Who is God?

Who is God” is an immense debated topic among humans. When Adam and Eve fell from God’s grace, a great division emerged. Satan’s corruption in the Garden of Eden hardened the hearts of men.

God defined Himself both in the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is God’s word anchored in His truth. No matter how one may deny this, the reality of God never changes (Hebrews 13:8). Our Father has left His mark on every continent making sure humanity sees His mighty creations.

Escaping God is impossible!

Many books focus on building a personal relationship with God but don’t talk about His nature.

Our first glimpse into God’s undeniable Spirit begins in the first chapter of Genesis. Here we come in contact with God the Creator (Genesis 1:31).

 

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Science tries to explain the origins of life. They spend time and money looking for the answer yet lack in understanding the complexity of a single cell of the human body. Science uncovered fascinating discoveries (DNA) but fails to define the exact nature of life.

Humanity tries to disprove God as the sole creator of life. Throughout history, men use their intelligence against God’s intended purpose of the mind and came up with ridiculous theories of life’s existence. Egyptians and Greeks created false gods and worshiped them with vigorous exertion. God finds no favor with those who place false gods before Him (Exodus 20:2).

Darwinism is a popular view of creation. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is an accepted explanation, and many people believe it’s the truth.

Mr. Darwin thought it was by chance that life is an adaption of change based on environmental factors.

Charles didn’t take into account God’s unique creation of the human soul.

The Lord connected us to Him through our souls. God has shown Himself to everyone, but only His chosen ones understand the truth of creation.

Once Christ anoints you with God’s Spirit, then a miraculous awareness of His presence permeates your mind, heart, and soul. This tremendous connectedness separates you from matters of the world and into the Light of eternal comfort. We are never the same once God embraces us with His love because experiencing His grace is an extraordinary event.

One of the finest illustrations of God’s persona is in the Book of Nahum. God shared with us His disposition. In this book’s first chapter, we come in contact with the Lord’s actions both in punishment and rewards. Those 15 verses explain God’s reactions to the believer and the unsaved soul.

 

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Nahum gives us three outstanding truths and one absolute reality of God’s temperament.  In verse 2 and 3, we learn God doesn’t tolerate wickedness. Here, we see God’s wrath, patience, and mightiness. The Lord is harsh on those who despise His power. No one can hide from God, and those verses show His outlook on defying Him.

Then in verse 7 God shows how pleased He is to His faithful followers. Our Father is eager to offer us with everything needed to live free from the cruel world. This verse gives insight to God’s goodness leaving no doubt His love for humanity.

 
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The Lord gives many insights to His person, and we know this to be true from our experiences with His words. We have discussed a few scriptures describing God’s mindset. The Bible is full of many verses attesting to God’s Spirit. We can agree to grow in the knowledge of Christ places us in the best position in understanding who God is and how we are to obey His commands.

God is remarkable!

 

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Joyful Deliverance

In my past, a joyful existence was elusive. I lived apart from God and in total darkness. Life involved chasing after short-lived experiences grounded in personal pleasures. Sin dominated my soul causing nothing but trouble.  Self-searching motives a normal occurrence anchoring a life of selfishness. No matter what the world offered, it couldn’t fill the emptiness inside my spirit.

Living life on my willpower caused unrelenting suffering. I thought happiness came from a whisky bottle but the more I got drunk an unshakable despair unfolded. Sexual immorality brought the same results. Everything I used to fill the spiritual void in my life drove me deeper into the black hole of hopelessness. This reckless lifestyle brought me to my knees.

It brings me great joy to share God saved me. I no longer live in sin and Christ delivered me from evil. Freed from the bondage of self and into God’s grace. This connection with God is a joyous occasion. The Lord makes life a happy and enlightening experience.

Since hearing God’s calling and repenting for my sins, a new outlook on joy emerged. I can’t find a better enjoyment of life than the one I receive from devoting myself to Christ. His presence brings me the greatest satisfaction. This profound spiritual consciousness keeps me seeking God and continues making me joyful!

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)

Have you found joy in God?

God’s Shocking Way of Defeating Evil

One fascinating example of God’s unique way of defeating wickedness is in the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk lived in a time where ungodliness became an epidemic. Evilness a normal occurrence and the mistreatment of others a common theme causing him grief. He had been praying for God’s intervention, but the answers didn’t come (Habakkuk 1:2-4).

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During this time of human existence, the Israelites lived in disobedience. They weren’t being held captive or suppressed from another nation, but their defiance against God had peaked. And God unleashed His wrath by using an unimaginable source to wipe out their evil ways.

God showed Habakkuk His plan, and it wasn’t the one the Prophet was expecting. God explained to him a shocking plan of eradicating this rebellion (Habakkuk 1:5). He called on the Chaldean nation to carry out His wrath. They were a ruthless and wicked society.

This must have been troubling for Habakkuk since the Chaldean’s were a pagan nation centered in living a life unacceptable with God. Their disregard for human life left a trail of death and destruction. Many nations feared them, yet God guided them to carry out His will.

In the Twentieth Century, a similar act of violence to Habakkuk’s experience erupted. World War Two showed the world an up close and personal look at wickedness. This war was full of evilness.

The Holocaust, millions of human casualties and massive amounts of physical injuries from its devastation caused by evil men. But God upheld His promise to Noah (Genesis 8:21) and lined up nations together to defend humanity. And one of God’s allies was Russia a notion with evil intentions.

 

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Today we face terrorism an unpredictable evil. This wickedness strikes when the world least expects it, and places fear around the globe. The evil men behind the terror have strategic targets aimed at disrupting Christ’s peace.

God has slowed their progress but hasn’t acted on His plan to cut out this evil threat. But remember your salvation secures a place in God’s kingdom and no matter how frightful the world becomes Christ has defeated evil (1 Corinthians 15:57).

God never stops defeating evil. Throughout humanity, His mighty hand has overtaken the worst evil Satan has inflicted in trying to overthrow His kingdom. God’s word doesn’t explain the exact time He pushed the devil out of His sovereignty. But we know He did (Job 1:6-12) and the reason (Isaiah 14:12-13). And in the lives of the unsaved soul, Satan’s terror runs wild because without Christ salvation is elusive.

God doesn’t show humans everything, but faith leads us to God’s wisdom. Satan is one of God’s hidden mysteries. But God has exposed the devil’s ways by showing us his hideous works. And Adam and Eve’s experience proves God loves humans and even though their disobedience upset Him they saw Him defeat the cunning serpent (Genesis 3:14-15).

Our generation parallels with Habakkuk’s time on earth. We face the same enemy of God as this Prophet encountered. God protected Habakkuk because he was faithful and Christ does the same for us. We are blessed to be chosen to live a spiritual life beyond the flesh and be able to meet Habakkuk in heaven!

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The Simplicity of God’s Will 

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the simplicity of God’s will. Our human tendency is to complicate matters. We wonder if we’re on the right track or question our worthiness.

God created us out of unconditional love. The Lord finds us worthy enough to be saved. And He simplified His will by introducing His Son Jesus Christ to the world.

God made salvation available to anyone who will believe in Jesus as the Savior. Once someone picks up their cross and walks with Christ, then God’s will comes to life. Without establishing faith in Christ, the door to God’s mansion is closed. (John 14: 1-6)   

When Adam and Eve sinned, it damaged their interaction with God. His penalty for their disobedience excluded humanity from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). The Lord didn’t give up on them and showed His mercy by teaching them repentance. God’s grace saved them from the evil one.

It’s easy to find God’s will. The first thing He wants is being placed above everything. Nothing less is acceptable for God’s judgment is harsh on unbelievers. The Bible speaks God’s truth, and many examples of His corrections are recorded.

Noah, Moses, David, and Habakkuk are the testimonies attesting to God’s wrath on disbelief. They saw God’s righteous justice and wrote of those events so we can understand the Lord’s judgment on disobedience. 

Our ancient ancestors of the Old Testament lived in and out of God’s favor. The Lord practiced patience with them and used Prophets to help guide His children into eternal light. Their long periods of captivity and God’s merciful interventions wasn’t enough to convince them to change. Lack of faith and their inability to repent paved the way for God’s next and final plan.

God activated His final plan for salvation in the New Testament. The Lord ended prophecies and introduced His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. God narrowed His will to one crucial act of faith: abiding in Christ.

Apostle John’s Gospel simplifies the truth of abiding in Christ. Here is where the Messiah explained to His Disciples the truth of God’s will. In John’s 14th chapter, he wrote the command Christ made for entry into God’s kingdom.

Christ told Apostle Thomas this: “… I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 6) Verse 6 is precise and easy to understand. Here God identifies Christ as His eternal will. God leaves salvation in Christ’s hands and eliminates any confusion on His everlasting plan.

Our Father is incredible and by believing in Christ, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit (John 14: 15-18). Here God’s overwhelming presence is obvious. Our Father never leaves us guessing for no other feeling or emotion matches His living spirit. The Holy Spirit makes God undeniable.

Experiencing God’s will of love comes from loving Christ. Jesus unfolded the essence of God’s love and the Gospel of John highlights the action necessary to receive this gift. Our love for Christ unites Him and us with God (John 14: 23-24). Then we are given an unshakable foundation for everlasting life.

Another manifestation of God’s love from abiding in Christ is becoming friends of Jesus. Christ told the Disciples this: “No longer do I call your servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you,” (John 15: 15).

God wants us to be friends of Jesus. The characteristics of real friendship comprise love, trust, faith and selfless giving. Those spiritual gifts produce a fruitful partnership and can withstand the storms of life. God is glorified when we become Christ’s friend.

The inner peace I have from abiding in Christ is exhilarating. Christ’s serenity comforts my soul and keeps me humble. God has provided me hope in times of distress and I love being corrected from my disobedience. Christ has changed my life and made it whole. I’m no longer afraid to lose my life in Him.

On our own and without Christ our lives are meaningless.  God’s will is centered in Christ. Humility is the cornerstone to Christ’s wisdom, and this provides us with the knowledge of God’s will. The light of God brings us a brighter future.  

How has Christ changed your life?