Texting God: Chapter 2 - Encounter God and humanity
Introducing The TEXT Method - Reading your Bible as a conversation between God, humanity, and you
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So here’s a question for you. This is a big one, maybe the biggest question you will ever answer. And no worries, but whatever you answer will be the single most influential thing in your emotional, mental and spiritual life. So are you ready? Here it is: “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” However you answer that is, as A.W. Tozer once said, the single most important thing about you. Why is that? Why do your thoughts on God impact the entirety of your emotional, mental and spiritual life? Because what you think about God directly impacts what you think about yourself and everyone around you, which decides how you feel and what you do in relationship to God. It’s probably obvious that your ideas on who God is and what He wants for you will influence your spiritual life, but how does that affect your emotions and the way you think about your life? It’s kind of like taking a trip by plane, how you feel about air travel safety will affect how you feel and act and even pray during your flight. If you need to fly, but doubt that the plan can withstand a lot of turbulence, then you are going to be very anxious when turbulence hits. So, by comparison, in the life of faith if you believe that God is good but not all-powerful you might be plagued with worry, stress or fear, freaked out over the dangers that lurk around you. If you think that He is powerful but not good, then you might be on the search for meaning, protection, provision or self-actualization as you fight to care for yourself. Your thoughts on God directly impact your emotional, relational and even physical life, not to mention your witness to the world around you.