Gods Character - Daily Devotional
In this episode I’m going to talk about Gods Character. The world often tries to describe who God is based on their experience or they try to portray a god that fits into the box of their life. They do a terrible job at this because they don’t know him and as a result it hard for people to wrap their mind around the true loving nature of God. They can’t grasp how much God wants to encourage them and do them good all the days of their lives. They say “Acts of God” are when disasters happen but they don’t understand or comprehend that God is capable of doing great amazing things that are in our favour because of His great love for us.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
God knew you before you were born
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:4-5 NIV
God knew every detail about you and your entire life before you even took your first breath. Nothing about your life or any decisions that you have made or will make can surprise him or catch him off guard. God knew you just as he knew Jeremiah. He thought about you and planned for you. If you ever feel discouraged, inadequate or not valuable just remember that God has always thought of you as valuable and has a purpose in mind.
People who don’t know God have painted a bad picture of who he is
You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:41-44 NIV
Jesus made a distinction between hereditary children and true children. The religious leaders were hereditary children of Abraham and therefore claimed to be children of God. But their actions showed them to be true children of the devil and under his guidance. True children of Abraham would not act as they did. Your church membership, and family connections will not make you a true child of God. Your true father is the one you imitate and obey.
God desires to give you all that you need like a good father
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:11 NIV
Jesus was showing us here that the heart of God the Father. God is not selfish, begrudging or stingy. And we don’t have to gravel or beg for something that we need. He is a loving Father who understands, cares, and comforts. He wants to provide every need for you.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17 NIV
God is consistently shining forth his goodness, truth and grace. He gives good gifts and doesn’t change his mind about giving you those good gifts to you.
God knew everything about you before you were ever born
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. – Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV
Think about what this verse is saying. Before you were born. Before you grew up and became an adult. Before that sin or sins that you committed that you think is unforgivable. GOD STILL CHOSE YOU!! God knew everything about you. Because he is all knowing. Everything that you would do with you life. The good the bad and the ugly. And with all that knowledge about your entire life, he still chose you! The question that you need to ask yourself is given this understanding why are you allowing your past mistakes to keep yourself from Him. Forgive yourself because God knew about your failure and has already made a way for you to get back in relationship with Him through Jesus.
He has good plans for your future
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. – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. – Jeremiah 32:38-41 ESV
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. – Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
We see that God promises to bless his people in the midst of a pagan culture. God knows the future and his plans for us are good and full of hope. In Jeremiah 32, we read how God promises to restore Israel. We read that God will do them good that will benefit them and their kids. God promised to make an everlasting covenant to be good to them. This passage also says that God will rejoice in doing good to us. And it ends up by God promising with all his heart and soul that He will establish and plant them in the land. This sounds like a loving God that wants to do good for us today as well. This is so because we are believers in Christ and receive this promise through all He has done for us.
God is there for you emotionally
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NIV
God has already given us eternal encouragement and a good hope. He has ready all the encouragement that you will need to deal with every situation you face in your life. Think of it as having a bank account full of enough money for everything you will ever need. All you need to withdraw some encouragement is pray and ask for it. And there is no daily transaction limit. Pull all the encouragement that you need for today. Gods got you.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
God wants to comfort us and help us because he knows that there are others out there who need comfort and help as well. All we need to do is ask and he will be ready to comfort. This is so we can in turn be the comfort and help to others in this broken world who need the love of Christ.
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. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV
In one sense Jesus is like all of us. He has endured incredible temptation, suffering and hardships but did not sin. For this reason he understands with the weaknesses, failures and struggles that we face daily. Jesus walked the earth like we do today. So we can Go to God and pour out our heart on how we feel and know God can relate because Jesus is the high priest that is representing us before the father. The High Priest stood between God and the people in the Old Testament. So we have someone standing between us and God that can relate to what we go through daily.
He showed His great love for us in Jesus
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:25-26 NIV
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:31-32 NIV
This is how you know someone lives you. That they are always for you. Supporting you and wanting the best for you. This is what Romans 8:31 says. But further to that we see that God gave up what was most precious to Him when Jesus died on the cross, how would he not give us everything else that we need in life? Just like if you had 1 million dollars and gave it to someone who needed it, if they asks you for 100 or 50 dollars another time, it would be like nothing compared to what you already gave them.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV
God is not counting your sins against you. He wants to reconcile with you but in order to do this you have to accept Christ as your saviour and then all of your sins will be pleased under the blood that poured out of Jesus body for us. It’s sin that separates us from God because he is absolutely holy and sin cannot dwell in his presence.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
We see in this verse that God gave up what was most precious to him in his One and only Son hoping that the world would accept Jesus and come in relationship with God through the sacrifice Jesus made. We cannot pay the price for our own sins so Jesus had to die on the cross and by believing in him we now become in relationship with God through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ our saviour. This act really shows the amazing love that God has for us.