Thursday, January 16, 2014

God's Identity

It is a striking thing that God's identity is linked to man. He was first known through the life of Abraham, and was called "the God of Abraham." The world's ideas about God came first from seeing what sort of man Abraham was. His life portrayed his God, and served as a recommendation for Him.

When Jacob first fled from home, and from the murderous threats of Esau, he referred to the Lord as the "God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac." That is how he identified God, by how their God had shaped their lives. This brought a sense of awe upon Jacob. He resolved that one-day, their God would be his God. He did not feel that that could be a reality, until his own life reflected his God. If the name of Jacob was to be associated with his fathers' God, he wanted to maintain the reputation of that God.

Some people say, for example, "I believe in my mother's God" or "I believe in Paul's God" or "I believe in Jean's God." People talk about presenting the Gospel ‘in a nutshell,"  but the Gospel can only be presented in a person. The Gospel is more than a formula for getting to heaven when you die. The Gospel offers life, not just a life belt. The essence of evangelism is to show what God is like.
Make this the cry of your heart today: "God, I want to be your bold evangelist, pointing the way to life in Christ Jesus."
[Reinhard Bonnke]

2 Corinthians 3:12 ... Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
Acts 4:31 ... And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
1 Peter 2:9 ...  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;   ❤