Knowing God


1 Corinthians 2:12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

Do you ever think to yourself, I want to know God more? Do you desire to walk in His power?


Filling a hunger for the truth of God is not found in the world. The world claims they can say a mantra, pray a repeating prayer someone else wrote, climb a mountain or even claim they can see God in the world. These practices might seem deep and poetic because there is evidence of God everywhere, but the true way to knowledge of God is not about a pilgrimage or magical incantation, the only way to God is actually through God Himself. I know this might seem too simple because God doesn’t make it complicated in how to approach Him, but He does make it very specific.


Do you want to grow deeper in your life?


Approaching God is made possible through the grace that Jesus bought for us. The Spirit of God is imparted to us upon confession of Jesus as Lord and belief that He died for your sins and conquered death, His Spirit then leads us into the many aspects of growth, including knowledge.

1 Corinthians 2:10But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

If you want meaning in your life, you must go to the source of all life.

Plugging In

The first national power grid was established in 1926. The ability to bring electrical power into homes across the world wasn’t available that many years ago. If we want to run something in our homes, we have to have a power source, either a plug-in or battery that stores that power.

Just like devices that require power, the power source for God’s people is found in Christ alone.

There are many replicas and attempts by people to look for alternative sources of power but they have all failed miserably. What has been true from the beginning of time is still true today—only God supplies the power for us to truly live.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Do you see in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy what the absence of God implies?

Fear!

When we walk in God’s power, walk in His love, and practice self-control, God drives out all fear.

Why do people fear?

Often times the uncertainty of life creates fear, other times situations may seem out of control and anxiety increases in the heart.

Walking in God’s power is to walk in the confidence that God supplies.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

A godly point of view is necessary to understand what direction is best. To gain a godly point of view requires the work of the Spirit in your life. Walking in the Spirit is possible for those who love God and keep His commandments. The commandments of the Lord remind us that we are helpless on our own. We are weak. We have no knowledge apart from Him. We have no power without Him.

Knowing where that power comes from and tapping into His power requires wilful obedience and that comes by way of a knowledge of the Word.

What happens when you walk in God’s power?

Everything changes.

Walking in Power

2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,”

Our perspective changes when the Lord is at the forefront of our lives. When we go to our jobs thinking we desire to be a light, it changes the way we respond to people.

When our lives are free from the entanglement of sin, we find we have the freedom to exercise our faith in joy.

When we strive to live godly lives we find ourselves understanding the will of God and it becomes easier to hear His voice.

When our lives become a living testament to the life of Christ in us, Jesus is glorified. There is nothing more fulfilling that sensing the pleasure of God over your life.

Knowing His will and doing it. This is what differentiates a man or woman of God who walks in the power of God each day.

Our Identity

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

Can you hear what God values in His kingdom?

  • Understanding the ways of God
  • Knowing God
  • Trusting in God

The Lord gives us an example of how He wants us to walk by demonstrating these attributes Himself. Then God shows us how these attributes are those He delights in.

  • Steadfast Love
  • Justice
  • Righteousness

Knowing God is to know what is important to Him. The man who lives for himself trusts in his own wisdom, he trusts in his own might, he trusts in his riches thinking these are all he will ever need.

The man who is humble doesn’t regard his own interests any more, his interests are formed from God’s interests.

John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Knowing God is to know the One who has all the answers to life’s questions. Loving God is life itself. Eternal life.

Eternal life begins with knowing Jesus, loving Him will all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and this is made real by walking it out.

If your a believer in Christ but find yourself frustrated, reexamine the priorities in your life, seek the Word of God and allow His pattern of godliness to be your motivation. Pray about each area of weakness and allow the strength of God to supplant that weakness. It will take some stretching, it might even be a little scary as you give Him control, but you’ll find it all worthwhile in the end.

One day when you look back on a life in pursuit of God, you’ll realize how far you’ve come and how by following Him you’ve also come to know Him.

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