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.

what’s your excuse?

Be honest.  This is something between you and God.

Do you read the Bible?  Have you read the Bible?  If you don’t, you should.  And if you do, you know that you are reading God’s love letter written for YOU!

One of the many reasons that people (yes, believers also!) don’t bother reading the Bible is that they can’t understand it….or maybe they think it is dry and boring.  But how about this…did you know that the Bible is the world’s bestselling book?  Ever?  Hey!!  You like bestsellers!  There’s a reason to read!!

It’s also history, friends!!  AND it has changed lives!  As believers, one of the Holy Spirit’s goal is to enable christians to understand the things of God.  The Holy Spirit will teach you what you need to know, all you have to do is ask.

God wants you to understand His truth so you will fall in love with Him.  No matter where you begin in the Word, God will bless your efforts to wanting to become closer to Him, It also doesn’t matter what translation or what method you use to study.

Don’t have a Bible?  No problem!   You have a computer!  Try YouVersion.  It’s free and you can choose whatever translation suits you.  If you have trouble with your thee and thou’s,  try the Message Translation, or the Living Translation.  It’s important to pick a translation that you can read easily.

YouVersion also offers reading plans for those that don’t know where to start.  The important thing is to start.

Each time you read your Bible, ask the Lord for understanding.  There are so many treasures in God’s Word that could remain out of reach if you never ask!  Once you start, you will long to spend time in His Word and get to know your Creator even better.

surrender…

Every action has a reaction….We have all heard that before, yet what is your first reaction when you come across a difficult circumstance that seems impossible?

Are you someone that goes into ‘overdrive’ looking for an answer or a way out?  Or do you curl up in defeat, declaring the situation hopeless, or just trying to avoid it altogether?

When I was a little girl, I used to be the latter.  When a difficult situation would arise, I would generally go to sleep.  Maybe, just maybe, it would resolve before I woke up.

However, as a mature christian, we should immediately turn to Christ, seeking His guidance.  And rather than saying, “Oh Lord, what am I going to do?”, which focuses on our actions, we should say, “Oh Lord, what are YOU going to do?”  

Now the focus is shifted to the omniscience and omnipotence of God!  He has the power to carry out His plan……which unlike our own solution……is perfect, and brings HIM glory!

Be willing to surrender all your plans into HIS hands.  He knows what to do, and how to accomplish it.  Your job is to be willing and obedient.

Now……trust Him!