February 3, 2010

Chapter 4 - Believing God Is Who He says He Is

February 3, 2010

There's a song that I love called "He is". It has been sung at our church a few time and is so absolutely powerful - the lyrics are basically "what Christ is" ... I want to share those lyrics with you here:

In Genesis, He's the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He's our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He's Moses' voice
In Joshua, He is salvation's choice
Judges, law giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He's sovereign

Ezra, true and faithful scribe
Nehemiah, He's the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He's Mordecai's courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, wisdom's cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover's dream

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He's Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He's the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire

In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He's the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He's the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He's the great missionary

In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He's pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain

In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He's the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servants heart
In Colossians, He's the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He's our mediator and our faithful Pastor

In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM

He's the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more
He is, HE IS!

This song is so powerful; you are almost immediately raised to your feet when you hear it! I get filled up just reading the lyrics!

This chapter has so much to ponder upon and to think about – I feel inadequate to even lead a discussion about it so I will start with this:

Does anyone want to share ways their faith has been stretched this week to believe that God is who He says He is?

Faith Journaling

I hope you’re journaling as you go … here are some things to help you get started!

Prepare for your journaling by recalling a question placed before you in this chapter: “Who do you say I am?” Based on the reading you’ve just accomplished reflect prayerfully and open-mindedly on the following question: How similar is the god He says He is to the God you say He is? If you want to share your response with the rest of us, great… if not, that is ok too! Just think about it and then at least journal about it.

After mediating on the challenges placed before you in this chapter, please write a brief letter to God inviting Him to prod and stretch your faith and alter your belief system where necessary – or express to Him your reluctance.

Remember to write down your “Godstops” also when you’re journaling.

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