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YWAMYWAM Crossroads DTS The Nature and Character of God notes from lectures by Peter Brownhill

Three false views of God

1. Frankenstein view He is a harsh taskmaster. With this view, we tend to have a response of fear.

Matthew 25:24 (NASB) "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
 
2. Father Christmas view the indulgent view of God. The love of God is interpreted as leniency, letting us get away with things. In this view, discipline from God is perceived as harsh and not a part of God's love.

Hebrews 12:5-11 (NASB) 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM, 6 FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” [Quotation from Proverbs 3:11] 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

3. The God at a distance view. God is remote and not involved; He just set things in motion like a clock. There is no anticipation of God's involvement, intervention, and activity in daily life.

Ephesians 2:13 (NASB) But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. How to know God Knowing God has to be intentional on our part.

Revelation 1:12 (NASB) Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; Knowing God has to do with setting time aside each day to seek Him.

Psalm 27:4, 8 (NASB) 4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 6 When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." Knowing God means spending time dwelling with Him; it means gazing at Him, singing, and praising Him.

Luke 10:38-42.(NASB) 38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Meeting God in the morning is emphasized in Scripture.

Psalms 55:17 (NASB) Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.

Psalm 59:16 (NASB) But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 88:13 (NASB) But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.

Psalm 90:14-15 (NASB) 14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil.

Psalm 108:1-2 (NASB) 1 My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. 2 Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!

Psalm 143:8 (NASB) Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.

Song of Solomon 7:12 (NASB) "Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded, And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.
 
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