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The Character of God

Day 6

https://youtu.be/2MsNgXW76pY
Devotional Point 4 today: God is “emet”

Scripture 4 today: “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6 NIV

Reflection 4 today: The faith that Abraham displayed was not just some sort of one time thing, it had been going on for decades. Most people focus on his faith for providing a son to 2 people who have very little capacity to have children. However, he had answered God’s call and moved several times over more than 1000 miles and basically lived day-to-day depending on God. He had utilised “faith“ for so long, that it wasn’t really outrageous for God to provide him and Sarah with a son…

Question for the day: How are we called to respond to God’s faithful character? Believing and trusting…

Other Notes: I hope you have enjoyed these last few days looking at the various aspects of the character of God and the videos from the Bible Project, tomorrow we will move onto a new devotional by Christine Caine, invites out later today…

Day 5

https://youtu.be/igwgiGQ0xvA

Day 5 delivers the definition of love in every-day terms, actions…

Devotional Point 4 today: Khesed, combining the ideas of unconditional love, loyalty, and generosity…

Scripture 4 today: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 NIV

Reflection 4 today: The word “unconditional“ is meaningless in our world today, which may explain why it is so difficult for us to grasp this part of the character of God. Everything in the world we live in is pretty much conditional based on our performance in one area or another. We were programmed to do this from birth, first to ourselves and then to each other. Which is one prime reason why we have so much difficulty understanding this part of the character of God. Probably not worth spending a lot of time trying to understand, just believe it and get on with it…

Question for the day: How are we called to respond to God’s loyal and loving character? believe it and get on with it…

Day 4

https://youtu.be/mEMUvXKFo6k

Day 4 gives us the clear picture of hell, which is something we create all by ourselves for ourselves…

Devotional Point 4 today: God is on a mission to rescue his people.

Scripture 4 today: “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25 NIV

Reflection 4 today: there are a whole lot of people today living in “Hell on Earth“. It has been said in many places that are you want is one step past not getting what you want. We humans are quite fickle little creatures and what we want today changes by tomorrow. Unfortunately the consequences of getting what you want will usually last more than just “today“. And those “today” consequences are the hell on earth that we creat for ourselves… God really did not need to go far to create hell, most of us have done that for Him…

Question for the day: How are we called to respond to God’s patient character?

Day 3

https://youtu.be/ir4rmjg4zKI

Day 3 gives us great insight in God’s character, it is called “Khen”…

Devotional Point 4 today: Extraordinary acts of khen like these require a generous spirit…

Scripture 4 today: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

Reflection 4 today: Jesus came with the message of Transformation, the world we live in comes with a message of modification, which is true especially of the church. Modification suggests that we basically okay and we just have a few sharp edges that need to be polished down, Transformation suggests that all of it needs to be changed. Transformation starts with us and infects the world we live in all by itself…

Question for the day: How are we called to respond to God’s gracious character? Be transformed…

Day 2

Day 2 further explores God’s compassion towards us, like Israel, we earned His wrath, but He gave us compassion instead…

Devotional Point 4 today: Jesus demonstrates what God’s compassion looks like…

Scripture 4 today: “Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” Isaiah 49:13 NIV

Reflection 4 today: The Israelites banished to Babylon suffered two levels: first they suffered the personal indignity of becoming manual labour slaves, and second they suffered the indignity of a great nation that had been completely obliterated. It is true that they had earned their banishment, and took great compassion on the even though they did deserve it. It is pretty much the same for us as well, our problems are for the most part well earned by us, however he continues to provide comfort in all areas.

Question for the day: How are we called to respond to God’s compassionate character? With praise…

Day 1

Day 1 gives us the quick summary of almost everything you need to know about God’s character…

Devotional Point 4 today: all of God’s actions are an expression of his compassion, grace, patience, loyal love, and faithfulness.

Scripture 4 today: “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today: Moses wanted to see God, they were camped there at Mt. Sinai for a whole year, and this was his 7th trip to the summit. He doesn’t get much of a look-in at God, but what he gets is a detailed account of God’s character, something we need to know and keep and reflect on constantly… God’s character is an incredible thing to contemplate, the good and the bad… We just need to keep focused on the fact that He is all of it…

Question for the day: How can we keep focused on all of God’s character?

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