Who is God & What Does He Have to Do with Me?

I live in the South, but I am a beach girl at heart.  Of all of my reasons to have a love affair with sandy beaches and tropical climates, the ocean itself has captured my heart.

The pounding waves call to me. The tides fascinate me. The unceasing rhythm entrances me.

The magnetic power reminds me that I am a small, finite part of this world and makes me question and search for a higher power.  I realize that this vast, majestic sea isn’t here by chance, just as I am not. In fact, it beckons me to examine who God really is and question why I am here.

It’s time to honestly examine where you are in your faith, by looking in the mirror of God’s Truth and asking Him to reveal your inner thoughts and attitude towards Him.

It’s time to ask yourself the hard questions, and not settle for your own opinions about God.

It’s time to dig into God’s Word for the real truth about God.

In order to grow in faith, we first need to understand who God really is and what He has to do with us here on earth.

What Does He Have to Do...

There is only one source for truth about God, and that is His Holy Word, the Bible.

First, God is all-powerful and omnipotent.  He always was, always has been and always will be.

He is holy, pure, loving, gentle, jealous, passionate, and most of all, PERFECT. (Deuteronomy 13:4)

He lovingly created the heavens, the earth and everything in it, including people. When finished, He rested, admired His creation and stated, “It is good.” (Genesis 1:1-Genesis 2:2)

God created man last and in His image. He designed all people with the free will to choose to follow Him or to go their own path. This includes the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. (Genesis 1:1-28)

Adam and Eve were placed in the most exotic paradise and were in perfect fellowship with God. They had the privilege of communicating with and experiencing the joy of fellowship with the Lord in everyday life. God walked among man and it was perfect. (Genesis 3:8)

All their needs were supplied by God, including the delicious food He created. Man had free-reign over the paradise, except for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Genesis 2:16)

God warned against the fruit of that one tree, reminding the couple that the fruit of that particular tree led to death. (Genesis 2:16)

But Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit and Adam followed her lead.(Genesis 3:6-7)

Sin entered the world. 

Man’s beautiful fellowship with God was over, since the perfect God could not tolerate being in the presence of sin.  This separation between man and God became known as the fall of mankind. (Genesis 3:22-23)

Sin entered the world forever and would not stop with that first man and woman.  All people would be born with a sin nature from then on and would prohibit humans from leading the perfect life. (Romans 7:18)

As a result of the fall, there were consequences for both man and woman; the most extreme being that mankind would experience death and be eternally separated from a perfect God. (Isaiah 59:2)

Man could no longer be with God in Heaven once life on earth was over.

While God is loving and compassionate, He is also just and demands payment for sin. He will not let it go unpunished and the wage of sin is death. (Psalm 11:17)

God knew that somehow, somewhere, payment had to be made for all the sins of the world.  He loved mankind too much to let them rot in their sin as deserved.

He promised to send the Messiah to redeem all sins and right all wrongs.  The world waited, pregnant with anticipation and heavy hearts, longing to be free from the bondage of sin.

God, being faithful, knew the world needed a Savior that everyone could relate to, not a wealthy, wise king.  Instead, He sent the world’s salvation to earth through a tiny baby, born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:18-21)

That baby was God’s only son, Jesus.

He was God in the flesh, perfection in skin, sent to earth to teach us all about God’s love, and to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of all mankind.

Jesus roamed the earth loving, teaching, proclaiming God’s good news and lived here with complete perfection.  He was tempted when the evil one led Him into the dessert, yet He never sinned.  He lived like you and me, yet He did it all without fault. (Matthew 4:1)

A perfect God demanded atonement for sin and Jesus was sent to be the ultimate sacrifice. (Hebrews 10:10)

Therefore, Jesus was wrongly sentenced to death on a cross and beaten without committing a single transgression.  He wore a cruel, spiked crown of thorns and endured the pain of nails driven through His innocent hands and feet. (Matthew 27: 11- 66)

Why would someone who was innocent consent to such a cruel death? Why didn’t God step in a save the day, releasing His precious Son from the suffering and cruelty of man?

Because of YOU.

God loves YOU with a powerful, ever-pursuing love.

He could not bear to leave YOU in your sin, destined to an eternal life in hell.

He didn’t want to be without YOU in His glorious, heavenly paradise.

He didn’t want YOU to be stranded and lost in your sin, without a way to repent and be with Him in glory.

YOU owed a debt because of your sin that you could never pay, even on your best days.

Jesus died for YOU.

God sacrificed His Son for YOU.

Jesus’ death on the cross did what no man could ever do, bridge the gap between a perfect God and the sinful human nature.

In His death on the cross, Jesus took upon himself all of the sin of mankind and the shedding of His blood made a way to reunite man with God in Heaven.

But the story doesn’t end there.  On the third day, after being in a tomb sealed and guarded, Jesus Christ rose from the dead!! (Matthew 28: 1-11)

He later ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. (Luke 24:50-53)

That’s not just a nice story. It’s not a myth or a wives tale.  IT. IS. TRUTH!

Who is God and What Does He Have to Do with Me

Examine Your Heart

Take a moment and still your mind and heart.  Try to focus on the message you just read above and be 100% honest with yourself.

Has there ever been a time in your life where you have surrendered your heart and life to God?

Have you ever admitted to God that you are a sinner and in need of His cleansing?

Do you honestly believe that if you died today you would be with Jesus in heaven?  Why or why not?

If you think that being a good person or doing good deeds will bridge the gap between you and God, you are sadly mistaken. Only having a personal relationship with the Lord can save you from an eternity separated from Him in Hell.

A Call to Action

If you admitted to yourself that you don’t have a relationship with the Lord or if you are unsure if you have ever given your life to Him, there is good news for you.

The free gift of Jesus’ sacrifice and the grace that He extended long ago at the cross is still alive and well today!!!

He is calling YOU to accept the free gift of salvation and enter into a personal relationship with Him.  That free gift comes with no strings attached and is waiting to change your life.

The blood that Jesus shed still covers ALL of sins (yes, ALL sins!) and bridges the gap between you and God, once you invite Him into your life.

It’s so easy to pray for salvation and is the best decision you will ever make.  If you long to have a personal relationship with the Lord and want to see His loving face in Heaven one day, take a moment and pray this in your heart, out loud or however you feel comfortable, believing in the saving grace of Jesus.

“Dear God,

I recognize that I am a sinner and separated from you eternally because of that sin.  I know that there is nothing I could ever do to earn my way to heaven to spend eternity with you.  I believe that Jesus, your Son, died on the cross for me and with that death, He cleansed me of my sin.  I invite you today, Lord, into my life and into my heart to be my Savior.  Thank you for loving me enough not to leave me dead in sin, but for sending Jesus to suffer in my place and cleansing me of all of my wrongdoings, now and forevermore.  Guide my next steps and help me to grow closer to you. Amen!”

A New Creation

My dear friend, if you just prayed that prayer, then today you are set free from the bondage of sin! The blood of Jesus has cleansed you completely and you are a new creation!  God now sees you as holy, redeemed and will rejoice the day you see Him face to face!

If you just surrendered your heart and life to Jesus, read 20 Tips for New Christians to learn how to begin your new life as a child of God.

If you have already surrendered your heart to Jesus, who do you know needs to hear about the saving grace of the Lord?  Is there someone God is laying on your heart to share this post with to open the doors to a conversation about Jesus?

If you find yourself distant from God today, that passion and fire you had when you first heard the saving grace of the Lord can be rekindled!  Be sure to check out Must Have Resources to Jump Start Your Faith for resources to help you restart your walk with the Lord.

If you are unsure where you stand spiritually and have questions about this message, please send me an e-mail through the contact form in or leave a comment below.  While I do not claim to be Bible scholar, I am happy to help you find answers as you need them.

Friends, thank you for allowing me to share the most important message I will ever write.  I am praying for each one of you as you read and process this good news.  May God moves in your hearts and change your lives!!

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About Sarah Ann

Welcome to Faith Along the Way! I am a redeemed child of God and perfectly imperfect in every area of my life. Wife to Hubs, we've battled the storms of Cancer, infertility, adoption & Autism together the past 10 years and praise God for his continued guidance. I hope you'll join us on this journey through life as we trust God with faith along the way.

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    Astrid August 19, 2014 (9:56 pm)

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    Astrid August 19, 2014 (10:07 pm)

    Sorry pushed the submit button before posting a comment. This is a touching story. I struggle in my faith, because I am surrounded by atheists in my family and actually my husband is a former Christian turned atheist because he felt a loving God could not condemn his family to a life in hell so he’d rather not believe int his God. Honestly I see his point, but then again, would anyone if they were God not be jealous if man chose to hang around with evil? I am not sure I believe in the fall of man in the literal sense (I don’t take the Bible particularly literally), but I do believe that no matter how great we are, we can never be perfect.
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      Sarah Ann August 20, 2014 (7:50 am)

      Astrid,

      Thank you so much for sharing! There are many who are spiritually confused and have a hard time wrapping their head around the justice of a loving God. I’ll be praying for you on your journey of growth in your relationship with the Lord. Stand firm in your faith and know that you believe in the Truth!

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    Valerie Sisco August 20, 2014 (12:00 pm)

    Sarah Ann,
    Thank you for reminding us of God’s love for us! It’s life-changing and powerful and you are sharing it with us through your words! Always encouraged by you!
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    Sarah Donegan August 20, 2014 (1:12 pm)

    You have so beautifully said what millions of people need to hear. I pray that the right people find this!

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    Candy August 20, 2014 (10:02 pm)

    Thank you for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation today…Definitely a message that needs to be heard!
    ~Candy
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    Stasia August 21, 2014 (7:21 am)

    What a testimony! Thank you for sharing!
    PS… I LOVE the beach too 🙂
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    Michelle August 23, 2014 (1:06 pm)

    I am so glad I found you.
    This information is pertinent to me.
    I have subscribed to your e-mails.
    Thank you!!
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      Sarah Ann August 23, 2014 (1:21 pm)

      Michelle,

      May God bless you on your journey! You are taking a step in the right direction by your desire to know God and exploring who He is. I would love to help you in any way and feel free to send me a message through e-mail or the contact form. I am here for you and will be praying!

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    Serena @ Simple Holistic Girl August 23, 2014 (7:20 pm)

    This post is very encouraging. Thank you for sharing. May more of the right people come along and read it to encourage them even more.
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      Sarah Ann August 23, 2014 (8:07 pm)

      Serena,

      Thank you so much for your kindness! I, too, am praying that those who need to see these words will be led here. 🙂 Blessings!

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