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Tell Me About the God You Know

”To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless…” Psalm 18:25

How we perceive God is likely the manner in which we live our daily life. Could it be the way we live our life is the way we perceive God showing Himself to us? God is always faithful, even when we struggle with being true. Does that mean God stops being faithful? By all means no, but this may be the way we perceive God.

When we know God as a faithful God, we walk in life faithfully. Interesting thought but what happens when we do not know God as a faithful God? What happens when what we know and experience is God as a distant relational God? We often will allow that characteristic to be the way we respond to others. If we understand God as a harsh dictator, we may find ourselves leading in the same manner. If we have a false understanding of His grace, having to earn His love, then we will treat others with the same regard. We won’t be able to love until we understand and accept that God first loved us.

Interestingly, the God we know may not be the God who is. Watching how we treat others will give a great insight into who we believe God to be.

When we understand God as always with us, and everything He has is ours, we can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t change some behaviors.  Remember the prodigal’s brother becoming envious of the return of his brother? Could it be he misunderstood who God is, and all God has for him? Do we ever misunderstand?

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’” Luke 15:31

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Who do you say God is?

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The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:4

The One who continues to ascend the mountain of God realizes it’s the hands of His purity which make marks along the way. These hands which have been kept clean by busy serving with obedience for the owner. The hands have not been idle serving their selfish needs and desires but have found others along the way to help and to see the Lord. These hands have found a reason to exist outside of selfish gain and have been there to help others up the mountain. These hands have been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord, and the purpose is to help others see the Light and walk in it.

When the hands are kept busy serving others, there is no time left to pick up the idols of this world. When tempted to lay hold of an appealing treasure of this world the heart testifies to its defilement for there is no purpose when climbing the mountain of the Lord for worthless idols. The weight of the obsession will hold us back from the goals of our hands and heart. When we must carry around worldly idols they can make it too complicated to continue climbing. But again, the owner of the mountain gives us the strength to let go of the worthlessness of any false idol which tries to detain our journey.

We make life way too problematic when we try and hold onto vanity but letting go of the things which are making our climb difficult will make for an abundant and adventurous journey. Keeping our hands clean by reaching out to the world around us with compassion will keep our heart pure and our eyes on the Lord of the mountain. There will never again be another dreary day because it is filled with hands that are busy serving and a heart that is pounding with adventure.

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