The Journey – Week 17 – Session 1

A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” That is certainly true. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Therefore, we cannot be anything or accomplish anything that transcends our connection with Him.
Believing information about God with our heads is only one part of forming a relationship with Him. We must also develop that relationship through our hearts – our emotions, affections, and decisions.
In this way, our relationship with God should resemble the sun, which produces both LIGHT and HEAT. If the sun produced nothing but LIGHT, our planet would be an illuminated wasteland of solid ice. If the sun produced nothing but HEAT, the beautiful diversity of our world would be hidden in darkness. Only the combination of LIGHT and HEAT produces life.
Those who embrace an intellectual understanding of God may have proper doctrine. However, intellectual beliefs won’t do us any good if they fail to push us toward an actual love, appreciation, and submission to our Creator.
Today’s culture is filled with people who demonstrate a genuine passion for spiritual principles and ideas, yet most people direct that passion toward false idols or false ideas about God. Both approaches are ultimately unfulfilling. We need both the right spiritual principles AND a heartfelt love and submission toward God.
We will see this week that God has revealed Himself as the Triune Creator – three separate Persons who make up one Being – who is on mission to redeem the world. This is a critical doctrine that all followers of Jesus need to understand. As you read the LIGHT of certain Scriptures this week, don’t forget to allow the WARMTH of God’s love to penetrate your own heart. Both are necessary.
Read John 1:1-4,11-14. What do these verses teach us about God? Respond as you feel led.
Love you guys!
Bro. Tim