A spacious room

Lift up your eyes from where you are
look north & south, east & west.
All the land that you see I will give to you.

Genesis 13:14–15

“No desire will ever be placed in us by the Holy Spirit unless God intends to fulfill it”

S. A. Keen

So please Lord let our faith rise up & soar away to claim all the land given us

Everything we can comprehend through faith’s vision belongs to us

You’ve given us every spiritual blessing in heavenly places

You’ve risen us up with Christ, so energize as to seek Your things above

Help us look as far as we can, as You’ve promised it is all ours through You

Let us appreciate & then appropriate the adequacy of Your Spirit filling

Set our affections & desires on You Jesus

Let us be drawing on Your life moment by moment

Stimulate our trust to embrace all of Your wonders within the possibilities of our faith

Draw us closer & closer into an intimate relationship with You, in Your Word

Open up our soul completely to the power of Your Spirit & enrapture us in Your presence

Open up our understanding & enable us to see Your fullness

Lead us by Your voice in believing in all You have given to us

Let us accept for ourselves all the promises of Your Word,

Awaken our desires & cause us to be awoke in You

Make us aware of our possibilities as followers of Jesus

Show to us all the land, every piece of spiritual territory that You’ve given to us

We’re grateful for Your provisions of grace, which help us along the way

We’re grateful for the way You fulfill Your promises to us

We’re grateful for this inner vision of assurances God & Your comforts within

We see how You give natural instinct in the heart of birds to fly to warmer climates

Give us spiritual instincts that lift us into breezes & springlike warmth’s of prayers

Use the gust of each storm to cause us to fly up into the arms of Your heavenly hope

Jesus voice directed them to

Keep their eyes open as they entered the city

Here, They’d see a man carrying a water jug. They we’re to follow him.

He would lead them to a house where they’d speak with the owner of the house:

He told them what to say

The Teacher wants to know

Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with My disciples

So the owner shows them a spacious second-story room, swept & ready

So they Prepare the meal there with Jesus

And they found everything just as Jesus told them for a Passover feast with Jesus

And in this spacious room above

Jesus girds Himself with a towel & washes our feet

Luke 22:10-13

Lord lead us to Your spacious rooms!

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Omni

The three “omni” attributes of God characterize
Him as
all-powerful,
all-knowing &
everywhere present.

Each of these involves the other two & each
provides a perspective on the all-embracing
lordship of our true God.

Omnipotence means that God is in total control
of Himself & His creation.

Omniscience means that He is the ultimate
criterion of truth & falsity, so that his ideas
are always true.

Omnipresence means that since God’s power
and knowledge extend to all parts of His creation,
He Himself is present everywhere.

Together they define God’s lordship, and they
yield a rich understanding of
creation,
providence &
salvation.

The prefix omni means “all,” so the three divine
attributes in our title can be paraphrased by
saying that God is
all-powerful,
all-knowing &
everywhere present.

Omnipotence

Scripture affirms God’s omnipotence by saying
that God does whatever He is pleased to do
Psa 115:3; cf. Isa 55:11, Jer 32:17

Nothing is too hard for Him
Gen 18:14

His word is never void of power, so when
He speaks, everything in creation obeys Him
Isa 55:11

Except, creatures do disobey Him in one sense;
that is the essence of sin.

But God has control even over sinful actions
Psa 105:24-25, Gen 45:5-8, Exod 4:21, Psa 105:24-25,
Rom 9:18, Acts 2:23, 4:28

It’s an odd mystery how He ordains sinful, disobedient actions for His good purposes. So his word always
prevails & we can trust that His prophecies always
come to pass
Deut 18:21-22

Often we infer from these passages that God
“can do anything.”

But that doesn’t quite reflect the full biblical
teaching.

There are things that God cannot do.
He cannot lie Titus 1:2, cf. Num 23:19
nor, similarly, can he perform any
immoral action.

Since God is perfectly holy and good,
He cannot do anything evil. And, since He is
perfect truth, He cannot do things that are
logically contradictory, like making round
squares.

His truth is a perfect consistency of
thought & action.

Nor can God do things inappropriate to
His nature as God

So how should we define God’s omnipotence
more precisely?

I think the most helpful definition of God’s
omnipotence is this: that he has complete
and total control over everything.

This includes the smallest details of the
natural world, like the falling of a sparrow
or the number of hairs that grow on our head
Matt 6:26-30, 10:29-30

Even the events we call random, that we
ascribe to chance, are really God at work
Prov 16:33

That includes not only the small things,
but also the big things (which, after all,
are accumulations of small things).

He determines what nations will dwell in
which territory
Acts 17:26
He decides what king is to rule & when,
and where Isa 44:28

He decides whether the purposes of a ruler
will stand or fall Psa 33:10-11

And He decided, once, that wicked people
would take the life of His Son, so that we
sinners might live Acts 2:23-24

God rules not only the important events of
human history but also the lives of individual
people.

He knits us together in our mothers’ wombs
Psa 139:13-16

He decides whether we will travel or stay home
Jas 4:13-17

He controls even the decisions of wicked people,
as we saw above. But he also exerts his power
to save sinners, to bring forgiveness & new life
Eph 2:8-10

Our salvation is entirely the work of God’s power,
not at all our own work.

We believe in Christ because He has appointed
us to eternal life Acts 13:48

and because he has opened our hearts to
believe
Acts 16:14-15; cf. John 6:44, 65, Phil 1:29

So his power is universal: it controls everything in
the universe
Lam 3:37-38, Rom 8:28, Eph 1:11, Rom 11:33-36

Omniscience

Now let us look at God’s omniscience.

God’s power is not a blind power.
Everything God does has an intelligent purpose,
a definite goal.

And since, as we’ve seen, God’s power is universal,
so also is his knowledge.

In knowing his own intentions,

God knows everything in Himself, in his creation,
and throughout history.

Scripture often refers to the universality
of God’s knowledge
Psa 147:5, John 21:17, Heb 4:12-13, 1Jn 3:20

It often mentions that God knows detailed
happenings on earth, even in the future
1Sam 10:2, 1Kgs 13:1-4, 2Kgs 8:12,
Psa 139:4, Acts 2:23, 4:27-28

Scripture assumes God’s omniscience
pervasively
In Gen 18:20-21, for example, God does not
admit ignorance, but declares that he is
gathering facts for an indictment,
preparing the wicked cities of Sodom & Gomorrah
for judgment.

God’s omniscience is based on his authority,
for He is the supreme judge of all things,
and He is the ultimate standard of what is
true & false.

Not only does God know what is true, but
He is the very nature of truth.
Truth is what He is John 14:6

So it is inconceivable that He could be wrong
about anything.

God’s knowledge is a precious blessing to us.

Psa 139 emphasizes how deeply God knows us,
wherever we are.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for us;
it is high; we cannot attain it”

God’s knowledge of us pursues us wherever
we may go: to heaven, to the grave,
to great distances, to dark places vv. 7-12

He knew us when he was forming us in our
mother’s womb vv. 13-16

and He knew, even back then, every day of
our lifetime on earth v. 16

Wicked people should well be terrorized
by this doctrine; but to the Psalmist God’s
knowledge of us is wonderful & good vv. 17-18

and he prays that God will draw on this
knowledge to lead him to repentance
and forgiveness of sin vv. 23-24

Omnipresence

God’s omnipresence—
His presence in every place & time.

To say that God is “present” is to say
that He is here with us, really here, not absent.

Sometimes we connect a person’s presence
with his body, as when a teacher takes attendance
and says that Jimmy is “present” because his body
is in his seat.

But God does not have a body; he is immaterial.
So how can we tell when God is present or absent?

God is present everywhere, because, as we have
seen, His power & knowledge are everywhere.

If every event, everywhere, takes place by
God’s power & if He has exhaustive knowledge
of everything His power has brought to pass,
then certainly He is not absent, but present
in each event, though His presence is not quite
the same as the presence of physical beings.

So God’s omnipotence & omniscience imply His omnipresence.

His omnipresence is a presence both in place
and in time.
Psalm 139 indicates that God is present in every place.

He is the creator of the heavens & the earth & so
He is in every location.
He is also the creator of time & the one without
beginning or end.

So He has been present in the world since its
creation & there will never be a time from which
He is absent.

He freely enters history & interacts with creatures. Supremely, He entered human history in Jesus Christ, where He died & rose again to save us from our sins.

So God’s omnipresence is not just a theoretical conclusion.

It is a precious truth of redemption.

Although we have sinned & deserve God’s judgment,

God comes to His faithful people & declares to them

“I will be with you.”

This means that God is here, wherever we are,

but also that God is on our side.

He is with us, not to destroy us, but to forgive & to save us from sin.

So this “with you,” this redeeming divine presence,

is found often in Scripture as his gracious promise.

To Isaac, God said, “I will be with you and will bless you” Gen 26:3

and that language often forms the basis of God’s redemptive covenant.

The heart of God’s redemptive promise, is that

“I will be your God, and you will be my people,”

a precious togetherness of God with his people

Exod 6:7, 2Cor 6:16; cf. Gen 17:7, Exod 6:7, 29:45, Lev 26:12, Jer 7:23, 11:4, 24:7, 30:22, Ezek 11:20, 14:11, 36:28, 37:27, Heb 11:16, Rev 21:3).

It should not surprise us that a biblical name for Jesus is Immanuel,

God with us Isa 7:14, Matt 1:23

As the Old Testament tabernacle was a place for God to dwell with his people, so Jesus, the Son of God, “tabernacled among us”

John 1:14

Of course, God also can be said to be present to the wicked,

and that is a fearsome and awful thing

Rev 1:7

But whether for good or for ill,

God is present throughout heaven & earth,

to carry out his own purposes.

Unity of the Omni-Attributes


We have seen that the three omni-attributes of God are quite inseparable. Since God’s power is purposeful and universal, it implies his omniscience.

And since God’s omnipotence and omniscience are universal, we must conclude that he is omnipresent.

We could note further that since God is omnipresent, all his attributes are omnipresent as well—his power and knowledge, as well as his truth, love, grace, eternity, infinity, and so on.

So the omni-attributes are like the other attributes of God, inseparable from each other and from him. As theologians say, God is “simple.”

His attributes are not separable parts of him.

Rather they are ways of characterizing God as a whole, ways of describing his nature.

Therefore, the omni-attributes are ways of speaking of God’s Lordship.

“Lord” is the word that Scripture uses over 7,000 times to name him.

The term “sovereignty” is equivalent to lordship.

God’s lordship is his “control, authority & presence.”

As we have seen, this triad is equivalent to the three omni-attributes.

God’s omnipotence is his control over all things.

His omniscience is his authority to declare what is true.

And his omnipresence is his real existence in every time and place.

So when we talk about God’s omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, we are talking about his lordship.

John Frame, The Doctrine of God

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Individuality

Each persons individuality is itself a message to all,

a message which we & we alone, can faithfully deliver

And the whole art of life lies in giving a genuine

and accurate & rational expression

to that unique individuality of our own,

that, by the things that we do

and the way that we do them,

people may receive a message from our Father

that could have come to them in no other way

F W Boreham

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The Power of The Pen

“Where the pen submits to His power”

When the portals to your soul have been pricked

with a message of hope;

it is a wise man who records it.”

Amber Rogers

“When you are a hoarder of life

everything that you don’t need comes in

and nothing goes out!

And therein lies the state of the soul;

stockpiled on self-preservation,

isolated by individual needs & agendas.”

Excerpt from Broken by Amber

The power of becoming a pencil of expression

As a pencil will be able to do many great things

but only if we allow our self to be held in someone’s hand.

We will experience a painful sharpening from time to time

to become a better pencil

With an eraser we can correct mistakes we make

The most important part is what’s inside that marks

We can leave a mark on every surface we’re used on

leave your mark No matter what our condition,

We must continue to write

A pencil, in the hand of the right person,

can do some amazing things

if we allow ourself to be held in God’s hand.

A pencil makes beautiful drawings in the hand of an artist

A pencil crafts amazing stories in the hand of writer

A pencil solves complex math equations

in the hand of an a mathematician

A pencil writes soothing music in the hands of a musician

A pencil writes a touching note in the hands of a lover

As a pencil, we have the ability & capacity to do
some pretty awesome things as long as we’re
in the right hands.

In the hands of God, our possibilities are endless.

Our story is as yet untold, but our life is being written

by the hand of God.

Tim Porter

Be pencils & pens in Jesus hands

My sheep recognize My voice.
I know them & they follow Me.

I give them real & eternal life.
They are protected from the
Destroyer for good.

No one can steal them from out of
My hand.

The Father who put them in My hand
and under my care is so much greater
than the Destroyer & Thief

No one could ever get them away us.
I & the Father are one heart & mind.

John 10:28-30

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Being us

The most solemn trust committed to each of us

is our personality- the self-the ego-call it what

you will.

It is the thing that makes us us,

a creation quite unique,

having no duplicate in all of God’s eternities.

And the supreme thing that we each have to do

in the theatre of life is to give that individuality

its full & natural expression ….

For that very purpose we were divinely created.

F W Boreham

from When the Swans Fly High

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God knows

It is wonderful to study God’s truth,
we take that truth & dress up in it day after day:

we work in it,
we play in it,
we sleep in it,
we party in it,
we die nestled safely inside it.

Let’s be honest: if the chief work of the Holy Spirit
Is to sanctify us in God’s truth He will make it known
in us through Christ’s purity & goodness.

God knows our pain!

He knows our longings for Him

He bottles up all our tears!

God knows the tears we have shed.

Psalm 56:8

This is His Extravagant Grace

“In our dreams do we refuse a desire for God
because we so often despair the way of the cross.

Why would we choose a path we loath?

Charles Spurgeon noted:

In any pathway, in which, there isn’t fire, we should tremble,
but if our way be hard, thank God for it.

If our adversities be great, bless the Lord for it,
and if the difficulties in our path be many,

surmount them by faith,

Don’t let them cast us down.

it is better to be sick, when Christ comes to our bed-side

It is better to have Jesus draw aside the curtains & reveal Himself

And He says to us, have courage!

I am your salvation,’

We’d rather have Jesus at our side

Then to enjoy health & never to be visited by Christ

we bless the Lord in what He brings to us

Don’t develop grudges over others that aren’t sick

Don’t questioned God’s fairness

praise Him for His goodness…

His goodness leads us to worship God

But God, who is rich in mercy,
because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ
(by grace we have been saved),
He raised us up together & made us sit together
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-6

“Temporal hardships, like temporal blessings,
are an opportunity to bring glory to God.
If we who have Christ as our model don’t believe that,
a lost and dying world never will.”

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Rabid blame game

Accusations through emotional blackmail

Not feeling loved & not being loved are not the same

Jesus loved all people well

And most do not like the way he loves them

Was David’s zeal for the Lord imbalanced because his wife Michal despised him for it?

Was Job’s devotion to the Lord inordinate because his wife urged him to curse God & die?

Would Gomer be a reliable witness to Hosea’s passions of affection?

We have seen so much emotional blackmail

Twisted guilt trippers

Emotional blackmail happens when a person equates his or her emotional pain

with another person’s failure to love

They aren’t the same

A person may love well & the loved one still feel hurt & use the hurt to blackmail

Their definitions of love is their feelings

They constantly connive out from attempted love

Constant admissions of endless guiltIng for their raging instability

Emotional blackmail says

If I feel hurt by you, you are guilty

They teach through their odd control a no defense proposal

The hurt person has become God

Their unusual emotions has become judge & jury

Truth does not matter

All that matters is the sovereign suffering of the aggrieved

It is above question

This emotional blackmail is a great evil never to be please or satisfied

They dispose others in their constant irascible blaming

We need to defend people who are being wrongly indicted by it!!!

Adapted from Piper & others

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