“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1: 15-23
One rainy, cloudy, dreary dark, depressing day a few weeks ago it occurred to me that even though that was the current situation, the sun was still shining. How did I know this? Not because I could see the sun per say, but because when I got up at around five in the morning it was dark out and an hour later it was light. The sun was not visible, but I could now see what I couldn’t an hour ago. I say all this to drive home a point; when you are going through your darkest hour, when you wonder where God is or even if He is really real, I’m here to say that the Son still shines!
This is where our faith is tested. This is where the “rubber meets the road.” I’m not talking about faith for something rather in someone, Jesus Christ, and His resurrection power, that same power is within us, His beloved. Do you “know” your position in Christ? Do you believe what the Bible ( a legal document to the believer who is in a covenant relationship with Jesus) says about you? Who’s your daddy? Do you have within you a resolve, that confident assurance of who you are in Christ and who He is in you? The Greek definition of know is to come to know, recognize, perceive
1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience. This is where many “Christians” fall away. They end up offended at God and blame Him instead of pressing into Him for healing comfort and peace. In these times is where growth occurs. We can’t see it or feel it; it just happens like the sun shining on a rainy day.
The Bible speaks of a day coming where many will fall away, “And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” Matthew 24:10-13. The Bible also says, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ Matthew 6:21-23.
There was no intimacy, void of relationship. There was knowledge but no “knowing.”
I think the greatest tragedy for a believer is to come to salvation but never grow in revelation knowledge, an experiential relationship with the Lord. Don’t wait for there to be a crisis or need. Get to know Him, how He thinks, what He likes and dislikes, in fact, there are things He hates! Do you know what they are? Learn about His attributes by reading His Word. Learn to wait in His presence. You won’t be needing to pray “if it be your will,” you will know His will by spending time with Him. Carve out time, put Him in your calendar, and block out time!
I don’t know about you but I want to know Him and be known by Him. My husband says that God is the most exciting person he knows! It is us who are boring!
There is always something new to discover about the Lord so go deeper.I admire these stories in the Bible. We know their story from beginning to end, so we often take for granted the in between, the real life struggles they went through to get to their success. I encourage you to meditate as you read their stories and ask God questions, put yourself in the story and see what your responses might be, how would you feel. Use your five senses to experience the passage of scripture. As they are in the natural, so they are in the spirit.
Some of these are:
David ran from Saul hiding in the caves of Abdullum.
Job suddenly had his life as he knew it swept away.
Joseph, the favored son, severed from the love of His father by betrayal of his brothers, sold as a slave, accused of rape and thrown into prison.
How about Ruth who was not a Jew and was not a follower of Yahweh, yet she had a resolve and commitment to go with Naomi and her God?
What about Esther who risked her life to save her people?
In the Middle East, we have modern day martyrs even children being beheaded because of their belief in Jesus Christ. How about you? Are you able to stand? Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? Do you know Jesus?
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,but when desire is fulfilled it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
Be purposeful, Be intentional. Don’t give up. If you don’t quit you win.
Prayer Starter: Lord I desire to know You and be known by You. Give me wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You.Teach me to hear Your voice and to know Your ways, not just Your deeds. Unveil Your beauty and splendor that I might behold you. Let me lay my head upon Your chest and feel the beat of Your heart. In Jesus’ Name Amen!