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Is God Really Like That? (3 of 6)
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Well, if you have your Bibles, please turn to Psalm chapter 16, Psalm chapter 16. We're in a series called "Heartbeat: Becoming a Person after God's Own Heart." And today, I want to speak to you on a message I have entitled, "Is God Really Like That?" Now, as we begin, I want to ask you a question. It, I believe, is a question that you've never really thought about, most of you in here. I hadn't really thought about it until recently. But it's a question that your answer, your honest answer to this question, it speaks volumes about how you relate to God. It speaks volumes about how closely you walk with God, or can walk with God. And the question is this: How does God feel most of the time? What's His emotional state most of the time? Let me think about some emotions. What do you think when you think of how God feels? Is God excited? Is He bored? Is He concerned? Is He detached? Is He angry? Is He happy? Is He depressed? Is He delighted? Is He displeased? Is He satisfied? How does God feel most of the time? Now let me ask you a, a more penetrating question: How does God feel most of the time about you? When He thinks of you, what kind of emotions are conjured up in God's heart? I'm convinced that lots of people, when they think about the emotions of God as it relates to God thinking about them, they would say, "Well, you know, God, to me, is a sad God. He's a sad God. He's grieved in His heart. He's grieved over my sins, and my failures, and my bad choices, and my selfishness. And He's grieved you know, over the world, because the world is going in the wrong direction. And just like it says in Genesis chapter 6 when God looked out on the world, and every intent of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually, that the Lord was sorry that He made man, and He was grieved in His heart. And they say, "That's the way God is. He's a sad God." Others say, "Well, I don't thin ...
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