Most people have a wrong image of God. At least, most of the people I have met.
Usually, people have an image of God in their mind that was put there by mixing a lot of experiences together all the way from their childhood to maturity.
Usually, they have to be taught this wrong image.
Everyone I’ve ever met that brought up “Job” or “Paul’s Thorn” or “Timothy’s Stomach”, had been taught those things in church. They didn’t just come up with them, they were taught unbelief.
I wish I could summarize a right image of God into one statement. Actually, I can, “Jesus!”. Yet, while that does accurately summarize the heart, nature and character of God, it doesn’t clarify things for the average person, without further instruction.
I know that one way to get a better understanding of God is to know and understand the names He told us to that He was to be known by to us.
Jehovah Jireh – “The God Who Provides for You”
Jehovah Rapha – “The God Who Heals You”
Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The God Who Is Your Righteousness”
Jehovah Sabboath – “The God of Hosts” (The Lord of Armies)
There are also many more. Each name gives us different insight into God’s nature and character. When taken together we get a clear overall picture of the totality of Who God is. In all of these names we see that God wants to be that to us. We also know that God wants us to know Him as the fulfillment of each of His names.
In the 10 Commandments, we are told not to take the Lord’s Name in vain.
While that is usually understood to mean that we should not use God’s name in a “cussing” way, the literal meaning is that we are not to take His Name in a way that does not allow it to be fulfilled to us. For example, if you claim to be a Christian and yet do not believe in His willingness and ability to heal you, you have “taken His Name in vain”.
To get a correct image of God, we should start with the premise that God is good.
We should start with the premise that God will heal us (until such a time that might find out that He does not want us well).
What I mean by that is this… (Please Click here to Continue on Authors Site)
by Curry Blake