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Archive for July, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PROFILE OF A FINISHER (Part 1 of 3)

Tell me, do you intend to finish your spiritual race well?  If you do, you are a rare bird to be sure.  Few do. Look around you.  How many professing believers whom you know still possess their first love for Christ? (Rev. 2:4)  How many are still seeking to win the lost?  How many still live true lives of personal holiness, integrity, and servant hood? How may have not been chocked by their pride, materialism, sexual impurity, or bitterness? 

Are we destined, like the sailors of another era to live in perpetual fear that one dark night we might  sail off the flat earth into oblivion? Not if we live one day at a time with total integrity before God.  

Psalm 84 gives several principles of finishers:

  Desperation for GodMy soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.  (vs. 2 Amp. O.T.) 

  Several years ago at a coffee shop, a man standing in line for his coffee overheard my conversation with another believer, and turned to us blurting out, Do you guys know God? Cause if I dont find God Im gonna die. David  was desperate for God. Today, five years later, in his desperate quest for God he is making great strides in his pilgrimage.

How do you stack up with these Scriptures description of desperate people for God:


As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God
(Psa. 42:1,2)

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
(Psa. 63:1, 2)

My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.  (Psa. 119;20)

 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah . (Psa. 143:6)

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. (Isa. 26:9)

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A SURE FIRE WAY TO REDISCOVER GOD IN A LIFE-CHANGING WAY (Part 4 of 4)

Attributes of God (Continued)

The Love of God is the most characteristic attribute of Fatherhood. It is the abstract term that most fully expresses the concrete character of God as FatherGod is love, and where no love is, there can be no knowledge of God and no realization of Him. 1

Key Scriptures: "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulnessHe does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust (Exo. 34:6; Psa. 103:10-14) (For further study: Rom. 5:8; 8:39; Eph. 2:4; I Jn. 3:1, 16; 4:8-10,16).

The Mercy of God: The goodness or love of God shown to those who are in misery or distress, irrespective of their deserts. 2  

Key Scriptures:The Most Highis kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Lk. 6:35b, 36).  (For further study: Exo. 20:2 Deu. 5:9, 10; 7:9; I Chro. 16:34; 2 Chro. 7:6; Psa. 57:10; 86:5; 145:9; Eze. 18:23; 33:11; Lk. 1:50; 1 Tim. 1:2;

The Grace of God: The unmerited goodness or love of God to those who have forfeited it, and are by nature under sentence of condemnation.3

Key Scriptures: For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift (Jn. 1; 16 Amp.) (For further study: Isa. 26:10; Jer. 16:13; Act. 4:16;14:3; 18:27; Rom. 3:21-24; 2 Cor. 8:9; Eph. 1:5-7; 2:7-9; Tit. 2:11; 3:4-7; 2 Thes. 2:16)

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1 International Standard Bible Dictionary, 2Systematic Theology, L. Berkhof, Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1976, pg 72,3 Ibid, pg 72

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A SURE FIRE WAY TO REDISCOVER GOD IN A LIFE-CHANGING WAY (Part 3 of 4)

Attributes of God  (Continued)

The Holiness of GodThat perfection of God, in virtue of which He eternally wills and maintains His own moral excellence, abhors sin, and demands purity in His mortal creatures.1

Key Scriptures:  Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?  For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." (Rom. 15:4) (For further study: Ex. 15:11; Job 34:10; 1 Sam. 2;2; Psa. 19:8,9; 30:4; Isa. 6:3; 57:15; Hab. 1:13; Rom. 7:12;  1 Pet. 1:16; 1 Jn. 1:5; Rev. 4:8; 6;10)

The Goodness of GodThat perfection of God which prompts Him to deal bountifully and kindly with all His creatures.2

Key ScripturesLove your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked (Lk. 6:35).  (For further study: Gen. 1:31; Psa. 33:5; 36:6; 76:9; 52:1; 107:8; 119:68; 136:25; 138:8; 145:5,9, 16; Nahum 1:7; Matt. 5:45; 6:26; Act. 14:7; Rom. 2:4)

The Longsuffering of GodThat aspect of the goodness or love of God in virtue of which He bears with the forward and evil in spite of their long and continued disobedience.3

Key ScripturesThey refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them.  They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them (Neh. 9:17). (For further study:  Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18; Psa. 86;15; 103:8; Mi. 7:18; Rom. 9:22; I Pet. 3;20; 2 Pet. 3:15)

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

 1Systematic Theology, L. Berkhof, Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1976, pg 70; 2ibid, pg 70  3ibid, pg 72; 4 International Standard Bible Dictionary.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A SURE FIRE WAY TO REDISCOVER GOD IN A LIFE-CHANGING WAY (Part 2 of 4)

Attributes of God (Continued)

The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy.  Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth. Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent: He does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases.  None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him. 1

Key Scriptures: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all (I Chron. 29:11, 12). (For further study: Gen. 14:19; Ex. 11:1-10; Deu. 1:1-46;10:14-17; 2 Chron. 20:6; Neh. 9:6;  Psa. 22:28; 47:2,3, 7, 8; 50:10-12; 95:3-5; 115:3; 135:5,6; 145:11-13; Jer. 27:5; Lk. 1:53; Act. 17:24-26; Rev. 19:21-26)

The knowledge of God: That perfection of God whereby He, in an entirely unique manner, knows Himself and all things possible and actual in one eternal and most simple act. 2

Key Scriptures:  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Heb. 4:13).  (For further study: I Sam. 16:7; 1 Chron. 28:9; 17:10; Job 23:8-10; 37:16; Psa. 33:13; 119:168; 139:1-6; Isa. 42:9; 44:7, 8; 49:9,10; Jer. 38:17-20; Dan. 2:19-23; Ezek. 11:5; Hos. 7:2; Jn. 13:19)

The Veracity of GodThat perfection of His being by virtue of which He fully answers to the idea of the Godhead, is perfectly reliable in His revelation, and sees things as they really are. It is because of this perfection that He is the source of all truth. 3

Key ScripturesKnow therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands (Deut. 7:9). (For further study:  Exodus 34:6; Num. 23:19; Psa. 25:10; 89:31-36; Isa. 49:7; 65:16; Jer.10:8, 11; Jn. 14:6; 2 Tim. 2:13; Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:17-18; 10:23)

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

1 The Attributes of God, Arthur Pink, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, pg 32; 2 International Standard Bible Dictionary, 3 Systematic Theology, L. Berkhof, Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1976, pg 66