Do We Really Believe He is God?

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

Why do we make it so complicated?  If we choose to believe God is God, why do we sometimes act in our relationship with Him as if we were God and He our servant, instead of how it really is?

God calls us to honor Him as God.  Seems like a pretty logical next step.  If we decide we believe that He is God (that is, Supreme Ruler over all, superior to all other beings), then it seems natural that we would want to literally bow to Him, submit to His commands and live His Way.  We wouldn’t resent it, we would crave it!  If He is God, then by definition of His name, there is an assumption that He is superior, meaning His way has got to be better than our own.  This makes submitting to Him an act of great anticipation of the good He will bring through it.

It seems so simple, so natural.  Instead often we either assert we have a right to decide how He should be (putting us in the position of creator and God in the role as our creation for our convenience), or we view Him as a vehicle to accomplish our own goals (instead of understanding we were created to partner with Him on His.)

How do we come to the point where we think we have a right to decide what type of Being God should be and how He operates? Doesn’t this make Him less than God?  For if we truly could determine the attributes of God by our own free will, then we would be the supreme being and He would not.

Do we really think through our free will and independent thinking we can change the nature of eternal, unchanging God?  If He is God, He tells us how He is, we don’t tell Him how He should be.

If we believe He is God, we should be running to Him, excited to hear His thoughts, embrace His plan and lay our burdens at His feet, rejoicing that we no longer have to carry them.  We should be joyfully anticipating living more and more the way He prescribes because we know if He is God, then there must be nothing better.  It is that for which we were created!

We need to reconsider our faith.  Do we really believe He is GOD, or Santa Claus by another name? How will we show Him today?  He is waiting for us to recognize Him for who He is;

He says, “Be still and know I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Ps. 46:10)

He has so much to share with us: “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it – the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ “(Jer. 33:2-3) “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” (Isa. 55: 8-9)

He is waiting for us to embrace the joy and freedom of His Way.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:22-23)

The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations… In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. (Ps. 33:10-11,21)

We never walk alone; He is our guide.

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.  These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.  But those who trust in idols, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame.  (Isa. 42:16-17)

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isa. 58:11)

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23)

Listen.  Be still.  Know He is God.  Rejoice.  (Selah! – pause and calmly think of that!)  END

Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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