Hard Conversations – Part II – The Character of God
June 13, 2021
We choose to believe in the God of the
The God of the Bible cannot change and is therefore .
Numbers 23:19 (NLT); God is not a man, so he does not . He is not human, so He does not His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through?
Psalm 18:30-31 (NLT); God’s way is . All the Lord’s promises prove . He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?
Malachi 3:6 (NLT); “I am the Lord, and I do not That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already
James 1:17 (NLT); Whatever is and comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never or casts a shifting shadow.
We choose to believe that God’s character is good.
Psalm 25:8 (NLT); The Lord is and does what is ; He shows the proper path to those who go astray.
Psalm 106:1 (NLT); Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures
Nahum 1:7 (NLT); The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who in Him.
If God is good, why do bad things happen and even to good people?
Isaiah 57:1-2 (NLT); Good people pass away; the godly often die their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will in peace when they die.
What about all the judgments in the Old Testament? God is Sovereign and God also carried or carries out His judgments without offering the for repentance first and often many times over. His Justice is perfect, always balanced by those two elements, opportunity for grace and completion of His Justice which is Judgment. Judgment never triumphs over mercy. At the same time, mercy never triumphs over justice, they are held in perfect by God and out in perfect balance as well.
Psalm 33:4-5 (NLT); For the word of the Lord holds , and we can trust He does. He loves whatever is and ; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.
Psalm 89:14 (NLT); Righteousness and justice are the of your throne. Unfailing and walk before you as attendants.
Triune God – We choose to believe in God as Father=Son=Holy Spirit
John 10:30 (NLT); The Father and I are .”
Acts 5:3-4 (NLT); Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to “
We believe God loves the world
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.
We believe God’s love, justice and judgment are consistent.
“There is no judgment against anyone who in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has been judged for not believing in God’s One and Only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
You need to make a decision about whether you believe in this God. This requires you to Him.
Psalm 100:3-5 (NLT); Acknowledge that the Lord is He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with ; go into His courts with . Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is . His unfailing love forever, and His continues to each generation.
We will continue to show who God is to every generation.
Psalm 71:18 (NLT); Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your to this generation, your mighty miracles to who come me.
Call on God today!