Is Your View of God Stunting Your Growth? 2


A few days ago our daughter and I were driving to see my husband, Jaymi.  As we came over a hill, I noticed a cloud of fog settled in the valley.  I prepared to slow down in case it was difficult to see in front of me.  The second that we entered the cloud I had to brake because the fog was so thick I couldn’t see the tail lights of the car in front of me.  The fog kept me from moving forward as quickly as I had hoped.  It was so thick I couldn’t see where I was going.

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Have you ever experienced fog so thick it prevented you from getting where you were headed quickly?

Your View of God

Your view of God can have a similar effect on your life.  You can be going through life easily, and the next minute you encounter a circumstance that causes you to slow down.  Or maybe you just feel that you’re not growing as quickly as you had hoped.

Your view of God is your thoughts and beliefs about who God is.  Do you see God as a loving Father or do you see Him as a hands-off being?  Do you believe that God knows all things or do you believe that He just makes things up as He goes?  Do you understand that God is sovereign (meaning that he authority over all things) or do you think that he lets others dictate events?

Your view of God impacts your thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world.  God desires for us to believe that He is who He says He is. When we believe a lie about God, it causes us to make choices and respond to our circumstances in ways that reveal what our lack of belief and prevents us our growth.

“Your view of God is the most important view you have,
and to the extent your view of God is distorted…
to that extent your life is out of focus!”
– Gordon Borror

Let’s say that your church has challenged you to give a tithe of your income to the work of the church. This challenge is a Biblical command from God to give to His work. But, you look at your budget and there are more bills than there is money. You say to yourself, “I can’t afford to tithe.

You are believing a lie based upon a wrong belief in who God says He is.  By saying, “I can’t afford to tithe” you are saying you believe that God will not take care of you. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us that if God takes care of the birds and the flowers, He will also take care of His children who are more valuable than the birds and flowers. Then in Philippians 4:19 we read, “And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The correct view of God is that He created all things. He owns all things. He gives us what we need. So, if God has asked me to give a portion of what is already His back to Him, then I should trust that He will take care of me and give as He has asked.

5 Steps to Change Your View of God

Have you realized that maybe you have some wrong views of God? Your view of God stunts your growth when you allow a lie about God to reign in your mind.  Romans 12:2 says,

“Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

There are steps you can take to begin to change your view of God to align more with who God truly is.  Here are a few to get you started:

     1.  Ask God to reveal to you where your view is distorted. God wants you to believe truth about Him. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. (John 15:13)

     2.  Study the Bible specifically looking for who God says He is. The best place to begin to know God is the Bible. It is God’s words about who He is and what He has done in written language. As you read a passage, look for descriptions of God. For instance, Genesis 15:1 says, “I am your shield.” He will protect us. What do you find the Bible says about God?

     3.  Pray for God to change your belief about who He is to who God says He is. Once we recognize our faulty thoughts, God can help us change them. Spend time thinking about the truths about God that He has revealed to you. Decide to believe truths rather than lies.

     4.  Ask a friend to hold you accountable to making the change. You will need others to help you recognize when you are speaking lies rather than truths about God. Ask a godly friend to gently remind you when you seem to have a distorted view.

     5.  What do you say is the 5th step you can take?

Your view of God has a direct impact on how you interact with the world.  God wants you to have a life that is in focus, not in a fog.

What step would you add to the steps above?

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  • Kayla G

    I would add “evaluate the media you are consuming.” The books, magazines, and blogs we read… the music and talk shows we listen to… They impact our view of God. And if their view of God is not founded on who God says He is in Scripture, they can easily lead us into the fog.

    • That’s a great point, Kayla! There are many things that influence our view of God, and these things may distort the view God wants us to have! Thanks for the thought!