Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to know God

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find,
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks;
the door will be opened."
-Jesus, Matthew 7:7-8


Knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through.
When you accept Christ into your heart and begin to follow him.
He shows you a spiritual path. And our lives are like spiritual marathons.
Its important to realize its not about living by rules and doing good things to earn God's approval.
Its about being honest with yourself and realizing you can't do it on your own. Realizing this and asking for forgiveness and accepting God's undeserved kindness towards you.
He then enters your heart and then it becomes about walking a spiritual path with the Holy Spirit/Jesus/God in our hearts. And becoming aware of when we wander away and get lost from this spiritual marathon.
So don't give up and quit the race early, finish the marathon, fight the good fight. Walk and grow spiritually with him in your heart. Sacrifice yourself daily to him. Run in his name.
You will be tested, you will fall down, you will sprain muscles and hurt your ankles, run out of breath and will to go on. You will suffer in this life. But God sometimes allows this because he wants to strengthen your soul, your character, to draw you closer to him. Don't make the mistake of thinking he's doing things to you because he doesn't like you and you are being punished and thus run away from God.
Make God the #1 most important priority in your life, He is more important than your spouse, your kids, money, fame, happiness, more than everything. So whatever you do in this life whatever your dreams are do it to glorify him. All for him. Put him at the center of your life and keep him there.
Consult him constantly with decisions and choices you have to make.
He calls us to consistently pray and ask for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding. You can say a prayer in your head and no one will even know you are praying. Don't be public about it.
Pray to him for help, whatever help you need for yourself to begin and continue on this path of glorifying God in everything you say and do in this life.

  • If you are a liar, pray/ask for God to make you honest.
  • If you think you're in control everything you have is a result of your efforts and intelligence, pray/ask for God to make you humble before him.
  • If you are selfish, pray/ask for God to make you selfless.

How can you even get to this point if you are feeling guilty about something!? Its most likely because you haven't accepted Jesus into your heart.
You have to be brutally honest with yourself and repent. Accept Jesus as your savoir and ask for his forgiveness and grace. Its as simple as this prayer, but you have to REALLY mean it:

Dear Heavenly Father, You are love. I know that we are all sinners and we all fall short. I know that I am a sinner. (Say your sin(s) here ***) I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin which is death. However, I am trusting in Jesus as my Savior. I believe that His sacrifice provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me. Amen!

***like "I have not worshiped you, but money. or I have worshiped my wife and not you, or I have treated your name disrespectfully, or I do not celebrate and rest in your glory every Sunday, or I have hated my parents, or I have had an angry thoughts about my friend, or I have looked at other women besides my wife and have had sex with them in my mind, or I have stolen music, or I have lied to my spouse, I want the money my friend has"

Grace = Undeserved kindness

Don't give up your efforts to seek God. Its like training for a marathon. You don't just go run a marathon. You will fail because your effort and training was half-hearted. Likewise if you don't practice soul training you will give up and conclude that God cannot be found. He can be found. He wants you to find him. He's waiting for you. He's calling you to come home to him. God is a loving father. As you learn to know God better, you learn to ask what is good for you and he grants it. Pray and ask for the righteous and holy things and they will be given to you. Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded. With what? ETERNAL LIFE.

God is not selfish, begrudging, or stingy and we don't have to beg or grovel as we come to him with our requests. He understands, cares, and comforts us.

If we can be kind, imagine how kind God, the creator of kindness, can be!


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