The concept we have of God in our heart and mind very much determines whether we will seek Him with our whole heart and whether we run after Him in times of trouble.
If your concept of God is that He is an angry God, why would you want to run to Him in times of trouble?
If it is that He is domineering and controlling why would you run there?
If He is a distant God, you wouldn’t run to Him because He doesn’t care anyway.
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But if He is only a loving God, we tend to make Him into a doting God; and not a God who corrects us or helps us to become better.
Our concept of God is critically important to us.
Scriptures Gives us a complete picture of the true living God.
1. He is Righteous God. Psalm 11:7 – He is the only one who is right all the time, every time. When we’re wrong we can run to Him and He’ll help us get it right. When we’re unrighteous we can run to Him and he’ll make us righteous. He wont just beat us up!
2. He is Almighty God. Genesis 17:1 And He wants you to walk with Him!
3. He is Everlasting God. (he never wears out). He never wears out!
4. He is Omniscient God. Psalm 139:4
5. He is Holy God. Holy means set apart exclusively for sacred use.
For 40 years Moses walked the mountainside with his sheep, and he goes to look at a bush that’s on fire and God says, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Wait a minute! It’s just a mountain side.
Not anymore. Because God’s presence is there, now it’s holy!
The Dean that grew up in Spokane, WA was evil and wicked. If you’d known me back then, you wouldn’t want to have me for your friend. You wouldn’t want to hang out with me. I was evil. I was wicked. I was mean. I was violent. But July 3, 1964 the Holy Spirit drew me to an old bull-pine log altar where I gave my life to Jesus Christ. And Jesus took up dwelling in my life. All that I used to be God forgave and made me just as if I’d never sinned and said, “All that you did before, I’ll never remember it again.” And made my life…..holy!
Because Jesus came and lived in me.
Isn’t that amazing?
And then Heaven Father says “I want you to seek Me and enter into the secret place with Me.” That’s where He wants us to live and dwell.
But God, you’re holy!
Yes, and I will make you holy. Come and live with me!
God wants us there!
But you have to have the right concept of God because if you don’t, you wont think you can!
And I want to tell you today that you can.
Because God’s Word says you can!
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