Sometimes I have an experience or situation that jumps out to me that I know God wants me to write about. Other times He just lays something on my heart. And often revelation from the Word jumps out at me. I have learned and am still learning to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and if I do not feel peace about an article I am writing, I donít submit it. If I canít seem to get it to flow, then I walk away. I donít want it to be a product of my efforts but rather of the Holy Spirit working through me and guiding me in my writing.
But sometimes, I really have no idea what to write about. And when I donít feel anything jumping out at me I often ask the question, ďFather, what do you want me to tell your children?Ē
When I ask that question, I almost always have the same thought pop in my head, a thought that I believe the Holy Spirit put there: ďTell them that I love them and that I am good.Ē
It is Godís desire for His children to see Him as the good, loving Father that He really is. He has been misrepresented and misunderstood for far too long. God has put a deep passion on my heart to help change the perception that people have of Him. I know how I used to view Him and that many people still view God in this manner. Instead of seeing God as the loving, kind, generous, gentle daddy that He is, many still view Him as angry, demanding and ready to punish us for every sin.
Why do so many view God this way? What has led us to such a wrong opinion of Him?
I asked God that, and I believe most of the problem stems from not rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) ó in other words, misinterpreting the Bible. We are not properly understanding the difference between the Old Testament, old covenant of the law, and the New Testament, new covenant of grace. There is a huge difference, and if we donít get a deep understanding of the effect that Jesus ushered in through the new covenant of grace, we will view God in the wrong manner. John 1:17 says, ďThe law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.Ē There is a major contrast between law and grace, but too often we mix the two and that should not be.
Just last night I was talking with my boys, and my middle son Grady asked, ďMommy, what were those laws that God gave?Ē He was talking about the Ten Commandments. We have not really talked much about that with our sons because I donít want them to get the wrong impression of God. I want to be able to explain it to them when they are at a point that they can understand the reason that God gave the law and how we are no longer under the law but under grace. Most people grow up hearing about the Ten Commandments and how we have to keep it for God to bless us or not be mad at us, and that leads to a wrong impression of God. I do not want that for my sons. Even by messing up just one time, we were guilty of the whole law (James 2:10). I want them to know that Jesus fulfilled the law for us because we could never do it on our own.
I know this may sound deep, but I will try, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, to make the difference between the old covenant (law) and the new covenant (grace) very clear. It is essential to understand it so we can view God properly. God has made me sufficient as a minister of the new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:16), not the old, and I hope to shed light on these important truths so we can get a deeper understanding of what Christ died to give us. Stay tuned!
Amber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and her book can be purchased through her website at www.ambermiller.tateauthor.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.
Published: March 7, 2016