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Essentials : God Is…

October 5, 2013


Continued from the Book Essentials by Greg Laurie. Click here, to get caught up.

I apologize this is longer than I like to post. But there are amazing nuggets here, and you will be blessed and encouraged by this teaching if you read and apply this.

Chapter 2 of this book describes who God is.

  • God Is Sovereign

What does it mean that God is Sovereign? God is in Control of all things. Here are two examples:

Daniel 4:35 NLT 

All the people of the earth
    are nothing compared to him.
He does as he pleases
    among the angels of heaven
    and among the people of the earth.
No one can stop him or say to him,
    ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’

Psalm 135: 5-6 NLT

5 I know the greatness of the Lord—
    that our Lord is greater than any other god.
6 The Lord does whatever pleases him
    throughout all heaven and earth,
    and on the seas and in their depths.

  • God Is Truth

God’s Word has never failed. A quick study of a few things in scripture can easily prove this. It takes more work in attempting to disprove it.

John 6:68-69 (NLT)

68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.

Those are the words of a man who walked with Jesus here on earth during His earthly ministry.

  • God Is Holy

“Because God is holy, He hates sin. We are told in Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV) ‘Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.’ God is holy, and we need to realize that.” (Essentials pg 32 )

  • God Is Righteous and Just

“Holiness describes God’s character, while righteousness and justice describe His dealings with mankind.” ( Essentials pg. 33)

Psalm 11:7

For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.

  • God is Good

This is a common statement that I always say, but there truly is biblical backing behind it (and many personal experiences).

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

  • God is Love

Romans 5:8

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The verse above is truly the most amazing thing you could ever imagine!

Check this out, this is Awesome:

“God is love, and God is holy. Perhaps in these two qualities we can see all the attributes of God. In His holiness He is unapproachable. In His love He approaches us.” (Essentials pg. 36)

Now that we have a taste of who God is, lets see Pastor Greg’s application for our lives, because head knowledge alone is useless, we must put it into action!!!

1. Because God is Truth, I must be Truthful

– Lying lips are an abomination to God. Lies always need more lies to cover themselves up.

2. Because God is Holy, I need to work at being holy

– this can sound weird, but the Bible actually calls us to be holy. But remember, holiness is surrounded in humbleness, not self-righteousness.

1 Peter 1:15-16

15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.

– All quotations taken from the book Essentials, By Greg Laurie


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  1. This was fantastic (and not too long at all). It is so important to know who God is. I have seen a lot of churches and people pick out a few of the ones they like and disregard the rest. Well done, my friend! I pray you’re are having a blessed day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hahaha Praise God! Yes I totally agree, Praise God for His truth than can never be removed!
      Thanks for your encouragement and prayers. God Bless you and your family!

  2. Mike Sands permalink

    Romans 5:8 blows me away every time I read it. That Jesus Christ would die for me, a wretched sinner, and take my place in death, is beyond my finite brain. It truly is the greatest demonstration of love. Thank you Jesus!!!

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