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GOD’S IMMUTABILITY

May 11th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland 

    In 1776, Augustus Toplady wrote a song which we still sing today: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.”

     Our Lord is the Rock of Ages, based on such passages as Deuteronomy 32:3-4: “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”

The idea that God is a rock is the idea that God does not change. He is not susceptible to the same whims and passions that afflict the human race. Indeed, God isimmutable.

The word “immutable” means “unchanging over time or unable to be changed.” In describing God as “immutable,” we mean to say that God does not change His nature.

One of the most obvious verses on the immutability of God is Malachi 3:6: “For I the Lord do not change.” Other verses show the same: Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Psalm 102:26-27; 103:17; Isaiah 28:17; Hebrews 6:18; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17.

There are, therefore, things that God cannot do. He cannot do something that is outside or beyond or againstHis nature. He cannot lie. He cannot do anything immoral. He cannot make a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it. He cannot deceive. He cannot do something that is illogicalor irrational.

Because God’s nature does not change, we have examples where God is good to non-Israelites because of their response to Him:  Abimelech in Genesis 20; Balaam in Numbers 22-24; King Cyrus in Isaiah 45; Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4; Nineveh in Jonah. Consider Jeremiah 18:8: “if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.”

    In other passages we see that God punishes the disobedience in His own people and we see the immutable nature of God: Moses in Numbers 20, David in 2 Samuel 12, Israel itself, Peter in Matthew 16:23; Ananias and Sapphira.

    Because God does not change, we can trust His word – Numbers 23:19. We can trust His promises completely – Romans 4:21. We know God will be faithful to Himself - 2 Timothy 2:13. His nature is an anchor for our soul – Hebrews 6:17-18. His nature is the foundation for our Christian service – 1 Corinthians 15:58.

    You can trust the Rock of Ages because He does not change!

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?

November 7th, 2014 | By admin

by Katt Anderson

What are your plans for the future? You may say you have a definite plan for what you want to do with your life. Many professions are opened to you each day. You may think you want to be a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher or other professional,  but what about your plans for your life? Your eternal life?

We don’t like to think about dying, but we will all do it. As a teen, now is the time to prepare your spiritual life. Now is the time to start learning more about what a Christian must do to enter heaven. In the book, Graduation to Glory, the author says she thought heaven was very far away inhabited by a few people, he parents, her grandparents and others who had died. She never thought of it being a real place until her twelve year old son died. I’m not trying to scare you, but young people die. Do you know where you stand with God?

My mother’s parents never went to church. I can remember seeing my grandfather read his Bible on Sunday mornings as we walked to the little country church, but he missed the fellowship of Christians. I can only remember him being in a church twice, once at Christmas and the other when he died. Sad, so sad.

My grandmother began coming to church with us after he died and rededicated her life to Christ. She was at every service as long as her health permitted. She even taught people to become Christians.

It’s sad they didn’t start learning about what to do to become a Christian in their early years. They probably attended church, in fact I know my grandmother did, but somewhere along the way, they slipped out of the habit.

When God created the earth, it was planned. He didn’t look at what he did the first day and say, “Well, I’ve done this, what next?” No. He knew where he was going with the creation. God knew Christ would have to come to earth. It was in the plan. Like God had a plan, we need a plan today. To make a plan work, you must be diligent about it. You mist enact on the plan. A plan starts with a habit. We enrich the habit each day and the plan is acted upon.

I made a plan over a year ago to read the Bible each day. That’s not much. It probably takes a few minutes each morning, but I can’t get my work done unless I read my Bible. It started as a habit of getting up a few minutes earlier each morning and reading the Bible. Simple.

Since then, I’ve made plans to not think bad thoughts about people, and especially not to repeat what I think. That’s a little harder and each day I’m saying, “Get thee behind me Satan.” That’s a harder challenge, but I’m praying about it. I’m in a very stressful business and not everyone thinks like I do. With God’s help, I’m making progress.

Plan now in your early years to study God’s word, say nice things, work hard, love everyone and become a Christian. These are not difficult things to do. Pray about them and God will help you if your plans are right. Life is not easy, but it can be enjoyable with the help of the Lord.


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