What comes to mind when you think about God? Have you ever thought do I know God? I mean really know God? This is really one of the most important questions we should ask ourselves, because with certainty our spiritual future is based off of this question.
As a matter of fact we can know exactly what the future of our nation will be based off this question, if we ask others who is God? And what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we are able to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.
Is your god a god of your own making?, who is to weak to solve your problems? who can’t supply your needs ? Is your god so small that he is not intertwined with your life on a daily basis? really, do you know my God?
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16″With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.” (Psalms 91)
The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Fire goes before Him and burns up His adversaries round about. His lightning’s lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled. The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory. Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods. Zion heard this and was glad, And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced Because of Your judgments, O LORD. For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 10 Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, And give thanks to His holy name (Psalms 97)
Across this nation the “faithful” (using the term loosely) are redefining God, so many cannot imagine a God of total power and authority, one who Judges His subjects with righteousness so complete, that mankind will be without excuse. People would rather embrace idealistic conceptions of a god to suit their own spiritual needs for the moment, until it is time to change him or her. Right now you might be saying yes, that is exactly what the culture is like. But we should cry out No, for that is what the church is like.
We want a god that is just like us, that thinks like us and is comfortable with our lifestyles, and our lukewarm faith, and our apathy. We have a half-hearted devotion to the true God, we want Him to be comfortable with our materialistic indulgences for whatever we want , because we sure are. And we mold a god to look a lot like us.
This is blasphemy and very dangerous. When we gather together every Sunday in churches for worship, we sing songs and we lift our hands to god, this god that we have created, the reality is most are not worshiping God. They are worshiping themselves.
We forget that God knows us intimately, our hearts, our desires, our worship if it is real or just a feeling, He knows every detail of our lives, but we know so little about God Why?
From the moment the Holy Spirit enters us, our new birth begins, we should start to desire to find out who God is. Our soul should jump with joy, for now our creator lives inside us.
A.W. Tozer said, “It is an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end.”
Our pursuit of God is limitless, because God is limitless, do you see that? Why would we try to limit God on being God, by what we know about Him? We know next to nothing about Him at all.
Look at David’s life, he was man after Gods’ own heart the scripture says his life was an open book filled with spiritual desire, and his psalms ring with the cry of the seeker. The Apostle Paul confessed a deep burning desire for Christ. Oh `That I may know Him,’ was the goal of his heart, to this he sacrificed everything. `
We need to start pursuing God, and not ourselves and our foolish ways, we believe that we are so wise, we boast in our accomplishments, but we have and are nothing compared to who God is, and how His kingdom works. Let’s face it we need to know who God is.
Jeremiah 9:23, Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
We have but one thing to boast about in this life and it is that we belong to God
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.” So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollo’s or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. (I Corinthians 3:16-23)
Now that is something to boast about, that we are temples of the Most High God, and that we belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. That is a guarantee written in blood, unbreakable.
So why are here? As Pastor David Platt says “To know the glory of God, To advance the kingdom of God, and to learn the word of God.
Our goal is not to redefine God. He is not open to redefinition Our goal is revelation. I pray we want to see how God has revealed himself to us in all of his beauty and all of his grandeur and all of his terror and all of his might. And that we want to see who the God of the bible is.
Every age has its own characteristics. we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. Instead we have programs, methods, organizations and activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, are our promotional methods and all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.
When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habits we have made to seek God-,effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. And in that lies our great woe. If we would submit to His ways and omit all our ways we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing.
We need not fear that in seeking God only we may narrow our lives or restrict the motions of our expanding hearts. The opposite is true. We can well afford to make God our All, to concentrate, to sacrifice the many for the One.
We can’t know God fully because of our sinfulness and His greatness Because of our sin , we are hindered from glimpsing the fullness of God. The resolution though we cannot understand God fully, we can understand God truly . So based on Scripture, even though we don’t have exhaustive knowledge of God, we have true knowledge of God. Though God is incomprehensible, He is knowable.
How do we Know God His word reveals to us this in 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)
As we enter 2012, my prayer is we dig deeper and we know God intimately, in ways we have never known before, that we share God with all those we come in context with, and that we truly do have the mind of Christ.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)