Summary: What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. What comes into your mind when you think about God? Do you have Joy? Do you have Love? Are all of your thoughts Good? What do you think?
GETTING TO KNOW THE GOD WE WORSHIP - Part one
The Attributes of God and their Application to Daily Living
Sunday November 05, 2000
The Eternal God, The Self-sufficient God, The Infinite God
21 “Stop quarreling with God! If you agree with him, you will have peace at last, and things will go well for you.
22 Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty and clean up your life, you will be restored.
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
What comes into your mind when you think about God?
Do you have Joy? Do you have Love?
Are all of your thoughts Good? What do you think?
Are your thoughts, God you have been so good to me, or are your thoughts, God, why have you not completed the job that you started?
Do you know a lot of people like to blame God for all of the misfortune that comes in their lives.
Too many times it is easier to look at the negative than it is to look at the positive!
Too many times we find ourselves trying to blame God rather than Praising Him for all the good that He has done!
Before we start to blame God we need to take a look at our own lives and make sure that we are where we need to be with God.
We need to read the 139 Psalm and do like it says in the 23rd and the 24th verses and apply them to our lives.
What have we done?
Have we done what we told Him that we would do?
You see this cannot be a one sided deal.
By that I mean we can’t tell God that we are going to do one thing and then turn on Him in mid stream and start blaming Him because He isn’t moving as fast as we think that He should.
You see, we need to put all of our faith in Him and turn over our lives to Him completely
No religion or spiritual experience, no faith or practice can rise above it’s idea of God.
All you have to do is pause and examine the current state of the church in today’s world to realize that modern Christianity simply isn’t producing the kind of Christian who can stand and hang right on and put all of their faith in God and tell God here it is I am putting all that I have in Your hands.
People now live the Christian life largely by habit - by routine quite dully- without feeling.
A lot of people do what they do totally by habit, or by wondering what will somebody think if I don’t do this or if I don’t do that.
They have got their priorities all messed up!
They worry more about what other people will think than they do about what will God think!
There is little sense of majesty, awe, and consciousness of His Divine Presence.
Everything has become scripted and tame like I talked about last week, the canned sermons that a lot of preachers have to contend with.
How many people do you know who truly relish God more than life?
Who are actually obsessed with God?
God has got to be first in your life!
God has got to be first in my life!
It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.
If we want to bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God as He is."
Let me try to say the same thing more directly - your concept of God is what fuels everything spiritual about you.
Think about your worship.
Do you pray without ceasing like the scripture tells us to do on a daily basis?
Do you think about God always?
When you pickup something to read is it something that you know in your heart God would be proud of you for?
Your life with God, is to worship, what roots are to a plant.
Without roots, you can’t keep flower stems alive for long.
Without God in your heart, worship becomes forced and strained.
It begins to produce feelings of guilt, which causes us to turn up the works of the flesh, which produces fanaticism and increasing emptiness.
Think about your faith.
How many people go through their whole Christian lives trying to muster up more faith in God.
Let me tell you, it can’t be done.
Faith is a by-product of knowing God.
Faith is like the trust you have in a reliable babysitter, that you know because you’ve put her to the test dozens of times.