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GOD'S Character

John 17:26 KJVS

[26] And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it : that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

(By declaring HIS name, the love wherewith HE loved CHRIST will be in us)1jn.3:14

 

////1-what is mans most important need - redemption, salvation from sin

////2-what is a christians most important need, faithfulness

Something to help us accomplish this is an understanding of GOD'S qualities.

A greater understanding of GOD'S perfect nature, and love for us, encourages us 

not to sin against HIM and to live faithful.

 

////Hebrews 11:6 KJV

[6] But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

2 Peter 3:18 KJV

[18] But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ......

 

////2 Corinthians 10:15 KJV

[15] ........when your faith is increased,......

 

 

////Romans 10:17 KJV

[17] So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

 

A good soldier studies his captain

A faithful servant of GOD studies his master

What do we know about GOD

 

////Will a better understanding of GOD'S personality, attributes, make you believe, convince you, persuade you to loose the inhibitions and to give GOD all your heart. No pet sin, and worldliness, no rebellion and refusing to obey in areas of your life only you know of.

 

////This surfaces a need we all have, to have rock solid faith that is alive. This need can begin to be fulfilled by following something JESUS said.

 

Matthew 11:29 KJV

[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; ....... 

as we learn more about GOD we will love HIM more by understanding how HE is perfect and loves us. HE is not out to get us.

 

More about JESUS would i know, 710

 

HE says "Learn of me." Have you noticed when you understand someone's character you judge them by that character. Pick someone right now that you know really well, they are a close friend, you know that they are balanced, fair and righteous, but they are accused of a dreadful thing. What's the first thing you do, you have faith in the character they have always portrayed. You believe the terrible news to be false.

 

Wouldn't this work with GOD. Instead of blaming GOD for bad things that happen, instead of blaming GOD for our loneliness, or accusing HIM wrongly when things turn out different than we want, remember HIS character, and know that HE is always faithful. 

 

We are developing a relationship with GOD, an understanding of GOD, as we prepare ourselves for heaven. The more of HIS character we know the more we unwaveringly trust HIM. We see a flawless character that always does what is for the benefit of our greatest need. Who never changes HIS character, is always a friend at hand, not far away. How do we learn of HIM, HE reveals HIMSELF to us, in one and only one way, let's see HIS autobiography. 

 

 

GOD'S Attributes

 

(Micah 7:18-19 KJVS

[18] Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. [19] He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.)

 

 

Things we would not expect

-Servant 

Luke.22:27

.......but I am among you as he that serveth.

 

Luke 12:37 

[37] Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

 

 

-Repents 

2sam.24:16;

........the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough:.......

 

jonah4:2

.......for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

 

-Praises 

Romans 2:29

[29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

 

John 12:43

[43] For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

 

1 Corinthians 4:5

[5]......will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

 

 

HIS Strength

-Omnipotent 

ps.66:7

He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.....

 

Jeremiah 27:5 

[5] I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

 

-Omniscient

is.40:28

......there is no searching of his understanding.

 

Psalm 147:5 KJV

[5] Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

 

 

-Eternal 

deut.33:27

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:.......

 

Hebrews 13:8 KJVS

[8] Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

 

1 Timothy 1:17

[17] Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

-Wise 

jer.51:15

.......he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

 

Romans 16:27

[27] To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

 

-Fainteth not 

is.40:28

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?........

 

Philippians 1:6

[6] Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Psalm 121:3-4

[3] He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. [4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

 

 

--What we are establishing is:

--love for GOD

--fear of GOD

--trust that HE has our best interest in mind, in all things

 

Romans 2:1,4

[1] Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 

[4] Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 

 

 

-Unchanging 

Malachi 3:6 

[6] For I am the Lord , I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

 

 

-Creator 

Colossians 1:16

[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 

Think of the Relationship

Wings

Lk.1:34

....how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

 

Ruth 2:12

[12] The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

 

-Omnipresent 

Psalm 139:7-8

[7] Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? [8] If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there .

 

Our hope

-Kind 

Joel 2:13

[13] And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

 

-Longsuffering 

Exodus 34:6-7

[6] And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord , The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, [7] Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin......

 

-Forgiving 

num.14:18

The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.........

 

-Gracious 

neh.9:17

........but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

 

-Faithful 

Deuteronomy 7:9

[9] Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

 

-Gentle 

2cor.10:1

Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.....

 

2 Samuel 22:36 KJV

[36] Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

 

-Merciful 

Psalm 116:5

[5] Gracious is the Lord , and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

 

-Compassionate 

Psalm 78:38

[38] But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

 

-Loving kindness 

Hosea 2:19

[19] And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

 

 

HIS Nature

-Holy 

1pet.1:16

....Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

-Just 

Is.45:21

......there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

 

Is.9:7

.......upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever....

 

-Perfect 

Matthew 5:48

[48] Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

2sam22:31

As for God, his way is perfect......

 

-Virtuous 

Luke 6:19

[19] And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

 

-True 

jer.10:10

But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king:....

 

ps.19:9

.....the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

 

HE will not fail us

 

-Sinless 

Hebrews 4:15

[15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

James 1:13

[13] Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

 

-Righteous 

Romans 10:3

[3] For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

 

Isaiah 56:1

[1] Thus saith the Lord , Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

 

 

Respect/Fear

 

Deuteronomy 5:29

[29] O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

 

-All the listed qualities

 

HE is Just-judgment will be ok, because of The Blood of JESUS, and we walk in respect of HIM and don't deliberately sin.

 

-Judge 

ps.9:8

.....he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

 

Genesis 18:25

[25] That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

 

-Sovereign 

Matthew 28:18

[18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 

1 Corinthians 15:27-28

[27] For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. [28] And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 

 

 

Horror/fear

-lack of temperance

-ignorance

 

 

Now put these details about GOD into a single sentence. 

 

GOD is perfect and has your best interest in mind in all things

 

Emulation - be like HIM

2peter3:9

.....but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

Preparing for heaven

 

Control ourselves in all things so we will not sin against HIM in anything - temperance

 

GOD first wants us saved

HE will judge because HE has to, HE is just.

 

 

Glorification - Praise HIM and Thank HIM

 

Communication - teach others so they may have hope

 

Give up the cynical idea that: 

everything is flawed

GOD is not flawed, what great confidence that gives us, what wonderful trust in HIM 

 

HE is waiting to condemn me (suspicious-we behave a certain way and judge GOD to me the same as us.)

(Condemn ourself)

 

GOD is perfect and has your best interest in mind in all things

 

How do I put these truths into practice

 

Took

We have head knowledge of HIS perfect behavior, HIS flawless character, how do we make it heart knowledge, put it to practice. (Took) Leap with all your heart.

 

GOD is perfect

I can put the full weight of my trust on HIM

I long for HIM to wrap HIS arms around me and keep me safe spiritually. And that is exactly what HE does if i want HIM to, but that includes obedience, HE is sovereign. We do not grow out of the need to be loved, we just harden ourselves to protect our heart or act like we are grown, or buffer our behavior because we know that we deliberately sin. But with GOD we can be children again, and long for GOD to pick us up when we get skinned up, take us in HIS arms and hug and hold us. Isn't it a joy to be loved. GOD loves us with that tender care as we are little children. 

 

That is the confidence we gain by seeing HIS qualities. Full total surrender and confidence, GOD will not fail me or leave me. 

 

 

This is the confidence in GOD some had, they understood HIS character, it's who HE is. Noah, build a vessel the length of football field and a half. Do you really believe, walk thru he Red Sea. Do you want to survive the night, put blood on your door post. Want to be free of leprosy, dip in a dirty river. How much do we know of GODs qualities to trust HIM with all our heart and will.

 

Isaiah 57:15 KJV

[15] For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place , with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV

[24] .........So run, that ye may obtain.

 

What is your perception of GOD

Judge

Shepherd

Critical

Guide/ teacher

 

How is your relationship with GOD

 

how do we put this into application

GOD has your best interest in all things. 

HE is:

all powerful

all knowing

Judge

shepherd

Friend

Redeemer

 

No one can make you love GOD, by learning of HIS wonderful character, clear thinking would propel us to love HIM.

 

no one can make you go to heaven. Heaven is yours only if you want it. (This is not the real reason to long for heaven, it is to go and be with The One who loves us so much.) You have to want it as much as you want air. 

 

Judgement is not to decide our fate. We are deciding that today. Day by day

 

Today get up and remember that GOD loves me

It does not end there, I love GOD and obey HIM

 

100% - 100% relationship

GOD loves us 100%

Do I, we love GOD 100%

 

 

Psalm 57:1

[1] Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

 

1 Corinthians 1:8 KJV

[8] Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV

[9] God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Isaiah 40:28-29 KJVS

[28] Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord , the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. [29] He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.


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