“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Do you know God? Do you know Jesus? Really know?
Saturday was our 50th Wedding Anniversary. I did not know Keith in 1971 like I know him today. Fifty years of walking together up to the mountaintops and into the valleys, through the storms of life and the blessings of life. I know Keith intimately. We finish each other’s sentences. We live for each other. Yet, I know there are still things that I have to learn about him. I know without a doubt that my love for him at our 60th anniversary will be much stronger and deeper.
God wants you to go deeper with Him. He wants you to know Him intimately.
We can have head knowledge of who our Lord and Savior is, but when that knowledge sinks into our hearts, we begin to understand Him better. We know with our minds that He is righteous, that He is pure, holy, and perfect. But when we know with our hearts, see with our hearts and spirits that He is holy, like John, we fall down on our faces as if dead, and like Isaiah, we cry out that we are unclean.
Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts, Isaiah 6:5.
Isaiah’s encounter with God helped him to understand the holiness of God and the path that the Lord of Hosts had prepared for him to walk in. Isaiah’s walk was difficult, but God was with him in every step. Intimacy with God was the key.
Isaiah knew God’s Word, and he spoke God’s Word. He obeyed God and prophesied. He prayed, and miracles took place.
God is eternal, and He doesn’t change. He is the same today as when Isaiah lived.
Do you know our righteous, holy God who works miracles through His people?
Do you know the God who loves you so much that He gave His Son, Jesus, to the world. Jesus paid the price of our unrighteousness, our sin, our filth. That price was taking on our sins as He hung on the cross and died. It was Jesus experiencing the full wrath of God because of our sins. But Jesus was victorious. On the third day, He rose from the dead. He now sits at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf when Satan accuses us.
How to Know God
Knowing God brings everlasting life with Him.
You can have that life today. You can begin to know God today.
If you want to know God, pray this prayer: “Jesus, I want to know You. I have sinned. Today, I turn from those sins. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. In Your name, I pray. Amen”
If you prayed that prayer, please let me know if the comments below.
Find a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. Begin reading your Bible. You might want to start with the book of John in the New Testament. Talk to God before you read your Bible and ask Him to teach you what He wants you to learn. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Our Father in heaven, we want to know You intimately. Bless Your children with deep heart knowledge of You, Your goodness, mercy, grace, and love. Jesus, thank You for paying the price that we owed for our sins. I pray for those who do not know You. Touch their hearts and minds, so that they see the great love that You have for them, and bring them to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
May the Lord richly bless you in 2021.
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