“You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.” Isaiah 43:10 NKJV
How do you get to know and believe God? For me it’s an on-going process. First, I had to give my life to Christ and ask Him to live in me. Next, I started to read His Word and through the Holy Spirit in me, I began to understand more about God’s character. Then, I started to rely on Him, by praying, and giving Him the final outcome of situations in my life. Over time, I trusted Him more and more.
The first step in the process is recognizing I am not god. I am not in control, but rather out of control being bound by sin. For some people, like me, I had to go to great depths of despair before I would turn to God. My life was falling apart due to self-inflicted sin consequences. It’s different for every person. My heart’s longing is for you to come to know and believe God without going to the pit of hell on earth before you turn to Him.
The second step is to get into God’s Word, which is a storehouse of proof. It describes God’s character, His morals and values, and His promises to us. Look at what 1 John 5:13 NKJV says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” The more you read, the more you’ll understand God’s character.
The third step is all about trust. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen according to Hebrews 11:1 NKJV. It is by faith that we understand the things of God. Faith is about trusting God. Faith is built one step at a time. My faith was strengthened through answered prayer. When I was a new believer, God was especially kind and tender with me. He graciously answered all of my prayers. I have notebook after notebook filled with my prayers and how He answered them. My small group, at the time, could hardly believe the instant response I seemed to get when I prayed. But that’s what it took for me.
What about you? Have you started the journey of knowing and believing God? If not, what’s holding you back?
Our God is a very personal God, who wants to meet you right where you are. He knows what you need before you even ask. He’s anxious to come into your life and show you a different way to live. He longs to bless you and give you an eternal life through Christ. He’s just a prayer away:
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins. I know I’m a sinner and need you to save me. Please come into my life and lead me into the abundant fulfilling life you promise in your Word. In Jesus’ name Amen.
Maybe you’ve already given your life to Christ. That’s wonderful, but don’t stop there. Dig into God’s Word, deepen your relationship. Continue to pray and look for the hand of God working in your life. Don’t forget to share what you know about God with others. There are people dying to know Him.
Father God above, You alone are King. Thank you for putting me on the path of life. Guide us by Your Spirit, teach us Your ways that we may know and believe You more. In Jesus’ name Amen.