Friday, March 30, 2018

Do You Really Know God?

Because straight is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)

We put so much emphasis on those things that are determined to be sin, and rightly so. However, the absence of those visible sins in our life does not guarantee our entrance into heaven. We have to know God in a real and personal way. We have to have an intimate relationship with Him in order for Him to reveal Himself to us in our lives and through His word. We have to have a relationship with God that is so intimate that we love everything that He loves and by the same token, we hate everything that He hates. We have to accept His will for our lives and we can't do that without knowing Him in His fullness and being totally submitted and committed to His will.

Apostle Paul had the foresight to pray a very necessary prayer for the body of Christ in Colosse, He was not praying for better homes, modes of transportation, finances and other material or worldly things. No, he prayed that they may know God in His fullness so that they may be pleasing to God, produce spiritual fruit and be strengthened.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Colossians 1:9-12

*  God's will is important because . . .  

          ®  Knowing God's will is the key to prayer, spiritual growth and fruitfulness in our individual lives - 

God's will is not only the key to prayer, it is the key to everything in our lives and on this earth!

Christ taught us that knowing God's will and living in obedience to that will is the key to it all! God is the potter; we are the clay. God keeps us spinning on His potter's wheel, shaping and reshaping us as He bathes our lives in tears to make us more Christ-like so He can use us for His will. Surrender daily. Keep your clay moist through daily prayer - prayer that's in accordance to His will.

*  Knowing God's will

          ®  Determines your eternal destiny - 

Oour eternal destiny depends on doing God’s will. We must respond positively to God's plan of redemption for our life. . .

Because straight is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. (I John 2:17)

          ®  It is the basis of our relationship with God -   

Our relationship to Jesus is based on doing God's will:  

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. (Mark 3:35 See also Matthew 12:50)

          ®  It provides direction -

God's will is important because we are incapable of directing our own way:   

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23)

We lack the ability to guide  our own steps. Without God's guidance we go our own way and stray from the plan of God:  

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way. (Isaiah 53:6)

          ®  It provides knowledge of the future - 

God is the only one with knowledge of the future. He knows the snares of Satan that await us. He knows the future of the economic and political systems. He knows what events await us in the future:   

I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done. (Isaiah 46:9-10)

Man is able to function in the present and recall the past. He can also plan for the future. But God is the only one with actual knowledge of the future.

Some people think Satan has foreknowledge of the future. He does not. If he did, he never would have motivated the crucifixion of Jesus. He would have been able to look into the future and see that by this very act, redemption from sin would become a reality. Satan only knows what God chooses to reveal about the future. For example, Satan knows that his eternal destiny is Hell because God revealed it.

God has revealed His eternal plan for us also, do you believe it?

(Biblical Studies)


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