Reimagine God: Lord and liberator.
Could it be possible that your current relationship with God is connected to your view of Him? It might be the reason you feel confused, let down or unheard by Him. It might have something to do with the fact that some of us feel stalled in our faith. It’s not that we’re going backward, but we’re not going forward either.
It seems like a lot of people are deconstructing their faith. Some of us are growing up and realizing that we’re growing out of our “child like faith” which no longer fits. If you feel like you’re questioning, deconstructing, reconstructing or just trying to figure out what you believe about who God is, we invite you to explore these topics with us over the next few weeks.
First, we want to reimagine the idea of Jesus as Lord and Savior. The death and resurrection of Jesus caused a cosmic chain reaction. He redeemed and restored all of creation through his death on the cross but it’s an act that we are only beginning to understand. Could it be possible that God is more than simply a savior?
Even though you were once distant from him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected you back to himself. He released his supernatural peace to you through the sacrifice of his own body as the sin-payment on your behalf so that you would dwell in his presence. And now there is nothing between you and Father God, for he sees you as holy, flawless, and restored, for God is satisfied to have all his fullness dwelling in Christ.
–Colossians 1:19, 21-22 TPT
Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we were reconnected and reconciled back to God. But this act not only saved us – it liberated us. God sees humanity as either free or oppressed and He has liberated us from oppression to complete freedom in Him. When we limit God to only savior, we categorize His people into groups: sinners or saved, heroes or villains, winners or losers, good or bad. But God sees the humanity of all of us, His kids, and doesn’t want to categorize or classify us. He just wants us all to be free to live life to the fullest in relationship with Him.
Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person into the full understanding of truth. It has become my inspiration and passion in ministry to labor with a tireless intensity, with his power flowing through me, to present to every believer the revelation of being his perfect one in Jesus Christ. There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!
–Colossians 1:26-29 TPT
Christ within you is hope for the people around you. Let’s move from seeing Jesus as only a savior who came to save us one time and see him as a liberator who has set us free for lives full of hope. And ask God how you can partner with Him to help liberate others around you.
Because we know that God is not measurably enough, He is immeasurably more.
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