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How Well Do You Know God?

KNOW GOD

// Kenneth W. Hagin

We each have a divine destiny. But before we study what God has planned for us, we should take the time to get to know the One Who gave us the destiny in the first place. It's important that we know Who God is.

How do we get to know God? We get to know Him the same way we get to know anyone else—by spending time with Him. You see, so often we think only about God's awesomeness and power—how big He is. That's good, but we also must realize that we can commune with Him one-on-one. Isn't that a tremendous thought?

Actually, the Bible teaches that we were made in God's image for this very reason—for fellowship (Gen. 1:26–27; John 14:23). And this fellowship happens as we spend time with God through His Word and prayer.

Get in the Word!
The Bible is a book of God's perspectives. It tells us who we are as believers, what God thinks of us, and what He thinks we can do. The Word of God is a book that will help us grow to be what God wants us to be. It shows us how to develop character and integrity. It tells us how to get and use faith. It helps us have a winner's mentality.

Really, the Word shows us Who God is. He's the One Who has given us the good gifts of salvation, prosperity, and healing. He's the One Who has promised to give us all the desires of our heart (Ps. 37:4) and meet all of our needs (Phil. 4:19). No matter what anyone else says or what circumstances may be saying to us, we can believe that what God has said is true.

As I was growing up, when my father told me something, I believed him implicitly. And I know that after I've told my son, Craig, something, a thousand people could tell him it isn't so, but he would stand there and say, "I don't care what you say. My daddy said it is so."

I'm going to stand up and say the same thing: "Believe what you want; write what you want; do what you want. But my Heavenly Father said that I was saved, delivered, healed, and set free. I'm going by what my Father says!" When we make the decision to know God and trust His Word in this way, there won't be anywhere for us to go but over the top!

Get in the Word!
The Bible is a book of God's perspectives. It tells us who we are as believers, what God thinks of us, and what He thinks we can do. The Word of God is a book that will help us grow to be what God wants us to be. It shows us how to develop character and integrity. It tells us how to get and use faith. It helps us have a winner's mentality.

Really, the Word shows us Who God is. He's the One Who has given us the good gifts of salvation, prosperity, and healing. He's the One Who has promised to give us all the desires of our heart (Ps. 37:4) and meet all of our needs (Phil. 4:19). No matter what anyone else says or what circumstances may be saying to us, we can believe that what God has said is true.

As I was growing up, when my father told me something, I believed him implicitly. And I know that after I've told my son, Craig, something, a thousand people could tell him it isn't so, but he would stand there and say, "I don't care what you say. My daddy said it is so."

I'm going to stand up and say the same thing: "Believe what you want; write what you want; do what you want. But my Heavenly Father said that I was saved, delivered, healed, and set free. I'm going by what my Father says!" When we make the decision to know God and trust His Word in this way, there won't be anywhere for us to go but over the top!

As we spend time every day communing with our Heavenly Father, we'll learn to hear His voice in our spirit. Our prayer life will become a two-sided conversation. We'll talk to God and He'll talk to us. And He'll give us comfort, guidance, wisdom—whatever we need at the moment.

It's simple. It's not complex. Get to know your Heavenly Father. Know Him through His Word. Talk with Him. Because when you do, no sickness or economic condition can stop you, and there aren't enough demons in hell to keep you from fulfilling your divine destiny. When you're acquainted with Him, there is no way you can be defeated!

 

 

 

Romans 4:20 (NIV) says that Abraham “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God.” Many years ago my father, Kenneth E. Hagin, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “God said it; I believe it; and that settles it.” Abraham had this same attitude, and we need to grab hold of it too. No matter how bad our situation looks, our victory is found in God’s promises and in never letting go of what our Heavenly Father has said.
Don’t Be Double-Minded
Often today believers affirm their faith publicly, but when they are by themselves, they begin to question God. They wonder if He can really help them. The moment they start doubting, they begin wavering in their faith.
The Bible is very clear about the danger of wavering.
James 1:6–7 (NIV)
6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Faith does not look at circumstances, and it doesn’t regard feelings. It stays completely focused on God’s Word. Unfortunately, some people allow their situations and feelings to “speak” louder than Scripture.
Some people lose their healing because they stop looking at the Word and focus on what’s going on in their body. It’s dangerous to do this, because before long they will start talking wrong. They’ll begin to say things like, “I thought I was healed. I guess I lost my healing.”
When we start talking like that, we throw out our healing and open the door for the devil and all of his junk to come back in. If we would just stand strong on the Word, every symptom would leave.
Look to the Word
Anytime the enemy bombards your mind with his lies, you must counter those lies with the Word of God. When lack rears its ugly head, read what God said about prosperity. When sickness impacts your body, meditate on healing scriptures. When fear invades your life, find peace scriptures to read. When impossibilities stare you in the face, the Word holds your answer.
Reading God’s promises keeps us focused on them instead of on the distractions that are sent to prevent us from receiving what God has for us. When facing the impossible, we can’t afford to look at whatever is coming against us.
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