UNDERSTANDING THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD – PART I
MONDAY 18TH AUGUST 2014
SIS. ANNE-MARIE CLARKE
FATHER GOD! I thank you for this day, for giving me your breath of life, for facing another day with you! To worship and honour you! To Glorify your Holy Name! Thank you LORD for your Comforter, whom you sent to us in the person of the ‘HOLY SPIRIT’ who guides, leads, and protects us! Thank you Blessed Saviour that one day we will meet face to face that I can bow before you ALWAYS! To proclaim your HOLY Name! and sing Praises unto you! Thank you LORD! Thank you FATHER! Almighty KING!
Greetings to you my beloved fellow brethren in the wonderful name of JESUS CHRIST! Our LORD and KING! I will be sharing today on a timely Word that is needed for our walk on this beautiful journey each day. Understanding the attributes of GOD, taken from the book “The Way of Life by Prophet Laymouth Sandy.” Be Blessed, Encouraged and Edified as we get a deeper knowledge and understanding of who GOD, Our FATHER is! Hallelujah!
UNDERSTANDING THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD!
Let us re-examine the attributes of GOD. By studying the attributes of God, we shape our concept of who He is. As I said before, we need to have the right concept of God because it will greatly influence and determine our way of life. It will influence our behaviour patterns, our relationships with each other, and our perception of ourselves. The right concept of God saves us from idolatry, superstitions and perversions. That is why it is important for us to have the right concept of God.
The first thing we want to look at is that GOD is everlasting. Our God is not limited by time as we human beings are. This God, of whom I write, has no beginning or ending. He has always been there and He will always be there. He has no beginning, or ending. You may say, “But how is this possible? He has to have a beginning.” GOD began the beginning and He ended it. He made the beginning but He has no beginning, because God is everlasting.
It means that He is timeless. Can you understand this? Can you grasp the depth of what this means? We as human being began. We have beginnings, but God has no beginning. Take a brief moment to think about that. I know what you are thinking. For us as human beings it is difficult to comprehend a being that has no beginning. Always remember this, in Genesis 1, God created the heavens and the earth. He began the beginning. He set time in the earth. God lives in a realm called eternity and eternity is timeless. Eternity has no beginning or end. GOD has no beginning and He has no end.
Psalm 19 v 2 – 4
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.
(See also Isaiah 43 v 10-12, Genesis 21v33). He is outside of the realm of time
Secondly, GOD is self-sufficient. It means that He is independent of everything and exists without the help of anything. We human beings are not like that. In order for us to live naturally we need food, we need water and we need oxygen. If we have none of these things we will die. The truth is, we will never be independent because we are dependent on what GOD has made. GOD does not need any of these things to live. He is independent, He has all that He needs in Himself. He is absolutely independent of everything apart from Himself. Everything He needs is in Himself.
This GOD of whom I write, lives outside of the realm of time, as was said before. We understand that He is self-sufficient. Everything He needs is in Himself. From Himself He made the Universe. He spoke the world into being. He did not create the world from anything that existed before. GOD said, “Let there be….” And there was. So this GOD is self-sufficient. When GOD appeared to Moses and commissioned him to go and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt Moses said to the Lord. “When I go to the people and they ask me who sent you, what shall I say to them?” And GOD said, “Tell them I AM WHO I AM.” In other words, GOD can be whatever HE wants to be. I am who I am and I can be what I want to be. You may say, “What name is that? I AM WHO I AM.” God, who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth is making Himself known to us in this generation so that we would have the right concept of Him and develop the relationship that He wants us to have with Him. He is making known to us His ability so that we can trust Him, believe HIS Word, and know that He cannot lie and that He has the power to do what He says. GOD is self-sufficient. See Psalm 50 v 9-12
EXODUS 3 v 13 – 14
Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, “The God of your Fathers has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is His name?” what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.”
Thank you LORD, thank you FATHER! For your Word and Truth! For you are an Everlasting GOD who is not limited by Time as we human beings are. For HE has no beginning or ending. HE has ALWAYS been there and HE will ALWAYS be there! Hallelujah! To GOD be the GLORY! Shalom!