This blog completes a class assignment. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement on all that God is. I could not possibly write fully who God is. It would take more books than anyone could write to fully understand or explain God, nor could our human mind comprehend it if it were possible.This is also not intended to be a doctrinal statement for any particular church denomination, although I did get some of my ideas and certainly the assignment itself from studying my church’s history and governance textbook
WHAT ARE MY INTENTIONS WITH THIS BLOG?
My intentions are simply to share with you my own thoughts on what I believe and who I believe God is. Although this is a class assignment, I hope it will inspire you to think about who God is to you and what you believe. I believe that God wants to be in close relationship with each one of us and that He loves us immensely.
WHAT I BELIEVE
I set about writing this particular blog as part of an assignment for a class I am taking on church history and governance. I was struggling with how to make the learning requirement match the criteria given, for while there were a lot of options, the assignment asked that I do something out of my comfort zone and they asked me to site references from the book. “How” I wondered, “do I write about church history and governance in such a way as to speak into the lives of the average person?” I might add that I am an average person myself struggling to understand it all and definitely struggling to remember that which I do understand! One of the segments of my class was the “Statement of Fundamental Truths”. That started me thinking, “What do I know and what do I believe personally?” I wanted to think through what I really believed, not just what the class said. So I closed my book and I wrote down what I personally have come to know and believe about my amazing God. Surprisingly when I later compared what I wrote to my textbook, the similarities noticeable though I wrote it in my thoughts in a more simplistic way. I know I’m not saying all of what my textbook says, but here’s my thoughts anyway. Wherever you are at in your pursuit of God and whatever denomination you may belong to, I hope you are inspired to really think about what you believe about God. More than following after a denomination or following a certain set of rules, I believe that knowing God is a lifelong relationship. God desires to walk and talk with us everyday. He longs to be not only our God, but also our Father.
I believe that God is and always has been. No, I don’t understand this, but I know it to be true. He is the great “I am”.
I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Much of what I know about God, I have found in the pages of my Bible, although God has spoken to me through nature, circumstances and in the innermost parts of my heart. God’s Word is living. Because it is alive, it speaks to me in different ways at different times. God brings the right verse to mind just when I need it most often in more than one way. I might read it, then hear it from our pastor and also be reminded of the very same verse from a friend. God is amazing!
I believe that God is the one true God. He is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. How can this be? Can anyone truly understand the triune nature of God? Yet it is true. However it is explained as a clover that has 3 leaves or an egg with 3 parts or perhaps water which can be frozen, steam or liquid; we can’t completely comprehend God in our human wisdom, but we can trust Him and walk in faith with Him because He is trustworthy. As Hebrews 11:6 says, “…..anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” I believe because I’ve felt His touch in many, many ways, through good times and bad times.
I believe that we were created in God’s image, but we messed up. We sinned. We decided to go our own way rather than God’s way. Like the wayward child, we disobeyed which separated us from God. But God had a plan and that plan was Jesus. Jesus, God’s one and only Son, with Him from the beginning. Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem us and restore us into relationship with Himself.
I believe that Jesus came to earth as a baby, born of a virgin and lived to offer Himself as the perfect, sinless sacrifice for our sins. He died on the cross paying the price for us. He accepted the punishment, the guilty verdict in our place, once and for all that we might live in relationship with God. But we have to receive and open that gift. We have to believe that Jesus truly is who He says He is. He is the only way to be in right standing with God. Some may say this is harsh, but I see it rather as loving and full of grace that God would give His priceless Son for me when I so easily go astray and choose my own way over God’s way. I see and feel the love of a Father and the love of His Son.
I believe that Jesus rose from the grave gaining victory over death. Because of that, I have hope. Hope that I too will someday live with Him in heaven. Hope that Jesus truly is who He says He is and hope that gives meaning and purpose to life.
There is so much more that I believe. There isn’t time or space to put it all into words. I believe Jesus is also our healer. I believe that Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to walk with us, live in us and be our counselor, comforter, guide, to lead us into truth and to empower us to share Jesus with the world. I believe that God gives us purpose and meaning in our lives. He has a mission and a ministry for each one of us. He is calling us not just to receive Him as our Savior, but to also allow Him to be Lord of our lives and to walk with Him daily.
Why do I believe? Because the Bible tells me so, because I’ve felt His love and I’ve sensed His presence, because God has given me faith and I have found Him trustworthy and faithful. I’ve experienced His forgiveness, His healing and I’ve seen His answers to prayer. That my friend, is why I believe.