Today’s Scriptures:

Introduction:

Today…we’re going to take a short sample size of what we’re going to call “Character Traits of God”…in an attempt to take a moment to answer one of the most basic questions that many of us have:  Who is God?

Who is God?  What is He like?  These are a couple of questions we’re going to attempt to take a look at today.  Now before you ask me, no…this isn’t an exhaustive search of the Character Traits of God because we could spend days talking about them.  All we’re simply going to do today is…look at Six personality traits of God…in Seeking God…it’s good to know Who He is and what He is like.

So, while this isn’t a really extensive look…if you desire to seek out more…then do like I did, and do a Google search on Character Traits of God…and see what comes up…and study them out.  For today’s message…I believe it’s simply going to be titled: Six personality traits of God”

Today’s Message:

So…who is God and what is He like?  Today we’re going to take a look at and talk about 6 Character Traits of God…and hopefully they will give us a little better understanding of who He is, what He’s like, and why that should give us a desire for Seeking Him more and more.

Perhaps the number one Character Trait of God is the fact that :  He is Knowable. 

God, who created the universe in all of its magnitude and creative details, is able to be known, by us. He tells us about himself, but even goes beyond that. He welcomes us into a relationship, so that we personally can get to know him. Not only can we know about him, we can know him, intimately.

This is a series about Seeking God, and there are many verses that we have looked at that talk about seeking God’s face, seeking God’s will, and seeking God with all of our heart and soul.  If the Bible talks about Seeking God as much as it does…and when God Himself says that if we seek Him with our whole hearts…we will find Him.  Then God is giving us all a personal invitation to know Him.

We can know God as the Creator because He created everything we see.  We can know God as the fire and brimstone God of the Old Testament.  We can also know God the way I believe He prefers us to know Him…as our Father.

You know…the religious world wants you to think of God as this man who is holding a chalk board marking every sin you have or will commit.  They want you to envision God as someone who you must have this fearful respect of because He can wipe you out at any moment.  They want you to believe that us feeble humans who are full of sin and flesh couldn’t possibly be worthy of approaching God…and they’re right.  We’re not worthy in and of ourselves to approach God, but we have an advocate who came and died so that we can now boldly come before the throne of grace in our time of need.

Yes, it is true that we should have a reverential and awe-filled respect and fear of the Lord.  We remember that He is the Sovereign Creator and Lord of all.  We should call Him “Lord” and “Sir” often.  We’ve already covered the chalk board thing when we talked about Reconciliation…when Jesus became sin and went to the Cross…His blood washed that chalkboard clean.  It’s so clean in fact that we don’t even have to clap the erasers or wash it with a wet sponge to get the chalk dust or residue that’s left…because when the Blood of Jesus washed away our sins off that chalkboard…it was cleaned to the point to where it looked like it had never even been written on.

I believe, beyond all of the ways we can know God…the most important and near and dear  to the heart of God is that we get to that place that Paul wrote about being able to cry out “Abba, Father”…which is a really proper way to write that God wants us to get to such a place with Him that we refer to Him as “Daddy”.

I believe that’s who He wants to be to us the most.  He wants us to know that we are sons and daughters.  The we’re adopted as children of the Most High God.  We are all His…and He wants us to know Him as Father.

“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord,
who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23,24)

I like this:  “Let him who boasts…boast about this:  that he understands and knows Me.”  That was God speaking to His prophet Jeremiah.  I don’t know about you, but I find myself working towards having a heart like Paul’s.  Determined to make all my wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as dung compared to the understanding of Who God is…who I am to Him…and what He did for me through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  I don’t care to boast because I’m so great…because apart from Him I am nothing…but because of God…I am someone…if to no other person…than God.

The Second Character Trait of God that we’re going to talk about is that :  He is Approachable.  I was once in a men’s Bible study where the question was asked:  “How should we approach God.”, and the answers first of all helped me to see that most of the men in that group hadn’t yet gotten the revelation of the first point…that we can approach Him like we would approach our earthly fathers.

Can I tell you that there’s many times where I will just start talking to Him!?!  I did it this morning, and I didn’t start off talking to Him like Jesus spoke of when He talked about the Pharisee’s.  I didn’t start off  by saying:  “My gracious Heavenly Father…how I beseech thee.”  I honestly think if I approached Him that way all the time He would eventually ask me:  “Hey, Who do you think you’re talking to?”

No…I can tell you exactly how my prayer started this morning:  “Ya know Lord, I am just not sure what to do here.  I’m frustrated with a lack of appreciation from my employer.  I want to move on, but I also want to be patient and trust You.”  Listen…I know that God heard me, and that as soon as I began seeking Him…He was already working on my behalf.

God invites us to talk to him and engage him in what concerns us. We don’t have to get our act together first. Neither do we need to be polite, theologically correct or holy. It is his nature to be loving and accepting when we go to him.

Listen.  I don’t walk up to my dad, and say:  “Mr. Kizer, can I talk to you for a moment?”  I think my dad would have the same response God would.  Why are you being so formal with me…I’m your DAD.”  Most of the time when I address my dad I call him “pa”.  Don’t you know that’s exactly the way God wants us to address Him?  There’s a lot of time that I will just start talking to God, and you know why…because I know that He hears me no matter how I approach Him.  He hears me whether I’m praying “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name” or “Ya know Lord, I just need to talk to You.”

The point isn’t HOW you seek or approach God…the point is THAT you approach and talk to God.

“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18)

The third of the Character Traits of God we’re going to look at is:  He is Creative.  I mentioned it earlier.  We can relate to God as Creator…because He created EVERYTHING.  He owns EVERYTHING.  Every thing belongs to Him.  There’s no argument.  The money you make…His.  The car you drive…His.  The house you live in…His.  The body you walk around in…His.  The air in your lungs…His.  The Bible says it this way.  There wasn’t anything that was made that was made without God…period…end of discussion.

If there were dinosaurs, and there’s proof there was.  He made them.  There’s no such thing as this “Big Bang Theory” or “Evolution”.  There isn’t one creature that evolved from anything…they were all created by a very Creative and Intelligent Designer…and His name is Jesus Christ…I don’t need to have any further discussion about this point.  I know God created everything…not because of some Creation Scientist or any other reason than this….The Bible says that in the Beginning God…and then He went to work creating every thing…and I mean EVERY thing.  So…if the Bible says God created EVERYTHING…that’s the ONLY evidence I need.

Everything we make is put together with existing materials or built on previous thoughts. God has the capacity of speaking things into existence, not just galaxies and life forms, but solutions to today’s problems. God is creative, for us. His power is something he wants us to be aware of and to rely on.

I like what’s written here:  “God has the capacity of speaking things into existence”.  We read all about it in Genesis.  God said:  “Let there be”…and there was.  So…perhaps there was a Big Bang Theory.  God said it…and BANG!!!…the Holy Spirit did it.

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.” (Psalms 147:5)

“…where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:1,2)

The next of the Character Traits of God we’re going to get into is:  He is Forgiving.  This goes back to our series We Have Been Reconciled.  We just finished a week-long series on Reconciliation, and for the sake of time if you need a refresher course on our Forgiving God then I would suggest reading that series again.

We sin. We tend to do things our way instead of God’s way. And he sees it and knows it. God does not merely overlook such sin, but is prepared to judge and condemn people for their sin. However, God is forgiving and will forgive us from the moment we begin a relationship with him. Jesus, the Son of God, paid for our sin with his death on a cross. He rose from the dead and offers us this forgiveness.

Listen…no one other than Jesus has walked through this life without blemishes.  We’re all full of spots and wrinkles, and some of us are filthy rags.  However, because of what we know about reconciliation…we know that all of that has nothing to do with whether or not we’re forgiven and loved by God.  We are…I am…and YOU are.

Jesus took care of everything that stood between us and God except for one thing.  Our decision to accept what Jesus did for us…or reject what Jesus did for us.  Jesus said it this way in John 14:6;  “I am THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life.  No man comes unto the Father, but by Me.”  Paul writes it this way in Romans 10:13.  “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

There’s no other way to be saved or sozo’ed period!  The only way for our sins to be washed in the Blood is to confess Him as our Lord and Savior.  If you haven’t done that…all of your sins…except one has been forgiven…your conscious decision to reject Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Listen.  I’ve said it time and time again.  I am not perfect.  If you’re looking for someone who never sins, never swears, never drinks a beer, never does anything wrong, never wants to do things his way instead of God’s, and is always walking in the Spirit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 365 days a year (366 during Leap Year’s)…then I am not your man.  In fact…if you’re putting me up on some kind of pedestal…please bring me back down to earth.

The ONLY One who deserves to be lifted up is Jesus.  I was a sinner saved by grace.  Now I  am a son of the Most High God.  I belong to Him, and if you’re a whosoever that’s called upon the name of the Lord…you belong to Him also.

We have two more of the Character Traits of God to talk about for this message.  Like I mentioned this isn’t in any way an exhaustive list, and there are quite a few that are left out.  However, it’s good some times to talk about some of the lesser talked about Character Traits of God in order to know Him better…and that brings us to this one:  He is Honest.

Just like a person who lets you know their thoughts and feelings, God clearly tells us about himself, the possible difference being, he is always honest. Everything he says about himself, or about us, is reliable information. Truer than our feelings, thoughts, and perception, God is totally accurate and honest in what he says. Every promise he makes to us can be fully counted on, he means it. We can take him at his word.

The Bible says it this way:  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”  Numbers 23:19 (KJV).  If you put “Trust in the Lord” into the general search on the YouVersion Website it gives you 22 references in the King James Version, 30 references in the New King James Version, 26 references in the NIV, and the list of translations goes on and on…but the point is there’s a lot of verses that tell you to “Trust in the Lord”.

Listen, I don’t know about you, but I don’t need dozens of Scripture references to convince me to trust in the Lord. However, God says something about His Word that’s important to know since we read that God is not a man, that He should lie.  We read this gem in Psalms 138:2 (KJV):  “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

How about some more scripture references:

“For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.”Psalms 33:4 (KJV)

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”2 Samuel 22:31 (KJV)

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17 (KJV)

We could spend all day listing Bible references to God’s Word being true, honest, honorable, and fulfilled.

Listen…there is absolutely nothing at all that is fake about our God.  He is the absolute real deal, and He’s never lied to us, never abandoned us, and has never led us astray.  He is always with us, always on our side, and He is always…always…ALWAYS…going to tell us the truth because there is no deceit in Him.  God cannot lie…because everything He says He swears by Himself.

So…God is Honest, He is trustworthy, and when it seems like the world is full of people you cannot believe or trust…you can trust in Him…because He is ALWAYS faithful, ALWAYS true, and ALWAYS going to be FAITHFUL AND TRUE.

Want a Bible reference for that?  Here you go:  “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”  Revelation 19:11 (KJV)

The point is…God is the most trustworthy person we’ll ever have a relationship with.  That’s not a knock on our spouse, parents, or friends…it’s just the truth.  God’s motives are always perfect which is why the Bible can call Him Faithful and True…because there’s never any deceit in anything He does.  I’m not saying there’s deceit in our spouses or anyone else we have relationships with…what I am saying is that as humans our motives aren’t always right or pure…and while we may do our best to keep ourselves with words like honor, integrity, and valor…the truth is some times even our best motives don’t line up with those words.

God is always honorable.  God is always full of integrity…because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  God’s been the same with Adam, Abraham, David, Paul, Smith Wigglesworth, Dr. Kenneth Hagin, Charles Stanley, and He’s the same with you and I.  He never…ever changes…and that’s why He’s the most honest and trustworthy person we’ll ever be in a relationship with.

“The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:130,105)

The final of the Character Traits of God we’re going to talk about today is that…He is Capable.

How would you like to be always 100% right, about everything? God is. His wisdom is unlimited. He understands all the elements of a situation, including the history and future events related to it. We do not have to update him, counsel him or persuade him to do the right thing. He will, because he is capable and his motives are pure. If we trust him, he will never make a mistake, never undercut us or deceive us. He can be fully trusted to do what is right, in all circumstances, at all times.

Can we just talk about this one point for a moment because it goes right along with our last Character Trait of God.  “How would you like to always be 100% right, about everything?”…God IS.

You know…it’s funny when you hear phrases like:  “I’m always right…even when I’m wrong…I’m right.”  The truth, however, is that the only One who is always right 100% of the time is God.  He is never…ever wrong.  Let me repeat that…NEVER.  There’s never a time where God’s opinion on a matter is the wrong opinion because He is always 100% right…100% of the time.  There’s never a time when what God tells us to do regarding a matter is going to turn out badly because as long as we do exactly what He says to do it will ALWAYS turn out right.

God never makes a mistake.  God never errors on the side of caution because there’s never an error that He makes.  Everything He has done is flawless.  When He lived as Jesus…He lived an absolutely perfect, spotless, blameless, and flawless life.  The Cross is absolutely perfect and flawless.  God’s love for us is absolutely flawless and perfect.

Are you getting the point?  Everything God is, says, does, did, or will do is never going to be wrong, it’s never going to have flaws, and it’s never going to result in anything that doesn’t work because it’s perfect.  The most flawless diamond in the world is no match for the flawlessness of our God.  There’s nothing that’s as perfect or more perfect than our God…nothing.

So…whenever we seek Him for anything going on in our lives He is perfectly capable of doing whatever we need Him to do without any help from us.  There’s a little prayer I love that goes a little something like this:

Good morning… this is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help. So, have a good day.

I love that.  You know, I think that’s one of those things we all need to write on a little sticky note, and put it in places we’re going to see it on a regular basis.  Why?  So that we’re continually reminded of the Great Invitation to the Great Exchange.

Friends, God never meant for us to be weighted down by burdens, the cares of life, and all these things that we struggle with.  The Bible says that we ought to cast all of our cares and burdens upon Him because He cares for us.  Jesus invites us to give us our burdens and yokes in exchange for His because they’re light and easy…and lead us to rest in the finished work of the Cross.

There’s nothing we face that God isn’t capable of handling…and handling without interference from us.  He doesn’t need us to do anything but surrender and cast all of our situations, circumstances, burdens, yokes, cares, concerns, worries, struggles, and needs upon Him.  All He asks of us is to give those things to Him, and in return He gives us peace and rest.

Here’s the rest of this little letter to us from God.  It’s written by an “unknown author”, but I think it’s a really good way to close this message…and this is what it says:

Good morning.  I am God.  Today I will be handling all of your problems.
Please remember that I do not need your help.  If the devil happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.  Kindly put it in the SFJTD (something for Jesus to do) box.  It will be addressed in MY TIME, not yours.
Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold on to it or remove it.  Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem.
If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.
Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep.  Rest my child.  If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.

Okay…maybe I need to say a few things before we close…because I heard the Holy Ghost point out something that I need to talk about for a moment…so that’s what we’re going to do.

“It will be addressed in MY TIME, not yours.”.  Here is where the Holy Ghost grabbed my attention.  What we also need to realize is that in this microwave generation where we want answers and we want them now…God is not subject to our time-table.  The only ones that are limited by time is us.  God has all of eternity to do what ever He chooses…WHEN ever He chooses.

Which lead me to the second thing the Holy Ghost popped out at me.  “Once the matter is placed into the SFJTD (Something For Jesus To Do) box…we need to leave it there.  Any attempt on our part to pick up what we put in that box will delay what God is able to do with it.

And now…I believe we’re about ready to close…as soon as I include this:

“No one whose hope is in you
will ever be put to shame…” (Psalms 25:3)

And finally…make this the last line and point from today’s message.  This comes directly from the Holy Ghost…and I hope it blesses your socks off…ready…we’ll close with this:

If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.
Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep.  Rest my child.  If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.

Be a Doer…Not Just A Reader:

Okay…you didn’t think you were going to get away from this message without homework did you?  Now…listen…this homework comes with a suggestion or you can do like I did and Google “Character Traits of God”.  Either way…this is the homework that comes with today’s message:

As you read Exodus 33 and 34, record God’s character traits (i.e. loving, merciful, etc.).

You might need to finish this assignment tomorrow. If so, that’s just fine. Your focus should be on enjoying God and His Word.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this message.  I’ve said a few times that this really isn’t an “exhaustive” list of the Character Traits of God, but it’s a good list of some of the ones we don’t think of when it comes to God’s Character.  We know God is Love, some of us know God is Creator, but there’s some that I think will be of good reading for you.

I believe above all of these Characteristics the one God really wants us all to know Him as is still the one we opened this series with.  He wants us to know Him as Daddy.  He wants us to know Him as our Father.  He wants us to know that He desires a deep, loving, intimate relationship with each and every one of us.  He wants all of us to have a relationship with Him like Enoch did where He walked with God in such an intimate way that God just took Enoch out of the world…much the same way He will take all us out who are awaiting the day that beautiful trumpet sounds.

I hope you can maybe for the first time realize that God really does love YOU, and wants the best for YOU.  He has nothing but good and loving thoughts towards you…and He’s hoping that you’ll accept His most priceless gift…His Son…so that broken relationship with Him can be reconciled.

Friend…if you have read this message today and can say; “Pastor Bryan, I don’t even know God, but I would like to.”  Then it is really easy to do.

The Bible says in Romans 10:13 that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (s0zo’ed).”  YOU are a whosoever…and you can know God by these three simple steps…

A- Admit
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23

B- Believe
Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3: 16

C- Confess
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-10, 13

If you’re ready to be a “whosoever” and call upon the name of the Lord…then you can do so by saying this simple prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus…come into my heart.  Forgive me of my sin.  Wash me, cleanse me, and set me free.  Jesus, thank You that You died for me.  I believe that You are risen from the dead and that You’re coming back for me.  Place me IN Your Ark right now, today.  Fill me with the Holy Ghost.  Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I boldly confess that I am a whosoever that has called upon the name of the Lord…that I am IN the Ark…and that I am saved…I am born again…I am forgiven…I am the righteousness of God IN Christ Jesus…and I am In the Ark and on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.  In Jesus name I pray…Amen!

If you followed those steps and said that prayer…you are now part of God’s family…and on your way to knowing God.  If you need help getting established…please write to us…we’ll help you to find a good, bible preaching, believing and teaching local church to get plugged into…and then they will do the rest.  We’ll also send you something to help you get started in your personal Bible study time.  It’s a little daily devotional book I’ve used myself for over 25 years.

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“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)

Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA