BY: DAVE GARNER
MAY 16, 2007
Hebrews 11:5-7, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible (you are unable) to please (gratify entirely: be pleasing or give pleasure) him: for he that comes (approaches, come near to, worships) to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder (gives wages in return) of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
DILIGENTLY SEEKS: 1567 ekzeteo; to search out, i.e., (figuratively) investigate, crave, demand
How do I know that God is? Greetings from a long lost friend, an answered prayer, an awesome message of hope and restoration, a genuine hug from someone unexpected, walking through a forest in the spring time when all is green smelling the fresh air, seeing new life full of vibrancy and excitement, the delight on peoples faces when their hope is restored, seeing a child in the arms of a loving mother, seeing joy on another’s face replace sadness, a young bride on her wedding day, flowers in bloom and of course the ability to touch and feel, smell, see, hear and speak are all outward aspects of seeing God’s love in action toward humanity, and all testify of His existence, yet they are all outward manifestations of His love and grace. But if this were all there was to my experiences I could easily lose touch with the personal reality of knowing my heavenly Father.
How do I know God except I know Love? I cannot know love except I experience love within my own heart. Love is developed and matured through personal communion and testimony in relationship with His Holy Spirit. I felt His warm embrace of love long ago when in one of my darkest hours, and have felt His presence many times since; all of which were personal, unexplainable, undiscoverable by the sensual man and incomparable to any other experience that I could ever entertain. As I feasted upon His Word, He became alive in my spirit, I began to taste that He is good and new life flowed through my veins. Many times despair and hopelessness has been replaced with the solace and hopeful expectation of comfort that were rewarded with the peace and contentment that can only come from the abiding grace and presence of a loving heavenly Father.
I have been lost many times in the darkness of circumstance and confusion, and the light of His glorious presence lighted a pathway before me that I was not even aware was present, bringing with it an awesome deliverance and word of comfort for direction. Oh how wonderful it is to receive a Word in the middle of the night that sends rapture through your whole being and brings fulfillment to a prayer. Such joy feels the heart when He surrounds you with His presence when all around is rejection, fear, despair and confusion. What a joy it is when the Word of God is opened up to your understanding in such a way that it fills your whole being with purpose, new vision and delight. How humbling and spiritually rewarding it is when the Lord leads you to help another by ministering peace, giving a word of comfort, a word of discernment or word of knowledge, or to lay hands on a sick person and see them rise up rejoicing, restored in spirit and in health. The giving of yourself is the path to inspiration and new life, both in yourself and in others. There are so many, many, ways in which to personally come to know God, but one must be willing to humble themselves to knock, ask, and seek first then you must receive and then believe. For faith only comes by hearing and the hearing only comes by the Word of God spoken directly into the heart. One must hunger and thirst for righteousness before he can have it.
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