God gives us more than we can imagine including direct access to Him. God the Father wants His children to talk with Him. He loves us. He sent His Son to die for us so that we can have that access. Jesus took the sins of the world to the cross so that we can be declared righteous to be in the presence of almighty God. In the early days of Israel, only the priests were allowed in the Holy of Holies, in the presence of God, to intercede for the people. But Jesus changed all of that. We no longer need to go through a priest or anyone to speak with God, to ask forgiveness, to be redeemed. Each of us can go directly to Him, not through ritual or a mediator. Christ is that Mediator and all who believe in Him have the Holy Spirit in them to guide, to convict, to intercede and pray for us. Continue reading “Access to the Father”
Our God is an awesome God…He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it. So why do the schools teach that the universe and everything in it happened by chance? Why are we taught that we evolved from other forms of life? Does science disprove the existence of God? Does science contradict the creation? Some of these questions may never be answered. There are some good books and documentaries about this where the authors lay down the evidence. Check out The Case for a Creator and The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel or Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell for good discussions on these issues. So, what does God’s Word say about how the world began and how man came into being? Why should it matter? To me, knowing who God is gives me all the more reason to worship and praise Him and helps me realize how big a God He is. Continue reading “God Created”
How great our God is! Who is He? What is He like? What makes Him God? How can we know Him? In my last post I began to describe God through John in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Also, in the previous posts before that I tried to describe the trinity of God, the one and only God, in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Of course, I couldn’t even come close to fully describe who He is. He is indescribable, beyond our imagination. No one can compare. I will try to give you a glimpse through His word, though this will be incomplete. Search the scriptures and read for yourself. It truly is amazing who God is.
Praise the Lord !
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of His hands are verity and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
‘Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
All that He has done, all that He is, we ought to praise Him with our whole heart, to love Him with everything we have. We should trust in Him and His wisdom. Those who trust in the Lord will gain wisdom and strength. He will always be with you and guide you in all that you do.
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
1 John 4:7-19
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.
We love God because He first loved us. He loved us so much He sent His one and only Son to die for us, to pay for our sins that we may live…eternally, with Him, in heaven!
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”…
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:8, 11
Who is God? What is His character and attributes? There are scriptures throughout the Bible that describe Him and who He is. For this post, I will use the Book of Revelation to try to share who God is. He is the great, almighty God who is worthy to receive all of our blessings and worship. He has given us everything. He created us and He loves us.
The Holy Spirit is mentioned throughout the Bible. He is described in Genesis hovering over the waters when the earth was first formed. He filled the Kings and judges to give them strength and wisdom, and came upon Jesus at the start of His ministry. He indwells those who follow Christ and we are baptized by the Holy Spirit and given spiritual gifts by Him. He prays for us, guides us and gives us fruit to grow and edify others. Continue reading “The Role of the Holy Spirit”