Sunday 10th February 2019 – Johan Esterhuizen
Ps. 136; (Rom. 8:28); Ps. 100:5; Ps. 89:2; Lam. 3:22-23; Rom. 8:38-39; Eph. 3:17-19; (Num. 13); Dan. 11:32; Josh. 24:1-15; Eph. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:23; Phil. 4:4-7
Ps. 136 is a Psalm of recital. The Rabbi would read and the people would echo “His love endures forever”. God is the only one who can work all things together for good (Rom. 8:28). No matter what you are going through or what is coming against you, His love endures forever. This should be our conditioned response to the setbacks in life. Our reflex response to the challenges of life should be, “His love endures forever.” For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations (Ps. 100:5). I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself (Ps. 89:2). Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lam. 3:22-23). His mercies are fresh every day. He is not the God of “I was”, He is the “I Am”, He is now, present for us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:38-39). Get this Scripture into your heart; when the enemy comes, confuse him and quote the Word of God.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:17-19). Here he talks of the four dimensions of love: length, breadth, height and depth. God’s love had four dimensions; it supersedes everything else on the face of the earth. God’s love endures forever! Be rooted and grounded in God’s love.
Joshua and Caleb had seen what God had done for the nation. The other ten spies had also seen God’s love for His people; they had experienced God’s love and seen His miracles. Yet when they saw the land, ten of them said, “There is no way we can take this land and we looked like grasshoppers” (Num. 13:25-29). … the people who know their God will display strength and take action (Dan. 11:32). Three ideas are conveyed here, 1) knowing God, 2) being strong, 3) doing exploits. God’s people are characterized by these three things: 1) Who they know (know their God); 2) what they know (they know they are strong); 3) what they do (they do exploits). As we know God we can be strong in order to do the exploits. The ten spies were laden with nothing except murmuring, disbelief, fear and complaints. Joshua and Caleb were laden with bunches of grapes, shouting and screaming, “His lovingkindness endures forever.” They were rejoicing, knowing God had given the victory. We have to put corresponding action to our belief.
It is time in our nation – instead of being so negative and critical and breaking down – it is time to stand up and say, “Let us make a difference”.
Before Joshua addresses the nation at Shechem, he tells them what God has done, how God brought them through the wilderness and how the Lord had promised to drive the enemy out of the land. Joshua tells them to fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness” Joshua said .. but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Josh. 24:1-15).
For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us] (Eph. 2:10- Amp). We are born from above, spiritually transformed, renewed and ready to be used. Look at yourself and say, “I am a masterpiece”. Two truths from Eph. 2:10: 1) We are His workmanship 2) We are His masterpiece. If you do not know your assignment, find it. Find your talents, gifts and abilities. As His masterpiece, we are born from above. Flesh gives birth to flesh; human to human there is a transfer of genetics, DNA, characteristics etc. But Spirit gives birth to spirit. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Pet. 1:23). We are children of God by divine origin. We can walk in everything God has designed for you and me to walk in and become the people that God has designed us to be. Walk in the good works! It is one thing to know, it is another thing to do!
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:4-7). His lovingkindness endures forever.