The God I Wish you Knew

This weekend we are finishing up a series in church called “The God I wish you Knew”. Here is a little about the God I wish you knew.

He sent His one and only Son into this world which the enemy took dominion over with Adam & Eve’s sin in the Garden:
John 3:16-17 –  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

That Son, Jesus, was perfect in that He did not sin. He walked with sinners, though, and kept company with cheaters, thieves, prostitutes, and people so sick no one else would go near them:
Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Then that Son took up a cross and paid the price for OUR sins, to satisfy the debt we accrued with the devil by our sin. Yes, no matter what you have done in your life, God loves you right now, right where you are:
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He took lashings for our spiritual and physical diseases:
1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

He made a way for us to be in personal relationship with His Father:
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Matthew 27:51 – And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

He left us with the Holy Spirit to direct us, guide us, teach and instruct us:
John 14:16-17 – And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.

The God I wish you knew is truthful with us; He did not sugar coat anything. He never promised us an easy, perfect life. But He did promise He would help us:
John 16:33 (AMP) – I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

He sees your trials, and promises to restore what is broken in your life:
Joel 2:25 – And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten—the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

He says He will bless you double for what you’ve lost:
Zechariah 9:12 – Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. 
Isaiah 61:7 – Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

The God I wish everyone knew is one who cares about whatever YOU care about – however big or little it may be, He will walk with you through it:
Psalm 139:5-6– You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

And when it’s a big thing, the God I wish you knew reaches down into the depths and pits of destruction and pulls you out:
Psalm 103:4 – …who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…

He promises you a future filled with hope:
Jeremiah 29:11 –  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

He reminds us that His joy is our strength, in difficult seasons and in the daily little things:
Nehemiah 8:10 – This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

He wants a personal relationship with you in which you are not afraid of retribution from Him, but ask for what you need:
Hebrews 4:16 (AMP) – Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

The God I wish you knew gave us access to His power and authority:
John 14:13 – You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.
Luke 10:19 (AMP) – Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

He has given us an inheritance:
Romans 8:17 – And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.
Ephesians 2:5-6 – even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

The God I wish you knew does not want you to be paralyzed by fear, but wants you to rest in His love:
Isaiah 41:10 – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

He promises that His faithfulness is not limited, but it will continue from now until forever:
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Isaiah 40:28 – Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

He is truthful:
Numbers 23:19 – God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

The God I wish you knew does not want you to be sick. He wants us to be well:
James 5:14-15 – Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

And if you doubt the power of any of these living Words, God tells us that these Words have a purpose, and they will accomplish that purpose!
Isaiah 55:11 (MSG) – So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

THE GOD I WISH YOU KNEW is one who takes brokenness and turns it into blessing. He created us to be in community with one another, lifting one another up, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and mourning with those who mourn.

The God I wish you knew… is GREAT.

If you have never received Jesus as your Savior – or if this is not the God you’ve known, but you’d like to – click here for a simple prayer to invite Him into your heart.

This post is dedicated to a dear sweet mommy friend of mine who is going through something that pierces the very heart and soul of us as women. You are loved my friend. ❤

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