“If any work of Christian literature deserves the title of. 'contemporary classic,' I believe that J. I. Packer's Knowing God qualifies for that distinction. It is my hope. KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY. What does it take to know God? This will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now. What does it. "Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature 9 But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that .
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KNOWING GOD week 2. The Christian life and God's Word are filled with exciting aspects. One of the most exciting of those is that the God of the universe. PDF | On Jan 1, , T.M. Luhrman and others published Knowing God. the road of discovery and come to know their God intimately and personally. While reading through Packer's Knowing God can be memorable, and has been .
He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred It is not enough just to know these three principles Principle 4 We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough.
Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will. Which circle would you like to have represent your life?
Self-directed life You are in control and Jesus has no influence in your life. People like this have never received Jesus into their lives.
They remain guilty and cut off from God by their sin. Christ-directed life Jesus is in control and you are following him as Lord. People like this have received Jesus into their life.
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
The following is a suggested prayer. If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised. Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. She then sold the oil to pay her debt.
In application, you must bring an empty life to Jesus Christ for Him to fill. Empty yourself to be filled with God. You must empty yourself to be filled with God. Why did Paul instruct us not to be filled with beer and wine? To some people drinking represents fun. Others drink alcohol to get away from their problems. The secret of being filled with God is to first empty yourself.
Have you repented? Lord, I repent. Empty yourself to drink. A woman from Sychar walked toward the well under the burning sun; it was high noon. She carried a large pot on her shoulder—it was empty. She had sought marital bliss five times, but each expectation ended in a divorce.
Jesus knew she had given up—she was empty—because now she had just moved in with a man. No wedding ceremony. No hope. The woman who met Jesus at the well was just as empty as her pot see Jn. Her dreams were crushed, her respect gone, her future desolate. What could Jesus promise this empty woman? Are you empty? If not, what fills your life? Jesus says His drink will give you satisfaction. Do you need something to make you happy?
He is water to drink.
Start by emptying yourself. Lord, I surrender all to You. Empty a dirty and cracked vessel. Emptying your vessel means more than pouring out stuff. It also means washing out the inside. The Lord cannot fill a dirty vessel. You wash a dirty glass with soap and water, then rinse it until it sparkles.
Now you can fill it with milk. What can you do? Let the Lord search you. Would you pour milk in a glass with a crack or a hole? It would spill and be lost. Will the Lord fill you if you are rebellious or if you lie? He would be pouring Himself into a human vessel only to be spilt on the floor. God will find every sin in you. He knows where the germs of sin are located, and He knows the inclinations of your heart see Jer.
Dip the glass into the liquid that will wash away all your sins-germs. Emptying all types of vessels. What in you needs emptying? Think about all the different kinds of vessels. You use some vessels for cooking, such as stew pots, frying pans, and roasters. These vessels can represent your occupation, or what you do with your time. No matter what fills your vessel, it must be emptied before the Lord can fill it.
He may change your job or allow you stay at the same vocation. When you empty yourself, you let Him make that decision. Other people are like a bowl, platter, or decanter. These are serving vessels.
Even these things can take the place of Jesus. You must empty good works to be filled with God. Others are like vessels used at a meal—a cup, glass, or soup bowl. Before the Lord will fill you with His goodness, you must empty out the husk and trash of this world.
What about flower vases, decorative pots, or planters? Some people go through life putting on a good front. They are more concerned with what people think of them than of what God thinks. You must empty your self-image and desire for respectability before He can fill you. Finally, some people are like a popcorn bucket or beer bottle consumed at athletic events or at the movies.
You must empty your pursuit of entertainment before He will fill you.
After you empty yourself, then what? Does God automatically fill you because you are empty? Lord, fill me now. Fasting is emptying. When you fast, obviously you stop ingesting food. What happens physically?
Since you need energy to live, you survive off the food that has been stored in your body. To begin with, the food in your stomach will supply energy for about a day. Fasting will cause hunger pangs, similar to the fuel gauge in your automobile that tells you the tank is almost empty.
You then get energy from the stored fat in your body. There are certain people who are not physically able to fast. Years ago there was an extremely thin young lady working in my office. Around in the afternoon I heard a commotion in the reception area. She had tried to fast, but had fainted. She was subsequently given some liquid to drink and bread to eat, then went home for the day and was all right. There are about 30 pathologies that prevent some from fasting; however, these people can enter the spirit of the fast while eating only necessities.
You physically empty yourself when you fast. But what about emptying yourself spiritually? When you feel hunger pangs, it should alert you to seek God all the more.
The longer you remain on a fast, the more you demonstrate your sincerity and desire to have His presence in your life. God will not hear you just because you stop eating. But the symbolism of fasting can be very meaningful. As you allow your physical body to empty itself of food, make an intentional effort to empty your soul before God.
If you honestly pray and seek Him, you can be filled. When you come empty to God—of food and self—He can fill you. Turn to Me, says the Lord, with all your heart while there is time.
Empty your hearts, not just your stomachs. Return to Me, Your Lord and God…who knows if I will give you mercy and a blessing instead of a curse? God will not hear you just because you quit eating.
But the symbolism can be meaningful. When you come to God empty—of food and self— it is then that He can fill you. Turn to me, says the Lord, with all your heart while there is time. Fast with weeping and mourning. Return to Me, Your Lord and God…. Who knows if I will give you mercy and a blessing instead of a curse. M y wife and I have a favorite restaurant near the San Francisco airport.
Actually, we like it because we enjoy a favorite waiter there. We respond the way he wants us to respond. We like him because he inspires us to anticipate a good meal.
And to many of us, anticipation of pleasure is often more enjoyable than the pleasure itself. When you taste the Lord, you anticipate all the good things that He is beginning to do for you.
You read another verse and God satisfies your hunger as you learn more about Him…and you long for more. As you read further into the Scriptures and drink of His goodness…you get thirstier. As you worship Him…you desire to praise Him more. Fasting is anticipation of meeting God, knowing He will meet with you. You can fast for many reasons…to break addiction…for healing…to solve a continuing problem…or for revival.
However, the greatest reason to fast is to get to know God and to feed on the Bread of Life. How good is the taste of the Lord? When you fast, you stop eating food. But fasting is much more than just not eating.
You turn away from earthly food, to feed on God. When you begin fasting, you take a mere taste of the Lord, and find out that He is good…He is very good. When you taste the Lord, you want more.
So I used to place myself at strategic locations so that our paths would cross during the day. As I stood waiting for her, my heart would beat a little faster and my eyes would search in expectation. I wanted to hear her voice and talk with her. In the same way, when you put aside physical food, you begin to fast in anticipation. You want the Lord to meet with you.
Lord, I want You to feed me and satisfy me. Of all the foods in this world, which do you like most? I call them angel food because they are so light they could help an angel fly.
How do they taste? Like nothing else you have ever placed in your mouth. There are other things I also like to taste. I like the taste of a fresh tomato sandwich, grown in my own garden, picked early in the morning, and eaten as the sun comes up. I slice the tomato thick—one inch thick—then butter one side of the toast, with mayo on the other. Add enough salt to bring up the flavor, then I close my eyes to taste satisfaction.
I taste energy and life, because I grew it in my own garden. As much as I love these foods, when I fast I turn my back on it all, and I am again feeding on the Lord. I am only tasting the Lord.
But even then when I take a little bite, I find out…God is good! Lord, constantly remind me how good You are.
Have you started to taste the things that God has provided for you? Tasting is enjoyment. When you taste food, you do not swallow a mouthful to get strength, nor do you consume as much as you can to keep from starving. When you taste, you put a little food on your fork, or you pinch off a piece, and place it in your mouth. Eating a full meal gives you strength; tasting is just the first step towards that strength. Tasting is the first step towards a pleasant experience.
Many people think that fasting is solely denying the body food and one obviously grows weaker because of that abstention; much like an automobile stops moving when it runs out of gas.
Tasting spiritual things presents a promise of more to follow. When you taste, Jesus comes to support your weakness.
So when you taste the Lord, it is the first step towards spiritual strength. When you take that first taste of the Lord, you find that He is good. Just as you enjoy conversation with your spouse, so you enjoy conversation with the Lord.
And just as you look forward to fellowship with your buddies or 24 TASTING talking to relatives at a family reunion, so you enjoy talking to the Lord when you taste of Him. Tasting is a down payment on what is to follow. When I go to a church supper, I always enjoy potato salad. No two cooks ever make potato salad the same way. Just as there are a vast number of personalities, so there are vast tastes of potato salad. Some cooks put in a little mustard, others withhold the mustard.
I personally like the taste of a little sweet relish, and a lot of hard-boiled egg whites. When I see several dishes of potato salad at a church supper, I taste a little from each bowl.
So I can choose which I like best and return to get a big helping of my favorite. In the same way, fasting is like my tasting different kinds of potato salad.
Enjoyment is in each anticipated bite. When you fast you begin to sample God by praying and listening to Him. After tasting His presence, you desire a big spoonful of God on your plate. Tasting the Lord is a down payment of more to follow.
There is more fellowship…more enjoyment…more communion…and more union with Him. When I came to the end of my day fast, I was not famished for food. Many people who have not fasted for 40 days assume that you approach the last day like a marathon runner with barely enough strength to make it to the finish line. At the end of the 40 days, you want to stay on the fast…forever.
The day fast has been only a taste of what Heaven is like. Lord, give me more. Tasting is creating desire. You taste food that you think will be good. You anticipate it. The great passion of David was to spend time with God, to be close to Him and enjoy His presence. You know you love Him and you want more of Him in your life. Do you like the Lord? Have you tasted Him recently? Why did David greatly desire to seek after the Lord?
When you begin tasting of the Lord, He takes care of your problems in life. You hide in Him because you are sheltered by Him. Many of your problems evaporate because most are perceptual in nature.
When you taste of God, you find that not many things in life are really worth worrying about, after all. So, set aside food, taste of the Lord; and hide yourself in His presence.