Are you basing what you believe about God on what someone else believes? This is dangerous! We have to base our beliefs about God on what He has said about Himself in the Word. Makes sense – right?
Let me give you a nuts and bolts example. Have you ever met someone and thought, “They’re not at all what I thought they would be!” Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes not so good. But either way, it wasn’t what you had thought based on what you had already heard about that person from someone else.
It’s the same way with God. Too many people have preconceived ideas about just Who God is and what He will or will not do, and they base their whole lives on this premise, be it right or wrong.
That, dear brothers and sisters, is what I think keeps many Christians from enjoying the fullness of what God has ordained for them to walk in. We must go to God’s Word and find out how loving, kind, gracious, and forgiving our Heavenly Father is and then maybe, just maybe, we can make a quality decision to actually believe Him and walk in the goodness that He has for us.
If you only believe about God because of other people’s ideas, it won’t wash. We have to go to God’s Word, read, study, and start to walk in His ways if we’re ever going to enjoy the life worth living that He has for us. We are His people, ordained to walk in His fullness but it’s our choice if we ever do. God will not make us do anything due to the fact that He has given us a free will to make our own choices. And we have a choice to do it- right or wrong.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV) 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
There’s no one in the whole world Who has been so maligned as God our Father, our Lord Jesus, and the precious Holy Spirit. We need to change this so that the unsaved will run to us to find out how to have a personal relationship with our God, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and forfeit their destination to hell and replace it with a one-way ticket to Heaven!
Here are a few scriptures to get you started:
1 John 4:8 (KJV) 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 John 3:1 (KJV) 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:12 (KJV) 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
John 17:11b (KJV)11 …. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.