Knowing God

Posted: February 2, 2009 in Christianity
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Do you know the true God or a god of your own making? If you know the true God, is it evident by the way you live your life. Pastor Jason began laying out the vision for our church on Sunday. He stressed the importance of knowing God, not just with your head but with your heart. It is the first step in any church’s discipleship process. I decided to look at many of the verses about knowing God. Let’s look at a few.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

23 This is what the LORD says:
The wise must not boast in his wisdom;
the mighty must not boast in his might;
the rich must not boast in his riches.

24 But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me  —
that I am the LORD, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
[This is] the LORD‘s declaration.

What are we as Christians boasting in? Are we boasting about knowing God, or are we boasting about all the great services our church offers? There are too many churches who are not boasting about God in the community or in the church. They feel the need to put on a show, as if God might need help drawing people to Himself. Quit boasting about how much money you have, or how many people you have. Then start boasting about God, so that others may come to know Him.

1 Corinthians 2:2 – For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

How many times do we forget this simple truth? We are so determined for others to know about feeding the poor and helping the sick, that we forget there is nothing more important to know the truth of Christ and Him crucified. This is a weekly message, but in some churches it is only preached at Easter. No one can truly know God without knowing about Jesus and His crucifixion.

2 Timothy 1:11-12  –  11 For this [gospel] I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher, 12 and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Too many today are ashamed of the Gospel. But this verse shows we should not be ashamed because we know in whom we have believed and what He is able to do. I can’t understand how anyone who knows God and knows what Jesus did on the cross could ever be ashamed to declare they know Him. It makes me angry when I see pastors ashamed to proclaim the truth. I know Him. Do you know Him? If so, it is time to stop being ashamed that you know Him. If you don’t know Him, nothing is more important to know. If you don’t know Him, you are enslaved by the sin in your life. The only way to be freed is by knowing Jesus and believing in Him. He died on a cross for our sins. He took the punishment we deserved. He was buried and three days later rose again. How could we ever be ashamed to know Him?

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  1. “You know you’ve created a God in Your image when he hates the same people you do”

    Jordan.
    http://www.theriverjordan.net

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