Do You Believe in God?
One of the biggest obstacles of growth is our view of God. The first aspect of that shift has to be the shift from a God of law to a God of grace. People must discover that God is for them and not against them. This is what it means to have a God of grace and a God of mercy. Jesus had a mission to show people what God was really like. “Immanuel,” one of the names given to Jesus, means, “God with us.” Moreover, when Jesus walked the earth, He showed us a very different God than we might expect. The kingdom of heaven is within each person; everyone, not just the priests and ministers, has access to His divine guidance.
Everything starts out with God as the Source. This is point number one in the Bible. Nothing was created before God, and everything that exists came from Him. This includes all the “stuff” of life: the resources, the principles, the purposes, the meaning—everything!
After making the “stuff,” God made humankind and breathed life into them (Genesis 2:7). We have to understand this means to receive the Holy Spirit into the troubled areas of our lives. God is not only Creator but also re-creator of life. It becomes the system of how one overcomes depression, heals a marriage, or rescues a failing business career.
God’s role is to provide, and our role is to receive. Our role is to be a dependent one. Independence is not an option for us. God existed without us, not vice versa. God’s role is to be in control; our role is to surrender to God’s control of the world, and we are to control our self.
It is difficult for some of us to imagine how God’s creative energy works inside our mind, heart, and subconscious. To do so, imagine Eden. Eden was a sacred place. The experience of living in the garden was peace, reverence, joy, serenity, bliss, and love.
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