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The Bible teaches there are things God cannot do.  Why not?  It is certainly not because he is wanting in power or knowledge but it is a matter of who he is, his nature or character.  We can understand that.  There are things you and I could do but our character would never allow it.  I thought it would be good to use an online Bible concordance for the New King James Version and type in the word “cannot” and see what came up.  I was interested only in those things God cannot do.  Here is the list I compiled.

(1) God says in Isa. 1:13, “I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.” (NKJV)  Prior to this verse God speaking through Isaiah says of his people that they “have rebelled against me.” (Isa. 1:2 NKJV)  A little later he refers to them as a “sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters!” (Isa 1:4 NKJV)  They were up to their necks in sin of all kinds and yet were still offering sacrifices to God (V. 11) and observing the assemblies (v. 13).  They were a people full of hypocrisy. 

What then is the teaching for men today as found in this passage?  Exactly the same as it was to the people of that day.  God cannot endure hypocrisy.  Living a life of sinful indulgence and disregard for God’s word did not please God then nor will it now no matter how much “playing church” we do. 

Need an example or two?  How about all the unscripturally divorced and remarried couples, couples that are living in adultery, that are members in good standing in many churches?  I know of one man who left his wife of, I am told, 37 years for another woman, married this woman, and now attends another congregation which seemed to accept him and her with open arms unrepentant.  How about the churches one hears of on the news from time to time welcoming homosexual pastors or priests as they call them?  God is still saying, “I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.” (Isa. 1:13 NKJV) 

(2) Habakkuk says of God in Hab. 1:13, “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness.”  Obviously, God sees or knows the wickedness of man otherwise how could he judge man?  “There is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Heb. 4:13 NKJV)  The Psalmist tells us in speaking of God that “he knows the secrets of the heart.” (Psalms 44:21 NKJV)  So, there is no hiding wickedness from God, even wickedness in the heart.  Habakkuk is saying in this passage that God cannot tolerate wickedness or we might say sin which is the same thing.

What is the message for today?  “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasing life.” (Gal. 6:7-8 NKJV)  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10 NKJV)  “Tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek.” (Rom. 2:9 NKJV)

The fact God does not punish men on the spot and immediately for their sin does not mean he has not seen it or has overlooked it.  If it seems we have gotten by with it, it is only because God is “longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)  There will be a day of accounting.  God “cannot look on wickedness.”

(3) “God cannot be tempted by evil.” (James 1:13 NKJV)  This is just a straight forward statement of fact.  The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life tempt men, not God. 

What comfort can we find in this fact?  We can be assured God will not do us wrong and that we can depend on him.  Even though we reap what we sow that is us, what we do, not what God does to us.  God will not lie to me, he will not cheat me, he will do me no wrong at all for that would be evil, the thing God cannot be tempted to do.

True, there will be problems that enter my life but they will be for my growth and improvement.  “Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4 NKJV)

(4) God, Titus tells us, “cannot lie.” (Titus 1:2 NKJV)  Titus tells us this in connection with a promise God has made to his people – the promise of eternal life.  This is a great comfort and hope as time goes by in our life and we see ourselves growing older.  We know some day we must leave this world for the great unknown but God has given a promise and he cannot lie, there is such a thing as eternal life.  What a joyous thought and hope.

But, we must also remember that when we are being told that God cannot lie it pertains to everything God has said.  We cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible we want to believe and obey.  God cannot lie about anything he has said.  If he has given a commandment you or I do not like we have to remember God was not lying when he gave us the commandment.  He meant for it to be kept and obeyed.  Next time you read a commandment that is offensive to you just ask yourself this question – is God lying about this?

Today men and women are living in disobedience to plain commandments of God because in their mind he will not care, he did not mean it for us today, he knows times have changed.  In other words God did not mean what he said and will not count our disobedience against us as sin.  We need to remember the words of Jesus, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4 NKJV)  We ought to emphasize from that passage the phrase “every word.”  God “cannot lie.”

(5) God “cannot deny himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13 NKJV)  Taken in the context of which this passage is found the entire verse reads as follows: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful; he cannot deny himself.”  This is very, very similar then to the previous passage from Titus telling us God cannot lie.  To be faithful means we keep our word.  For God to not do this would make him unfaithful and he would be denying himself, denying what he had previously told us.

This really means that you and I can take God’s word to the bank as the old saying goes.  It is good as gold, better than gold.  There is no possibility of a failure or fault to be found with it.  We need to have confidence in the word of God for without it, when doubts start entering in, sin and falling away are not far behind.  Jesus says, “The scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10:35 NKJV)  God cannot deny himself.  

When I started this study I had no idea what all I would come up with but it is good to take a word or phrase once in awhile and do a search by means of a concordance and see what one can find.  This is all I found as it related to things God cannot do but I wanted to know what the Bible had to say about it and now I do.  I hope it has been of some little benefit to you as well.

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The church in the New Testament is described under various appellations the best known perhaps being the family of God.  It is the designation that touches the heart with the greatest force.  We long to be part of a family, to have people that care about us and care how we are doing and who will help us willingly and gladly should we need it, people who do love us.  One of the saddest things one can experience in life, a gut wrenching experience, is to feel alone, to feel abandoned, to feel you matter to no one.  It rips your heart out and then shreds it to pieces.

Many people truly are alone; no one cares even enough to pray for them and the saddest thing is many realize this.  It is not hidden from them and they thus bear the burden of that knowledge suffering the pain that comes with it. 

The sickness of heart so many experience who feel abandoned and alone is far more painful than any physical ailment for it touches the soul.   When one is unloved and unwanted then what is left when that comes into a person’s life?  “By sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Prov. 15:13 NKJV)  God knew what he was talking about.  All human experience has borne out the truth of this statement of scripture.

In Christ one always has family for the church of God is the family of God, people who love one another and care about one another, people who will literally pray for you as well as help you.  How thankful we ought to be to find someone who cares enough to pray for us.  Many people have no one who will do that for them.  Have you ever wanted someone to pray for you and there was no one to do it – no one who cared, no one close enough to you to even know your need?

While the phrase “the family of God” is not found in the New Testament the concept is.  We are the children of God, “Beloved, now we are children of God.” (1 John 3:2 NKJV)  Christians are born of God, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” (1 John 5:1 NKJV)  We are begotten of God in that he has “according to his abundant mercy…begotten us again.” (1 Peter 1:3 NKJV)  The Christian has been born again into the family of God.  We call God Father for, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NKJV)  If we are his children he is our Father.

Jesus is our elder brother, “For both he who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying:  ‘I will declare your name to my brethren; In the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to you.'” (Heb. 2:11-12 NKJV)  We are brothers and sisters in Christ for in Jesus’ own words he says, “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matt. 12:50 NKJV)

Paul wrote to Timothy saying, “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God.” (1 Tim. 3:15 NKJV)  Thus the church is our spiritual family, the house of God, and if we live in it long enough and are faithful in it it becomes as close to us as physical family, even a closely knit physical family, and even dearer to us as the years go by and we grow older.  That is the way God meant it to be.  

What should one experience in the family of God?  Here are but a few of those things.

(1)  Love.  “In sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” (1 Peter 1:22 NKJV)  “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 NKJV)  “By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us.  And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16 NKJV)  “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13 NKJV)

I think the greatest desire of the human heart is for love, to be loved and cared about.  In the church if the brethren are what they ought to be they will love you and care about you.  You are their beloved family. 

(2)  Compassion.  “The members should have the same care for one another…if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Cor. 12:25-26 NKJV)  Sounds like what we expect in our own homes does it not?  Sounds like people care for one another does it not?  That should be the church when the membership lives as Christ has directed them and have the love of God in them.

(3)  Kindness.  “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted.” (Eph. 4:32 NKJV)  Every Christian is to have “brotherly kindness” (2 Peter 1:7 NKJV) in his life.  Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22 NKJV).  Have you ever wondered how much kindness the homeless receive?  What value do you think they would place on a little kindness?  How much value do we place on kindness in our life – kindness both shown to us and that which we show or should show to others?  In the church one should always find kindness being shown one member to another for we are family.  We should show kindness to all, the Bible teaches that, but certainly we need kindness to one another in the family of God.

(4)  Longsuffering or patience.  Life in any family requires patience or longsuffering with one another.  You should find that in the church as well.  God’s people, his family, learn to put up with one another’s quirks of character – those things that can be annoying – because of the love we have for one another.  We are “bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Sprit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:2-3 NKJV)  Is that not the way it is with a husband and wife?  We all know it is and that is the way it is in any successful family.  It is that way in God’s family if it is the family God would have it to be.

(5)  Forgiveness.  “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32 NKJV)  “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another.” (Col. 3:13 NKJV)  We all feel the need to be forgiven.  In the church, God’s family, one needs to find that forgiveness and I am speaking here of the forgiveness by our brethren specifically. 

Sin is a burden we carry and yes, certainly, we must first be concerned with the forgiveness of God but we also must feel our brethren, our spiritual brothers and sisters in God’s family, will forgive us and help us unload the burden and guilt of sin.  “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2 NKJV)  To know our family will have us back, forgive us, and love us despite our past sin is a wonderful thing.  An unforgiving Christian is an unsaved Christian.  “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt. 6:14-15 NKJV)

(6)  Help and support.  If it is needed the family of God helps one another out with the matters of this life.  “Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17 NKJV)  “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. 6:10 NKJV)  In 1 Tim. 5 Paul instructs Timothy as to how the church is to care for those who are “widows indeed” (1 Tim. 5:3 KJV) having no one to help them.  It would be a disgrace for a church to have hungry and needy brethren uncared for, a mark of a lack of love.

This list could obviously be greatly extended but brevity must rule.  But, just based on the 5 items I have listed, without extending them, I think we would all agree that any family sharing those traits is going to be a happy and successful family in meeting the inner human needs we all have.  Give me a family that loves me, has compassion for me when I need it, is kind to me, is patient with me, forgives me as needed, and who will help me in my life and I would say I have a wonderful family.  God’s family, when it is what it ought to be, is a wonderful family.

I could extend this article indefinitely talking about the wonderful Father and older brother we have but time and space will only allow a brief comment or two.

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A cruise vacation is one of the most exciting activities for adventurous people. They prefer to explore different regions of the world rather than spending their time at home doing boring hobbies.

Going on a cruise vacation is more than a lifetime experience for them. Every time they go they get that satisfying feeling of experiencing different parts of the world.

Going on a cruise vacation will take your breath away! It is both a fascinating and engaging event for vacationers.

There is a lot of competition amongst the cruise ships. You will hear many things about what services they will offer to you. Because of this competition, the cruise ships have to present you with the best possible amenities.

Before going on your cruise vacation there are many things you need to consider. The primary things you need to figure out are the expenses, the cruise destination and the packaging.

As long as everything goes smoothly a cruise will always bring you enjoyment. You should have a plan. Planning out everything in advance will save you from all the hassles. Besides, a cruise it meant to be a relaxing and rewarding experience.

Planning is very important. Here are some things to help you out to ensure that your cruise will be a satisfying experience:

1. Find a package that will meet your needs – There are packages for single travelers as well as group travelers. Depending on the package, rates will vary.

If you are interested in a group package, be sure and make some inquiries into what’s available. Depending on your preference, many of the cruise lines offer several discounts.

2. Length of the cruise – This is a very important thing to include in your planning. Decide on how long your cruise vacation will be. Will it be for just a couple days or a couple weeks?

For a more thorough experience, look for a cruise that lasts a month or longer.

3. Itineraries – A cruise vacation is more exciting if you get to visit your most favored places in the world. Whether you want to spend your time alone or with your family, be sure to decide on which destination will fulfill your desires.

If you want to take your children along, choose a cruise destination that will enchant and excite them. Also, be sure to choose a cruise line that accommodates children.

Then again, if you have been going on cruises for several years, choose a destination that you have not visited before.

4. Cruise line – To learn about the amazing services that a particular cruise line offers, do your research and find out more. The easiest way to go about doing this is by surfing the net and visiting the websites of the different cruise lines.

What you need to be looking for in a cruise line is the fare (if it’s affordable) and the services and amenities it offers.

5. Ports – Make sure you plan your budget depending on which ports you plan to visit. To avoiding spending extra amounts of money make sure that the ports are accessible.

By getting yourself organized and planning your cruise vacation in advance your trip will be a much more rewarding experience. Cruising requires careful planning so that you can do everything you want to do without the headache when you it comes time to book your cruise.

If a cruise vacation is in your yearly plans, don’t visit the same destinations year after year. For instance, take your next cruise by visiting one of the more unconventional destinations. Have an open mind.

Do not limit yourself by booking the same package every year. When going on yearly cruises, one of your goals should be to experience different cultures and destinations.

Your cruise vacation can be a remarkable one. Proper planning will ensure that your cruise will be an unforgettable journey for you and your family as well as those who may come along with you.

Have fun,

Christian Baligad

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