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August 2013 Who is God to You?

From My Life’s Journey                                                       August, 2013  

Topic:  Who is God to You?

My work at Christian Community Outreach Ministries teaches me practical things about faith and walking with God.  A lady (I’ll call her Ann) received Jesus as Savior last week, but first she had to receive truth in her thinking before she could receive Christ.  You may be wondering, “What is Iris talking about?”  I’ll explain.  Ann broke down as she cried, “God took my mom!”  Her mom had died of complications from bladder surgery at 65, and Ann was angry with God.  How could Ann come to salvation in Christ full of anger over what He “stole” from her? 

Needless to say, I counseled her regarding the fact that the enemy (satan) comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  Also, I had to delicately mention that God has given us responsibility to care for our bodies – Ann admitted that her mom hadn’t taken good care of hers.  Ultimately, the enemy took advantage of this situation.  By the time we finished talking, the lies of the enemy had been replaced by truth, and Ann gloriously received Jesus as her Savior.  Praise God!  The tears flowed, and the heaviness was lifted. 

I listened to a CD the other day about this very topic.  The speaker said something very compelling:  It is not enough to believe in God; it is more important what we believe about God.  The speaker mentioned that a study was done based on whether Christians thought God was good or whether they thought He was wrathful and mad at them.  For those Christians who felt God was good (that He is the God of the New Testament who sent Jesus to die for our sins and loves us beyond measure), they were healthier, had deeper faith, and made greater progress in life. 

For those Christians who felt God was purely the God of the Old Testament who only exercised judgment over mankind and was usually angry, those individuals did not experience the measure of health, levels of faith, or life progress of the other group.  Notice that both groups believed in God, they differed in what they believed.

In my own life, God has required a lot of me – going back to school to get another degree in my 40s, calling me to counsel thousands of people one-by-one at an outreach ministry, etc.  At one point, I said to God, “You’re a hard taskmaster.”  That is honestly how I saw God in my life.  God began to deal with me that the extensive requirements had to do with the call on my life, and that He loved me deeply and dearly.  Then He began doing things for me that were just … special.  He began to bless me in ways that were dear to me and captured my heart.  I began to do better as my thoughts about God changed … I just began to do better.

Ask God to help you have a better perspective of who He is.  It will help you in your Christian walk.  It will help you to trust Him more.  As a matter of fact, the Christian faith boils down to one word … trust.  To accomplish great things in God, you must have an attitude that allows you to trust God deeply as your partner on this journey.  He is with you and will never leave nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5).  The courage to do what God requires of you must be founded on an unshakeable belief that God is for you (Rom. 8:31).  I believe God will ride through the heavens and crack the skies to rescue me (Ps. 18:9-10, 16-17) – He loves me (and you) just that much.  I can do all things through this deeply loving God who gives me strength (Phil. 4:13). 

Adjust your thoughts about God.  He has plans for you that are good (Jer. 29:11).  Allow His mind to change yours for the Bible says we have the “mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).  There are places in God that you can only go when your thoughts of Him are aligned rightly.  God has invested greatly in you – take your belief and trust to a new level!  Remember: It’s not enough to believe, it’s what you believe. 

Ever onward, ever forward~

Iris K. Barrett, Ed.D.