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PROBLEM:

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But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves.[a]
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For the truth about God is known to them instinctively.[b] God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20
From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.

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So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies.
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Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen.

SOLUTION:

This makes me think of what Jesus Himself said:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

NOT that He knows the way (though He surely does), but HE IS the Way, Truth, and Life – He is “I AM”

This same truth I saw in the reading from I Chronicles 16:

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Search for the LORD and for his strength, and keep on searching.

And we can trust Him, because of the immutability and inability to lie – the certain, guaranteed hope of God fulfilling His covenant:

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He always stands by his covenant[g]-- the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

AND where is His strength found?

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Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his dwelling.

HIS PRESENCE is the SOURCE, the TREE, the PLACE from which I can find His strength.

Honor, majesty, strength, and beauty ARE:
 His “environment”
 His “clothing”

When I spend time with Him, His environment can be mind and His clothing can be mine—throughout the day!

I often do not know what to do—and I am at the end of my understanding and keep hitting a wall. But, if I spend time in His Presence—cultivating my relationship with Him--

THEN, out of our knowledge of God, and our acting on it (faith without works is dead)—we have the vital experience to share His glory and strength to those around us!

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O nations of the world, recognize the LORD,
recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong.

I Chronicles 15-16:36

Luke 16 10 “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” This verse came to mine every time I read Obed-edom’s name in this passage. He is mentioned four times in regard to being a gatekeeper in the tabernacle (15:18); a musician, a harp player) (15:21); and his home was where the Ark was kept for three months (15:25) while David tried to figure out how to get the Ark into the city without someone dropping dead.

After suffering the consequence of chosen ignorance, not actively consulting and reading the Laws of Moses, which would have told him how to move the Ark the right way, he does the right thing and gets the “411” on how to handle properly, God. (Well the God in the box, the home He had chosen to stay in for the sake of Israel)

David’s wife’s, Saul’s daughter, sneer at David, she must have been embarrassed, demonstrates to me that people have shown and will continue to show contempt for those who are in heartfelt worship. Like David, we must pay them no mind, but I don’t know if we can get away with locking them up.

In his Psalm, David lets us know that seeking God requires constancy and persistence (16:11), just like Jesus would latter tell us to do by asking, seeking and knocking.

Romans 1:18-32

This thing with God allowing us to have what we want (24 So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired) is the same thing He did with Israel when she asked for a king. He, God, gave them a man named Saul whose name in Hebrew is a play on the Hebrew word for desire.

I Sam 12:
12 "But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, 'No, we want a king to rule over us'-even though the LORD your God was your king. 13 Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the LORD has set a king over you.

God is still in the business of giving people what they want even if what they want is hell.

Psalm 10:1-15
WOW!
4 These wicked people are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.

5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them.

Not only are these two verses powerful, they let us know that the wicked will seemingly appear to succeed; however there is something coming toward them on the road they don’t see, punishment. Just because the wicked or the righteous do not see evil, being thwarted by God does not mean the road is clear of their just dessert, we like they don’t see everything.

Proverbs 19:6-7

The kind of friends spoken about in these two verses, I don’t need nor do I want.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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