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The One True God –
His Characteristics and Names

A Daily Devotional on getting to know and love the One True God - by studying His Characteristics and Names

by Gini Crawford, MSW
BecauseOfGod.com
8/5/2017 - revised 11/16/2017

 

Introduction

I have had a number of people ask me if I was going to write a study on God's characteristics. To be honest, I thought I didn't have the time, so I would say no. But God always seems to change my plans so His plans get done. A friend of mine said, "I would have become a Christians many years ago, if I had known God was real and so loving. Sorry, I wasted so many years on thinking He wasn't real. How foolish was that?" I believe we can all relate to feeling like we could have been learning more about God, sooner and in more ways. Well, now you got another chance. God literally cleared my schedule to write this.

As you can see from the teachings on BecauseOfGod.com, I describe God every chance I get. Why do I? Some people, when you get to know them, you wish you had not. Sadly, I bet you can relate. But God is the opposite - the more we know God, the more we want to know Him, love and trust Him. So frankly, I loved writing this Daily Devotional on God's characteristics and names. It has allowed me to get to know my loving and amazing God even better.

Directions - please read!

The One True God - His Characteristics and Names is in a 33 day devotional format. Each day teaches about one or two characteristics or a name of God. The devotional covers 24 characteristics and 12 names of God, and a few others with less detail. It uses many Bible passages to substantiate the informative and thought-provoking commentary, and it uses a number of meaningful and amusing illustrations. It teaches what each name or characteristic means, where it is found in the Bible, and how to personally and practically apply it.

In the devotional, I have used numerous Bible passages, so you can understand Biblically Who God is. If you want to know God in a real and true way, prayerfully look up ALL the Bible passages, not just the ones I tell you to read. I have copied more Bible verses with this study than I normally do, so there again you can learn God from His Book. Because of the amount of copied Bible passages, for room sake, I had to cut some words or verses out. The address for the Bible passage is given with each passage, so please re-read all the verses in your Bible.

This devotional is written so you can apply the information as you read. The Life Application section at the end of each devotional gives you extra information to prayerfully apply to your life. Each day will take 10 to 20 minutes depending on the number and length of Bible readings; and how much you study. Please start each devotional asking God to teach you about Himself.

 

Table of Contents

Day 1 You Must Know the One true God

You Must Know the One True God of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes what will be in this devotional and why knowing the One True God is a must. It ends with a true happily ever after story from God. Daniel of the Old Testament is used in this day, and throughout the devotional to illustrate to us the One True God from a man who truly knew and loved Him.

 

Day 2 Thinking of God Rightly

Thinking of God Rightly of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, explains why you need to know God from His Word, the Bible, and not from other sources. The book, The Shack, is used as an example why it is important to think of God rightly. It also explains why worshipping the One True God and not a false image of Him is necessary. It illustrates the closer our understanding of God is to the truth, the stronger of a Christian we will be.

 

Day 3 God's Characteristics Introduced

God's Characteristics Introduced of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, list the 24 characteristics I will cover, which are the ones many religious leaders understand and teach on. It outlines God's most notable names that will be covered. It also describes what God's incommunicable and communicable attributes or characteristics are. It ends with a true story of how the most powerful King in the world thought he was a beast, until the One True God got through to him.

 

Day 4 The One True God and the Trinity

The One True God and the Trinity of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes a fundamental doctrine from the Bible, God is One but exists eternally in three persons. It teaches if you don't accept as true the doctrine of the Trinity then you don't know the One True God. It also defines Jesus Christ as being God, and us having His image or form.

 

Day 5 God the Creator

God the Creator of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses the One True God as being our Creator by using Genesis 1 and Romans 1:20. It explains how you can see God in creation, and that creation is very good. It talks about how our Creator knows you individually, loves you unconditionally, and relentlessly cares for you.

 

Day 6 God is the LORD, I AM, the Self-Existent One

God is the LORD, I AM, the Self-Existent One of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, explains God's formal name that was introduced to Moses in Exodus 3 through a burning bush. It also defines what is meant by Self-Existent One.

 

Day 7 The One True God is All-Powerful

The One True God is All-Powerful of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, contrasts God's all encompassing power that is controlled by His love, to human power that tends to be driven by self-interest, recklessness, or worse. It talks about God's power to create, and Jesus' power to work miracles. It uses the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den, to emphasize that God has the power to control all things.

 

Day 8 God is Eternal, the Source of Life

God is Eternal, the Source of Life of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes the One True God as eternal; with no beginning or end. It explains in detail why Jesus is the source of life, and how He took on death so we could have life again. You will learn from John 11 that Jesus is our resurrection and the life if we believe in Him. You will also see Jesus' compassion in vivid detail.

 

Day 9 God is Sovereign Over All

God is Sovereign Over All of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, defines God's sovereignty using Isaiah 40:10-31. It explains that God's sovereignty will never cease - there is no human or demonic force, or any anything that can stop God. It covers why we have free will with God's sovereignty. It discusses God as the loving and compassionate ruler; and why we can trust Him.

 

Day 10 The One True God is Holy

The One True God is Holy of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses God's holiness - He is completely separated from sin, and cannot tolerate sin. It explains that God's love through Jesus solved the problem of our sin and God's holiness. It discusses why we should fear God's holiness. Mary the mother of Jesus is used as an illustration for our holiness.

 

Day 11 The One True God is Righteous and Just

The One True God is Righteous and Just of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes that God does exactly what is right; He has no lawlessness in Him. It also describes God is just which means He is perfectly fair. God's justice rewards righteousness and punishes sin. It talks about our sin brings punishment, but that God doesn't want to punish us; so He sent Jesus Christ to die for us. He did this so you can have His righteousness, and to satisfy His just anger against our sin.

 

Day 12 The One True God is Merciful

The One True God is Merciful of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, teaches that God is merciful - He feels pity and compassion towards us because of our misery from sin; and has an active desire to remove those miseries. God's mercy brings alleviation of the consequences of our sin. It shares a heartbreaking true story to demonstrate mercy and forgiveness. It encourages us to show others mercy. It uses Titus 3:4-6 and Ephesians 2:1-5 to talk about God's mercy.

 

Day 13 The One True God is Good and Does Good

The One True God is Good and Does Good of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, defines the word good in the Bible. It teaches how bad or evil entered our world. It describes God's goodness and that all good comes from God. It discusses how it is normal to question God's goodness because of trials; it goes on to explain how God even works trials for our good using Joseph from Genesis as an example.

 

Day 14 God gives Grace, He is Gracious and Patient

God gives Grace, He is Gracious and Patient of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes God's grace and patience in detail. It explain why and how Jesus is the foundation of God's grace. An awful car accident is used as an illustration of God's grace. Bitterness is talked about, and how we need to give others grace and patience just as we have received it from God.

 

Day 15 The One True God is Unchanging

The One True God is Unchanging of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, talks about God's unchanging character in detail; even answering some hard scriptures where it seems God changes. It underlines the importance of God's unchanging nature to our salvation. It discusses the changing world we live in.

 

Day 16 The One True God is Faithful

The One True God is Faithful of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, teaches that what God says, He does; He keeps His promises and is absolutely trustworthy because He is faithful. It describes how important trusting is - trusting in God and others. It explains why God should be where our ultimate trust is put; everyone else will let you down sooner or later. Daniel 3 and the fiery furnace is used to highlight God's faithfulness.

 

Day 17 God is Truth, He is Truthful

God is Truth, He is Truthful of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, explains that no falsehood or lies are found in God. It discusses how important it is to know the real truth; and how harmful lying is. It talks about how God's Word is the truth that leads and enlightens us. It highlights the importance of knowing the truth about the afterlife.

 

Day 18 The One True God is All-Knowing

The One True God is All-Knowing of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, teaches that God knows all things: He knew you before the foundations of the world; He knows your every thought and motive; He even knows all the "what if" scenarios. It discusses God knows it all, and is there with you - delivering, protecting and strengthening. It outlines why we need God's knowledge which is found in His Word. It uses book of Jonah to show God's all knowing nature.

 

Day 19 God is Wisdom, He is Wise

God is Wisdom, He is Wise of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, defines God's perfect wisdom. It uses 1 Corinthians to describe Jesus Christ as the only one who embodies God's wisdom. It compares the world's foolish wisdom to God's saving wisdom. It discusses how essential God's infinite wisdom and power are.

 

Day 20 The One True God is Always with You

The One True God is Always with You of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses from Psalm 139 that no matter where you are, God is there, even when you were an embryo. Jesus is called Immanuel which means "God with us." It explains that you can't hide anything from God, even your sin. It points out that God is with you always, ready to care for and protect you. A tragic story is used to illustrate that God is always with us.

 

Day 21 The One True God is All-Seeing and All-Hearing

The One True God is All-Seeing, and All-Hearing of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses that God sees and hears what is happening now, in the past, and in the future. It explains that God looks at a person's heart and not at their appearance like we do. We can lie to others but not to God; He sees our true motives. An illustration is used to underline the fact God sees and hears everything and watches over us. The story of Hagar in Genesis 16 is used to show God as seeing and hearing everything.

 

Day 22 The One true God is Incomprehensible

The One True God is Incomprehensible of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, answers why God is beyond complete human understanding now; when we get to heaven we will know Him fully. It discusses how our understanding of God changed with the first sin, but is given back to us through Jesus and His Spirit. Miracles are used as illustrations of God being incomprehensible.

 

Day 23 God is Kindness, He is kind

God is Kindness, He is Kind of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes the meaning of kindness, then outlines God's kindness towards us. It talks about eternal kindness. It uses a good-natured illustration to paint a picture of kindness. It defines God's repentance and kindness from Romans 2:4. It ends by challenging you to be kind through Ephesians 4:31-32.

 

Day 24 The One True God is the God of Forgiveness

The One True God is the God of Forgiveness of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes God's extravagant undeserved forgiveness in detail. It explains why Jesus is the foundation of God's forgiveness; to know Jesus is to know God's forgiveness. It ends with a inspiring story about a Christian family and unforgiveness.

 

Day 25 The One True God's Love

The One True God's Love of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, defines the Greek and Hebrew words that best describes God's love - agape and hesed. God's love is a committed, unselfish, sacrificial type of love with emotion in it. God loves to love us.

 

Day 26 God is All Loving and His Actions Prove It

God is All Loving and His Actions Prove It of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, explains in detail how God's love is defined by His actions, and why actions speak louder than words. God's love is applied in our lives by 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

 

Day 27 The One True God is our Loving Eternal Father

The One True God is our Loving Eternal Father of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, emphasizes no matter what your father was, or is to you, your Heavenly Father is the Father Who has and will always love and care for you. It describes God as our eternal loving Father in various ways, such as how strong His love is for us from Isaiah 49:15. The Trinity is defined more to add clarity to God being our Father.

 

Day 28 The One True God is our Loving Husband

The One True God is our Loving Husband of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses in detail Jesus being our loving husband, and Christians being His bride. It explains our husband has loved us from eternity past. It describes how our bridegroom had to give His very life to be able to marry us and how this shows our priceless value. It ends with a heartfelt quote about a woman's love for Jesus.

 

Day 29 The One True God is Jesus Our Savior

The One True God is Jesus Our Savior of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses how badly we needed a savior, so the One True God became our Savior; if there was no savior we would all be paying for our own sins in hell. It explains what the word savior means - to deliver, to save, to get help, to defend. The name of Jesus means Savior. Psalm 91 is used to describe God as our deliverer.

 

Day 30 The One True God, Jesus, is our Suffering Servant

The One True God, Jesus, is our Suffering Servant of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, describes in detail why and how the One True God is our suffering servant. It defines Philippians 2:6-8 from the Greek words. It ends with the story of Jesus humbly washing His disciples' feet.

 

Day 31 Jesus the Lamb of God

Jesus the Lamb of God of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, explains in detail why Jesus needed to be our lamb, and why He is called the Lamb of God. It talks about Jesus' favorite name for Himself.

 

Day 32 The One True God Lives within Us

The One True God Lives within Us of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, explains in detail how and why the Holy Spirit comes to live within us as Christians. It talks about Jesus' sealing us with the Spirit and that the Spirit is our pledge from God. It describes how the Spirit is very involved in us knowing and receiving God's love. It challenges us through Galatians 5:22-23 to let the Holy Spirit lead us. It talks about the battle within.

 

Day 33 The One True God is our Good Shepherd

The One True God is our Good Shepherd of the daily devotional The One True God – His Characteristics and Names, discusses why we need a Good Shepherd. It uses John 10 to describe why our Shepherd knows us, guides us, protects us, gives His life for us; and why we can never be snatched from His loving hand. It explains we are just like sheep, who need a good shepherd. It uses the well-known Psalm 23, to marvelously end this devotional.

 

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