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Monday, July 7, 2014

Getting to Know God Better

In review of Philippians 3:10 it says, “For my determined purpose is that I may ... progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly.”

Bottom Line:
I want to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead. I want to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death.

What this means to me:
I desire to know Christ more deeply and intimately acquainted with the power that raised him from the dead. To know more about what it means to share in his sufferings and in this understanding become more like him in his death. What I’m learning is that I was made to live in relationship with God, and I will never be fully joyful without getting to know him better. Happiness is found in getting to know God a little bit better every day. This is what Paul discovered, as he says in Philippians 3:10, “For my determined purpose is that I may ... progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly” (AMP). There is a difference in knowing about someone and knowing someone. Paul became “deeply and intimately acquainted” with God because he had a relationship with him and took the time to get to know him. I won’t get to know God by accident. Rather, It’s a “determined purpose” in my life.  It’s something I need to do something about. I need to invest my time in it. Unfortunately I often can get busy, and this busyness can destroy relationships. It can destroy my relationship with my family, and it can destroy my relationship with God. To get to know Jesus, I’ll need to spend quality time with him. To spend time with him, I’ll need to make it a priority. So I will continue to set aside 10 or 15 minutes of focused time with God each weekday morning, carefully making sure that myself and my mind are not busy. Doing so will make all the difference in my life and can help me make a difference in the world around me. If I’m not careful, there are a lot of things that I can let crowd out this time (i.e. oversleeping, not scheduling my time correctly, goofing off.) To get regular undistracted time, I’ll need to get up early and set aside time in my schedule.

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