Monday, September 13, 2010

God is...

God is…

New International Version

Specifically looking at what God is and what God is doing. Phrases such as the “Dwelling of God”, “Wrath of God”, “Gift of God”, “Kingdom of God”, etc., are not listed here.

Verses are listed in the order they appear in the bible. I searched for these verses using Bible Gateway online.


God is with you in everything you do. Genesis 21:22

God is a witness between you and me. Genesis 31:50

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Numbers 23:19

God is giving land [an inheritance] to his chosen people. Ex. 20:12, Deut. 1:20, 25; 2:29; 3:20; 4:21; 5:16; 9:6; 11:31; 12:9; 12:10; 15:4; 15:7; 16:18; 16:20, Joshua 1:13

God is near us whenever we pray to him. Deuteronomy 4:7

God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath. Deuteronomy 4:31

God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9

God is bringing you into a good land – a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills. Deuteronomy 8:7

God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. Deuteronomy 9:3

God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. Deuteronomy 10:17

God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all of your heart and with all of your soul. Deuteronomy 13:3

God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:16

God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. Joshua 2:11

God is among you. Joshua 3:10

God is with you. 1 Samuel 10:7

God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. 2 Samuel 22:3

God is greater than all other gods. 2 Chronicles 2:5

God is with us; he is our leader. 2 Chronicles 13:12

God is gracious and compassionate. 2 Chronicles 30:9

God is greater than man. Job 33:12

God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose. Job 36:5

God is exalted in his power. Job 36:22

God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day. Psalm 7:11

God is present in the company of the righteous. Psalm 14:5

God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. Psalm 18:2

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

God is within her [city of God], she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Psalm 46:5

God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. Psalm 47:7

God is seated on his holy throne. Psalm 47:8

God is in her [city of our God] citadels [palaces]; he has shown himself to be her fortress. Psalm 48:3

God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14

God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. Psalm 68:20

God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. Psalm 73:1

God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11

God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. Psalm 89:7

God is holy. Psalm 99:9

God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Psalm 115:3

God is full of compassion. Psalm 116:5

God is the LORD. Psalm 144:15

God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

God is with us. Isaiah 8:10

God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. Isaiah 12:2

God is the salvation of Israel. Jeremiah 3:23

God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes. Daniel 5:21

God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9:9

God is righteous in everything he does. Daniel 9:14

God is with you, he is mighty to save. Zephaniah 3:17

God is one and there is no other but him. Mark 12:32

God is truthful. John 3:33

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

God is for us, [therefore] who can be against us? Romans 8:31

God is able to graft them [branches] in again. Romans 11:23

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13

God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33

God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

God is one. Galatians 3:20

God is our witness. 1 Thessalonians 2:5

God is just; He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. 2 Thessalonians 1:6

God is the builder of everything. Hebrews 3:4

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

God is not ashamed to be called their [the faithful people’s] God, for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16

God is treating you as sons. Hebrews 12:7

God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20

God is love. 1 John 4:8

God is love. 1 John 4:16

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So beautiful...but hiding something so ugly

What’s better than fresh tomatoes, picked from your own garden?

We have been enjoying eating fresh tomatoes, sprinkled with a bit of garlic salt and fresh basil, this summer. I was looking for an after-work snack, so I went to my little garden and picked a pretty red tomato. As I started to slice it, I realized that my pretty red tomato was hiding something dark and ugly. Internal BER.

I had no idea something was wrong with my tomato until I cut into it. The insides were being consumed by this black, yucky disease.

After discovering that my tomato had rotted from the inside, I immediately threw into the trash and picked another one.  Thankfully, I was met with healthy red flesh when I sliced it.

This experience reminded me of when Samuel was looking for a man to replace Saul as king.   The Lord told him, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

I was EXPECTING the first tomato I picked to not only taste good, but to look wonderful on the inside. I didn’t even question that it could have been diseased.

God, however, knows everything. Even our deepest secrets. Psalm 44:20-21 says, “If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”

Try as we may to look “good” for our family and friends, God knows what is really going on inside of us.   

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Psalm 139.23

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Definition of Baking

What is baking?  Baking is the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it.

Have you ever thought of events in your life... ideas... purposes... decisions... being the ingredients that make you you?  It isn't something I regularly think about, but it is something I am aware of.  I am not the same person I was five years ago and I will not be the same person I am now, five years into the future.  As much as years on this year affect our lives, I want to always trust that God is in control of every situation.

Psalms 66:10 says, "For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver."  Are you familiar with the process of refining silver?  I certainly am not.  I knew it involved extreme heat...but 1,200 degrees Celsius of heat?  That's 2,192 degrees Fahrenheit!  I can't even fathom that!  If an 350 degree Fahrenheit oven can make a gooey mess of water, flour, yeast and salt and beautiful structured loaf of bread...imagine what God can do with us.

I want to be molded by the hands of God and made more perfect for him.  I want to be refined...for all my impurities to be burned out.  Will it be a pleasant process?  No.  Will it hurt?  Definitely.  But, will it be worth it for eternity?  Absolutely.  How will I ever know if my faith is genuine if it is never tried?

My comfort is that during the refinement process, God will never leave me or forsake me.  How do I know this is true?  It is written in the Bible.

In Deuteronomy 31, when Moses announces to the Israelites that he will not cross the Jordan, but Joshua will lead the people, he encourages Joshua with these words:
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you, Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." 
And as if to put Joshua at ease, after Moses died, the Lord spoke directly  to Joshua saying:
"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you...Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
So I know that whatever comes my way, the Lord is with me.  And the Lord will take my imperfections and create something totally different...something beautiful.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Welcome to Baking for Comfort

For all those times you have

brought joy to your family after laboring in the kitchen,…

admired the work of your own hands after removing freshly baked bread out of the oven,…

wanted home-baked goodness to bring you comfort on stressful days,…

offered comfort to someone in mourning,…

put a Hershey’s kiss in the center of a cookie,…

I bring you Baking for Comfort.

(Yes, I know that is a picture of dough, but it was so pretty!)