Tom, a new reader we met recently, shared his testimony with us: months ago, he was learning to be part of a Christian community and hungrily diving into God’s Word for hours at a time every day when he thought, ‘Wait, a second… Other religions are just like this: they have true community and acts of service. They have their own holy texts and scriptures. What makes Christianity different?‘ (Have you ever wondered the same thing?) Then it hit him: we as Christians have a direct line to God. We can talk to Him any day, any time we choose to. We can cry out to Him when we need Him most. We can even whisper to Him when we just want to chat. It was that moment when Tom knew he needed more than Scripture: he needed a personal relationship with the Lord.
Some of you have joined us in the 40-Days of Fasting Challenge, a Bible reading challenge we started at the beginning of Lent. (If you haven’t started, it’s not too late to join! Click here for more information!) As part of our weekly supplemental material, we want to share these FREE resources on getting to know who God is. Here are three ways to know God personally (we know it’s April 1st, but this is no joke!):
1. Search for God’s Traits and Personality in the Word
God’s personality and emotions are all over the Bible. Whether we see His colors through Jesus, prophetic words, or the Holy Spirit, the Bible is full of how God responds to His children. As you go through your day, ask yourself what God may think of situation A or situation B, and then seek His wisdom in the Word. This week we’re offering some great downloadable charts to help you get to know who God is. They include biblical references and scriptures to get you started:
God has many names in the Bible and each name shows a different aspect of God. For example, “Adonai” means “The Lord” or “My Great Lord”; “El Roi” means “The God Who Sees Me”; and “YHWH” means “”I AM,” The One Who Is” or “The Self-Existent One”. The Names of God eChart from Rose Publishing contains 10 different Names of God, the meaning and application for each name, as well as Bible references where the name can be found. The Names of God eChart is a great study tool to help you better understand the God of the Bible.
This FREE eChart shares 4 Bible-based ways to practically respond to the question, “Which way should I go?” and explains 6 keys to understanding God’s will even in the midst of painful circumstances.
2. Know How God Sees You
We’ve all heard “God loves you,” but what does that mean? Have you ever considered what God thinks about you? Have you considered that God doesn’t just love you, but likes you too?
In order for a relationship to happen, two people have to relate to each other. The beautiful thing about God is that He came to earth as Jesus, as a human, and he has experienced every trial and temptation that we could face! He’s the most relatable person imaginable. He weeps when we weep, and He rejoices when we rejoice! In Psalm 139, it’s written that God’s thoughts about you are countless! Have you considered what His thoughts of you might be?
Not really sure where to start? We recommend this book by Dr. Norm Wright, Discovering Who You Are and How God Sees You.
One can easily admit that getting to know God is not like getting to know another person who can be present and tangible. We can’t see God across a coffee table, we can’t shake hands with Him when we first introduce ourselves. But we can speak to Him and hear from Him. Set aside time throughout each day to tell God what concerns and questions are on your heart. Thank Him for His grace and providence in your life. Ask Him to speak to you, to reveal Himself to you.
Not sure how to pray? Or maybe you’re praying for the first time? Many people, mature and new Christians alike, enjoy praying God’s Word back to Him. Here’s a clear and concise eChart on how to use Scripture to pray.
Have You Accepted Christ?
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and would like to right now, pray this with us:
God, I want a real relationship with You,
I admit that many times I’ve chosen to go my own way instead of Your way.
Please forgive me for my sins.
Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins.
Come into my life to be my Lord and my Savior.
Change me from the inside out and make me the person You created me to be.
In Your holy name I pray, Amen.
(From June Hunt)
In what other ways do you get to know God? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear them!
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