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What Is God Like?

What does your mind’s eye picture when you consider God and heaven, and where do those images come from? We all have a tendency to think in images, some more so than others. Unless you were blind from birth, you probably think visually to some extent and these descriptions form some kind of image. 

Some may say that it doesn’t matter what heaven is like and we will never know God until we die. After all, the descriptions of heaven with gates of pearl, precious stones and “streets of gold” don’t seem to make any sense anyway. So why is there so much emphasis on its appearance? It could be that a place of incredible beauty creates immense appeal. It is also a place that we can relate to when we can’t understand God.

How do you think?

Many people have grown up with thoughts of God and heaven from Bible stories, books, family stories, paintings, other pictures and movies. However, none of us that are alive have been there or seen Him. Except for the visions of people that have had out-of-body experiences in which they have been transported to heaven, there are no eyewitness accounts. However, are physical descriptions of heaven really that important? Are the physical attributes what heaven is all about since God is a Spirit?

We identify with the tangible because that is what our senses perceive. Because of our senses, we can taste and smell and hear and see and touch. The physical world is what is real to us. If you think according to the natural world, you might pay attention to the buildings or the streets when you get to heaven. Some people have a hard time believing in spiritual things that are outside of their ability to sense. But God and heaven both transcend the physical world in which we live.

Where is your attention?

If your imagination of heaven is focused on the physical, take the time to explore the Bible to discover the things that God has revealed to us. Sensing and understanding the spiritual world is what the Bible is all about. Within its pages are revelations of a universe that is truly more real than the one that we physically experience. It is more real than the physical universe because we originated in the spiritual realm.

How do you see and know God? Is He a friend or foe? Do you feel that He condemns you or loves you? Do you have conversations with God? Does He listen when your talk to Him? Do you listen when He talks to you? What will it be like when you first walk in God’s presence? Do you think that you will even see the physical surroundings?

What is your focus?

The Glory of God and Jesus will likely dominate your attention for at least the first half of eternity. Another part will probably be spent just giving praise to Him! What do you suppose you will feel when you look upon Jesus’ face? Will you experience gratitude for the scars that He took for you as you discover them upon His face and hands and body? What part of eternity will be spent thanking Jesus, who paid the price of your admission and redeemed you from your sin?

You will be surrounded by God’s Glory and the love that Jesus has for you. What will your heart feel? Will you dance before Him in joy, or will you stand frozen before Him in awe. Or will your heart feel so humble before Him that you fall to your knees?

How do you speak?

In your life have you been a communicator - a verbal person? Have you been strong with your use of words? What might your mouth utter in His presence? Will you break forth in song, singing Hallelujah to His name or will you even be able to speak at all? Do you dare ponder things for which you are unprepared?

What do you hear?

Leave your thoughts of the physical parts of heaven behind. Turn your heart to what the Spirit of God is saying to you. Release yourself and let your spirit communicate with Him. He will touch your heart in ways that you never thought possible. You will discover that He is not a crutch to fall back upon when things get tough. He will reveal the truth to you that nothing else truly matters but you and Him. When you can get that perspective - looking forward to eternity with God, you can function at your highest level in this earth.

 

What do you imagine in the stillness of the night?

How do you experience God in your life? Do you have a hard time imagining God in a good way? Do you feel like God is harsh, angry or has abandoned you? Do you see God as oppressive, rejecting and punishing because you have been mistreated? Or maybe you think God is unjust, withholds from you or is just unreliable. Some of these attitudes can come from your own personal experience. Others are instilled through religious traditions.

God’s Word describes Him as merciful, accepting and forgiving. He is also just, giving and trustworthy. If you don’t know God as tender, gentle and nurturing, you may not be seeing the Truth of His Word. However, sometimes, in the text of Biblical accounts, God’s character does not appear to be consistent with these positive attributes. Sometimes this impression comes from our own prejudice and misconceptions.

I invite you to read IDEOLATRY to investigate with me. We will discover some of the ways that God’s true character can be distorted in our minds. In IDEOLATRY, many Biblical accounts are studied to expose God’s Character and reveal the Truth of Who He is.

Join me to explore how you think and what influences your view of God that might not line up with what the Bible is truly saying about Him. In IDEOLATRY you will study the thread of God’s intent for you and your life, and understand the provision that He has made for your success in this life and the life to come.

When you are done, you will not have to imagine, you will know!

 

 

 

 Jesus will set you free if you let Him !

 

 I hope my blog posts help you grow in your faith and Biblical understanding.  I would like to invite you on a journey of further spiritual growth by purchasing the Ideolatry Book and Study Guide.  Together, these tools will give you a strong Biblical foundation when life is difficult to understand.

May the Lord bless you and keep you...   Dr. Rich Masek

 

To learn more about God’s Character and Nature in Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem

 

You can read about more subjects from Ideolatry below.

God Loves You !
Did I Cause My Children to Not Believe In God?
 

Comments 10

Guest - liar on Friday, 24 August 2018 08:43
Wasted and selfish

I have ruined my relationship with the Lord of life by selfishness and pride, many sins sexual sins. Now I live in a constant state of damnation, already judged and condemned, but still on earth so far for no good reason, a prisoner. I can't turn back time and undo my sins. A wasted life. Trusting and obeying is what God cares about. I knew what was wrong and did it anyway, like a fool! Jesus calls people fools. I am one and have no alibi and don't know what do but accept the verdict: proud, self centered Pharisee guilty of all crimes. A living and dying hell. Forgiven once, but eternal consequences. Ms. Big Stuff who (had) it "her" way. Pig! Once saved, not always saved. No one cares. God hates me.

I have ruined my relationship with the Lord of life by selfishness and [b]pride[/b], many sins sexual sins. Now I live in a constant state of damnation, already judged and condemned, but still on earth so far for no good reason, a prisoner. I can't turn back time and undo my sins. A wasted life. Trusting and obeying is what God cares about. I knew what was wrong and did it anyway, like a fool! Jesus calls people fools. I am one and have no alibi and don't know what do but accept the verdict: proud, self centered Pharisee guilty of all crimes. A living and dying hell. Forgiven once, but eternal consequences. Ms. Big Stuff who (had) it "her" way. Pig! Once saved, not always saved. No one cares. God hates me.
Rich Masek on Saturday, 25 August 2018 13:37
God Really Loves You!

Dear Reader,

Thank you for sharing your heart. I feel the pain of your post.

I know that you are not alone in your pain. There are many people that suffer with the same challenges that you do and
I wanted to respond with the care and detail that you deserve. I made it into a blog post because I hope that others that can benefit as well.

Here is a link to my response: http://ideolatry.com/blog/god-loves-you

Sincerely, In Jesus,
Dr Rich

Dear Reader, Thank you for sharing your heart. I feel the pain of your post. I know that you are not alone in your pain. There are many people that suffer with the same challenges that you do and I wanted to respond with the care and detail that you deserve. I made it into a blog post because I hope that others that can benefit as well. Here is a link to my response: http://ideolatry.com/blog/god-loves-you Sincerely, In Jesus, Dr Rich
Guest - liar on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:41
me and sin

"THE HORSE AND HIS RIDER HATH HE THROWN INTO THE SEA.” This is my life. '-(

"THE HORSE AND HIS RIDER HATH HE THROWN INTO THE SEA.” This is my life. '-(
Rich Masek on Friday, 31 August 2018 09:21
The Pain of Hoplessness

The Lord did build your house (your earth suit). His labors are never in vain. There is still time to change.

Your ability to sin cannot possibly exceed God's ability to forgive your sin through Jesus.

Pride is the thing that is separating you from His forgiveness. Humble yourself before Him and submit your sin to Him for cancelation and He will be faithful to forgive and restore you.

God still loves you!

The Lord did build your house (your earth suit). His labors are never in vain. There is still time to change. Your ability to sin cannot possibly exceed God's ability to forgive your sin through Jesus. Pride is the thing that is separating you from His forgiveness. Humble yourself before Him and submit your sin to Him for cancelation and He will be faithful to forgive and restore you. God still loves you!
Guest - no one on Saturday, 01 September 2018 08:29
it's dark.

I wasted it trying to do it by myself. '-( My way.

I wasted it trying to do it by myself. '-( My way.
Rich Masek on Monday, 03 September 2018 08:01
Light Overcomes the Darkness

Think about this, "Darkness is the absence of light, Light is not the absence of darkness." Any amount of light chases away darkness. The Word of God and Jesus provide the light that you need to chase the darkness away.

I have just posted a new blog that may help you, http://ideolatry.com/blog/overcoming-the-guilt-of-sin

Sincerely,

Dr Rich

Think about this, "Darkness is the absence of light, Light is not the absence of darkness." Any amount of light chases away darkness. The Word of God and Jesus provide the light that you need to chase the darkness away. I have just posted a new blog that may help you, [url=http://ideolatry.com/blog/overcoming-the-guilt-of-sin]http://ideolatry.com/blog/overcoming-the-guilt-of-sin[/url] Sincerely, Dr Rich
Guest - lost soul on Sunday, 02 September 2018 16:17
ty. I am such a pharisee. '-(

Lost and kept others and myself from a relationship with Jesus. So MANY victims! So selfish. But, long ago, I remember, I repented, but that damage was done. The destruction through and through and heat went through me like Lot's wife. Racca. I got my reward. You've been served. Just went on pretending after that forever.

Lost and kept others and myself from a relationship with Jesus. So MANY victims! So selfish. But, long ago, I remember, I repented, but that damage was done. The destruction through and through and heat went through me like Lot's wife. Racca. I got my reward. You've been served. Just went on pretending after that forever.
Rich Masek on Monday, 03 September 2018 08:14
Fake it until you make it!

Dear Lost Soul,

Sometimes we have to take a big leap of faith that makes it seem that we are faking it. We must take that step in the face of impending doom or failure. Everything around us may spell defeat, and speaking anything to the contrary seems fake. But speaking the Truth of God's Word and the restoration that He has provided for you in Jesus is not fake, it is Faith. Faith is speaking something into existence that presently does not exist.

We have all left a wake of destruction in our paths because of our sin. None of us are immune. That is what sin does. But Jesus overcame all of it for you and the victims. There will be those who choose not forgive you, but Jesus is not among them. He wants to restore you and through that restoration you will shine with the light of His forgiveness. People will be attracted to the glow of God's love upon you as you share the story of your transformation in Jesus.

I wrote this post with you in mind, http://ideolatry.com/blog/overcoming-the-guilt-of-sin

Sincerely,

Dr Rich

Dear Lost Soul, Sometimes we have to take a big leap of faith that makes it seem that we are faking it. We must take that step in the face of impending doom or failure. Everything around us may spell defeat, and speaking anything to the contrary seems fake. But speaking the Truth of God's Word and the restoration that He has provided for you in Jesus is not fake, it is Faith. Faith is speaking something into existence that presently does not exist. We have all left a wake of destruction in our paths because of our sin. None of us are immune. That is what sin does. But Jesus overcame all of it for you and the victims. There will be those who choose not forgive you, but Jesus is not among them. He wants to restore you and through that restoration you will shine with the light of His forgiveness. People will be attracted to the glow of God's love upon you as you share the story of your transformation in Jesus. I wrote this post with you in mind, [url=http://ideolatry.com/blog/overcoming-the-guilt-of-sin]http://ideolatry.com/blog/overcoming-the-guilt-of-sin[/url] Sincerely, Dr Rich
Guest - lost soul on Monday, 03 September 2018 20:50
ty.

My soul was warring within me and I succumbed, like a burning fire came upon me and burned in my lap. I was then a mumbling paralyzed idiot because I had played with fire and felt the flames within me, unable to utter a tear, just terror and darkness. It was so dark that I continued to fall into more partners, as all was lost, there was no more left to lose. I had committed the ultimate abomination, the death of grievous sexual sins outside of marriage, abominations, birth control pills, but it grieved my heart and I cried in silent tears to please stop. I no longer do, but the memories/thoughts/regrets: It was God, please don't look, this is so horrible, please stop it/me. It was my addiction & I literally had a "heat/heart/mind" attack that put me into complete darkness. So much grave matter, hot/grave thoughts that drove me. Sex sin was my master and I literally felt like a puppet on satan's string, dangling there, helpless in the dark, smoke coming from my nostrils, wicking in my ears in my eyes. I felt my mind/life is destroyed. I am done now. The point of no return. How many times can I sin and God forgive?? Living hell, life in ruins. A lust monster too big for me to handle. It handled me like any drug.

My soul was warring within me and I succumbed, like a burning fire came upon me and burned in my lap. I was then a mumbling paralyzed idiot because I had played with fire and felt the flames within me, unable to utter a tear, just terror and darkness. It was so dark that I continued to fall into more partners, as all was lost, there was no more left to lose. I had committed the ultimate abomination, the death of grievous sexual sins outside of marriage, abominations, birth control pills, but it grieved my heart and I cried in silent tears to please stop. I no longer do, but the memories/thoughts/regrets: It was God, please don't look, this is so horrible, please stop it/me. It was my addiction & I literally had a "heat/heart/mind" attack that put me into complete darkness. So much grave matter, hot/grave thoughts that drove me. Sex sin was my master and I literally felt like a puppet on satan's string, dangling there, helpless in the dark, smoke coming from my nostrils, wicking in my ears in my eyes. I felt my mind/life is destroyed. I am done now. The point of no return. How many times can I sin and God forgive?? Living hell, life in ruins. A lust monster too big for me to handle. It handled me like any drug.
Rich Masek on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 17:39
You can still be forgiven

Lost Soul, How many times can you sin and have God forgive you? Until you walk away from Him and reject Jesus. Read http://ideolatry.com/blog/god-loves-you You have until your last breath, and Jesus told his disciples:

Matthew 18:21-23 from the Good News translation

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?" "No, not seven times," answered Jesus, "but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of heaven is like this."

If Jesus says that we have to forgive Seventy x Seven times (490 times) then that is at least how many times He will forgive you in a day. If you accept His forgiveness sooner than later, He can help you restore your life and you will have more time to enjoy it and spread the word of your deliverance!

Dr Rich

Lost Soul, How many times can you sin and have God forgive you? Until you walk away from Him and reject Jesus. Read [url=http://ideolatry.com/blog/god-loves-you]http://ideolatry.com/blog/god-loves-you[/url] You have until your last breath, and Jesus told his disciples: Matthew 18:21-23 from the Good News translation Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?" "No, not seven times," answered Jesus, "but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of heaven is like this." If Jesus says that we have to forgive Seventy x Seven times (490 times) then that is at least how many times He will forgive you in a day. If you accept His forgiveness sooner than later, He can help you restore your life and you will have more time to enjoy it and spread the word of your deliverance! Dr Rich
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