What Will You Do With The Hand Of God?

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What Will You Do With The Hand Of God?
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The Holy Scriptures of Genesis 3 allude to the fact that mankind walked in fellowship with God until Adam sinned. That walk of fellowship was disrupted when Adam sinned. Yet, in Genesis 3:15 God, in cursing satan {1}, presented the sure hope to mankind that He would provide the remedy for sin and the results of it.

Before Christ came to fulfill Genesis 3:15 those who by faith trusted God were blessed with the presence of God due to the future (to them) work of Christ upon the cross. This was very possible because God exists in all time and

space.

David was one of those who trusted God. He is known as the “sweet psalmist of Israel” who wrote numerous Hebrew hymns, one of which is Psalm 16. Here is that brief psalm in its entirety {2}.

1 Preserve me, O God: for in You do I put my trust.
2  O my soul, you have said unto YHVH, You are my Lord: I have no good but in You;
3   As for the holy that are in the earth, they are the excellent in whom is all my delight.
4  Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5  YHVH is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: You maintain my lot.
6  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yes, I have a goodly heritage.
7  I will bless YHVH, Who has given me counsel:  my inner self also instructs me in the night seasons.
8 I have set YHVH always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10  For You will not leave my soul in hell; neither will You permit Your Holy One to see corruption.
11  You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Notice that the hand of God is mentioned in the last portion of the last verse. With that, I must think of the restored fellowship one can have with God if they trust Him through Christ. We can see three main things from that verse and on each of those points it can be asked, “What will you do with the hand of God?” Those three aspects are as follows.

I. The Path

“You will show me the path of life . . ."

Notice it says “path,” not “paths.” Much of the world believes that there is more than one way to God. However, the Holy Bible uniformly declares there is only one Way to God. In the New Testament we see that the Father has declared the Son to be the Way, and the only way.

Many people have the wrong view about the term, “the Way,” thinking that Christ simply showed the way to God. On the contrary, John 14:6 and throughout the New Testament it is shown that Christ is the path, the Way, and the only way. Putting it into today’s trend of thinking it could be said that Christ is the computer program for the broken, sin filled (instead of virus), earthly life that you and I have.

Each person needs to “download” Christ into their heart, the center of their being, and run His program not just once but everyday of their life. The nail scarred hand of Christ reaches out to everyone with the remedy for the sin nature in their life. Will you let Him have His Way in your life?

II. The Presence 

“. . . in Your presence is fulness of joy; . . .” 

Before we look into this phrase it would be good to consider the opposite of it, that is, what might we find outside of the presence of God. Truly a number of negative things can easily come to mind such as bondage to sin, fear, sadness and more. Yet, there are a number of things that really do not seem negative.

For example, one can find a level of happiness, but as we read the Holy Word we see that such happiness is often temporary and, for sure, no earthly happiness can compare to the joy that God gives. One might also find a level of peace. However, there no peace like the peace God gives.

Godly peace is an element of the joy one can have in the presence of God. We must remember such joy can only be had in the presence of God. A foundation to having the continued presence of God in one’s life is making a full surrender to Him through Jesus Christ. We should nourish that presence everyday by studying His Word, speaking with Him and listening to Him, and worshiping Him. 

III. The Pleasures

“. . . at Your right hand there are pleasures for


evermore.”

There is a vast multitude of pleasures in God. Those that we experience now are just a taste of what we can experience for all eternity. And, the fact that they are at the right hand of God means they are sure and lasting.

The first and foremost pleasure is salvation. Through Christ, God offers salvation from His wrath (including hell), the bondage of sin, our sinful nature, and more. This can be anyone’s now, and if they remain in God through Christ it will be their’s for eternity.

Personally, when God saved me through Christ (the only way to be saved), a pleasure I immediately sensed was peace. The weight of shame, guilt, and fear I bore as a youth was suddenly lifted after making a commitment to God through Christ. Even though I had no idea what I would do upon graduation from high school since no college would accept me, nor what occupation I would have, and it seemed like the United States was falling apart, I still had a tremendous, powerful peace from God.

I will mention just a few more of the pleasures a true Christian enjoys, otherwise I will end up writing a book! A great pleasure though is contentment (Philippians 4:11, 1 Timothy 6:8), and if God is with us and in us through Christ that should be sufficient (Psalm 23:1, Hebrews 13:5). The “want” for earthly things will vanish away as we grow in Him.

Guidance is a another pleasure of being in Him and Him in us. Consider well what Christ said in John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” While “things to come” would very well include aspects of Holy Bible prophecy, I and others have found it means at times events in one’s personal life.

The presence of God is also a pleasure, and certainly one of the greatest ones. The foundation, of course, is to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. There are times that God visits a true Christian by His special presence. But more often we should endeavor to enter into His presence through sincere worship of Him every day.

Many things can happen when one senses the special presence of God. They might speak in tongues. They might fall before Him as the apostle John did in Revelation 1. They might receive a vision. The list can go on, but it must be said that to be in the presence of God is a most glorious experience, something that religion cannot give.

The hand of God is extended to all. God wants all to come to Him and the Word of God declares the only Way to come to God is through Jesus Christ. His nail scarred hand is reaching out to you. Now, what will you do with the hand of God?

Notes:

{1} Not capitalized on purpose. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

{2} Modified KJV with verses 2, 3, and 7 based upon JPS and compared with Young’s Literal Translation

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by December 31, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M381 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the light. While we remain firm in the teaching of Christ and share in the life of the Church, the Spirit gives us internal knowledge and joy in the things of God. The Spirit guides us and inspires us each day showing us how to please God.
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