Most individuals are introduced to god through traditional religion. In fact, when I was a little girl my father would buy biblical encyclopedias to share the stories about God with me. Moreover, as I got older the stories stuck with me. Although my parents were not avid churchgoers they did take us to a Catholic church from time to time. I can recall having taken my first communion, and confirmation not because I understood it but because it was tradition. However, after leaving home the visits seemed to be less and less until finally, they were no more. I recall thinking that I knew God from the stories but I really did not know, God for myself. Moreover, the seed was planted and over time my curiosity about God grew. Consequently, it took years before I would venture outside of what was tradition to get to know who God really was as a person or even Lord over my life.
Like many teenagers today God was an afterthought until one day a fellow student at school approached me to introduce me to their God as a person. Listening intently to what they had to say about this invisible God who was so real to them the afterthought became more and more intriguing and I made the decision to give their invisible God a chance. Coming from a Catholic background it was interesting that they could pray to their God without having to go to a priest. However, repentance and confession were still part of the process. My curiosity grew and I wanted to know more about the God who hears people when they pray without the need for human intervention. So, I purposed in my mind to visit. A visit turned into more visits, and days turned into months, and months turned into years.
Without even knowing it I was experiencing God in a new way. Tradition is no more. Now I was a believer a follower of Christ. This became a new normal for me but I still did not have a real relationship with God. I just knew that I liked this God the one that hears me when I pray. This was the first time experiencing God in a different way. Recalling a day during those initial first years where I was praying fervently in church. As I was praying I saw a beautiful staircase that led up into the clouds. On both sides of the staircase were heavenly beings. I could not see their faces but I could see their white robes. In front of me shined a light that was so bright that it blinded my sight. I could see a gold sash tied around a white robe. I heard a voice say you can climb one more stair you are halfway there. Although, it felt as though I was in the clouds forever it was just a moment and suddenly the vision was no more.
Even after having this experience the feeling of not knowing who God was is still there. I knew the God of my fathers. I knew the God of my experience. But I didn’t know God as a person. It was just a brief glimpse of who he was. My heart started to reason if I really knew God at all. There was doubt of salvation in my heart. Coincidentally, during this time there was a little old lady who would run around the church when the Holy Spirit fell on her and as she was running she randomly stopped in front of me placed her hand on my head, and said, “your name is written in the book of life”. Instantly the doubt was gone. But I was no closer to knowing who God the person than I was that first day I was introduced to him in school. Instead, I had the assurance that I was saved but no real relationship with the God that saves me. You can be in church, saved and not know or have a relationship with your heavenly father.
After years of taking time to read the word of God and apply it to my daily life, I can now say that I have a real relationship with the God who saved me. Knowing God requires that you spend time in His word daily. His character, who He is as Lord, Father, Healer, Confidant, Comforter etc. is revealed to you as you seek to know him more daily. Knowing God is no different than knowing a person. You need to spend time with him daily and as you do His character; Who He is will be revealed to you.
Hebrews 4:12, ESV teaches us “that the word of God is alive and active” in the life of every believer.
To know that is to know that the “word” is Jesus
John 1:1 it says that in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
When we are saved we are sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit
Since, we know that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one in fellowship with us we can say that we have the ability to know God more intimately through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Questions to Ponder: 1. How do you know God? Is it a personal relationship or the God introduced to you by tradition? 2. Are you really saved or just going through the motions? 3. Do you spend time getting to know God by spending time in His word?
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