Based on a true story, A family fight to adopt a little girl they fostered. But then social welfare decide to send Tella back to her natural father, who it is apparent is sexually and physically abusing her. The Brady’s fight to get her back.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Hebrews 4:13
In 2015 an international research company stated that there were 245 million surveillance cameras installed worldwide, and the number was growing by 15 percent every year. In addition, multiplied millions of people with smartphones capture daily images ranging from birthday parties to bank robberies. Whether we applaud the increased security or denounce the diminished privacy, we live in a global, cameras-everywhere society.
The New Testament book of Hebrews says that in our relationship with God, we experience a far greater level of exposure and accountability than anything surveillance cameras may see. His Word, like a sharp, two-edged sword, penetrates to the deepest level of our being where it “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:12–13).
Because Jesus our Savior experienced our weaknesses and temptations but did not sin, we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (vv. 15–16). We don’t need to fear Him but can be assured we’ll find grace when we come to Him.
Nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Nothing is greater than God’s love. Nothing is stronger than God’s mercy and grace. Nothing is too hard for God’s power.
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No part of our lives is hidden from God’s grace and power.
God cares about our physical well-being. After all, He made our bodies as a temple for His Spirit. And while He is able to heal sickness, His original intention was not for His perfect creation to experience disease.
But in this sinful world, ungodly choices at times lead to illness (John 5:14). So when we’re afflicted, it’s wise to ask God to search our heart and reveal anything He wants us to address (Psalm 139:23-24). Since sin can act like a blockage to prayer (Psalm 66:18), confessing any known wrongdoing is also a good idea.
Most of the time, though, health problems are just part of our human condition—a symptom of mankind’s fallen state rather than evidence of personal sin. The truth is, disease affects just about everyone at some point. So how does God want us to respond?
Certain situations, of course, require prompt medical attention, but even in a crisis, our Father wants us to be aware of His presence and to stay in communication with Him (1 Thess. 5:17). Developing a pattern of prayerfulness before an emergency occurs is the best way to prepare for the unexpected.
The Bible’s instructions also include praying for one another and calling the elders of the church to come and pray, anointing the afflicted person with oil in Jesus’ name. (See James 5:14.)
Our Father is able to heal even the most deadly disease, but He sometimes chooses to allow the condition to remain. When requesting restored health, we should ask with faith and trust—faith in God’s ability but trust in His perfect will, whether that means healing or suffering-induced growth.
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. . . . And he gave him tithes of all.” (Genesis 14:18, 20)
This is one of the more curious passages of the Old Testament. Abram had rescued his nephew Lot, along with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, after a fierce running battle with a five-king federation led by Chedorlaomer, the king of Elam (Genesis 14:1-17).
As Abram returned victorious from the battle, he was met by Melchizedek, the king of Salem, who seems either to represent or actually be the pre-incarnate Person of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:1-3). Melchizedek greeted Abram with words of victory and praise, to which Abram responded with a no-nonsense declaration of his service to the “most high God” (Genesis 14:22-24).
The king of Sodom offered to let Abram take the spoils of war. The custom was (and is) well established that the victor was due all the value of the conquered land. Abram’s response was most gracious. Not only would he take nothing for himself other than what was due his servants and confederates, but he would return everything outside of the tithe to the original owners. “Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils” (Hebrews 7:4).
It is here that tithing is established in Scripture, long before the Mosaic law. The event is so incidental that it seems the custom had already been in practice for some time. Whatever the case, Abram offers “tithes of all” to Melchizedek without a second thought. Centuries later, the Lord Jesus told the Pharisees that they ought to pay their tithes “and not to leave the [weightier matters] undone” (Matthew 23:23). It is interesting how much the tithing practice is still debated among God’s children. HMM III
At first men lived for hundreds of years, but a few generations of long-lived men sufficed to make the race very wicked; and, when the holy seed of Seth intermarried with the graceless race of Cain, the people of God degenerated, the salt lost its savour, and the whole earth became corrupt.
What a charge against man, and it is true of us all still.
What a blessed but was that. In the midst of wrath the Lord remembered mercy; even as in punishing sin he remembers Christ and all those who are of his family. The distinction made was the fruit of grace. It is not said that Noah deserved preservation, but Noah found grace.
In this he was a worthy descendant of Enoch.
Those who are corrupt towards God are sure to be violent towards men.
In all our actions we must follow the divine rule. If our religious observances have not this inscription upon them—”Thus saith the Lord,” they will profit us nothing.
Noah must make the ark after God’s plan, and those who expect to be saved must receive salvation in God’s way. Not our whims but God’s word must guide us.
As Noah was the preserver of life so is Jesus; and as he became the new head of the saved race, so our Lord is the Head of his church, which is the seed saved out of the world.
Noah’s faith led him to obedience. If we would be saved from the destruction which is coming upon the world, we must submit ourselves without reserve to the commands of our Lord Jesus. We shall not be saved for keeping the commands of God, but if we have true faith we shall prove it by following the Lord’s directions.
O Lord, we praise thy sovereign grace,
Grace o’er the raging flood supreme.
How well didst thou secure the race
Thou hadst determined to redeem.
They in the ark serenely housed,
Smiled on the universal wreck.
Fierce were the waves by vengeance roused,
But mercy held them all in check.
Could you use some extra strength today? I want to draw your attention to the word “strong” in Ephesians 6:10. It is the Greek word endunamao, a compound of the words en and dunamis. The word en means in. The word dunamis means explosive strength, ability, and power. It’s where we get the word dynamite.
Thus, this word endunamao presents the picture of an explosive power that is being deposited into some type of container, vessel, or other form of receptacle. The very nature of this word endunamao means that there necessarily must be some type of receiver for this power to be deposited into.
This is where we come into the picture! We are specially designed by God to be the receptacles of divine power. When Paul tells us to be strong in the Lord, he is essentially saying, “Receive a supernatural, strengthening, internal deposit of power into your inner man.” God is the Giver, and we are the receptacles into which this power is to be deposited.
Paul knew you and I would desperately need supernatural power in order to successfully combat the attacks the enemy would bring against us. That’s why he urges us to open our spirits, souls, and bodies to God so we can receive this supernatural strength.
Ephesians 6:10 could be translated to mean:
“… Be infused with supernatural strength and ability….”
“… Be empowered with this special touch of God’s strength….”
“… Receive this inner strengthening….”
God wants you and me to have this supernatural strength and ability! We are the special receptacles or containers He created to possess this phenomenal power. Think of how wonderful it is that God specially fashioned you and me to be the containers for the power of God!
So if you’re feeling a need for extra strength today, open your heart right now and allow God to give you a fresh infilling of His explosive, Holy Spirit power!
Lord, it is clear that You want me to be filled with Your power and strength today, so I open my heart right now and ask You to fill me with Your Spirit. Thank You for creating me to be the receptacle for this wonderful power—and by faith, I receive a fresh infilling of Your Spirit right now!
I pray this in Jesus’ name!
I declare by faith that I am filled with the Spirit of God. I am specially made by God to be the container of the Holy Spirit. He lives in me; He fills me; and He empowers me to conquer every attack that the devil tries to bring against me. God knew I needed this power and therefore gave it to me. I boldly confess that I am FILLED with the supernatural, wonderworking, and dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!
I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!
We are the special receptacles or containers God created to possess this phenomenal power. Just think of it! He specially fashioned you and me to be the containers for His divine power.
In a day when everyone, it seems wants their name in lights or print, the idea of being an unheralded laborer for God goes down painfully. Yet, God’s true work is done without fanfare. For example, who ever heard of:
God commands us to do His work without seeking recognition:
“When you do something for someone else, don‘t call attention to yourself… just do it — quietly and unobtrusively.” (Matthew 6:1, 2 – The Message Translation)
Even our private life of prayer with God is to go unnoticed:
“And when you come before God, don‘t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom!… Find a quiet, secluded place so you won‘t be tempted to role play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage… ” (Matthew 6:5, 6 — The Message Translation)
The true servants of God understand that God does not take kindly to sharing His glory:
“My glory I will not share with another.” (Isaiah 48:11)
That is precisely why the real work of God is done quietly and humbly, and most often without the notice or appreciation of others.
Such service may appear to be sacrificial, but God’s mature servants are aware that the true rewards will be handed out by Him in eternity. And for this they are willing to wait!