It happened many years ago, but I can still remember it like it was yesterday.
I was in an intense discussion about God’s characteristics and qualities. As a long-time student of the Bible, I was passionate about the information and faith that inspired my side of the conversation, and that passion led to me proclaim, “my God is…”
I left the discussion confident that I’d been a true defender of God and His character.
When I heard God whisper in His quiet tender voice, “Deb, I’m not who you say I am…”
“I am who I say I am.”
It’s amazing how His gentle whisper always knocks the pride right out of me!
I found myself sitting there prayerfully wondering how often I had misrepresented the Great ” I AM” in the past. I wondered if in my finite and limited understanding I had made Him who I wanted Him to be not who He is.
His Word says…
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8–9
Since that day, I continue to be humbly convinced I will never completely understand our Great God this side of heaven.
And that’s okay.
Because it’s that truth that keeps me asking, seeking, and knocking.
My desire, to truly know and love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, continually inspires me to read and study the His Word, quietly spend time with Him in prayer, and carefully surrender to His Spirit’s wisdom because I need to KNOW God before I talk about God.
He is the One who prompts me to…
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”Matthew 7:7
Sometimes, our concern over misrepresenting God through our witness can make us timid about sharing our faith.
So, I’d really like to take a couple of minutes to talk about…
4 Perfectly Practical Ways to Talk About God
- Live your faith with kindness and compassion.
- Offer to pray for people and do it.
- Tell your story – tell how knowing, loving, and trusting God has blessed your life.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your conversations.
So, let’s take a look at who God says He is…
4 Verses to Know Who God Says He Is
There is no other God—there never has been, and there never will be. I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior.Isaiah 43:10b–11
“I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?Jeremiah 32:27
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen Him!”John 14:6–7
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”Revelation 1:8
And those are just a few of the things God tells us about Himself. The more we get to KNOW Him, the more we will naturally want others to know Him too. We will want them to know the way He has blessed us and how He wants to bless them.
God has given each one of us a story to tell.
Every day of your life and mine has been preparation for this moment in history. God has been with us helping us write a story that is uniquely ours alone!
That’s why I love telling people about my life after fear and how transformational it’s been to surrender my people-pleasing good-girl self to His mercy and grace.
We don’t have to talk about God theologically, we just need to tell them the blessing of knowing Him and show them how very much He loves them.
Let’s pause and pray…
A Prayer Asking for the Spirit’s Help
to Talk about God and Faith
Father, Thank you for giving me the gift of faith. Thank you for the blessing of Your Word of Truth. Thank you for allowing me to see Your loving handprint on my story. You are Lord of all. You are Lord of my life . . . of me.
Lord, I need Your Spirit’s help. I want everyone to know about who You are and the difference You want to make in their lives. I want everyone to experience Your love and forgiveness so that they might the freedom of living with peace, joy, patience, hope, and so much more.
Please forgive me. I have been guilty of believing what people say about You instead of turning to Your Word and knowing what You say. I can be guilty of trying to make You who I want You to be rather than fully placing my hope in who You say You are. I’m so sorry. I want to fully focus my faith in You. I want to know and trust Your Word. I want to see all that You are doing in me and in the world around me.
Please give me everything I need to live with kindness and compassion, open my heart, and help me to actively pray for the people around me, and please help me share my story and tell of the wonderful ways You have worked in my life. Please help me listen to Your guidance and share Your love in ways that glorify You. I ask this in the name of my Savior, Jesus. Amen.
May God bless you today as you think about ways you can talk about God and faith. May He help you think of the people who need to hear your life-changing story and your love for the God who is who He says He is.
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