What We Think of God by Pastor Chris

Song:No Longer Slaves

To know God as our father–our almighty, loving father–is the highest, richest and most rewarding aspect of our whole relationship with Him.  J. I. Packer

How well do we know our Father God?  He longs for us to know Him in a true and meaningful way.  He wants us to know that like any good Father, He cares for, protects, and provides for His children, among many other aspects.

One aspect I find particular encouraging about God is that He is dependable.  More than any person or thing on earth our God is dependable; He is trustworthy.  No matter what the situation may look like or what our feelings may be screaming at us, He is dependable.

Lamentations 3:22-26

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![a]

His mercies never cease.

23 Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;

therefore, I will hope in him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,

to those who search for him.

26 So it is good to wait quietly

for salvation from the Lord.

Do you think of God like this? One who is merciful, gracious?  One you can truly depend on and will be found when you search for Him?

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important aspect about us.”  A. W. Tozer

If you think about God our Father as merciful, gracious, forgiving, loving, etc., you will live in freedom, joy, and peace.  You will exude these characteristic to others.  Why?  Because you are accepted; you are forgiven; you are free from worry.

But if you think of God as judgemental, angry, etc., you will live life bound up and worried about life.

Worry.  You were not made for that!

Begin to see God our Father as He is.  Get into His Word, and see how He is a God who faithfully comes  through time and time again.  Pray and speak to Him, and watch your prayers answered.  This is how we begin to see God for who He is.  This is how we begin to fill our minds with His greatness.

Romans 8:14-16

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[a] of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[b] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[c] 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

We should take great comfort in knowing we are God’s children, and we can approach Him anytime!

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