I love the Lord. I truly do with all my heart. I don’t make perfect decisions, I don’t follow the Ten Commandments to a T, and I don’t attend a church or Bible study regularly. But these things do not take away from the fact that I absolutely love God with all of my heart and recognize all that He has done for me. I grew up in a very religious home. We attended the First Baptist Church every Sunday. I had a very strong faith and image of God; however, some events have happened over these last few years that have led me to see God in a whole new light. 1Corinthinas 2:10 says, “…for to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God…” I truly believe that these things happened in my life, for God to reveal Himself to me. Now I feel as though it is my responsibility to share what I have learned about God.
Now first things first, please feel free to disagree with me on anything that I may say here. One thing that I have come to realize, is that we are supposed to disagree. We are not meant to all have the same opinion and belief; if that were the case we would never move forward and there would be no growth or discovery. Also, I am learning and being revealed new things every day! So what I believe now, may not be what I believe in two years. That doesn’t mean I’m wishy-washy or weak in my faith, it means that I am constantly learning and growing by allowing God to teach me new things and feed me what I need at that point in time. So with this being said, here are some things that I have learned and LOVE about God.
- The Living Word
I believe that every word in the Bible is true. Every, book, every chapter, every verse. I have heard how many people don’t believe the Bible because there are “so many translations” and “every preacher preaches it differently”. Yes, there are. I believe there are different versions and different interpretations because the Bible speaks to everyone individually. That’s why it is the Living Word because it will tell you what you need to hear. When I open my Bible and read some of my favorite verses, I find that they mean something completely different to me than they did a year or two ago. For example, Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I used to think this meant that I absolutely had to rely on God; that I couldn’t do anything without begging for His strength. Now I know that I do rely on the strength of the Lord, but He has already given it to me. His power in constantly flowing to and through me and it is up to me to use it. So as I used to view this verse as a cry for strength, I now see it as praise that I do have His strength and know how to use it to do anything. This doesn’t mean that either interpretation is wrong, it means than I am now at a different place and the Word still speaks to me.
2. God is Love
When I was younger, I was almost afraid of God. I thought that if I didn’t obey Him and His laws perfectly I was forever condemned to hell and even after I was saved that I had to constantly mind my Ps and Qs because I would never be good enough for God. I honestly viewed myself as a burden to God for my constant sinning. Now, I still believe in salvation. I do truly believe that I will go to Heaven because I have accepted the gift salvation that Jesus Christ gave us by dying on the cross. But I am not a burden to God. God loves me. He doesn’t look at my sin and mistakes, He looks at everything I have done right and everything I will do right. Now that I know that, I don’t look at my mistakes anymore either; I look at all that I have done right. About a year ago I was struggling. I was beating myself up because I believed that I just kept disappointing God in one way or another. Then I realized, God knows everything I ever have done, and everything I ever will do. When Jesus gave His life, he already knew all of the good and bad things I would do; He already took care of it for me. Not that I use that knowledge as an excuse to do what I believe is wrong, but I’m not constantly thinking about how terrible and unworthy I am. I am wonderful and I am worthy of God’s love. God created me perfectly, and I know that I (and all of us) are still perfect. My decisions and results aren’t always perfect, but who I am is. I want everyone to know that! That God is love, and just like His strength flows to and through us unconditionally, so does His love and perfection. We are perfect people making imperfect decisions, and that is ok.
3. Seek and Ye Shall Find
I am a risk taker. Recently I have been even more of a risk taker than I used to be, and I noticed that this had a direct correlation with my relationship with God. I used to believe that I should be content. I live a great life and I shouldn’t want for anything. Now I see that that is about the farthest thing from the truth. God wants us to have everything we could ever dream of wanting and more.
- Mark 11:24– “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
- Matthew 7:7-“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
- John 16:24– “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
These and many other verses are telling that God wants us to have everything that we want. He knows our hearts, He knows when we will use what He has given us for good! I always thought that having this mentality was selfish and wrong. Yes, I want money, and yes I want a lot of it! What better way can I help others than with money?! I was recently told that money just magnifies who you are. If you are a good, genuine giving person, having money will magnify that because you will be able to give more! Now money is just an example. Maybe you want to be a professional athlete or famous singer, take a trip to Hawaii; whatever it is, God wants you to have it and will give it to you. But you have to search for it. You have to do your part and take the opportunities that He provides to you! Be a risk taker, because when you take risks, you’re telling God that you trust Him to fulfill His promises. The other day I was filling out my gratitude pad, and I realized that I didn’t know it was possible to be so content yet so unsatisfied! I am so grateful and happy for everything that is in my life right now, but I want more. Let me tell you this is the best feeling knowing that I will have everything that I want, that I am always moving forward and happy and blessed every step of the way.
4. God Comes to You in the Form You Need Him.
Not very long ago I watched the movie “The Shack”. (Well the first half and then I fell asleep.) I have heard a lot of good, and bad review on the movie, but again we’re not all supposed to agree right? In this movie, God was in the form of a kind woman. When the main character was told that she was God, he said that he always believed that God was a man. Her response was that God knows what you need, and in that moment, he needed a motherly figure. Now whether or not I agree with this exact situation is beside the point. The point is, God will come to you as you need Him. This goes back to God always working to and through us. I can think of so many times where I made decisions because my friends or family or someone influenced me. After the decision was made I knew that I had made the right choice and that God helped me in the form of these people. Whether He sent them to me at the right time or spoke directly through them, I know that nothing is a coincidence. He was there as I needed him.
I am so thankful for how God has shown Himself to me. I am grateful that because of these big lessons, I have had millions of smaller lessons as well. I love the Lord. I chose to share this, to show what a great God that I have, and bring light to all the positivity that He gives to the world. You may view things differently, and like I said I probably will too as I continue to grow, but I hope that what I have said here has resonated or helped you in one way or another.