Three Essential Truths about God
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
Beware! The devil is a schemer. He is plotting to distract us from truth. He lays traps to trip us in our thinking. The Apostle Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God in order to avoid the devil’s scheming. The armor of God enlightens our path so we can see the devil’s traps.
- Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (the schemes, the trickery) of the devil.
The first piece of armor on Paul’s list is TRUTH (Ephesians 6:14). Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Following are three essential TRUTHS the devil uses every trick in his book to make us lose sight of:
GOD IS GOOD!
- Psalms 31:19 Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!
- Psalms 33:5 ….. The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
- Psalms 135:3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good……
- Psalms 136:1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
- Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
A fundamental truth about God is God is good! The enemy will do everything in his power to make us doubt the goodness of God. Bad things come from the enemy. Yet God is so good that He takes what the enemy means for evil and causes good to come to us from that very difficult experience.
- Psalms 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
A person will lose heart if the enemy can get them doubting the goodness of God. No matter what happens in life never lose sight of the fact that God is good. It is the secret of discovering great truth through trials and suffering.
- 1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Everything about God is good! We live in a fallen world and God, because He is good, will meet us in our difficult world and show us something good even in the midst of our troubles. He never leaves us nor forsakes us!
- Hebrews 13:5 ……He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
GOD IS LOVE!
- John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
If the enemy can get you to doubt the goodness of God he can also get you to doubt the love of God. You have never not been loved by God. It is who He is; it is what He does.
- 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
A major tactic of the devil is to make us feel unloved. If the devil can succeed we will act like an orphan and not like a son or daughter of God. Orphans want to be loved. They want to be part of a family. If the enemy can make us feel unloved we have fallen into his trap. In order to keep this from happening we need to be baptized in the Father’s love! (More on this in the article: The Great Commission – Empowering the Disciples.) When we said “Yes to Jesus” we were born into the family and adopted into the family! He is our Father who loves us! Receive His love. Be baptized in His love. The Father loves you; He really, really loves you!
GOD IS HOLY!
- Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy…..
How do you receive these words?
1. Do you see God with a wrinkled brow, pointing His finger in your face demanding you to be holy? Do you hear another unspoken sentence saying, “And if you are not holy, I will get you!” Then you have been robbed of the truth that God is good and God is love.
2. Do you see a loving Father with a big smile, with love in His eyes, with encouragement in His voice and with His hands stretched out toward you as helping hands saying, “Come on; be holy. You can do this; you can be holy because I will help you be holy. We can do this together. I will show you how.” Then you are leaning into God’s goodness and God’s love and you can live holy.
If your response is the first one, then you probably have an orphan mentality and are performance oriented. (Please read the article on Grace: God’s Non-Performance Clause.) Self-righteousness is performance masking itself as God’s righteousness.
Another way the enemy plots against us is to get us into a false humility by getting us to say, “I know I’m not perfect; I can’t help but sin.” OR “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” (Yes, this last statement is true, but if we are not careful it becomes an excuse for sinning.) A better wording is, “I am a saint because I have been saved by grace.” The truth is: We have been delivered from the power of darkness, and sin no longer has dominion over us. We are free! We walk righteously as sons and daughters of God. The Holy Spirit leads us in holy living.
- Romans 8:3-6 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, (4) that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (5) For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
The Apostle Paul makes it very clear in Romans 6:1-14 that believers are dead to sin and alive to God. We should not expect to sin. Yes, as fallen humans, we all sin; however, we should not plan on it. The more we grow in Christ the more our sins become farther and farther apart. Righteous living is by His power working in us through Christ.
Consider these passages on sanctification (living holy; separated to God):
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 (3) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; (4) that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (23) Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
- John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
God Himself enables us to live holy, set apart lives. We can live holy because of the grace of God at work in our lives.
For Coaches of the Significant life: One of our objectives as a significant life coach is to help our coachee to be aware of God’s goodness and God’s love which will enable them to walk in God’s righteousness. We are the Light of the World. Let our Light shine. Holiness makes for a bright Light. Sin and self-righteousness dim the Light.