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God doesn't speak merely to fill up our heads with ideas. While His Word does enlighten our minds with spiritual understanding, it also demands action, obedience. Read Heb. 11. In every case, the emphasis was upon what men did as a result of what they believed. What if their believing had been in error? What if they had heeded a different voice?

In Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3, we find messages directed to seven churches. Each message was specific and designed to meet the need of the local congregation. Each message revealed their condition and commanded appropriate action, coupled with a promise to overcomers. One exhortation was common to all seven churches: "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Rev. 3:22, for example).

There are far too many voices in our day and eternal issues hang in the balance. What's the Spirit saying? What's our condition? What's coming upon the earth? What should we be doing to prepare? These questions matter!

When the disciples asked Jesus concerning his coming and the end of the world (Matt. 24:3-4), the very first words were, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Let's ponder that. Let's wake up and realize that the time of the greatest manifestation of evil and spiritual darkness the world has ever known is marked by an unprecedented spirit of deception, religious and otherwise (Matt. 24:23-24, II Thess. 2:9-11). Let's not just take things at face value. Let's seek God and His direction!

God's Divine Characteristics
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God Is Omnipresent...

God's not "localized". The Hebrews were always in danger of thinking of God as a "God of the land". Their neighbors could hardly conceive of a God who ruled over all and who could manifest Himself anywhere. Naaman may have had these ideas in his mind. In marked contrast to "tribal-god" thinking, God is everywhere. He fills both heaven and earth. Man can't escape His presence. He's always near. In Him "we live and move and have our being". God inhabits eternity. Yet He dwells with man. The Eternal God dwells in the high and holy place, yet "earth is His footstool" (Isa. 66:1) How was God made manifest on earth?

To individuals... Certain men were aware of God's presence. (Psa. 2:4) Six examples illustrate this truth:

(1) Jacob (Gen. 28:16, 17) (2) Joseph (Gen. 39: 2, 3) (3) Moses (Exod. 33:14) (4) Joshua (Josh. 1:9) (5) David (Psa. 23:2, 4) (6) Jeremiah (Jer. 1:8, 19)

To Israel... The Hebrew people rejoiced in the certainty of the presence of God. God went before them (Deut. 1:30). Isaiah told his contempories, "God is with us". The exiled Israelites were told that God was with them. Ezekiel saw the chariot-throne of God in Babylonia. He's not confned. His presence is said to fill heaven and earth, yet He walked with the Isrealites. (Deut. 23:14)

To Believers... Christians are assured that God is with them. The promise made to Joshua is repeated to Christian people (Heb. 13:5). New Testament epistles close with "the God of Peace" is with every believer. (Rom. 15:33) God dwells "with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit".

OMNIPOTENT---He Has Limitless Power
OMNISCIENT---He Knows All Things
OMNIPRESENT---He Is Everywhere




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