Monday, March 9, 2020

Knowing God

Monday, March 9,2020 Some material taken from Knowing The Great I Am by Van Houser
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Do we the Church, and as individual Christians know who God is? The slow and self-destructive path that we as a nation of "so called Christians" are on may be directly related to the fact we have forgotten who God is, and are not allowing Him to influence our lives, individually and collectively. 
Knowing God - God's Word is clear when it comes to knowing God. Knowledge of God is based on what God has said and shown about Himself – not what man has accepted. When we seek knowledge of God in the proper way, a relationship with the person of God will be a natural result.
So the question at hand is, GOD: WHO IS HE? Most people today, whether religious or non-religious would acknowledge the existence of God. But the concept of who God is differs widely among people. 
God’s identity is found in His experience with those who have gone before us.  How does this knowledge of God come to people?  
For many it is the basis of experience.  Comfort, forgiveness, and mercy in experience.  People love to talk about of what God has done for sickness, sin, and uncertainty. But there is only one place we can go to find a true concept of who God is, and that is the Bible, where God reveals Himself to man.  We find in Exodus 3:13-14, that Moses asks the basic question we are asking, Who is God?
God Is One Who Comes Near & Invites Us to Know Him  The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush…Exodus 3:1-6  
Moses was tending sheep in the desert and was approached by God who identified Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses knew the history of God appearing and intervening on the behalf of His people.  It had been through God appearing to Abraham that a nation was born. Though each generation must discover God for themselves, He does not have to reveal Himself the same way repeatedly.  Many have had “burning bush” experiences without a flame but God still comes near.  After Moses, God kept coming nearer until ultimately, He came near through the incarnation of His Son Jesus Christ through whom we are invited to come near to Him. God is not some imaginary being who floats around up in the recess of outer space, He makes Himself known to His people, asking them to come near to Him
Where is God meeting you?  Look for Him in your everyday places and listen for Him calling out to you.  And go to His living word to find Him also. The very words the Bible contains are spoken by God for our comprehending the truth about Him and to lead us in righteousness. God has spoken and continues to speak to us through His living word.

But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

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