How do YOU see God?

I think everyone has a certain view of our God in Heaven.  I also believe that our concept of God determines how  we relate to Him.  When I was a child, my parents took us to Washington to see the sights.  I remember looking at the Lincoln Memorial and thinking of God.  I imagined him sitting in a big white chair and at any moment He was going to stand up, and He was not happy.

As a small child, I saw God as distant and impersonal, but as I grew in my faith, I discovered that  He is real and He loves us even when we mess up.  My childish fear turned into an attitude of respect that helped motivate me to be obedient.

God speaks to us in so many ways, we just have to have a quiet heart and a willing spirit.  One way He can speak to you is through the Bible, but He can also call out to us through the words of other believers.  His message can be specific and individualized for every person!  You can take a group of christians, ask them about certain verses and each can come away with a different application of the same message!  He will communicate specific ideas to you, but you need to set aside a time to be quiet and listen to His words.

Remember….when our lives are filled with the craziness of this world, you can’t hear His quiet voice.  How are you responding to Him?  One day we will all stand before Him and give an account of our lives.  Stop and listen to Him and you will be richly rewarded.

knowing His Will….

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future”.

How can we know God’s Will for our lives?  Well, we can see that God does have a plan for us and we can know that His plan is good.  But we need to be in His Word to know what that plan is.  First we should know that it is God’s Will that the world be saved.

John 1:13 “It is God’s will that you be born again, that you be born not of the will of flesh nor of the will of man but of God.”

Matthew 18:14 “It is not God’s will that one little one perish.”

John 6:40 “It is my Father’s will that everyone who sees the Son and believes on him should have eternal life – that I should raise him at the last day.”

We need to constantly align ourselves with His purpose and His Will.  Many, many, many times it isn’t exactly clear but that is why we have to spend time in His presence.  The key to knowing His hearts desire is to walk with him daily.  When you spend time reading the Bible, and praying, you will start to understand more of what He wants and not what we want, we will see His passion.

Max Lucado says, “He doesn’t want to be where He’s not invited.  Ever the gentleman, our Lord awaits our invitation.” Wow.  I couldn’t have said it better.

We have a free will.  He doesn’t impose Himself on us.  He stands back and waits for our call.

It’s time to make that call.  You may go days without thinking of Him, but there isn’t a moment when our Heavenly Father isn’t thinking about you.