KNOWING GOD AND BEING KNOWN BY GOD

— BY REV. MIKE OLA

The greatest achievement in life is to know God. When you come to terms with this fact; life’s problems fall into place but Knowing God is a complex thing but also The good news is that- God is inviting us to come close and because knowing God is a complex thing Throughout life; we shall still be students in the school of knowing God

                Things involved in knowing God:

(1) Listening to God’s word and receiving it as the Holy Spirit interprets it in application to one’s self

  • The first step to knowing God is to listen attentively
  • Many look like they know God on the outside but in the rare sense, they are far from this
  • A word might be all you need for God to turn your life around

(2) Noting God’s nature and character as His word and works reveal it

(3) Accepting His invitations and doing what He commands

  • The more you obey Him, the more you are knowing Him and He, revealing Himself to you

(4) Recognizing and rejoicing in the love He has shown to us- approaching us and drawing us to His divine                  fellowship

  • As you accept God’s invitation, He draws you closer

Pictures of our Relationship with

God:

(1) In the manner of a son knowing His father

(2) A wife knowing her husband

(3) A king and His subjects

(4) A sheep knowing his shepherd

  • All these point to the knower, looking up to know the latter and the latter, takes responsibility for the welfare of the former

Pictures of our Relationship with

God:

(1) In the manner of a son knowing His father

(2) A wife knowing her husband

(3) A king and His subjects

(4) A sheep knowing his shepherd

  • All these point to the knower, looking up to know the latter and the latter, takes responsibility for the welfare of the former

We further know God thus:

  • Knowing Jesus who Himself is God in the flesh (John 9)
  • You can’t understand God without knowing Jesus
  • The same process it took the disciples to know Jesus; the same applies to us
  • To know Him therefore, you have to spend time with Him
  • Whatever prevents you from praying, studying the word and being in fellowship is your enemy
  • You have to use every means possible to know God
  • There is no short-cut in knowing God
  • Knowing Jesus still remains as definite as it was

Knowing God involves:

(1) It is a matter of personal dealing

  • Knowing God is more than knowing about God but you, opening yourself up to Him as He reveals Himself to you
  • In God dealing with us, He withholds some blessing from us to test our loyalty
  • There is no greater pursuit in life than chasing after God

(2) It is a matter of personal involvement in mind, will and feelings

  • A true friend knows your company, interest and identifies himself with your concern
  • Knowing God is not all about You but all about God – loving His interest

Ps. 34:8 (On taste and see that the Lord…)

  • You can’t have a taste without having a bite and you have a bite to know the flavour of a thing
  • You can’t know God without having a ’bite’ of Him
  • God does not exist for our comfort, happiness, satisfaction etc.

(3) It is a matter of grace

  • It is a relationship where the initiative throughout, is with God and it must remain so
  • We do not make friend with God, God makes friends to us
  • He brings us to know Him as He shows us His love
  • There are too many thing so precious that we take for granted  
  • Gal. 4:9
  • When you use the word know God – we are taking about God’s sovereign grace
  • Ex. 13:17, Jer. 1:5,
  • Jn. 10:14,27
  • What matters is not that you know God but that God knows you
  • As you go closer to God, you appreciate His love more
  • God knows you as a friend and loves you
  • No moment His Hand is off you and His attention not on you
  • His love for you does not falter
  • Nothing you do, takes Him unawares

In conclusion:

  • You are suffering not because God does not love you but because you stopped loving God

The People That Know God.

How do you feel when things go wrong? When your mates seem to be progressing while you remain at the same points? Do you become bitter/gloom or irritated? Don’t feel like coming to church anymore? Well it might interest you to know that YOUR REACTION SHOWS IF YOU KNOW GOD OR NOT! Let’s start like this: You can look very spiritual and knowledgeable without knowing God but Knowing God is a thing of the heart and It affects your day to day choices (It separates the boys from the men).

Can you say truly that you know God? Are you still greedy and sorrowful? And do you know God or you merely know about God? Because when a man knows God, losses and crosses don’t matter anymore let’s take for example Job’s response after all the trials ‘‘I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES’’ (Dan 11:32). Have you ever had a Great energy and zeal for God? Felt compelled to stand out

against the popular positions in out times which are contrary to Gods’ word? Sensitive to the name and honour of God? Not ashamed or associate with God only in secret but Step out to bring to public notice, every scheme or action that dishonours God? Know this, the Zeal for God does not end in public affairs only. It starts with prayer life. Notice the martyrs of old, It is after separating themselves before God that they go public and also Understand that they are enforcers of the law and Kingdom of God(Dan1:8-11,Dan 6:10, Dan 9) Continue reading

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