to know Him

posted on: 11.09.2012


"To come alive spiritually we must meet God.
To live abundantly we must know God."
God continually speaks to me about the basic elements of our faith. Jason,  my bible study teacher, always says that if I know the answers to the two most important questions, I'll live an abundant life.
Those two questions are:
  1. Who is God?
  2. Who am I? 
If we know who God really is (as much as our  minds can grasp) then it will be easy to answer #2. I often say that my identity is not based on what I do or how others perceive me to be, but rather that I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 7:23 says, "God has paid a high price for you; do not be enslaved by the world"(NLT). But if I don't know how God is like, how can I live the life He desires for me?

Knowing God is essential for our faith but even more necessary for our practical daily life as a woman.
  • Peace is practical: "Submit to God and you will have peace; then things will go well with you." Job 22:21
  • Wisdom is practical: "Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement." Prov 9:10b
  • Strength is practical: "...the people that know their God will be strong..." Daniel 11:32
  • Faith is practical: "The righteous will live by faith." Romans 1:17
I don't know about you but I'm in constant need of peace, wisdom, strength & faith daily. I can't have any of them if I don't depend on God. It is difficult to place your trust on Someone you know very little. To know God we must know what He is like, especially in terms relevant to our daily lives.  To consistently lean on God alone, we must know Him.
"The enemy likes to throw a curtain of doubt over the magnificent character of our God. God does not want us to be deceived. Therefore, He has revealed what He is like through the Holy Scriptures and through His Son, Jesus Christ... it is through the intimacy of a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ that all God is becomes more than truth on a page and becomes alive in daily experience. Through Christ, all that God is, is in fellowship with the Christian." —Myrna Alexander
As we explore together the character of God, I pray you become more aware of His presence in your life & that your trust of Him becomes easier.

This post is an invitation to discover God in view of His Word; to know Him.

21 Smiles:

  1. Thank you for letting God speak through you. So much truth that I needed today!!

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  2. So good! Thank you for the reminder, because daily I need to remember that I have only one ultimate task: to know Him.

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  3. Knowing God is the greatest reward and also the greatest challenge.
    Love that quote from Myrna.

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  4. Girls, this is our priority! Loved this post - so inspired me! :) Love your heart, and love His heart. xx

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  5. lovinnnggg this :) simple and sweet and very true. OUR God is truth. That blows my mind at times. Everything in Him is both good, just and true.. all at once. I dont think I've ever met anyone like that.


    ♥CheChe

    p.s. But I will soon and very soon

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  6. I love the verses Matthew 16:16-19 because when Jesus was asking who he was, Peter, (who was Simon at the time) recognized who jesus was and said "you are the christ, the messiah, the son of the living God." it was then that Jesus gave him a new identity and called him Peter.

    you can't know who you are if you don't recognize who jesus is first.
    I love that Ash.

    ~Morgan

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  7. I really like your blog Ashely! this was very encouraging to read. As a newlywed myself, let me know if you ever need someone to talk to as you navigate through this wonderful and scary time.
    xx

    http://500-daysofautumn.blogspot.ca/

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  8. ah, yes! and i'm really and haven't been reading lately.. but, I LOVE the ''new'' design! the header is so cute :)

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  9. Woah. Something I needed to hear and can definitely relate to. I am in constant need of those things to...the answer...how can you depend on someone you know little about? Wow. That really hit me. I need to spend time with Him. Real time. Quality time. Time in the word. Time in prayer. It's been such a hard season of life, but this is when I should be clinging to Him most. Thanks for this.

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  10. I love this, especially that you have described all of these facets of knowing Him as "practical." Especially with peace, I have never thought about it that way, but I love the realization in this.

    Recently, in lieu of all the political activity in the States, I had a conversation with many people of faith about the "practicality" of a believer's efforts. I came to the conclusion that prayer is just as practical - if anything, more so practical than anything we could ever vote on. Similarly, and in knowing Him, perhaps prayer is the practical activity that brings about all of these four things.

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  12. I always love visiting your site! You are an inspiration and encouragement to me! You have a God-given talent to refocus your readers on the most important thing, Jesus Christ. My prayers are with you through this new chapter in your life. It's an exciting and scary one and one to praise God for! Enjoy every morsel and moment that you can. All my love, Lilah at http://asparrownamedlilah.wordpress.com

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  13. I always love visiting your site! You are an inspiration and encouragement to me! You have a God-given talent to refocus your readers on the most important thing, Jesus Christ. My prayers are with you through this new chapter in your life. It's an exciting and scary one and one to praise God for! Enjoy every morsel and moment that you can. All my love, Lilah at http://asparrownamedlilah.wordpress.com

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  14. Nice post.^^
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    My Blog

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  15. I'm sorry, forget my comments, they came across very rude and I apologize, I write too bluntly and hurt people too often without meaning to. I should not have written when I was frusterrated
    Please accept my apology.

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    1. no hard feelings! I'm sorry if I came across like offensive or hypocritical. That's not my intention at all. I'm by no means perfect

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  16. what a great and inspiring post :)

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  17. Thank you for the reminder that the only thing I need to know about the future is that God has it in the bag, I just need to trust!:)

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  18. I am so glad I stumbled across your blog. I have a heart for missions and would love to be a sponsor once you get the sponsor details. Please keep me in the know...and may God bless your union.

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