29, August 2013

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There’s Nobody Like Him! (4)

‘Let all that I am praise the Lord…’ Psalm 103:2 NLT

The Bible equates God with light, and light with holiness. ‘…God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.’ (1 John 1:5 NIV) Paul said that God dwells in ‘…unapproachable light…’ (1 Timothy 6:16 NIV) Scripture refers to Christ ‘…who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners…’ (Hebrews 7:26 NIV) So how should you approach such a God? As you would an auditor when your books don’t balance? Or a dictator who holds the power of life and death? No, Jesus told us to pray, ‘…Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.’ (Matthew 6:9 NKJV) There’s your answer! You must come to God as a father who loves you dearly and desires only what is best for you, while always regarding Him with profound reverence. As your awe of God expands, your fears in life will diminish. A big view of God translates into big courage; a small view of God generates no courage at all. A puny God can’t help you when cancer strikes, your family is in trouble, or you’ve no way to pay your bills. A ‘do-me-a-favour’ Jesus may look good stuck on your dashboard, but that image can do nothing for your fears. You need an awesome God who, while diminishing your ego, enlarges your faith and blows your mind. David wrote: ‘Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things…’ (Psalm 103:2-5 NLT)

SoulFood: 2 Chr 35-36, 2 Jn, Luke 18:18-30, Ps 119:161-168, Pr 22:17-19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

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