DO YOU KNOW GOD? 

Being a Saturday,i had to get up early,prepare and go to church (am an Adventist) to get the word of Life. And today,our pastor had a unique sermon.It was about if we really know our God. So this post is all about what our pastor presented today and i actually wrote it while in the church. 

  • He is welcoming. 

God is a welcoming Father. No matter who you are, poor or rich, holy or theologically correct God invites us all.   

“The lord is near to all who call on him to all who call on him in truth. ” Psalms 145:14.

  • He is Forgiving. 

We  are all sinners. We all do things in our way instead of Gods way. And by that we sin. However, God is forgiving and will forgive us from the moment we allow him in us. To begin a relationship with him. 

“We are made right in Gods sight when we trust in Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way no matter who we are or what we have done….. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. “Romans 3:22,25

  • He is capable. 

God is capable of everything. He is always 100%* right about everything. His wisdom unlimited. When we ask him everything and trust him He will never put you to shame. He knows everything and He is capable his motives are pure.

“No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame… ” Psalms 25:3.

  • He is honest. 

Everything God says about himself or about us is reliable. God is totally accurate and honest in what he says. In every promise and word, he means it. 

“The unfolding of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple. Your word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path. ” Psalms 119:130,150.

  • He is faithful 
  • He is creative
  • He is knowable 

How to pray:Foundation.

From my last post i said i would write about Foundation and unanswered prayers. Here we go brethrens… 

You must First begin a relationship with God. Here is why, imagine a guy named James asks the senator of the County to co-sign a car loan for him. If James doesn’t personally know the senator,the car loan is not going to happen. Yet if the daughter of this senator asked her dad to co-sign a car loan for her, it would be no problem. Relationship matters

With God,when the person is actually a child of God,when the person belong to God,he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.. My sheep listen to my voice,i know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish;no one can snatch them out of my hand.4

When it comes to God then,do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him warrants God answering your prayers? 

Will God definitely answer your prayers? 

For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generousin his offer. “if you remain and my words in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you”..5. To ‘remain’ in him and his words remain in them means they conduct their lives aware of him,relying on him, listening to what he says. They they’re be able to ask him whatever they want. God answer s our prayers according to his will. That is according to his wisdom, love for us, his holiness …e.t.c.

What about “unanswered” prayers? 

Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up. What then?

God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” 12 The circumstances may look out of control, but they aren’t. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God. “The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 13 God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Probably any Christian could list examples like this in their own lives. But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” 14

It is at this point (when circumstances are still tough) that God asks us to continue to trust him — to “walk by faith, not by sight” the Bible says. But it’s not blind faith. It is based on the very character of God. A car traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge is fully supported by the integrity of the bridge. It doesn’t matter what the driver may be feeling, or thinking about, or discussing with someone in the passenger seat. What gets the car safely to the other side is the integrity of the bridge, which the driver was willing to trust.

In the same way, God asks us to trust his integrity, his character…his compassion, love, wisdom, righteousness on our behalf. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” 15 “Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. ”

  • 1 John 5:14
  • Isaiah 30:18
  • Jeremiah 31:3

DOES GOD ANSWER OUR PRAYERS?

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Have you ever meet someone who really trusts God? When i was in High School,I had a friend who prayed often(and actually i was not a strong believer). She would tell me every week about something she was trusting God to take care of. From Exams, waking up preps to good health. And every week i would see God do something unusual to answer her prayers. For me i just lived day by day for the day.

So, why would God answer my friend’s prayers?

The biggest reason being that she had a relationship with God. She listened  and followed God. God had the right to direct her life and she welcomed that. Futher more, she was convinced from what read in the Bible “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous……and his ears are not deaf to hear….2

So why doesn’t God answer Everyones’ Prayers?

This Quiz always comes to my mind. Maybe Our relationship with God is soo weak. Here is an explanation, “Surely arm of the Lord is not too short to save nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear….. 3. Everyone is aware of personal sins and failures and that God is aware of it too. We may not know how to ask for forgiveness and come back into a relationship with God so that God will hear us. And this is what i call Foundation. Foundation for God answering our prayers. In my next post i will write about foundation and “unanswered” prayers.