GETTING TO KNOW GOD
From the beginning God created man to love Him, be God to Him and bless Him. Because of Jesus, we can now come with confidence before Him. Hebrews 4:16 states, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Let us begin your journey to know God: so WELCOME TO GOD!
And it is my desire to lavish My love on you.
Simply because you are My child
and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1
- I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40
- For you are My treasured possession. Exodus 19:5
- I desire to establish you with all My heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41
- And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3
- If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me. Deuteronomy 4:29
- Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
- For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13
- I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20
- For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonian 2:16-17
- I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
- When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18
- As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to My heart. Isaiah 40:11
- One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4
- I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-24
Being a Christian
Welcome to God’s Kingdom…
The difference between being a Christian and every other religion is very simple. Religions invite you to work at a system of beliefs and practices to earn peace and ease and satisfaction. Being a Christian is about having a relationship with the living God and creator of the universe, Jesus Christ. God is truly amazing. And by giving yourself to Him, you are now beginning the most exciting and wonderful part of your life! God really, really loves you! And He and all of heaven are so excited that you have reached out to know Him. The book of Luke, tells us the angels in heaven are rejoicing and celebrating that you have come into God’s Kingdom. Luke 15:10 The book of Zephaniah says this: The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED FOR YOU:
- God’s Word (the Bible) says you are totally forgiven for all your sins.
Ephesians 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”.
Colossians 1:13, 14 – “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- You are reconciled to God. You are restored to a right relationship with God. You are now a child of God. You are fully accepted and loved.
Galatians 3:26 “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus”
Ephesians 1:4, 5 – “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will . . .”
- You are a new creation in Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17, 18 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ . . .”
- You are set free.
John 8: 31-33 – To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Romans 8:1, 2 – “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
- You are delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s Kingdom of light.
Colossians 1:13, 14 – “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
God’s Promises & Blessings (benefits) to You.
As a result of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, listed below are just some of His promises and blessings for you. No one can earn God’s promises or blessings by working harder or by being a better person. His promises and blessings are freely given to us because God loves us and wants us to have them. As you read the promises listed below, believe His Word is true for you and take them to heart. He is waiting to bless you:
Matthew 28:20 – [Jesus speaking to His disciples] . . .”teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 13:5 – . . . for He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Romans 8:38, 39 – “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John 5:24 – [Jesus said] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
PEACE AND REST EVERY DAY
John 14:27 – [Jesus said] “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
Psalm 29:11 – “The Lord will give strength to His people, the Lord will bless his people with peace.”
Philippians 4:7 – “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Exodus 33:14 – And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
HE WILL LEAD AND GUIDE YOU
John 16:13 – [Jesus speaking of the Holy Spirit] “But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
Psalm 48:14 – “For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.”
Psalm 73:24 – “With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.”
FREEDOM FROM CONDEMNATION
Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
HEALTH AND HEALING
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” Psalm 103:1-5
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 2 Peter 2:24
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
[Jesus said] “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you,
O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33
READ HIS WORD – THE BIBLE
One of the best ways to learn about God is to read His Word (the Bible). The Bible is like His love letter to us. Start by setting aside some time (on a regular basis if you can) and read one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John). As your interest grows, there are many study guides and resources available to help you learn. [ONLINE BIBLE LINKS – example – www.crosswalk.com]
A simple definition of praying is “talking with God.” The best way to get to know God is to spend time with Him and talk with Him. Start by setting a few minutes aside every day to just talk with Him. You can talk to Him any time about whatever you want. You can ask Him about things that are important to you, circumstances around you, or difficulties you may be having, etc. Ask Him to give you answers.
Then listen, because He will answer. He speaks to us in many different ways. Sometimes it’s just a thought, sometimes it’s a whole understanding we didn’t have two minutes ago. It could be, as you read your Bible, a portion of scripture will seem to come alive and jump off the page at you. You may get the answers to your questions or prayers another day. Be patient, and be at peace and trust Him. He knows what is best and how to communicate with you.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, the Apostle Paul encourages us to pray without ceasing. This is not meant to be a burden but an opportunity to share our lives with the Lord and be a part of His plan. From the moment you wake up, allow God to love you and bless you. Invite Him to rule and reign in your life. Commit your day to Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust the Lord and in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will make our paths straight.
James 1:5 encourages us to ask Him for wisdom and discernment. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. As you go through your day, make decisions with the Lord. You may not be able to speak out loud in some situations so just direct your thoughts and prayers to Him. He’s still there. He hears you. Consider things with Him in mind. Talk to Him and listen for answers or insight. Matthew 7:7 tells us, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
THE FAVOR OF GOD IS ON YOU!
This is a great moment for you. You can have the life you always wanted, instead of the life you have always had–instead. That is possible because of the absolute, incredible, incomparable favor of God.
God has created an atmosphere in your heart, in your life, where now the favor of God lives as a tangible reality. You are going to discover in these next days, weeks, months and years, the power of that favor. The power of moving in the opposite Spirit, that God grants you things instead of what the enemy would propose.
This day marks the beginning of a life of unprecedented, unparalleled favor of God. That the favor of God is upon you right now. That you are going to learn to bask in that favor, to think in that favor, to live in that favor, to see from that place of favor, to move out in that place of favor, to proclaim rather than to pray. To proclaim favor upon yourself, favor in your circumstances.
There is something happening. What happened to you? What changed in you?
And you are going to say, I have learned an alternative lifestyle, I am a different person. I am not living that life, I am living a different one, I have the favor of the Lord. So I declare to you in Jesus’ name, this is a time and a season of unprecedented, unparalleled favor of God that has come upon you.
God’s favor will stay with you and will remain with you all the days of your life. You will abide in this favor because God has sent His Holy Spirit to teach you how to stay, to teach you how to dwell, to teach you how to remain, to teach you how to focus, to teach you how to pray, to teach you how to see, to teach you how to speak, to teach you how to walk and how to move, and how to live and how to have your being in My Son.
This is the favor of God upon your life and it will never go away. It is eternal, it is everlasting to everlasting, it is an eternal favor, it has no time frame on it. It has begun now, and it will stay with you forever and ever .
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:8 The last thing Jesus said to His disciples on earth was for them to tarry in Jerusalem until they received power from on high. Luke 24:49 Jesus directly linked the receiving of this Holy Ghost power to the ability of disciples to witness the gospel to others. Sharing the good news and having it confirmed through miracles, signs and wonders Mark 16:20 is part of God’s plan – allowing yourself to be filled with the overflowing fullness of the Holy Spirit so that He can work through you to make His truth known. When people not only hear the truth but see it and feel it, they come to know how very real Jesus Christ is. In John 4:48, Jesus comments on how effective signs and wonders are in helping people believe. Jesus gives us kingdom authority and supernatural power to be effective witnesses, and fulfill the Great Commission.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And so are we, his disciples. We still can do nothing without Him. But oh the things that can be done through us by Him if we are willing to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Go for it!
God is telling you that:
- there is no place of despair because you live in the land of blessing, you live in the land of goodness–it is your inheritance. I am your inheritance, I am your territory, I am your promised land. I will give you houses you didn’t build, I will give you vineyards you did not plant, to drink from wells you never had to dig. I am your inheritance, this is your day, this is your time. But you must take advantage of the goodness of God.
- And so says the Lord, I challenge you to believe, I challenge you to live. I challenge you to position yourself before Me in every situation, in every circumstance.
- Beloved, it is important for Me, that you learn to live in My fullness, because the more fullness you draw from Me—the more fullness I will have to give you, because what works for you, it works for you because it works for Me. I give and it is given back to Me.
- Make a covenant with Me even as I have made a covenant with you. Make a covenant with Me, that you will follow through and partner with My Holy Spirit in these days. That you and I would have the pleasure together of working through your list. And know that we shall enjoy ourselves with you as we teach you to be unbound, untethered, and you shall have your freedom.
- Make a covenant with Me for your good, to do you good. That you would live in the goodness of the Lord.
Father, we pray, I am tired of this life, I want another one instead. So, Father, we say yes to You, for the sake of Jesus and for His honor and glory. Amen.
To read the gospel with an open mind, is to experience a very real sense of a new physical power of acting upon our temporal world. To let this power lie dormant within us is indeed unpardonable.
The Word of God is not a book of ancient facts; not a record of God’s past revelations. God has spoken to man and He continues to speak to man. Man does not have to search after God, but God searches man out and reveals Himself to man ; He does it through the living Word of God, which is a means whereby God reveals Himself today.
To begin, the New Testament can be read as a two-volume work by telling us of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Gospel according to Luke and the formation of His Church by the Holy Spirit, the Acts of the Apostles. These two works allow you to avoid being bogged down in a lot of the laws and genealogy, which can be discouraging to the extent that you risk abandoning the reading of Word of God altogether.
We first preface our reading with a simple prayer: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” 1Samuel 3:9 Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you and inspire you to correctly understand the Word of God. We may have to sit quietly for a few minutes and relax and put distractions out of our mind. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 The Word of God is the listening of God who loves us. We must learn to turn our attention to Him, whom we wish to hear. We must tune out everything else like television in the background, because we can only do one thing at a time.
There are many translations. Some of us rely on the original King James Version. Others prefer the more recent versions like the Jerusalem Bible. One should approach the reading the way you would approach a school textbook: read the entire passage or chapter from beginning to end, then go back and reread is slowly sentence by sentence using whatever study aids are available.
It is God’s part to do the speaking and to give understanding in our minds and touch our heart. Take the approach that this reading is for you, as if it was personally addressed to you. If the Word of God is from Paul then read it as if the mailman delivered His letter to you from Paul this morning.
God will speak to you and He will use words that we read. At first, you will read the Word because you think it is a good thing to do, but later you will read it eagerly. To some the grace is given gradually, but to others there is a sudden and dramatic workings of the Holy Spirit. Our hearts will burn within us as we read with the gentle touch of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift we cannot attain by ourselves.
We must bring the right attitude of the heart to the Word. “If anyone loves Me he will keep My Word, and My Father will love him, and We shall com to him and make Our home with him.” John 14:23 “If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth , and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 In contrast, the Jews who rejected Jesus rejected His Words:”You seek to kill Me because My Word finds no place in you.” John 8:37 or in another translation, “because nothing I say has penetrated into you.
The most common Word that the Lord will speak to our hearts is the message of love— that we are loved by the Father as His children. Remember the verse: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
One successful interwoven way to pray is to use the ancient Christian tradition: reading, thinking, praying. After reading a portion of the Word, we think about it and then respond to God in prayer. This calls for very slow reading that allows us to linger over every verse. With this approach, there is no set amount that we plan to read, while we pray for all the insights that we receive from it. We enter more fully into the life of Christ.
It is the Holy Spirit that comes to us in prayer: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for God’s people according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26,27 Here the charismatic gift of praying in tongues becomes an inexpressible longing of our heart to offer praise to God.
Should any verse speak to you as if the Lord is speaking to you, you should mark it and immediately go into prayer. Alternatively, you can come back to the marked sections after your entire reading and reflect on these in prayer. Try to keep a balance of reading the Word and prayer.
God may also prepare us to listen to His Word in other ways later that day, or to recall His Word in a particular situation.
Our conversations with God is given by St. Teresa: it should be simple but heartfelt conversation, informal and unpretentious, and it should be characterized more by our love than be the cleverness of our thought or expression. Our conversation may end in silence: in awe in peaceful resting in His loving care for us, which is the high form of prayer.
We may be moved to burst into praise of God, thanking Him for His love for us, praising Him simply for being Himself. The best approach is to make the psalms part of our prayers. You will find at least half of the 150 psalms express what we wish to express in prayer. Simply mark those who meet this requirement.
God did more than send prophets who spoke in His name; He sent His Son to become one of us and He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us and to give us the very life that Jesus Christ Himself lived. The Holy Spirit was sent on Pentecost day, and the Church sprang to life. Where before the apostles had been fearful and uncertain, with the power of the Spirit, they were bold in proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world.
This was not merely a message of a distant God but a path to our Father; not merely a description of the good life, but life itself. Without the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the apostles would likely have died of old age in the upper room. With the Holy Spirit thousands were drawn to faith in Jesus Christ and eventually billions of Christians.
The word “LORD” appears 7,800 times is in the Bible. Is Jesus really supreme in my life?
Why are the commandments so hard to keep? It is because people are not rooted in the love of God. All becomes impossible when we attempt to do anything with our own strength. God says if you fall head over heels in love with Him, you will be able to keep His commandments. We are talking about a relationship — not a law.
So how do we fall in love with Him and stay in love with Him? What you seek is what your affections will be set on. If you seek success, your affections will be set on success. If we seek the Presence of God, our affections will be set on Him. Meditate or contemplate these Words:
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4
We are to look to Lord every moment of the day. We are to long for Him and seek Him continually that He might reveal Himself in a greater way. “All who have this hope in Him (the hope of Jesus revealing Himself) purify themselves, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
- Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength.
- Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s Unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
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