You Can Run But You Cant Hide

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE 

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

 

1.  INTRODUCTION-  A few years ago there was a television series called the fugitive.  The hero of the show had been charged with a murder he did not commit and he was always on the run, barely escaping with his life.  Many of us on the run spiritually speaking.  It often begins when we leave our parents home to make a life of our own.  We are anxious to get out on our own and be “independent”.  We have the opportunity to experiment and do things that we would not do among family and friends that would hold us accountable.  It’s our chance to do what we chose when we chose but we soon find out, if God has his hand on our life that it doesn’t work out the way we thought.  We somehow don’t feel as free as we thought we would.  What’s the problem?  The problem is God is looking out for us and restraining us, even when we would rather he would mind his own business but you see, we are God’s business; we were born with his permission and for his purpose.  Our highest purpose and greatest honor is to bring glory to God!

TEXT: PSALM 139:1- 18 (nkjv)

2.  GOD KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNOW YOURSELF.

•  O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 THOU knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Psa 139:1 -2 (kjv) (A Psalm of David.)

• For there is not a word in my tongue but, lo,  O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Psa 139:4 (kjv)

• He knows when you are doing well and when you are doing poorly.

• He knows whether you will succeed or fail BEFORE it happens.  (He does not define success and failure as we do.)

• He knows your thoughts even before we speak of them.  He even knows why you think like you do.

• He knows in advance how you will react to a given situation and what you will say before you say it.  He even knows what you really wanted to say when you had to bite your tongue.

• He knows the thoughts and intents of you heart– the secret motives.

• The  heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?10 I the LORD search the heart, I  try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jer 17:9-10 (kjv)

• The good news is that God’s thoughts and purposes toward you are redemptive and for our good: Jer 29:11- 13 (niv)  For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD”, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

3.  GOD KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE BORN AND PLANNED EVERY FEATURE.

•  He watched over you in your mother’s womb as you were being formed.  You are special, unique and your DNA insures that you are one-of-a-kind.

•  FOR thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 MY substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 THINE eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psa 139:13 – 16 (kjv)

4.  WHEN GOD’S CHILDRENT TRY TO RUN FROM HIS LOVE HE WILL LOVINGLY BOX YOU IN UNTIL  YOU SEE NO WAY OUT.

• He fixes a fix to fix you to save you from yourself.

• THOU compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Psa 139:3 (kjv)

•  THOU hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Psa 139:5 – 6 (kjv)

•  HE hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.  Lam 3:7 (kjv)

5.  YOU CAN RUN FROM GOD BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM HIM.

•  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 IF I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 IF I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 EVEN there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 IF I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 YEA, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.  Psa 139:7 – 12 (kjv)

6.  BIBLICAL EXAMPLES:

•  God introduced Jacob to Laban, a man even more devious and crafty than he.  Jacob wrestled with God at Peniel and God blessed him and changed his name but not before he admitted that he was Jacob the heel grabber, the one who stole his bothers birthright.

•  Moses took matters into his own hands when he killed the Egyptian who was beating the Hebrew slaves and had to flee into the wilderness for 40 years before God drew him to the burning bush.

•  God called Jonah to preach to the wicked city of Niniveh. Jonah jumped a cruise ship going the other way but God prepared a great fish to retrieve him after they threw him overboard.

•  Jeremiah the prophet suffered greatly in the purpose of God: I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath…  he turned is against me; he TURNED his hand against me all day long. …HE was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places. 11 HE hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate. 12 HE hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.  Lam 3:1 – 12 (Paraphrase)

•  God stopped the mouth of righteous job with questions that could not be answered by mortal man.  (Job 38:4-5) WHERE wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 WHO hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? job answered the LORD, “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from thee.  Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.” (Job 42:2-3)

     •  Jesus saw what was in Peter’s heart and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” (Mat 16:23)  

•  Paul was moving up on the career ladder, persecuting the church which he thought a threat to Judaism but God confronted him on the road to Damascus and told him how it was blinding him in the light.

•  In (Gen 4:6)  GOD spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? (Gen 4:7)  If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”

7.  CONCLUSION–  If we understand how much God loves us we will not want to hide.  verse 17 SAYS, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 IF I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

This psalm concludes with the prayer:  “See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  IF YOU ARE READY TO STOP RUNNING… IF YOU WANT KNOW GOD AND RECEIVE THE GOOD THINGS HE HAS FOR YOU…I INVITE YOU TO COME DOWN AND LET ME PRAY WITH YOU.

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