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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Wise

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What is wisdom and what is meant by God being wise? Stephen Charnock's rather extensive definition contrasts knowledge with wisdom. Knowledge is truth about things and wisdom is the use of truth. Wisdom is the application of knowledge in a timely, purposeful, and virtuous manner. It does not just know truth, it uses it appropriately. To act wisely is to intentionally act a...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Holy

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Edward Leigh described the holiness of God as the "beauty" of all his attributes, "without which his wisdom would be but subtlety, his justice cruelty, his Sovereignty tyranny, his mercy foolish pity." God's holiness is the only attribute of his that is affirmed in a threefold repetition in Scripture and that is done twice (Isa 6:3; Rev 4:8). He is declared to be the "Hol...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Faithful

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God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son,Jesus Christ our Lord 1 Corinthians 1:9 When it feels like the world is disintegrating, when people and circumstances around us are unstable, unpredictable, overwhelming, or threatening, we come face to face with the fact that we are not really in control of our lives or situations; not for a moment. It can...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Gracious

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"The LORD is merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." - Ps 103:8 While all of God's attributes should evoke a sense of awe, humility, and wonder, reflecting on God's graciousness provides something much more personal for the believer. If God is all His other attributes but is not gracious toward us, we are left in a great state of fear and al...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Just

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"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?"Genesis 18:25 The justice of God consists in the fact that God will give to each person what they merit, either punishment or reward. He treats every person fairly by giving them what they deserve.When God entered into a covenant with Adam, he gave Adam the ability to obey the requirement of perfect obedience in order...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Angry

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Our limited, sinful humanity misuses anger. We exercise anger as an excuse for revenge or unjustified hatred. We let anger drive us to sinful acts. The recent riots are an example of the fruit of human anger. Uncontrolled rage resulted in massive criminal behavior for a cause. We speak of "crimes of passion" or "blowing up" or "losing it," leading us to conclude that anger...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Merciful

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"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end" (Lam 3:22). This verse in Lamentations 3 draws our attention back to the prophet Jeremiah's lament over the city of Jerusalem during its destruction by Babylon. What sorrowful lament indeed to see the city of God's people decimated and deserted in judgment. Most of us have not had to witness a...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Glorious

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John 1:14: Andthe Wordbecame flesh anddwelt among us,and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Sonfrom the Father, full ofgrace andtruth.18No one has ever seen God;the only God,who is at the Father's side,he has made him known. As humans, we measure our success by accomplishments: trophies, medals, records, degrees, awards, citations, net worth, number of followers...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Sovereign

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.1 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.2 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and on earth, in the sea and all deeps.3 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authoritiesall things w...

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The Attributes of God Devotional - God is Love

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"God is love" (1 John 4:8, 16). This is the best-known of all of God's attributes, and arguably the most misunderstood. Too many people think that God's love is a "one size fits all" matter; that God loves everyone equally. God's love, however, is nuanced, and as we look more and more into it we can better grasp its depths. "The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over ...

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