Saturday, June 23, 2018

Our God is an Awesome God!

Dear God-seekers,

Let me encourage you today to seek the Lord with all your heart. He is awesome! Here are some Scriptures about the awesomeness of God:

"He was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.'” (Gen 28:17)

 "Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" (Ex 15:11)

"Then the Lord said: 'I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.'" (Ex 34:10)

"Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?" (Deut 4:34)

"Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God." (Deut 7:21)

"For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes." (Deut 10:17)

"He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes." (Deut 10:21)

"If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God—  the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses." (Deut 28:58)

"And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?" (2 Sam 7:23)

"Then I said: 'Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments...'" (Neh 1:5)

"After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, 'Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.'" (Neh 4:14)

"'Now therefore, our God, the great God, mighty and awesome, who keeps his covenant of love, do not let all this hardship seem trifling in your eyes—the hardship that has come on us, on our kings and leaders, on our priests and prophets, on our ancestors and all your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today.'" (Neh 9:32)

"Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty." (Job 37:22)

"For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth." (Ps 47:2)

"You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,'" (Ps 65:5)

"Say to God, 'How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.'" (Ps 66:3)

"'Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!'" (Ps 66:5)

"You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!" (Ps 68:35)

"In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; He is more awesome than all who surround him." (Ps 89:7)

"I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments," (Dan 9:4)

"The Lord will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the earth. Distant nations will bow down to him, all of them in their own lands." (Zeph 2:1)

Testimonies of Those Who Saw the Lord
Many people have given testimony to seeing the Lord, like the prophet Isaiah, who saw Him on His throne high and lifted up with the seraphim above Him crying, "Holy, holy, holy!" (Is 6:1-7). Or like the prophet Ezekiel who saw the Lord high above the expanse above the living creatures, and described his torso as "what looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire," and below His waist what "looked like fire with brilliant light surrounding him." He saw the radiance around him with the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds (Ez 1:25-28, NIV). The apostle John saw the Lord on His throne in heaven, "and the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne." (Rev 4:3, NIV).

I have written about these in depth, as well as modern-day testimonies of those who have seen the Lord, in my articles The Bodily Form of God the Father and The Bodily Form of the Lord Jesus Christ. For further reading on this topic, I have also written about the testimonies of those for whom God has done amazing things in Testimonies from Budapest. And I have recorded many amazing testimonies of those who have seen the Lord and seen heaven and hell on Eternal Destinations. I invite you to check those out if you are interested, and you will be blessed if you do.

Putting it All Together
God is the only One whom we can truly say is awesome. I have often heard people misuse that word. For example I once knew a guy who, when asked how he was doing, would respond by saying, "Awesome!" I really don't think he was awesome. He may have been doing well by the grace of God, but none of us are awesome. Only God is awesome. That word means "extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear."

I have seen Him do so many awesome things. I have seen the Lord miraculously heal people. I have seen Him even cause a lady's leg to grow out right before our eyes in answer to prayer. I have watched as the Lord miraculously dissolved a lump in a man's throat within a few minutes in answer to prayer. I have seen Him instantly heal a young lady from neck pain. I have witnessed Him bring my mother back from the verge of death in the emergency room within just a few minutes in direct answer to prayer. I have seen Him overwhelm people with joy in His presence, and experienced that myself. I have seen Him bring people to their knees beneath the weight of His awesome glory, and I have experienced His glorious presence myself so many times. I have seen Him deliver people of demons. I have witnessed His miraculous provision for me and others. I have seen Him save sinners and bring backsliders home. He is good and He does good! He has done great things for us and we are glad!

When you consider Who God Is, it inspires thoughts and praises like those found in the wonderful doxologies of Scripture. Here are a couple that are appropriate to close with:

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?
Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay him?
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen."
(Rom 11:33-36, NIV)

"God, the blessed and only Ruler,
  the King of kings and Lord of lords,
Who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,
  whom no one has seen or can see.
To him be honor and might forever. Amen."
(1 Tim 6:15b-16, NIV)

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
    Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
    King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
    and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
    and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
(Rev 15:3-4, NIV)

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible NIV, copyright Zondervan, used with permission.

Author's note Also see Who is God?, Who is God - Part IIKnowing the Lord, Known by God, The Knowledge of the Holy, Is Jesus God?, Jesus is Yehova, The Bodily Form of God the Father, The Bodily Form of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Light and the Glory, Jesus Alone Reveals the Father, and The Glory of the Lord Revealed.

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Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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