Posted by: yeajlee | April 19, 2010

Father figure

“Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God …. and if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is.” – A. W. Tozer

Our church is currently going through a series called “God is…”. I love that we’re going through this series because I believe that’s where it starts. I’m a firm believer that we need to first have a proper view and understanding of God before anything else. I believe Tozer said it well when he said, “What I believe about God is the most important thing about me”. Often times we don’t have a proper, biblical view of God and instead our past and our life experiences dictate what God is like. I know I can personally attest to this. For much of my life I had such a difficult time relating to God as an intimate, personal Father because of my own relationship with my physical father. I felt God was distant, unavailable/always too busy for me, uninvolved, unapproachable, angry and scary just like my father. My broken relationship with him carried over into how I viewed and approached God for a good 20 years of my life. It was so hard breaking that image of what a father was like because the past was deeply ingrained in me. It hasn’t been until more recent years where I’ve been spending more time in the scriptures that God’s been shattering this unhealthy view that I’ve had of Him. In renewing my mind with biblical truths and being able to witness godly men and how they treat their families, I’ve been able to re-shape this tainted image of a father that I projected onto God. In having a biblical understanding of God and not one based purely on my past, I’ve been able to experience the intimate and approachable love of a heavenly father which in turn helped me to love my own father better. With that said, are there any unhealthy views of God that you may be holding onto?

That we’d be a people who seek to have proper views of God,

Yeaj

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