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Behold Your God — Week Four Introduction

18 Jun

This week in our study we will be Beholding God in the Face of Jesus Christ.

Yesterday, I began reading through the Works of John Flavel. This English pastor from the 1600’s is one of the best of the Puritan writers and I look forward to carefully reading his works as I am able.

The opening lines of volume one of his works are a perfect introduction to this week’s study and really get at the heart of what Behold Your God is all about . . .

“Knowledge is man’s excellency above the beasts that perish (Ps. 32:9). The knowledge of Christ is the Christian’s excellency above the Heathen (1 Co. 1:23,24). Practical and saving knowledge of Christ is the sincere Christian’s excellency above the self-cozening hypocrite (Hb. 6:4,6) but methodical and well-digested knowledge of Christ’s excellency is the strong Christian’s excellency above the weak (Hb. 5:12-14). A saving, though an immethodical knowledge of Christ, will bring us into heaven (Jn. 17:2) but a regular and methodical, as well as a saving knowledge of him, will bring heaven into us (Col. 2:2,3).

Do you want to taste heaven today? Behold God in the face of Jesus Christ. Join us this week in the regular and methodical study of God’s Word through the Behold Your God Devotional Workbook.

Behold Your God — Week Two, Day Four

8 Jun

Have you ever heard someone say, “My God is not like that!” or “My God would never do that!”? I always bristle when I hear these words, because it is an indicator that a person has made their own judgment the measure of who God is, rather than seeking to know who God is from considering what God has said about Himself.

Is there any reliable source of understanding about God in this world? To be sure, the creation speaks of God’s existence, power and care. But is there any more specific source? Surely conscience does play some part. People are inclined toward worship. There does seem to be something inside us that longs for the transcendent. But this is only a vague sense, a cloudy kind of reality. Is there any reliable source of understanding about God in this world?

Having learned what we have learned about God thus far in the Behold Your God study, we know God by His very nature is infinite. How could we know an infinite One unless that One revealed Himself to us? The Christian believes that the Bible is that trustworthy source of revelation God has given us of Himself. The Christian further believes that God Himself has come into the world in the person of Jesus Christ, so that God has revealed Himself through Him. So if we are going to know what God is like, we need to look at the written Word, the Bible, and the living Word, Jesus Christ.

The lifetime of the Christian is to be spent in knowing God. We know God through His Word and we commune with God through His Son. And when we come against some truth about God that collides with our sensibilities, we seek to understand it, we don’t write it off as something that can’t be true of God.

We must be careful, even in the midst of a life of religious activities like church attendance, prayer, Bible reading and service, that we do not make a god in our own image. Instead, we must submit ourselves to what God has told us about Himself. This submission to who God is will prove to be a gateway to real and lasting spiritual growth.

Your Highest Calling is . . .

12 Sep

Not being successful in your job,

Not being a mother,

Not being a father,

Not seeking pleasure,

Not being liked by everyone,

Not the pursuit of your hobbies,

Not staying in shape,

Not having well-behaved children,

Not being a pastor or being on staff at a church,

Not being able to defend your favorite doctrinal position,

Not maintaining the church culture you have always enjoyed,

Not having a pretty flower garden,

Not being able to name everybody on the 53 man roster of your favorite NFL team,

Not trying to right all the wrongs of the world,

Not to have all the right political views and expertly demolish “the other guys”,

Not to have a good marriage,

Not to live in ease,

Your highest calling is to fix your eyes on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-3  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  2  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  3  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

May our identity be found in Christ.

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