Who is God Really?

14: Who is God, Really?

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Posted: February 18, 2018 by Ashley Ogle

Either God is who He says He is, or He’s not. Either you believe that, or you don’t. There’s no in between.

When I was 20 years old, I did a Beth Moore study called Believing God. At that point in my faith, I had a really hard time reading the Bible by myself. I got frustrated a lot when I would read it, and it felt so confusing! It felt like I was missing important history and back-stories, and it left me having a hard time understanding its true message. Beth Moore helped me bridge that “knowledge” gap. Her studies often explained the history behind each story, and they helped me mentally paint a picture while reading. I really enjoyed studying with Beth Moore, and she helped to build my confidence in reading the Bible by myself. I fell in love with Jesus all over again when doing her study entitled, Jesus: 90 Days with the One and Only. Now that I’m further in my faith, I understand the importance of spending quiet time in the Bible, not just through study. However, at that time of my life, God met me exactly where I was. I promise all of this has a point, and I’m not just trying to sell you her books!

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Beth Moore’s 5 Statement Pledge of Faith

 

In her Believing God study, she made us repeat out loud a 5-statement pledge of faith before every study:

“God is who He says He is.

God can do what He says He can do.

I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ.

God’s word is alive and active in me.”

 

Those statements were a great and encouraging reminder to me, and I still think about them to this day. In fact, I still have them pasted on my college Bible!

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My college Bible with my statement of faith

Eight years later, my faith was being tested during this walk through infertility, and all I could think about is, God, who do You say You are? I knew God was good. I knew He was faithful, but what else? Who is God, really? The more pain I was experiencing, the more I wanted to know about Him, His character, and His personality. I had this intense desire to hear from God himself, not through anyone else, not through a study, but directly from His word. I started reading Isaiah, then Job, then the gospels. I started keeping a list of who He says He was, and my quiet times resembled something like this (click any of the responses for their “street address”):

Hey God, Who are you?

I’m compassionate.

I’m giving.

I’m accepting.

I satisfy.

I’m good.

I’m wise.

I redeem.

I renew.

I’m righteous.

I’m gracious.

I’m Sovereign.

I’m just.

I’m peace.

I’m merciful.

I’m loving.

I’m gentle.

I’m slow to anger.

I never change.

I’m perfect.

I’m holy.

I’m not burdensome.

I’m pure.

I am THE God.

I’m your Savior.

I am the Creator of you and the world.

I’m a healer.

 

 

Lord, What do you think of me?

Nothing will stop me from loving you.

I care for you.

I forgive you.

I accept you.

I understand you.

I want relationship with you.

I don’t condemn you.

You are precious in my eyes.

You have so much worth.

You are made new. 

You are a representation of me. 

You are my child. I’ve adopted you.

You are my friend. 

 

 

Father, What are your promises for me?

I promise I will always be with you.

I promise I will never leave you.

I promise to fight for you.

I promise to give you strength. 

I promise to help you.

I promise to always love you, no matter what. 

I promise to bring you peace.

I promise my plans have your best in mind. 

I promise to meet all your needs. 

I promise I’m working for your good. 

I promise to persistently pursue you.

 Weeks passed with my pen, journal, and my Bible. I got my answers. I read for myself who He says He is, and I believed. It’s funny how it took me 8 years to dig into that truth for myself.  I had always believed, but now I had more of a foundation for my belief. I wasn’t believing blindly. I had specific things to hold on to during this trial. If God had my best in mind, if He loved me, and He promised to help me, then I knew I could get through this no matter what the outcome.

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Taylor and I in college- oh, the glory days

I wanted desperately to know Him. I wanted desperately to feel Him. I wanted desperately to hear from Him. So, I asked him for a dream. (You weren’t expecting that were you?) Y’all, I was desperate. Like tears falling down, lock myself in my room, banging on His throne, desperate. I believed all He was saying, but I wanted some kind of encouragement from Him.

 Lord, I believe you and who You say You are, and I know I can trust you. I know you don’t have to tell me, but Lord I ask that you will make yourself known to me through a dream. What do you have for me?

 That night, He did just that. He gave me a dream. I don’t know where I was in the dream, but I was holding a pregnancy test with two pink lines. It was positive, and I was screaming and crying with happiness. When I woke up, I tried desperately to go back to sleep because the dream felt so real. It was so vivid, and I was able to remember each detail. He answered my desperate prayer, and I was so encouraged. I’ve never really had that happen before, and I don’t expect that to happen every time I ask, but it was so encouraging to me. Little did I know what was coming next.

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What do you think of when you think of God?

Do you believe God is who He says He is?

What holds you back from trusting that He won’t let you down?

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