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Knowing God

Bro. David Chancellor
4/10/2011 11:00 AM

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

This speaks of the need for a vision.  Without it people perish.  Keeping the law of God brings  happiness.  Many folks don’t believe happiness is found in obeying God.  They think happiness is found in doing whatever you want.  Happiness is found in knowing the lawgiver.

People are perishing because they haven’t come face-to-face with God.  Our reverence and obedience to God should hinge on his revelation of himself to us.  Too many people only know God intellectually.

You can’t join yourself to God’s church.  He has to add you to it.  You have to come face-to-face with him to get in.  If you don’t encounter God, you will perish.  This isn’t about intellectual knowledge of the Bible and religion.  It’s about knowing God.  It’s about relationship with God.  It’s firsthand experience.

Isaiah 29:11-16

And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

He tells how the vision would be sealed off from people.  “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” We need to be gripped by something greater than what a pastor says.  We need to be able to sense God’s presence. “Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” This describes our day. “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?” People don’t get it.  We didn’t just “happen to be here.” What people need is a personal encounter with the Creator.  If you haven’t encountered God, you’re missing out.  Without God, the people perish.  This is where we have to meet God.  Much has been given to us.  Our lives are in God’s hand, and he can turn it in an instant.  We don’t control our lives.  Job didn’t choose to have his trials, but they came his way.  He choose to lean on God, even when he seemed to walk alone.

We must come face-to-face with God and who he is.  These people had religion, but they didn’t know God.

1 Samuel 3:1, 19-21

And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD. And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

The people weren’t encountering God.  They still had their religion, but they didn’t hear him speak and did not have an awareness of him.  If you’ve met with God, know how precious that is.  It is a precious thing when God speaks to your heart.  Without God speaking to you, you will perish.

God began speaking to Samuel.  It was a hard thing for Samuel to have to tell Eli what God said. “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” God did what he said, by Samuel, he would do.  Samuel had a personal relationship with God. “And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.” The people hadn’t been experiencing God like they needed to.  When Samuel had a personal relationship with God, they began to hear from God again.  We need God to speak to us.

It can’t just be an intellectual thing to us.  We need God to be real and personal to us today.

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

This is what it is like to have a revelation of God.  We should see him high and lifted up, a great one, awesome beyond compare. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” This is the part people don’t like – being undone at seeing the Lord and realizing you’re a sinful man.  God must become very real to you, and you must do something about it.  We must get right with God.  We must be delivered from sin.  We can’t see God and continue on that sinful path and live.  You will perish if you have seen God and not be reconciled to him.

“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” This is where our encounter with God needs to get to.  We need God to cleanse us and make us children of God.  Every person needs it, should desire it and value it.  We need God to speak to our hearts.

Joel 2:26-32; Acts 2:14-16

And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

These people had suffered.  God had sent an army of insects to devour the green things.  Success vanished.  God is working, even if people can’t see him.  They need to encounter God.  If you get a real vision of God, you won’t be ashamed of him.  When you see God, you see the possibility of what can be, no matter what age you are.  We want to see God work.  We can be inspired and motivated.

The outpouring of God’s Spirit is needed.  Do you know God?

Read about Jacob and his encounter with God.  As he slept on the stone, he saw angels on the ladder and God spoke to him there.  He went on to serve God.  God became personal there.  The patriarchs encountered God and it made them who they were.  We need to encounter God, too.

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