God is alive

God is Alive

Rebi explores our need for God and the transformation that comes from being in His presence.

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Rebecca Crocker

Rebecca Crocker

Rebi is a missionary in England sent from Derby. She is a youth and children's evangelist working with Pulse Ministries. She has a great heart for seeing young people come to truly know the Lord. She is not to be messed with, however she is incredibly gullible, so messing with her is not too difficult...

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The Big Story #6: God's Church

The Big Story #6: God's Church

Rounding off our big Bible overview we look to the conclusion of the story and what we need to do to get there. God has chosen us to play a part in it, but how? What does it mean to be God's church?

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The Big Story #5: God's Son

The Big Story #5: God's Son

It all points to Him, everything that had come before, the promises, the prophecies, the people. Here we reach the climax of God's story in a person, God's son, Jesus Christ. We don't understand him until we see how he fits into what's come before.

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The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

Look around the world and we see kings, presidents, leaders who are very much flawed. Israel had a king - God, but they wanted a human king. We look at how that worked out for God's people.

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The Big Story #2: God's People

The Big Story #2: God's People

God's story is both cosmic in scope and intimate in care, we see that as he chose to fulfil his purposes in a family. But why did God choose Abraham and the people of Israel to be the ones who would be a blessing to the whole world?

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God is Alive

Have you ever stopped to consider what it means for us to be following a God who is alive?
Not a statue, not a historic relic, not a myth or a good story character but a living God.
All the way through the Bible, God is referred to as the ‘living God’. Realising this changes everything.
It’s not about knowing all the answers or about having shrines in our bedrooms, it’s about being in relationship with a God who is alive and working in our lives. 
And it doesn’t end there:

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"

1 Corinthians 6:19

Our living God lives in us, isn’t that incredible?! Not only that but the Bible says that if we follow Jesus then we are being transformed to be more like Him.

"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit"

1 Corinthians 3:18

But what happens when we don’t feel transformed or when we feel like we’re too far from God’s ideal for Him to transform us?

Perhaps the mistake we make is thinking that the transformation starts with us. That if we somehow ‘stop sinning’ or ‘change our lifestyle’ we will then be able to meet the living God. That once we’ve sorted ourselves out, then we can come to Him and He will use us. Or maybe we think that God is alive at a Christian festivals or camps or when we can ‘feel’ Him but the rest of the time He is a distant, disinterested God.

This is all backwards!

God is alive, He is living in YOU. God is in the day-to-day mundane struggles as well as the mountain-top highs. When we start to realise this and fix our eyes on Him, we begin to walk everyday with God and Holy Spirit continues the transformational work in us.

The pattern I’ve seen is that when we stop looking at ourselves and start worshipping the living God, then transformation begins to take place and we start to encounter the living God in our everyday.

The Scripture in Corinthians goes on to describe us as ‘jars of clay’ (2 Corinthians 4:7), rubbish pieces of pottery that God chooses to use in order that He can work in and through us.
All the way through the Bible we see examples of people being transformed by God. It is clear that God is not a static, disinterested being but a Father and Creator who desires to see transformation in our lives. His desire is that we become more like Jesus, more like who He created us to be.

I reckon the Psalmist had the right attitude...

"How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God"

Psalm 84:1-2

Do our souls yearn and hunger for the living God? Do our souls cry out for the Holy Spirit to be at work in our lives?
Notice the Psalmist isn’t crying out for a formula to fix them but for presence of God in their lives. Are we looking for a solution to our problems or are we longing for a relationship with a God who is alive?

As we get to know God’s character as the living God, my hunch is we’ll start to see more and more of His power in our lives. In our human-ness we might be able to provide temporary fixes for our sin or think we can change for God; but if we let the living God begin to transform us we will be astounded by His presence in our everyday. He will heal and mould us to be more like Christ, and we will be able to witness and testify to His glory.

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