#1 is the most important
If you are a non-believer, you are welcome to browse. I invite you to kick the tires on this whole “Jesus-thing.” It is not an easy life, so you best be ready to work. No pressure at all. We would rather have students who are serious. Wishy-washy is just not allowed.
The following truths are being revealed to you.
If you are already a believer, you should already know these. Can I get an “Amen” in the comments? If you are a believer who does not already know these truths, that’s OK, too. You might be moved to dig around in your Bible a bit.
Oh, yeah. To the non-believer, don’t take the word of any yahoo on the Internet. Let me know where to send your free Bible, and I’ll hook you up. My email address is email@example.com.
God left us His Word in the Bible. It is good for inspiration and teaching. Start with the New Testament and then the Old Testament. I could explain why, but that is an article unto itself.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
For each of my truths, I will be telling you where you can find the verse about it in the Bible. Do not trust the words of any teacher who does not refer to a verse in the Bible to back up his or her words. There are a lot of charismatic teachers out there preaching half-truths. Beware.
Without further ado, here are 10 truths about God.
God loves you
1 God is love. He created man so he could have a special relationship with him. You cannot fathom the depths of God’s love for you. There is a story about a shephard watching 100 sheep. He realizes that one of the sheep is missing. He leaves the 99 sheep and goes out looking for the 1.
You are that 1.
God is looking for you.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.1 John 4:9 (NIV)
God created you and you have a special purpose
2 God knew what He was doing when he created you. Even when you were in your mother’s womb, He knew your future. He knew what He wanted to do in you and through you.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.Genesis 1:27 (KJV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.Luke 12:7 (NIV)
God wants the best for you
3 Very few of us have the life we want to have. As a species, we are quite impatient. We can cry out to God and tell him what we need. He knows better than we do. He might give us what we want, but he will always give us what we need.
You don’t need a new car. You want a new car. If you needed a new car, God would have already given it to you.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.Philippians 4:11-12
God’s timing is perfect
4 We are an impatient bunch. We want what we want and we want it NOW!
God knows not only what we need, but when we need it. You might be destined to win the lottery, but only after you learn to be wise with your money.
God’s good like that.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.2 Peter 3:8-9
God does not cause evil things to happen
5 Some people blame God for everything. He’s a big guy, he can take it. It is not justified, for God does not do evil.
God is good. Always.
If you want to do something against God, that’s on you. Just don’t blame God for it. Lucky for you, God always provides a way out.
The Old Testament God was angry and vengeful. When you crossed Him, you were in a world of hurt. Why is it different now? Because of Jesus Christ, His son.
That’s another story, son.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.James 1:13-14 (NIV)
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13
God is a good father
6 Like a good father, He directs our path (if we let him). He provides for us. He gives us punishment, if we need it.
But wait! Didn’t you just say that God doesn’t take vengeance on us?
Yes, I did (good eye!). In this case, he allows us to be ensnared in our own sin. Think it like allowing your son to spend the night in jail to learn a lesson. Dad didn’t put you in jail. You stole that car and went on a joyride.
And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
God will provide all your needs
7 This is part of God being a good father. He feeds us. He clothes us. Everything we have is a blessing from God (if we are a believer). If you are a slave to sin and this world, your wallet may be flush will ill-gotten gains. That’s not from God.
Watch out! There will be a bill due at the end of dinner.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Matthew 6:25
God is faithful
8 If God promises something, it is now and forever. It will happen. It may not happen now, now, NOW! We’ve already discussed God’s timing.
But it will happen. That’s a safe bet.
God may not speak to you directly and give you a promise, but the Bible is full of promises he has made to us.
He’s good for it. Don’t take my word for it. Read the Bible and the stories of his faithfulness.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generationsDeuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)
The Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
God never lies
9 God is a pretty upright dude. He gives it to us straight. We might lie to Him, but He will never lie to us. Just FYI, it’s pointless to lie to God. He knows your heart.
But you can rest surely that He says what He means, He means what He says, and He keeps his promises.
Remember, I’m just a dude on the Internet. Here’s the facts, Jack:
In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages beganTitus 1:2 (ESV)
So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.Hebrews 6:18 (ESV)
God is just
X This one makes me feel content. If you do evil, you come to an evil end. If you do good, you come to a good end. Not because God is vengeful (not in this life, at least), but bad things happen to bad people.
Bad things happen to good people, too, but that’s a topic for a whole different article!
For I, the Lord, love justice,Isaiah 61:8 (NASB)
I hate robbery in the burnt offering;
And I will faithfully give them their recompense
And make an everlasting covenant with them.
And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.Revelation 20:12-13 (NASB)
Here’s those 10 truths again:
- God loves you
- God created you and you have a special purpose
- God wants the best for you
- God’s timing is perfect
- God does not cause evil things to happen
- God is a good father
- God will provide all your needs
- God is faithful
- God never lies
- God is just
I was serious. If you want to read the Bible and learn for yourself, send me an email. I’ll send you a Bible. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a believer, I’d love to get to know you! Leave an “Amen” in the comments. If you want to have a deeper conversation, send me an email!
Matt is a Christian trying to be more like Jesus. He is not perfect, but he is trusting God to make him into a new creation. That’s kinda the point. No one is perfect. That’s perfect.