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The Goal God Wants Every Christian to Have

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About six months ago, there was a big trend on Twitter. Tweets in this trend were all about “God Hates.” In reality, God is love. If we don’t know him, we can’t know that truth.

The primary goal God wants every Christian to have:

To know and understand God. This is the goal God wants Christians to embrace.

“Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth.” Jeremiah 9:23-24

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Knowing God

God wants us to know his heart and what his character is really like. He wants us to know what he desires for us, how he feels about us, what’s important to him, and the kinds of things that break his heart. He wants us to know how he thinks, how he perceives the world, and what he longs for. He wants us to know how much he loves us and how much he loves the outcasts too.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Knowledge of God leads to so many other things  . . . trust, joy, peace, wisdom, power, love, stronger relationships with God and others, better decision-making, security and hope for the future, purpose, and life.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.” John 17:3

It’s Personal

God doesn’t just want us to know about him. He wants us to know him in a very personal way . . . intimately . . . closely . . . in a way that changes us. Like Daniel, Paul, Abraham, Noah, David, the bleeding woman, the Samaritan woman, Mary Magdalene and more.

Even though he’s too immense for us to understand him fully (Isaiah 40:13-14), we can move in that direction. Life is a journey of discovery. Never dull. Never boring. Never stagnant. Always learning. Always growing.

God Makes Himself Known

If God wants us to know him, that means he wants to make himself known.  Next Monday I’ll focus on one of the ways he does this.

“And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 38:23

Do you believe God is knowable? Have you always viewed him as distant and unreachable?

Thanks for coming by. As always, I’ll be leaving the light on for my favorite friends. That includes you!

With great confidence in the character of God . . .

Lisa~


 

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9 Comments

  1. The same love i embrace each day and night is also shared by your heart, the same joy and peace that embraces my spirit is the same i see reflected in your words. The same confidence in the purest of loves i see in the radiance of your post…I see God’s love and His hand at work in all that you do. For you share the gift He has given you wanting for no reward but that many may taste of His love and turn. You are a sweet reflection of His goodness which we try to emulated everyday! Your words are a beautiful blessing to my heart, soul, mind and spirit! Thanks for your spiritual embrace. My email is foreverpoetic@comcast.net, It should show but if it did not i will correct this. Stay strong and focused…maybe we can bring many to share what we know to be so very real each day! God Bless my sister!

    • Lisa says:

      I am overwhelmed by your gracious words. Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful response. I’m speechless. It’s nice to know that we’re on the same journey although we’re in separate places. Blessings to you too Wendell.

  2. Carey says:

    The family and I were just talking about this topic this morning from Proverbs 2… seeking wisdom brings this understanding and relationship with the LORD. Great post Lisa!

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Carey! Hey I also appreciate you retweeting one of my recent posts. :) I’ve been wanting to contact you about a new series I’m starting for single moms on Saturdays . . . teaching them how to raise their boys to manhood in the absence of involvement from their fathers. Was wondering if you ever do any guest posts. I think I’m going to need some help on this one! I’ll also install a linky tool at the bottom of posts in this series if you have material that you’d like to link in to help them.

      • Carey says:

        Hi again… sure, I’d love to help if I can. Interesting you’re tackling the single-mom topic… as I’ve just been aware of my own lack of writing on that issue. I am realizing my blog could easily come across as a “just for intact, traditional families” type of blog – which is NOT what I want. Let me know what you are thinking in terms of issues and timeline – I’ll chat with my wife about it to generate more thoughts (most of my good ideas are hers anyway) and hopefully we’ll connect when I have something more to say on the subject!

      • Carey says:

        BTW Lisa, I have a book contest going on over at my site – giving away two paperbacks and one e-book copy of “You, Your Family, and the Internet” by David Clark. It’s a great little book. If you’re interested in entering or passing it along you can at http://www.ChristianHomeandFamily.com/win

  3. […] God wants us to know him. I mean he wants us to really, really know him. If he wants us to know him, then it’s easy to assume that he also wants to make himself known. See my post for more on the goal God wants every Christian to have. […]

  4. Jerry says:

    Hats off to whevoer wrote this up and posted it.

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