God does not need us, we need him.
"God don't need us, we need him."
Most people, including professing Christians, have a wrong idea about the Lord God. Back in 1991, my grandmother told me something that I will never forget. She said, "Tracy, God don't need us, we need him." I took instruction from this simple statement. God is good to us, but he does not need us. We need to understand that.Acts 17:24-25, God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, AS THOUGH HE NEEDED ANY THING, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
Man is vain--
- One man thinks he does God a favor by getting saved.
- Another man thinks he hurts God or diminishes his power by blaspheming or rejecting him.
- Both are wrong. Let's look at the breakdown. Find your category below--Job 35:7, If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
Job 35:6, If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
The righteous do not increase the power of God and the wicked do not take away from the power of God. God has existed from eternity past without my love and he will continue enthroned in power and glory and might long after the vilest blasphemer is burning in hell and the lake of fire. God will be God forever regardless of what a man does or does not do. He is self-sustained in no way relying on man. We can help better or hurt a man like us but this we cannot do with God.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, did not need the testimony of man. Let us take instruction from the gospel of John. When the Lord Jesus was in Jerusalem at the passover in the feast day, many people believed in his name when they saw his miracles. But look at the last part of the passage --
But JESUS DID NOT COMMIT HIMSELF UNTO THEM,
BECAUSE HE KNEW ALL MEN,
AND NEEDED NOT THAT ANY SHOULD TESTIFY OF MAN:
FOR HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN.
Jesus did not, and does not, need man. When an unregenerate, hellbound man speaks evil of Jesus it does not mean anything in terms of who God is. God is beyond this world, high and lifted up. The wicked blasphemer is only digging his own pit--into which he shall surely fall.
Some of us think that we are doing God a favor by going to church or reading the Bible. We even think we are doing God a favor by acknowledging him as the Lord of our lives. No, my friends, we are not doing him a favor, WE ARE DOING OURSELVES A FAVOR! God does not need us, we need him! Let us reason together and truly understand this thing.
As my mother would say, "God is God all by himself". God created the heavens, the earth and the sea and all that dwell therein. God created Pluto and Saturn and Jupiter and the sun. God created light and scattered the darkness, God made the swift cheetah and the delicate butterfly. God made the evaporation system. God made the industrious beaver and the tiniest micro-organisms. God made the food chain. God made the gorgeous diamonds and rubies. God made you and God made me. God does not need our oblations or anything else from our dusty frames. I see Buddhists give their statue gods cigarettes, coffee, fruit and cakes--their god can't even light the cigarette. They light it and stick it in the little pot. Their god needs them. Why? Because they created him. He's small. He's no saviour. He's false. But the TRUE God does not need you or me for one single thing. Let us understand this thing.
When I read Psalm 50 I think of my grandmother's statement. God does not even need the smallest thing from me.PSALM 50
1 THE mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
God wouldn't even ask me for a sandwich if he were hungry. He does not need me for the most minute thing. God does not need me--YET he stretches out his beautiful hand to me through his only begotten Son sacrificed for me. This leads me to meditate on Psalm 8:4--What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
I literally cried when I got a hold of this verse. It is amazing to me that the Lord God is even mindful of this dusty frame. Why would he even bother to think about me? Why would he leave his glory to die on a Roman cross for me while I was yet a vile, wicked sinner who rejected Him? Why?
This brings us to why God made us in the first place:Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
God made us for his pleasure, not because he needed us. He made man in all good intention and kindness. The following was spoken in reference to the Levitical priesthood with whom God made a covenant--"My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
"The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity."
THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY
God has not changed, he still wants the pleasure of our fellowship and love. The New Testament teaches that Christians (which includes Jews and Gentiles) form an holy priesthood (ref. I Peter 2:5), a royal priesthood (ref. I Peter 2:9).
I Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
God made man in his own image. Love of all loves! Lovingly crafted in God's own image. He made countless good things for our pleasure. But that was not good enough for us--Adam and Eve sinned. Their seed (which includes all of us) sinned.
Despite what God has done for us, we reject him. We live without regard for his statutes, commandments, precepts, and laws. We want him to stay out of our affairs so that we can do what we want. We're lawless, rebellious! Rape, abortion and other murders, suicide, despair, loneliness, etc. are not God's fault! They are the fruits of doing things our own way--man's way--and disregarding God's word! Don't blame God for the evil that men do, don't dare. Put the blame where it belongs--on man.James 1:13-17 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his OWN lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth DEATH. Do not err, my beloved brethren. EVERY GOOD GIFT AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
If you are a scoffer, I would ask something of thee,The last time you lied, did God make you lie or did you lie because you wanted to?
Of course, you lied because you wanted to. According to the Bible, lying is a crime just like murder--you are no different from the man who kills--just like you, he did it because he wanted to. It is silly to blame all the world's evils on God--which is exactly what wicked people do. Men kill and plunder and steal and backbite because they want to--just like we lie because we want to. We are all a bunch of criminals in need of forgiveness.For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
For those of you who blame everything on the devil, you can forget the lie that says, "The devil made me do it." Satan can't make you do anyting. He's not that powerful. He can only draw on the lusts already resident within the wicked human heart. We sin because we want to--Satan can only tempt you.Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Mark 7:21-23, For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, [t]hefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: [a]ll these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Some man may say to me, "If God made man in his image, then why do we have the capacity to do evil?" Let us first understand part of what it means that man is made in the image of God:Man is tri-partite: body, spirit, mind.
Man can create: with our hands, with our minds.
Man can reproduce: ourselves through procreation.
Man dominates: over the earth. We subdue plants, animals, etc.
Man CHOOSES: even making decisions concerning good and evil.
In making man in his image, choice is one of the attributes God wired man with. The very first man chose evil, sin entered the world, and the curse of sin continues with us today. Why do we do evil? Beause we choose to.
When Adam and Eve were made, they were made free agents that could have goals and hope in the future and they could look around and make decisions. Being free, they even had the ability to obey or disobey.Romans 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Unfortunately, Adam followed his wife in disobedience and sin entered the world. The curse of sin continues working in all mankind until this very day manifesting in these outrageous outbreaks of crimes, murders, blasphemies, heresies, lies, thefts, etc.
This begs the question, "Given our wretchedness, why hasn't God totally destroyed this old wicked world?" God in his sovereignty knew that there would be those of us who would want what he wants--a loving, beautiful relationship. He hasn't destroyed us
...because of love.
God knew that there would be a woman named Tracy who would want him and desire him. He knew that a man, a boy, a girl would want to rejoice in his love. Yea, he allows this wicked world to continue until the harvest is complete and the last saint gets saved. There will be no abortions--everyone that is to be born again will be born. Not one of God's children will slip through the cracks and be lost. And when the harvest is finally complete, this room, this computer, those trees, that lake, those flowers, this universe will be destroyed and everything will be made new. And in eternity, the righteous will dwell with God. But the unbelieving, and abominable and those reprobate in every good work will be cast out into the lake of fire which burneth with fire and brimstone.
We need to be begging God to be saved. But alas! We often act like we do God a favor by turning to him. He does not need us, we need him. When a man gets a hold of this concept, he will truly see.
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