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God is Impressive

One word I would use to describe God would be impressive. He is a God of wonder, He spoke the universe into existence, He is the Alpha and Omega, all nations will bow before Him, Nothing is impossible with Him, indeed He is impressive. Sometimes we forget this truth. As Bobby Conner says, “we are far too familiar with a God we barely know.” We learn the Christian rules, ways and principles and even though they lack that impressive element we continue on and forget that the veil was torn and we have access to the very presence of Almighty God. Yes, let’s not complicate the Christian life but let’s also remember there is more to discover in Christ. Once we change God into a man made image we become idolaters. We do not have the liberty to fashion a God according to our own finite understanding. He is divine. He will not be worshiped as an imperfect God or as an object that is not Himself. What happened to the wonder, to the impressiveness of God that the Bible clearly illustrates? Webster defines impressive as, “making or tending to make a marked impression; having the power to excite attention, awe, or admiration.” I know that living in this society I have been impressed by many man made things. These temporal things compete for my attention and admiration, things that pale in comparison to eternity and Almighty God. There was a time when signs and wonders were done by the hands of the apostles and although the unbelievers wouldn’t dare join them, they were nonetheless, impressed (Acts 5:12,13). Fast...

When Desire Overtakes Discipline

Discipline isn’t a bad thing but it’s not everything. There’s nothing wrong with having set times where we meet with God or in having a Bible reading plan. But let’s not think spiritual disciplines are an end in themselves. Jesus didn’t say the greatest commandment was to pray 30 minutes a day or to read two chapters a day. No, he said it was to love God and love others with all our heart. God’s desire is that we become laid down lovers. Meaning that we lay down our lives in love. When this happens we will want to be with God. We will want to read the Bible. We will want to worship and adore Him. Our have to’s will become want to’s. But what if you don’t want to spend time with God? How do you get from practicing spiritual disciplines to the place where you crave the presence of God more than anything else? I’m not about to give you some pat answer but I will submit an idea to you. There’s Something About Worship The more we are around God’s presence the more we desire Him. I don’t think the reason we lack desire is because God is not desirable – it’s because we don’t know (experientially) how good He actually is. We’ve heard and we confess that He is good but until we taste and see for ourselves we will not want more of Him. When I talk about worship I’m talking about drawing near to God in our spirits. Remember Jesus said that true worshipers will worship in spirit and in truth. Our...