You and I can receive and, at times, inadvertently offer others help which isn’t beneficial for the long haul. Sugar pills, so to speak, which may go down easy but fail to meet a person at his or her greatest point of need.

Any time we’re distracted from God’s attributes or find ourselves ingesting what the world has to offer in the way of answers to life’s big questions, it’s similar to giving honor to worthless sugar pills. Not only that, some of the ideologies we’re being encouraged to swallow are spiritual cancer producers.

This is why knowing and resting in the attributes of God is of critical importance, my friend. He is the essence of life eternal and powerful enough—while loving us enough—to provide what we most need (both now and forever).

In our previous two releases (linked below) we briefly summarized six of God’s attributes, as revealed in His Word:

God is Spirit

God is Unity

God is Infinite

God is Eternal

God is Immutable (unchanging); and

God is Omnipresent (everywhere)

How comforting it was to wrap up our previous blog recognizing that God is wholly present with the sinner on his knees asking for forgiveness at the same time He is present with His child suffering persecution thousands of miles away. And that He is with you, as a believer. How encouraged and strengthened we should be to know we don’t have to be in a special building or have a certain person intercede for us in order to have immediate and constant fellowship and interaction with God!

Praise His name! He provided the perfect Intercessor for fallen humanity in Christ Jesus, His Son. (Romans 8:34; I John 2:1)

And, wonder of wonders, God’s Holy Spirit lives within all believers in Christ—and nothing can separate them from Him or His love! (I Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:31-39)

What amazing, hugely important truths are God’s attributes!

Today we’re taking similar snapshots of four more characteristics of God which our “sugar pill world” cannot reproduce or eradicate. They keep rolling out before us, wave after beautiful wave, from God’s Word.

And they are worthy of our gratitude, each day!

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God is Sovereign.  Refreshingly, He is the Supreme Ruler. God is in control even when things may appear otherwise. Psalm 66:7 is one example of many Scriptures where God’s sovereignty is declared: ‘He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves.’ God does not have to maneuver. He doesn’t have to counter maneuver. He never has to go to a Plan B. He has no slips of control. He is orchestrating the events of mankind, including every detail of your life and mine. This makes the posturing of arrogant people a parade of foolishness while serving to remove fear from the hearts of His beloved children—even in the midst of life’s greatest challenges.

God is Omniscient.  In other words, God knows all actual and possible things. He not only knows everything going on, everything which has occurred in the past (yes, we need to trust His record of history), and everything which will happen in the future, but everything which would have happened if certain things had happenedIn the cities and communities in which Christ performed many of His miracles (yet where the people did not repent), He said to them, ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsadia! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes’ (Matthew 11:21). What a blessing that we can trust and approach in prayer an all-powerful, all-loving God who is not lacking any necessary, first-hand knowledge!

God is Omnipotent.  This means He is all powerful. God cannot be hindered, intimidated, or blackmailed. There is nothing He chooses to do for which He does not have the power to implement. Wow! What if He were all powerful and not holy? Or what if He were all powerful and not unchanging? God will take care of all business which needs to be taken care of. Wrongs which have occurred on the earth will one day be made right. ‘Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, Hallelujah! for the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns.’ (Revelation 19:6).

God is Just.  ‘He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead’ (Acts 17:31). God will personally judge and enact vengeance where it is due. Romans 12:19 gives me the chills: ‘Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ God’s justice also includes forgiveness! ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ (I John 1:9). The sacrifice for sins Jesus Christ made on our behalf was sufficient and God’s justice declares it, as shown in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

We should take great measures of healthy fear and comfort in the truth that God is just!

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These brief exposures to God’s attributes cannot do justice in portraying the depth and majesty of each of them. We could spend a lifetime studying, believing in, and living them out in awe and wonder. (And how great the benefit should we do so!)

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If you missed the first two blogs in this series, they are linked below. While brief, they are so worth considering:

1st in series: God’s Attributes (and why they should be known and treasured)

2nd in series: More of God’s Attributes (and why they matter)

I love how the apostle Paul wrote of the unsearchable riches of God the Son, Jesus Christ, in Ephesians 3:8. Even with all we have been blessed to touch upon so far in this series, there are still more of God’s attributes for us to know and cherish. All to say, please stay tuned!

June

June

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