People’s faith, their pet beliefs and religion all contribute to their perception of God. Whatsoever a person believes about God will be their idea of who God is. As a person of “religion” I perceived God as being powerful and mad at me and my sinful nature. The only time I could see God in a favorable sense was when I sacrificed to do something good. I just knew for sure He was out to “get me” for all the things I did wrong.
Mathew 19:17 There is none good but one that is God.
Romans 5:12 By one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men.
The “religion” I was indoctrinated with was based on Scriptures like these. I was convinced that I could never be good enough for God to love me. I was taught that we must bear Adam’s sin and the threat of death was always what I had to look forward to. Now all these Scriptures are true but God had more to say that went far beyond my problem.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. . .
1 Timothy 2:4 God would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
These Scriptures were never ministered to me, my denomination did not want me to be free, they wanted me to depend on them for any hope of salvation. So, all my young life I had a distorted view of the God I had a love hate relationship with. One night something happened to me that I didn’t fully understand until months later. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and I was baptized with the Holy Ghost and supernaturally healed.
John 15:26 When the Holy Ghost comes even the Spirit of Truth, He will testify of Me.
The Holy Spirit in me began to reveal Jesus to me, I began to see God as He truly is and not someone men “thought” He was. It took me quite awhile to understand how good my Lord was, I had to have my brain washed out of all the “religion” I was taught. God loves to reveal Himself to people, the only secret I know of that He has is when He’s coming back for us. If a man does not know the Lord, how can he possibly present Him to anyone? I want to present God in truth and let God be God, no one needs to apologize or make excuses for Him.
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord.
No one can put their trust in the Lord until he first knows the Lord. God does not choose to be a stranger to anyone, He wants to reveal Himself to every man. I was afraid of God because I knew I was a sinner. I had no idea that He came to save sinners, I thought He came to judge me. I truly love getting to know my Lord because now I know He loves me and has saved me. I want to let God be God, He is just perfect the way He is.