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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Knowing is Obeying"

Date published: 07/18/2017
John 7:17 “If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own.” (NIV)

   People love guarantees. “Go on this diet for seven days, and you are guaranteed to lose weight.” “Try this product for thirty days, and it is guaranteed to grow hair.” “Drink this twice each day and double your energy.” “Do God’s will, and you will know who Jesus says He is!” Hold on, did we hear that right? I can know the validity of Jesus by obeying?!! People continually question who Jesus is, the validity of His words, and whether He is God Himself. In fact that was the beginning of my personal story in knowing Christ. I told God, “Get me out of this mess, and I will seek to know you!!!” And God revealed Himself to me. I obeyed and sought His will; and God revealed Himself to me. God’s promises are pretty incredible and beneficial for all who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They provide a powerful motivator to obey and seek God’s will.  

   Here are four steps to obedience and doing God’s will that will help take you into the reality of the living Christ: 1) Hosea 6:3 emphasizes the pursuit of God: “Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him.  As surely as ‘The sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.’” (NIV) 2) Luke 8:15 shows a heart that desires intimacy with Jesus: “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (NIV) 3) Psalm 25:14 challenges you to believe there is a God and to fear (fear means reverence and awe) Him, “The LORD confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.” (NIV) As your fear in God grows, your obedience to Him more easily follows. 4) In John 8:31b-32, Jesus identified His followers by their obedience, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (NIV)  

   The benefits of knowing and experiencing God are incredible. God will: 1) enter your life to work His purpose for your good; 2) produce fruit that gives satisfaction; 3) bring you into an intimate, personal relationship with Him; and 4) show you truth, so that you can experience His freedom. If you want more of God, obey Him. Want to experience God’s work?  Obey Him. Want greater direction into His will?  Obey Him. God wants to be your all, if only you will let Him.  

2 Peter 1:4 “Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (NIV)

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.” 

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