Are you familiar with all of God’s characteristics?

Does His love outweigh His holiness?

Is He one God? Three in One?

Would you say that, when thinking about God or talking with others about Him, you tend to focus on one or two of His characteristics and not others?

Does it even matter?

We could ask an attorney preparing for trial similar questions. Who is the judge? What is he like? Will he allow into evidence things contrary to the law? Is he known for making decisions from the bench based on truth—or is he unfairly swayed by emotional manipulation?

Successful lawyers have shared that knowing as much as possible about the judge is imperative.

Sadly, the world and a growing number of churches, friends, and influencers are portraying God inaccurately. For this reason, Encouragement That Lasts is introducing a mini-series on the attributes of God. There is a need for continual, biblical refreshment on what our Maker has revealed of Himself.

It’s God’s record books which will be opened when each of us stands before Him and, as we’ll see, there isn’t one of His characteristics we shouldn’t want Him to have. This becomes increasingly clear when absorbing His Word and either learning or remembering the wonders of Who He is.

All to say, we’re listing God’s attributes and providing the first abbreviated snapshots of three of them today. My prayer is that these truths will whet your appetite for added, personal study of God from His Word—and for you to recognize and treasure the need we have for each one of God’s matchless characteristics.

You are loved!

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God is Spirit                  God is Unity

God is Infinite                God is Eternal

God is Immutable         God is Omnipresent

God is Sovereign           God is Omniscient

God is Omnipotent       God is Just

God is Love                    God is Truth

God is Self-Sufficient    God is Holy

Although the above-listed attributes encompass this, I will be spelling out (and Scripture supports) another:  God is Personal.

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Of all the writings God has permitted this ministry to share, perhaps this series on the attributes of God are the ones the enemy of our souls most wants us to skip, rush through, or misunderstand. Should we gain even the slightest understanding of the whole of God’s character, I believe we’ll possess such awe, confidence in, and love for Him that Satan’s lies and schemes against us will become dramatically weakened. For this reason, we are entering into a holy battleground, here.

Will you please stop in your reading right now and ask God to help you better understand who and what He is? Thank you so much.

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God Is Spirit.  The Bible puts this into clear focus for us: ‘God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24). The word spirit used here derives from the Greek word pneuma, which means a current of air that is a breath or a breeze. It connotes rationalization and mental disposition—in other words, clear, rational thinking. Pneuoma comes from the root word pneu, which means ‘to breathe hard’ or ‘to blow, a forcible respiration.’ God is a life-giving breath which provides not only life itself but balance and rational thought. We are therefore able to respond to Him in worship with our lives with clear, rational minds. When I first came to grasp what it means that God is spirit I blurted out loud, “Wow!”

God is Unity.  Deuteronomy 6:4 states, ‘Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.’ Jesus said to the Jews in the temple, ‘I and the Father are one’ (John 10:30). The resurrected Christ commanded His followers to make disciples of all the nations, ‘baptizing them in the name [singular] of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 28:19). What does God’s unity provide to us? God’s unity validates the ministry of Christ and the Holy Spirit. If Christ were not God, there would be no avenue of salvation for the sinful human. If the Holy Spirit were not God, we would have no breath of life or rational thought. There would be no Heavenly Father, no God the Son, and no Comforter. There wouldn’t be an avenue for us to access God’s love, or for His love to reach us. As you can see, any watered down version of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in perfect unity (oneness) is horrific. How we should thank and adore God for His unity!

God is Infinite.  He is without termination or end. God declares, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty’ (Revelation 1:8). The word alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and means “first.” Omega is the last letter, and means “end.” The psalmist declares:

Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You will endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment, like clothing. You will change them and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end. (Psalm 102:25-27).

We will never lose our God and King! He is infinite! We see things wearing out (or people bailing out) everywhere around us. What a comfort to know the God we approach in prayer is not “here today and gone tomorrow.” No faithlessness on our part can dislodge Him. No question or pronouncement of people can cause Him to cease to exist.

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Already, my heart is bursting with fresh gratitude (and we’re just getting started)!

What a wonderful God He is!

June

June

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