8.27.15 Getting to know God better
We must start with faith. The first step in knowing God better is to know Jesus Christ, who was sent from God (John 6:38). Once we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can truly begin to learn about God, His character, and His will. “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). By contrast, “the person without the Spirit . . . cannot understand [the things of God] because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (verse 14). There is a difference between the “natural” man and the “spiritual” man.
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.” It cannot be emphasized enough how the study of God’s Word, the Bible, is paramount to knowing God better. We must, “like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it [we] may grow up in [our] salvation, now that [we] have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3). God’s Word should be our “delight” (Psalm 119:16, 24).
Prayer is also an important part of knowing God better. As we pray, we praise God for His character and for what He has done. We spend time with Him, relying on His power and allowing the Spirit to intercede for us “through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).
Also consider that one can get to know God better by fellowshipping with other believers. The Christian life was not meant to be lived alone. We learn more about God through the preaching of God’s Word and the godly counsel of those who walk with Him. Make the most of your church experience, get involved, do small-group Bible study, go witnessing with fellow believers. Just like a log ablaze on the hearth soon goes out when it is removed and placed aside, so we will lose our fervor for God if we do not fellowship with other believers. But put the log back into the fire with the other logs, and it will burn brightly again.
“For my determined purpose is that I may ... progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly.” (Philippians 3:10).
You were made to live in relationship with God, and if you think you can be joyful without getting to know him better, you’re just fooling yourself. Happiness is found in getting to know God a little bit better every day.
Does your time with the Lord revitalize you, or does it feel more like a ritualistic experience? Discover six ways you can deepen your relationship with the Father and remain devoted to Him.
By Charles F. Stanley
^Come to God honestly confessing your sins before Him and asking Him to forgive you.
^Understand you rely on God, your only hope is to rely on God to get you through you trials.
^Become interested in things that interest God. Have you ever had a friend who may like fishing but you don't really like fishing but you want to get to know them better, well go fishing with them to show you are really interested.
^Know His word, study the Bible and meditate on His Word. If your going through something, open the Bible and you can find encouragement.
^Observe His characteristics and ways, read the promises God has given you in His Word and meditate on what God has done for you.
^Accept His invitation and follow His commands, God wants you to walk with Him, He wants you to submit yourself to Him fully.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” As your knowledge of Him deepens, your ability to trust and obey Him will increase. You will find your life’s fulfillment when you come to know and exalt the Lord of all creation.
Exodus 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me." There is a reason we use a small "g" when we talk about other gods. There is God and there is everyone and everything else. The first thing God wanted his people to know was that nothing should be more important than knowing him. Is knowing God a high enough priority in your life? How good is your relationship with your husband going to be if you want to know his buddy better than you want to know him? How will your kids feel if you want to spend time with their friends more than with them? God's first priority is that you know him. A close relationship with God begins there.
Exodus 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol..." Study the phrase "make for yourself." That is a good way to define what an idol really is. God dug the Grand Canyon using no machinery or explosives. What can you dig with your own hands? A close relationship with God means realizing how much better it is to have what he provides than what we can dig up on our own. We keep trying to climb the ladder of success and God keeps trying to tell us that there is nothing up there worth having. A close relationship with God means understanding that he wants to give you the best things, but he can't if you keep trying to run after the lesser things. How much dirt is under your fingernails? Which hole do you need to stop digging and crawl out of today?
Exodus 20:7 "Do not misuse the name of the Lord..." The "name of the Lord" means his character, the essence of who He is. And God is perfect. Misusing his name isn't just what you might say in a fit of anger. It is misrepresenting who He is to the rest of the world. We misuse the Lord's name every time we act like He isn't enough; Every time we doubt He isn't real; Every time we let our weakness overshadow his greatness; Every time we claim the glory that belongs to him. If you want to improve your relationship with God, stop misrepresenting him to other people.
So I don't know about you but I sure what to get to know God more and more everyday. God gave His Son to die for us so why can't we live for Him. That's all He wants, He wants us to get to know Him more.
God I come to you asking you to empty me of all the negative and fill me with your mercy and grace. God please forgive me where I fail you because I am human and I do make mistakes but with those mistakes I become stronger with your help. God I pray for the lady that got upset @ the food place in the Courthouse today as all she could do we cuss the people working there out because nothing seemed to be good enough for her. Lord I come to you thinking you for sending a job to Ernest today and God let Him go into this job with his head held hi and show them that he can do what it is you've sent him there to do. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.