Knowing In My Knower - Part 6

Knowing In My Knower - Part 6

Thin Places

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-18

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:16-17

  • Genesis 1 & 2 – Creation story

  • Genesis 3:8 – walking in the garden

  • Genesis 28 – Jacob’s open heaven

  • Acts 10 – Cornelius & Peter

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

  • How to draw near:

    • Hebrews 4:14; 7:25

    • Philippians 3:7-11

    • 2 Peter 1:4

    • 2 Corinthians 1:20-22

  • God is impressed with our faith, not our feats.

    • Hebrews 11:6

    • 2 Chronicles 16:9

    • Jeremiah 33:3

    • Daniel 11:32

  • God’s invitation for intimacy

    • Like two sides of a coin

    • His will and/or purpose

    • Our response

    • John 14:21

    • John 14:1

    • Proverbs 3:5-6

Knowing In My Knower - Part 5

Knowing In My Knower - Part 5

Face To Face

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-18

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; 
I have made the Lord God my refuge, 
that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28

Draw near to God
and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:18-21

  • Genesis 32:20

  • Exodus 33:11

  • Deuteronomy 34:10

  • Numbers 12:8

  • Deuteronomy 5:4

For now we see in a mirror dimly, 
but then face to face;
now I know in part,
but then I will know fully
just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

  • Exodus 33:20 “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”

  • John 1:18

  • 1 John 4:12-14

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. Revelation 22:3-4

Knowing In My Knower - Part 4

Knowing In My Knower - Part 4

The Nearness of God

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-18

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; 
I have made the Lord God my refuge, 
that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28

Our walk with God and the intimacy He desires is always tempered by our desire and ability to see Him in life:
—in His glory through His creation

—in His works within creation

—in His Word

—in His church (our spiritual family)

Draw near to God
and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:18-21

Walking With God

  • Our walk with God is a walk of discovery, obedience, and faith.

  • First, God’s general revelation seen:

    • in the beauty of creation

    • the sensitivity of our conscience that convicts our own hearts.

    • This awareness produces the “awe” and the “ought” within our spirit

    • Two witnesses that stand and testify of our heart before God.

  • Second, in the specific revelation of God’s Word realized in His Son, Jesus the Christ.

  • Our relationship with God always has two sides in order to produce a sense of intimacy:

    • Like two sides to a coin

    • His will and/or purpose

    • Our response.

  • The reality of knowing is realized in our relationships:

  • The three key components are time – trust – tenderness

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD Jeremiah 29:11-13

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” John 10:27

  • This is the heart of our intimacy with God — God knows and we respond to know!

  • 
Sensing His presence and resonating with His speaking voice is the result.

And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:43

  • How am I to be “led by the Spirit.”

  • What is the “Spirit of adoption.”

  • How can I experience and know the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

  • How does the Lord “disclose Himself to us.”

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, 
that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

Knowing In My Knower - Part 3

Knowing In My Knower - Part 3

Intimacy

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-18

O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever. Psalm 131

Father … Abba

Intimacy With God

  • Faith in the knowledge of His attributes

  • Faith in His promises

  • John 14:7 – Jesus told Philip “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

  • John 14:9 “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”

Walking With God

  • “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”

  • “You will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

  • “I believe” = “I trust” = “I obey” = “I love”

  • “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

Our walk with God and the intimacy He desires is always tempered by our desire and ability to see Him in life:
—in His glory through His creation

—in His works within creation

—in His Word

—in His church (our spiritual family)

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:18-21

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD Jeremiah 29:11-13

And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:43

  • How am I to be “led by the Spirit.”

  • What is the “Spirit of adoption.”

  • How can I experience and know the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

  • How does the Lord “disclose Himself to us.”

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, 
that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

Knowing In My Knower - Part 2

Knowing In My Knower - Part 2

Trust

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-18

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. John 14:18-21

Walk With God

  • “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”

  • “You will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

  • “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD Jeremiah 29:11-13

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” John 10:27

  • This is the heart of our intimacy with God — God knows and we respond to know!

  • 
Sensing His presence and resonating with His speaking voice is the result.

And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:43

  • How am I to be “led by the Spirit.”

  • What is the “Spirit of adoption.”

  • How can I experience and know the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

  • How does the Lord “disclose Himself to us.”

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, 
that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28