I worked for several years in mortgage institutions. At my last position I was an escrow processor. My job was to audit loan papers for accuracy as they came back in from the closers after all mortgage papers had been signed. There was one document in particular that I had to look at that verified that all other documents were correct. It was the signature affidavit, the one that showed the legal name and signature of the individual for which the loan papers were written. All other documents had to be signed just as that one was to meet the legal compliance for the loan. I learned to identify any false signatures on the loan papers by looking at the real.
We, as Christians, learn to identify the false by looking at the real. We identify the workings of the devil by getting to know the real, which is God! The word of God, His character and nature, what He has done for people in the past, what He expects of His children, how His Kingdom’s economy works are all found in His word. We should not base our understanding of the word of God on our experiences, our feelings, our thoughts and opinions or what we see happening around us or to us. We should, instead, base our understanding of the word of God on our relationship with Him and what He reveals to us through prayer, the study of His word, and His voice as He speaks to us and reveals His love to us. We learn to identify the devil’s workings in our lives by knowing God. When we know God we can identify the counterfeit because we know the real.
A bank teller learns to recognize the counterfeit bill by handling the real bills. She/He looks at the real much more than the counterfeit. What we hold before our eyes the most is what we learn to recognize.
God gets blamed for a lot of the devil’s workings simply because we don’t know and understand God and His ways. Acts 103:7 says that He revealed His ways to Moses but the children of Israel only knew His acts. Exodus 33:11 says that God spoke to Moses, face to face as a man speaks to his friend. The Israelites were afraid of God; they had misconceptions of Him and refused to get close to Him to know Him. Moses, on the other hand, had a friendship with God. He spent time with Him, learning His character and nature and communing with Him. The Israelites misunderstood God’s ways because they didn’t give Him a chance to reveal Himself to them as the loving Father that He was. They were afraid to come near to Him.
Friends, I want to challenge you this morning to draw near to God and become not just His child, but His friend. James 4:7 says that if you drawn near to God He will draw near to you. He longs for you to know not just His acts, but His ways. It is as we walk closely with Him that we understand His ways and learn to recognize the false from the real.
John 14:8-11 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you, I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
We see the Father at work in the Son, Jesus Christ. What Jesus did on earth is the will of the Father.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Your circumstances in life do not determine what God’s will is for you. The only way you can know whether what you are experiencing is God’s will is by getting to know the real, true and living God. The life of Jesus reveals the will of God. When you look at Him you have seen the Father.
Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,…..
God’s wrath for sin was poured out on Jesus when He became the one sacrifice for all times to pay the debt for man’s sin. It is through God’s grace that all that you have need of has been supplied. God’s grace, His unmerited favor, provision and supply waits for you to learn to identify His goodness and believe to receive all that He has provided for you so He can pour out His blessings of provision upon you. Whatever the Father has stored up in His grace for you comes to you through believing and receiving.
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Father, I thank You for the picture that You have given us of Yourself in the life of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I thank You that we can know and identify the counterfeit by knowing the real. Thank You for all that You have provided for us through the crucifixion of Jesus. It is through Your grace in the redemption that He purchased for us by becoming the sacrifice to pay for our sin that we can have all that He died to give us. Thank You, Father, for making it possible for us to know You, to understand Your goodness and to see it at work in the actions of Your Son as He walked on this earth before us. Father, I pray that those who don’t know you will come to Jesus for forgiveness of their sin and be born again into Your family, a spiritual birth that gives them the right of Son-ship, the right to be Your child. Father, for those who are Your children but haven’t drawn close to You to get to know You on a personal basis, I pray that they will desire You above all else, to know Your friendship, to see Your loving character and nature and to know that You have goodness planned for them in Your grace and that provision is there for whatever need they have. Father, I pray that they will believe in You, trust You to provide for their needs and that they will step out in faith to receive from Your hand all that they have need of. Thank You for that provision, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.