Small shifts that can make a big difference – How you see God

“May the Force be with you.” From now on we will hear that a lot. The new Star Wars movie is coming out in December, but the buzz is already here. Fans are very excited with the new installment of the sci-fi saga. I do not need to tell you that this movie has its own theology. The Force is the closest concept that their is of god. In episode IV: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi defined the Force to Luke as “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.”

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Sometimes we see God like that. He is just a force that it is out there in the universe and that sometimes we can get in touch with.

Some people see God in a different way. They see Him as a kind of cosmic Big Brother, an entity that is out there to help us when we get in trouble or to punish us when we do something wrong.

And sometimes, God is just like an absent parent who put us in the world and left.

God is more than that, and if we can make a small shift in our view of Him, it will make a big difference in our lives. The Prophet Hosea wrote: “Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. Hosea 6:3.” To know Him is the most important thing that we can do in our lives. Here is the first part of the Westminster Confession of Faith about God with the Bible verses, if you would like to check them:

“2.1. There is but one only,1 living, and true God,2 who is infinite in being and perfection,3 a most pure spirit,4 invisible,5 without body, parts,6 or passions;7 immutable,8 immense,9 eternal,10 incomprehensible,11 almighty,12 most wise,13 most holy,14 most free,15 most absolute;16 working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will,17 for His own glory; 18 most loving,19 gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin;20 the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him;21 and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments,22 hating all sin,23 and who will by no means clear the guilty.24”

1.Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 2.1 Thessalonians 1:9; Jeremiah 10:10; 3.Job 11:7-9; 26:14; 4.John 4:24; 5.1 Timothy 1:17; 6.Deuteronomy 4:15-16; John 4:24; Luke 24:39; 7.Acts 14:11, 15; 8.James 1:17; Malachi 3:6; 9.1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23-24; 10.Psalm 40:2; 1 Timothy 1:17; 11.Psalm 145:3; 12.Genesis 17:1; Revelation 4:8; 13.Romans 16:27; 14.Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; 15.Psalm 115:3; 16.Exodus 3:14; 17.Ephesians 1:11; 18.Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36; 19.1 John 4:8-16; 20.Exodus 34:6-7; 21.Hebrews 11:6; 22.Nehemiah 9:32-33; 23.Psalm 5:5-6; 24.Nahum 1:2-3; Exodus 34:7

If your god does not look like the one described in the scriptures above, my challenge for you is to start making small shifts in your definition and understanding of God so you can know Him better and serve Him better.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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