THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD 1 by Don Rogers
(Thirty plus years ago God put Don Rogers in my life. He trained and mentored me in spiritual ministry. When he was no longer able to minister, I had the privilege of taking over his “Spiritual Warfare Ministries.” He wrote many fine articles about spiritual warfare. I have edited and printed one below.)
In order for us to correctly relate to God, we must understand Him as He is. Too often bad experiences with authority figures in our lives give us a wrong picture of God. This blog is to help us understand Who and what God really is.
God’s Non-Moral Attributes-
- God is Omnipresent – [Acts 17:27-28; Jeremiah 23:23-25] God rules transcendent in the heavenlies and also dwells immanently in our lives. The thought of His presence can be both intimidating and encouraging. No matter what we do, we cannot escape from Him. On the other hand, He is ever present to help when people turn to Him.
- God is Omniscient – [Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:13] God knows everything. He not only sees every action, but He is aware of every motive and desire of our he arts. God also knows the future, because He is not restricted by time. Every desire and action of the enemy is known to God as well.
God’s knowledge and wisdom have no limits. His plan for all creation that was conceived and instituted in His own heavenly counsels are perfect in every aspect. To thin k that we can ever conceive a better answer to resolve our personal problems or question His actions is the height of human pride, arrogance and ignorance.
- God is Omnipotent – [Genesis 17:1; Job 42:2; Mathew 19:26; Luke 1:37] God is able to do whatever He wills; but His will is always in concert with His perfect nature. Everything He does is in harmony with His perfections. This may seem to be a limitation, but true infinite power can only exist in complete harmony with God’s perfections. God’s sovereignty is so perfect and complete, that even Satan and his hosts can be used by God, in spite of their rebellious nature, to accomplish His purposes. God’s omnipotence was exhibited in creation, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and Jordan River, the defeat of Israel’s enemies, the people raised from the dead, the people freed from demonic oppression, those who have been divinely healed and those transformed by the saving power of Christ.
When Jesus was raised from the dead, the Father seated Him far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in this present age, but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way. (Eph 1:19b-23) God also raised us up (positionally & practically) with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:6) We, who have received Christ as our Lord and Savior, have been placed securely within God’s omnipotent power and are able to draw upon it as we serve Him.
- God is Immutable – [Malachi 3:6; James 1:17] God is unchangeable in regard to His essence, attributes, consciousness and will. All change is either for the better or worse. Since God is perfect, He can neither change for the better or worse. This is very encouraging, because man cannot influence or manipulate God for their own purposes. God is immune to pressure or deception, but will respond to faith and perseverance of His people who seek His will. God’s favor is available to all, but is not received by all. We can always be assured that God’s love for us will never change. For those who walk in righteousness, these attributes of God are extremely encouraging and comforting. They are a source of constant hope. For those who practice sin, His very presence is a source of guilt and dread. But God is always willing to forgive those who turn to Him in repentance. (Continued in next blog.)
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