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Postby mortensen » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:48 am

The God of the Scriptures is a Holy God, terrifying in greatness... uterly awesome in wisdom... who transcends human understanding. Our problem is - the tendency to reduce this God of Glory to more manageable proportions; we trivialize God, and make Him into our image. We want to refashion God, to make Him fit our expections and serve our desires. We want to invent our own projects for our purposes, and then sign God on as a junior partner.

We have lost a sense of awe before God. We want to do whatever we want to do, and then call upon God to help us... to justify us and serve us and make us happy.

We have imprisoned God within the structure we have built for Him so that we may live however we want to live, then when we are confronted with some portion of truth or law or some rebuke to awaken us our reply is, "Well God wants me to be happy!" Well, God wants us to be happy, but the happiness he desires for us is spiritual, and it is based on Holiness, not of the flesh.

If there is one special revelation that we have received from the Lord that can help all of us out of major trouble with Him - it has to be the revelation of being able to develope a good and healthy fear of Him and all of His ways. 'The Fear of the Lord.' As a result of the uncomfortableness that this kind of revelation will bring to many in the flock, many pastors and churches have decided not to talk or preach about it, and as a result, many in their flocks have become complacent and lukewarm in their own personal relationship with the Lord and how they live their lives once they are outside the four walls of the church.

Many people do not like to be told what they can and cannot do. But when it comes to God's realm, it is either His way or the highway. You cannot have it both your way and God's way. God is always right, and His ways and commandments for us on how to live.

Fear God, fear His ways, fear His commandments and fear His judgements. Jesus himself could not have said it any better when He says that we should not fear man or what man can do to us, but to fear God the Father who has the power to render everlasting judgement and punishment.

Our God is an awesome God. He is a very loving God. The Bible says that He is a God of abundant mercy, kindness and goodness. He is simply asking each and everyone of us to stay out of these heavier sins and transgressions not only for His sake, but for our own sake, and for the sake of our family and close friends.

"Be Blessed and stay prayed-up".
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Postby Mike Brooks » Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:32 pm

Mort, amen bro. Our God is an awesome God!
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