SOAKED – Truth, Faith, Hope

Before I finish up God’s Timing – Part Two, I wanted to share something quick (but not quick, since it’s taken me like at least 3 days to type this and it’s somewhat long…) that I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now.

During one of the lectures at Bible Study Fellowship, the leader mentioned being “soaked” and it sparked this idea. What she said fully, I can’t remember, but it had started a drawing idea in my head (which is pictured below). I drew this without much intention of actually forming a post about it but one thing led to another and it’s just happened that way.

This picture is a visualization of being soaked in the truth, finding faith, and coming out of the water full of hope.

I’ve created an acronym for soaked that relates to this image. Each letter is a description of who God is – the truth of who God is. The picture represents getting soaked in the truth, finding or coming into faith (baptism, the public display of the faith you put in God and accepting Him as your Savior) which you find at the bottom of the water drop and you come through faith with hope for what is it to come, hope in Jesus, hope that is found in your faith because of the truth of the Good News.

Sovereign – possessing supreme or ultimate power  / very good or effective

In the book of Daniel, chapter 4, we see where Nebuchadnezzar was all full of himself, saying “Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor,” in verse 30. God stripped the king of of his power and his city. He was driven out from human society and lived out in the wild basically. It says that he ate grass like a cow in verse 33.

Gosh, I don’t know if I could do it. Only by the grace of God… but praise God for civilization today! Can I get an amen? And truly, that’s what Nebuchadnezzar thought as well! He praised God (when his “sanity returned” my version says. He praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. Specifically in verse 35 he says “All the people of the earth are nothing compared to Him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?'”

It’s important to remember that God is in control, his complete power if we would just put our faith in Him alone. What a sovereign God we serve. He doesn’t need us but He loves us, He wants us and He wants us to live our lives very good and effectively through His son, the Bible, trusting in Him, and obeying.

We find in Isaiah 14, at the very end in verse 27, it says “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken – who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?” And later in chapter 43, verse 13 it is written “from eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.”

No one can stop God! No one will ever defeat God. No one will ever break chains as God can! God is sovereign.

Omniscient – knowing everything / all-knowing, all-wise, all-seeing

We simply have not, cannot, and never will understand God. He has examined our hearts, He knows us better than we do, He knows our thoughts, our deepest desires. God is just so indescribable. God is the biggest mystery but the greatest.

O Lord, you have examined my heart an know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see my when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand.

Psalm 139:1-6

I love this song (and really this worship group) and I hope you find it moving as well.

Accessible – able to be reached / approachable

God is easily reached. His number is 10 digits: just prayer. You can talk to God, have a relationship with the creator! He can be reached anywhere, anytime.

A key truth of accessibility comes through believing Jesus is the son of God. As in John 14:6, Jesus tells his disciples that “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” We cannot get to God without Jesus. Jesus is God and without believing in Him, how could we believe in God?

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.

Hebrews 10:19

We also have access to the holy spirit when we believe. The holy spirit is inside of us and helps us live out God’s commands much like a personal adviser. God is accessible in these ways and He wants us to approach Him in any and all things.

King – a person or thing regarded as the finest or most important in its sphere or group

Who or what is king of your life? God wants to be King in our lives. For us to be at peace, to live the way we were meant to be, we need God in control and at the center of all we do.

In a sermon I listened to this week, it was about being Christ Centered and Mission Driven (technically about #RelationshipGoals but… still applicable!). I’ve known that Christ Centered is the best (and only) way we can be successful in our walk with Jesus. Mission Driven was something I hadn’t thought of I guess. Like knowing that our mission is to spread the Good News, following the commandments and such was already in my head. Individually we’re all given a mission. But maybe by who are we given this mission matters because the mission was give ourselves in life isn’t always and probably isn’t aligned with what God’s mission is for us. So I thought that was interesting and encouraging, honestly.

King of all kings. That’s who God is. King give missions to their subordinates right? We all under the authority of our King. He gives us commands, missions. He also gives us trials which are a part of growing in order to fulfill the mission(s) He has for us.

Psalm 24:10 makes me think of this song when I read it, MAYBE THAT’S JUST ME.

No one is like God and CANNOT even compare. Exodus 15:11 says “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord – glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?” Only God! #MyGodIsAwesome

Eternal – lasting or existing forever / without end or beginning

Another thing we cannot fathom! Eternity. What does eternity look like? Can you imagine being around that long? Just in the past century, life on earth has changed… a lot. But God isn’t new. God hasn’t changed either. He has reigned for eternity, always has and always will. Isaiah 26:4 says to “Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”

In the book of Jeremiah, chapter 10 verse 10, the Bible says “But the Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his anger. The nations cannot stand up to his wrath.” Not only is God King of all kings, we is everlasting. He will outlive anyone – has and always will. Why should we put faith or worship into something or someone who will not live as long as the earth, as long as sun still shines??

Deliverer – who rescues you from harm or danger / helper

Who do you turn to when in trouble? Or in a difficult situation? God is always with us, as I mentioned earlier. He knows our struggles, where our mind is and He meets us where we are! We don’t have to go to a special place to be with God. We don’t even have to say special words to grab his attention. God is with us, He is for us and He delivers us.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

Psalm 18:2

No matter what we go through in life, we can depend on God – through Biblical testimony and those around us who experience His goodness, mercy, and miraculous occurrences daily.

Knowing these truths about God – His sovereignty, that He is omniscient, He’s accessible, He is King, He is eternal, and He is deliverer – leads us to faith and ultimately to a hope we can’t find in any worldly thing or person.

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