What Do You Think About God?

Misunderstandings, misrepresentations, inaccurate information.

God deals with this everyday.

People talking about Him. Saying what He thinks. Saying what He did.

Some people get it right.

But many people get it wrong. Very wrong. They tell you about God, but they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Many are sincere people with good motives. Trying to figure things out.

But who wants people going around spreading wrong information about you even if the people do have good intentions? Especially if what they’re saying is bad?

Jesus Himself asked, “What do you think about the Messiah?” (Matthew 22:42).

God wants us to know Him.

He does that by giving us His Word, the Bible, to read and study. The Word of God is truth. Wanna know the truth?

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth,” (John 17:17).

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:32).

It’s vital to read and know God’s Word. The most important book you can ever read!

Ever tried to read the Bible but didn’t understand it? That’s because we need help seeing & understanding the truth.

To those who call on Jesus to save and forgive them and believe that He, the Son of God, died on the cross for their sins to save and forgive them and rose from the dead, God gives the Holy Spirit to teach them.

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” (John 14:26-27).

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come,” John 16:13.

“And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you,” (John 14:16-17).
 
God also provides pastors and Bible teachers to help us learn the truth:
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming,” (Ephesians 4:11-14).
Unfortunately, many pastors can get it wrong at times, give wrong information or advice, and steer people in the wrong direction. Maybe they don’t know. But there are also false teachers out there. That’s why it’s vital for people to know the scriptures for themselves, something Martin Luther fought for in 1517 when there were false doctrines in the church – for people to be able to read the scriptures for themselves! We also need the Holy Spirit to guide us and show us truth.

And I’m striving to know Him more. To hear His voice better. To distinguish when it’s His voice I’m hearing and when it’s not. To discern between the lies and truth. To focus on His Word.

Jesus said: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me,” (John 10:27).

Learn from Jesus! And pray!

He tells us: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” (Matthew 11:29).

Jesus also said: “It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me,” (John 6:45).

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” (Matthew 11:15).

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