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Thinking of God Rightly

Day Two
by Gini Crawford, MSW
www.BecauseOfGod.com
8/5/2017

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Are your views about God from His Word, or are they from something else? In the book, The Shack, God the Father is made out to be a very friendly woman. I think many of you realize that to describe God this way is completely unbiblical. But I would guess the author doesn't care about people thinking rightly about God. I have also heard people say, "The Shack makes them crave God's presence." There is a problem with this, because they are yearning over a man-made image of God, instead of yearning after God Himself. To make God out to be someone He is not, is what the Ten Commandments tell us not to do.

You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God... Deuteronomy 5:7- 9 NASB®

The One True God is zealous that devotion be given exclusively to Him, and not to a false image of Him. Wouldn't it be disheartening to have people not to like or love you for who you are, so they make up a fictitious you? My family wanted me to be different than I was, but at least they didn't make up a pretend child. Don't create God by yours, or someone else's, preconceived ideas. Believe me, after years of knowing and studying God, I guarantee He is so much more wonderful than what anyone could make up.

The closer our understanding of God is to the truth, the stronger Christian we will be. (Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) Let me explain this through a few examples. If you don't think of God as holy, then you will likely think you can sin and He won't care. This is not true, because God is holy, just, and righteous so He hates sin, and will not tolerate sin. If you think of God as a friendly human, then you will treat Him like a person. Yes, God does want to be our best friend, but He is so much more than that. This type of god can't save you, or empower you because he is on your level. Do you really want to serve and worship a god like you?

We can all have ideas of who God is that are contrary to His Word. Before I started reading and studying the Bible, I use to think of God as a nice man, in a white flowing robe, who always had to sit down because he was so old. Believe me, that view of God didn't help me! Do you know if your view of God is right? If you are diligent to read, and look up all the Bible passages in this daily devotional, your view of God will be right or Biblical.

Thinking of God rightly - will give you the desire to believe in Him, and as a result you will have eternal life. It will make you want to know His every single word to you, like a love letter. It will give you the longing to love, and serve Him. It will literally make you want to fall down on your knees and worship Him, as well as dream of the day you will be able to talk to Him face to face.

 

Life Application:

Read Exodus 32:1-10, Isaiah 44:8-17 and Romans 1:20-25. What have you learned about the dangers or stupidity of creating a false god and giving that god your devotion? Read Daniel 2:10-28. Daniel 2 talks about how the One True God saved all the wise men in Babylon from execution, because He revealed to Daniel what no human could know. This is what Daniel of the Bible thought of God. How do you think of God? Be honest!

 

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