Category: Getting Closer to God

The Attributes of God

Understanding God – Studying His Attributes
Another key to understanding God a little more is a study of His attributes. These characteristics, as revealed in the Bible, are crucial to understanding the truth about God, who He is, what He is like, and what He does:

Wisdom of God: God makes no mistakes. He is the Father who truly knows best (Romans 11:33).

Infinite God: God knows no boundaries. He is without measure (Hebrews 13:8).

Sovereignty of God: God is in control of everything that happens (Isaiah 46:9-10).

Holiness of God: There is absolutely no sin or evil thought in God at all (Exodus 15:11).

Trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all called God, given worship as God, exist eternally, and are involved in doing things only God could do (2 Corinthians 13:14).

Omniscience of God: God knows everything, and His knowledge is infinite (Psalm 147:4-5).

Faithfulness of God: Everything that God has promised will come to pass (Deuteronomy 7:9).

Love of God: God holds the well-being of others as His primary concern (1 John 4:8).

Omnipotent God: God is all powerful (Ephesians 1:18-23).

Self-Existent God: He has no beginning or end. He just exists (John 17:5).

Self-sufficiency of God: God has no needs and there is no way He can improve (Colossians 1:15-20).

God is Just: God is fair and impartial (Psalm 75:7).

Immutability of God: God never changes (Numbers 23:19).

Mercy: Mercy is the way God desires to relate to mankind, and He does so unless the person chooses to despise or ignore Him at which time His justice becomes the prominent attribute (Nehemiah 13:22).

Eternal God: God always has been and will forever be, because God dwells in eternity (Psalm 90:2).

Goodness of God: God, by nature, is inherently good (Psalm 34:8).

God is Gracious: God enjoys giving great gifts to those who love Him, even when they do not deserve it (Isaiah 30:18).

Omnipresence of God: God is always present and knows no boundaries (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

Obedience

OBEDIENCE

Obedience is knowing God’s will and doing it.

Disobedience is knowing God’s will and not doing it.

Do I always know God’s will?

When you became a child of God by believing and accepting Jesus as your Savior, you were given the gift of knowing God’s will. That gift was given in the form of the Holy Spirit which is Chris’s indwelling Spirit.

Among sanctifying us and teaching us of the character of Jesus Christ, His job is to convict of sin and of righteousness. That amounts to making you aware of God’s will at all times.

When we plead ignorance, (I don’t know God’s will).  that is grieving the Holy Spirit in that we are denying His presence and doing His job.

When I am in a quandary and can’t really decide God’s will, it is time to get into a quiet place and pray until you know God’s will. If we still do not get clarity, it is His signal to wait. Don’t make a decision and don’t do anything until you do know. His silence is our signal that there is something spiritually wrong and until it is rooted out, confessed and repented, we will not be able to be clear on God’s will.

Therefore, not hearing God’s will is evidence of disobedience. If and when we are in that position, we can know that something in our life is out of place. Somewhere we have gotten off track with the Holy Spirit because of sin.

The next question is, is it possible to sin and not know it? That takes us back to the same situation as above. As it is the Holy Spirit’s job to “blow the whistle”, (that is to convict of sin). We can be sure that as a Christian, possessing the Holy Spirit means you will know, and be convicted.

The believer can harden His heart to the convicting Spirit. That means that he has habitually ignored that “still small voice” until he is no longer sensitive to Him. That Christian has some serious repenting to do. The Christian who no longer is disturbed by the Spirit’s voice has drifted so far away that he can scarcely call himself a Christian. (That is a whole different doctrinal issue).

Fruit of the Spirit

How do I pray? 

When in prayer, request the best:Pray for the Fruit of the Spirit:

Fruit of the Spirit “That which brings forth the righteousness and truth of the Holy Spirit when growing us through His Sanctification process. They are the things that define us as Spirit-filled disciples of Christ. They are the things that depict the holiness that has been imparted to us in this growth process. They are the attributes that others see as we reflect the image of Jesus Christ.

While all Fruit of the Spirit are not listed per se, they are implied in several places.

Colosians 3:12-17 Is a listing of the Fruit of the Spirit

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Another admonition that I consider when thinking about the fruit of the Spirit is found in Philppians 4:8.

Meditation on the good and positive and (virtuous) things (Phil. 4:8) (NIV)

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

These are things I think are very much related to the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Can the Christian sin and not know it?

As a committed disciple of Christ, one of the things we can be sure of is the conviction of sin. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the things the Holy Spirit does is to convict of sin. John 16:8 (NKJV)
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

That means, that when we commit sin, we know it. If not immediately, the next time we try to pray, we will be convicted of that sin. To not be convicted of unconfessed sin calls into question the truth of our salvation. He will convict us if we are open to the fact of our sin.

A person can go on denying that something is a sin. He often does this to cover up his conviction of that sin because he is reluctant to give it up. If he is truly a child of God, he will eventually feel the undeniable conviction of the Holy Spirit in his life.

If he doesn’t, at some point, yield to the Holy Spirit’s continued conviction, then a logical conclusion is that person has not received the Holy Spirit, been saved and/or has rejected the Spirit’s work in his life. All of this boils down to a vital fact, he has not truly been saved.

This is not a discussion on whether a person can lose his salvation, but whether what he has counted on as his salvation was real salvation. One of the statements the writer of Hebrews makes in Heb. 6:4 is that part of their enlightenment is the obvious realization of the Holy Spirit in their life.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit . . . to renew them again unto salvation.

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