“Get To Know Him for Yourself

 
        Pastor David C. Franklin
 
      October 29, 2019
You can never know anyone apart from spending personal time with them. If you are not spending time to invest in a relationship with God, you will never know or grow in intimacy and maturity with Him. It’s never good to try to form an opinion about a person through second hand or hearsay evidence apart from a personal engagement with them. This goes as well with God, as He is the provider through Christ of eternal life!
1 John 5:11-12 The Message (MSG)
11-12 This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. The more you get to know Him by spending time with the Father is the moment you will understand how beautiful, holy and perfectly good He is. Like the Father is His son, Jesus. You will grasp and comprehend how gracious, loving, merciful and forgiving He is toward you.
John 17:3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
3 And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
I am not speaking here of an intellectual gathering of facts about God or Jesus when you read your Bible, anyone can do that, but an “experiential knowing” of God or “ginosko.” In short, “knowing” God is not an optional part for a Christian life; It is the Christian life.
 
If you are not spending quality time with the Father you cannot build up your repository of love and other necessary components like faith and hope to sustain you when difficult times come your way. You will have no deposit in your bank account to make a withdrawal of those necessary components to sustain you. Paul said “let his mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5. You possess the Spirit of the living God within you, but you must know who you are and that the basis of your being or identity is grounded in love.
 
Begin to pray and study His word to open your hearts to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit and allow Him to minister to your heart His gracious love. It can never be separated from you. Fill your heart with the abundance of His goodness and strength. He is a Father that gives every good and perfect gifts to His children.