Knowing God

Sometimes we can be pretty proud of ourselves when we reach a goal, get a promotion, or get special recognition.

We worked hard.

We persevered.

And we like to make sure people know about it.  We might  get a little boastful.

In Jeremiah 9, God tells that the one thing we should boast about is our knowledge of God.  July 29 2016 knowing God

I find this interesting because, the more I know about God, the more I realize how much more there is to know about him.  My 3.5 pound brain just can’t handle the reality of an eternal, omniscient, omnipotent Creator of the Universe.

Don’t ask me to explain the Trinity – my definition will fall very short of how it actually works.  Don’t ask me how Jesus could be fully God and fully human while he was here on earth – I will have to say that I don’t know.  Don’t ask me about the end times.  I’m hoping either I’m in heaven by then or that there is such a thing as the Rapture and it happens before any tribulation.

But I can boast about how awesome God is.  How faithful he is to me.  How gracious and loving.

God goes on to say in Jeremiah that he is the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness here on earth.

“For in these I delight.” (vs 24)

How does God exercise kindness, justice and righteousness here?

Through us…his children.

We are his hands and feet.

Our reason for living is fulfilling God’s purpose for us here on earth.

His will be done.

And he accomplishes his will through us…

  • when we’re tuned in and listening.
  • when we obey.

When we tell other people about God’s love and grace, we are boasting about the right things.  We are helping to push back the darkness when we spread the light of Jesus.

So let’s get serious about our assignment!

It’s why we’re still here.

We love you, Abba Father.

HIS Story

It’s significant, as we read the Chronological Bible, that we don’t reach the New Testament until the middle of October.

Three-quarters of our year is spent reading, studying, and meditating on the Old Testament.Oct 17 2015 HIS Story

This is HIS Story.  And the Old Testament is a very big part of HIS Story.

God wants us know him.  He is the same as he was 2000+ years ago.  He will always be the same.

His love.

His provision.

His grace – even before he sent his son, Jesus.

His direction and guidance.

His righteousness.

His promises.

We know our Father God more intimately when we know and understand the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is vital to our ‘knowing’ God – that’s why we just spent 9 months reading and meditating on it.

9 months!  How appropriate!

With a smile on our faces, we now turn the page to the New Testament.

The most important event in human history is about to take place.

“For God so loved the world…”

Thank you, Abba Father!

Knowing…but not Believing

Satan and his team always knew exactly who Jesus was when they saw him.  They recognized Jesus right away and call him the Holy One of God when other people around Jesus were still asking him if he was Elijah or a great prophet.  The people in Nazareth tried to kill Jesus because he told them he was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesies about a Messiah.October 24 2014 knowing but not believing

But Satan and his spirits never had any doubts about who Jesus was.

They knew… but they never believed in him.

We can do this, too.  We can know all about God in our heads but never accept his free gift of grace in our hearts.

My experience is that most non-believers I’ve talked with believe there is a God.  And they don’t have a problem with God…..until something bad happens and he becomes an easy target for their hurt and ager.

Just knowing God doesn’t make anyone a believer.  Just like saying a prayer doesn’t make us a believer, either.  There needs to be a change in our minds – a change in our hearts.  It may not be visible on the outside but God can see the condition of our heart.  He knows.

And just believing doesn’t make us a follower.  Following is an action.  To be a follower, our actions and behaviors and priorities need to be changing.  Yes, going to church and tithing are on the list….but not at the top.

Loving God with all of our hearts, minds and souls stands alone as our top priority.  With loving others is a close second.

Loving God and loving others.  These are the indicators of a true, growing follower of Christ.

So…….how are we doing?