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The Unrivaled Power of God
Psalm 139:13-18
Skip Heitzig

Psalm 139 (NKJV™)
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly

God is called Almighty fifty-seven times in Scripture. It means that the resources of His power are boundless. He is unlimited in His ability and unconstrained in His capacity. God’s attribute of omnipotence is helpful for us to remember when we are feeling overwhelmed with threatening circumstances. Just as we feel confident when our mobile devices have plenty of battery power to spare, we can live confidently knowing that our great God has power for any of our problems.

Over 175 million people in the United States need some sort of vision correction. From glasses to contacts and corneal reshaping to corrective surgery, there's no question that seeing clearly improves people's quality of life. But what about our spiritual vision? With so many religious, philosophical, and ideological lenses to look through, how do we find the right lens? In this series, Skip Heitzig brings the core doctrines of Christian faith into clear focus. These are the truths that define who God is, who we are, and the choices that every person has to make.

Outline

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  1. God’s Work Is Marvelous (v. 14)

  2. God’s Workmanship Is Meticulous (vv. 13-16)

    1. Creation

    2. Gestation

    3. Preparation

  3. God’s Wisdom Is Matchless (vv. 17-18)

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Connect Recap Notes: August 2, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Unrivaled Power of God"
Text: Psalm 139:13-18

Path

God is called Almighty fifty-seven times in Scripture. It means that the resources of His power are boundless. He is unlimited in His ability and unconstrained in His capacity. God's attribute of omnipotence is helpful for us to remember when we are feeling overwhelmed with threatening circumstances. Just as we feel confident when our mobile devices have plenty of battery power to spare, we can live confidently knowing that our great God has power for any of our problems.
  1. God's Work Is Marvelous (v. 14)
  2. God's Workmanship Is Meticulous (vv. 13-16)
    1. Creation
    2. Gestation
    3. Preparation
  3. God's Wisdom Is Matchless (vv. 17-18)
Points

God's Work Is Marvelous (v. 14)
  • Every day, humans use more than a million terajoules of energy—the equivalent of 7.5 billion kettles of water boiled around the clock. Even all this power stands as very little compared to God's power. As the only omnipotent Being in the universe, God's power is unrivaled. His power is seen in His creation and His works. From the heavens to the human body, God's power is on display.
  • In Psalm 139, we find a God who is not weak, operating at full strength, almighty and abundant. Because of God's power, all Christians should have a big view of God and His power. Nothing is beyond God's ability. But there are things God cannot or won't do; He will not do anything contrary to His character—such as lying (see Hebrews 6:18), not loving (see 1 John 4:7), or approving of sin (see Habakkuk 1:13).
God's Workmanship Is Meticulous (vv. 13-16)
  • David focused on the human body in much of the Psalm, highlighting our unique role as image bearers of God. Notice three marks of David's thinking:
    • Creation (v. 13): David pointed to God as the Creator. Classic Darwinian evolution suggests that life can evolve without the hand of God.
    • Gestation (vv. 13-16): David exclaimed that the human body is marvelous. David poetically said that the body is "skillfully wrought" (v. 15). God comprehends us because He was present for our existence from conception, which alone shows us the importance of human life. We should always be pro-life, recognizing God's hand in creation.
    • Preparation (v. 16b): David states, "In Your book [my days] were all written."  This phrase shows David's understanding of God's sovereignty—His power to know past, present, and future. With trillions of cells in our body, encoded from conception to adulthood, God's power is on full display.
God's Wisdom Is Matchless (vv. 17-18)
  • In verses 17-18, David is musing about God. What stirs David most are not his thoughts of God, but God's thoughts of him. Not only is God powerful as Creator, but He's wonderful as Sustainer. God is not just cognizant of me, He's concerned for me and cares for me. Our knowledge of God's strength and wisdom should influence our lives—bringing us peace, comfort, and great resolve because we are in God's care.
  • As you ponder the greatness of God, think on these truths:
    • God made everything in the universe from nothing (ex nihilo).
    • Nothing in accordance with His character is impossible for Him; God can "do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask and think" (Ephesians 3:20).
    • God knows you; He formed you and has plans for you.
  • Will you turn your thoughts to the One whose thoughts are more in number than you can imagine? Many Christians live their lives searching for God's power and presence, not realizing it's already with us through the Holy Spirit. God wants to fill our lives with His power and purpose. Allow Him to do so today.
Practice

Connect Up: Omnipotence is Latin for all (omni) powerful (potent); it is similar to the Hebrew word shaddai, meaning "self-sufficient," or "almighty." In Greek, the word is translated as pantokrator, "all-powerful." God's omnipotence reveals His unlimited power and resources. 
  • How should our knowledge that God is all-powerful and unlimited in His resources affect our homes, families, and attitudes?
  • If God is for us, what can possibly stand against us and succeed? Nothing. Using Romans 8:31-36, discuss God's power over the following: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, peril, violence, death, angels, and earthly powers.
  • Discuss an area where you experienced God's power personally.  
Connect In: Knowing that there are certain things that God cannot do—or is unwilling to do—such as lie, not love, or overlook sin, how should this influence the church's attitude?  The church should seek to be truthful in all things (both in faith and reason) and should always proclaim the love of Christ to the world (see John 3:16). On the same grounds, the church should not overlook sin—be it abortion, racism, or other social ills. As the moral compass in the world, what is the church's responsibility regarding these types of sin? Do we protest, proclaim God's peace, or remain silent? Is there a time for each? Please be courteous in your discussion.

Connect Out: How should our knowledge of God's omnipotence influence our evangelism? We know that God can save all people. It is His heart that none should perish (see 2 Peter 3:9), but some do not choose Christ. How is God's power tempered by His willingness to give free will to humans?

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The Unrivaled Power of God - Psalm 139:13-18 - Skip Heitzig

There is no God. I mean, look at what's going on. I am my own God. God, Allah, Buddha, whatever.

He's just waiting to destroy us all.

There's, like, hundreds of gods. He's just like that bumper sticker says.

I am my own god.

Dog is my co-pilot.

There is no God.

There is one true God. He is all knowing, all powerful, and He loves you.

God isn't really something to worship.

He's just waiting to destroy all of us.

I guess there's a God out there somewhere.

I hope there is a God.

God isn't really something to worship.

God, Allah, Buddha.

God is everywhere.

Well, I want to welcome you to our first and largest service of the weekend here at Calvary in Albuquerque. You know, I say that because this is a little studio, and there's just a few people in it. But we also realize that of all the services we do, it reaches more people than we could ever fit in our auditorium if we had 10 or 20 services a weekend. So we know that we have a large audience, and we appreciate you being a part of it.

And we realize that these are trying times, or difficult times, and even though we have three campuses and they're all open, and we have live services at all of them, we also know that a small percentage is allowed to come. We are allowed here in New Mexico 25% of our capacity, and we space that out. We take all the necessary state given mandate precautions.

And so we realize that we're not seeing everybody coming, and we realize that's for a number of reasons. Not only the state mandate, but some people just are not comfortable getting out yet, and you may be one of them, and we want to say to you, that's OK. We're here to minister to you, and we're glad that we can do it this way until you feel confident and ready to go out. So we're just happy that we can minister to you in this capacity.

But we're doing a series called 2020. And it's about seeing truth clearly. And basically, what we're doing is taking a look at the major teachings that the Bible presents about God, about Jesus, about the Holy Spirit, about the Trinity, about people, about Satan, and so we can get a real clear view of those things.

So if you have your Bibles around, turn in them to Psalm 139. Psalm 139 is where we have been the last few weeks. This is the third study out of just this psalm. And that is because David conveniently writes about a few of the attributes of God next to each other, one after the other. And we look at today, beginning in verse 13, down a few verses to about verse 18, where David considers the power of God. The power of God.

Acquiring energy is becoming a daunting task. It's a constant challenge in our world. That's because just about everything we have or do requires a consumption of energy. Whether it's the battery in your phone or you need gas for your car or you need power to run your air conditioning at home, or if you happen to be in a colder climate, a heater at home.

But every day, it is estimated that human beings on planet earth, the human species every day uses more than a million terajoules of energy. That is the equivalent to if every single person out of the 7.5 billion people on the earth boiled 70 kettles of water per hour around the clock. That's how much energy we are requiring.

It's estimated that the average American household has roughly 50-- that's 5-0 --devices and appliances that are always drawing power. Even when we think they're off, they're drawing power. So we are highly dependent on our power grid for us to live.

And it's not going to get better. According to the World Energy Council, it projects that primary energy demand is going to triple by the year 2050 when there will be at that time, not 7.5 billion, but 9 billion people on the earth. So what happens if it shuts down? And that actually has happened in a few places. Last year in Venezuela, there was a five-day national blackout. And the whole country went dark.

So elderly people had to be taken out of high rise, out into the streets, and out into other homes. Food was spoiling in refrigerators. People had to cook with wood fires out in the streets, or in their homes. They ate by candlelight. Traffic lights failed. The pumps that bring water into homes failed. Hospitals, you can imagine, were in crisis mode. Patients whose kidneys depended on dialysis treatment couldn't get them. Gunshot wound victims couldn't get operated. On it was pandemonium for five days, because they couldn't get power.

But what if you had unlimited power? What if you always had reserves and you would never run out, and you could do anything? Well, that happens to be one of the qualities we're talking about when it comes to God. God operates at full power.

Now, in Psalm 139, David the psalmist has considered what God knows, the knowledge of God. God is omniscient. He knows everything. He has considered the presence of God. God is omnipresent. He is everywhere present in the totality of His being. And now, he considers in poetic fashion the power of God.

The biographer here is, of course, David. The shepherd boy David who became King David. And one thing is obvious about David, is that his view of God was enormous. David served a big God. There is a great little book that has been out for years by J. B. Phillips called Your God is Too Small. And perhaps that's true for some of us. Maybe our view of God is a limiting view, and we think of God in terms not as he really is portrayed in the scripture.

But one thing for certain, David knew and served a big God. One of my favorite stories is about a preacher by the name of Donald Grey Barnhouse who pastored back in the East coast. And he went to Princeton Theological Seminary. And his Hebrew professor was a very famous man at the time, very astute Hebrew scholar named Robert Dick Wilson.

Well, Barnhouse had graduated and he returns back to the seminary years later to preach a devotional sermon in the chapel there at Princeton. And as he's preaching, his professor is sitting in the front row. From years before, Robert Dick Wilson, listening to every word he's saying. That's daunting when the people who teach you are sitting listening to your message.

And so he preached. And afterwards, the professor came up, put his hand out, and shook it. Those are the days when you could shake hands. Shook his hand and said, thank you very much. It was good to hear you again. If you ever preach here again, I'll never come back to hear you.

And he says, don't take offense to that. I always come back to hear my students preach once. And then I will know what their ministry will be like. I listen to see if they are a big-Godder or a little-Godder, G-O-D-D-E-R. A big-Godder or a little-Godder.

And Barnhouse is sort of puzzled by that. He goes, I don't understand. What do you mean, a big-Godder or a little-Godder? And Robert Dick Wilson explained. He goes, well, some men have a little God. And they're always in trouble with him. He can't do any miracles. He can't take care of the inspiration and the transmission of the scriptures. He doesn't intervene on behalf of his people. They have a little God, and I call them little-Godders.

But then there are those who have a great God. He speaks and it is done. He commands, and it stands fast. You, Donald, have a great God, and He will bless your ministries. He smiled, said God bless you, and he walked off.

David was a big-Godder, and I'm hoping that through this series 2020, your view of God will grow, as it should, and you'll be a big-Godder and not a little-Godder. Well, I'm going to make with you in this text three observations about the God who is all powerful. Three observations.

God's work is marvelous. God's workmanship is meticulous. And God's wisdom is matchless. All three I find in the text that is before us. First of all, God's work. And David says, it is marvelous. God's work is marvelous. Verse 13. Let's read through this text and kind of get an idea of what it's set out like.

"For you formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed, and in your book they all were written. The day's fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them."

Now, go back to verse 14 and look at the second part of that little verse, where he says, "Marvelous are your works." Now, that second part of verse 14, marvelous are your works, is the hinge of this little section that I just read. It really is the pinnacle. It is the middle thought of verses 13 through 15. And it is a summary statement of God's ability. Marvelous are your works.

Marvelous are your works. Or singular are your works. Could even be translated miraculous are your works. He is looking at the power and the ability of God and saying, there is nothing like it anywhere. Marvelous are your works. Now, notice that to consider God's power, God's works, David goes inward and not outward. He looks at the intricacies of the human body rather than the majesty of the constellations in the heavens.

That's just an interesting thing to note. It's not that David didn't consider the heavens. In fact, he did consider the heavens. In Psalm 8, he said, "When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the sun and the moon, or the moon and the stars which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you visit him?"

And in Psalm 19, he said, "The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day, they utter their speech. There is no speech or language, he said, where their voice is not heard. But here, in Psalm 139, to illustrate God's great power, his marvelous work, David goes inside the human body. The development and the embryonic and fetal stage of a human being.

Why does he do that? Here's why I think he does it. Because humans happen to be the crowning creation of God's work. Of all the things God ever made, mankind is His crowning creation, His best work. Your dog is not the crowning creation of God. A waterfall-- and no offense to your dog or cat --a waterfall in Costa Rica is not the pinnacle of God's creation, or the Belt of Orion and the constellations of the heavens. It is us, humanity, because we are made, the Bible says, in God's own image, Genesis chapter 1 tells us.

So David, in these verses poetically, is describing a powerful God. Not a weak God. He is saying God operates at full strength. I just want you to get that in your heart. God operates at full strength. God always has full strength. God never says, I'm tired, I need to rest, I need a little break. You say, yeah, but He rested on the seventh day. Only because He was done, not because He was tired. He did it all. It only took Him six days. He was done with it.

In the scriptures, God is referred to as all mighty 57 times. He is all mighty. Psalm 24 says "The Lord strong and mighty." Job chapter 42. He said, "I know that you can do every thing and that no purpose of yours can be restrained." The prophet Jeremiah said, "God, I know that nothing is too hard for you."

Paul the apostle, Ephesians chapter 3, "He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think." There are several times where God's all power comes out in the scripture. The angel Gabriel said to Mary when Gabriel appeared to her and announced her pregnancy. He said, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

And then Jesus said, to reverse it, "All things are possible with God." So you put all of those scriptures together that are saying the same thing, that God can do anything, and you have to come out the other end and be a big-Godder, if you believe the scripture. It should make us all big-Godders. God's work is marvelous. God can turn a 99-year-old Abraham into a dad, and a 90-year-old Sarah into a mom.

God can make the Red Sea open up so His people can cross through, and then turn around and use that Red Sea to drowned an army of the Egyptians. God can take a slave people out in the desert and give them their own land, and then re-gather them thousands of years later, like He did in 1948. So God is all powerful. His work, the summary statement, His work is marvelous.

But that brings up a question. Are there things God can't do? And the answer is yes, actually. There are things God can't do. It's really not accurate to say that God can do anything it would be more accurate to say God can do anything that is in accordance to His purpose and His nature, because there are certain things God cannot do. The Bible says, in Hebrews 6, 18, God can't lie.

It says, "It is impossible for God to lie." Another thing God can't do is He cannot approve of sin. That's contrary to His nature. Habakkuk chapter 1 verse 13, he said, "You are of purer eyes then to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness." Another thing God cannot do is be tempted. And because of that, He can't tempt anyone else. That's James chapter 1. "God cannot be tempted with evil and he tempts no one."

So it's accurate to say God can do anything He pleases that is in harmony with His nature. That sums up this quality or attribute of God, God's omnipotence. God can do anything He pleases that's in harmony with His nature. Sometimes you'll get a skeptic who will say, "Can God make a rock so big that even He can't lift?" You ever heard that question? Let me answer that. God doesn't answer ridiculous questions. That's just a stupid thing to say. So God's work is marvelous.

Second, God's workmanship is meticulous. Now David, in these verses, highlights human origin. And he focuses, first of all, on creation. Creation, verse 13. "For you formed my inward parts." That speaks of creation. "You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Essentially, what David is doing, poetically in this little section, is hearkening back to Genesis chapter 1.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Now, I know that whenever you bring up creation outside of a church building, outside of a studio like this, and you're in the real world, you're at Starbucks, you're getting coffee with your friends, or you're at the store, you're hanging out, especially if you're at a college campus and you bring up creation, you will be laughed at. You Will be scoffed at. You will be mocked. Because the idea of special creation, especially ex nihilo creation out of nothing is seen as so passe and so inaccurate and so naive that they would say, oh, come on. Nobody really believes that any more. It is ridiculous.

Evolution is just assumed as the science de jure, right? Everybody just sort of knows automatically that we evolved. The problem with evolution time and time again is that research keeps defying the theory of evolution. And there are, I could give you so many quotes by great scientists on this. Let me just give you one from biologist Michael Denton. Molecular biologist Michael Denton who said, and I quote, "Evolutionary theory is still, as it was in Darwin's time, a highly speculative hypothesis entirely without direct factual support."

So when people say, show me the science, there is the science, from what a renowned scientist. Now, Darwin knew this. Charles Darwin knew that his theory of evolution had some weak points in it. One of the weakest point was the paleontology in the world. He thought the fossil record did not support his theory. But he believed that given enough time it would, that as time went on, people would make discoveries and the paleontological record would support him. Problem is, that did not happen.

And this is from David Raup, who was the curator of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. He said, and I quote, "We are now about 120 years after Darwin, and the knowledge of the fossil record has been greatly expanded. We now have a quarter of a million fossil species. But the situation hasn't changed much. We have fewer examples of evolutionary transition than we had in Darwin's time."

In other words, we don't have transitional forms. We don't have transmutation that would bear out the idea of evolution. So David just says, "You made me. You created me. Your marvelous work is seen in the fact of your creation." Now, let's get a little more specific, because he drills down from creation to gestation, human gestation. That is, the forming of a child in the mother's womb.

Verse 13, "You formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed, and in your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them."

What he's doing here, obviously, is looking at the marvels of the human body as it develops from its embryonic form to the fetal stage to live birth. The marvels of the human body. Now, just listen to that phrase again. The marvels of the human body.

I know a lot of people that are not happy with their bodies. I think we all have a feature about us that we'd change if we could. Right? I wish I wasn't this or that. Or I wish I could change it. Listen, God says your body is marvelous. Marvelous are your works. And that, my soul, knows right well. David says you are marvelous.

Look at verse 15. "My frame was not hidden from you." That refers to the skeletal system, the bones, the infrastructure of the human body, the scaffolding upon which muscles are placed and sinews are placed, the skeleton of a developing child. He said, "My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret," and look at this, "skillfully wrought, skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth."

Now, that's poetic language, and it's literally translated-- I heard a cardiologist this week describe it. It means to be knit together or embroidered together. And he suggested that it shows the formation of veins and arteries in the womb of a mother like forming a matrix for a vascular system, being woven together like the knitting or weaving of a fabric.

And then verse 16. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. The original suggests being scrunched together, rolled up, or wrapped together. You know what it's like when you look at an ultrasound of a child? You look and say, gosh, that just looks like it's all scrunched together, all rolled up together.

At first, you just see a bunch of folds. And then after a while you start noticing body parts. Especially as that little fetus begins to grow. Now, all of us start out unformed, as David said. We start out as a microscopic speck. But David said, every cellular second is monitored by God. We go from zygote to embryo to fetus to baby to toddler. The growth continues after birth all the way to an adult.

The average human being has 100 trillion cells. This is your body. 100,000 miles of nerve fiber. 60,000 miles of blood vessels, along with 206 bones. Add to that joints and muscles and other things. It's amazing. Now, put this together with verse 1 of this psalm where he says, "You have searched me. You have known me."

And now he talks about my human development being supervised. God knows us so well, because he's been monitoring our developments since conception. God really knows me, because he saw my existence since I was that small.

There's something here we have to touch on, because it's so obvious in the text. The Bible acknowledges humanhood, personhood, from the moment of conception. Not birth, but the moment of conception. The very moment of conception, that's when that becomes a human being. Over and over again, the Bible says that.

Isaiah chapter 44, "Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb." Jeremiah said, God said, "Before I formed you in the womb. I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart." The tragedy of our culture is the fetus has been regarded as a nuisance to be removed. If it doesn't suit your lifestyle, or your ability to handle a child at this point, just remove it. It's like an appendix, a ruptured appendix. Just get rid of it.

That has been one of the blights on our nation and, I think, on our world. Since 1973, that landmark case of Roe v. Wade, 61 million children have been aborted. I know that's a big number, but let me spell it out to you. That's over 926,000 per year. That's over 3,000 per day. That is 137 per hour. That is 2.3 every minute. That is one child every 26 seconds eliminated.

Again, those are just numbers. Let me give you another perspective. That would be like totally annihilating in one fell swoop the population of the United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland, removing it, and Australia, all at once. That's that population.

We have failed because we have failed to see that we are marvelous, we are formed, we are skillfully wrought by God in heaven. I don't know if you caught this recently, but Kanye West-- of course, he's running for president. Some of you may know that. But when he announced that he was running for president, he made a very emotional statement about the fact that he almost killed his own child.

He said, you know, I almost killed my own daught-- I wanted to have an abortion for one of my children, he goes. And then he started weeping. I almost killed my own daughter. And then he said, you know what, there was a time in my life when I was in my mother's womb and my dad wanted an abortion. My mother, he said, saved my life.

There was an ethics professor who told this problem to the class. He said, a man has syphilis and his wife has tuberculosis, and they have had four children. One of those children died, and the other three have what is considered a terminal illness. Now the mother is pregnant again. What do you recommend?

The class talked back and forth, bantered it, and voted, and after a spirited discussion, the majority of the class members voted that the mom should have an abortion. That's the solution. And at the end of the discussion, at the end of their vote, the professor said, congratulations, you just killed Ludwig van Beethoven. And went on to explain those were the particulars of his life and his background.

So here David talks about creation. You made me, you formed me. Talks about human gestation, how all the different phases of personhood are monitored by God. But there's something else that just fascinates me. I'm going to call it preparation. I want you to look at verse 16. Again, "Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed, and in your book," notice it says, "in your book they all were written, your days fashioned for me."

You see that word written? It could be translated pre-recorded. Pre-recorded. You could call it predestined. But here's the point. God knew my life in advance and he knew the development of my life in advance as if it were written down or pre-written or pre-programmed. So when I read this, that my substance, yet being unformed, and in your book they were all written or pre-programmed, what came to my mind is human DNA.

And you know, we all have DNA, right? Deoxyribonucleic acid. It tells every single cell how to operate, from conception all the way to death. It'll inform your life, your body, how tall you're going to be, how wide you're going to be, the density of your bones, color of your hair, and how your body is going to operate. You have 100, as I said, 100 trillion cells in your body.

The DNA of the human cell, according to Francis Collins, who headed up the Human Genome Project, he said it's 3 billion letters long, and written in a strange and cryptographic four-letter code. You know that there's 46 segments in each cell, 23 from mom, 23 from dad. You remember that from school.

But it contains densely coded information. If you could take the information of one cell and translate it into written form at a normal font, it would form a library of 4,000 books. One cell. One cell would produce in written form translated from that densely coded information in the cell 4,000 books.

A live reading of that information, of that code, at a rate of three letters per second would take you 31 years, according to this human genome expert. Now, if the DNA was likewise uncoded from all cells in your body, all 100 trillion cells in your body, it would be enough books to fill the Grand Canyon 78 times. That's how much information is there.

And so I like how David put this. I don't think he was thinking about DNA. But I love how the Holy Spirit's behind all this. Where he says, and in your book, they were all written. God wrote down you in the book of the DNA that you carry around in your body. It's pretty amazing. That's God's power. That's God's power. So

God's work is marvelous. God's workmanship is meticulous. Let me take you to a third. God's wisdom. God's wisdom is matchless. He concludes this little section by saying, verse 17, "How precious also are your thoughts to me, oh God. How great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awake, I am still with you."

Now, one of the things we've noticed in the Psalm is that it's essentially David having a devotional about God. He's musing about the attributes of God in this psalm. But here, in these verses, what is stirring David's heart aren't his thoughts about God, as much as realizing God's thoughts about him. How precious are your thoughts to me.

So the combination in this text is marvelous are your works, precious are your thoughts. See, it's one thing to have power, but then to take that power and to turn it into a personal musing of your creation, of those that you made, where he says this, where he says, "Not only marvelous are your works, but precious are your thoughts." What it tells us is that not only God are you powerful as a creator, you are wonderful as a sustainer, a nurturer.

So God isn't just cognizant of me. God is concerned for me. Precious are your thoughts. See, that's one of the amazing things about the psalm. If you put it all together, the omniscient, the omnipresent, the omnipotent God knows I exist and He cares. That one knows that I exist and he cares.

Have you ever had somebody say, you've been on my heart lately? I've been thinking about you lately. I've had that all the time. I had a guy come up to me the other day. I was thinking about you yesterday. Or I had a dream about you, and I thought about you through the day. And so I prayed for you. Well, thank you. I appreciate that.

God is saying, you've been on my mind lately. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. How much is a lot? If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awake I am still with you. So listen to this, if God knows that much, if God is everywhere, if He is that powerful, then He has the strength and He has the wisdom to take care of anything that happens to me. Do you believe that? Can you rest in that?

If He can think that way, if He can know that much, if He can be that powerful and that present, and He's thinking about me, what do I have at all to be worried about? Oh, about that much. About zero. By the way, I just couldn't resist, have to throw this in. If you were to calculate the number of grains of sand in a teaspoon and multiply it by all the beaches and deserts in the world-- believe me, this has been done --the number would be roughly 7.5 times 10 to the 18th grains of sand, or 7 quintillion 500 quadrillion grains.

So you math heads, it just sounds like a lot to me. I don't know exactly how many zeros that is, but that's a lot of thinking that God has toward me. Now, speaking of this. Speaking of God's thoughts being more in number than the sand. There was a little boy who went to the park with his dad, and he was playing in the sandbox. It was something he was looking forward to. Brought his toys out there and little tractors and he's moving sand all around and having a good time.

But he noticed that as he was playing in the sandbox, there was an enormous rock in the middle of the sandbox. So he was digging around it. And he started moving it, really pushing and pushing and pushing and he moved it. And he did it again, dug out and pushed it, and he kept doing this. It took him a long time to get it to the edge of the sandbox. And he thought, I gotta get it out of the sandbox.

So with all of his strength, using his feet, using his hands, he would get it up on the edge of that little wooden container frame around the sandbox, and just when he thought he would get it up and over, it kept falling back into the sand. Finally, he just started, what kids do, he just broke down in tears.

His dad was watching the whole thing. His dad walked over to the little boy in the sandbox who was still in tears and said, so why didn't you use all the strength you had available? The little boy said, daddy, I did. I used all the strength that I could. He said, no son, you didn't use all the strength that you had available. You didn't ask me.

He walked down, stepped down, took the rock, tossed it over the edge. It was done. It was done. Think of all the strength available by the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God who makes Himself available to us. So your God made everything in the universe. Your God made it out of nothing. Your God does not have the word impossible in His vocabulary. Your God can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think.

Your God knows you, your God formed you, your God has plans for you. Will you turn your thoughts to the God who has turned His thoughts to you? Will you do that? Will you think of Him? Will you consider Him? Because He's been considering you since before you were born. And for some of you, the Bible says He has chosen you before you were born.

And He's chosen you for this moment, this time that you're watching this broadcast, to say yes to Jesus Christ. This is your time. All of life so far has brought you to this single moment, where you release your life into the hands of the one who is all knowing, ever present, all powerful, loves you deeply, and can change your life forever. He's got the bases covered. He sent his son to pay for all the sins you've ever committed on the cross. Done deal. It is finished.

It now takes you to say yes to Him. And I'm going to give you that opportunity every week. People are doing this around the world, around the country. This is your time now. Some of you've held on tightly to your life. Now is the moment to let go and give it to him. Give your life to the one who made you, who formed you, who loves you. If you're willing to do that, it's a simple step. You don't have to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome. You can stay right where you're at, sheltered at home, and say yes to Jesus, and he'll write your name in heaven, and you'll be there one day.

All you have to do is commit your life to Him. I'm going to lead you in a simple prayer. I want you right where you're at to say this prayer. Say Lord, I give you my life. I admit I'm a sinner. Forgive me. I'm sorry for my sin. I believe in Jesus. I believe he came from heaven to earth. I believe he died on a cross and paid for my sins with his blood. And I believe he rose again from the dead.

So I turn from my sin. I repent of it. I turn to Jesus right now as Savior and Lord. I take him as my Savior. I want to follow him as my Lord. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to do that today and every single day. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Now, I believe many of you did that. And if you did, I want you to text the words saved, S-A-V-E-D, to this telephone number, (505) 509-5433. That's (505) 509-5433. Or if you happen to be on the computer and you're not at the website yet, go to calvarynm.church and right on the right hand corner of that website is a little button called Know God. Click Know God. Click that little button.

Somebody will reach out to you right there and put something in your inbox, something in the mailbox, get information of what are the next steps in following Christ in your life. We want to welcome you to the family of God. We want to welcome you to this online community.

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And I've been around for a while. And I've watched people do this, and I've watched lives changed. My own life changed. I recall that. I have seen so many people with testimonies give their lives to Christ. And their whole world is brand new. I can't wait to hear your story. So write us, tell us how it happened. And tell us that you did it, because we'd loved the chance to be able to share that online as well. So God bless you. Thank you for joining us. May God keep you, preserve you, as you walk with Him this week.

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6/14/2020
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Seeing Truth Clearly
2 Timothy 4:1-8
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Hiram Johnson said, "The first casualty in war is truth." God’s people have been in a cosmic battle since the fall. Satan’s first allegation against truth was in Genesis 3:1: "Has God indeed said...?" Deception regarding truth is Satan's primary occupation. We now live in what might be dubbed a post-truth culture wherein the very idea of absolute truth is considered archaic and even offensive. In this series, we will look to the "Scripture of Truth" (Daniel 10:21) to reinforce our foundation and engender biblical literacy. Here at the end of Paul's life, he could foresee the abandonment of truth, and he gave Timothy this antidote: "Preach the Word!"
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6/21/2020
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Seeing God as Father
Luke 11:2
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God is presented in Scripture by a variety of images. He is called our Rock, our Refuge, our Warrior, our Shepherd, our Shield, our Hiding Place, our Redeemer, our Fountain, our Husband, and our Vinedresser. But no motif is as powerful and personal as seeing God as our Father. With this title, the invisible God becomes the intimate God. Today, on Father’s Day, we consider the singular phrase "Our Father in heaven" as an introduction to the doctrine of God. Let’s turn over each word and mine the depths of the riches contained in this great verse.
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6/28/2020
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How Can I Relate to God?
Exodus 32-34
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The subject of God is the loftiest of all themes and the pinnacle of all pursuits. For some people, the idea of God is absurd because He is not readily perceived by the senses, like a flower or another person. But as we learn who God is and how perceptible He is to us, I think we’ll be both lifted up and humbled all at the same time. Today we trace the journey that every person must take who wants to relate to the God of the universe. Let’s examine five stages of this relationship.
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7/5/2020
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Biblical History: Fact or Fancy?
Dr. Steven Collins
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Dr. Steven Collins serves as the dean of the College of Archaeology at Veritas International University and a consulting research professor at Trinity Southwest University. He is also the director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, which is believed to be the location of Sodom.
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7/12/2020
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Hello, I’m God!
Exodus 34:5-9
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People have written and spoken about God for millennia. It’s what I have done for nearly four decades. But today we get to hear from God Himself as He gives to Moses His own autobiography. Here He introduces Himself by stating His name and His occupation as God. He states His primary character traits, thus framing what our relationship with Him is going to be like. This is a primary passage of Scripture, meaning other biblical authors make reference to it later on in their writings. Let’s find out what God says about Himself.
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7/19/2020
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Knowing the God Who Knows You
Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24
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A person with knowledge can be intimidating. They spew facts and figures and can dizzy us with information and understanding. But rightly seen, a study of God’s comprehensive knowledge can be a source of great comfort to us. In this series, 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we come to grips with the fact that God sees everything most clearly. His knowledge is vast, infinite, comprehensive, specific, and personal. But let’s observe how God’s omniscience can become inspiring rather than intimidating.
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7/26/2020
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Here, There, and Everywhere
Psalm 139:7-12
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One of the Beatles’ most melodic hits expressed a couple’s romantic desire to be together at all times and in all places and was simply titled, “Here, There and Everywhere.” This title also expresses a unique attribute of God (what theologians call an incommunicable attribute). He is everywhere present in the totality of His being! This may be one of the hardest-to-understand characteristics of God, but one that brings great comfort to us.
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8/9/2020
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Holy, Holy, Holy!
Isaiah 6:1-8
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Holiness sounds scary. Thoughts of dusty, cloistered halls of a monastery fill our minds when we hear the word. We might think of chants and long prayers rather than anthems and short prayers. It hardly seems like an appropriate word for the twenty-first century! But according to one theologian, God’s holiness is the one attribute that binds all His other attributes together. This is the characteristic that most uniquely describes God. Let’s consider it today.
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8/16/2020
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One Plus One Plus One Equals One?
John 14:1-18
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One of the most fundamental yet challenging truths in Scripture is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Try to explain it and you might lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you might lose your soul. The Bible openly teaches the plurality within the Godhead—three persons who are distinct from one another yet perfectly One in essence. How are we to think about this? And how should it affect us personally?
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8/23/2020
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Pain: God’s Biggest Problem
John 9:1-7
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Perhaps the biggest impediment to believing in God (as stated by those who don’t) is the presence of pain and suffering in the world. How can there be a God who is benevolent and omnipotent with the sheer volume of grief, misery, travail, and torment at any given moment? Today we explore the theme of a loving God in a universe pockmarked by pain. As Jesus was in Jerusalem with His disciples, they came across a blind man. I’d like to show you four features of this most common and universal of human experiences.
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8/30/2020
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Christ Jesus Our Lord
Philippians 2:5-11
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At the very center of history’s stage stands Jesus Christ. He has no peers. The Father in heaven sent Him on the mission of redemption and He humbly surrendered. When it was accomplished, He conquered death itself by resurrection and returned to glory. In what is considered by many to be the greatest single statement about Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Paul succinctly framed His humiliation, His exaltation, and His example to us.
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9/6/2020
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The Atonement: His Death, Our Life
John 12:20-33
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Wasn’t there any other way for God to save human beings than by sending His Son to die? The very idea of a bloody crucifixion sounds brutal and barbarous to some, yet it is the centerpiece of our faith. What is the big deal about the atonement? Why the cross? Why had it been the plan of God through the ages? Today we examine the death of Christ for us and, in His own words, His own estimation of its necessity and consequence.
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9/13/2020
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He’s Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
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Just as your own heart is the pump that brings life-giving blood to your entire body, so is the resurrection of Jesus that gives life to the gospel message. Without it, our faith would be totally useless; our message would be utterly powerless. The resurrection is also what separates Jesus Christ from every other spiritual leader and would-be messiah. It validates His teaching. It authenticates His claims. It substantiates His promises. And it corroborates our confidence in Him as our Savior and Lord.
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9/20/2020
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The Holy Spirit in the World
John 16:5-11
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We are not alone in the universe! That’s the premise of most sci-fi documentaries, but I’m not referring to alien life from another galaxy, rather to the living God Himself. In particular, I am referring to the Holy Spirit. He has a particular role when it comes to working in this world, and that is to awaken people to their great need for Christ. In our series 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we will turn in the next few weeks to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. What is His role in the life of the unbeliever and the life of the believer?
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10/11/2020
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Who Is the Holy Spirit?
John 16
Nate Heitzig
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There can be a lot of mystery and misinformation surrounding the Holy Spirit. When we look to Scripture, however, the third person of the Godhead comes into clear focus. In this teaching, Nate Heitzig describes the person of the Holy Spirit, His work both at scale in the world and individually in the hearts of believers, and how He helps you gain a deeper understanding of God's Word.
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10/18/2020
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Help Has Arrived!
John 14:15-18
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Someone said to me this past week, “Life is hard, but God is good!” We all know it’s true. To live for God in an ungodly world is challenging, sometimes daunting. But God never intended for us to try it alone! He has provided for us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who is not only at work in the world around us but is very busy working inside of us. Let’s drill down into the promise Jesus gave to His disciples in the upper room about the coming Spirit.
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10/25/2020
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God’s Purpose for People
Genesis 1-3
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After spending several weeks considering God’s nature and character, we now turn to mankind. What is the purpose of the people inhabiting this planet? How can we fulfill the God-given destiny that He originally had in mind when He placed us here? Someone once said that the two most significant days in one’s life are first, the day we were born, and second, the day we discovered what we were born for. Let’s go back to the beginning.
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