Thankfully, God doesn’t change as we change. Thankfully, God isn’t sensitive and easily swayed. Thankfully, God doesn’t give up on us. Thankfully, God is loving, merciful, and faithful.
God has many attributes (See A.W. Tozer’s book Knowledge of the Holy) and many names (See Tony Evans’ book The Power of God’s Names and Bible.org for the meanings of God’s names). Each name and description is crucial to understanding God. I encourage you to look into His names and His attributes to understand a full picture of God.
So the question is “Who is God?”. We said last week that, “God is who He is, regardless of what we think about Him.” He never changes and He always keeps His promises.
A few of God’s promises… (See The Bible Promise Book, One Thousand Promises from God’s Word)
- “God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3
- “The sinful is thrown down by his wrongdoing, but the man who is right with God has a safe place when he dies.” Proverbs 14:32
- “For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:4
- “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.” John 6:47
- “A man cannot please God unless he has faith. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is. That one must also know that God gives what is promised to the one who keeps on looking for Him.” Hebrews 11:6
- “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
These promises are for those who believe in God and have a relationship with Him. You cannot have access to His promises unless you have the Holy Spirit inside you.
You receive the Holy Spirit when you ask Jesus to come into your heart and when you ask God to forgive you of your sins, realizing that you cannot get to Heaven without Jesus and you cannot be forgiven without His sacrifice on the cross.
If you’ve been wondering and asking yourself, “Where is God and why is He not showing up in my life?” first, you have to ask yourself if you have truly given your life to Christ.
Believing that God exists does not mean that you are a Christian and are saved from an eternity in Hell.
Harsh, I know, but let’s get real. You want all the benefits and want to have all the control too. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t control your life, expect all the pieces to fit perfectly together, and pull in the reserve (God) when you need Him. It’s an every day, fully surrendering, total abandonment of your old self kind-of relationship.
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
Here it is in a nutshell…
- God isn’t your lucky charm.
- God isn’t your “get out of jail free card”.
- God doesn’t turn His back on you, you turned your back on Him.
- God loves you.
- God wants a relationship with you.
- God will not force you to give your life to Him.
- You matter to God and He gives you the choice to come to Him.
- You have to let it go.
- You have to come to Him humbly and without your own agenda.
- You may be able to go this life without Him, but you won’t go to Heaven on good works.
“If they are saved from the punishment of sin because of God’s loving-favor, it is nothing men have done to earn it. If men had earned it, then His loving-favor would not be a free gift.” (Romans 11:6)
If you know me, you know that I am typically not this direct. The reason for these blogs, for me, was to tell you what my relationship with the Lord means and why it matters. My faith is not based on some scriptures that don’t have any meaning in the present day. My faith is not based off of some God who sits up in Heaven scowling at me because I’M JUST NOT GETTING IT! My faith is not a “religion” I fell into and use as a crutch.
My faith is a daily relationship with a God who shows up. He is there for me. His promises are real. And He is always faithful, even when times are tough. My God is not a “religion” that I just happen to believe. My God is EVERYTHING!