Four lies about God:
Lie #1: God is unreasonable.
Genesis 2:16-17 (CSB) “…You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…”
Genesis 3:1 (NLT) “…One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden’?”
Truth: God is a compassionate father.
Psalm 149:9 (TLB) He is good to everyone, and his compassion is intertwined with everything he does.
Lamentations 3:22 (TLB) …his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction.
Anytime God says no to me, it is because he loves me.
Lie #2: God is unreliable.
Genesis 3:3-5 (TLB) “…God says we mustn’t eat it or even touch it, or we will die.” “That’s a lie!” the serpent hissed. “You’ll not die! God knows very well that the instant you eat it you will become like him, for your eyes will be opened…”
Truth: God is a consistent father.
Romans 11:29 (NCV) God never changes his mind about the people he calls and the things he gives them.
Psalm 59:10 (TLB) My God is changeless in his love for me…
Lie #3: God is unconcerned about me.
Truth: God is a caring father.
Matthew 10:29 (NLT) “But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.”
Matthew 10:30-31 (NCV) “God even knows how many hairs are on your head. So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows.”
John 14:23 (NCV) Jesus answered, “If people love me, they will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
Matthew 6:31-33 (NCV) “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
Lie #4: God is unpleasable.
Truth: God is a gracious father.
1 Corinthians 6:11 (TLB) …he [God] has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.
Ephesians 1:4 (TLB) Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before him covered with his love.
Romans 3:22 (TLB) Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. … no matter who we are or what we have been like.
Growing Deeper Together
Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.
• Spend some time evaluating your thoughts toward God. Have they tended more on the side of lies or truth?
– Identify one area where you struggle to believe the truth about God and share it with a friend who can pray with you and point you to the truth.
• As a believer who knows the truth about God, consider if you are holding onto any hurt or resentment with your earthly father that may be affecting your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
– Pray prayers of confession and submission. Ask God to guide you in forgiveness and love as he’s modeled it for you.
• Christians who are further along in their spiritual journey are called to come alongside others and walk with them.
– This week, invite someone to come with you to a worship service (3 in 23!), bring someone with you to morning prayer (northpointe.org/events), or ask them to attend Worship & Prayer on March 3.
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