Dear fellow disciple-maker,
The Scriptures reveal that the living God, the maker of heaven and earth, is uncreated. He is eternal, perfect and unchanging. God dwells in eternity, not time. God has no past or future because time has no effect on him. He is the first and the last – the beginning and the end of everything. God is holy and just. He is the creator, savior and judge of all the earth. God's wisdom, love and power are limitless, boundless and measureless. His goodness and mercy make him slow to anger and quick to forgive. He knows everything, sees everything and is always present.
Be Still and Know
God has never been confused or unsure of himself. He has never been in a hurry or frustrated over his lack of progress. The Word of God is truth. He never guesses or utters opinions. He knows the difference between good and evil, the righteous and the wicked, and always keeps his promises. This is a brief summary of what the Scriptures teach about the King of the universe, and we would be wise if we meditated more on the words, "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).
What is your personal view of God?
In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer writes, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." While the Bible is about both God and man, the focal point is God. With no conscious intention to do so, contemporary Christianity often shifts the emphasis to man. By transferring the emphasis to the "wants of the consumer" an extremely low view of God has spread, even among God's people. Currently the Jesus many people believe in has very little power. He is often pitied more than respected. Modern-day concepts of our risen Lord do not consistently conform to what he is really like. Regardless of our statements of faith, what we actually think and believe about God is the most important thing about us.
God Doesn't Need Help
Considering the vastness of God's work in the world, it is difficult for our natural mind to grasp that God does not need our help. God is self-sufficient and does not need helpers, supporters or defenders to boost his confidence. While God needs no one, he graciously chooses to work through anyone who is ready to obey. "It is God who works in you..." (Philippians 2:12).
Although God needs no one, with faith he works through anyone. Faith is not imagination. We don't imagine that God is real; we recognize that He is real and place our total confidence in the One who never fails. The greatest privilege in the world is to learn that Christ himself stepped out of eternity and into time – and then into us. We can confidently believe that nothing is too hard for Jesus. We need to see Jesus as he is today – exalted and eager. Exalted with all power at the right hand of the Father, and eager to be our friend and continue his work through us.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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