The Imaginary God

John 17:3 NASB

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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There was a game show back in the 1960s called “To Tell the Truth”. A panel of four known celebrities would try to identify by questioning which one of the three contestants the real person was. The other two imposters could lie, act, and do whatever to confuse the panelists but the real character had to always tell the truth.

In many ways our search for the real God is like that game show. Growing up we read or hear stories about God but struggle with identifying who the real One is. Over time, some of us may even become so delusional with Him, we quit trying and join the agnostic team. Yet through diligence and patience, we slowly discover more about the real God as we pursue Him (James 4:8).

For many of us there is a battle in our minds trying to figure out this God. Depending on our upbringing, most of us as adults will have to relearn and rethink and repent of our former image of God. When we are confronted with the Triune God – Father, Son, Spirit – compared to the lone ranger god, our minds typically explode from the excess thought patterns. Most of us have not exercised our minds to handle such an inflow of information.

But God has made it easy for us to recognize Him. You come to know Him not only through creation, but in the person of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15). When we study the life of Jesus, accept His teachings, and follow Him, we come to know what He stated in John 14:20-23. You will experience life with the real God.

The same God that Jesus called Father is the same God you can come to know. The same Holy Spirit that Jesus called the Comforter, is the same Spirit you can come to know. And the same Jesus, who Father God stated He was well-pleased with (Matt. 3:17), is the same Jesus you can come to know.

Don’t settle for an illusion. Don’t take the words from others. But instead do your own homework. Seek out the one true Triune God who Jesus made known throughout His ministry. Your life will never be the same again.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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What is Salvation All About?

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people…” Titus 2:11 ESV.

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Salvation is not a prize, an event, nor a commodity. Salvation is the relationship you have in Jesus Christ with His Father via the Holy Spirit. To realize you are included with Him in his life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven brings greater meaning to Who He IS and your participation with Him. That you are a new creation in Him. That you have been reconciled (saved)with His Father. That you are now connected with Jesus and the Father via the Holy Spirit – adopted into the Triune God circle. Yet to experience this new life, you need to change your thinking (repent) and yield yourself to His authority (become his disciple). In so doing, you begin to experience the life (sanctification) that Jesus finished for you. The end result is eternal life (glorification) with Him in the new age.

You begin to experience this new life when you realize your identify is bound in Christ. Unlike the world’s response, your identity is not found in yourself but in the personhood of Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ, when we realize something must change in our lives, we usually begin to modify our environment. When that doesn’t make a difference, we then work to change our behavior. When that fails, we move toward increasing our capacity of knowledge or skill. After then, we may begin to clarify our beliefs. Lastly, we come to realize our identity of who we think we are is incorrect and needs adjusting.

However with Christ, we first begin with correctly identifying who we are in Him. We start at the top rather than move from the bottom to the top. We come to more quickly capture the knowledge and realization of God and ourselves in the process.  From our relationship with Christ, our identity is clarified. Our beliefs are aligned with reality. Our desire to grow in knowledge and skill is intensified; not for our sake but for the sake of others. Our attitudes change which leads to our behavior becoming more Christ-like. Then finally our environment becomes the breeding ground for ministry as we express God’s love and Kingdom ways for others to behold. We become a living testimony of God’s workmanship. He is glorified. We reap the benefits. Others are introduced to the God of Jesus Christ.

Salvation is freedom with Christ. Free from loneliness, because you belong to Him. Free from fear, because His love penetrates through you. Free from anxiety, because His faith assures you. Free from sin’s anguish, because His grace abounds in you.

Again, salvation is not a prize, event, nor commodity. Salvation is your relationship with Jesus Christ and His  Father via the Holy Spirit; Salvation is Christ’s finished work.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Discipleship 360
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Advice or News

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 57:7 ESV

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Dr. Timothy Keller states it best when you compare the difference between religion and Christianity. He likes to state that religion gives advice, but Christianity is simply good news.

Religion is about working to improve the human condition via self-help. Whereas Christianity is accepting the fact that Jesus Christ has already completed the act. One is based on performance. The other is simply accepting the fact it is done.

The news that God’s grace is enough; that our obedience is simply showing our gratitude to Him, is Good News. When we start with giving advice, obeying because it makes us feel good about ourselves, and performing acts in exchange for blessings, than we have crossed over into playing religion.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ is our savior and his life, death, resurrection, and ascension completes the work of salvation. We now simply participate with him in his work of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. He leads; we follow. We belong to him and gladly submit to his authority. He is the Good News that we faithfully accept. Apart from Him, there is no good news, just more advice.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married