Counterfeit knowledge of God. This topic has always struck a cord with me over the years. I've thought, "How can we as Christians have so many beliefs of God, of what our relationship with Him should be and our interpretation of scriptures when the Holy Spirit is One, is true, and should tell us all the same things?" It all boils down to our motivation and our heart, whether we're seeking God for our own selfish needs and desires or seeking Him with a humble and contrite heart.
"What you believe about God is the single most important aspect of your life."
Paul always laid a strong doctrinal foundation in his writings before he explained how a Christian should live. The first chapter of Colossians serves as a rich example. These truths can be summed up in 3 statements:
Is it possible to know God without His help? No. That means we are at His mercy. So right off the bat, we cannot do -- or know -- anything without Him.
How should we approach the person of God?
At the recommendation of a good friend and mentor, Steve Youngblood, I went through a study called, "Behold Your God" by John Snyder recently. It's a 12-week study on rethinking God Biblically, complete with study guide a 12 DVD's. The study books offer 5 lessons per week which are not just short devotions you can quickly flip and read through. They are thought provoking and demand truthful self examination.
I was reading Luke 17 a few days ago, and wanted to write what I observed in this Scripture passage. I don't know if the verses 5-6 and 7-10 relate to each other, but they are two threads of thought Jesus shared with His disciples.
The first is when the disciples ask Jesus how they could get more faith. Jesus replied that all they needed was a small amount of faith (in God), as small as a mustard seed. He then used the example of ordering the mulberry tree to uproot itself and re-plant into the sea.