Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Allowing God To Be God

You realize don't you that most of us are as guilty as Aaron was for making our own gods? So many of us don't bother reading the Bible to discover who God is and spend our days reinventing him. The Bible says that God made man after his own image but in this day and age it is man who is making God after his own image. It is a shame because the gods we invent are not even close to the glory of the one and only God.

Now you may think I am being over dramatic about it but how many times have you considered yourself an exception to the rules? How many times have we figured God will understand our sin and not bother to repent of it or even stop it? How many times have we been surprised to discover something about God in the Bible that we had believed was the opposite? How many of us are guilty of trying to get God to fit into what we want?

This goes beyond just wanting our sin to be accepted. It also includes the limitations we put on God. Oh I know that we say that everything is possible because of God, but we certainly don't live by that. We put limitations on God all the time. Many people don't believe in his healing any more. Sure, he could if he wanted to but he just doesn't do that any more. It is easier to say that then to try to explain when it doesn't work.

It is hard to do great things when we don't have a great vision of God. We know that great men and women of God have accomplished great things but we fail to recognize that they did not do those great things in themselves. They understood what apostle Paul was saying when he wrote:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

To serve Jesus to the full potential of your faith you need to know and live the fact that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Now get this: It is according to his power that is at work within us. Read it again, slowly, and let it sink in.

We put these unfair limitations on our Father; limitations that would exist if we were God, but we aren't God. God is God and it is a good thing he is. He does not have our fear, doubt, lack of knowledge or power. He is the Creator of all things, the one who put the laws of nature in effect and the only who can do what he wants with them. Could God have rescued the Israelites out of Egypt without the plagues? Of course he could but he used the moment to reveal himself to the world and to bring himself glory. Why do you think Jesus did all he did? Calming the storm, walking on water, raising the dead, feeding the thousands, giving sight to the blind, healing the crippled? It was so that God would be revealed to the world and receive the glory. Why do you think Jesus said we would do even greater things?

Honestly, what do you think God wants to do through you? He wants to do whatever he wants to do to reveal himself to the world and bring himself glory. So stop putting limitations on him and allow him to work through you as he sees fit not according to your limits. Our God is so much more than we are allowing him to be. Stop thinking of yourself and allow God to be God in and through you. Flow Spirit flow!

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