God. Father. The Great I Am. The Lord. The Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity.
As you can see, He has many names. Many titles. He is God above all. God above everything. God of everything. God to everyone. He is our ROYAL God. And our LOYAL God.
'The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to millions, and forgiving wickedness'. Exodus 34;6
Yet, although He is all these things and can do all things, He comes into our lives. Our messes. Our fears. Our darkness. Our worries and fears. Our situations. Our sins. Our rebellion. Our everything and gives Himself to us completely. He talks to us in so many ways. One being His bible. Ancient words He set in writing - It Is Written:
'All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man (or woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work'. Precious words of Timothy 2 3:16.
Firstly, I want to share how my God has been to me. And, as the song says, It is No Secret What God Can Do' - what He's done for others, He'll do for you. His arms wide open, He'll care for you. It is NO secret, what God can do'.
My Testament to My ( and Our) God
Way back, when I first came to know God, He gave me a message. It was 'Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you'. Hebrews 13;16. He has sent this to me several times over the years in many ways. I have learned that when He leads you to a bible text and gives you a message (rhema) it is for two reasons. One is for the present time and the other prophetic for the future. In other words, He givs it not just to help you then and there but that it will be SIGNIFICANT for you in the future. Whats more, He doesn't just tell you things to cheer you up, They certainly do that. But, it is also because it is the truth. He really means what He is saying to you. Trust Him. Believe Him. Take the scripture back to Him in prayer, thank Him for it and ask Him to explain it to you.
Okay, so we have established just one of the ways He speaks to us - His Bible- now I want to devote some words to the God who has restored my life and brought me such peace and joy for which I will be forever thankful.
'Listen to My instruction and be wise; do not ignore it'. Proverbs 8;33
He has always shown me such patience. Such understanding. He is very well aware of what each of us are going through and shows unceasing compassion and care. When I first came to know Him, I was a very different person with a very different mind and outlook to who I am now. I was anxious, troubled and low. I was living in the past and it had a tremendous hold over me. It was preventing me from enjoying my life fully. Not now. Not ever again. He took it all away. Caring
'Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again'. Psalm 71;20
I just had this tremendous sense that I didn't want my life to be like it was any longer but I didn't know where to start. I started to read the Bible and talk to Him in prayer. I began to tell Him more and more. Not hold anything back. I started to put my life and problems into His hands and begin to truly trust Him. I came to Him with sin and a heavy spirit and He immediately welcomed me and I felt loved, secure and enthralled by His presence which went with me everywhere I went and in every situation I came across. Understanding
'For God is with us'. Isaiah 8;10
He showed me that He knew my past, understood my thinking and attitudes and accepted and loved me as I was at that very minute. When I look back, it is with a deep appreciation that He loved me as much then as He does now. Even though I had unconfessed sin, wasn't thanking Him as I should have and rebelled at times. He loved me when I was at my worst. I was a person who didn't much like myself and felt unworthy of Him. How wrong that thinking was. I will never think like that again. He came into My life when I was a mess. He took me and it all on board. Came right into my darkness, my anxieties. He came in lovingly and willingly. He did that for me and for anyone who asks His help.
'Forgive us our sins'. Luke 11;4
He showed me time and time again that He forgave me. He understood the root (past) problems I had been through and took a great deal of time to explain to me the connections between my past and my thinking then. He also understood and showed and still does, show great mercy when I was and am tempted or just can't couldn't quite action fully what He asked me to. At first, I misunderstood His words to me. He wanted me to make changes for His plan for my life. I have come to know he tells me and us things in plenty time. He allows thinking time, contemplation time and time to try them out. He knows the things then and now that I needed and need help with. His Grace is amazing.
I used to think that there was a limit to His forgiveness. That He would only forgive me so much or get tired of me! Or say, 'not again' or 'I've been over this with you.' Not at all. At the heart of His heart is forgiveness. 'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you'. Ephesians 4;31
'The God of peace will be with you all'. Romans 15;33
He is love. He is strength. He is hope. He is joy. He is peace. He has everything we need. It is His unchanging character. He gives us everything we need. When we need it. He is our God of ABUNDANCE. Nothing you can tell Him or confess to Him or ask Him to come into can phase Him. He has been dealing with helping His people in any mess, any mind set, any trouble since He started time. He and Christ have seen it all. Heard it all. Helped it all. If you ask. When you say the Lord's prayer daily, ask Him also for His spirit to be with you and He will graciously send you His peace exactly when you need it. Back then and occasionally now, I desperately needed and need His peace and can testify that He gives it. Every time. I can't describe it. It just transcends on you like a comfort blanket over your worries and situations . 'And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus'. Philippians 4;7 Thank you, Lord God for the many times in my life you have sent Your peace to me. I have walked through situations that without Your peace would have floored me. You are my true and wonderful friend, always watching me, always with me. I could not be without You for one day.
'You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command to them'.Jeremiah 1;6
God and God alone knows our needs.He brings people into our lives to help us. Sometimes as a one off and sometimes for a long or short period. He brought so many people into my life to encourage and uplift me that it astounds me. I didn't realise this at the time they said what they said or did what they did but I did afterwards. It always leads somewhere and leads you on and you then realise just how VAST His mind and planning is. We don't always recognise at first that He has sent an angel or messenger into our lives but we are touched all the same. All that I see looking back is at dark times or times of decision, someone would appear and say something pertinant. They were being 'used' by God and so didn't comprehend what they were saying to me really or see the depth of meaning to me.
Similarly, I have had people come back to me and show thanks for something I said which I didn't realise the significance or impact it would have on them. Now, I know better and just say it. I have been told I am very astute, someone else said perceptive. God calls it a gift of discernment because He gave it to be used to encourage others. I go ahead and say what God tells me to with people He tells me to wherever they are and I can see more often than not that what I say (from God) is a revelation to them and usually received with thankful appreciation. God NEVER EVER tells us anything that will alarm us. It is always spoken to us to help us and teach us and show us or encourage us. I do not neglect my giftings and have God to thank for the words and encouragment to actually say them because I used to know what to say but didn't feel it appropriate to say them or have the courage to; but I do now as I am at His service.
Sharing 'Counsel and sound judgement are mine; I have understanding and power'. proverbs 8;14
Before coming to know the Lord, I had a very difficult time making choices and decisions. I analysed and thought deeply about everything and gathered information and made the best possible choices. I had intelligence and a lot of life experience but still made some choices which didn't prove wise. I would then go and ask other people too and this would then excacerbate the decision making process. It was draining at times.
Once I looked for God to help me make choices and decisions, I realised I had arrived at the source of unlimited wisdom...that He willingly and generously SHARED with me. It took a time to take things to God though because I thought 'this supreme God won't be interested in the small stuff in MY life'. But He was and still is.Small, medium large and life changing, He knows and offers counsel on all of them. I realised too that even although I examined things so closely, I STILL often missed things or things appeared that I couldn't have foreseen...but He knows them all. He knows our future and wants to encourage us to seek His wisdom and power and will to not just make what we can - a good enough decision and choice- but His very best. Middle of the road isn't good enough for God, He wants it to be perfect. Someone once said to me that when you are in the middle of God's plan for your life, you will be extremely happy. God sometimes doesn't give us what we want (or think we want) because He wants to give us His choice which is always, always much more advantageous to us and gives us more enjoyment. I have heard people say and me too that I yearned and prayed for something which never happened. But, God in His generosity gave something else because He knows how much they meant to as if to compensate us but also at the same time give us His provision to replace the initial thing we desired. I now seek His wisdom and counsel in EVERYTHING in my life and He loves to listen and build up a strong relationship with us at the same time.
'Be still and know that I am God'. Psalm 46
So many times I have been in a situation I didn't like or didn't choose or didn't work for and was left feeling bereft. He sent me His peace and love and soothed me. He has always treated me and shown me such devotion as I am His daughter and He cares for me and wants the best for me. He has led me to bible passages, books and music to provide for me and shelter me. He knew my background and got through to me when no-one else could. He sent His light into the darkness I had been given and compensated me for my losses. He supported me in my choices and still does. He filled to overflowing so many voids in my life that I am a completely different person because of Him. I had lost out on so much in my life and had been hurt so badly that before Him, I felt alone and lonely. That no-one ever truly understood me until He came along. He showed me that He knew me intimately and would be loyal to me and never hurt me. He gave me unconditional love because GOD IS LOVE. He is an adaptogen. That is He fills the void or gaps in your life and is what you need Him to be and do. He is your father when you are without, your friend when you have none and your source of whatever you need and this changes and adapts as He grows in you, but He will always be your friend and father. That will never change, only you do.
'And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us'. Romans 5;5
I had a kind of fluid hope before I knew God's hope. It was like the waves in the sea; ebbing and flowing and sometimes giving a high or sometimes a low. This was because I had put my hope into things which couldn't satisfy or fulfill me as He did. It was an empty hope that I held before Him; a bit like trusting in 'luck' (in which I don't believe). I believe in choices and consequences and blessing or curse.
I remember at times feeling crushingly disappointed because I had pinned my hope on somebody - who wasn't God. I too have disappointed others because I am fallible as we all are.We have limited resources on our own and we cannot promise or guarantee as God can.
God, however, has stepped in when things didn't work out or I had been let down. I know that when I feel an unexplained/unexpected sense of hope now, that it is from Him and so I choose to believe in it. If He sent me a sense of wariness then I would believe in that too because He cannot lie and is trustworthy. Apart from hoping for things in the here and now or short or long term future, as a Christian, my hope is also looking to my eternal life. This is something I cannot see just now but my hope lies there in the new Kingdom to come which I will live in because I have put my hope in the Living, Eternal Lord. And this will not disappoint.
My Past. My Present. My Future. Father God, this is what Your Son, whom we both love above all, means to me. My Lord. My life. My all. The love affair of my life. Jesus, my Shepherd, Husband, Friend, my Prophet, Priest and King. My Lord, my life, my way, my end. Accept the praise and love I bring. Until we meet in person....