Discipleship Series – Week 11 – Goodness & Glory

Faith is being fully persuaded in God’s goodness and glory. 

 

His goodness is His love, care, and goodwill to you. Therefore, being fully persuaded that He loves you deeply and understanding that His will for you is good and what that looks like is important to see the good will of God come to pass in your life.

 

Is it God’s will for me to be healed or sick? 

 

Will He put sickness on me to teach me a lesson?

 

When bad things happen, is it God allowing it to happen?

 

How can a good God send people to hell? 

 

Why do bad things happen?

 

I have good news for you there are answers to all of these questions. I know that’s probably not the answer you are used to. It’s sad that most Christians and even most ministers can’t answer these simple questions. It is important that you know the answers otherwise, you will have a warped view of what is good. And you will find it difficult, actually nearly impossible, to have faith in the promises of God. 

 

In your assignments this week, we will be defending the goodness of God and answering all of these simple questions straight from the word, not religion.

 

Religion is a man-made construct of pleasing God with our own righteousness.

 

The Gospel is the good news that Christ came and took our unrighteousness and gave us His righteousness in exchange not by works but by faith. Now we are dead to our sins our old unrighteous life. Our old man has died in Christ and we are raised together in the likeness of His resurrection. We now live through Him to life.

 

If you want to see the goodness of God just look at Jesus.

 

God, who at various times and in diverse ways spoke long ago to the fathers through the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the world. He is the brightness of His glory, the express image of Himself, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had by Himself purged our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. – Heb1:1-3 

 

through the Old Testament we could only get a glimpse of what God is like, but the Father sent the Son, who is the express image of His person meaning He is like a replica of the Father. If we want to understand what God is really like we need to look to Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith. 

 

Verily verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things soever He doth, these also doth the Son likewise. – John 5:19

 

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. – 14:9

 

Now God’s Glory is God’s ability and power to come through on His promises. 

 

God is not constrained to the world’s system. He isn’t freaked out when the stock market crashes. 

 

We think we have to see the way that God will provide, heal or protect us, but God’s power isn’t limited to how things work in the natural. 

 

In Numbers 11, the children of Israel wept and complained openly before the Lord, the Lord heard, and His anger burned.

 

 They were tired of the manna He had been feeding them every day. The Lord was not pleased with their ungratefulness and complaining. It says Moses was also displeased and cried to the Lord.

 God told him to tell Israel tomorrow; you will eat meat, not one day 2, 5, 10, or 20 days but for a whole month till it comes out of your ears and is loathsome to you.

 

 Moses couldn’t comprehend how this could be done, but God is not limited to what we can understand. 

 

So the Lord asked Moses, “Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you will see whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

 

Now a wind from the Lord started up, and it swept quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground. And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. – Numbers 31-32

 

That’s a lot of quail.

 

So I ask you… “Is the LORD’s hand shortened? 

 

We serve a God that knows how to get things done. His ways are above our ways, and thoughts above our thoughts. Things that limit us don’t limit Him though He has put bounds on Himself so we can trust His love and goodness. He is a God of power and miracles.

 

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! – 1 Chronicles 16:11

 

Don’t skip this week’s assignments. If I tried to get any deeper here, this would be a very long email indeed. You need to meditate on what is said in your assignments and let the Holy Spirit make it a revelation in your heart.

In His Service,

Abbie

Assignment:

Lesson

Who’s in Control? -starts @ 27:50

– God is Faithful & not Guilty

– Who God Is & Who We Are