GOD’S PERSONALITY

I promised in September that my next blog would be about God’s personality — but because of “technical problems” way
beyond my control I can only now resume working on the blogging page in my website. God is good! And His timing is perfect. I must rest in that at all times — better than I did these last few weeks. So thank you, God, for life’s lessons and for those wonderful, knowledgeable technicians who revived this website!

God is the original Promise Keeper! Many times He told Israel that the only reason He tolerated them was because of His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But when Stephen was stoned, God divorced Israel as a nation and expanded His “chosen people” to include the faithful from all nations. Galatians 3:14 says that God has blessed the “Gentiles (non-Jews) with the same blessing He promised to Abraham and we Christians receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” (New Living Translation)

But when you look closely at the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, were they perfect people, worthy of God’s promises? No. Read their stories. God loved them because they obeyed His commands. Obedience is really important to my God. Read the book of Deuteronomy. Chapter 12, verse 28 says “Be careful to obey all my commands so that all will go well with you and your children, because you will be doing what pleases the Lord your God.”

If we are going to emulate God‘s personality, we need to keep our promises to Him and to people – see Eccl.5:4-6; Ps. 76:11; Prov. 12:22 (this is a very good text on this subject); Ps. 105:42

Do you want to please God? Look at Mal 3:16: “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared Him and loved to think about Him.” (NLT) Since I blogged to you last have you spoken to others about your love for God? If so, God heard you and He WROTE IT DOWN and put your name in His special Book of Remembrance!

IIChron.16:9 tells us that “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…” Is your heart fully committed to Him? Do you have to be a perfect person for God to strengthen you?
Not according to scripture. My God patiently waits for life’s lessons to build our characters and move us toward Him and sanctification. He makes the effort to find us and help us!

One day Jesus was teaching a crowd of people. A woman in the crowd called out to Him “God bless your mother–the womb from which you came and the breasts that nursed you!”
Jesus answer may surprise you – His answer indicates that you and I have the possibility of being more blessed than His own mother was! He said “But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice. “ What a privilege is ours. We just have to make right choices, based on Spirit-led reading of Scripture.

We didn’t have the experience of hearing and seeing Jesus’ words and His miracles, but we can read about them. My Friend is so consistent. Deut 12:32 says “Carefully obey all the commands I give you. Do not add to them or subtract from them.” Hm! Where have you heard that before? Read Rev. 22:18, 19.

What a Friend! He’s the God of the Old Testament (I Cor 10:4) and He’s my Savior-God of the New Testament.(Matt. 1:21)

Another facet of God’s personality that I see is that He views music as a vehicle for learning and He is a composer and poet. Read Deut. 31:19. God gave Moses the words to a song and told him to teach the Israelites to sing it. It was to be a witness “against them.” God must have sung it for Moses so he would know how the song went. Wouldn’t you love to hear His voice singing and speaking?

In Deut. 32:47 Moses told the people that the instructions in the song were not mere words – “they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you are crossing the Jordan River to occupy.” So God used music hoping to reach their hearts through the song. Moses urged the people to pass these words on to their children so they would obey, also.

God listened to Moses and didn’t destroy the people of Israel. He gave Moses opportunity to demonstrate qualities of God’s love for people.  Moses said he would rather die himself, than for Israel to cease to exist. In the last part of Acts 7:35, Moses is portrayed as a ruler and a savior. Jesus also preferred to die, rather than to let us face extinction!

Moses had the great privilege of being a part of God’s divine teaching plan. Moses’ character helps us see how unselfish and caring God is. Moses led the people according to directions from God. Remember when Jesus said “I speak not my own words, but say the words the Father gives me.” (paraphrase)

We see in Jude that after Moses died, there was a fight over the body of Moses. Then we see him on the Mount of Transfiguration! So we know God called Moses back to life and took him to heaven. Do you see more similarities here? I bet God didn’t allow Moses’ body to decay!

My fabulous God is an outstanding Teacher. Wouldn’t you feel it an honor beyond words if you knew God is using you and your story somehow in His Divine teaching outlines?

I know that God has a very warm, likeable personality. He laughs with us at times (Sarah), He dialoged with Abraham, Adam, Eve, Moses and many others. He is also just. He “stands on principle”!! We should do the same.

In Revelation it says we were created for God’s “good pleasure.” Chapter 4, vs. 11. He made us so that He could enjoy us! I believe He listens to us speaking (Mal. 3:16-18) because He delights in His faithful ones and that makes me feel good!!!. I believe He works for us (II Chron 16:9) and with us. (Matt. 28:20).

Jesus’ personality is the Light of my life! I hope you find your joy in Him, too.

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