Friday, December 7, 2012

To find God, one must first believe...

Heb 11:6  "And with out faith it is impossible to please Him, for he (anyone) who comes to God must believe that He is (that He exists and IS all that He says He is), and that He is a rewarder of those who (earnestly and diligently) seek Him (with all their hearts)."  Do you suppose the "reward" here is Himself?  Jer 29:13 states that if you do seek Him with all your heart you will find Him.

Here in Hebrews it says he who comes to God must believe that He exists.  But do you, Beloved, believe that He is all that He claims to be in His word?  We can not just believe in a portion of Who God is, what part of God we are "comfortabe" with.  Many in the world do that, (its actually idolatry), and sadly there's some in the church that do that too.  God can not be changed, God can not change.  We can not make God into what we want Him to be, by what we've been taught by others (if it doesn't line up with scripture~ Paul warns of this often in his letters, see Col 2:8 for one), nor by what we have experienced in this life.  He's so much bigger than that.

We must take God at His word (what He says about Himself), by faith.  That's what Heb 11:6 is saying.  Regardless if we've ever seen or experienced that part of Him we struggle to believe in!

Want to know Who God is (all that He claims He is)?  Read the Bible like you would go on a treasure hunt, digging deep, searching diligently with hope of finding that treasure you seek for.  Asking all along the way for God to reveal Himself to you, to give you revelations into the mystery of Who He is. 

That is His heart and eternal life, "that you might KNOW HIM and Jesus Christ, Who He has sent."  John 17:3

To look at Jesus, while He walked on earth among men (read the 4 gospels), you will see God the Father personified.  Jesus is the image of the Father, His exact representation.  Col 1:15, 19: 2:9; Heb 1:2,3

That's why Jesus came, that by His shed blood, we might be reconciled (reinstated) back to God and begin to walk with Him in intimate fellowship. 

There is no substitute for the wonder of walking closely with God, getting to know Him, little by little, even while here on earth.