This is a Christian blog dealing with various issues. “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” -Charles Spurgeon. Scripture is my authority for all things regarding to life and godliness. 2 Cor. 10: 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Do You Know God?
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in
view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Eph. 6:18).
Man's highest purpose is to know God. Jesus prayed to the Father, saying,
"This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus
Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Of us He said, "I am the good shepherd;
and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14). John added that "we know
that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we
might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus
Christ" (1 John 5:20). Every Christian knows God through salvation, but beyond that lies an intimate
knowledge of God. That should be the quest of every believer. Moses prayed, "Let
me know Thy ways, that I may know Thee, so that I may find favor in Thy sight"
(Ex. 33:13). David entreated his son Solomon to "know the God of [his] father,
and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind" (1 Chron. 28:9). Even the
apostle Paul, who perhaps knew Christ more intimately than any human being thus
far, never lost his passion for an even deeper knowledge (Phil. 3:10).
Such passion is the driving force behind powerful prayer. Those who know God
best pray most often and most fervently. Their love for Him compels them to know
and serve Him better. How about you? Is your knowledge of God intimate? Does the character of your
prayers reveal that you're in the process of knowing God? ~John MacArthur, Drawing Near Devotional, for Sept. 28, 2013