Not What But Who

DSCF4346Why did God create mosquitoes? Don’t ask children what they want to know about God unless you’re ready to say, “I don’t know.” Paul prays for the church at Colossae to be, “increasing in the knowledge of God,” as they live their lives by His Spirit. The increase of the knowledge of God in our lives is the fertilizer that produces an abundance of spiritual fruit pleasing to the Father.

This knowledge is not a list of trivia facts about God but an intimate relationship built around receiving the truth of who He is. Would you like to know God more, truly experience Him in your everyday life? He tells us how.

“…increasing in the knowledge of God…” “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…” “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”(Phil. 3:7; Matt. 6:19-21, 34).

God is there for the knowing. We begin by looking to him as our greatest treasure and asking. Then we put all else behind us and go forward.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, ” “…in time past ye walked according to the course of this world…in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature children of wrath, even as others.”

“… and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…hath quickened us together with Christ…And hath raised us up together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”(Phil. 3:13a; Eph. 2:2,3; Phil.3:13b,14; Eph. 2:4-7).

This knowledge of God does not happen by osmosis, but by the asking, the seeking and the knocking. Seek Him in His word.

Read it.“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, an all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” Study it.“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Meditate on it. “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them: that thy profiting may appear to all.” “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.”  ( 1Peter 2:1,2; 2Tim. 2:15; 1Tim. 4:15; Ps. 119:148).

Knock on His door. He will invite you in.

“And now, little children, abide in him…” “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (I John 2:28a; Rev. 22:17; Ps.34:8).”That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1John 1:3).

If you truly want to know Him, you can. He stands at the door waiting to come in. Won’t you open it? “…if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev. 3:20.

Praying for the body of Christ, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. From whom the whole body fitly jointed together…maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”(From Eph. 4:13-16). Amen.

 

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