Tuesday, July 21, 2020

How God Wishes to be Loved

Exodus 20:1-5
King James Version
20 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, 
which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, 
out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, 
or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, 
or that is in the earth beneath, 
or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, 
nor serve them: 
for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, 
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children 
unto the third and fourth generation 
of them that hate me;

How does one love God?

Well, let the CREATOR tell you how He wishes to be loved.

By having no other God, but Him.

On, and on, the Bible -- the WORD of God -- speaks of this commandment.

And yet, faithless, disloyal humanity have created "graven" images, in metal, wood, and even adored other humans, institutions, objects, rituals, and nature, in place of the LORD.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." was God's FIRST commandment.

It was not by accident.


Is man being foolish, foolhardy, and stubborn, in defying God?

Is he under the control of the enemy?

Or does he, too, wish to rule the world?

Possibly correct on all counts, if history and current-day reality be judged.

We have looked to everything for our supply, but God.

We have idolized money (mammon), and other humans, except God.

How God hates idolatry!

How can we profess to love God above all, when we are still idolizing objects, and humans?

We only need to look at the beautiful simplicity of JESUS, to know how to love the Father.

Jesus showed us the WAY.

His very life, His obedience, His sacrifice, are all testaments to His love for His FATHER.

The Son of God showed us how to love, worship, and pray to the Father.

Why is it so difficult?

Everything has been laid down in SCRIPTURE.

We only have to open our hearts to the Lord, ask for forgiveness, and get back on track -- just as Jesus showed us how.

What's stopping us from really loving God?

Why do people turn to idols, when Jesus already told us:  

John 4:24 
King James Verion
24 God is a Spirit: 
and they that worship him 
must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Even a child knows how to love God more.

A child loves simply, wonderfully, and trustingly.

Humans continue to defy God, not remembering that without God, we all wouldn't be here.

We get angry at God when He corrects us, through the lessons we learn in life.

Well, if we learned our lessons, perhaps, another painful lesson won't be forthcoming.

And perhaps, if we are grateful and repentant, God would like kindly upon our beleaguered souls.

God was angry when the people built a golden calf, and He told Moses

Exodus 32:10 
King James Verions
10 Now therefore let me alone, 
that my wrath may wax hot against them, 
and that I may consume them: 
and I will make of thee a great nation.

But Moses appealed to God, to spare His people, and sought to see their corruption himself. 

And this is what Moses witnessed:

Exodus 32:19-21 
King James Version
19 And it came to pass, 
as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, 
that he saw the calf, 
and the dancing: 
and Moses' anger waxed hot, 
and he cast the tables out of his hands, 
and brake them beneath the mount.
20 And he took the calf which they had made, 
and burnt it in the fire, 
and ground it to powder, 
and strawed it upon the water, 
and made the children of Israel drink of it.
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, 
What did this people unto thee, 
that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?

Now, Moses knew God's anger was supremely justified.

But men are men.

We forget easily.

And the world today continues to drown in idolatry.

What can save us now, before it's too late?

Only by the GRACE of God can we all be saved now.

Only by asking God to help us, and correct us, can the Holy SPIRIT of God come to shine His LIGHT upon us.

Only by becoming born again, can we see the kingdom of God.

Only by believing in Jesus, the SON of God, can we have eternal life.

Only by taking to heart the WORD of God -- Scripture -- can we be saved.

Only by being corrected by the Holy SPIRIT of God, can we understand EVERYTHING God wants us to know.

It was only when God made me born again, did I begin to understand how to love God, how to follow Jesus, and how to be taught by the Holy Spirit.

I must have been on the right path on 24 November 2018, when I started this blog you're reading now, wanting to know the "core" of my being.

Well, that CORE, is God.

God has always been the CORE of our being -- each one of us.

How can it not?

God created us all. 

Genesis 1:27 
King James Version
27 So God created man in his own image, 
in the image of God created he him; 
male and female created he them.

How can we not love the CREATOR?

How can we even think of having other gods, when we already HAVE God?

God is justified in His anger at our many erring ways, our faithlessness, our lack of gratitude, and at our evil ways.

After His SON -- the Lamb of God -- died on the cross, taking away our sins, we still continue to defy God.

And yet, God still gives us time to correct our ways.

Jesus taught us how to love the FATHER: 

Matthew 22:37-38 
King James Version
37 Jesus said unto him, 
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, 
and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.

There is really no more excuse not to.

Unless our father is the devil, and we are not of God.

By our own actions, we define ourselves.

True born agains can't wait for that day -- the RAPTURE -- hoping their families and friends, would also be part of it.

I love God, above all.

There was never any question about it.

My simple, childlike mind saw wisdom in it.

Loving God is the only way to be happy in this world.

Nothing could ever compare to that.

When man wakes up in his soul, through the HOLY SPIRIT of God, he will finally see the LIGHT of God.

I'm glad to have been awakened on time.

God works with what you have in your heart.

He knows if you TRULY love Him.

All verses from biblegateway.com 
"Flower Magnolia" image from Selma Biro

Updated 9 June 2023