Exposed!

Sermon Notes from Sunday Morning, January 31st, 2016 at Kannap0lis Church of God

The two sides of the exposure coin: On the one side, being exposed makes one vulnerable and privacy is lost. In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve sinned, and then realized that they were naked and exposed. Imagine the vulnerability they must have felt when they realized they were naked. And to know that God would be coming by later in the day for His regular visit? Exposure also prevents one from hiding any flaws or deformities. One of the most uncomfortable feelings is when you go in for your annual physical and have to disrobe. It is cold and embarrassing to a degree. Kind of like a tree in the wintertime. All the leaves are gone, and all that is left is the skeleton of the tree, gray and cold.

The other side of the exposure coin is that if there is a problem or need, it becomes evident. For example, if a tree has a split branch or limb, the master of the orchard can shore up the branch to make it whole, or wrap it until it can heal itself. When we are exposed before God, as is always the case, and especially in times of crisis, God knows what is wrong in our lives, and can save, deliver, and heal in our times of need. The Scriptures show us how we are exposed before God.

The All-Knowing God Sees All We Do, Good and Bad

John 3:19–21 (NKJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

The sins of every individual are completely hidden from some people, somewhat hidden from many people, and partially hidden from most. However, none of our sins are ever hidden at all from God. We are all exposed before God. One day we will all stand before God and our works will be judged. When we sin, God is aware and sees everything we do. This can be an unnerving realization, but one that can help us put the hiddenness of our sins in perspective. Sin is never an isolated incident, nor is it a hidden incident. God knows all, and we should be aware of His omnipresence and His omniscience. Just like seeing a policeman can be a deterrent to sin, so the all-present God should deter us from sin. But, more importantly, knowing that the God who loved us enough to die for us is constantly near us, observing us, should be enough to motivate us to holiness and goodness.

Hebrews 4:12–13 (NKJV)
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And 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.
Hebrews 4:13 (ESV)
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Ecclesiastes 12:12–14 (NKJV)
12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.

The All-Knowing God Sees All We Need, Large and Small

Psalm 139:7–11 (NKJV)
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;

Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)

24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Hebrews 13:5–6 (NKJV)
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matthew 10:29–31 (NKJV)
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

His Eye is On the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely And long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me
I sing because I’m happy I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me
His Eye is On You!

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