How To Know God Personally and Intimately
Philippians 3:3-10; Ephesians 3:14-19
To know Him. God created you know Him intimately and personally. See Exodus 6:6-7; 8:10; 16:12; Deuteronomy 4:32-35; John 17:3; Jeremiah 9:23-24; 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:8-12; Psalm 82:5; Hosea 4:6; 6:3; Isaiah 5:13; Daniel 11:32
How to know God personally and intimately:
Through the New Birth. When a man or woman becomes born again, he or she receives the capacity to know God personally and intimately. See 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 4:17-18; John 3:1-7; Romans 8:16; Psalm 51:6; Psalm 18:28; Proverbs 20:27; John 1:4-5; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Matthew 11:25; Matthew 13:11; Acts 22:14;
Through the Word: The primary to know God is through His Written Word. The Written Word, the Bible is the accurate revelation of who God is. It is God’s testimony about Himself. See 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21. God and His Word are one. God and His Word are inseparable. God never contradicts His Word. John 1:1-3; 8:30-32; 2 Peter 1:2-3; 1 Samuel 3:1,7; 3:21;
Through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the agent of Divine Revelation. You cannot know God without the help of the Holy Spirit. He is our Teacher. The Holy Spirit gives us access to the accurate knowledge of God. See John 6:45; 14:26; 15:26. The Holy Ghost never contradicts the Written Word. He guides us in line with the Holy Spirit. See 16:13-15;1 Corinthians 2:9-12; 1 John 2:20,27
Through the Knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. Everything He said or did was the Father’s will. The more we know Jesus the more we know the Father better. Jesus was the will of God in action. Jesus did exactly what God the Father wanted done in the way that He wanted it done. He was the PERFECT WILL OF GOD in motion. See John 1:14; 1:18 NLT, MSG, AMPC; 5:19-20; 5:30; 5:37-39; 6:38; 14:6-11
Through the teachings of God’s Word: When we teach and preach God’s Word we make God known unto others. Explanation and Proclamation are the anchors of revelation. See Romans 10:14-17; Ephesians 3:1-9; 1 Timothy 4:6; 2 Timothy 3:14-17. The goal of every sincere teacher or preacher should be to unveil Jesus Christ to others. See 2 Corinthians 4:1-5
Through time spent in prayer and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. As we spent time in fellowship with God, He will reveal deep and intimate things about Himself to us. This happens when we ask Him to reveal Himself to us. See Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 63:1-2; Ephesians 1:17-19; Colossians 1:9-10; Philippians 1:9-11
Through Visionary Encounters: Divine encounters through visions and revelations transforms our lives, our character, our attitudes and our disposition towards others. See Exodus 3:1-15; 6:1-2; 33:12-34:10; Isaiah 6:1-8; Acts 26:12-19; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.
God reveals Himself through Visionary Encounters. All encounters must be tested with the Word.
Through Experiential Knowledge: As we walk with God and observe His workings we can tell whether something is of God or not. Walking with God leads to discernment. As you walk with God and engage ins spiritual exercises our spiritual senses are developed. See Exodus 32:15-18; 2 Kings 6:8-18; Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 Timothy 4:7-8
Through Dreams and Revelations: God also reveals Himself and His will to us through dreams and revelations. Every dream or revelation has to be tested with the Word of God. See Numbers 12:5-8; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:16-17; 16:9-10. A dream is a prophetic parable and needs to be interpreted in the light of God’s Word. See Job 33:14-18; Daniel 4:1-37; 7:1-14