Tuesday, August 2, 2016

God Is Awesome, But He Thinks You Are

          It is really of no debate whether God is awesome or not. The word awesome describes being inspiring and extremely good, (Merriam-Webster online 2016), which paints an accurate portrait of The Almighty. The Bible describes, in many areas, God and His power as awesome. In Deuteronomy Moses repeatedly encourages us about the awesomeness of God.

"Do not be terrified by them, (your enemies), for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God;......For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome;......that you may fear (reverence or respect), this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD ,"
(Deut. 7:21, 10:17, 28:58 NIV).

          Declaring God as awesome is a claim at the obvious, but do you know that God sees you and I as awesome? One day I was complimenting a very talented, but humble friend. I had said that she was awesome and she immediately replied, "No, but God is." My friend's heart is so pure that she did not want to take any of the glory for her own accomplishments – I appreciate her heart.  Later that day I was talking to God about the word awesome and how amazing He really is when He spoke right to my heart. He said, "I am, but I think that you are."  I was taken back by this amazing compliment.

          My brain tried to contemplate how God could compare little ole' me to His awesomeness. I began to do a Bible study of the word awesome and was enlightened by what I discovered. In Psalms it is written,
"....Say to God, How awesome are your deeds (works),....Come see what God has done, how awesome are his works on man's behalf, (Psalms 66:3 & 5).
Therefore, whatever God has made is an extension of who He is and should glorify Him.  We are all "A Work in Progress", which means that we qualify as God's workmanship and should consider ourselves an awesome creation with a divine destination.

"For you created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that full well."
(Psalms 139: 13-14 NIV).

          This verse reminds me that it is up to me to know or accept that God has created me and embrace that I am special not because of who I am, but because of who made me.  By myself, I admit that I fall very short of awesome, but with God I and you too are awesome people with the ability to do awesome things.

"But the Lord is with me as a, mighty awesome One,"
(Jer. 20:11 NIV).

          This takes away all the excuses for me not to accomplish all that God has called me to do. Everyday I make it a point to remind myself of who He is, LOVE, in the same way God wants us to remember who we are, because whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him, (1 Jn 4:16 NIV).

          God's creation alone is awesome, but it is when we turn our lives over to Him that we can live out an awesome life. Remember that no matter how many mistakes we make we must choose to pick ourselves up and shake off any excuses, because God thinks that we are pretty awesome and who are we to argue with that kind of logic.

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