I WANT TO KNOW HIM (PART 2)

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“[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], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out-flowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] …”  – Philippians 3:10 Amplified Bible

I started to share some thoughts from this text two weeks ago, then the 9th annual Family Freedom Walk came and I had to share what God did. As of today, we are at $70,000 that our great God has brought in.

This powerful mission statement written from the pen of the Apostle Paul has some amazing implications. I shared with you 7 things we need to know about Christ and what He is doing now. If you missed it, go back and re-read it.

There are four things about knowing Him that I want to share with you. Here’s the first one: Knowing His is a PERSONAL experience. I love to read and one of my favorite leadership authors is Dr. John C. Maxwell. I have literally read every one of his books. I love good fiction and I have read every one of John Grisham’s novels. While I know their books, I don’t know them personally. I probably will never have the opportunity to meet them face to face.
We will get to see Jesus face-to-face someday, but He desires that we know Him now. Personally. And we do that by:
Reading His Word daily
Meditating on His Word
Memorizing His Word
Praying—our speaking with Him
Praying –our listening to Him

We fall more and more in love with Jesus by spending time with Him. And it is all because we learn to love Him and we’ve never even seen Him. Peter wrote: “and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcomes of your faith the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

It is sort like a relationship with a pen-pal. You write each other and get to know each other through words of a paper. When you finally meet that pen-pal face-to-face, you find that you already know that person so well that you just enjoy the pleasure of that fulfilled relationship that has been cultivated.

Paul’s desire to know Him came from a deep abiding relationship with Christ. He fell in love with Jesus and what an impact he had on the world.

My prayer for you today is that you will KNOW Him – really know Him by personal experience. If you have never had a personal relationship with Jesus, you can start today. For some of you, that means trusting Him as your personal Savior. Don’t know what that is all about? Well you can check out our salvation brochure.

Have a blessed week.

Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!

Bill Welte, D.D.
President/CEO of America’s Keswick

Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 33-36| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Think About This: God has called us to be fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium. Pastor Ken Carlson

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

“whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” 1 Peter 1:8

 

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