On Knowing God Personally as a Christian

We are all searching for eternal life. People wonder if there is a God and if they can find a way to eternal life. There is a book on earth now that answers our questions. That book is the Holy Bible.

The Bible shows us the way to life; it says that we can find life by becoming children of God.

God made us to be his children; it is by believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ that we become his children. By believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died and rose to life, and confessing this belief, we become children of God:

John 14:6 ”Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 1:12-13 “… as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Here is an example prayer to receive Christ Jesus: “God, I believe that Jesus is your Son and that He rose again. I want to live for you now as a Christian. Please guide me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Receiving Christ, we are introduced to God. From there, we can get to know him. As saved men—that is, as Christians—we can communicate with God and have a deep relationship with Him. But, we first must understand the nature of God, to know how to relate with him.

So, what is God like?

God is a Person

We can learn about God from the Bible; it teaches us about God and his ways. First, God has a body:

Exodus 33:17-23 “And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee … Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

God is a real, living person, not a force, or a power, as some believe. He is not “everything”, though he has made all things:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

He has feelings and emotions, just as men do—joy, love, anger, tenderness—and he responds to men with feelings, the same as men:

Deuteronomy 13:17 “… that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers”

God Has Individual Relationships With Men

Our LORD has a unique relationship with every living man. Specifically, among men, God has friends, and he has enemies; he has people he wants to know better, and people he knows well; there are people he wants to teach, and people who happily receive His teaching. He develops favor or disfavor for each individual, based on their good or evil deeds among men:

Proverbs 12:2 “A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.”

God Loves Good Men, and Corrects Evil Men

God is very interested in our actions. He establishes good doers, being pleased with their good works. He corrects evil doers, guiding them toward good deeds. He always leads all men to do good. (But, some men will always choose evil over God’s leading.)

Mary, Joseph’s wife, the woman that bore Jesus by God’s power, was very favored by God. She was a humble woman that loved God. Therefore, God greatly blessed her:

Luke 1:26-30 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.”

Conversely, Elymas the sorcerer was rebuked by God for his wickedness in opposing the gospel, receiving a just reward:

Acts 13:6-12 “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season.

And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.”

Elymas was rebuked by God for his wickedness. Perhaps in his blindness he reconsidered his actions, and turned from evil to good. Perhaps it set him straight. It is certain that God offers salvation to all who will repent and accept Jesus and God:

Ezekiel 18:27 “… when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.”

Let’s now examine God’s greatest character trait: His love.

God is Love

Love is defined in the Defined King James Bible as “goodwill, benevolence, and unselfish, self-sacrificing concern.” Love is the greatest among all virtues; it is the greatest of God’s qualities. By his loving actions, God nourishes and heals all of the creatures and men upon the earth:

Psalms 104:10-15 “He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.”

1 John 4:8 “… for God is love …”

In His Love, God is Merciful Even to His Enemies

God is forever merciful and faithful unto all men. Even his enemies can obtain his favor if they trust in him and seek good. God supplies good things to the righteous and the evil because he knows that evil doers, in seeing his good, may turn to do righteousness:

Matthew 5:43-45 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

This is the wonderful nature of our LORD, God. How then can we get to know Him?

God is Available for a Relationship for Every Christian

God has extended the invitation for a relationship with him to all men – we must reach out to him to form a relationship with him. He wants everyone to seek him:

Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Jeremiah 29:12-13 “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Upon being saved, any believer can know God; when we seek God, we find Him. Our obligation once saved is to begin relating to Him.

The Relationship is About Conversation

Conversing with God is essential to a fully realized Christian walk. You can get to know God only by speaking with him. You can talk with God every day, and you ought to do so. Along the way, you’ll develop a relationship with him. Furthermore, your duty to God is to help his will to be done on the Earth, by serving Him.

We Are to Be God’s Servants

The Bible teaches that to receive eternal life, we must serve God as his little children, in obedience to the Father:

Matthew 18:2-4 “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

God is the loving Father of every Christian. Just as our children are wise to obey their earthly fathers, we would be wise to obey God. Faithfully following God’s leading is the true narrow way to eternal life.

And, there is great joy to be had in serving God.

Serving God, We Do Only Good for All Men

God’s leading always results in good; in serving God, helping our friends, neighbors, and all men by his lead, we do true narrow-way works.

God’s love always operates in our Christian works. We can share his love with all, in being his servants:

John 15:12-14 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Faith Without Works is Dead

Doing God’s will is essential to the Christian’s walk. If you are Christian, but you disregard God’s leading, you are in danger of losing the faith:

Romans 6:16-18, 22 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

Knowing God, speaking with him, and living in service to him, is the very essence of an active Christian faith. It is the true narrow way to eternal life. If we truly know God, we’ll communicate with him, and out of the communication we’ll naturally serve him, doing his will.

Serving God Strengthens Our Faith

As we serve God on the way, we see Him working: we see answered prayers, healings, and conversions to Christ. We experience the daily improvement of our lives by God’s providence. In these, our initial belief in Jesus becomes stronger. Also, we become stronger Christians, as our faith becomes more solid.

John 7:16-17 “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

Our Best Example: Men of God in the Bible and in History

Men of God like Elija, David, Simon Peter, John the Baptist, Solomon, Isaiah, and others, show us good Christian living. Their love for God is evident by their godly actions.

Even today, one person can bless the lives of millions by total devotion to God. John Wycliffe (1320-1384), and William Tyndale (1494-1536) gave their lives to produce Christian Bible translations in the languages of their day, greatly helping millions, or perhaps, billions of believers.

Moses, perhaps the godliest man in history (except for Christ), split the Red Sea, received the Ten Commandments from God, and delivered the whole nation of Israel from Egypt. His example shows what men of God can accomplish by total devotion to our LORD.

God wants us to be zealous in him: this is true Christian living.

Living for God Fulfills Man’s Ideal Purpose

We’re created to be temples of God, having God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit within us, made to be servants, friends, and children of God. Being indwelt with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is the most complete state of man:

2 Corinthians 6:16 “…for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

God Always Hears Our Prayers – Do Keep Praying

The Bible tells us that God always hears us and that we should continue daily in prayer:

1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: …”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

We Can Communicate With God About Everyday Things

Our conversations with God can involve the basic, everyday things of life. Lesser things matter to God, too; in fact, he wants to help us with every part of life.

For example, you can ask God if someone is lying, and he will answer you definitively. You can ask him whether you can trust a person, or whether you should be a friend of theirs. He’ll tell you anything you need to know.

Hearing and following his direction enables the best life possible, in every area – career, relationships, marriage, and so on:

Isaiah 58:11 “And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”

You’ll Come to Love God Deeply, as He Guides You

As your relationship with God deepens, you’ll find that he is the most loving, wonderful person you’ve ever known. You’ll gain a tremendously deep appreciation for his holy ways and his deep endearing qualities. This experience of God’s nature confirms what the bible says about him, that he truly is a God of love and goodness.

Our God, the very Creator of all that is, and the upholder of all things, is a God of dear love and goodwill. We will receive of his love forever. What tremendous gifts! I am exceedingly thankful to know him. I hope that you know him, too. Do serve him and speak with him in your life, living as he guides. This is the very narrow way, the way to eternal life.

Finally, if you haven’t believed in Jesus Christ, confessing that he is the Son of God and that he rose again after dying, I exhort you to confess these things to God in prayer and repent of your sins. Doing so, you’ll become a child of God, and you’ll be on the way to eternal life. God loves you. God bless you in this.

Closing Prayer

I pray that your relationship with God will forever deepen, that all men in your life will be blessed to accept Jesus and be children of God. I pray that God will reveal his will to you and to all the brethren. I pray that these things be supplied to all that read any part of this article. Amen.

 

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