MY God – March 13th, 2019

MY God

My identity in Christ Jesus…

March 13th, 2019

We’ve been talking about apostasy, false gospels, and divergence from the truth of God’s word for the last several days. It is dangerously easy for us to consider that these departures from the faith are ‘those people’ and do not examine our own hearts in the light of who God is and what His Word represents.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

You may notice that the capitalization of the title of today’s devotional differs from the lead scripture quotation. This is entirely on purpose. It is too easy for us to attempt to make God conform to our desire rather than be submissive to his will for us and be transformed in to the image he has for us. The correct capitalization is ‘my God’, but we find it so very convenient to change this to ‘MY God’.

MY God isn’t a god at all, it isn’t The God of the Bible. MY God is an idol we create for ourselves, allowing us to avoid the unpleasant sacrifice we would rather not surrender to.

But Jesus was my sacrifice!

Jesus was our sin offering. The blood sacrifice necessary to cleanse us from our sin. You’re correct in that. However, we often find it convenient to disregard the offering we are instructed to make on Jesus’ behalf. It’s just easier that way, right?

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)

Paul didn’t go rogue here. The giving of ourselves in response to the grace of Jesus redeeming us from the sin that carries the consequence of eternal death, isn’t an option.

When we who have been dispensed grace through our faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, it is disingenuous to then turn around and attempt to outline specific version of God that meets with our desires, “MY God”. It isn’t a god at all.

It is that appropriation of God’s sovereignty that beings to degrade our relationship with God.

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 20:3 (ESV)

When we attempt to reconfigure God to have the attributes we desire, we usurp the sovereignty of God.

Defining what God would or wouldn’t do

A God who loves wouldn’t allow that!

God is pure love, but God is also just and righteous, along with several other things. God will not be untrue to who He is. His justice and righteousness mean that while he loves the sinner, he can’t tolerate sin. It is the reason God sent his son as the remedy for sin.

The equivocation of love to tolerance is a dangerous error. Unremorseful sin will result in death.

God looks not on the external performance but on the motivations of our hearts.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Proverbs 16:2 (NIV)

God is focused on the condition and intent of our hearts. While we remain in the flesh, we are subject to the failures of the flesh, but the intent of the heart should and does, produce a change in our behavior which reflects our heart’s condition.

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Jeremiah 17:10 (ESV)

If that transformation has taken pace that Paul talks about in Romans, we are not attempting to customize our image of God to suite what we desire him to be like.

Defining what God tolerates

The other means of building a personal version of God goes to the extreme of implanting in OUR God a ‘big tent’ mentality.

The white lie.
The unforced error.
Slipping off the wagon.
Just a little will not hurt a thing.
This one time

The redeemed heart will recoil to these infringements on sovereignty of God and will repent. The unrepentant heart will not and will instead, build a wall between the real God and the god idol they have created so they don’t have to look at the real God and can be comfortable in the assurance that their behavior conforms to their own more tolerant version of MY God.

Back to Exodus…

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 20:3 (ESV)

It’s outside of the grace of God to practice in this manner. He is a jealous God and will not share his glory with any other, regardless if that other is just a mock-up of what your ideal God looks like.

God has taken it upon himself to detail who he is and what his attributes are in His Word. There are no errors or omissions we need to supplement with our own perspective of his being.

Only kidding

The other form of adjusting the image of God into our idols is to circumvent His Word.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

If the scripture has everything to allow us to be “complete and equipped for every good work”, then there are no gaps, nothing is present, just because God was kidding or had a lapse in thinking, He inspired the writers to pen His Word exactly as he intended it.

The Word of God is not a buffet where we can selectively be obedient to some portions and disregard others.

All Scripture is breathed” and to adding to it, or disregarding portions, is to shape our “MY God” to fit into our view of who he should be and not who he truly is. His Word describes who he is, and he is my God, he’s your God. Regardless of if you surrender to him and his will for your life, remains and always will be God. The God that is defined by His Word.

In His Grace,
Kip…

 

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