fearing the Lord drives fear away. Delivers from trouble
Taste & See: The problem does not lie in the Message, but in the Receiver:
I bank on God, not my Emotions
I bank on God, not my Circumstances
I bank on God, not Man
Closing: Saves but He does not force
The goodness of God leads you to repentance: Rm. 2:4. Psalm 34:17-19 adds, “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all…”
Cry Out to Him…
Broken, yet Unbreakable …
My Deliver lives…
The More I seek Him…