And since God loves you unconditionally with no exceptions, no drawbacks, no matter what you have done in the past or will do in the future, you can be sure that he loves you just as you are. In fact, do you realize that since God has unconditional love for you, he loves you just as much as he loved his Son Jesus. It tells us that many times in the Bible such as in John 17:23 "I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one. Then the world will know that you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me".
Our wonderful Father has a will and a plan for your life. He wants you to know him, to learn his ways, to get to know him in a personal and intimate way, and to trust him completely. He wants you to absorb him so that you understand his ways and principles, to know what he thinks and how he thinks, what he wants to accomplish in your life and how he wants you to lead that life. He wants you to know the men and women in the Bible and see how he worked in their lives. He wants a loving relationship with you and he wants you to learn about him. The best way to learn about someone is to spend time with that person, and the way to get to know God is to take the time to find out about him. And you will soon find out that he is faithful and true and a very loving friend. Here are some very good ways to get to know him.
TALK TO GOD
Talk to him as you would your very best friend. He is there and is listening. Be honest and tell him what is on your mind, tell him what you think. Even though God knows everything about you and about everything going on in your life, he still wants you to tell him. God does not want to be taken for granted. So the easiest way to have a really intimate relationship with God is to simply talk to him. This conversation doesn't have to be vocal but instead can be non vocal and take place in your mind and your heart.
LISTEN FOR GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU
Periodically when it is quiet and there is no TV or radio or other distractions, ask God to speak to you. He won't speak to you orally. That is not his way. His conversation will be spirit to spirit. God speaks to a persons heart. To their mind. To their sense of moral righteousness and fairness. To their sense of what is right and Godly. He will instill certain ideas and thoughts into your mind so that when he gets done with his answer, you will usually know exactly what to do. God is dwelling within a person at all times, and he is communicating constantly with that person's heart, conscience, soul, and spirit. And those methods of communication that God uses are extremely loud and clear.
Since God has unlimited ways to lead you to answers, he may answer you using other forms of communication. He may lead you to other Godly people for the answer, he may guide you to the Holy Word of God or other literature for the answer, he may arrange your future circumstances so that that the answer becomes very visible, you may even see the answer in another person who God has brought across your path. The possible ways in which our Loving Father can answer us is absolutely incredible.
If you are observant and pay attention you will hear him as surely as if he was standing right in front of you speaking to you verbally. So God wants you to talk to him and to trust him. In return he will love you and bless you and teach you. He will show you how you can achieve a life filled with peace and happiness. Please remember that this life is simply a brief schooling to discover who this God is that we are going to be spending eternity with.
READ AND LISTEN TO MESSAGES ABOUT GOD
The more information that you can read and absorb about your Father the faster that day will arrive when you want to sincerely become saved and you become born again. That will be the day that you know that your salvation is assured and that your eternal life will be spent with Our Father in paradise.
OBSERVE HOW GOD HAS ACTED IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS
Look and see how God operates in the lives of your friends, relatives, and fellow workers. How do the Godly people react to the stresses of life as compared to the unbelievers. How does God operate in the lives of those who ask him for help versus those who have no time for God. Look at the believers of God and notice whether or not their lives are any different from the lives of unbelievers.
OBSERVE HOW GOD HAS ACTED IN YOUR LIFE
Think about how God may have maneuvered some of the circumstances in your life. Some of his actions may have been chastisement to get you to stop committing a particular sin, while other times his actions were rewards for the times that you acted righteous and you obeyed and pleased him. Think of the times that he may have very well brought you out of very difficult and hopeless situations and gave you victory. Think about all those times when the most unexpected things happened in your life. The unbeliever will pass them off as just blind luck or fate, but the believer can see God's handwritting all over them. So think for a moment of all those times that your heavenly Father was there for you.
Psalms 103:11----So great is his mercy toward them that love him.
Believing in God and believing God are two different things. Believing in God is saying, I know God exists. Jesus said that even the demons believe in God. But believing God is believing everything God has said about himself, about us, and about the relationship he desires to have with us. And there lies the importance of believing God. Believing God is to believe that God sent Jesus to be our savior, to believe that God has made a way for us to be forgiven of our sinful nature, and to believe that he loved us so much that he sent his only begotten Son so that we might accept him and have eternal life with him.
God works in our lives today by calling us to have faith in him and to believe that he is in charge, that he has a plan and that his plan will be fulfilled. He asks us to use our faith in him to bring peace to the storms that occur in our lives. He gives us his word as our confidence, our assurance, that he is in control. When we are in chaos, many times we lose sight of hope. We feel we are on the brink of perishing, but when we remind ourselves that God has a plan, and that he is bringing his plan to full fruition then we grow in hope. We then have an increased expectancy that God is in control, and this allows peace to flood our hearts and minds.
Also keep in mind that God is not interested in us accomplishing great things for him. What he is interested in is our personal relationship with him. We cannot serve God until our hearts are fixed on him, and our hearts cannot be fixed on him until we begin to surrender to him.
God wants us to acknowledge that we cannot make it on our own. He wants us to rid ourselves of our prideful attitude. He doesn't want us thinking that we can save ourselves. We need his life imparted to us in order for us to live day by day. We didn't create ourselves, and we can't sustain ourselves. He alone is God and he alone is life. Apart from him we die, both physically and spiritually.
So if you wish to know the answer to the questions, who is God, or what is he like, then just look at Jesus. The Father shares the same love and care for each person that Jesus showed for them during his human life on this earth. Who is God the Father? He is the one who is eagerly waiting to throw his arms around you, to comfort you, to lovingly embrace you, to let you cry on his shoulder, and he is the one who wants to whisper in your ear, "Your're mine, I'll never leave you. Don't worry, in the end it's going to be all right!"
Every time that Jesus opened blind eyes he declared that God the Father is just like that. Each time he fed the hungry or raised the dead he was telling the world that The Father was the exact same way. When Jesus forgave those who nailed him to the cross he was showing us that the Father also forgives because the Father is truly a God of love. In the following verse Jesus himself tells us who really does all those many good things. John 14:10 "The Father who dwells in Me does the works."
Jesus was speaking not only about himself but also about God the Father when he talked about their unconditional love for each and every person. Jesus said in Hebrews 13:5
I will never leave you
I will never desert you
I will never forsake you
I will never abandon you
Isaiah 41:10 Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not look around, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will really help you. I will really keep hold of you with my right hand of righteousness.
Isaiah 41:13 For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand. I am the one saying to you, Do not be afraid. I myself will help you.
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