PowerPoint - Sept. 29, 2009

Getting to know God better

September 29, 2009

… that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death….

--Philippians 3:10

What do you think the apostle Paul meant when he said, "that I may know him?" Clearly, Paul was already a believer. He knew and was following Christ. So why would he say, "that I may know Him"?

In the Amplified Bible, today's verse reads, "[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [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]…."

Now that's illuminating, isn't it? 

You see, God hasn't called us to a distant or casual relationship with him. No! Our God-determined purpose is for us to know him better and better, progressively throughout our lives!

God could never be satisfied having a shallow relationship with you. He seeks a deep, intimate relationship where you steadily recognize and understand more and more about who he is. 

What an amazing God we have. He is a God who can be known and loved, and who loves us back!  And the better you know and understand him, the more he transforms you into his image.

Do you want to know God this way? You can! This was not just God's purpose for Paul. This is God's purpose for your life, too. You can know him better each day. Pursue him with a passion and he will make himself known to you.


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