Realizing God's Reality II
To know and to experience God - that is what life is all about! God created us to have a relationship with him. The essence, the core of eternal life, is that we know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Recognizing God does not come through a program or a method, but through a relationship with a person. As the relationship develops, we come to understand and experience the reality of God.
How does God speak?
God speaks through the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the Church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. «Because the Word of God is alive and strong and sharper than any double-edged sword, and penetrates until it separates soul and spirit, also marrow and leg, and is a judge of the thoughts and senses of the heart» (Hebrews 4,12).
God speaks to us not only through prayer, but also through his word. We can not understand His Word unless the Holy Spirit teaches us. When we come to the Word of God, the author himself is present to teach us. Truth is never discovered. Truth is revealed. When truth is revealed to us, we are not led to an encounter with God - the is an encounter with God! When the Holy Spirit reveals a spiritual truth from God's Word, he enters our lives in a personal way (1 Corinthians 2,10: 15).
Throughout the Scriptures we see that God spoke personally to His people. When God spoke, it usually happened to every person in a unique way. God speaks to us when he has a purpose in mind for our lives. If he wants us to participate in his work, he reveals himself to respond in faith.
Will take the will of God on us
God's invitation to go to work with him always leads to a crisis of belief that requires belief and action. "But Jesus answered them: My father works until this day, and I also work ... Then Jesus answered and said to them: Truly, truly, I say to you: The son cannot do anything of his own accord, but only what he sees the father doing; because what this does, the son does likewise. Because the father loves the son and shows him everything he does, and will show him even bigger works, so that you will be amazed (John 5,17:19, 20). "
God's invitation to us to work with him, however, always leads to a crisis of faith, which requires faith and action on our part. When God invites us to join him in his work, he has a task that has a divine format that we can not create on our own. This is, so to speak, a crisis point of faith when we have to decide to follow what God tells us to do.
The crisis of faith is a turning point where you have to make a decision. You have to decide what you believe about God. How you react to this turning point will determine whether you continue to be involved with God in something divine, what only he can do, or if you continue on your own path and miss what God has planned for your life. This is not a one-time experience - it is a daily experience. How you live your life is testimony to what you believe about God.
One of the hardest things we need to do as Christians is to deny ourselves, to take up the will of God and follow Him. Our life must be God-centered, not self-centered. When Jesus became Lord of our lives, He has the right to be Lord in all situations. We need to make major adjustments in our lives to join God in His work.
Obedience requires complete dependence on God
We experience God by obeying him and doing his work through us. An important point to remember is that you can not go on with your life as usual, stay where you are now, and go with God at the same time. Adjustments are always necessary and then obedience follows. Obedience requires complete dependence on God so that he can work through you. If we are willing to subordinate everything in our lives to the Lordship of Christ, we will find that the adjustments we make are truly worth the reward of experiencing God. If you have not spent your whole life in the reign of Christ, now is the time to make the decision to deny yourself, to take up your cross, and follow him.
«If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I want to ask the Father, and he will give you another comforter that he will be with you forever: the spirit of truth that the world cannot receive, because it does not see it and does not know it. You know him, because he stays with you and will be in you. I don't want to leave you as orphans; I'm coming to you. It's still a little while, then the world won't see me anymore. But you should see me, because I live, and you should also live. That day you will see that I am in my father and you in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me. But whoever loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him " (John 14,15: 21).
Obedience is an outward visible expression of our love for God. In many ways, obedience is our moment of truth. What we do will be
- reveal what we really believe about him
- determine if we experience his work in us
- determine if we get to know him in a closer, familiar way
The great reward for obedience and love is that God will reveal Himself to us. This is the key to experiencing God in our lives. When we are aware that God is constantly working around us, that he is in love with us, that he speaks to us and invites us to join him in his work, and that we are ready to practice faith and to act By making obedience to His instructions, we will come to know God through experience while doing His work through us.
Basis book: «Experience God»
by Henry Blackaby