The Revelation of Who God Is (Part 1)

Have you ever heard the expression, “it’s not what you know but who you know”? Some may say this statement is no longer true because we now have 24/7 access to information through the internet.

News flash, I have a revelation for you!  Everything in our world is changing. Information, cultures, and people change constantly. Only God is unchanging and is the most important one for us to know!  I’m going to share three ways God reveals Himself.

God reveals Himself through His Creation.  God created the heavens and the earth.” Psalms 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handywork.” If you live in a part of the world that has four seasons, you can greatly value the variety of God’s mastery. Have you noticed that every Fall, leaves appear on trees, no two are identical, and they subsequently fall to the ground?  I would venture to say that yearly you prepare for Winter climate by taking out your sweaters, coats, and boots. Spring brings balmy temperatures, Easter lilies, and other beautiful flowers. In the Summer, simmering weather affords opportunities to enjoy outside venues and activities–swimming, picnics, barbeques, camp grounds, and amusement parks.

God also revealed Himself through the Bible.  In Psalm 40:7 God says, “Lo, I come: in the volume of the book, it is written of me.” Genesis to Revelation reveals who God is–His names, words, character, attributes, acts, etc. Esther and Song of Solomon are the only two of the 66 books of the Bible where you won’t find the word “God.” Yet, His existence and presence are implied.

God has also revealed Himself through His son Jesus.  Has anyone ever said to you, “you act like your Father”? Jesus said in John 14:9, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”  Apostle Paul told the Colossian church that Jesus is the image of the invisible God.  Jesus’ words, life, and works reveal God the Father to us.

Now that you know three of the ways God reveals Himself, I encourage you to pay closer attention to creation, to the Scriptures, and to Jesus to gain a greater knowledge of God. The more we learn about God, the more we will learn about who we are in God.

Stay tuned, next time we will talk about how to get to know God!

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO!

Saying you are a Christian indicates the following:

1)  your spiritual relationship  – you established a relationship with God through His Son Jesus; you are saved; you are a Christian.

2) your spiritual position–you have been delivered from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.

Saying you are a Christian does not indicate your level of spiritual maturity.  You may be one of the following*:

1)   Baby Christian
2)  Carnal Christian
3)  Growing Christian
4)  Mature Christian

Let’s be intentional about growing spiritually by developing our relationship with God through daily praying and reading, studying, meditating, and applying the Bible, God’s Word, to our lives. 

*See my blog series “It’s Time for your Spiritual Checkup” for further study.

It’s Time for your Spiritual Checkup – Part 7

The last diagnosis I want to teach you is being a mature Christian.  Just as a child desires to be a grownup; likewise, every Christian should have a goal of being a mature Christian.

A baby and a carnal Christian’s lives exemplify the Greek term “kata sarka” which means abnormal, out of harmony with their new identity.  As they grew spiritually, they put off the old man (practicing sin) and put on the new man (practicing righteousness).  In addition to Jesus being their Savior, He is now their Lord.  They are led by the Holy Spirit and have grown into a mature Christian. Now their lives exemplify the Greek term “kata pneuma”, normal and in harmony with their new identity. 

Mature Christians are “souled out” to God and have a vibrant, intimate relationship with Him.  They pray without ceasing as commanded in 1 Thessalonians 5:15 and have become prayer warriors.  Hebrews 5:14 says, “solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Because of a steady diet of the solid food of the Bible, they are able to operate in discernment.  In obedience to Joshua 1:8, they meditate and do God’s Word day and night resulting in a prosperous and successful life. 

Mature Christians are active church members.  They attend Christian Education classes, prayer meetings, and are cheerful givers and willing servants in the House of the Lord.  They know what God has anointed them to do and use their spiritual gifts to serve in God’s Kingdom.  They are “nevertheless Christians” and are working to fulfill God’s unique purpose for their life.  Mature Christians are living to hear God say to them one day “well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”

Mature Christians exude forgiveness and love for God and all people in their walk.  They exhibit an uncompromised lifestyle and are consistent faithful witnesses that glorify God.   Keep doing what you are doing so others will be inspired to continue to grow to spiritual maturity also. 

This concludes the It’s Time for your Spiritual Checkup series!  Its purpose was to help you truthfully reflect and examine yourself.  If you self-diagnosed yourself as a baby, carnal, or a maturing Christian, follow the treatment plans and prescriptions given for each diagnosis. As people get older in the natural, people may say “you look like your father or mother.”  It is my prayer that all Christians will grow into a mature Christian that resembles God, our spiritual Father.  God is willing and able to help all Christians grow as they seek, discover, and fulfill His unique purpose for their lives!

It’s Time for your Spiritual Checkup – Part 4

The next possible diagnosis one may receive from a spiritual checkup is being a baby Christian.  This is someone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior but has not grown spiritually yet due to a lack of consistently eating God’s Word.  

Baby Christians are dull of hearing, immature spiritually, need someone to minister to them, and are not able to minister to others yet.  Because there is no spiritual growth, they are unable to stand on their own and must be carried spiritually.

All new Christians are baby Christians but it can also be those who has been saved for a time—1, 2 years, or longer but have not grown spiritually.    The Bible says in Hebrews 5:12, “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” One of Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray.  Baby Christians, too, must be taught how to pray.  They are not able to get a prayer through so others have to pray for them.

In the natural, mothers feed their new born babies breast milk or formula.  They cannot eat solid food yet as their bodies are not developed enough to do so.  Baby Christians, too, require spiritual milk, elementary truths of the Bible because they are not mature enough to digest the solid food of the Word of God. 

The treatment plan or prescription to grow beyond the baby Christian level is to eat God’s Word habitually.  1 Peter 2:2 proclaims that, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” 

I pray that you will desire to eat God’s Word daily so that you can grow spiritually!

Stay tuned for It’s Time for your Spiritual Checkup – Part 5 to learn the next possible diagnosis!