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February 25, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Can I Know God Personally? 1


Can I Know God Personally?

 

Genesis 3:8-9

And [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

 

Thought for Today

This week we wrestle with the question of whether or not we can know God personally. The first question to ask is, “Does God want to be known by us? People have promoted the idea that God started the world and then stepped back to watch and see what would happen. They argue that He chooses not to intervene so as not to taint His grand experiment. If God doesn’t want to be known there is no way to know Him. There was a moment in history that answered this question. Adam and Eve had disobeyed God in the Garden. When they hear God coming they hide in fear and shame. It was in this moment that God had a choice. He could step away and abandon them to the fate they had chosen or step towards them and invite them, even in their rebellious state, to know Him. It is in this moment that God cries out, “Where are you?” And with that question God called them to Himself. He desired to know them and be known by them, even when there would be a price to be paid. God longs to be known by you. This is wonderful news to start our week with.

 

Prayer

Father in Heaven, thank You for calling me to yourself even when I was sinful and rebellious. Help me to know You more deeply this week. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The only answer to fear is faith in God, knowing He loves you unconditionally and individually. — Joyce Meyer
 

Quote of the Day

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. — Thomas Aquinas



Comments

02-25-2019 at 10:24 AM
Lori Rueffer
I love your comment, Jeanette. He knows me! He knows you! He knows each of us!
02-25-2019 at 6:57 AM
Jeanette Dall
Reversing the words of a children's song speaks to this question. "Jesus knows me, this I love."
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February 22, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 5


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Revelation 6:9

I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God and for the witness they had borne.

 

Thought for Today

The final and most compelling proof for the truthfulness of the Bible is the fact that the disciples died for the testimony of the truthfulness of the accounts they had shared. Excepting the Apostle John who died in exile, all of the other original 10 disciples, along with the Apostle Paul, Stephen, James the Brother of Jesus, and a host of other early saints, all died for their testimony that Jesus was God incarnate who died on a cross for the sins of the world and rose on the third day. Any one of them could have admitted that they made it all up, or that it was all a big misunderstanding. Rather than retract a single word they all chose to die horrible deaths. Who would die for a lie? Maybe one lunatic would, but not all of them. Surely if it was untrue someone would have saved their life by confessing that they made it up. Our verse today tells us that they are all in heaven for their bold witness, “slain for the Word of God.” The only explanation I can find for this incredible phenomenon is that they were all telling the truth.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for all those who stood for the truth in difficult circumstances, let me find in their sacrifice confidence in the witness they bore to Your word. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The true martyr is he who has become the instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, and who no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of being a martyr. ― T.S. Eliot,

 

Quote of the Day

A pastor friend of mine said, "Our problem is that we no longer have martyrs. We only have celebrities. ― Shane Claiborne

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February 21, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 4


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

Thought for Today

Another reason I find the Bible to be trustworthy is the unique way it impacts people who read it. Someone once said that the Bible both sings and stings. That is to say, the Bible can make you say, “Yes!” and “Ouch!” at the same time. The Bible has a way of breaking us down, revealing what we thought was long hidden from God. To be clear, the Bible is not a guidebook on how to be good. It certainly tells us what true goodness and love look like. However, the Bible is designed to help us see just how woefully short of the mark we are. It will not tell you what to do to save yourself. The Bible will tell you what God did to save you, because you are incapable of saving yourself. This is both bad news and good news. It is bad news because we so desperately want some credit for our own salvation. It is good news because, while you get no credit, Jesus did all that was necessary to make up for your failures in goodness and love. All you have to do is receive the free gift of His grace. You cannot run or hide from the truths of Scripture, they are living active. The real question is, what will you do when God shows you who you really are? Shake your fist at heaven or throw yourself on His mercy?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, thank You for telling me the truth about myself, not because I didn’t know, but because I did, and now that I know You know the real me and still choose to love me, I will forever trust in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Sharper than any double-edged sword." A sword with two edges has no blunt side; it cuts both this way and that. The Word of God is edge all over. It is alive in every part, and in every part keen to cut the conscience and wound the heart. Depend on it: not a verse in the Bible is superfluous or a chapter that is useless. ― Charles Spurgeon

 

Quote of the Day

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior. ― John Stott

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