Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Personality of GOD- Part 1 THE LION (POWER)

Rev 4: 7,8: “The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Hi friends,
 I was recently watching a new TV reality show called “Live my Life” in which a randomly picked diehard fan is given a chance to meet with & live the life of his/her favorite superstar for a day or two. What really caught my attention was the awe and intensity of devotion each of the fans showed towards their fav star. That set me thinking …do we as Christians even give half of that adoration /respect to the Almighty God whom we profess to worship?  
To be frank, to many of us GOD is just a friendly Santa Clause up in the Heavens. We recite our prayer requests to Him in time of need just like little Children read out their lists to Santa every Christmas. Have we ever really stopped and thought of God as a real Personality with qualities, feelings and emotions like we have? 
Personality refers to the total enduring characteristics of a person. In this 5 part series, let us learn together more about the Personality of God from His Word.
Before we start, if I were to ask you to name the first quality of God that came to your mind, most probably your answer would be LOVE. Today we have become so  familiar with 1 John 4:8  “God is love” that we use it almost carelessly. For us to fully understand & truly appreciate the depth & intensity of His love for us, we seriously need to look into the other cardinal attributes of God as well.
No man has ever seen God, but throughout the Bible we get glimpses into heaven and the nature of God. In both Ezekiel 1:10 &  Revelation 4:7 we see the same picture of 4 living creatures around the throne of God. The faces of the 4 living creatures and the song they sing continuously day and night reveal to us the Personality of Yahweh.
With the help of these 4 symbols and the Song we will see one by one the main attributes of Yahweh. In this post we will deal with the first one namely POWER

1)OUR GOD IS POWERFUL- Genesis 17:1 "I am God Almighty.”

We have a mighty God who is OMNIPOTENT(All Powerful), OMNIPRESENT (Present Everywhere Ps 139:7-12),IMMORTAL(2 Peter 3:8; Rev 1:8),INVINCIBLE, UNCHANGING (Heb 1:12) & SOVEREIGN. He has Creative, Destructive, Protective & Restorative Power. Some Scriptures which reveals the POWER of GOD to us.
 Psalms 8:3-4 : “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 

Isaiah 40:26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Exodus 15:6 "Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.

Psalm 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Nahum 1:5 The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.

2 Samuel 22:8 "The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry.

Isaiah 42:13 The LORD will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.

Isaiah 25:8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

Thus we can see that we have a God who is a consuming fire Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29 ; so powerful and strong . The whole of heaven and earth are His own handiwork and tremble in His Glorious presence. Indeed what a privilege it is for us to be called the dear children of this Mighty God.

Let us bring back the fear of this awesome God into our churches, our homes but  most importantly into our hearts.     -         

 (To be contd : THE LION  Part 2 )

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Take care, God bless,
Sparky Laurie

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