If God is really more than just words on a page….
Then much of what we’ve been taught, and the examples of those claiming to know Him have possibly hindered us from going deeper and knowing more of who He truly IS.
But what if He really does function from LOVE, not anger, and really does want to WALK WITH US in a living, breathing, enjoyable way that produces something other than hypocrisy and a critical, divisive spirit?
God in fact is ALIVE. He’s way more than ink on paper, and He really DOES want to walk with us, individually, just as Adam walked with Him in the Garden, before the Accuser caused him to doubt the Creator who breathed into him HIS VERY OWN BREATH of LIFE.
God puts in us a strong desire to KNOW HIM. Through the years, if fed, that desire to know Him becomes larger than anything else. As He allows us to make bad decisions and falter, He allows us to see the vanity of our own efforts and choices, and this prompts us to lay them down one by one, and to SEEK HIM alone, even harder.
As more of us is stripped away and we have a more SURRENDERED self to SEEK GOD with, He fills us with more of HIMSELF, more TRUTH, more of HIS WILL and HIS WAYS, and more of the FRUITS of HIS SPIRIT. We start to see more and more the sharp contrast between the One, True, Living God “I AM,” and the false religious spirit so widely set forth as Christianity.
At the burning bush, God told Moses, “Tell them ‘I AM’ has sent me to you.” Because Moses TOOK TIME and “TURNED ASIDE TO LOOK” at God, God SPOKE to Moses DIRECTLY and gave him instructions.
Let’s “TURN ASIDE TO LOOK” at Him now….
The attributes of GOD (the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit), and the characteristics we see in RELIGION are complete opposites…
“I AM” = LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, MERCY, REST, RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, JUSTICE, MEEKNESS, SELFLESSNESS, SACRIFICE, REFUGE in time of trouble, SHELTER in time of storm, STRONG TOWER to run to and be SAFE, PROVIDER, PROTECTOR, GREAT PHYSICIAN, HEALER, DELIVERER, MEDIATOR, FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW, “IT IS FINISHED!,” THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE, ONE TRUE LIVING GOD… ABBA reaching out for His children…
RELIGION (religious spirit) = LEGALISM, CARNALITY, LACKING LOVE/MERCY/EMPATHY, HARSH, ANGRY, CONTROLLING, SELFISH/SELF-FOCUSED, DOMINEERING, ANXIOUS, FOCUSED ON APPEARANCES/RITUALS/FORMULAS/MAN-MADE METHODS and EXTERNAL CHANGE (instead of the condition of the heart and encouraging through love, mercy, patience and the other fruits of the Holy Spirit), BASED ON GREEK MINDSET/”gnosis” = THINKING and KNOWING (instead of on FAITH = trusting GOD to BE GOD and to lead His people correctly)
Based on these lists of attributes, are we viewing GOD as He truly IS, or as the counterfeit god of RELIGION?
What attributes are we displaying in our own heart and life?
Is our heart’s cry, “LORD, have YOUR way!” with everything in us? Do we invite Him to have complete control, or are we trying to control our own life and the lives of those around us?
This is an invitation to simply “TURN ASIDE AND LOOK” at God for a bit. He says, “DRAW CLOSE to Me, and I will DRAW CLOSE to you.” Father, please reveal to each one of us who You TRULY ARE. We lay down all preconceived notions we’ve ever thought or heard about You. Help us want to REALLY KNOW YOU, LORD!
May this be a time of each of us KNOWING GOD more than ever before, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, in a way that makes us want to FOLLOW HIM with everything in us!
You alone are WORTHY, LORD!!!
3 thoughts on “TURN ASIDE TO LOOK….”
There is much hypocrisy, man-made traditions, & empty philosophies in many of these lukewarm & apostate churches. Abba is a loving and gentle Father & He disciplines those He loves. He will reveal the truth to His beloved. We cannot judge by appearances only but judge by righteous judgment. We need to know our beloved, Yahusha ha’Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah of Natsareth, intimately & not just mental information about Him. We need to be in union & fellowship with Him. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. He said to follow Him. His Word is His love letter & it can reveal His character, ways, & purpose for us, but we also need to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit & the scriptures will come alive & we can hear our Father’s voice more. I pray we hear His voice more & walk side by side with Him, just like how Enoch walked with Father. If we are in the wrong or in sin, we should correct each other lovingly & righteously. We tell the truth & don’t argue. We must be holy as our heavenly Father is holy. We must love Him with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul, & all our strength & love our neighbor as ourselves. All the Laws & Prophets hang on these two great commandments. Love you all. Thank You Yahusha ha’Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah! Hallelu YaHUaH our Elohiym! Praise the I AM! Hallelu Yah!
Good word sister, and love William Engels response.