Thursday, March 8, 2012

The "Knowing God" Series Pt.2


It is not Religion, it is RELATIONSHIP! Enjoy God!

You don't know God through Religion, you Know Him through Relationship! So how do you relate to a God you cannot see, smell, or touch? It is amazing in our relationship with God, He can see, smell, and touch us, but we cannot do the same for Him. However, God left us with the greatest sense of all we can HEAR God!
Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The faith that you need to know God and stay committed to Him comes from you Listening & Hearing the Voice of God! You hear to understand, but you Listen in order to obey that which has been said. So if you feel that you don't know God, is it because you don't Listen to Him? Many of us hear His voice, but alot of times we don't obey. Meaning- we do not have corresponding actions to what we have just heard!
We learned last week that God has already made the first steps in knowing us, so this week, it is our turn to make our move. You move when you are committed to listening and obeying God. So, our first step is to decide to be intimate and have a committed/constant relationship with Him
Relate/Relationship: To tell; give an account of (an event, circumstance, to bring into or establish association, connection, to establish a social or sympathetic relationship with a person or thing. A connection, association, or involvement.  Connection between persons by blood or marriage. An emotional or other connection between people.
God does not want to date you; He wants a Spiritual Marriage with You! He wants to be your One & Only! The deepest place or part of knowing someone is when you are married to them! Marriage brings about privileges, honor, and access that no other relationship can.
Intimacy: The state of being intimate. A close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group. A close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.: an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, and affection.
Constantly reconnect with God on a daily basis…Just like in the natural sense in any marriage and relationship; it takes time, patience, and truth to Know someone!
You have to Want & Desire God!
Psalm 27:4
One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.
"As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God" (Psalm 42:1).
When we hunger and thirst after God as if He were our oxygen supply to live, and our food to maintain life, then His righteous is a direct result of seeking Him. You cannot seek the One who is righteous and in return not receive the holiness and righteous of His essence and character!
Do you hunger and thirst for God… do you desire Him… do you tell Him that you Love Him?
The First Steps to Knowing God Intimately
1.      Choose a special place where you can meet with God.
2.      Choose a special time devoted to meeting with God in Worship, Prayer, Bible Study, & Fasting, etc….
3.      Invest a significant amount of time in getting to know God and how important it is that you prioritize Him above all else in your life.
4.      Take a Sabbath Day of Rest
5.      Have Continual Communication with God
6.      Listen to God… take 15mins of silence daily to really hear God speaking to you!