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August 20th, 2015

Our God is at Hand

“Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal? Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.” Jeremiah 23:23-28a (ESV)

As representatives of the Lord, let us be careful to follow that calling faithfully, not claiming a word from the Lord for our own glory but sharing that which He has revealed for His glory and our good. The leadership of the Israelite people had themselves fallen away from the Lord and had begun to lead the people entrusted to them away as well. The Lord in this passage marvels at the audacity of these prophets and priests, claiming the authority and blessing of the Lord while defaming His holy name. Had these leaders fallen so far out of God’s presence that they failed to remember His nature and His resolve to defend His character and covenant? As a reminder, the Lord promises to raise up new leadership in the aftermath of the exile that will lead His people to Him rather than away from Him.

As the people of God today, let us be sure that we are not claiming revelation from the Lord simply because of convenience. As a funny example, I’m reminded of a time in college where I wanted to get out of a relationship with a girl I was dating, and I told her that the Lord had told me to do it. Now while I am sure there have been times where the Lord has truly revealed such action, this was not the case for me. This was just the easiest way out, and I abused God’s name to get what I wanted. As the people of God today, and certainly those of us in leadership positions, may we hold in the highest esteem revelation from the Lord, using it with the holiest of intentions so that those around us do not come to question the integrity of God while questioning ours, because He will defend His name.

Know that God is all around us. Do not think you can slip something by Him that detracts from His glory rather than enhances it! Be aware of God’s presence and live in light of it.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Integrity, Jeremiah, Omnipresence.
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June 2nd, 2015

God’s Sovereignty

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV)

Perspective is everything. When you view life from your own perspective, the view can be incomplete. In our humanity, we may only view ten yards at a time on the football field. God sees the entire field of our lives. God is not limited by time or space.

God is eternal. God was never born and God will never die. God is not decaying nor growing old. God is immutable in that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). In other words, God is.

God is omnipresent. There is nowhere God is not. God is omniscient. There is nothing God does not know. Nothing ever occurs to God. Nothing catches God by surprise. Nothing happens without God’s permission. God is sovereign. He rules and He reigns.

Aren’t you thankful that God has searched your heart and God knows you? He knows you better than anyone else knows you. God knows every detail of your past, present, and future. The wonderful news is that God still loves you in spite of all that He knows.

Choose to live your life in light of eternity. Realize that there is more to this life than what you see. There is life beyond the grave. Every moment counts. Therefore, make every moment of your life count for God’s glory. Live in such a way as to compel those outside of the family of faith to become followers of Jesus Christ.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Omnipresence, Psalms, Sovereignty.
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August 22nd, 2013

God’s Perspective

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Perspective is everything. When you view life from your own perspective, the view can be incomplete. In our humanity, we may only view ten yards at a time on the football field. God sees the entire field of our lives. God is not limited by time or space.

God is eternal. God was never born and God will never die. God is not decaying nor growing old. God is immutable in that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). In other words, God is.

God is omnipresent. There is nowhere God is not. God is omniscient. There is nothing God does not know. Nothing ever occurs to God. Nothing catches God by surprise. Nothing happens without God’s permission. God is sovereign. He rules and He reigns.

From our human perspective, a thousands years is a long time. For us, it is more than twelve times our life expectancy. God views a thousand years like a day. From God’s perspective, a day is like a thousand years. God does not operate in the confines of our human perspective. God is not limited by our finite comprehension of His eternal nature.

Choose to live your life in light of eternity. Realize that there is more to this life than what you see. There is life beyond the grave. Every moment counts. Therefore, make every moment of your life count for God’s glory. View others through the reality of eternity. Live in such a way as to compel those outside of the family of faith to become followers of Jesus Christ.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category God's Perspective, Omnipresence, Omniscience.
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August 20th, 2012

Our God is at Hand!

“Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal? Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.” Jeremiah 23:23-28a (ESV)

As representatives of the Lord, let us be careful to follow that calling faithfully, not claiming a word from the Lord for our own glory but sharing that which He has revealed for His glory and our good. The leadership of the Israelite people had themselves fallen away from the Lord and had begun to lead the people entrusted to them away as well. The Lord in this passage marvels at the audacity of these prophets and priests, claiming the authority and blessing of the Lord while defaming His holy name. Had these leaders fallen so far out of God’s presence that they failed to remember His nature and His resolve to defend His character and covenant? As a reminder, the Lord promises to raise up new leadership in the aftermath of the exile that will lead His people to Him rather than away from Him.

As the people of God today, let us be sure that we are not claiming revelation from the Lord simply because of convenience. As a funny example, I’m reminded of a time in college where I wanted to get out of a relationship with a girl I was dating, and I told her that the Lord had told me to do it. Now while I am sure there have been times where the Lord has truly revealed such action, this was not the case for me. This was just the easiest way out, and I abused God’s name to get what I wanted. As the people of God today, and certainly those of us in leadership positions, may we hold in the highest esteem revelation from the Lord, using it with the holiest of intentions so that those around us do not come to question the integrity of God while questioning ours, because He will defend His name.

Know that God is all around us. Do not think you can slip something by Him that detracts from His glory rather than enhances it! Be aware of God’s presence and live in light of it.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 225:  Jeremiah 23-25)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Integrity, Jeremiah, Omnipresence.
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June 2nd, 2012

God’s Sovereignty

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV)

Perspective is everything. When you view life from your own perspective, the view can be incomplete. In our humanity, we may only view ten yards at a time on the football field. God sees the entire field of our lives. God is not limited by time or space.

God is eternal. God was never born and God will never die. God is not decaying nor growing old. God is immutable in that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). In other words, God is.

God is omnipresent. There is nowhere God is not. God is omniscient. There is nothing God does not know. Nothing ever occurs to God. Nothing catches God by surprise. Nothing happens without God’s permission. God is sovereign. He rules and He reigns.

Aren’t you thankful that God has searched your heart and God knows you? He knows you better than anyone else knows you. God knows every detail of your past, present, and future. The wonderful news is that God still loves you in spite of all that He knows.

Choose to live your life in light of eternity. Realize that there is more to this life than what you see. There is life beyond the grave. Every moment counts. Therefore, make every moment of your life count for God’s glory. Live in such a way as to compel those outside of the family of faith to become followers of Jesus Christ.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 146:  Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145)

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Omnipresence, Psalms, Sovereignty.
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August 22nd, 2011

God’s Perspective

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Perspective is everything. When you view life from your own perspective, the view can be incomplete. In our humanity, we may only view ten yards at a time on the football field. God sees the entire field of our lives. God is not limited by time or space.

God is eternal. God was never born and God will never die. God is not decaying nor growing old. God is immutable in that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). In other words, God is.

God is omnipresent. There is nowhere God is not. God is omniscient. There is nothing God does not know. Nothing ever occurs to God. Nothing catches God by surprise. Nothing happens without God’s permission. God is sovereign. He rules and He reigns.

From our human perspective, a thousands years is a long time. For us, it is more than twelve times our life expectancy. God views a thousand years like a day. From God’s perspective, a day is like a thousand years. God does not operate in the confines of our human perspective. God is not limited by our finite comprehension of His eternal nature.

Choose to live your life in light of eternity. Realize that there is more to this life than what you see. There is life beyond the grave. Every moment counts. Therefore, make every moment of your life count for God’s glory. View others through the reality of eternity. Live in such a way as to compel those outside of the family of faith to become followers of Jesus Christ.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 1:00 am
Category God's Perspective, Omnipresence, Omniscience.
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January 16th, 2008

Omnipresence

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalms 139:7-10 (NIV)

There is nowhere God is not! God is everywhere all the time! Whether you are 100 feet beneath the ocean’s surface scanning coral reef in the Caribbean on a scuba excursion or reclining in the cabin of a 747 jet traveling internationally, God is there. You cannot escape God’s presence. God is omnipresent.

God’s hand will guide you. God’s right hand will hold you fast. You are never in a safer place than in the Hand that formed you and fashioned you. God is bigger than your circumstances. God is stronger than your enemies.

Are you worrying about anyone right now? Is there a family member or a friend that you are burdened for right now? Do you have someone in your life that you want to be with, but you just can’t be with them at this time? Allow the reality that God’s presence is not limited by your limitations to minister to you. God is both present with you and with the person whom you are concerned about. You can’t be at two places at one time, but God can.

Place your confidence in God’s ability to be your sufficiency and your source of strength. Trust God to make His presence known to you and the person you are burdened for.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Omnipresence.
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