Thursday, March 19, 2015

Devotion: Do You Know God?

“Do you really know God?”  We all have relied on traditional teachings to provide us with spiritual knowledge, the kind of knowledge that brought us closer to God.  We have put our faith and our trust in these teachings because that was and always has been the accepted practice.  We have been taught to never question the things of God or anything that we did not understand.  Over the years, man has either forgotten or just plain ignored the words of God.  Man has even forgotten or misinterpreted the teachings and sayings of Jesus Christ about God.  And to beat it all, man does not truly seek to know God much anymore, forgetting how to walk and to talk with God.  Man has become totally dependent upon the church leaders, television, books, the Internet, and other various mediums to teach them the truth about God and his word.  We currently have a belief system full of contrary beliefs, misguided values, unethical practices, and overstated theologies.  This belief system has made it hard for many to take hold of the truth, especially when one does not recognize it.  The truth has become so distorted that it is easy to see why man has a hard time identifying with the things of God and even God himself.  However, the bottom line is, “Do you really know God?”

Everyone has an opinion or interpretation as to whom they believe God to be.  But none of that matters; it only maters what God says about himself.  And if you want to know him, if you truly what to know who God is, then you will have to search the scriptures yourself to find him.  According to scripture, Azariah gave us these instructions; “If you seek him, he will be found by you” (II Chronicles 15:2).  We found the prophet Jeremiah agreeing with Azariah’s instructions, but offered one clarifying fact, “God will be found by those who search for him with all their heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).  Then we found in the book of Hebrews, where the author agreed with both Azariah and Jeremiah, saying, “God will reward those that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).  If you diligently seek the one true God with all of your heart and all of your soul, you will find him.  As you draw near to God, he will reveal himself to you.  God does not hide himself from those who truly seek him with all of their being.  And while the devil and his entourage of naysayers may adamantly denounce this principle, do not be deceived; they only come against the truth and never bother with the lies.

As with all that we publish, we ask that you check out the information for yourself, verifying that what is presented, regardless of the source (including us), is not contrary to the word of God.  Never accept anyone’s interpretation for something that you have not investigated yourself.  Words can be manipulated to say many things, just make sure the ones that you accept are those of God and not those of man.  Know this, “A closed mind can only grow within the limits of its enclosure; an open mind grows with endless possibilities.”  God tells us“knowing the truth will make us free” (John 8:32) and hopefully today’s message will help do just that.  We pray that this message will bless you, inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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