Chatroom – Our Authoritative Creator

Week 1 – Our Authoritative Creator 

The thrust of this week’s lesson is that God has the right to authority over us. What arguments/reasoning is the most compelling for you in support of God’s authority?

Also, how can we practically apply the authority of God in our lives?

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  1. I think for me, the biggest argument for God having authority over us is that He not only made us (reason enough), but He also bought us. He didn’t even have to because we were already His. I may be the only one, but that was something I didn’t think about much That we’re literally His. so once I did it became a really big motivation for me personally to be a more obedient follower

    1. This is an excellent point! He bought us twice, when he didn’t have to. We will talk more about this later in the study., but John 1:1-18 discusses this, specifically when it says: “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him.” We still reject Him, even though He already owns us.

  2. I think Paul said it best in Acts 17… God, who made the world and everything into… He gives to all life, breath, and all things… in Him we live and move and have our being…

  3. Well I can’t see what I am typing but I am going to try this anyway.
    Since God is our Creator, that would mean to me that His authority is understood…much to the parent/child relationship. Our parents have authority over us.

    1. Great point! It is simply understood…children cannot function without their parents. We cannot function independently of God . What are some ways in which God provides for us, even when we don’t realize that He is? Consider Matthew 5:45.

      1. Even as infants we don’t know what we need but our parents know exactly what to provide. Considering Matthew 5:45 God does this for all mankind

        1. Isn’t that a good point? Babies don’t know how much they need their parents. As they grow though, they realize how much they need their parents. As we mature as Christians, shouldn’t we realize our dependency on God more and more?

          1. Absolutely! I realized that I need to lean on Him more and rely on Him to help me make big decisions. He provides his protection and care for me .

  4. Ways we can apply the authority of God in our lives:
    1)Submiting to Him, and following the Bible
    2)Being humbled in His presence

    1. Great! The Bible is God’s revealed word. It gives us everything we need to submit to Him, and be humbled in His presence. 2 Timothy 3:16. Can anyone think of any other verses that teach this?

      1. How about Luke 4:4 where Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from hte mouth of God?

      2. One Bible verses about submitting to God is:
        James 4:7- “-Sumbmit yourselves therefore to God, resist the Devil and He will flee from you.”

        Verse about needing the Bible to live by:
        Luke 4:4 “And Jesus answers Him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by break alone, but by every word from the mouth of God”

    2. Ya’ll are coming up with some great verses! I didn’t think about Psalm 119:160. If we want to live lives that “make sense” we have to live by the truth. Who is called the father of lies in the scripture? Can we live functioning lives if we follow the father of lies?

    1. How could we ever submit without the revealed word of God? Great point. 2 Timothy 3:16 teaches this! Can anyone think of any other verses to go along with it?

    1. Definitely! It does have meaning. What are some things He tells us to do that are more difficult for us to submit to? Does anyone have any ideas on how to work through the more difficult commands?

      1. It can be hard to devote your whole heart, soul, and, mind to God’s will and we need to have a lot of self-dicipline to work through that. Specifically, putting God first.

        1. God wants us to bring our whole bodies into subjection so that we can be wholly devoted to Him. It does take self-discipline. Consider Hebrews 12:1-4…what is the key to running with endurance (having self-discipline?)

        1. This one is so contrary to what we WANT to do. It takes real submission…realizing that God knows best in those difficult situatiosn Why do you think God wants us to love our enemies?

          1. Because that will help us to love everyone, just as He loves everyone, if we can love those who don’t love us

          2. I think part of it is because He wants all to be saved. and if we hate our enemies then we obviously won’t try to reach them, but if we love them, as we are commanded to do, then we will want to teach them so that they can have what we, as Christians have.

          3. When the woman was caught in adultry Jesus asked everyone present without sin to cast the first stone. We are all sinners. Romans 3:23. We all need forgiveness and mercy

        2. II agree Alyssa. That’s a very hard one. Thankfully we have a perfect example of how to do that from Jesus! His enemies did terrible things to Him, and He never sinned.

        3. As far as submitting when it is difficult, it helps to remember that we are as babies to God and just like babies don’t understand the restrictions placed on them by their parents we don’t always understand but we can trust that it is for our good

        4. I think you’re all hitting it just right! God wants us to reflect His love to our enemies…because we all need grace. Romans 12:20 talks about “heaping burning coals” on our enemies heads. We want them to feel what they’ve done wrong, not because we want to retaliate, but because we want them to feel the love of God. What is a good verse to support this?

          1. 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” I know this is referring to a member of the church, but it still shows that the point is to bring others to Christ

  5. Genesis 1 explains Gods authority as Creator to us plainly
    *God created everything that exists
    *God is both Creator and ruler over creation
    *HE has authority to use it however He sees fit
    * Everthing He has made is good
    * We would not be here if God had chose not to make us

    WE can read the Bible and show God the respect He deserves by submitting to him as our authoritative Creator

    1. GREAT breakdown Isabella! How can we challenge God, when we realize that we wouldn’t be here without him? We would not have the ability to challenge Him, if He hadn’t given it to us.

      “When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.” -C.S. Lewis

      1. Dear Mrs Colley,
        Thank you so much for this study I am really enjoying it! thank you also for the nice reply on my comment!
        With the Love of the Lord
        Isabella

    1. That is such a great point Abigail, but what are some practical ways in which we need to submit to God on a daily basis? For example, submission to parents? What about giving as we have been prospered? We must be faithful in the little things to be able to be faithful in much! Do you have some more practical ideas?

  6. yikes. Typing in white is scary. But I think that when we do the hard stuff that’s right…that’s when we submit. When we do what makes sense for us–what we want to do–that’s just doing our own thing, not submission. When we do what we really don’t want to do just because he asks us to do it, that is obeying His authority.

    1. Excellent point. Good habits are good, but when we only do what is easy for us, and avoid the difficult things, we cannot submit to God. We have to step outside of our comfort zones to obey His authority

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    1. Dear Abigail,
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    1. That is the goal, I know that writing it helped me grow closer to Him! Thank you for your great participation and encouragement!

  7. Thank you for all of your input tonight! You all did a great job, and worked through the crazy text issue. Hopefully next week you’ll be able to read what you’re writing. 🙂 Love you all, keep up your hard work! Send me a message if you have any ideas on how to improve it.

    Feel free to make more comments in the designated area, or ask questions, and I will get to them as the week continues.

    1. Feel free to keep going, I will approve comments as time allows! There’s a closing post on the main chatroom page, if you leave posts there I’ll be sure to see them. They may get lost on this post <3 You all did a great job!

  8. Hi Rebekah, I had trouble completing Q3 for chapter 1 that asks us to make a chart comparing God’s attributes with ours from Isaiah 40.
    I am hosting a young ladies bible study group using your book as a supplement to studying God’s word. This month we got together for a kick off and went over book foreward/intro. Next month we are meeting to discuss chapter 1. I want to make sure I understand where you were going with your questions so that I do not misinterpret scripture. Thank you for putting this “meaty” study.

    1. Hi Athena! Here is a sample of what i had in mind from Isaiah 40:

      God understands everything about the earth, we must strive to discover our world (vs 12)
      God has never been taught, we have been taught everything we know (vs 13-14)

      Just find the things said of the Lord, and think about how we are the opposite! Does this help?

      1. Hi Rebekah! When I read Isaiah 40, I did not get that kind of info from the text. My chart answers were 40:22- God sits above the circle of earth, we are as grasshoppers; 40:26 God creates us, we lift up our eyes to see him; 40:29- God gives power to faith, we receive power when we’re faint. Thanks for sharing a sample of your chart. It has given me a different perspective and clarified the question.

        1. Great! I love what you have, those are great points. What I was hoping for (I probably did not make this clear), was for the readers to find the attributes of God discussed in Isaiah 40, and then think about what we are in comparison. Not every answer needs to be a direct quote from the text, but every answer should be sparked from the facts in the text. I hope this helps, I’m so glad to hear about your study. Love and prayers <3

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