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Why you must think rightly about God

by Gini Crawford, MSW
www.BecauseOfGod.com
2/11/2010 revised 2/28/2010

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     When someone says “God,” what do you think of?  In the book, The Shack by William P. Young, God the Father is made out to be a friendly woman.  People have said, “The Shack makes me crave God’s presence.”  There is a huge problem with this because they are yearning after a man-made fantasy of God, instead of God Himself. To describe God in such human terms, I believe, is doing what the second of the Ten Commandments tells us not to do. 

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. Exodus 20:4 (NIV)

Since God the Father is Spirit (John 4:24), no man-made representation can possibly resemble Him! To make an image of God by using something that is familiar, pleasant, or even powerful or supernatural to you, instead of the God who is presented in His Word, is just plain sin.

     One of the reasons I decided to write this series of devotions on God’s characteristics is because The Shack is such a popular book.  Since this book is a bestseller, I figured people had a strong desire to know and understand the God of the universe.  Do you?

     God is zealous that devotion be given exclusively to Him, and not to a false image of Him.  Wouldn’t it be disheartening to have someone not to like you for who you are, so they make up a fictitious you?  My family wanted me to be different than I was, but at least they didn’t make up a pretend child.  When we don’t take the time to get to know the real God - and He wrote a Book so we could - we are being very dishonoring and even slandering Him. Ouch!  We need to recognize God for Who He is, not who our imagination or someone else’s imagination makes Him out to be!   And we can know the real Him through the knowledge and understanding that comes from His Word.

  1. Read Exodus 20:1-7 and Isaiah 44:6-17. When we create God in our mind contrary to His Word, we are fashioning a false god (idol) and serving it. In other words, we are not trusting in God and giving Him the devotion He deserves, but instead we are trusting in and worshipping some man-made god! Just to remind you, this is sin! Read Hosea 3:1, 4:12, 5:4. What have you learned about the dangers of creating God in your mind contrary to His Word?

 

  1. No one has a perfect and comprehensive view on Who God is. Read Isaiah 55:8-9, 11. We can all have ideas of Who God is that are contrary to His Word. What are some you have had? (I use to think of God as a kind and very old man, who always had to sit down probably because he was so old. The author of The Shack thinks God resembles a woman that is fat and friendly.) Read John 14:9 also John 1:1-3, 14, 18. God has revealed Himself very clearly in His Word and explained Himself through His Son, Jesus - so you need to take the time to study Who God is through the Bible.

 

     What comes into your mind when you think of God, is how you perceive and act toward Him, just like how you would think of, and then act with a person.  An example would be, when you think of someone as a threat, you act as if she is, even though your perception of her maybe is wrong.  If you think of God as a kind person, you will most likely have positive feelings about Him, but you won’t treat Him as sovereign, self-existent, holy and so on.  You will probably treat Him as a good friend (which isn’t bad), but you will be treating Him as a human nevertheless.  God is so much more than you or me!

     Some people when you say, “God,” get a feeling of dislike or even hatred, so they want nothing to do with Him.  This could be because of what has happened or what they have learned. Their father abused them so they think of God that way.  The leaders of the church they went to taught one thing but did another, so they think of God and His Word as worthless.  Their professor in college taught that God is just a part of psychological evolution and a crutch, so they are an atheist.   Trauma has happened to them and they feel God could have stopped it, so why trust Him.

  1. What comes into your mind when you think of God? Is your view of God wrong? Read Romans 1:18-32. From this Romans passage - these people knew of God but certainly had a wrong view of Him which resulted in them living in many wicked ways! How does your perception of God make you act?

 

     Thinking of God rightly - will give you the desire to believe in Him, and as a result you will have eternal life.  It will also give you the longing to love and serve Him.  It will make you want to know His every single word to you, like a love letter.  It will literally make you want to fall down on your knees and worship Him, as well as dream of the day you will be able to talk to Him face to face. 

     Why is it so important, to truly know Who God is?  It is because God commands you to know Him!  To not just know of Him, but to experience Him!  God also wants you to believe in Him. And how can you believe in the right God if you don’t know Who He is?  Many people throughout the world believe in a god but they don’t believe in the One True God.  Their view of God is false because of what they have learned.  God wants you to have faith in Him and to love Him.  And how can you possibly trust in and love someone whom you don’t know.

  1. Read Jeremiah 9:23-24 and John 17:3. Thinking of these passages, why should you get to know God?

 

  1. The Bible teaches us that God is all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, unchanging, longsuffering, faithful, truth, self-existent, self-sufficient, always present, righteous, just, merciful, patient, wise, good, incomprehensible, holy, and sovereign. A friend of mine said years ago, "We don't have to make up stories about how wonderful God is, because He is!" If you are willing to take the time to learn God through His Word, you will get to love and delight in His real Presence. Memorize Mark 12:29-30.

 

     The closer our understanding of God is to the truth, the stronger of a Christian we can be. Why is this? If we think God has the character of a marshmallow, then we most likely will think we can do whatever sin we want and He won’t care.  This is because of a “He will forgive me no matter what I do” attitude.  God in the Bible will forgive us through Jesus no matter what we do.  Yet, He is holy, just, and righteous so He hates sin and certainly doesn’t want us to sin.  He has also given us personal responsibility so our sin does have consequences.  If we think God is a good ole buddy type, then we will treat Him like a person.  Yes, God does want to be our best friend, we could say, but He is so much more than that.  This type of god can’t save you, or empower you because he on your level.  Do you really want to serve and worship a god like you?

Beware! If you know God by unbiblical teaching, then you may not even be a Christian - saved from your sins.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)

     If you think of God rightly - you will have the knowledge to act as you should as a Christian. Which means you will be obeying His Word - by His power, and doing it for Him (not for some false god).

He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." John 14:21 NASB®

     Life Application:  In this devotion series I will use God’s Word to explain Who He is.  Don’t take my commentary for anything but human words.  But do let His Words “The Truth” teach you about Himself so you can truly know and love the God of the universe who loves you. Read Deuteronomy 8:3 also Matthew 4:4, Psalm 119:105, John 8:21-22, 14:6, 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21. Since God’s Word allows us to know God, why do people not take the time to study it, but instead will read books about man’s view of God? 

 

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