“Knowing God begins by being born from above—a spiritual birth that brings you into relationship with your Creator.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 2, 2021
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31, ESV
God gives good gifts to His children. Gifts that bring Him glory and gifts that bring His sons and daughters security in knowing they are loved and adored by their heavenly Father. The Lord’s gift of comfort brings peace to an anguished soul. His gift of joy He gives to those who praise and worship Him with hearts lifted upward. Here are three ways God wants His best for you:
For You To Know Him “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17).
Knowing God begins by being born from above—a spiritual birth that brings you into relationship with your Creator. Similar to any loving and growing relationship, knowing your loving Father, knowing your forgiving Savior and knowing your wise Holy Spirit happens in an ongoing, vibrant, intimate community with the Trinity. Wisdom and revelation are the fruit of knowing God. His desire for you is to know Him, so He can show you His longings for your life. Know Him not just with head knowledge, but with eyes of your heart that transforms your being.
For You To Love Him “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).
You love Him when you help His people. Love for the Lord is a verb—active love for others in Jesus’ name. Not a one-time tip of sympathetic love, but an ongoing empathetic, persevering love that never gives up, especially when taken for granted. Pure love has a pure heart, unencumbered with accolades—serving an audience of One—Almighty God. Love waits on the Lord to energize his life with love so His genuine love goes to areas in need of compassion that human love is unable to discern. Pain and grief especially need to see your love and comfort. Your love of Jesus makes you an emissary of eternal love wrapped in the generous goodness of God.
For You To Obey Him “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:4-6).
Your obedience to God is the fruit of your love for God. Love wants to please the object of its affections, so when a life is captivated by the Lord the answer is “Yes, Lord”! Is your current career truly a calling from Christ, or merely a cash transaction? Make sure your current season of service aligns with what’s best for influence in God’s Kingdom and caring for your family. Work not done unto the Lord is counterproductive on earth and will burn up one day, but work for the Lord grows divine dividends. Invest your time in eternal matters—this matters most. Love expressed by obedience is not onerous, but an exercise in experiencing God’s pleasure.
“Look, all of you are flawed in so many ways, yet in spite of all your faults, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to all who ask” (Luke 11:13, The Voice)!
Heavenly Father, thank you for being with me in knowing, loving and obeying you, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
What evidence in my life points to my growing in knowing, loving and obeying God?
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