“Knowing God ‘in Deed’/ God Knows You Indeed”
The Word of God makes it plain that we know Him because He first knew us. And being known by Him is the reason we can have an intimate relationship with Him. And, our rela- tionship with Him provides us with motive, direction and faith enables us to do good deeds. These good deed are produced in us because He abides in us through the presence of the Ho- ly Spirit. Accordingly, the presence of the Holy Spirit makes it possible to have an intimate relationship with Him. It is Jesus Christ that asked our Heavenly Father of make us one with Him and the Father in John 17. This relationship with Him always and must produce “good deeds” in our life. The Apostle John states the correlation with our deeds and our rela- tions with Him this way:
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:1-6) Good deeds are events, activities that are a result of the relationship and mission we have as the Church of the Liv- ing Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to continue to hold up for you the importance of an ever increasing intimacy with the God of the universe, your Heavenly Father. Remember in Acts 19:21 Paul, “purposed in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem?” A look at the original language there shows us that Paul was laid out by the Spirit to go, in other words, he was following the leading of the Holy Spirit in his life. What great awareness, confidence and obedience to God’s will for his life Paul demon- strated for us. He was more than willing to be an active participant in what the Lord was doing with him because of this wonderfully intimate relationship he had with the Lord. The Lord Jesus told his disciples on the way to the cross that it was advantageous for Him to leave so that the Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Paraclete, the Holy Spirit could then come to us. He is to lead us to the truth, the way, the life, (John 13). He reveals His will to us by making the Word relevant to us as the pathway, the map to follow Him.
This can only be accomplished by a relationship that He gives His children that transcends time and space. Take the time today to review Psalm 139 to renew you. The marvelous thing about this Psalm is that David is not telling God something that He did not already know, but telling Him what he had learned so far from his relationship with Him. Look at verse three, a more literal translation says, “You winnow my journeying and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” David is telling the Lord that he sees Him sep- arating the good from the bad in his life because the Lord has His hand on him. David sees Him leading, guiding and directing him for His Glory. David is determined to be a willing participant in what His Lord God is doing with him through his life.
Dear one, be resolved this month to grow in your intimacy with the Lord with us by listening to the Holy Spirit as He leads you into all the truth as He “winnows your journeying” at Chapel Woods. You know we have weekly opportunities and special events (as above) for you to take advantage of for yourself and your family. Seek more of the Lord’s fellowship, more of the Lord’s power, more of the Lord’s Glory. Take advantage of our offerings and be a willing participant with what our Great God is doing with us here in Snellville. I look forward to seeing you as you glorify God with your life and enjoy Him forever as we journey together in July.