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There are many popular ideas about God floating around in the world and in our minds. Unfortunately, many of them are false. These false ideas are powerful and too often keep us from living the most beautiful and exciting lives that God has for us! In this program, we’re going to learn what these lies are and counter punch them with the truth. Get out your pens and get ready to live in the freedom of God!

Lie: God is distant.

Truth: God is near.

  • Psalm 139: 1-16 "O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in- behind and before; You have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from Your Spirit? When can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely, the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be."
  • Psalm 145:18 "The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth."
  • James 4:8 "Come near to God and He will come near to you."

Lie: God only wants to be bothered with the "big events" in our lives.

Truth: God is intimately involved in every detail of our lives.

  • Matthew 6:25-30 (Jesus speaking) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
  • Matthew 10:30 "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

God is never "bothered" by us.

Just because the details of our lives don't work out the way we want doesn't mean God doesn't care about them.

Our lives are consumed with the little details. If we leave God out, we ultimately leave Him out of our lives.

We want perfect lives free of heartache. Just because we don't get this, doesn't mean God doesn't care or is angry with us. Look at some of the Christians in the Bible. The disciples were killed for their faith; Joseph was sold into slavery and falsely accused of a crime; Daniel was thrown into a lions den; the list could go on. God cared deeply for these people and was there helping them through all of their distress. If we didn't have problems, would we ever turn to God, or would we think we could handle life all on our own?

Lie: God is anxiously waiting to judge those who do wrong.

Truth: God is waiting to forgive all who ask.

  • John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
  • Luke 19:41 "As He (Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it."

This is the only verse in the Bible where Jesus cries out loud (klaio – weep aloud) The one thing that moved Jesus to cry out loud was for the souls of people!

  • Luke 13:34 (Jesus speaking) "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!"

Lie: God is either powerless against or doesn't care about the evil in the world.

(Some people say I can't believe in a God who would callously allow children and animals to suffer or rapes and murders to occur. Well, I don't believe in a god like that either.)

Truth: God allows an evil world to continue to exist so that more people might be saved out of it.

  • Psalm 33:9 "For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm."
  • Psalm 33:11 "But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations."
  • 2 Peter 3:8-9 "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Lie: God plays favorites, and I'm not one of them.

Truth: God does not show favoritism.

  • Acts 10:34-35 "Then Peter began to speak, "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right."
  • Romans 2:11 "For God does not show favoritism."
  • Deuteronomy 10:17 "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes."

We can't expect to be able to wrap our minds around the greatness of God. What we can do is rely on the truth of who He is. He is love and He loves us deeply. He always allows things to happen in our lives for our good.

Lie: God is impatient and angry.

Truth: God is loving and slow to anger.

  • Psalm 145:8-9 "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made."

Lie: God is trying to take all the fun out of life.

Truth: God wants me to enjoy a full life.

  • John 10:10b "I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly." (NKJV)

Lie: God's too busy to hear my prayers.

Truth: God hears our prayers.

  • Psalm 18:6 "In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears."
  • Revelation 5:8b "Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."

Lie: God use to love me, but I've wandered way to far.

Truth: God's love never changes.

  • Psalm 36:7 "How priceless is Your unfailing love!"
  • Hebrews 13:5b "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
  • Lamentations 3:22-23 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
  • Romans 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
  • John 6:40 (Jesus speaking) "For My Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day."

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