Green Valley Sermons


Sunday, August 20, 2017         

But sometimes I get myself into His place. I am not God, but sometimes I forget who really is God. Sometimes I act as if I am God, if not to others, then to myself.

Who is God? First Cause or Creator

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (NKJ)

The Bible introduces God in this way, “In the beginning God created…”

The God I have come to believe in, the God the Bible gives us a picture of, is the creator of all that exists.

In the Beginning… How did everything get its start? Where did everything come from? God existed in the beginning. He always was and always will be. God decided to create and so He did. God created the heavens and the earth, all that exists were spoken into existence, out of nothingness, by God. This is who God is.

Romans 1:20 says “From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky and all that God made. They can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.” (NLT)

People have enough proof of God in the natural world to convince them that God exists. The trouble is people refuse to believe this to be the case.

Who is God? HE IS LORD

Because He is God and created all things, He has the right to be the Lord of all. He, and He alone, has the right to do with His creation whatever He wants to do. He has the right to control, to be the Lord. He is Lord.

Daniel 4:35 says “All the people of the earth are nothing compared to Him. He has the power to do as He pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. No one can stop Him or challenge Him, saying ‘What do you mean by doing these things.?’” (NLT)

Who is God? HE IS Judge

This God who created all things and has the right to do with His creation anything He wants to do, also has the right to set down rules and to judge when His creation is out of step with His purpose. He is the only one who can truly be the judge of all people. This God is our Creator, our Lord, our rightful lawgiver and Judge.

James 4:12 says “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy…” (NASB)

Romans 9:12 says “God has every right to exercise His judgment and His power, but He also has the right to be very patient with those who are the objects of His judgement…” (NLT)

Who is God? HE IS Worthy of Worship

This God who created all things and has the right to do with His creation whatever He wants to do, and has the right and ability to be in charge of His creation, and has the right and the ability to judge His creation… this God deserves to be honored and worshipped. He has the right to be loved and praised by the beings He created.

Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (NKJ)

Because He is our Creator, God has the right to receive our worship.

Man’s Problem

Genesis 3:4-5 says, “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (NKJ)

“You will be like God.” This was the temptation the first man and woman faced. It is the temptation we each face every day. We seek those things that belong to God.

Man Seeks to Control

Man wants to control people and the outcome of things but only God possesses that kind of power. God has the power to control you, and He decided to give you free will. When you use that free will to try to control life around you, you are taking God’s place.

God gave us free will so that we could choose to love and obey Him. Without the free will we would not be able to love. Controlled love is no love at all, at least it misses the point of what God intended when He thought of love to begin with, when He chose to love us.

When we try to control life around us we only produce anxiety, stress and worry for ourselves. Matthew 6:27 says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (NLT)

When we seek to control life around us we reveal that we do not trust God. We show that we think God is not doing things right. God said to Job, “Are you going to discredit my justice and condemn me so you can say you are right.” Job 40:6,8 (NLT)

When we seek to control life around us we are saying that we know better than God, that God does not know what is best for us. Isaiah 40:14 says, “Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does He need instruction about what is good or what is best? (NLT)

Trying to control our lives leads to frustration, anger, exhaustion, depression, fear, and worry. Had any of those lately? Could it be you are trying to take God’s place and control the circumstances of your life?

You do not have the power to control everything in your life because you are not God. The prophet Isaiah said “Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding.” Isaiah 40:28 (NLT)

Man Wants to Judge

We have this tendency to assume we know why other people do what they do. We judge and condemn them. Only God can see into our hearts and understand our motivations. We are not even able to judge ourselves correctly. James, the brother of Jesus, said, “God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor?” James 4:12 (NLT)

We must allow God to be our judge and the judge of others. Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (NLT)

When people do you wrong do you just walk away from the relationship? This could be a form of getting even, or taking vengeance. When we seek vengeance, we are taking God’s place. “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’” Hebrews 10:30 (NKJ)

Wanting to judge creates feelings of irritation, disgust, and disappointment with ourselves or other people. It is impossible to love someone when you are judging them. I like how the New Living Translation puts Luke 6:37. “Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven.” (NLT)

Man Seeks Praise for Himself

Looking for approval or thanks from others redirects praise to yourself that should go to God. The prophet said, “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else. I will not share my praise…” Isaiah 42:8

Is your goal in life to keep people happy? This can be a way of seeking praise for yourself that belongs to God. You do not have the power to make others happy. True joy comes from the Lord, not from getting what you want. Psalm 16:11 “…In Your presence is fullness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (NKJ)

People who live for the acceptance of others and seek praise for themselves usually get hurt, feel rejected, unappreciated, or insecure. At the root of this desire for praise is pride. “…As the scriptures say, ‘God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.’” James 4:6 (NLT)

Jesus Gave up his Rights

Philippians 2:6 “Though He was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.” (NLT)

Jesus trusted His Father to control the circumstances of His life. He did not judge or seek praise for Himself. Peter said of Him, “And while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1Peter 2:23 (NASB)

Jesus Did Not Judge

John 12:47 “IF anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” (NASB)

He did not seek revenge but prayed “Father forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing…” Luke 23:34 (NLT)

Jesus Did Not Seek Praise For Himself

Paul said, “He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8 (NKJ)

As people who fall short of God’s plan for us, that is to Love Him with our whole selves and to love other people, we have the tendency to take God’s place. Jesus came to give us an example of how we should live in relation to God and to one another.

Perhaps you have seen yourself a little more clearly as we have shared this message or as you have studied these things at home.

The Proper Response

The proper response is to be honest with yourself and God and confess these shortcomings, these sins. He will help you to change and to become more like our Savior. Psalm 119:59 says, “I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow Your statutes.” (NLT)