CHAPTER ONE: KNOWING GOD.
Everyone of us was created by God for a specific purpose. No human being is useless. No matter the condition you find yourself today, you’ve a role to play here on earth.
To discover who you really are and what role you’ve to play here on earth, you need to first know God, your creator.
- You know God through Jesus; For you to know God, you must first of all know His Son, Jesus.
John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the key to knowing God. You can not have access to God except through Jesus, His Son. The bible makes us understand that we’re all sinners and because God is Holy and cannot behold iniquity, He sent His only begotten Son to die for us, in order to reconcile us to Him.
Any man who does not believe in Jesus Christ and does not accept Him as his personal Lord and Saviour, has no business looking for God. You need Jesus to first cleanse you of all your sins before presenting you to His Father, The Almighty. The purpose of Jesus dying on the cross, was to shed his blood as an atonement for our sins. Every human being needs the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins before they can know God.
Seeking to know God without asking Jesus to wash away your sins, is not going to yield any positive results. Jesus is the standard, you must follow His ways to see God. That’s why the bible calls Him, The First born. He died to save us and reconcile us back to God, as sons and daughters. When you accept Jesus as your saviour, you automatically become a child of God and co-heir to the kingdom of God.
As a child of God, you now have unlimited access to God. Knowing Him and His ways becomes more realistic.
Your Heavenly Father awaits you, with open arms. When will you give your life to Jesus, so he can wash your sins away, and then present you to God? If you’ve not yet accepted Jesus Christ into your life, please take a moment and say this prayer ; LORD JESUS I ACCEPT YOU AS MY PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOUR AND I NOW INVITE YOU INTO MY LIFE TO RULE AND DIRECT. PLEASE COME AND TAKE CHARGE OF MY LIFE IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.
- Spend Time with God: Knowing God requires spending time with Him. You get familiar with someone when you spend time together. That’s how you get to know the person’s likes and dislikes, mannerisms, desires, character, etc. Gradually, as the relationship blossoms, you begin sharing secrets with each other.
God reveals Himself to those who diligently seek Him. God is a priceless treasure. He who seeks and finds him, has found everything in life. When you’ve God in your life, you’ve got everything because He created everything and everything belongs to Him. No wonder, the bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 (KJV) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Whatever you’re chasing out there, that won’t let you spend time with God, is actually in God’s hands. He will release them to you, once you learn how to spend time with Him.
So, how do you spend time with God? Simple, pick a particular time of the day that you know no one will disturb you and stick to that time everyday. Dedicate at least an hour each day to stay in His presence. I suggest night time, so there’ll be no distractions. Once it’s time, go with a notebook, bible and a book on spiritual growth. Start by praising and worshipping God, confess your sins and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you’ll be reading, because He is our Teacher and He teaches us all things. Remember to write down what God lays in your heart while you’re in His presence, that’s the essence of going with a notebook. Also, it shows seriousness and willingness to learn from God. Finally, before you depart from His presence, ask Him to speak to you in ways you’ll understand and He should also grant you understanding of the things He will reveal to you.
- Study the Bible: The bible is God’s word, written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to help us know God and His purpose for creating us and the universe.
When you Create out time to read and meditate on the word of God, you’ll discover so many treasures hidden in that book called the Bible. That’s where you’ll see God’s character and personality. You’ll discover how He relates with His children, and what is expected of us as we journey through life with Him.
All the wonderful promises of God are embedded in the bible. Promises that will gladden your heart and give you hope in times of despair are well scripted out in the bible. Every Christian who truly desires to know God and his ways, should feast on the bible as often as possible.
Moreover, daily confessing the word of God over your life and any situation you are facing, will bring about both spiritual and physical transformation to those areas and cause them to align with God’s will for your life.
- Ask the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is present in the life of every born again Christian. His work is to help you live a holy life and to teach you all you need to know about God. That is why He is called our Teacher. The bible tells us that He will teach us all things. Therefore, anything you desire to know about God, go ahead and ask the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a person and can hear you. He is always with you and ready to lend a helping hand when you need one, if only you will ask. Your relationship with God moves on the wheel of the Holy Spirit. He fuels that desire in you to be with God and do His will. He also convicts you of your sins, helps you to reconnect with God anytime you drift away.
The importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives cannot be overemphasised. He is our divine Helper.
- Prayer: When we pray, we’re talking to God. After praying, don’t leave. Wait for Him to speak. Most people miss this crucial moment in their prayer lives. They do all the talking and then depart, forgetting that prayer is a two way communication.
If you want to know God more, then take your prayer life seriously. Pray often and wait for Him to speak. Even if you don’t hear anything, keep doing this and gradually you’ll learn how to quieten your mind, so you can hear Him clearly. Sometimes, He lays something in your mind or gives you an impression. These are still ways God speaks to you.
John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
If you want to know God, you must learn how to hear from Him, and follow Him.