Correcting Your Perception of God

The Biblical homework manual of the Minirth-Meyer Clinic notes, “It seems obvious that there is a connection between our automatic concept of God and the perceptions we have of our natural father or whoever else was a father figure to us in our formative years. . . .The word ‘father’ identifies early in life with what we feel and believe about our earthly father. This perception of God continues, even into adulthood, unless we really dig into God’s Word and get to know God intimately.” If your Father was MEAN or NASTY in your childhood then YOUR INTERNALIZED CONCEPT OF GOD WILL REFLECT THAT CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE! Don’t ever be deceived by YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A CHILD with an EARTHLY FATHER…GOD IS SO FAR FROM EVEN THE BEST OF FATHERS ON EARTH IN LOVE AND CARE,THAT THERE IS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN THEM EXCEPT IN MINOR TERMS!

Our perceptions of God can be severely distorted. To some He is a harsh, austere God who is eager to punish every sin; to others He is like a Santa Clause who knows if you’ve been bad or good but just sends blessings.

God wants us to know him in the FULL & PROPER WAY…FULLY PERCEIVING HIM AS THE BIBLE DESCRIBES HIM IN ACTIONS AND DESIRES…NEVER READ THE BIBLE “IN PART”….YOU WILL DEVELOP A RETARDED AND MISCONCEIVED PERCEPTION OF GOD’S PURPOSES IN YOUR LIFE…. In reality WE bring upon ourselves life’s troubles and woe’s….just as JOB did,through our MISPLACED FEARS and WRONG IDEAS about HOW WE THINK GOD SHOULD TREAT US AND OUR SINS! Job 3:25 (KJV)” For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

The author of The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life observed the need to honestly evaluate our concept of God. “It is of vital importance now and then to drag out our secret thoughts and feelings about the Lord into the full light of the Holy Spirit, that we may see what our attitude about Him really is. It is fatally easy to get into the habit of wrong thoughts about God, thoughts which will insensibly separate us from Him by a wide gulf of doubt and unbelief. More than anything else, more than sin, wrong thoughts about God sap the foundations of our spiritual life, and grieve His heart of love. We can understand this from ourselves. Nothing grieves us so much as to have our friends misjudge and misunderstand us, and attribute to us motives we scorn. And nothing, I believe, so grieves the Lord.” [2]

Consider the primary roles of your earthly father — to protect and provide for you. If he did not fulfill these responsibilities — whether intentional or not — there would likely be an implicit doubt regarding the heavenly Father’s nature as protector and provider.

Perhaps this extends to the mother’s role also. Since a child looks to its mom for love and nurture, if these qualities were noticeably missing, could there be a reluctance to trust God’s love and support?

How can we correct our view of God? This primarily involves renewing our mind through the Scriptures. As Paul exhorted the Romans, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom 12:2).

For example, one of the qualities that is most reassuring to us is God’s GOODNESS. Consider these verses from Psalms:

“GOOD and upright is the LORD;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
[God] loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the GOODNESS of the LORD.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is GOOD;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
You are GOOD, and do GOOD;
Teach me Your statutes” (Psalm 25:8 33:5; 34:8; 119:68).

And the prophets declared,
“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD
And the praises of the LORD,
According to all that the LORD has bestowed on us,
And the great GOODNESS toward the house of Israel,
Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies,
According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses
The LORD is GOOD, A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him” (Isaiah 63:7; Nahum 1:7).

To deny God’s goodness is the essence of unbelief, since Paul warns, “do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom 2:4).

A helpful strategy to restore an appreciation of God’s goodness, is to read the Gospels with special attention to the qualities of the Lord Jesus. The New Testament draws attention to Christ’s unique role in revealing our Creator: “God. . .has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who [is] the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power. . .” (Heb 1:2-4).

Think of it: the One who opened the eyes of the blind, gave the leper that healing touch, fed the 5,000, rebuked the false teachers, cleansed the Temple, invited the little children to come to Him, calmed stormy seas and frightened hearts, wept at the grave side of His friend Lazarus and raised him from the dead, who laid down His life for us — this is who God REALLY IS!

As we renounce false ideas about God and affirm true characteristics FOUND IN THE BIBLE we will begin to CONFORM TO HIS TRUE NATURE and follow as dear children,UNAFRAID and UNHINDERED in our walk with Him! You will notice in the following verses in John THE VAST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GOD OF THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE OF THE DAY (THE SAME AS TODAY!) and Jesus’ description of God’s true nature..His true purpose for our lives! John 8:31-59 (KJV) 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. “

1 John 4:18-21 (GW) 18 No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love. 19 We love because God loved us first. 20 Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates another believer is a liar. People who don’t love other believers, whom they have seen, can’t love God, whom they have not seen. 21 Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers.

So, cultivate (by study and prayer) a heart for God; regain an accurate perception of His attributes and echo the faith of Jeremiah: “Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!'” (Lam 3:22-24).

The following is something the Holy Spirit has layed on my heart, therefore I’ve spent lots of study time on this….  I hope that this will be an eye opener for anyone who reads this. These are not my words but rather that of the One True Living God!
Do Not be Deceived……….YOU Will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven with SIN in your life..GET IT OUT,NOW!!!

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Do you not know that the UNRIGHTEOUS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? DO NOT BE DECEIVED. Neither FORNICATORS, nor IDOLATERS, nor ADULTERERS, nor HOMOSEXUALS, nor SODOMITES, 10 nor THIEVES, nor COVETOUS, nor DRUNKARDS, nor REVILERS, nor EXTORTIONERS will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were (THIS IS THE KEY”WERE”) some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.(NKJV)
UNRIGHTEOUS- wicked, unjust, heathen, ungodly
WILL NOT INHERIT-inherit means-to be an heir
THE KINGDOM OF GOD- Heaven
DO NOT BE DECEIVED-a straying from, seduced, delusion, error, “the deceiver” is the title of the devil. Lit. “the deceiving one”, Often it has the sense of “deceiving oneself” eg. 1Cor. 6:9.
15:33, Gal 6:7
NEITHER FORNICATORS,- (Greek word pornos)-whoremonger, prostitute, a crime of impurity between unmarried persons. Figuratively-infidelity to God.
NOR IDOLATERS-(Greek word eidololatres), an “idolater” is found in 1 Cor. 5:10, 11; 6:9; 10:7; the warning is to believers against turning away from God to idolatry, whether “openly or secretly, consciously or unconsciously” Eph. 5:5; Rev. 21:8; 22:15.
NOR ADULTERERS-(Greek word moichos) denotes one “who has unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another,”
NOR HOMOSEXUALS-(Greek word arsenokoite) Two occurrences; translates as “abuser of (one’s) self with mankind” once, and “defile (one’s) self with mankind” once. One who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual.
NOR SODOMITES-[malakos ] adj. Of uncertain affinity; Four occurrences; translates as “soft” three times, and “effeminate” once. 1 soft, soft to the touch. 2 metaph. in a bad sense. 2a effeminate. 2a1 of a catamite. 2a2 of a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man. 2a3 of a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness. 2a4 of a male prostitute.
NOR THIEVES-(Greek word kleptes) is used (a) literally, someone who steals, Matt. 6:19, 20; 24:43; Luke 12:33, 39; John 10:1, 10; 12:6; 1 Cor. 6:10; 1 Pet. 4:15; (b) metaphorically of “false teachers,” John 10:8;
NOR COVETOUS-(Greek word pleonektes), lit., “(eager) to have more” i.e., to have what belongs to others; hence, “greedy of gain, covetous,”
NOR DUNKARDS-(Greek word methysos), meth´-oo-sos; from tipsy, i.e. (as noun) a sot:— drunkard.Another form of to drink to intoxication, i.e. get drunk(Intoxication of ant kind)-Drugs
NOR REVILERS- (Greek word loidoros ) From loidos (mischief);
denotes “to abuse, revile,” to pick on, be mean,“to speak profanely, to accuse.
NOR EXTORTIONERS- (Greek word harpax) adj. 1 rapacious, ravenous. 2 a extortioner, a robber, extorting money or property
WILL INHERIT -(The Greek word used here is ou) “no, not,” expressing a negation absolutely, is rendered “nay,” e.g., in Matt. 5:37; 13:29; John 7:12, kjv (rv, “not so”); Acts 16:37; 2 Cor. 1:17-19; Jas. 5:12.
Now lets turn to Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: ADULTERY, FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, LASCIVIOUSNESS, 20 IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT or SORCERY, HATRED, CONTENTIONS(variance), JEALOUSIES(emulations), OUTBURST OF WRATH, SELFISH AMBITIONS(strife), DISSENSIONS(seditions), HERESIES, 21 ENVY, MURDERS, DRUNKENNESS, REVELRIES(revelings), and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things WILL NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God.(NKJV)
ADULTERY-(Greek word moichos) denotes one “who has unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another,”
FORNICATION,- (Greek word pornos)-whoremonger, prostitute, a crime of impurity between unmarried persons. Figuratively-infidelity to God.
UNCLEANNESS-(Greek word akatharsia) impure, [lewd] or [demonic]):— foul, unclean
LASCIVIOUSNESS-(Greek word aselgeia) “wantonness, licentiousness, lasciviousness,” is translated “filthy
IDOLATRY-(Greek word eidololatria), Heathen sacrifices were sacrificed to demons, 1 Cor. 10:19; there was a dire reality in the cup and table of demons and in the involved communion with demons. In Rom. 1:22-25, “idolatry,” the sin of the mind against God (Eph. 2:3), and immorality, sins of the flesh, are associated, and are traced to lack of the acknowledgment of God and of gratitude to Him. An “idolater” is a slave to the depraved ideas his idols represent, Gal. 4:8, 9; and thereby, to divers lusts, Titus 3:3
WITCHCRAFT or SORCERY-(Greek word pharmakeia and pharmakon), medication (“pharmacy”), magic (lit. or fig.):— sorcery, witchcraft.
(Greek word pharmakous), from pharmakon, (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner, a magician:— sorcerer.
HATRED-Greek word echthra), “enmity” “enmities,” “hatred.” It is the opposite of agape, “love.”
VARIANCE-(Greek words eris), er´-is; a quarrel, wrangling:— contention, debate, strife, variance.
EMULATIONS- (Greek word zelos), dzay´-los; heat, ardor; in an unfavorable one, jealousy, as of a husband [fig. of God], or an enemy, malice):— emulation, envy (-ing), fervent mind, indignation, “zeal, jealousy,” is rendered “fierceness”
WRATH-(Greek word thymos) “hot anger, wrath,” is rendered “fierceness”
STRIFE-(Greek word eritheia)“ambition, self-seeking, rivalry,” self-will being an underlying idea in the word; hence it denotes “party-making.” It is derived, not from eris, “strife,” but from erithos, “a hireling”; hence the meaning of “seeking to win followers,” “factions,” so rendered “strifes”; not improbably the meaning here is rivalries, or base ambitions (all the other words in the list express abstract ideas rather than factions)
SEDITIONS-(Greek words dichostasia) lit., “a standing apart” (dicha, “asunder, apart,” stasis, “a standing”), hence “a dissension, division,” is translated “seditions”
HERESIES-(Greek word hairesis)denotes (a) “a choosing, choice” (from haireomai, “to choose”); then, “that which is chosen,” and hence, “an opinion,” especially a self-willed opinion, which is substituted for submission to the power of truth, and leads to division and the formation of sects, Gal. 5:20 (marg., “parties”); such erroneous opinions are frequently the outcome of personal preference or the prospect of advantage; see 2 Pet. 2:1, where “destructive” signifies leading to ruin; some assign even this to (b); in the papyri the prevalent meaning is “choice” “a sect”; this secondary meaning, resulting from (a), is the dominating significance in the NT, Acts 5:17; 15:5; 24:5, 14; 26:5; 28:22; “heresies” in 1 Cor. 11:19
ENVYINGS- (Greek word phthonos)“envy,” is the feeling of displeasure produced by witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others; this evil sense always attachés to this word, Matt. 27:18; Mark 15:10; Rom. 1:29; Gal. 5:21; Phil. 1:15; 1 Tim. 6:4; Titus 3:3; 1 Pet. 2:1; so in Jas. 4:5, where the question is rhetorical and strongly remonstrative, signifying that the Spirit (or spirit) which God made to dwell in us was certainly not so bestowed that we should be guilty of “envy.”
MURDERS-(Greek word phonos)(to slay); murder:— murder, + be slain with, slaughter.
DRUNKENNESS-(Greek word methe)an intoxicant, i.e. (by impl.) intoxication:— drunkenness. “strong drink”, denotes “drunkenness, habitual intoxication,”
REVELLINGS-(Greek word komos)a carousal (as if letting loose):— revelling, rioting “a revel, carousal,” the concomitant and consequence of drunkenness, is used in the plural, Rom. 13:13, translated by the singular, “reveling” (kjv, “rioting”); Gal. 5:21 and 1 Pet. 4:3, “revelings.”, “prodigality, a wastefulness, profligacy”
those who PRACTICE such things will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.
I have to say that this was an eye opener studying these verses word for word in the original text ; it give me a much much better understanding of what God says. There is NO way to mis-interpret what the word is saying. God has givin us every tool, every truth, every key, everything at our finger tips. We have no excuse for not learning His truth. When we stand before the all Mighty and give account the ONLY things that was worth our time and effort was seeking God, spending time with God, and serving God. How foolish we will feel, when He shows us all the fruitless time here on earth we’ve wasted. All these things that people do that will not enter the Kingdom, just don’t seem worth the eternal consequence. Please, People re=read carefully the true meanings of these words. May the Holy Spirit convict us were we NEED to be convicted before it’s to late. Remember these are God’s definitions the original meanings, not the ones that we have thought. May our hearts be tender. None of it is worth losing our Heavenly Home. 1 John 5:18a We know that anyone born of God does not CONTINUE to sin. We are called to be differnt, and to allow God’s light (Jesus’ light) to shine through us.

Let me give you an example: there’s a man who has struggles with approval and alcohol all His life. God gets a hold on Him, but He only give a little of Himself to God. He is deceiving Himself. By all outward appearance He is a Godly man, every time the church doors are open He’s there dressed in His best. He talks an amazing talk, seems to be very Godly, But the truth is; is the man hasn’t really changed, he still drinks, smokes, and smokes drugs, still flirts with other women, even though he’s married. He is deceiving Himself. (interesting that God’s word say ” Do not be deceived  ) And worst of all showing others that proclaiming to be a Christian is no differnt than being of this world. Yet this man still in all his pride and arrogant, believes he’s right. And seems to refuse to repent and FULLY surrender his ALL to the Almighty. Now because of this man’s life he’s living ; His son who desperately needs God, and knows He’s there but doesn’t DO anything about it, See’s this example of his earthly Father strutting in front of Him doing the same things as everyone else in this world. He doesn’t see a Godly man showing Him the truth, the love, the wrath of the Almighty.
So now one of two things will happen….One the son See’s no need to serve God (there’s no difference)and use that as an excuse not to change and serve God or Two the son knowing that Christians aren’t to act and live that way, will just get further away from receiving the truth of God and His transforming power. Either way the end result of the Father’s ungodly and hypocritical behavior doesn’t no one any good. It hurt God, and only keep Him from a close relationship with God, His deceives himself and walks in a unvictorious life, and he is hurting his son, who is watching. My heart truly hurts…Please open the eyes of your hearts people, If we are REAL children of God we WILL give up self and we will serve God in our outward and inward life. There Will be a major change in us. THE LIGHT in us WILL shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.
Matthew 5:16 We are called to be the salt of the earth.
The world will know us by our fruit; the fruit of the spirit…..
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Galatians 5:22-26
22 BUT the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, 23 GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL(Temperance). Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
(Love which is the greatest command 1 Corinthians 13)read it
LOVE-(Greek words agape)“feast of charity” once. All in compassing love. 1 brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence. 2 love feasts.
JOY-(Greek word chara) cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight:— gladness, × greatly, (× be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, fulness, -ous).
PEACE-(Greek word eirene)prosperity:— one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again,the harmonized relationships between God and man
LONGSUFFERING-(Greek word makrothymia)“forbearance, patience, longsuffering”
GENTLENESS-(Greek word chrestotes) usefulness, i.e. mor denotes “goodness” in the sense of what is upright, righteous, Rom. 3:12 (translated “good”); in the sense of kindness of heart or act, said of God, Rom. 2:4; 11:22; Eph. 2:7 (“kindness”); Titus 3:4 (“kindness”); said of believers and rendered “kindness,” 2 Cor. 6:6; Col. 3:12; Gal. 5:22 (rv; kjv, “gentleness”)
GOODNESS-(Greek word agathosyne)“over,” rendered “beyond” virtue or beneficence:— goodness.
FAITH-(Greek word pistis)conviction, espec. reliance upon Christ for salvation; truth itself:— assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity “firm persuasion,” a conviction based upon hearing (akin to peitho, “to persuade”), is used in the NT always of “faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual.”
MEEKNESS-(Greek word praotes, praupathia), humility gentleness, mildness, meekness.
TEMPERANCE-(Greek words enkrateia)“strength,” occurs in Acts 24:25; Gal. 5:23; 2 Pet. 1:6 (twice), in all of which it is rendered “temperance”, “self-control” is the preferable rendering, as “temperance” is now limited to one form of self-control; the various powers bestowed by God upon man are capable of abuse; the right use demands the controlling power of the will under the operation of the Spirit of God; in Acts 24:25 the word follows “righteousness,” which represents God’s claims, self-control being man’s response thereto; in 2 Pet. 1:6, it follows “knowledge,” suggesting that what is learned requires to be put into practice
26 Let us NOT become CONCEITED, PROVOKING one another, ENVYING one another
Let us NOT-(Greek word for Not is-me, mege, mepou) me, may; a primary particle of qualified negation (expresses an absolute denial); (adv.) not, (conjunc.) lest; also whether:— any, but (that), × forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (× wise in), none, nor, [can-] not, nothing, that not, un [-taken], without.
CONCEITED{desirous of vain glory,}-(Greek word kenodoxos) vainly glorifying, i.e. self-conceited:— desirous of vain-glory in Gal. 5:26, (kjv, “desirous of vain glory”)
PROVOKING-(Greek word prokaleo)“to call forth,” as to a contest, hence “to stir up what is evil in another,” occurs in the middle voice in Gal. 5:26
ENVYING-(Greek word phthoneo)to be jealous of:— envy.
May you walk in the freedom and the joy that walk close to God brings. If the Holy Spirit has convicted you in anyway, please repent(turn from that sin and not doing it anymore) and ask God for forgiveness. Please see the Video on my other blog “True and False Conversion” This might just blow your theology out of the water,BUT I ASK YOU…ISN’T HEAVEN FOREVER WORTH IT TO LOSE AN EARTHLY IDEA IN FAVOR OF AN ETERNAL TRUTH?