Gravity can’t be seen or truly explained by astrophysicists, yet we know it exists. God put everything into order exactly as He wanted it so that it was perfect.
Hebrews 1:3 - The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.
Isaiah 45:18 - For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the Lord,” he says, “and there is no other.”
The definition of gravity is a force of attraction between two objects; that which pulls an object of lesser mass toward an object of greater mass. God draws us closer to Him. He pulls us. He is the Greater Mass while we are the lesser mass. However, we are also pulled by the things of this world.
Gravity can be thought of in this manner as well - God Revealing A Vast Intensity Toward You. God adores us, cares for us, and comforts us. He wants us to have a desire to draw closer to Him. He pursues us! We should be overwhelmingly impressed with God on a daily, hourly basis.
2 Kings 20:5 - I have heard your prayer and seen your tears.
Psalm 46:10 - “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
* Earth’s Gravity states that what goes UP must come DOWN
* Divine Gravity states that what goes DOWN must come UP
God comes DOWN - Garden of Eden
Genesis 3:8 - When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden.
Prayers go UP - Cries for Help
Exodus 2:23 - Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God.
God comes DOWN - Tabernacle and Temple
Exodus 40:34-35 - (34) Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. (35) Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.
2 Chronicles 5:13 - (13) The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. (14) The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.
God goes UP - Glory of God Exits the Temple
Ezekiel 11:22 - Then the cherubim lifted their wings and rose into the air with their wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered above them.
SILENCE OF GOD FOR 400 YEARS
God comes DOWN - God in the Flesh
Luke 2:8-14 - (8) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. (9) Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, (10) but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. (11) The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! (12) And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” (13) Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, (14) “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Christ Raised UP - Cross of Christ
Mark 15:24 - Then the soldiers nailed Him to the cross.
John 12:32-33 - (32) And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” (33) He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
Christ goes DOWN - Laid in the Tomb
Luke 23:52 - (52) He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (53) Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.
Christ goes UP - Resurrection
Luke 24:5-6 - Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!
Christ goes UP, UP, UP, UP, UP,UP, UP - Ascension
Acts 1:9 - After saying this, He was taken up into a cloud they were watching, and they could no longer see Him.
Holy Spirit comes DOWN - Spirit Poured Out
Acts 2:32-33 - (32) God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. (33) Now He is exalted to the place of highest honor in Heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave Him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
Saved go UP - Mid-Air Meeting
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - (16) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. (17) Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
Jesus comes DOWN - 2nd Coming of Christ
Revelation 19:11-13 - (11) Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. (12) His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. (13) He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.
We stay UP - With Him Always
Revelation 21:3-4 - (3) I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Beth emphasized that we need to get real about learning scripture and reading scripture. Many people say that they are living their life like Jesus, but if you aren’t reading His word, how do you know how to live?
“Your experience doesn’t get to tell you your truth,” Beth said.
Psalm 119:133 - Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.
Psalm 119:160 - The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.
2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Psalm 43:3-5 - (3) Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. (4) There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God! (5) Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
Many of us are weighed down by our sin. It’s like we are carrying around a dead carcass. Sin has a smell that will affect all others around you as well. It burrows down in your heart and Christ is the ONLY ONE who can wash it clean.
Psalm 34:18 - The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Jeremiah 8:18 - My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken.
Proverbs 14:13 - Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
Proverbs 12:25 - Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Numbers 11:14-15 - (14) I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! (15) If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!”
Psalm 137:1-2 - (1) Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem. (2) We put away our harps, hanging them on the branches of poplar trees.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 - (8) We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. (9) We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Everyone has some sin in their life which weighs them DOWN; an addiction, a hobby, a lifestyle. We need to use our DOWN. Your down can lead you to a special place with God. But when you allow your down to become a bow down, and you give in to the defeat of that, you rob God of the glory He had intended for your life.
Let your DOWN bring you to your knees, NOT to you bowing down in defeat and giving up. Start claiming God as LORD over EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE. The moment your down becomes a bow down, GET UP!
Some of us have made a hobby out of being down; we enjoy it for the attention it brings. Instead of us getting attention, put the attention on Jesus. If you don’t get on your knees, you will keep going and it will get worse.
Ask Christ to take authority over your down. And don’t believe for one second that you are the only one who suffers.
Ecclesiastes 6:1 - There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:
Psalm 38:4 - My guilt overwhelms me—it is a burden too heavy to bear.
James 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
Psalm 40:2-3 - (2) He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (3) He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
You need to be on your knees before God when He starts swinging His arms of justice. GOD will deliver us.
Psalm 108:13 - With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.
1 Peter 5:5-7 - (5) In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (6) So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
John 10:17-18 - (17) “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. (18) No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - (16) That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. (17) For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (18) So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Psalm 126 - (1) When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! (2) We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” (3) Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! (4) Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. (5) Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. (6) They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Ephesians 2:1-7 - (1) Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. (2) You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. (3) All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. (4) But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, (5) that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) (6) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. (7) So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
Psalm 44:4-7 - (4) You are my King and my God. You command victories for Israel. (5) Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes. (6) I do not trust in my bow; I do not count on my sword to save me. (7) You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; you disgrace those who hate us.
Romans 6:14 - Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 - (3) We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. (4) We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (5) We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:12 - You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.
Dear sisters in Christ, we hope that these words and scriptures inspire you as much as they inspired each of us. Below is a graphic Beth had us create while we were learning to demonstrate God's Divine Gravity.