Tuesday, October 3, 2017

God's Glorious Attributes

God has extraordinary glorious attributes and with his saints and angels there’s extreme joy.  It’s so, because they strive for perfection.  Happiness from God is like a flame of fire enlightening our lives.  This ideal is found in the workings of the Holy Spirit.  This is a great gift, symbolic of his transcendent glory.  God’s image is beyond all created wisdom, as the Creator and Father of Lights.  He’s the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

God’s attributes were noted by Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), a founding father of the United States, who explained, “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”  It’s the Holy Spirit who provides this fire and food to believers.

Perfect Bliss

With God there’s perfect bliss.  Christians expect eternal rest after leaving their earthly domain.  We’ll praise him without ceasing.  Hunger and thirst will be no more, for we’ll be recipients of his precious gifts.  Believers walking in the spirit are fearless.  We’ll eventually discover the full nature of our amazing lives.  Christians demonstrate this willingness by the things they do.

Believers are known for having steadfast spirits.  Our experiences continue to deepen when we walk as spirit-filled evangelists.  A mythologist and lecturer in Comparative Religions, Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) observed, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were walls.”  Campbell captured the essence of Christians’ earthly journey where nothing is impossible with God.

Sight of Excellency

God’s wisdom is indescribable and he’s known for infinite grace.  Believers walking in his footsteps often demonstrate an apostolic spirit.  It’s one of harmony revealed as fire at Pentecost where there was a religious awakening.  Christians create trails like those envisioned by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), an essayist and poet, who advised, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

God’s Goodness

Contemplating God is remarkable, for we’re able to experience his goodness, and mercy.  This power is found in his boundless love.  He’s the fountain of goodness that tends the wounded, before we’re able to recognize them.  As Christians it’s good to witness about his character, for this is a weapon believers’ use when they confront unbelievers.  Our Lord’s resurrected power was for all to see in the Risen Christ.

In our pastoral outreach let us show love for other souls.  Be industrious, for that’s what God expects of us.  With the anointment of the Holy Spirit we’re enlightened to walk in his ways.  Our approach to Christianity has to be Christ-o-centric.  His followers have to be obedient as true disciples.  Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), an African American educator wrote, “Character is power.”  Inevitably, faith-filled lives would best exemplify the character Christians must have.  God’s goodness and mercy shine through them in amazing ways.             

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