“Who is this G_D we serve?” Part I

Do we serve G_D because He is G_D ...

or do we serve Him because of the G_D He is?

Do we obey and follow the Lord G_D  because He is the Supreme Being of the Universe or do we follow and serve Him because of who and what He is?

Simply stated, I assert that we serve and follow Him because of the G_D He is - because He has called us to Him.  Called us to know Him and to desire to come close to Him out of the abundance of His Grace.  So putting aside any doubt for the moment, consider who this G_D is and what He is, as He calls us with such sweet desire to know Him.

As will will discover as we proceed, His word shows that He is the G_D of Loving-kindness and tender-mercies.  He is compassionate and seeks us out to offer his faithful forgiveness.  It is apparent that He wants us to be faithful in return, to be truthful in return, to be humble - seeking Him in return...as He has done for us through Christ Jesus.

Purely compassionate and loving, faithful and true are direct and clear facets of who G_D is.   From there we can grow closer and closer to Him through the knowing of Him better and simutaneously experiencing those very characteristics of who the Father, Son, and Spirit are. 

Hassidic Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810) once prayed this way:  “Lord of the universe, I want to propose a deal. We have many sins. You have much forgiveness. Let us exchange our sins for Your forgiveness. And if You should say that this is not a fair exchange, then my reply is: If we had no sins, what would You do with all Your forgiveness?”

Yes, this pre-existent forgiveness is there waiting for us.  He has all this Love, done all this Redeeming, should we not exchange our need to be saved even though He paid that price for our redemption before we were birthed?  He has pre-paid the penallty of our sins, should we not surrender our sins for His pre-existent mercy and grace?

We can love Him back with all of our hearts and He will grow our hearts to be more like His.. this is assured through Christ Jesus.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NASB)

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise".  (Psalm 51:17 AKJ)

"And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;” (Acts 15:8 NASB)

 Next -  What Moses learned of who G_D is ... while Face to Face?

Submitted by AJ Gross

Pastor Art Phinney. Committed his life to Jesus Christ at age 27. Grew in his faith through age 33. Served the Lord in pastoral ministry in an assisting capacity from age 33-35. Attended 2 years school of ministry Costa Mesa California. 1996-1998. Began as senior pastor CCVS 1999.
 Art Gross
Art Gross ("AJ") has been in the military, worked in law enforcement, Higher Ed, and I.T. He has been an "elder" at CCVS for about three years now and serves the Lord and is deeply involved with Men's ministry and Congregational Care at CCVS and in his day to day life. He has attended the School of Pastoral Ministry  through Calvary Chapel Manteca and is con-currently working as a Project Manager for a large financial institution.