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!!!