God Is A Noun

Photo: Erika Glenn

Photo: Erika Glenn

We look at the lives of others and we see things that we need.  We see friends with 50” inch TV sets, luxury cars, high-rise condos, nice clothes, designer handbags and jewelry, and we begin to think that we need those things too.  We see the small balance in our bank accounts, the 2 years remaining on our car loan, and the costume jewelry that adorns our closet door, and suddenly we see lack instead of blessings.

Instead of seeing the peace in our heart, the healing in our bodies, and gifts of friendship in our lives, we look at the outside and begin to devalue what God is doing on the inside. Rather than  God’s promises prized above all else, we make things, people and the places we’d like to travel the treasures of our heart.

In all of our planning and wishing, we fail to realize that the key to obtaining everything we think we need is found in God.  The earth and everything in it belongs to God (Psalm 24.  Therefore, the key to obtaining the things of the earth can only be found through God.

A noun is defined as a person, place or thing.  

When you need a shoulder to lean on, God is a counselor and friend.  (person) (Isaiah 9:6)

When you need a place of rest from worry and hardship, God is an escape and place of refuge. (place) (Psalm 46:1)

When you need favor, finances, increase and promotion, God is a provider and a giver. (thing) (Philippians 4:19)

God is a noun and when we devote our time, love and attention to Him, He promises to bless us with the nouns (people, places and things) that are the desires of our heart (Ps. 37:4). He is a person, place and thing for everything we need in life.

The best way to see who God is, is to know who God is–by reminding yourself daily.  [“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).] When you begin to grow envious of someone’s possessions, remind yourself that God is your counselor, friend, refuge and provider.  When you feel overwhelmed, hopeless and stressed out, remind yourself that He is your anchor of hope.  When you are in need of help, promotion and victory, remind yourself that He is your victor, your place of peace and your overcomer.  When you begin to do these things, you will notice your desire for things and people begin to change.  Your focus will shift, and God will slowly begin to add more unto you because seeking His face will become more important than seeking things or people (Matt. 6:33).

Everything that God is, is everything that you need.  Everything you need can be found in God.

God is YOUR noun.

 

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Happy Monday!

~ETE

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6 Comments
  • Courtney
    January 6, 2014

    Wonderful message Erika! God is our everything. I love the Tye tribbett song “Everything” that echoes this same sentiment. He is amazing!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 6, 2014

      I’m going to check that one out! I’ve never heard of it before but it sounds like it’s good! Thank God for being our everything =)

  • Roselyn
    January 6, 2014

    Such a soul penetrating post Erika! Our God is indeed a Noun, we lose sight of him through the struggles of life and rely on our strength and desires based on our own time. Reading about the story of Lazarus, God could have healed him instantly but for man to see and experience the glory of God he waited 2 days before going.
    John 11:.9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”Though Lazarus was proclaimed dead through the light of man which is darkness, but he was raised from the dead through the light of God which is always bright. When we put God first he replenishes us with spiritual growth and we will see with light even when it is dark, for with light we will not stumble. The light we gain in him will lead us to all we desire, need spiritually and physically because as you declared and defined to day he is the NOUN that provides all we need as we gain understanding!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 6, 2014

      Amen! And the story of Lazarus is one of my favorite bible stories! It is full of so many lessons about trust, faith, hope and love! I have heard three sermons on Lazarus in the last 12 months and all have been rich with a different message. Thanks so much for sharing that story because now others can be inspired and encouraged through your wisdom and insight! I pray that everyone that reads your comment will be blessed and encouraged to rely on God for their every need. God is our NOUN!

  • Romeo Patrick - Myway2fitness.se
    January 7, 2014

    Oh I did like this post 🙂 And I have to say I enjoyed reading your Bar exam test story 🙂 Well done, It must feel great to have this kind of faith. I wish I had it 🙂

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 7, 2014

      Hey there! Thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate it my friend. I’m sure you have more faith than you realize. =) Even if you don’t think you have a lot, God said it only takes the faith the size of a mustard seed to please Him. He doesn’t care about the size of your faith…He just wants you to have the courage to have mustard-seed sized faith. =) Thanks so much for all of your kind comments. =)

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