God is Everywhere

      1. Have you ever wondered where God is?
      2. Note: The Psalmist asked this question. Psalms 42:10 = "…Where is thy God?"

      3. Is God everywhere?
      4. Does God know everything that man does?
      5. Note: The answer to both of these questions is found in:

        1. John 4:24 = "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
        2. Psalms 139:7-12 = "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? [8] If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. [9] If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; [10] Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. [11] If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. [12 ] Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee."
        3. Therefore, God is in Spirit form, thus invisible to the natural eye; and though personal in being, His presence permeates the universe.
      1. God is the great progressive power that leads men forward in both moral and spiritual achievement.
      2. God went before Israel:
        1. Leading them out of bondage:
        2. Hosea 11:1 = "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."

          Exodus 14:15 = " And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:"

        3. His presence was manifest in the cloud and in the pillar of fire. Exodus 13:21 = "And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:"
        4. His presence was also in the ark that was carried before the Israelites. [Read Joshua chapter 3.]
      3. God has sent His Son to go before us:
        1. Jesus is our captain. Hebrews 2:10 = "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
        2. Paul know the importance of following Christ. Philippians 3:13-14 = "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,[14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
        3. We are urged to follow in the footsteps of Christ and press on.
          1. I Peter 2:21 = "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps."
          2. Hebrews 6:1-2 = "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, [2] Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."
          3. II Peter 3:18 = " But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."

      Note: He who makes no progress loses sight of Lord.

      1. To instruct us in the way of life. Isaiah 30:21 = " And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."
      2. To inspect our lives. Genesis 17:1 = "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect."
      3. To cause is to be faithful that goodness and mercy follow us. Psalms 23:6 = "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."
      4. To shield us from past sins.
        1. After the Israelites cross the Red Sea, they saw her enemies perish behind them.
          [Read Exodus chapter 14.]
        2. God remits our sins and remembers them no more.
          1. Acts 2:38 = " Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
          2. Hebrews 8:12 = " For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."
    3. GOD IS OVER US:
    4. Ephesians 4:6 = "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."

      1. To send us showers of blessings. James 1:17 = "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
      2. To look upon us in or trials and to hear our prayers. 1 Peter 3:12= "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
      3. To shelter us.
      4. Psalms 91:1-2 = "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.[2] I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

        Matthew 23:37 = "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"

      5. To reveal to us his glory. Psalms 19:1-2 = "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."
    6. Psalms 125:2 = "As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever."

      1. As our defense. Note: Jerusalem was fortified by nature with the mountains and deep valleys where the city was built. God is our protection from evil. I Corinthians 10:13 = "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
      2. As our support exhorting us to walk in his ways.

      Ephesians 2:10 = "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

      Ephesians 4:1 = "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called."

      I John 1:7 = "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

    7. GOD IS IN US:
    8. Ephesians 4:6 = "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."

      1. He will dwell in us.
      2. II Corinthians 6:16-18 = "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Lgod, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

        I Corinthians 3:16 = "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwellelth in you?"

      3. He will commune with us. Revelation 3:20 = "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
      1. To catch us when we fall. His hand is extended to help us walk straight again.
      2. To give us rest in death. Revelation 14:13 = "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
      1. We are never alone.
      2. We have His loving guidance and strength to help us keep our names in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27).
      3. We are more careful to "…Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." = Philippians 2:12-13.

Revelation 20:12-13 = "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."

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