#1 in Egypt, #2 Midian desert caring for livestock, #3 the wilderness wanderings. He always is what he is. “The more things change, God remains the same.” Embrace Him. Loving God and people by walking in the gospel 3611 Eisenhower Avenue Ames, IA 50010 Phone: 515-232-6290 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For Christians perhaps one of the most difficult things to reconcile with non-believers is God’s heavy hand of judgment which is so graphically displayed throughout the Old Testament. During his last days, he showed the certificate to everyone who visited him. Download Now. Evidently some of his friends said that he needed a certificate to be sure he was going to heaven—perhaps some sort of church or baptismal certificate. The fact is that “the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (2 John 2:17). God’s attitude toward seekers does not change. In this one little verse, the Lord God makes a wonderful, comforting statement about Himself. You will notice that this message is about a message. He says, "I do not change." In the course of a human life, tastes and outlook and temper may change radically; a kind, equable person may turn bitter or crotchety; a person of good will may grow cynical and callous. Some years ago he had contracted cancer, had been treated, gone into remission, but now the cancer had returned in force. Sermon Title: “Our Unchanging God” Speaker: Bauer Evans Text: Malachi 3: 6-12 Main Point In times of uncertainty, the LORD is unchanging in his plan, purposes and promises for our lives. Said the old, old woman, 'Shake on! First of all, God's justice is unchanging. (“anger” or “wrath (5x) in vv. I hear constant voices of concern about the moral decline of this community. We are awestruck in the presence of God. Is He your shelter amidst life's changes and challenges? Not only is the volume of knowledge increasing, the very rate of increase itself is increasing. The only way we can trust in the unchanging character of God during changing times is through the new birth where the Lord takes our heart of stone and sovereignly replaces it with a new heart, with new desires, and new affections. Hebrews 6:17-18 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God’s Unchanging Nature. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation We make our list for the day and plan to do five or six key things. But there is a way of being consumed in this world; there is such a things as being condemned before you die—"condemned already;" there is such a thing as being alive, and yet being absolutely dead. The second verse of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” speaks to this truth in warm and touching words: Have we trials and temptations? AN UNCHANGING GOD IN A CHANGING WORLD . Thank you … That means there is no escape from the hands of an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful God! So I wrote down some things and gave it to Mia Gale. But because God’s nature does not change, we may come to him at any time and be saved. Again, the lovingkindness of God is unchanging. "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. In fact, some translations use the word “repented” to describe God’s reaction to the repentance of Nineveh. ILLUS: yardstick = 36 inches and every 2 inches = 1 year of life, (some may already be on your 2nd yardstick!). The Seasons Belong to the Sovereign Lord At the heart of the Christian life is a sovereign God. At the end of a lunch together, Michael and I walked out to the car and I shared my misgivings with him. “I want to help as many people as I can while I’m still alive.”. Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so! Hold to his hand, God’s unchanging hand! As he sang, “it happened.” He trusted Jesus Christ then and there and had a definite conversion experience. Last week Bob called and said that Jim had been taken to the hospital and wanted to see me. Is He your eternal home? One story and I am done. Read Trusting Our Unchanging God in a Changing World - Encouragement Café - March 21, 2017 from today's daily devotional. I’m sure that many people fervently hope that the God of the Bible is not the God they will someday meet. Our children routinely play with electronic devices their great-grandparents never dreamed of. There is a sense in the world that with all the changes going on there must be some things that never change, some things that can always be counted on. First, God’s promises do not change. Is Christ your refuge this morning? Security for believers is not in precisely predicting the day of his return, but holding to God's unchanging hand. When I entered the room, he said, “Pastor, I’ve got a lot of things I want to tell you.” And he slowly unfolded his life story. a. How would I fit in? (Knowing God, p. 77-78). And wither and perish—but naught changeth thee! You have the same God, the same Bible, the same Jesus, and the same gospel. Use it as an arrival activity when kids come in … He never has to because he always keeps his promises. “Ray, you have nothing to worry about. The NIV translates it more accurately as saying that God “relented of punishment he had threatened.” God didn’t “change” his mind. Almighty God, to know You are unchanging gives me peace in a frighteningly changing world. I. God says about Himself “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6 ). -city of Detroit – financial mismanagement = bankruptcy, -closing of tried and true institutions (e.g. In reading J.I. It is one of the attributes of God. Jim Johnsen’s story illustrates many things, not least that we worship an unchanging God. Would the congregation accept me? But nothing of this sort happens to the Creator. But the essential things have not changed. Pillsbury, Calvary), -students: dorm life - new experiences (especially if you are an only child! The Bible promises it. Let us assess all things from the perspective of Holy Writ, knowing that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5; cf. They can’t live in the past; they must embrace the future with new leadership, with an established mission, and an unchanging God! When we study God, we are talking about the most lofty deep subject imaginable. Always and forever. For a month or two I shook his hand each time I saw him in church and tried to encourage him as best I could. Looking back, they were right about “God and Change.” The doctrine of immutability teaches us that at the heart of an ever-changing universe stands an unchanging God. Jim Johnsen found that out just in the nick of time. He is relevant for every age. Something is mutable if it is subject to change in any degree. I doubt I’ll ever get out of the hospital.”. Nothing that matters has changed at all.”. Human opinions and man-made belief systems are not sufficient. A couple of themes surface in this Psalm... I.The Enduring Nature of God – His Permanence. There are no “sometimes” attributes of God. What are some of God's qualities? Psalms 91:1-11 Topics: Encouragement Faith Coronavirus In every generation, the accuser has re-invented the same old story lines of doom and gloom. God bless. Therefore, to be immutable means to be unchanging and unchangeable. Debra. Sign up to join over 20,000 subscribers receiving our weekly sermon email. The Unchanging Christ is the Same Yesterday. Somewhere I read that the sheer volume of knowledge is now doubling every two years. Unchanging God 'We are shaking the world,' he said— 'With our conflict of black shirt and red. He is not fickle in his feelings nor changeable in his moods. It said something like this: is a born-again Christian who has trusted, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”, Calvary Memorial Church of Oak Park, Illinois. He never has bad days or good days. They didn’t cover that in any of my seminary classes.) “I’m a dead man,” he said. James 1:17 says God cannot even change in the slightest degree while Hebrews 13:8 says He retains his essence in spite of fleeting moments, situations and circumstances. After the funeral, we placed the certificate in the coffin where it will be with his body until the day of the resurrection—1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.). Sunday Worship - 10am, Sunday Bible Study - 5pm, Wednesday Bible Study 7pm That is why the Judeo-Christian notion of an unchanging God offers so much help and hope in a fallen and chaotic world. I don’t mean 2:45 or 2:50. v. 8 – b/c of our iniquities and secret sins, The sins of the people of Israel had aroused God's anger. There is a song that my parents and the Saints of old used to sing when I was growing up as a young girl that says "Hold to His Hands." This is part two in the series on God’s attributes. So we skip number two, take a mild stab at number three, and never get around to numbers four, five and six. And not always for the better. In fact, I want you to be outside when I come by because I don’t have time to wait for you.” So tomorrow comes, you stand outside and wait. Our liners race When I gave him the certificate this week, he wept for 45 minutes. He never becomes less truthful, or merciful, or just, or good than he used to be. We say, “I’ll pick you up tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Now you be ready because I’m coming by at exactly 2:30. b. 5:15-16 – Walk circumspectly not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. God is our "HOPE" for today and tomorrow! All of my life I have heard the plea for a relevant "new Christ for a new age." We may rely upon God to keep his word! What about those verses that say God changed his mind or that God “repented?” There are several such verses in the Old Testament, such as Genesis 6:6, which says that God was “sorry” he had created the pre-flood world. SERMON NOTES Sunday, April 12, 2015 “UNCHANGING GOD IN A CHANGING WORLD” (Psalm 102:25-28) “I the LORD do not change” (Malachi 3:6, ESV). But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”, Hebrews 13:8 — “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”, With that thought, we return for a moment to the church camp. prisoner marking each day/bride-to-be wedding day. We take for granted technological advances that were simply unthinkable 25 years ago. I want to reach the world with the Good News by equipping the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with resources—including personnel, materials, support services, buildings … I do not own this video nor do I claim ownership of it. Omniscient or Good. In order to be faithful to Christ and his mission, we must rely fully on God’s eternal truth. He is an unchanging source of strength for us in a constantly changing world. That’s an absolutely crucial thought. God Is In Control. It’s the best news in the world for a sinner who needs a Savior. Packer has a wonderful paragraph about God’s unchanging character: Strain, or shock, or lobotomy, can alter the character of a person, but nothing can alter the character of God. When I met him, Jim was desperately sick with cancer that had returned after some years of remission. He will be our firm foundation for the trials and storms of life, we must simply be obedient. A thrilling section of Old Testament scripture is found in Ecclesiastes 3. It happened like this. People change in their attitude toward us. This past Sunday, I heard the best sermon I have ever heard on the importance of placing our faith in the character of God. Why is God allowing the changes taking place in your life? The packaging is different, the methods may vary, but the gospel of Christ is still the only hope for men and women trapped in sin. 2. Our eagle eyes cannot see its heights. If we are born-again believers, nothing can lessen the Father’s love for us. I don’t have a certificate.” I had no idea what he meant. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. When they obey, they experience his pleasure. But our faith is built upon an unchanging promise [Hebrews 7:19, 8:6], and an unchanging Book and an unchanging Bible [Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:6-8], and an unchanging message, and an unchanging gospel, and an unchanging Christ [Hebrews 13:8], and an unchanging God! v. 10 – “70 or 80 years” - a long time to most of us; but is it really? Hold to God’s unchanging hands! 12-15). “I know I’m going to heaven, but there’s only one problem. This man is now almost 80 and his father did indeed fight in the Civil War. We do the first thing, then we get a phone call, then one of the kids gets sick, then the boss calls an unplanned meeting. An Unchanging God in an Ever-Changing World. Jo … That has not changed and, with God’s help, will never change. [1450 words] Share: Tweet; Email; 10 Responses to An Unchanging God in a Changing World. 90 in the last period of his life. We would never venture out in faith. The gift of faith in believing, the gift of hope, and of life eternal — these things change not; the gifts of the world, the greatness of the world, pass away, God and His gifts alone remain unchanging. We change our plans frequently. Oak Park is changing. This was during the revolutionary days of the 60s when the talk was of LSD, the Beatles, hippies, the Vietnam War and protest in the streets. We shook hands and he asked me in a desperate voice if I would pray for him. People of God, even in the struggle, "HOLD ON TO GOD'S UNCHANGING HANDS!!! God says that He Change not! He responds to the changing conditions on the earth by presenting different aspects of his personality. [Malachi 3:6] The same yesterday, and today,and forever! The reference in each case is to a reversal of God’s previous treatment of particular men, consequent upon their reaction to that treatment. Prayers do not change God. Point: Embrace God in the midst of life's changes! To cause us to seek Him for He is the only real source of stability. It was real, it was clear, it was a powerful change in his life. Even though I was too young to understand it all, I remember feeling that this was the most exciting time in all the world to be alive. 1 John 2:2 – Christ is the “propitiation,” literally = place of mercy. The point Moses is making is that we should realize how few they are and use our time wisely. It cannot outrun the sovereign plan of the Lord our God. Read these Top 18 Bible Verses-Unchanging God … Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Our memory verse this week reminds us of who God is in relation to humankind. Second, God’s purposes do not change. Love can be one of those things that can be subject to change. We no longer observe all the penalties that were prescribed for Israel, but this doesn’t mean that God has grown lenient. All of us have been disappointed by people we felt were friends who let us down because they didn’t live up to our expectations. If God became less just, sin would no longer be punished. Psalm 55:19 - God will hear and answer them—Even the one who sits enthroned from of old— Selah.With whom there is no change,And who do not fear God. We would never pray. Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer! They may be grumpy in the morning and friendly at noon. 4 responses to “ Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand ” Jay M. February 17th, 2013 at 11:53 am. There are several ways of expressing this truth: He never improves upon his own perfection. Bible verses about God Is Unchanging. Declared to Be/Character . No one had heard of fax machines, virtual reality or compact discs. Jim could not stand at that time because the pain was so great. Pastor Mark Chappell. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. So, yes, it’s true. If God could forget, he might overlook our sin. Should He change you could not rely upon. Many verses in the Bible teach this truth in one way or the other: 1 Samuel 15:29 — “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.”, Malachi 3:6 — “I the Lord do not change.”, James 1:17 — “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”, Psalm 102:25-27 — “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. What God promises cannot be broken and what God sets forth cannot be stopped. 'We have conquered the air,' he said, 'And distance and time are fled. Then he said something unusual. That doesn’t seem possible because the Civil War took place over 130 years ago. This is not a license to sin, but it is certainly good news for sinners. We never need to worry about being turned away because if he listened to us once, he will listen to us again, he will listen to us a thousand times even though we come with the same request each time. What difference does this doctrine make in practical terms? (I didn’t really know how to write a salvation certificate. I have watched men shaking this eighty years, my son.' Later his family placed the certificate on the wall where he could see it. On the other hand, this is very good news to those who want to be saved! Moses life of 120 years can be divided into 3 periods of 40 years each. His attitude toward sin is … 1.a watch (v. 4) – 3 hours according to Jewish reckoning, 2.flood (v. 5) – every wave that comes in = generation, 4.grass (vv. Moses spent 40 years with an obstinate people under the judgment of God. In any case, it's an afterthought; a divinely-inspired afterthought. If you are tired of your sin and truly want a new life, the same Jesus who saved Jim Johnsen can save you, too. What if God changed as we do? 1) God's love is unchanging. It is comforting to know that while all around us we see men's plans and purposes change as frequently as the weather… 3. I’ve never forgotten Michael Green’s final advice to me in 1989 before I left Texas to come to Chicago. 2. “I am the Lord; I change not,” God said through the voice of Malachi, the prophet. The next day when you ask where I was, I smile and say, “Well, I got hung up at work, I was running late, I had a lot to do, something came up, I lost your address, I got a better offer, and I didn’t like the way you looked at me when I said be ready at 2:30 sharp.” We’ve got a thousand excuses, don’t we? God has put within man a yearning for stability = security. Several of our hymns stress this aspect of God’s character—perhaps none so beautifully as these lines from “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”: We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree. My topic today is the unchanging God. The Unchanging God- Numbers 23:19. -an addendum is a section of new material that is added after the first edition or first printing of a book. 7-11). Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? We would never ask for his help. Longsuffering or Mercy. Let's take a look at our unchanging God. ), -parents: change in relationship = more independence. The chapter begins, "To every thing there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven." II.Ephemeral Nature of Man – Our Transcience. How many times did God threaten to wipe out the entire nation, but He relented. God simply…is. 'We have conquered the air,' he said, 'And distance and time are fled. Jonah 3:10 is often cited as another example of God changing his mind. The person who is anchored in Him is eternally secure. God Is Unchanging Hebrews 1:10–12 ESV 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. After it was signed, we put it in a frame. He had spent many years in the military and was very proud of his service, but told me that during those years he hadn’t served God. Something had clearly happened in his life recently but I didn’t know what. What about those verses that say God changed his mind or that God “repented?” There are several such verses in the Old Testament, such as Genesis 6:6, which says that God was “sorry” he had created the pre-flood world. It is true that there is a group of texts (Gen. 6:6-8; 1 Sam. Consider a father dealing with his children. Finally, disgusted, you go back inside. Fifth, Spurgeon warned that “to some of you God is unchanging in his threatenings.” The same unchanging God who promised redemption and delivered his people was also unchanging in his righteousness and holiness. Packer this week, I came across a new thought. It’s a sermon on a sermon. Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. It’s hard to imagine what the world was like back then. The unchanging God Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not. The prophets predicted it. He is always completely consistent with himself. But none of those things are true. “He is the still point in a turning world.”. This sermon wouldn’t be complete without saying a word about the major problem with the doctrine of God’s immutability. Indeed, while believers where hidden in the cleft rock of Christ, those apart from Christ were left to tremble at the foot of Sinai. Then he told me that one day he heard the famous children’s song: “Jesus Loves Me” and began to sing along. The same unchanging God who promised redemption and delivered his people was also unchanging in his righteousness and holiness. A few months ago Bob Johnsen introduced me to his brother Jim. And there is! Since we know God is unchanging, then we can be assured that His plan and purpose is unchanging as well. If God became less sovereign, man could take his place. Twenty minutes later you’re still standing there. The young people need to know this so they won’t waste as many years as I did.” He then asked me to share his story with everyone I could. Romans 15:8), and that His truth never waivers in the face of intense scrutiny (Romans 3:1-4). He is the Lord of an expanding kingdom, given to Him in promise by the Father. holy, gracious, loving, omnipotent; here, His permanence. The Unchanging God In A Changing World. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. God never changes – and for our sakes, it is a good thing too. In the midst of life’s spiritual dangers, trials, and uncertainties, followers of Christ need a solid foundation to build their lives on. There is a sense in the world that with all the changes going on there must be some things that never change, some things that can always be counted on. It happened that this man’s father had fought in the Civil War as a very young man, lived until about 1920, married a 15-year old girl with whom he had a child, and died when the boy was two years old. It means that God does not change in his basic character. God feels about us the same way he did when he sent Christ to the earth. Most of you have heard of “mutations.” Those are random genetic changes that produce new offspring. We are clearing the stage For a saner age, And the old taboos are dead.' ← Psalm 146:3 Where Is Your Hope? He responds to us as we respond to him. And our grandchildren will enter a world advanced far beyond our current imagining. Listen to Billy Graham’s 16-minute message on the unchanging God.
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