Summary: I feel very impressed through the Holy Spirit that we need to grow in our understanding of who God really is and when we do that, we can grow in our relationship with Him, and know Him better.
Knowing God - His Nature
Pastor Glenn Newton 10-7-01
1JN 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who
loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know
God, because God is love.
Last Sunday I talked to you about How We come to Know God and what He is like
through our Experience with him in our lives. I want you too know that this week God
has again reaffirmed who He is to Nola and I, He is Almighty, He is the Healing God, He
is the one who can and does confound the experts when He moves in. We serve a Mighty
God who cares about our needs today. He cares about what is going on in your life today.
He really cares for you. In fact, it’s really much more than just caring. He Loves You.
He Loves You today not because of anything you have done or haven’t done, He just
plain and simple loves you because He Wants to. Praise God This Morning For His Love!
I feel very impressed through the Holy Spirit that we need to grow in our understanding of
who God really is and when we do that, we can grow in our relationship with Him, and
know Him better.
Friends, as we look at our world today, as we study what is going on around us, it’s not
very hard to see that our world could change dramatically in the matter of months. My
concern is that everyone here this morning is at a place in their relationship with Jesus
Christ that will hold them when the rough times come. Our Faith needs to be grounded,
our roots and commitment to God needs to go deep.
With that in mind, I want to talk to you about the Nature of God - What is God really
Like? And in tough times can I trust Him?
Let’s look to Scripture for our answers, because we believe that God’s Word has been
given to us as a written Revelation of Who God is. READ.
1JN 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love
does not know God, because God is love.
God is Love. God is love during the good times. God is Love during the bad
times. God is love when your well, God is love when your sick. God is love when a baby
is born, God is love when someone dies.
I have heard greiving people say that God must not love them to allow a death in
the family to occur. When all the circumstances of life seem to mount up against you,
when everything caves in on you, too many times people will say, Well, I guess God
doesn’t love me anymore?
This last Tuesday and Wednesday was a trying time for our family. When the
specialist tell you that if this treatment doesn’t work, he’s not sure what he’s going to do,
it doesn’t inspire you very much. After watching Calah take fluids for almost 24 hours
and nothing seemed to be happening, our prayers became urgent.
The truth was though, that Nola and I never questioned whether God loved us or
not. We never had the thought, how could a loving God allow our daughter to go
through all this?
All I have to do when I think about God’s Love is Look to the Cross of Calvary.
Whenever I need reassurance about God’s love, I just think about the Cross and what the
Father sacrificed because He Loved me so. If your not sure about God’s love, Look to
the Cross and remember that the Father sent Jesus, his only Son, to die for your sins so
that He could have a loving personal, relationship with you. Jesus loved you so much, he
died for you, and for me. God is Love.
My prayer is, Father, don’t ever let me look at circumstances and question Your
love for me. Your love for me was settled on the cross. That has never changed and will
never change for me.
Friends, if you want to know God’s will for your life, you must respond to His invitation
to love Him wholeheartedly. God works through those He loves, to carry out His
Kingdom purposes in the world.
This morning I want to share with you 3 aspects of His Nature. Each of these
Characteristics of God has special implications for you doing His will.
First, God is Love: His will is always best.
When we read 1 Jn. 4:16, it says plainly that God is Love. The Scriptures say that God’s