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Exactly Like You

Something we often all find ourselves doing at some point in life is trying to make God exactly like us. There are many people who have their own personal god who they have created and believe to be God. As Isaiah notes, we cannot think like God. Even so, we tend to believe we know what He would think was best, how He is always going to act, His preferences, etc. If we think a certain way about a person, He must as well. If we lean towards a particular plan or agenda, so would He agree. This is dangerous.

We can only declare what the Word tells us about God. The Bible is Truth. Whenever a statement starts off with, “God thinks” or “God believes,” be hesitant to instantly believe what follows. Seek the truth for yourself. The Bible does provide us with a doorway into the heart of God. Still, we won’t know everything, and we cannot “think for God” and decide what He would say or think or how He would act. He’s above all—and that means you too!

The Psalmist notes in Psalm 50 that the people were thinking that because God was silent, He must be just like the people. He was okay with the sin since He wasn’t chiming in and declaring it wrong. How foolish for us to consider His patience as tolerance or acceptance. How foolish for us to even consider this dishonoring of God would be accepted. But then again, if we look at the personal gods we often construct, it is easy to see we do the same thing.

We are made in the image of God. We share in many attributes of God. Even so, He is holy, perfect, and good at all times. He is not exactly like you. He is awesome, mighty to save, compassionate, and above all. Take some time to get to know Him today. Dig into His Word and get to know the Great I AM!

“When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.” – Psalm 50:21 [NIV]

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Good Judgment

Proverbs 9:10 says that knowledge of God produces good judgment. As we get to know God more, we will grow as people of God. We will dig deeper into His Word. We will seek Him more, and when we seek Him, we will find Him. With our eyes fixed on Him and His Word, we will experience growth. This growth will include using good discernment.

If you are praying for good discernment, recognize the importance of digging into your Bible to read God’s Word daily. Reading and hearing God’s Word will plant good seed in your life which will result in good judgment. If you are trying to make a difficult decision, pray and read your Bible. Seek counsel from God and His Word. You will not seek in vain.

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.” – Proverbs 9:10 [NLT]

Too Numerous to List

Our God is an awesome God. He has no equal. He has performed many wonders. We cannot recite all that He has done. Nor can we list the plans that He has for us. The “plans for us are too numerous to list.”

Often we get caught up in our own plans. We try to plan out our life to live a purposeful life. Yet we don’t even know what life is about or the purpose for our life. God has beautifully orchestrated everything, including our lives. He has plans for you and I, plans that are too numerous to list. We need to question if we are following God’s will, and if our plans are actually God’s plans for our lives. What list are you living?

Never think that no one cares for you. There are people who care for you. More importantly, the God of the universe cares for you. He cares so much that He has plans for you that are “too numerous to list.” Your life has a purpose. This purpose you can find as you walk with God, as you have an intimate relationship with Him. He will reveal Himself to you, and you will know Him more and know yourself more. This will help you to catch a glimpse of some of these plans that are too many to list.

It is because of Jesus Christ and His great sacrifice that you can press forward in Him and live this life, knowing God and serving Him. Today, thank Him for His perfect sacrifice and ask that God will reveal Himself to you in a new and fresh way.

“O LORD my God, You have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all Your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” – Psalm 40:5 [NLT]

Grass Clipping

I have a lot of OCD tendencies. When it comes to the lawn, I like the grass to be cut weekly. In my opinion, there is an acceptable height to the blades of grass. If the grass is not clipped at the right time, it will continue to grow unattended and then there’s overgrowth. On my walk with the dogs, I always come upon a lawn that is overgrown. The owners let the grass grow unattended for weeks. By the time the lawn is cared for, there is grass growing over the footpath.

Just as we need to clip our fingernails, get a haircut, and brush our teeth, so we need to care for our yardwork, cleaning, and laundry. But it doesn’t end there!! We cannot forget our spiritual health. Our spiritual health needs attention. God is great at pruning. As you walk with Him, He will continue to prune you and help you to grow the way He always intended. Our part in all of this is to dive deep into His Word. We cannot become dull. Continue to take in God’s Word. Write it on your heart. Allow it to reveal to you our heavenly Father. It’s all about knowing God.

As you desire to know God more, as you continue to read His Word and follow His will, He will continue to prune and grow you. Listen closely to His voice. Remember when He asks you to loosen your grip on something, it is because it is for your best. Every clip. Every snip. Every word. It’s all for your very best.

“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” – John 15:2 [ESV]

Questioning God

All of us likely have questioned God at some point. The question many ask is whether it is okay to question our heavenly Father at all. He is the God of the universe, the Creator of all things. How dare we question Him?!? But there are moments when we can question God, just as Abram did in Genesis 15 and Gideon did in Judges 6 – it’s all about the heart.

In Genesis 15, Abram was questioning the promise of God because he had no children. With his limited human thinking, he could not wrap his mind around the situation. In questioning God, he was trying to better grasp God’s Word to better understand God and to walk faithfully. In Judges 6, Gideon is visited by the angel of the Lord. When the angel begins speaking, Gideon interrupts! Yes, he interrupts! He says, ‘Pardon me, my lord” (see verse 15). He basically says, “WAIT A SECOND.” The Lord answers. He doesn’t say, “How dare you question Me, Gideon!?!” He answers.

It’s not okay to question God when your heart is not repentant, when you are questioning Him because you are proud and you think He is wrong. It is okay to question God when your heart is right with God. Remember, Abram believed and was considered righteous (in right standing with God). Abram and Gideon wanted to get to know God more, to understand what He was commanding, to faithfully walk with God. It is certainly okay to question Him when you simply want to get to know Him more, to seek a deeper understanding, a deeper relationship with God.

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 [NIV]

Who is the Lord

When Moses first approaches Pharaoh to ask that he let God’s people go, Pharaoh asks “who is the LORD” in response. Then he admits that he doesn’t know the LORD. What an interesting question, one that many people ask. The truth is there are many people who do not know the Lord, and there are many who do not “know” know Jesus as well.

God wants us to know Him—this does not mean simply knowing that there is a God and believing that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. God wants us to have a relationship with Jesus, to spend each day with Him, getting to know Him more. God has given us a heart to know Him (Jeremiah 24:7).

God delights in you knowing Him (Jeremiah 9:24). Today, spend time in His Word. Spend some time communing with Him. Pour yourself out in prayer. Listen closely for the still small voice. He will continue to reveal Himself to you as you faithfully seek Him more (Jeremiah 29:13).

“’Is that so?’ retorted Pharaoh. ‘And who is the LORD? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go.’” – Exodus 5:2 [NLT]

Living Denial

There are people in this world who say that they know God, but when you examine their lives, you cannot tell God is part of their lives. You cannot even tell that they know God. They actually deny God by the way they live their life. Paul is clear about these people. He says, “They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”

These words seem harsh, but they really aren’t harsh at all if you understand the context. Paul is speaking about people who are claiming that they know God. It is one thing to claim you know God; it is another thing to live like you know God. When people go around claiming they know God, claiming that they are Christians, but they don’t have a true relationship with Jesus, the world hears and the world is turned off by Jesus. This is why Paul uses these words. These people are disobedient to the Word of God. These people are worthless for doing anything good—they are turning people away from Jesus Christ. That is detestable.

Today, remember that there is a difference between claiming to know God and actually knowing God. There is a difference between living life with God or living life only speaking of God. It’s one thing to say you are a Christian. It’s another thing to live for Christ. I pray you are not a living denial of Jesus. I pray that when people see you, they are pointed to the King of Kings!

“Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.” – Titus 1:16 [NLT]

I Know Who I Trust

Who do you trust? Do you have people that you trust? Family? Friends? A spouse? A parent or child? Who do you trust? Whoever you trust, this person or these people are known to you. You have a relationship with them. You have known them for a period of time. You may know their secrets. You can describe them to others. You have been through a lot. You have seen them in action.

In 2 Timothy, Paul writes to Timothy about the One in whom he trusts. He trusts God. He knows God. He wrote, “I know the One in whom I trust.” He knows God. Paul is talking about a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Many people know of God, but not so many know God. There is a difference. To truly know God, you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. As you read His Word, you know Him more. As you walk in faith, you know Him more. As you serve His people, you know Him more. As you worship Him, you know Him more. Can you say today that you know Who you trust? Are you taking steps toward getting to know Him more? Your confidence in Him is strengthened by your knowledge of Him, which is strengthened by your walk with Him. As you continue to do life with Jesus, He continues to reveal to you Who you trust.

“That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” – 2 Timothy 1:12 [NLT]

Press On

Today’s passage gets me to consider how God restores. We serve a God of restoration. Consider this—after two days He revives and then on the third day raises up. Does this remind you of anything? Earlier in the passage, it speaks about returning to the Lord. We read that God has torn and struck down. This is something that is done to prune, to grow, to stretch God’s people and produce what is meant—what is better. We read that in doing so we are healed and bound up.

The passage continues to say that we are raised up so that “we may live before Him.” I love this. Earlier Hosea speaks about being led astray, not having a knowledge of God, being far from God. Now this passage says that we will live before Him. We go from being far from Him, away from Him altogether, to being right before Him—in His presence! How awesome is that?!?

Understand friends, that our God restores. He takes that which is broken and He binds. He takes that which is dirty and cleanses. There will be breaking. There will be pruning. But there is also deliverance. There is also restoration. There is healing. Let us press on. Let us press on to know the Lord. His Word helps us to recognize Him more, to understand Him more. His Spirit reveals and reminds. Press on.

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for He has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live before Him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; His going out is sure as the dawn; He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:1-3 [ESV]

Colossians Study: The Will of God

[Colossians 1:9-14]

Prayed for:

  • “Wise minds and spirits attuned to His will” [MSG]
  • “All the wisdom & understanding that His Spirit gives” [CEV]
  • “God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding” [NLT]

Prayed for:

  • Practical Obedience (1:10) – Knowledge & obedience go together

True spiritual wisdom must affect daily life

Wisdom / Walk / Work – Cannot work for God unless we walk with Him, cannot walk with Him if ignorant to His will

General will = clearly in Bible                Specific will = always agrees with Bible

Knowing general will makes it easier to know specific will for daily life

God wants us to:

  • Know His Will (Acts 22:14)
  • Understand His Will (Ephesians 5:17)

Paul prayed for ALL wisdom & understanding, COMPLETE knowledge…

Complete = Filled full                    Filled = Controlled by

  • Filled with _______ (ex: anger, jealously)
  • Filled with Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

Controlled by full knowledge of God’s will

How? By all wisdom & spiritual insights. Understand will of God through Word of God. Holy Spirit teaches us to submit to Him (John 14:26, John 16:31)

THEN…

  • You will live a life that honors the Lord
  • You will always please Him by doing good deeds
  • You will come to know God even better
  • You will be patient & strong to endure everything because of His power
  • You will be truly happy

Bible Study Questions:

1) Paul prayed for the Colossians to have ALL wisdom and understanding. He grasped that God wants us to know and understand His will – and to do this would bring us closer to Him. With our reading, the words patient and strong and happy appear. What does this mean for us?

2) What is the hardest thing about following God’s will?

 

3) When we have this completeness (fullness), we will be controlled by it. We will then be able to determine what God wants. How do we determine God’s Will—how do we determine what He wants?

 

4) Let us dig deeper into God’s Word.

Read each of these verses and decide what each verse says about God’s will for us.

  • Read 2 Peter 3:9
  • Read Ephesians 5:18
  • Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3
  • Read 1 Peter 2:15
  • Read 1 Peter 5:10
  • Read Psalm 37:4

This is one part of a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on Colossians. The 12 weeks include:

Gospel Truth
Will of God
Lord of All
Ministry to Maturity
Foolish Philosophies
Men of Rules
Realities of Heaven
Taking Responsibility
Godly Living
Worship Work
Good Words
True Forgiveness