The God I Do Not Believe In
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Paul, in closing his letter to the Hebrews, gives them some last minute instructions. Almost startling is verse eight. This announcement, of the substantiality and the stability of God, is thundered at them. This pronouncement may be out of place as far as literary is concern, but the message is very clear and is flung at them (and at us) in sincerity, and with conviction. Paul is very opinionated with this phrase.
The message is very perceptible and comprehensible! God is without change. “FOR I AM THE LORD, I CHANGE NOT—–.” (Mal. 3:6) This is the God I believe
It makes no difference what the world does, He changes not.
It makes no difference what governments do, He changes not.
It makes no difference what society becomes, He changes not.
It makes no difference how low people get morally, He changes not.
Sickness don’t make no difference, He changes not.
Wealth don’t make no difference, He changes not.
Poverty don’t make no difference, He changes not.
Trouble don’t matter, He changes not.
Problems don’t matter, He changes not.
Dilemmas don’t matter, He changes not.
Predicaments don’t matter, He changes not.
It makes no difference how dark the way gets, He changes not.
It makes no difference how much sin abounds, He changes not.
It makes no difference how mad the devil gets, He changes not.
Fault finders, lukewarmers, indifference, don’t matter, He changes not.
Powers and principalities don’t matter, He changes not.
Rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness don’t matter, He changes not.
This is the God I believe in. If I couldn’t believe in this kind of God, I wouldn’t believe in no God at all. If I believed in a God that changes I would soon give up hope.
If I believed in a God that is different today from what he was yesterday, then what could I use for a foundation to build my walk with God upon. My dear brothers and sisters, If you can believe anything, you can believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The God I believe in is a God of stability, you can depend, rely, and repose on him. When your life is in a storm, when your thoughts are in turmoil, when your nerves are ragged, when your health is deteriorated, when your family is falling apart you can depend on Jesus.
Jesus has already helped somebody that has, or had, the same problem as I and this is the God I believe in. Look up, child of God, receive faith for whatever’s wrong in your life, for God has already dealt with your problem, in someone else, and he can deal with yours. This is the kind of God I believe in.
He may not heal me, but I will still believe in that kind of God. He may not calm
my storm, but I choose to believe in that kind of God. He may not straighten out the crooked path, but I believe in that kind of God.
I. THE GOD I BELIEVE IN HAS NOT BEEN PREACHED OUT:
I have not preached my best message about God yet. What orator can say enough about God. What pastor can teach enough about God. What poet can over do it when he writes about God. What song writer can sing to much about God. God has not been preached out. (1 Cor 1:21) “—- it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
If we but all the sermons that I have preached and that others have preached into one big heap, there still would be something to say about Jesus. We speak of others and finally get to a place where there is nothing else to say, but not so with Jesus. His name blossoms on the pages of history like a thousand spring times in one bouquet. His name is higher than the highest, greater than the greatest, stronger than the strongest, how can you preach God out.
(John 21:25) “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
II. THE GOD I BELIEVE IN HAS NOT BEEN USED UP:
He is not powerless.
We may be powerless, because of whatever, but God has not been use up.
We may be fluttering along like butterflies in an international airport, but God’s not.
We may be cowering like an earthworm on a high diving board, but God’s not.
We may be intimidated like a humming bird among eagles, like minnows among whales, but God’s not. We may act like cowards among heroes or mole hills under majestic mountains, but I would like to make this proclamation, God is not used up. God is not powerless.
The oil will out last the vessels, The meal will out last the famine.
David’s God didn’t let him down when he stood before Goliath, or any other time, Goliath was not David’s biggest problem.
Daniel’s God didn’t go off and leave him when he was thrown to the lions.
The three Hebrews God didn’t let them face the fire alone.
Moses’ God didn’t forsake him before Pharaoh.
Peter’s God didn’t leave him at Pentecost.
Paul’s God remembered him when in shipwreck.
John’s God didn’t forget him on Patmos.
And your God will not forget you, He has the power for deliverance, “power over all the power of the enemy.”
III. THE GOD I BELIEVE IN EXISTED YESTERDAY, AND TODAY:
I do not believe in a God that had a beginning, “before the world was, I am,” and does not exist today. But just as sure as sugar is sweet God exist today. Just as sure as his voice thundered in the book of Genesis, he speaks to our hearts today.
He was yesterday! It’s a fact, but let’s not miss the bus today because we’re to busy looking at the family picture album.
(Rev 1:8) “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Is he your “which was?” Do you boast only in the things of the past, only about what he has done.
Is he your “which is?”
David said “The lord IS my shepherd,” I like it when the scripture uses the word “is.” “Is” my shepherd, not “was” nor “shall be,” but is. Is, right now.
Is, Whether I’m at home or at work.
Is, Whether I’m at church or another place.
Is, Whether I’m rich or poor.
Is, Whether I’m sick or well.
Is, Whether I’m living or dying, the Lord is my shepherd.
(2 Cor 12:9) “And he said unto me, My grace IS sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
(Heb 13:6) “So that we may boldly say, The Lord IS my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
(Matt 14:27) “Be of good cheer; it IS I; be not afraid.”
(Heb 11:6) “for he that cometh to God must believe that he IS, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.