How to come to “Know God”

Here are a few questions for you to ponder.

Just how does a bird know how to build a nest when it has only ever seen a nest completely built as a chick with no demonstration from its parents?

How does an octopus perceive in itself which colours to change to in order for it to camouflage itself in amongst the surrounding rocks and sand in the ocean?

How does a 4th generation Monarch Butterfly know how to fly the 3 thousand kilometres back to the exact tree where it’s great, great grandparents first flew from many months earlier?

Or how did a butterfly or bird get the beautiful patterns and colours on their wings, each feather changing in colour in exactly the right place so that the pattern aligns perfectly all over.

If you look at a beautiful painting, you know that ‘someone’ must have painted it. It took someone with intelligence and an even hand to put every detail in to make the painting look real. Everything that can be observed in creation is immensely more complicated and ordered than any painting. How about this example? If life got here by random chance or evolution, then we should be able to put all the pieces of a watch in a bag and move it around carefully for a million years or so to get a functioning clock? Most will see that there has to be a designer who has the knowledge and skill to carefully assemble, bolt and manoeuvre the pieces into place so that the clock will function effectively. Everything in creation has to be perfectly balanced to support life. You only need to look at the human body for example. If ‘just one’ chemical such as insulin is out of balance, the whole body soon begins to deteriorate and even death can occur.

From the Bible –
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

I ask you this question; if you found something that cured all cancers so that no-one would ever die from cancer again, wouldn’t you want to tell the world about it? Or if you found the cure for ‘death itself’ wouldn’t you want to tell the world? Jesus says in the Bible that he came to give us life, a life to the full or abundant life, a life worth living, a life with purpose, a life that makes sense, a life that gives us hope, love, faith and a reason for living, and lastly for those who believe, “there is life even after death”, in other words the cure for death itself. Isn’t that the most exciting news ever!

John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!

The whole of the Bible in one way or another speaks of Jesus and what He was going to do for us so that we could have a better life. He came to save us from the burden of ‘getting it wrong’. He came to show us how to ‘get it right’ and that doesn’t mean a bunch of rules. It means a life lead by Him where we can hear His voice and understand what His will is for our lives.

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

So why did Jesus come to earth from Heaven?

To show us that there is a God in Heaven.

To show us the way to get to the Father in Heaven.

And the most important reason of all – was that Jesus chose to die for us all, so that those who trust, believe and follow him and the One who sent him (The Father in Heaven) would be given a new life and be able to enter heaven with Jesus and live forever with his Father.

Jesus said in John 14:6. I am the way the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father (God in Heaven) except through me

Jesus came not to judge us but to save us from the mess that we get ourselves into; he came to show us a better way.  Jesus had just two commands for mankind.

Luke 10:27 Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

When we get it right God blesses us and we bless others. We can only get it right when we trust and rely on Jesus to help us. Jesus wasn’t just a man; he was and still is The Son of God. We are told in Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Something really special happens when we acknowledge and accept what Jesus the Son of God did for us 2,000 years ago, when he died on the Cross. Jesus came to die to take away the guilt of sin or (getting it wrong). He came so that we can be set free from the heartache that we bring onto ourselves and others; to have a life that is full of love, kindness and goodness, instead of strife, heartache, bitterness and regret.

Jesus said He came and died so that we could have ‘life’. He died so that He could send His Holy Spirit to live in us to give us the power to fight against the things that cause harm and sadness and sorrow to us and to those around us. These are the things that separate us from God and the perfect plan He had for our lives in the beginning. He only wanted and still wants good for us. Jesus tells us that when we believe we receive the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit that dwelt in Him while He was here on earth and the Spirit that raised Him from the dead.

Romans 8:9-11.  You (those who believe) however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ (Jesus), he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give ‘life’ to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

Question: So how do you receive that Spirit?

Answer 1. By acknowledging that you have done wrong, and asking Jesus to forgive you for all the times you know that you have hurt others, which in turn has brought heartache to you and God. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23).

The Glory of God is the reflection of His character. Jesus was the ‘only one’ who reflected God in his life because he was the only one who listened to God (his Father) and did what He asked.

Answer 2. Thank Jesus for what he suffered on that Cross especially for you.

Answer 3. Ask God to send his Spirit to come and help you. For that is what the Holy Spirit is a helper!

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my (Jesus) name, he will teach you all things.

The Hebrew language is a bit like the Maori language in that it speaks in pictures. The word helper in the above verse is also translated as comforter; now the word comfort in the Hebrew is likened to the soft downy feathers that a mother bird plucks from her chest to line her nest. That shows that the Holy Spirit always does things in a gentle way to help you.

Then wait and watch as a miracle happens and Jesus changes your life for good! It doesn’t matter what you have done he will forgive you and make all things new for you. I have seen that miracle happen many times before and it is just wonderful!

Today because of advanced technology people can now receive heart transplants. When a heart recipient receives their new heart, someone has had to have died in order to give that recipient ‘life’.

Jesus died to give those who believe, A ‘NEW LIFE’ a ‘NEW HEART’ and a ‘NEW SPIRIT’.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

When God created ‘Flesh’ in the very beginning in Genesis, the word flesh meant “Good News”.  Adam and Eve sinned and destroyed the good news of life, but Jesus has brought the good news of ‘eternal life’ back for us and He will give you a heart that tells of that good news so that others might live also.

Jesus has done all the work so now all you have to do is BELIEVE AND RECEIVE,

His invitation is open for you.

© D A Cleland