Vintage Message: John 1:14-19

Vintage message from May 13, 2001.

One of the things I think we struggle with in life, why we have so many problems in life, is because our perception of Who God is, is wrong… Why do we doubt after God has done such amazing things? And we can read the Bible. We can walk with the Lord for years…and still have wrong perception of Who God is. And the problem is, for the most part, we create God in our own image. Men have been doing this for thousands and thousands of years. We reduce God to our level of thinking… [But] He is not reduced to us even though He did become one of us…

He cares that we know the truth, and He cares that we understand that we’re not left here to work this out on our own. And I don’t care how deep the mess is that we’ve gotten ourselves into. Our sin will cause us to dig a deep hole. We’re not left in the hole. We stay in the hole by choice. He gave us a ladder called grace. He came to share with us the way out of the hole, and He is the way out of the hole! But yet, we’ve created a God in our image that leaves us in the hole, and let me tell you, it’s not the truth. If you’re struggling today, if you’re having a hard time today, and you have a hard time picturing God as really, truly loving you, let me tell you, someone has lied to you. You have been lied to royally, and He has an enemy out there who is more than happy to let you believe all that about Him…

He is a God of grace, a God of love, a God Who created because He loved, and He has called us into relationship as children that He loves… We have all received one blessing after another because of Who Jesus is, because of what He did…

Do you understand? We do not have to live in ignorance about Who God is any longer. All we need is to read and study and know His Word, and we get the full description of Who God is, given to us straight from God Himself, Who came in the flesh, made His dwelling among us, became our Brother, and drew us into a place of adoption. That’s how much God loves us. He doesn’t want us to be here on our own, in our own imagination, trying to work our way through this life without Him.

Pastor Dave Elkins