1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 – “For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.” NASU
Through the years I have had many interesting and frustrating conversations with people regarding God and gods. There are some questions that are impossible to truly answer and to even attempt to often can frustrate one’s faith. I want to emphasize these words – “LIVING AND TRUE GOD” and that God is ‘living and true’ in our experience. Somehow that subject seems to have lost some of it ‘awesomeness’ in much of today’s church world. He is THE LIVING GOD!
I have noticed that many talk about prayer in an ethereal way more as a theory than a reality. Prayer is ‘discussed’ and ‘debated’ with little or no actual involvement and for much of the world Christianity is nothing more than a theory. We tend to ‘discuss’ God and I contend that debating God is virtually impossible. You cannot simply ‘discuss’ God you EXPERIENCE HIM. We can talk about electricity but we are talking about ‘touching it’ and I suggest that it is IMPOSSIBLE to debate electricity when you are TOUCHING IT!
Christianity is a religion of ‘walking with God’ and ‘experiencing God’. It is the religion in which you can talk to God and expect something to happen. I heard someone use the illustration that you can no more debate God than two fish could sit on the table looking at an aquarium and debate water! Fish do not debate or discuss water they LIVE IN and BY IT. So to sit outside God and debate Him in the Ivory Towers of some seminary, church, parlor, or street corner is not what this is all about it is LIVING IN and BY HIM. It is Christ IN US the hope of glory. We experience God!
Look around you at CREATION and no matter what you call the world in which we live it was created by the hand of THE LIVING GOD. Nature is nothing more than the footprints of God. The sun rises and sets because THE LIVING GOD deemed it so. Even in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus spoke of the lilies of the field and the birds of the air he was telling us that in creation you see the hand of God and He knows every minute detail.
In salvation God takes the initiative as Paul said in Philippians – “He that has begun a good work in you…” Before man fell into sin in the Garden God had a plan in place for He is THE LIVING GOD! At the Cross Jesus cried IT IS FINISHED so we find the culmination of God’s plan for man’s redemption, the price paid, the door open, the offer extended to ‘whosoever will’. We declare, “I found the Lord” as though He was the one lost not us. No, He found us! Romans 2 tells us that the ‘goodness of God leads to salvation…”
The Hebrews always referred to Jehovah as THE LIVING GOD in contrast to all other gods of men. He is not up for discussion or debate He is THE LIVING GOD! Imagine sitting down at the breakfast table and telling those dining with you, ‘We are going to discuss and debate whether you are here or not.’ GOD IS and your debate won’t change that, enhance or detract from that. HE IS! All life is dependent upon Him – HE IS. Without Him nothing was made that was made – HE IS! He was there with Moses and Israel in the Exodus from Egypt. He was there with Daniel in the lion’s den. He was there with David facing Goliath. He was there with Joshua at Jericho. HE IS THE LIVING GOD! It is not in our ability to ‘debate’ God but in our ‘experiencing’ God that produces life. In Matthew 16 Jesus is called “… the Son of the Living God…” He said, “I am the resurrection and the life…” 2 Corinthians 3:3 tells us, “You are the letter of Christ written in the Spirit of THE LIVING GOD.”
Prayer, real prayer believes there will be things in the world tomorrow that would not be there had we not prayed. Ephesians 3:20 [Amplified] – “Now to Him who is able to carry out His purpose and to super abundantly, far over and above all we dare ask or think. Infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams.” THAT GOD instructs us to bring our ‘highest prayers’, ‘greatest desires’ and ‘wildest dreams’ and He will move on our behalf for He is THE LIVING GOD! The world needs the church to be relevant manifesting THE LIVING GOD in our lives. It needs to see people who go to their jobs, meetings, organizations and become known as that person who is the FRIEND of the Living God and a person who can TALK to Him and receive answers to their prayers. He is THE LIVING GOD and if He is LIVING why would we not expect Him to work His works in our midst.
May God be with you as you go through your day!