Saturday, 20 June 2015

As a Christian, you will never experience growth without first growing in the knowledge of Christ. As much as we think the Apostle Paul must have known Christ, he still felt his knowledge wasn't enough and maintained a deep inner craving to know Him more. He expressed that deep inner desire in the following verse of his epistle to the Philippians.

"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." (Phil 3:10) KJV.

Did you know that when Paul made that, he had been a Christian for twenty years or thereabout? Paul was telling the whole world that the knowledge of Christ is progressive. He wants the whole world to know that the more you know about Christ, the more you know that you know nothing.

Many exist who are already feeling complacent about what they think they know about God. Just when you think you have known one side of Him, He will show you another side. A closer study of the Bible is revealing of the fact that most believers of old did not know Him very well. They only knew what He revealed to them. Let me now at this point show you how to begin to know God.

The fear of God.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7).

Did you see that? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge." The building block of getting to know God is to first have the fear of God, you do not care about your life. The book of Ecclesiastes takes us steps further in discussing the fear of God.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Your duty on earth is to fear God, for it when you have His fear that He will begin to reveal Himself to you. God will not reveal deep things about Himself meant for adults to a person who does not fear Him, and is therefore a babe in the spirit. A person, who fears God, put Him first in all things.

People who don't fear God cannot progress in getting to know God more. The interesting thing is that the devil was the first to lose the fear of God and lose his place as a consequence, therefore, he knows whether you fear God or not. When Satan sees anybody who fears God, he respects the person. The point here in knowing God is to have the fear of God.

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