ADAM, MOSES, ENOCH, JEREMIAH, JOHN What did they have in common that they could be said to “know” God? Adam lived in a perfect world and literally walked with God in perfect conditions, but was separated from perfect communion with God because of his sin. On the other hand, Moses sinned by committing a murder – that sounds much worse than eating an apple – but it did not seem to cause any spiritual trouble for him. Moses was a mover and shaker, a man of tremendous influence on a nation of people; Enoch was a prophet but had little influence on the national scene. Jeremiah was called by God while he was in his mother’s womb; however, his ministry was marked by failure. John’s association with Jesus was tainted by his tendency toward strife among the disciples. They were not alike in sin or lack of sin, wealth or lack of wealth, ability or lack of ability, success or lack of success; what they all offered to God was time. They walked with God, talked with God, listened to God. They knew God.
STEPS TO TAKE IN MAKING THE JOURNEY:
MAKE A CHOICE: Psalm 27:8 When thou saidest, seek ye my face, my
heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek
PREPARE THY HEART: I Chron. 19:3 …and hast prepared thine
heart to seek God
GIVE HIM PRIORITY: Prov. 8:17 I love them that love me; those that
seek me early, shall find me.
FORSAKE SIN: Psalm 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they
walk in his ways.
BE “WITH” HIM: II Chron. 15:2 …the Lord is with you while ye be with
him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you…
HAVE FAITH: Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that deligently seek him.
CULTIVATE HUMILITY: Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and
be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
PERSEVERE: Heb. 11:6 …he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek
PERSIST CONTINUALLY: I Chron. 16:11 Seek the Lord and his
strength, seek his face continually.
RENDER SERVICE: I Chron. 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know
thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
REJOICE: I Chron. 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name; let the heart of
them rejoice that seek the Lord.
SEEK WITH ALL THY HEART: Deut. 4:29 But if from thence thou
shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him if thou seek him with
all thy heart and with all thy soul.
LIVE HOLY: Hos. 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in
mercy; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, till
he come and rain righteousness upon you.
PRAY: Dan. 9:3a And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer
FASTING: Dan. 9:3b And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek . . .by
You can see that a lot of these steps require time. Time with God is priority in the tag game with God.
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God Values His Name part 6, knowing God, God’s name