How well do you know God?
Do you see Him as an “out there” being who is gambling with your life?
Is He a cranky old judge, ready to dole out an indictment?
Or is He kind and gentle, gracious and forgiving?
Who we think God is, impacts everything about the way we live our lives.
It is so foundational that we spend nearly a whole session on this principle in the life coach training course, because a coach needs to be aware of her perspective about God as much as they need to be able to discern to a client’s perspective.
What we choose to believe about God’s identity – who He says He is – is the framework for how we live out our faith.
It determines our response to temptations and trials, obstacles and conflicts. Do we feel defeated or filled with confidence that God is still at work?
It even influences how we respond to blessings. Do we take the credit or give God the glory?
Yet, how often do we really stop to think about who God is?
We spend most of our time focusing on ourselves and striving to define our own identity.
We allow our roles and responsibilities to determine our value. We allow our past to predict our future. We allow our pain to define our potential. We allow opinions and accomplishments and metrics to measure our worth. And what does that effort amount too? Nothing. Zilch. Nada.
We are a defeated, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, distracted, stressed-out and downright joyless people who have created an idol of self in search of meaning.
Friend, there is another way to lead life. It starts by devoting ourselves to the study of His commands and reflecting on His ways (Psalm 119:15, NLT). That’s the only way to purposefully shift the focus off ourselves and onto who God really is.
Understanding the character of God and His inherent attributes influences how we see ourselves and the way we approach every situation.
May this be the moment we choose life as we seek to encounter God afresh through the study of His Word, so that He may truly transform our thinking and living to align with His best.
Encounter God: 52 Scripture Cards Plus Prayer Prompt Guide
To get started studying the names of God and devoting time to meditating on His attributes and promises, grab the Encounter God: 52-week Scripture Cards & Prayer Prompt resource.
Each week, focus on the name of God and/or His attribute, and study the Scripture reference in context with us.
You can print out the cards in any size and use them as a screen saver on your phone too.
You can also enroll in the Encounter God Bible Study Course, which will give you access to a weekly video teaching, additional downloadable Scripture graphics, and bonus resources. You can enroll in the course (with this special link) and get the Scripture cards included for free!