God’s Word is chock-full of astounding promises and today we will take a look at a few. Knowing God at a deep, intimate level grows out of a relationship with Him. The kind of relationship that develops over time by walking through the journey of life. Through the highs and the lows, the valleys, and mountains. If we want to know God in this way, we will need to intentionally set aside time to spend with Him.
A relationship doesn’t just happen. It is no accident.
I’m talking about being deliberate.
And it’s not always easy.
The Nitty Gritty of a Relationship
When the going gets tough, we feel the jolt. We don’t want to work things through when we don’t see eye-to-eye. But I promise you, it is worth the hard stuff. The kind of rich, deep, satisfying relationship that we all long and dream for is available to us if we pursue God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. Yes, we can know God!
God wants to have a relationship with YOU!
God is Always Faithful
When talking about His people, the Israelites, in the Old Testament, we are reminded of the sweet relationship God has with His children. He carries you during tough times.
Deuteronomy 1:31, “The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’
We don’t need to worry about what to say or do when confronted by others for the sake of the Gospel. God will give us the words to say.
Matthew 10:20, “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
You Are a Part of the Family of God
God considers you part of His family…as dear as His mother, brother, or sister. What an extraordinary promise: you are a child of God!
Matthew 12:50, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
God has chosen to give you His Kingdom. You have been appointed to eternal life!
Luke 12:30-32, “For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”
We must know God
I hope you noticed one thing in particular…every single promise is hinged to a relationship requirement. God’s promises are tied to a requirement: we must know Him. His guarantees are for those He calls “children of God.”
The church cannot be healthy without holding tightly to God’s Word and to sound doctrine. Methods may change but the Bible must remain. And not just opened but pored over. Studied. The Bride of Christ will grow sick and weak without it. (Beth Moore, “Entrusted”.
My friends, we’ve gotta dig into God’s Word to know Him. No longer can we survive with a watered-down, mixed up, homemade remedy that some have strewn together on their own. God’s Word is God’s Word. We cannot piecemeal it together, picking out the pieces that we like. The Gospel should is not a buffet line. It is time for this generation to rise…be diligent and prove faithful. And if we do, we have one incredible promise…we will know God for ourselves!
How well do you know God? What is God teaching you? What truth from God’s Word has resonated with you this past week?