Thursday, April 30, 2015

My God Cannot Lie!

A few posts ago I shared with you what happened when I leaned against the car and said "If I don't believe the truth I just heard, I am calling God a LIAR! I. . . Just . . . Couldn't . . . call God a liar. Truthfully, I didn't know that much about God for myself, but I knew what my husband said to me was in God's Word. I respected God enough, that I couldn't call Him a liar.

After that happened, after the reports all came back perfect, I had a desire to know about this "God who cannot lie". I studied the Bible to find out more for myself. I will share with you now some of what I learned that convinced me even more about the fact that God cannot lie.

I am going to start adding scriptural references to my posts so that you can easily look up the scriptures to see for yourself that this is God's Word, not my own.

"God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Numbers 23:19

Does that impact you? God is NOT a man! We can say we will do something and even with the best of intentions, walk away and forget what we were going to do. God is NOT that way. If He says something He will not forget that He said it, He Will do it. He WILL always make His Word good to us.

Here in Hebrews 6:15-18, we see, in reference to the promise God gave to Abraham that He would give him a son, Isaac, God reminding us that there are 2 unchangeable things (His promise and His oath) in which it is Impossible for God to lie or to deceive us ~~~ Wow! Not only can God Not lie, It is Impossible for Him to lie or even deceive us. In James 1:13,  we find out that God is incapable of being temped by evil. You can't even tempt him to lie!

Malachi 3:6  tells us that God doesn't change - He couldn't lie in Abraham's day - he can't be tempted to lie in our day either. James 1:17 says that with God there is no variableness no change or even a shadow. In every season of life God is the very same! We can count on Him! I have often said regarding my husband and my son, as well, that "They are the most stable people I know." Even in the most difficult and stressful times, they remain the same. God is far greater that that!!! Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!

But what about those who don't believe this? What if some don't believe that Jesus bore my sicknesses and carried my diseases and by His stripes I am healed? What if, worse yet, some don't believe that Jesus even is the Son of God who came to this earth and was crucified and buried and rose up on the third day to take away our sins and make us His Children? Well, there are answers to those questions too . . . Romans 3:3-4 says, "What if some did not believe and were without faith? Does their lack of faith and their faithlessness nullify and make ineffective and void the faithfulness of God and His fidelity (to His Word)? By no means! Let God be found true though every human being false and a liar, as it is written, that You may be justified and shown to be upright in what You say, and prevail when You are judged (by sinful  men).

On and on and on the Bible continues to tell us the same exact things . . . quickly I will refer to these scriptures for your own study:
     2 Samuel 7:28 - "O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth"
     I John 1:9 - "He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises)."
     Revelations 19:11 - He is called "Faithful and True"
     Ephesians 1:13 - the Word of God is called the "Word of Truth."
     Titus 1:2 tells us: "Resting in the hope of eternal life, (life) which the ever truthful God Who cannot lie, promised before the world or the ages of time began.

     This scripture in I Thessalonians 5:24 sums this all up wonderfully . . . "Faithful is He Who is calling you (to Himself) and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it.

So, what if we don't believe? God still remains the same. He is still faithful. Those who don't believe don't receive the promises of God. It is not God's fault if we won't believe. He still remains faithful. All that He has said is still true. It is all still available to us. It is our fault if we don't obtain what God has promised. The people in Jesus' own town would not believe and because of that Jesus could do no mighty work there. It wasn't that He refused to or wouldn't do great things for them. He did it everywhere else and often commented "it is your faith that made you well" or "Great is your faith". It is not God who is not faithful! God is not to be blamed when we do not receive from Him. It is only our very own fault if we do not receive and the # 1 reason we don't receive is because we are not believing His word. 

Worse than not receiving the health, provision, favor, guidance or any other benefit God has for us is not believing Jesus was God's sacrifice to pay the price for our sins so we can become His children. It is important that we understand that believing is not simply giving mere mental acknowledgement to that truth. If you believe something it will impact the way you think and behave. So say you believe but not behave like you believe would be as stupid as "believing" there is going to be a major blizzard  - (know that I live in the North country!) 40 below zero temperatures, 10 inches of snow, 40 mile an hour wind. Now really . . . would I go in my car wearing flip flops, shorts and a tank top? Would I even GO in my car anywhere? NO! No, No, No - that would be foolish! If I really believe there's going to be a blizzard like that or of any kind, I will stay home, keep warm and be prepared. I am urging you to BE PREPARED!!!!  If you are not prepared you will suffer the consequences  . . . here is what you can expect if you are not prepared,  believing God's Word with accompanying actions:

Mark 16:16 explains that "he who does not believe (who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth) will be condemned." What is condemnation? Look at Revelations 21:8 "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderer's, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - - - their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." Condemnation is eternal separation from God. Hell.

In case you need more convincing . . . . look here: Matthew 13:49-50 "So it will be at the close and consummation of the age. The angels will go forth and separate the wicked (the unbelieving) from the righteous (those who are are upright and in right standing with God) and cast them (the wicked) into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and wailing and grinding of teeth." Do you need more yet?

There's plenty more but there is an encouragement I want to give you in Proverbs 15:24 "The path of  the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid (the gloom) of the depths of Sheol." Be wise, be prepared, believe, live like you believe and pray this prayer with me.

Father, Thank you that your Word is truth, every bit of it is absolutely true. It has been true from the very beginning. It has been tested and proven true. Thank you for giving to me such a pure Word. Thank you also for being so faithful (accurate, constant, loyal, reliable). I know you are faithful to keep your covenant and to do as You have promised. You are the faithful Creator, You are faithful and just. You are called Faithful and True and your Faithfulness is unto all  generations.

I know that You are not a man that you should lie - You are true. Even if every man lies - You still remain true. It is impossible for You to lie - You can't even be tempted with evil. In You is only light, no darkness at all. Thank You for never changing. Help me to walk in the path of the wise. I believe you are telling the truth about those who will not believe (the wicked) their end is Hell, I certainly do not want to go there. Help me to live, believing and behaving, in the manner that pleases you, Help me to know your Word. Knowing that You Cannot Lie, help me to be fully prepared for what is ahead.

As I study and learn more about You and Your Word, help me never forget that Your Word is True - Always. You are Faithful to do Your Word, Always! You cannot lie - Not Ever! Help my words also to be true, help me to be faithful and help me not be tempted with evil. You are my awesome God and worthy to be praised. AMEN

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