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I've Got a Secret

Phil Mills Sr.
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God has secrets. He has given His people secrets—secrets that bring peace in a time of anxiety and complete transformation of their lives. Have you discovered the secret?


Phil Mills Sr.

Dermatologist in Northern Georgia



  • August 28, 2020
    11:30 AM
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The focus of our Bible study together this morning is verse 29 of Deuteronomy Chapter 29 Deuteronomy 2929 The Bible says the secret things belong to the Lord our God but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever that we may do all the words of this law this verse can be divided into 3 sections section one tells us about God secrets Section 2 tells us about God's plans to reveal some of his secrets and the final section of the verse tells us God's purpose in his in revealing his secret 3 sections God secret God's plans and God's purpose with these sections in mind let's reread the verse Deuteronomy $2929.00 God secrets the secret things belong to the Lord our God God's plan revelation but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever God's purpose our obedience that we may do all the words of this law we begin with God secret throughout its pages the Bible is consistent in declaring that God has secrets that belong to Him beginning with the writings of Moses is we've just read here and Deuteronomy 2929 and as we have heard to the Scriptures close in Revelation as we heard in the scripture reading this morning the Bible shows us that God has secret the secret things but long to the Lord our God There are things we will never know there is knowledge we will never gain access to there is information that belongs to God alone. He keeps it shall we say in his safe because it belongs to Him alone we might ask the question why does God keep some of his knowledge to himself Why does he keep it secret why doesn't he just reveal everything does his government lack transparency why does he leave his in such suspense Why does he leave us wondering and in some cases like the apostle John even weeping although there are many reasons let me just mention a few One obvious reason that God keeps some of his knowledge to himself is that we don't have the mental capped capacity to understand some of God's secrets you can't teach a worm algebra God has knowledge that simply beyond our reach I like the home and Christian Standard Bible translation of Psalm 139 verse 6 this extraordinary knowledge is beyond me it is lost the I'm unable to reach it another clear reason God keeps portions of his knowledge to himself that it's beyond our strength to carry. And John 1612 Jesus told His disciples I still have know many things to say to you but you cannot bear them now. For example if we knew the full extent of our guilt it would crush us early in his ministry the well known as Vangelis George Vandeman founder of it is written prayed earnestly that he would have a revelation of his own sinfulness that he would see a sinfulness as God saw it but so great was Elder Van Diemen's discouragement when God did reveal a portion of his guilt and sinful wretchedness that he could scarcely go into the pulpit for 6 weeks and preach. Jesus can't carry what we cannot carry he can carry the weight of our sins yes he can carry the weight of the sins of the world as it is written Isaiah 536 The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all still another reason God doesn't reveal all its secrets to us is that they might not they might distract us from knowing that which is essential and God would not be and it would not be the best use of our time as the old adage states the good is the enemy of the best ministry of healing for 56 we must turn away from a 1000 topics that invited tension there are matters that consume time and arouse inquiry but into nothing Moses prayed in Psalm 90 verse 12 so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom still another important reason God must keep some of his secrets to himself is because our sinful hearts would misunderstand misapply misuse this knowledge let me pause here for a moment and contemplate this point we can learn from the example of God Just as there are things God knows that he should not and does not tell us there are things we know that we should not share with others for example we should confide this simple human faults of ours palaces to anyone else. Speaking of the wife the wise man said the heart of her husband safely trust her. Manuscript 1855 the heart of his wife should be the grave for the faults of the husband and the heart of the husband the grave for his wife's fault in my case the cemetery is empty because my wife doesn't have any of course we are not take talking here about a spouse's vices and crimes that should be and must be reported we're not talking about the agree just actions of a spouse that threaten the life and limb we're talking about the common weaknesses and imperfections of humanity the point is that just as God has secrets that belong to him and no one else there are some secrets that belong to us and no one else not everything teachers know is appropriate for their students to know not everything that parents know is appropriate for their children to know there are things being taught and told to children. There are things that are being taught and told to students that should not be told and taught in a plenary session at a teacher's Institute in 1903 the servant of the Lord called the attendees attention to Paul's experience. Paul received and I quote Paul received revelation after Revelation but in no instance did he satisfy the curiosity of Man by relating what he saw in the heavenly court. He wrote that he was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words which is not lawful for a man or many things cannot be described so that they will make a correct impression upon minds be fogged by sin a wrong use would be made of such knowledge the things that God has commanded us to study are the things we are to teach and to live in of quote. God is both loving and wise we can trust him to give us what we need what we can understand and what we can safely utilize the secret things belong to the Lord our God This tells us that even in eternity God has secrets that will not be revealed secrets that all of our study all of our research all of our efforts can never find God has secrets that belong to him and only him universe that is sometimes falsely believe and teach that there is no limit or boundaries to our pursuit of knowledge. But there are limits to our knowledge and there are boundaries of what science can know job 117 can you search out the deep things of God Can you find out the limits of the Almighty God has secrets that in his infinite wisdom and love must remain his secret with him throughout eternity it's none of our business when or if he reveals his secrets to us are you satisfied to stay within the safe boundaries of knowledge there was one who in heaven was not satisfied with God's revealed word ways and will there was one who felt restricted by the boundaries God placed around knowledge instead of being satisfied with what God had revealed Lucifer saw information that God had not revealed Lucifer sought to pry into knowledge that belonged exclusively to God He tried to steal God's private intellectual property he irrationally came to believe that by searching he could discover God secrets he tried to on cover the secret things that belong exclusively to God that was the chief cause of Lucifer's fall he was dissatisfied with the knowable he sought to discover the on knowable. He imagined he could attain and unattainable knowledge by stepping outside the boundaries of God's law by gaining forbidden knowledge the knowledge of evil Let me repeat that thought Lucifer fell because he imagined that he could attain unattainable knowledge by stepping outside the boundaries of God's Law gaining forbidden knowledge the knowledge of the evil. Just as. Tempted Adam with the same temptations that caused her fall Satan tempted Eve with the same temptation that caused his fall listen to what he told Eve Genesis 35 you'll be like God knowing good and evil. If you can become like God if you know the secret things that God knows good in evil Satan led Eve to believe it's the secret things that God would tell her in fact he had withheld from her that would make her like God but did knowledge of evil make Lucifer like God No instead it turned him into an evil genius did the knowledge of evil make at Eve or Adam like God no it made them less like God Satan seeks to destroy us by exciting our curiosity for knowledge that God is not revealed but Deuteronomy tells us the truth the secret things belong to the Lord our God we've seen that this verse can be divided into 3 sections God's secrets God's plan and God's purpose let's continue by examining the 2nd section God's plan those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar there is a God in heaven who does what. Reveals secrets only God who has secrets is a god that can reveal secrets only a God who holds secrets is a God who can share secrets. Daniel $222.00 he reveals deep and sake the secret things our text tells us those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever how does God reveal his secrets the Bible tells us Amos $37.00 surely the Lord God does nothing unless he reveals his secrets to his servants the. Prophets. The Bible calls the prophets 1st Corinthians 41 stewards of the mysteries of God The New Oxford American Dictionary defines the word steward as a person employed to manage another's property especially a large house or estate God has secret mysteries that belong to him and he appoint prophets to man a age the secrets he reveals if you want to learn the secrets of God has revealed you won't get them by studying learned treatises of men you won't get them by engaging in NIST ical exercising to seek by seeking to find some secret inner light you'll gain them only by studying the Word of God daily and learning what God has revealed to his prophets Psalm 2514 the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him If you fear God you've got a secret. But who are those who fear Him How can I know whether I fear God or fear him not x. this 115 through 17 it says then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives and he said when you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women and see them on the burst of old if it is a Son then you shall kill him but if it's a daughter then she shall live but the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them but save the male children alive those who fear of God obey his commandments not what society cometh demands but what God Come mans 2nd King 1734 tells us that those who do not obey God's law do not fear him some 5519 tells us that those who are not changed by his word do not fear him those who simply go with the flow do not fear God The Bible gives 3 specific characteristics that mark those who fear God Number one they carry their Bible with them number 2 they carefully study the Bible daily and learn to fear God from its instruction and number 3 they are careful to obey its instruction notice these characteristics plainly stated in Deuteronomy 17 in this chapter we find God's instruction for the future kings and Israel notice verse 19 speaking of the book of the law the king was told around I mean $117.00 verse 19 and it that is the book of the law shall be with him the king was to have the book of the law of vailable to him at all times use carry with him. The king was all so it says hand he shall read it all the days of his life he was not to just have it available it was to be his daily study. What was to be the result of this knowledge of the Bible the text continues that he may learn to fear the Lord is God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes those who fear the Lord are those who study God's Word daily know his law and are careful to obey it Notice how the short psalm Psalm $111.00 closes verse 10 the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and good understanding have all those who do His commandments the foundation of wisdom is the Word of God is the fear of God The expression the fear of God godly fear or the fear of God is a description of commandment keepers those who study know and obey carefully his commandments those who do not are not careful to obey Him Do not fear him those who fear him obey him and those who fear the Lord are given a key that unlocks God's revealed secret Psalm 11110 again the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom a good understanding have all those who do His commandments those who fear God have the wisdom to obey him and they have the wisdom that comes from obeying Him God enables those who fear him to understand his secret obedience is the key to understanding God's secrets I've discovered that my children when they were young they had difficulty understanding the directions they didn't want to do why is it that those who support abortion have trouble understanding 1000 not kill what's difficult to understand about that. We have difficulty understanding what we don't want to do why is it that those who work or play on God 7th day sabbath have trouble understanding Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy We have difficulty understanding what we don't do a good understanding have all those who do His commandments and they have we want to understand the secrets of the Lord if we want to understand the law of the Lord if we want to understand the word of the Lord will do what we do understand so that we can understand what we don't understand and then do it but what are some of the secrets that God knows and God's word reveals will only have time to look at 3 secrets. The 1st secret is the thoughts and intense of the heart the Bible says and some 4421 God knows the secrets of the heart you remember that God revealed the very thoughts of never can as or never can as are 20 Daniel 229 and 30 as for you Ok ing thoughts came to your mind while on your bed but as for me this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than any one living but that you may know the thoughts of your heart Hebrews 412 for the Word of God is living and powerful and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart we might think we know our own hearts but we don't we might think we understand our thoughts but we don't only God knows the heart Jeremiah 179 the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it who can know it Jesus can and does and he can reveal the secrets of our hearts to us. Peter certainly didn't know him self he really thought that he was the strongest and most faithful of all the disciples although everybody else might be my 1st thank you yet God you have one here that's going to be faithful. Pointing to the other disciples. They may follow way I will not but a few hours later Peter discovered he didn't know his own thoughts as the cock crowed the 2nd time Peter had just eclair that he knew not Jesus desire of ages tells us but he now realized that the bitter grief how well his Lord knew him and how accurately he had read his heart the falseness of which was unknown even to himself The 1st secret the Bible reveals is the secret of our own faults heart one of our daily prayer should be someone 3923 and 24 search me o. God and know my heart try me and know my thoughts and see if there's any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting we want to have God reveal to us the secrets of our own hearts so that we can watch and pray and not repeat Peter's denial. But accompanying the 1st secret is a 2nd secret the Bible also reveals the future the prophecies of scripture are designed by God to help us avoid the dangers which we face. Twice the Book of Proverbs tells us a prudent man 1st sees the evil day and hides himself but the simple pass on and are punished Proverbs 223-2712 so God gives the prophecies of scripture so that we can be prepared and prosper and not lose heart in faint in the future trials notice 1st Thessalonians 53354 when they say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant women and they shall not escape but you've read there now are not in darkness so that this day should overtake you is that the you are all sons of light sons of the day we are not of the night nor of darkness God reveals to great secrets our hearts and the future never can as or God reveal never can as are thought then he revealed the future for Peter he revealed the future and then he revealed to Peter's heart by revealing Peter's future the Bible gives us the central secrets about ourselves and the Bible gives us necessary secrets about the future but is good and important as the secrets are they are not the most important secret found in the Bible the primary secret God has revealed in His Word the greatest of all secret is Jesus. A saving knowledge of Jesus God in the flesh crucified resurrected interceding and coming again 1st Peter $110.11 of this salvation the prophets of inquired and searched carefully who prophesied of the grace that would come to you searching what are what manner of time the spirit of Christ who is in them was indicating when he testified before hand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow Christ as the wonderful secret revealed in the pages and in the verses of scripture John 5 tells the story of Jesus being hauled before the Sanhedrin and charged with law breaking in answering these leaders Jesus said John $539.00 search the Scriptures when Jesus said Search the Scriptures what was he talking about yes the Old Testament for in them e think he have eternal life and they are they which testify of me the Old Testament testifies that Jesus Jesus confirmed this when he gave a Bible study thickly opposition a friend on the road to a mass then he said to them o. foolish ones and slow hard to believe in all that the prophets have spoken not the Christ of suffered these things and to enter into His glory and beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expanded the them and all the scriptures the things concerning himself 500 years before Jesus was born Isaiah wrote a biography of Jesus and you can read it in Isaiah 53 and that's why the message of the prophets is called the testimony of Jesus if you love Jesus you'll love the Old Testament. Because it is all about Jesus if you love Jesus you'll love the New Testament because it's all about Jesus and if you love Jesus you'll love the. Prophecies because they're focused on have if you love Jesus you will love the last book of the Bible because it's a revelation of Jesus and if you love Jesus you'll love the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy let me repeat the most important secret of the Old or New Testament is not what it says about you but what it says about Jesus the most important secret in the Bible is not what it says about the future but what it says about Jesus. It is what the Bible says about Jesus that gives us a future and a hope Emmanuel God with with us listen to Paul describe it Romans $1625.00 the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began at infinite sacrifice God the Son laid aside his glory and honor and humbled himself to become a man. The creator listen carefully the creator voluntarily. Became a part of his own creation. Wonder Oh heavens be astonished Il earth to savages $49.00. Humans hate to experience aging. They hate to go from independent adulthood to dependent age. They'd rather be dead than dependent. I remember my wife my my not my wife Scuse me I remember my mother resisting our advice for her to quit driving at the age of 93. Her eyes were damn her hearing diminished. Her reaction time delayed. And finally she realized that driving was a danger to herself and others and reluctantly she relinquished her keys in her car humans hate to experience lessening mental acuity and strength failing. But the loss we experience by age cannot even begin to compare with the voluntary loss Jesus experienced in becoming a man would you give up your independence if you're young your youth and voluntarily instantly become old. This is not just for a short time Jesus became a man for ever think of it the m. finite god shrank himself into a very finite human cell and became a man through conception and subsequent birth after his birth he remained a helpless baby entirely dependent upon his mother and father the owner of the universe excepted abject poverty he left Heaven where everything was done according to His will and came to this earth where nothing was done according to His will. The commander of the angels he became an obedient child developing naturally through the stages of incense the childhood and adolescence before reaching independence and becoming a man through every stage of his life he suffered from constant rejection and rebuke from abuse from his family and his nation he came to his own and his own did not receive it he endured severe temptations. And though he was the life giver in his humanity he died a hero humiliating death. No wonder Isaiah began his biography of Christ earthly life with the exclamation who has believed our report to whom is the arm of the lord been revealed free should grow up before him as a tender plant and as a road out of dry ground has no form or comeliness and when we see him there is no beauty that we should desire of him he's despised and rejected by met a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and we hid as it were our faces from him he was despised and we did not esteem him he did what no man could do and what Satan said even God couldn't or wouldn't do and listen to what Paul said as he recounted the secret of Christ incarnation an earthly. Sojourner being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of man and being found in appearance as a man He humbled himself and became a p.d.f. to the point of death even the death of the cross Paul rightly felt wholly unworthy and woefully inadequate this share such a mystery if Egypt 38 to me one less than the least of all saints this grace was given that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. But if the world rejected the life of Christ do you think they will accept the preaching of Christ. We preach Christ crucified What's the response to the Jews a stumbling block to the Greeks foolishness to many her dead before. Boring. The world cannot recognize understand or accept God's secret Christ Christ remains a secret hidden in plain sight and this is how it will always be with the world. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God That's the secret and the secret of Jesus has 2 parts the 1st part is that Jesus came into the world but the 2nd secret is he can come into my life. Kalash is $126.27 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now has been revealed to his saints to them God willed to make no on what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you the hope of glory the twin towers of God secret Christ in the world Christ in you. Have you discovered the secret. Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful poor girls who when he had found one Pearl of Great Price went and sold all that he had and bought it. If you haven't surrendered everything you have and are to Jesus. You have found the secret and Judas was with Jesus he was a disciple of Jesus. But he didn't find a secret he would choose 30 pieces of silver. Over Jesus. I would rather have a job than obey what God says. Some would rather have cigarettes than Jesus some sell him for alcohol or drugs some sell him for pornography or adultery some selling for possessions others sell him for fashion and popularity. They choose the world smile a smile over his smile. Pitiful. Pitiful treat people. The most valuable secret of God remains a secret to these people but Paul found it he exclaimed yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ have you discovered Jesus. These things which are revealed belong to us and to our children. My parents and Sharon spirits. Discovered Jesus the Pearl of Great Price and my parents they were in their twenty's they gave their life all their life to be like him. To do what he said Sherry's parents the same and they passed on their great and precious heirloom their treasure Jesus to their children. And he sought to pass this rich treasure to our children. And our children are seeking to pass it to their children we've looked at the 1st 2 sections of Deuteronomy $2929.00 God secret God's plan that brings us to the final section and the conclusion of our study God's purpose in revealing and giving us the most precious of heaven secret. Jesus. That we may do all the words of this law. Those who say they know and love Jesus and disregard his law are in a frightful delusion. First John 23 and 4 by this we know that we know him if we keep His commandments he who says I know him and does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments and His commandments are not burdensome. There is only one way we can do all the words of God's law and that's to discover the secret of Christ with the end the hope of glory. We die daily and he lives in a Staley collations to 20 I've been crucified with Christ it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. But is Daniel $1210.00 says none of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand. In February 26 team a $63000000.00 worth ticket. That somebody picked. Became 100 percent valueless. That was when the deadline for claiming the jackpot of this $63000000.00. Jackpot expired and it made the Super Lotto Plus jackpot the biggest and then claimed a jackpot in the history of the United States. Someone had a ticket worth $63000000.00 never claimed the prize. But millions have a ticket for eternal life. And they never claim the prize. It's a secret. As you claim the tried prize. We're very fortunate to have Sheri's 102 year old mother a miniature art she'll be 103 in October is living with us in this week I was with her while she was eating her breakfast it was a great breakfast and I asked her mom what does breakfast taste like when you're 102 and she looked at me and she said boring. She eats out of a sense of duty. That tastiest foods no longer entice her the most pleasant meal aromas no longer stimulate her appetite but talk to her about Jesus and her coming and his coming and her eyes brightened up her face lights up when you found the secret it never gets boring food may but Jesus doesn't have my that word was found and I did eat it and I word was sent to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart and that is true when you're 102. It never gets old at every age it gets sweeter and mom has found the secret. The secret things belong to the Lord our God but those things which are revealed. Belong to Us and to our children that we may forever that we may do all the words of this law please by your head. There are some listening who have never found God secret Jesus you cannot say with Philip we have found him of the Moses the in the law and also the prophets wrote Jesus of Nazareth what would you like to find him this is your moment of opportunity will you claim the promises and meet the conditions you will seek Me and find in me when you search for Me with all your heart. In the quietness of your mind. Will you say dear God I know that secret things belong to you. But please reveal to me Jesus your greatest secret. Heaven's greatest treasure. Will you determine by God's grace to search until you can exclaim with the woman of the Song of Solomon I found him who my soul lover. Say that to the Lord if this is you. There are others listening. Who have been trying to do all the words of this law without the secret of Jesus in them Christ for then. You may know the facts of Jesus living on the earth but you don't know Jesus and have him living in your heart Christ with in the hope of glory today you hear him knocking on your heart store requesting admission. In the quietness of your mind will you say into my heart into my heart come into my heart Lord Jesus come in today come and to stay come into my heart. Lord Jesus. There's another group. Listening that have found the secret and they want to know still more of the secret you want to see more and still more of God's glory. In the quietness of your mind. Will you say with Moses. Please show me your glory. Huard. Human words are inadequate. To speak of the precious Jesus. But it's all we have I pray that the Holy Spirit. Will touch every heart and gave a vision of Jesus that changes us transforms us in an able to us to do all the words of the law to do what we can't do by ourselves on our own. To do to reveal what you can do. Through us. By the power of your word. Make us different this week make us different this day make us different as we're. Saying our goodbyes here as we're eating our Sabbath meal make its different. Make us like him. Like the one that within us in Christ name we pray name in. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit w w w audio verse or.


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