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Knowing God from the Inside Out…

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Luke 17:20-21
20 Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display,

21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] andamong you [surrounding you].

Hebrew for Christians

The implication that God is our Creator is enormous and pervades everything else in our lives.

God’s creative power is witnessed by all conscious life. The Divine Light that was created before the sun and the stars represents God’s immanent presence that “lights up” all of creation – including our minds (Gen. 1:3).

Since we were created b’tzelem Elohim, “in the image of God,” the witness of God’s truth is foundational to all of our thinking as well. The revelation (not the invention) of logical first principles is part of God’s “signature,” if you will, of how the mind is wired to reality.

Likewise we have intuitive awareness regarding the existence of moral truth (i.e., the standard of justice and moral law), aesthetic truth (i.e., ideals of beauty, goodness, worth, and love), and metaphysical truth (i.e., cause and effect relationships).

“The heavens are recounting the glory of God, and the expanse is proclaiming his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

God’s power and presence can be clearly inferred from the tremendous effect of the universe itself.

As Paul stated, “the invisible things of Him (τά ἀόρατα αὐτοῦ) from the creation of the world are clearly seen (καθοράω), so that people are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20).

It is the fear of the LORD (יִרְאַת יהוה) that is truly the beginning of wisdom and knowledge (Psalm 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 9:10).

The Hebrew word for fearing (ירא) and seeing (ראה) share the same root.

We cannot truly see reality apart from reverencing God as the Lord and King of Creation.

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Another Scripture that I really like is found in the Book of Acts:

Acts 17:26-28
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

We can gather from these Scriptures that we live in a sea of God’s presence, and that He is nearer to each of us than most realize.

He is in fact all around us, even closer to us than our next breath.

Like any father, as we can learn from verse 27, God loves to play hide n seek with His kids, with the intent that we should seek after Him (even grope after Him, as a blind man in a dark room, with the intent always that we find Him.

The key is that the search begins from within, as we learn to seek God, with ALL our heart, soul and strength (Mark 12:29-30), and this is key, that we must do so by FAITH – meaning with our absolute trust and reliance upon His Word.

This requires total 24/7 commitment, discipline and effort on our part, in the same sense that the most important thing for a drowning man is his next breath of air.

WITHOUT THAT GOD CONNECTION IN OUR LIFE, WE ARE ALL LIKE FISH OUT OF WATER, FLOPPING AROUND ON THE SHORES OF LIFE, SEEKING OUR WAY BACK HOME.

God’s promise to each of us is that when we seek Him with that same commitment and desperation, we will find Him.

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