Who is God? How can I trust God? What can I expect from God? Spending time and energy getting to know God.
Connecting Sunday sermons with Freedom book studies, we find a few big picture themes:
We are building trust in God within the context of relationship.
We are falling in love with God by spending time, learning, and freely receiving love.
We are moving from an unhealthy focus on self to a healthy focus on God.
Creator – the source of life, the one who brings something/one into existence, makes something (out of nothing)
Who is God? Our Creator. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” – Hebrews 11:3
God, who created everything through Jesus, with loving design.
“He has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.” – Hebrews 1:1-2
“God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” – John 1:1-5
God, who gives us the opportunity to get to know him through creation.
“Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.” – Romans 1:19-20
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God,” – Psalm 19:1-6
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered.” – Psalm 139:17
David observed the One true living God as Creator and talked about how that truth impacted him. (Psalm 19 and 139) He found amazing benefits from this relationship with God the Creator.
The Words of God being, “perfect, reviving the soul, bringing joy, and insight for living,” – Psalm 19
David is saying, “God, you know everything about me. You are always available.”
Creator – with love, by design
“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” – Jeremiah 29:11-12
What do we learn?
1. As Creator, God is powerful and sovereign over all that we see.
2. As Creator, God cares about all that we see.
3. As Creator, God has loving design for all that we see.
4. As Creator, God has purpose and value for all that we see.
What should we do?
1. Let this truth inform how we look at God and everything we see.
(our environment, others, and ourselves)
2. Write out at least one truth that God being your Creator carries.
(With loving design, God gave life to each person in my life. That is why they have value and purpose.)
(God is the source of my life. God created me with loving design. God values me. God gives me purpose.)
3. Pray about this truth, and ask God to help you understand its implications.
(Can I overcome anxiety with this truth? Can I press out insecurity with this truth?)
4. Choose to trust God with every area of your life.