Sunday, June 7, 2009

7 Misconceptions About God

Grand Party Pooper
We don’t want to do what we feel is right, but do it because we feel like we have to (may feel miserable or disheartened)
Effects: Prayer life – pray out of obligation
God's rules are to protect us and keep us from doing things that will cause us harm or grief in the future.

Santa Clause
Conditional – must be good
Effects: Prayer life – shopping list
Our relationship with God is not "What can you do for me?", but rather "let me live for you"

Disinterested God
God only cares about wars and other large scale things, he doesn’t have time for our miniscule requests, hurt feelings, or confusion
We have to fight for attention
Effects: Intimacy with God – God cares about each minute detail of our lives
Psalm 139 says that He knit you together in your mother's womb. He knows every detail of your life.

Don’t think you will ever be able to please him or get his approval
Never feel like you are living up to his standards
Legalist attitude
God only wants us to confess our sins and start anew
God’s grace is sufficient – we don’t have to perfect
God is always smiling when he is watching us

The Angry Judge
We constantly feel guilty about our actions
God doesn’t want us to live under condemnation
No need to feel like we are judged every single day

Control Freak
We feel like we are puppets
Either we have no free will of our own or
There are so many rules that limit our own actions
Putting God in the driver’s seat of our lives ‘Frees us from the tyranny of our own selfishness’

God is Religious
We rely on fitting a godly stereotype to feel like we are getting his approval
Ritualistic attitude
God values trust and obedience not rituals

We will continue to look at the character of God this week. Please take a moment and look into your life. What does your life say about the way you view God? Do any of these comon misconceptions ring true in your life? If so, ask God to reveal His true character to you in that area.

Serving Him~

FLO Ministry Team