July 29, 2024
- By Ed Powell
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"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable." Psalm 145:3
The extent of our concept of the majesty of God and all of His inconceivable attributes, will have a direct relationship in our response to God, and will determine the commitment and dedication of our life, worship, and walk with God. What man thinks about God and the truths and principles of His Word will not alter or change the reality and verity of them one bit. Let's focus on the God of creation as one aspect of His greatness. Our thoughts need to extend beyond the fact that God performed creative acts. We need to grasp the fact that HE IS THE CREATOR, a fact that is basic to our Christian living. Our concept of God is to worship, what the foundation is to the temple. When the foundation is out of plumb, the whole structure will sooner or later collapse. I believe that improper spiritual growth and a shallow spiritual walk are directly related to a poor and improper concept of God. Too few Christians walk in a "holy and reverential fear of God" that comes from a basic concept of WHO GOD IS!
Show me someone who has a poor or improper concept of God, and I will show you someone whose life is centered in self, and who finds pleasure and focus in the world and all its allurements, rather than in God. --We need to see God as Isaiah did: "I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up. The seraphim cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory." And Isaiah said, "Woe is me! I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." --We need to see Him as Moses did, when he was on the mountain with God and cried out, "Lord, show me thy glory," and the Lord showed to him a "measure of His glory." When Moses came down from the mountain, the children of Israel could not look upon him, because his face was so aglow with the glory of God. --We need to see him as Job did, when God revealed to him "who He was" and His majesty. Job says, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye sees thee, wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes." --We need to see God as revealed in His Word...His holiness, His righteousness, His grace, His love, His mercy, His justice, His compassion, and His sovereignty. God's creative acts are but the "footprints of His power." How much better it is to KNOW HIM AS OUR MIGHTY GOD, rather than simply to know what He has done. We need to experience in our lives His mighty power as we "DARE TO TRUST"...that "he is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think."
The more we allow the Holy Spirit to move upon our hearts and open our understanding as to WHO GOD IS, the greater will be our concept of God. It will put within our hearts compassion and love for others, and will cause us to reach out to them. It will radically change the way we live, worship, and walk, and will cause us to be conformed to His image. Let Him expand the dimensions of your faith with His infinite greatness.
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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