God Thinks You’re Special–Are You Acting Like It?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart”  (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  FERTILIZATION in first picture: All human chromosomes are present; unique human life begins on Day one.

2.  Day 22:  heart begins to beat with the child’s own blood in picture two.

3.  Week 3:  By the end of the third week, the child’s backbone spinal column and nervous system are formed; liver, kidneys and intestines take shape.

4.  Week 5:  Eyes, legs, and hands develop.

5.  Week 6:  Brain waves are detectable; mouth and lips are present; fingernails are formed.

6.  Week 8:  Every organ is in place; bones begin to replace cartilage; fingerprints begin to form.  By the 8th week the baby can begin to hear.

WE WHO ARE BORN ARE SPECIAL TO GOD:

Psalm 139–We Are Special

David writes about finding comfort and security in this Psalm to the Chief Musician.  God knows all about him, inside and out.  Job too found comfort in the same fact.

This Psalm of David is composed of 4 poetic paragraphs with 6 verses each:

“O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. [1]  You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand me though afar off. [2]  You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. [3]  For there is not a word in my tongue [still uttered], but, behold, O Lord,  You know it altogether. [4]  You have beset me and shut me in–behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me. [5]  Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it. [6] (Amplified bible).

In the second stanza, verses 7-12; David realizes he can’t escape God who knows everything about him.  God is everywhere; nothing about David escapes God’s awareness for David is special to his Father in heaven.!

“Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?[7]  If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold,  You are there. [8]  If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, [9]  Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. [10]  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me, [11]  Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. [12]

Then in the third stanza; verses 13-18, David picks of the idea that he cannot escape from God, even in the darkness.  David applies that darkness to his mother’s womb; God created him there.

God’s total control over David was shown by the fact that He created David; planned his life with great care before he was born.  David and ourselves are special to Him.

“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. [13]  I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. [14]  My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. [15]  Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. [16]  How precious and weighty also are Your thought to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! {17]  If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand.  When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You. [18]  I MUST BE SPECIAL TO YOU LORD.

David concludes in verses 13-24 in application: 

God knows all about him to his present situation

God knows all about the enemies plaguing David.

God knows that David is totally faithful and loyal to Him bringing David comfort.

David concludes as he started.  God knows all about him, and therefore knows the completeness of his devotion.

We are special too!

God knows us perfectly; better than we know ourselves.  God knows every detail of our life because He’s investigated us thoroughly.  So if God knows you inside and out, do you really know who you are physically and spiritually?

Many of us spend a lifetime trying to discover or rediscover  who we are really and yet…there at times seems to be a question mark hanging over our heads.  And, if you know who you are, are you acting like it?

Let me introduce to you two types of individuals in Scripture and see which person best describes who you are?

The Who Ares You s Of 1 Corinthians 2:

Let Me Introduce ‘MR. NATURAL

The natural man of verse 14, is simply a person who lives naturally.  He/she lives a “soulish” life in the old Adamic nature.  Simply put, the natural man is a lost man.  They may be a church member, he or she may be good, moral person but he is lost!

“But the natural, non-spiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated”  (1 Corinthians 2:14 AMP).

Two Truths Made Clear

‘MR NATURAL’ does not appreciate the things of God.  The things of God are but foolishness to the natural man; the word foolishness gives us the English word “Moron.”  To the lost man the things of God and the spiritual things in life are moronic; he doesn’t understand or appreciate any type of spiritual expressions.  When he/she is exposed to the things of God, or to spiritual expression, they become uncomfortable and often respond in one of three ways:

1.  Drop out.

2.  Move out.

3.  Lash out.

Do you know anyone who acts in this manner?

He Does Not Apprehend The Things Of God

What does this mean?  It simply means literally, they are not equipped to receive the things of God and are spiritually dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1).  They cannot grasp the spiritual things.

A person who is physically dead cannot respond to physical stimulus.  By the same token, a person who is spiritually dead can’t respond to spiritual stimulus.

Man is a triune being:

“And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)”  (1 Thessalonians 5:23 AMP).

The natural man is two parts alive body and soul but, the primarily part of him, the spirit man can know and respond to God (Genesis 2:17).

‘MR. SPIRITUAL’ – Verses 15-16:

The spiritual man is one who lives supernaturally.  He lives a “spiritual” life that is not in the old Adamic nature; but he lives his life in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The spiritual man, and every saved person for that matter has two natures:

1.  The old fleshly Adamic nature.

2.  The new spiritual nature.

The spiritual man allows Christ to rule in his life.  Jesus is not just present, He is preeminent; He does not just reside in the spiritual man’s life but He presides over that life!

He Is Capable Of Discernment–the word “judge” means “to examine, to discern.”  The spiritual man is alive in the Spirit; equipped by the Spirit and open to the truths of God.  Is it not foolishness to him but a fountain of life; like food to his hungry soul.

Noteworthy to mention here about the ability to receive and understand the deep things of God.  It doesn’t depend upon your I.Q. or academic ability:

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth).  For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]”  (John 16:13 AMP).

The deep things of God are accomplished through the ministry of Holy Spirit, the life of the yielded believer.

He Is The Cause Of AmazementThe phrase, “yet he himself is judged of not man” (KJV), means “the lost and the worldly” folks around the spiritual man can’t figure him out.  He, and his life, are a mystery to the natural men around him.  He baffles and bothers the man of the world!  He has peace, joy and faith in the midst of trials.  He has standards and convictions, yet he just lives them out; isn’t obnoxious and overbearing about them.  IS THIS YOU?

‘MR. CARNAL’(READ 1 Corinthians 3:1-3):

The carnal man is a believer with two natures like the spiritual man but dominated by the old nature.  He quenches the influence of the Spirit of God in his life.  Often, the carnal believer cannot be discerned from the lost sinner.  A good example is the man named Lot in the Bible.  If you had seen him in Genesis 13 and 19, you might have come to the conclusion that he was a lost man.  But, when you read 2 Peter 2:7, you discover that Lot was righteous but a carnal man.

The verse read above tells us all about the carnal man (Carnality in the life of God’s children is the reason the church lacks power and influence in the community).

The Maturity Of The Carnal Believer:

Paul says the carnal man is a baby; started out the right way when born again but progresses no further.  My wife and I were in Texas the past few weeks and got to meet our new-born great-niece.  She was cute and precious, very “special” to us all.  But babies are designed to grow up and become adults.  The same is true in the spiritual realm.  It is fitting and normal to start out as a baby but tragic to remain one!  The carnal believer suffers from “arrested development.”  They haven’t grown as they should have.  The tragedy here is that God didn’t save us to stay babies.  He saved us to grow into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:13).

The Menu Of The Carnal Believer:

A carnal believer is still on milk spiritually and milk is fine for babies (2 Peter 2:2).  Here is the very reason some people are not growing in the Lord.  As we mature, we are to move beyond the milk of the Word into meatier places of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Spiritual babies don’t want to go deeper into the things of the Lord than they already are!  If you try to lead them deeper in the Bible, they get spiritual indigestion.  They don’t want to go deeper; they want to come to church, put their mind in neutral and never have to think.  They want to keep it simple and feed on the “gospel-lite”; willing to talk about church, their children and grand-children, their workplace, but nothing deeper.

But when you begin to preach the deeper truths of the Word, calling for commitment and a changed life, they get an upset stomach and spit up all over you.  Parents, does this sound familiar to you when your kids were babies?  But I’m talking about grown-ups here.  You will never get out of the nursery until you begin to dig into the spiritual truth; the deeper truths of the Word of God.

So who are you and how are you acting?  Are you saved, or are you still a natural man?  Are you spiritual?  If you said “Yes” then you probably aren’t!  Are you carnal?  We all are from time to time (Romans 7:14).  If you can see within your present condition the fact you are lost, a natural man, please come to Jesus and be saved!  If you can see you are carnal, acting more like a baby most of the time and not like Jesus, please come and deal with the problem.

God truly thinks you’re special because He knew you in your mother’s womb.   But are you really acting like it?


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