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by Chantelle Cudger
3/01/2011 / Christian Living
Do you know God? Give yourself a moment before you answer this question. In most instances, out of sheer habit, our tongue begins to rattle off the Bible basics concerning who God is. We know Him to be the Creator of both Heaven and Earth. We know that He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We know Him to be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. We even know all of the miraculous things that He can do for us. Yet, unless we have allowed God to reveal to us the true nature of His being, none of these things has anything to do with who God is to us. Do you really know Him?
To know God is to love Him for whom He is period. All of the blessings that God allows are only by-products of having established an imperishable relationship with Him. In His Word he beckons for us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness
(Matthew 6:33), seek Him while He can be found (Isaiah 55:6), search for Him wholeheartedly (Jeremiah 29:13). Our Father isn't trying to hide Himself from us. Rather, He wants to communicate with us, if only we would draw near to Him (James 4:8). There is nothing like divine fellowship with Him, because only in and through it will we be able to truly exemplify holy and acceptable fellowship as the body of Christ.
To know Him is to experience true, intimate, uninterrupted fellowship with Him on a daily basis. The more time we spend communicating with Him in prayer the more we will know Him. We serve a God who so desires for us to enter into His presence with no motive other than our insatiable hunger and thirst for more of Him. When we have genuinely reached the point of recognizing who God is, prayer is no longer a matter of timidly giving Him a list of needs or demands. Instead, we come before the throne of grace seeking the Father's heart and not His hand. However, our communion with God doesn't stop at prayer. There is no greater way to gain a better understanding of God's character than through the reading of His Word, because in it we also learn of what pleases and displeases Him (Hebrews 4:12). God also speaks to our hearts through His Word, using it to confirm all that He has revealed to us in prayer.
Our Father summons us to sacred fellowship with Him because He loves us. How many times have we been told that we are loved only to find that there was some other motive behind the statement? Praise God that with Him sincere and unconditional love is His only motive. Love's Originator is calling us into sweet communion. The Spirit and the bride say, "Come" (Revelation 22:17), who are we to deny such a royal invitation?
Chantelle Cudger was born and raised in Atlanta, GA the sixth of eleven siblings; she holds her family close to her heart.
She attends First Baptist Atlanta where she has also served in the Pre-School Ministry for 9 yrs. She is also actively involved in both short-term missions and local outreach
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