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What All Women Should Know About God

Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • September 8, 2006
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I am very, very happy to see you and I want to give you the guarantee that God will bless you for your presence here this evening. This is guaranteed on the authority of God's Word. He will bless you for your presence here this evening.

How many of you are from San Bernadino? May I see your hands? Alright, how many from Fontana? May I see your hands? Okay, Loma Linda, may I see your hands? Alright, Colton, can I see your hands? Okay, now what town did I leave out in the nearby vicinity? How many of you are from that town? And all other towns? Thank you for coming. Let me repeat God will bless you.

We will be meeting every night except what nights? Saturday nights, yes. So don't come tomorrow night, we won't be here, but we will be back in this place at the same time on Sunday evening for more of "Freedom from Fear."

Before we go any further, let us bow our heads and pray. Our loving Father in heaven, Jesus said in John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth..." Father, in the name of Jesus, guide us into truth I pray. Grant to me the right words, and to your sons and daughters who have come, enlightened minds so the truth may triumph. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Our subject for tonight is "What All Women Should Know About God." And I want all men to eavesdrop while we're telling women what they should know about God.

Everyone has heard the word "God," and we have varying views of who God is, or for some people, what God is. For others, what is his or her gender. There are many, many questions about God, who He is, what He does, and how He does it.

Now let's go with me to Isaiah chapter 55 and we shall read verses 8 and 9. God says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Now what does God mean by this? Simply this, God is vastly different from us. Absolutely different. And the only description God can give of this difference that makes sense to us is to express it in terms of the difference of the distance between heaven and earth. And so God says, "...as the heavens are higher than the earth, Isaiah 55:9, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

But having said that, the Bible also calls upon us to know God. It is not that God does not know how to make up His mind. Yes, He is different from us, but He also wants us to understand that there is a lot about Him He desires us to know. God wants to be known by human beings. Can you say Amen?

Now when you were dating, or perhaps you are dating, people date presumably for the purpose of what? Getting to know someone. You want to see the person under pressure. You want to see the person in a social setting. You want to see the person in a church setting. You want to see the person in the company of your friends. You want to see the person in the company of your family, in the person's family presence. We want to get to know that person in order to decide, "Do I want to marry this person or should I put an end to this sad story as soon as possible?" And so we date.

Now God says to us, "I want you to get to know Me." And our subject is, "What All Women Should Know About God." God wants us to know Him. God does not desire to be a foreign emissary in our lives. Now let's look at some examples in scripture of the Bible calling on us to know.

Let's go to I Corinthians chapter 6. Who wrote Corinthians? Paul, yes. I Corinthians chapter 6. I don't hear pages of the Bible turning. Perhaps I'll hear more pages from Sunday night on. Let me warn you with a smile. I like to hear the pages of the Bible turning. If you don't know what I mean, I mean this (sound of Bible pages turning). There's a beautiful music in the house of God -- the pages being turned.

Do you have I Corinthians 6? Look at verse 2. "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?" Now Paul seems to be surprised. "Do ye not know?" What he's actually saying is, "You ought to know, that there is coming a day when the saints shall judge the world." Look at verse 3. "Know ye not that we shall judge angels," says Paul. You ought to know. Don't you know? "Know ye not that we shall judge angels?" Let's look at verse 9. "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" Again, Paul seems a little surprised that the saints did not know.

Look at verse 15. "Know ye not that your bodies are members of Christ?" Look at verse 16. "What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?" Look at verse 19. "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost..." So Paul is saying, "Members of the church, there are things you ought to know." And God desires us to know Him.

Let's go to John chapter 17. Who wrote John? Yes, John. John 17. Who was the favorite disciple of Christ? John. But who said he was favorite, Jesus or John? John. But who said he was favorite, Jesus or John? Yes, John said that of himself and that's an example for us. We have to decide to be Christ's favorite person, are you listening to me? We have to choose to be close to Christ. Christ loved Peter as much as He loved John and Judas and Philip and Bartholomew, but John took it upon himself to love Jesus most and so he describes himself in his gospel as the disciple that loved Jesus. John 17 verse 3. This is Jesus praying to His Father and He said, "And this is life eternal, that they might..." what? "...know thee." Eternal life is inseparably connected, it is attached to a knowledge of God. This means that if I do not know God, my eternal life may be in jeopardy. "...this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

Let's go to Ephesians chapter 1. As we continue, "What Every Woman Should Know About God." Ephesians chapter 1. Who wrote Ephesians? Yes, Paul. Paul loved to write and talk. He wrote about a quarter of the books of the New Testament with respect to volume. What book did I say? What chapter? Reading from verse 15, "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers..." Now here is what Paul prayed for, "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him." Paul prayed that God would open the eyes of the church at Ephesus that they may have the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.

Verse 18: "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling." Paul wanted the members to know, "What is in it for you when you answer the call of God." "And what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints." Paul calls upon the members to know.

Let's go to II Peter chapter 3. I won't ask you who wrote Peter; too easy of a question. II Peter 3:18. Do you have that? I can hear more pages turning now and I am delighted. II Peter chapter 3 reading verse18, Peter writes to the saints, "But..." Do what? "...grow in grace, and in..." What? "...the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." We are called to grow in grace.

Go to II Peter and chapter 1. We were just in chapter 3. Let's go to chapter 1 as we continue, "What Women Should Know About God." II Peter 1:2: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you..." How? "...through the knowledge of God, and our Savior Jesus Christ." "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge..." So there are things about God He wants us to know. A knowledge of God is essential in the life of someone who claims to be a child of God.

Now, God does not want us to live lives of fear, and we have to understand that. Now, this series is called, "Freedom From..." What? "...Fear." And God does not desire His children or anyone else to live a life of fear, but most people on the face of the earth, they live in fear and with fear. During this series you will learn how to live without fear and fright and crippling anxiety and uncertainty about today and tomorrow. It is God's will that you understand He does not want you fearful.

In II Timothy chapter 1 verse 7, now go there with me. Now, who wrote Timothy? Paul, yes. Timothy was an outstanding young man. I urge you when you have some time and make the time, read the two epistles to Timothy and read the epistle to Titus. Tremendous young men. II Timothy 1:7: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," meaning a fearful mind is not a sound mind. I am not sure that all of you heard what I just said. Let me repeat it. The verse says, II Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear..." It does not come from God. There are only two sources. Shall I tell you the other source? Or should I be nice and not mention his name?

There are two sources. Something either comes from God or it comes from the other source. The Bible says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." A balanced mind. A mind not deformed by fear. We are afraid of the communities in which we live. We are uncertain about whether we have a job next week. We are uncertain about whether our children will grow up to love Christ and to know Him. We are uncertain about the quality of education in our schools, whatever those schools may be. We have numerous sources of this fear and God has a way for us to lose it.

Now, what I want you to know tonight, ladies, as the men eavesdrop, about God, two things. Let's go to Genesis chapter 1. Who wrote Genesis? Moses. Genesis chapter 1. What other books did Moses write as far as you know? Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and almost all of Deuteronomy, not the part including his funeral or his death, quite clearly. And there are some who believe that Moses also wrote the book of Job. Genesis 1:1, now, say that verse with me, all together, "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." Now, pause. Now, that's my favorite verse in all of scripture. "In the beginning...," whenever that was, God, who had to be before the beginning, created the heaven and the earth. That's creation. Look at verse 3. Let's find out how God created. Verse 3 of Genesis 1, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." God spoke, and by the way, the very powerful word that God spoke way back then is the very powerful word from which we will study from night to night. The power in God's word is not reduced by the fact that the word is now on the printed page and it has the same power to change and to create and to bring things into existence, and it has the power to take the fear out of your heart. And if you keep coming, you will emerge from this series like a butterfly from a chrysalis, without fear, with wings to arise above the anxieties of this life, if you come night after night.

We've learned that God created. How? By His word. "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." Verse 3, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Now who was this God who said that? The Godhead is made of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and we'll get into that sometime in the series. We have the Holy Ghost mentioned in verse 2. "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." We have the first member of the Godhead mentioned by name, the Holy Spirit. There's God the Father, there's God the Son, and there's God the Holy Ghost. Which one said, Let there be light? Now, the Bible tells us. We have to identify who he was before we move on to fully understand what is it God wants women and men to know.

Let's go to Colossians chapter 1. Who wrote Colossians? Yes, Paul. Colossians chapter 1, we shall read in verse 16. We should actually read from verse 14. It nails down who we are actually talking about. Colossians 1 from verse 14, the Bible says, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." Now, who is that? Christ. It was not God the Father who shed His blood, it was not the Holy Ghost who shed His blood, it was the Son who shed His blood on Calvary's cross. And Colossians 1:14 says, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins," verse 15, "Who is the image of the invisible God the firstborn of every creature." Now, verse 16, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him...," finish that verse for me, "...all things consist."

Now, look at those two verses again. They are concussive in their power. "For by him," the one who shed His blood in verse 14, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven..." Now, what's in heaven? What's in heaven? The angels. You see God cannot be created. God creates. So Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were not created. The Son was the superstar of creation and He created all things that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible.

Now, what's invisible? Well, angels are invisible, yes, until we get over the other side, we'll see them. Come on and say Amen. I look forward to seeing angels and I won't run when I see one. What else is invisible? The air. What else is invisible? Well, whatever is invisible, Jesus Christ, the second member of the Godhead, created the visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers." All those terms refer to various levels of angelic beings in the universe. Jesus Christ made them.

"All things were created," let's look at the end of verse 16, "all things were created by him, and for him." The universe was created for Christ and by Christ. This earth, in its unspoiled beauty, was created by Christ, for Christ, His pleasure, "all things were created by him, and for him."

Now verse 17 really gets off into the heart of what I want to say. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Now, what does this mean? What this means is the introduction of another piece of information about the Creator. We learned from Genesis 1:1, God created. We learned from Colossians 1:16, that God was Christ. Let's strengthen that before we take a look at "...in him all things consist."

Let's go to Ephesians 1. As we continue "What All Women Should Know About God," I want to urge you, bring your friends on Sunday night. Now this may sound funny, but it's not -- bring your enemies, because the word of God can change your enemy into a friend. The word of God changes the enemies of God's sinners into friends, saints. Bring your friends, bring your relatives, bring enemies if they will come to hear the word of God.

Hebrews chapter 1, reading from verse 1, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." Verse 3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power..." Here we have additional proof, biblical, that Jesus Christ created. And verse 3 of Hebrews 1 tells us He upholds what He creates by His powerful word. Now, let me explain that as we learn what I want all of us to know about God.

When God makes something, He assumes personal responsibility for sustaining that thing. Let me repeat that differently. When God made the world, He did not hand it over to some other power to preserve it and to maintain it and to sustain it and to keep it functioning as He originally designed. That which Christ created, Jesus Christ assumes the moral responsibility for sustaining it, and so Colossians 1:17 says, "And he is before all things and by him all things consist," or hold together. Now, this is critical information. We have men who father children then the men disappear. They create and they don't hold it together. Am I right? Yes, I'm right. We have women, who have children, from time to time on the news. You hear of a woman who dumps a baby in a garbage can because she does not want to take care of it. It was unplanned and unwanted. Creating not sustaining. God is not like that. Once He brings it into existence, He is responsible for preserving it.

And so Colossians says, "...in him all things consist." Now, let's look at some examples of this. Matthew chapter 6. Now, I know you know who wrote Matthew. Do you know what Matthew was before he became saved? What was he? A tax collector. Give me another word for tax collector. A publican. Give me another word. A thief, yes. It wasn't a professional term but by all practical standards a tax collector in those days was a thief. They collected taxes for the Romans but they took more than necessary and they kept the rest for themselves. And the Jews in the days of Christ absolutely despised publicans. That's why when Jesus mingled with them, they were shocked. "This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them," because the publicans and the sinners unite to hear him. Matthew was a publican who met Jesus Christ. Is there a thief in this house tonight? Don't raise your hand. Jesus Christ, as He did for Matthew, can change your life so that you are not recognizable to your former associates in theft. Whatever you are, a murderer here tonight, Christ, when you meet with Him, Jesus Christ will change you absolutely.

Matthew 6 reading from verse 25, Jesus says, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Then He says, "Behold the fowls of the air..." Now, Christ is about to give an example. He just told human beings, don't worry about what you'll eat, what you'll drink, or what you'll put on your skin. And in order to make His point, powerful and cogent, Jesus goes to nature for an example. He says, "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not..." They don't plant seeds. "...neither do they reap..." They don't harvest plants. "...nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them." Now, what is Jesus saying? That God takes care of the dumb animals of this world.

Then He goes on to say, "Are ye not much better than they?" If God cares for the sparrow..., now listen to me. You all look reasonable. Are you reasonable, say yes. Alright. You know the Bible calls upon us to reason together. "Come now let us reason..." That's why God gave us a brain. When you reason, you're being like God. When you use your intelligence, you are functioning like God. Let us reason together. If God cares for a bird, that was not made in His image, if God cares for the bird, for whom Jesus Christ did not die, if God cares for the bird that will not be raised in the first or second resurrection, will He not care for you for whom He made. The answer is yes.

Jesus says, "Behold the fowls of the air: they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you," He says, "by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?" That may mean either an inch in height or a year in the length of your life. Cannot do it by worrying.

Then He goes, in verse 28, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow..." Now He goes from living things, the birds, to another form of life -- plant life. God cares for everything way down the ladder of life in existence. "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, not even Solomon" - the richest man who ever lived -- not even Solomon was arrayed, or dressed, or decked out, like one of these lilies growing by the side of the road. And God says, "I take care of them," and He wants you to know tonight, "If you're mine, I will take care of you."

Now, when men go to the homes of their girlfriends, one of the first things the parents want to know is, "Do you have a job?" Why? "Can you take care of our daughter? What prospects do you have? Have you gone to school? Do you know where you'll take my daughter to live? What arrangements have you made for children? Can you support them? Are you in a position to take care of our girl whom you're courting, whose hand you desire in marriage?" God says to all women and men, "I can take care of you. I can take care of you."

Now, God takes care of us on two levels and for two reasons. Reason number one: Whatever God makes, whatever He creates, He sustains. What every woman should know about God is that God knows how to take care of that which is His.

I want you to reflect and think. There's a lady, lives in Detroit, and I would frequently speak for her organization, and she got married and called me. And she said, "Randy, would you come speak for my business and meet my husband?" So I said, "Yes." I went, did a three hour presentation, met her husband. He was in the audience. A few months later I got an e-mail saying, "I am divorced. My husband up and left." Left her with all the bills and just vanished. Now, there are two ways to leave. There's a decent way, there's a classy way, there's the legal way, and then there's that way. He just up, as we say, and left. God does not do that. Let me repeat what I just said, because God is listening to me. God does not do that. That which God brings into existence, and I will repeat this ad nauseum, what He brings into existence, He becomes responsible for that.

He brings into existence on two levels - creation and salvation. Now, we read in Genesis chapter 1 and verse 3, "And God said, let there be light and there was light." Now, theologians have an expression called "ex nihilo", which means what? Out of nothing. God created out of nothing. Hebrews 11 and verse 3 says, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear," meaning, when God created, He made His own raw materials. Now, whoever built this structure needed raw materials. God did not need them, God made them. That's how God creates. That's also how He saves.

There's a story of a man who was challenging God. He said, "You are not God. I am as much God as you are." You know, God is very tolerant. God takes a lot of stuff. And He takes it and He's been taking it for thousands of years. Let me tell you quickly, one day God will have enough. And when God has had enough, if you're not on the right side, may somebody have mercy on your soul - I don't know who that will be. This man challenged God. He said, "I'm as much God as you are." God said, "Fine. How do you want to prove that?" The man said, "Let's create something. You think You're Creator, I can create. We'll create." God said, "You first." So the man bent down and scooped up some dirt and about to create something and God said, "Get your own dirt. Get your own dirt. I made it. That's my raw material. I made it. You get your own dirt. You create something out of nothing." That's how God creates.

Now, how does God save. Let's go to Romans chapter 7. Romans 7. Who wrote Romans? Yes, Brother Paul. I'm so glad he loved to write. Romans 7 reading verse 18, as we continue "What Women Ought To Know About God," and men, Romans 7 verse 18, Paul says, "For I know that in me (that is, in my...," What? "flesh, dwelleth...," (a few good things), "no good thing," says Paul. "I know," says Paul, here is the issue of knowledge, we ought to know that of ourselves there is nothing good in us. And so when a man or a woman is saved, the man or the woman comes to God and says to Him, "Father, there is nothing in me I can give to you as raw materials from which You can work. You have to create out of nothing."

And so David prayed, "Create in me a clean heart," because his heart had nothing in it that God can use as start up material. Are you listening to me? God creates "ex nihilo", out of nothing. He saves "ex nihilo," out of nothing, because a person needing salvation is dead. Ephesians 2 verse 1, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead," which means out of death God brings life.

Now, whether by creation or salvation, I repeat, when God creates something, He takes care of it. Now, when a man or a woman gives him or herself to God, God undertakes the responsibility for every aspect and facet and department of that person's life. All people either want to be taken care of or want to take care of somebody. Let me repeat that. All people, either they want to take care of someone or they want to be taken care of. God takes care of all that is His. And who and what is that? "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the worlds and they that dwell therein." On the physical creation level, we are God's. When I say we're God's, I mean God apostrophe "s," the possessive, not we're divine. We belong to God at that level. But at the level of salvation, we are His again. And God has put His reputation on the line -- "I will take care of anyone who is a child of mine."

Therefore, when we read Matthew 6:25, where Jesus said, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought," we must wonder, why is the word "therefore" in verse 25 of Matthew 6? Now, the word "therefore" establishes a connection between something that has gone previously. Let's examine that. Look at verse 24 of Matthew 6 as we continue "What Women Should Know About God." Matthew 6:24. Read this verse carefully and ask yourself, "Maybe, it is my relationship to this verse that is the foundation of all the fear that I have in my life."

Listen to what Christ says. He is about to announce an impossibility. Cannot happen. Even though many human beings try, it cannot happen. Matthew 6:24, "No man can serve two masters." No man, no woman can serve two masters for either he will do what? "Hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other." Jesus concludes, "Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

Now, here is where much of our fear comes. At a subconscious level, we are aware, at a subconscious level, that we are not serving one master. We are aware, at some deep subterranean level, that we split loyalties. We try to serve God on the weekend and the rest of that week, six days, we serve the other fellow. That produces fear, uncertainty, anxiety because God is not part of a "m

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