Exodus 6: 2 – 3 – And God spoke to Moses and said, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.”
Is it possible that you can know God but not know Him as Lord? Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew God. They knew Him as God Almighty. But there was something about Him that they did not know. They didn’t know Him as the Lord, the present God. What I have discovered is that we relate to God according to the revelation that we have of Him. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew Him as they perceived Him to be. And as they saw Him, is who God became to them. I have a friend and when I first met him, I knew somethings about him. I knew he was retired and financially well off. I knew where he was from so, I assumed some things. I found that those preconceived ideas made me feel a certain way about him and look at him in a certain light. But as I got to know him on a more personal level my thoughts and feelings about him totally changed. There is so much more of Himself that God wants to show us. That is why He sent Jesus – so that we could get a clearer perspective of Himself. If you’ve seen Jesus you’ve seen the Father (Colossians 2:9). Everything that Jesus did and said was the indication of who the Father was and still is. And since He has not changed, He is still doing what He did when He walked the earth. It’s just that now He is walking the earth through believers, and He wants to use us to do what He did two thousand years ago (John 14:12).
How you see God is who He becomes to you.
We can only reflect on God what we see of God. If you view God as mean, angry, out to get you and mad at you, then that is the type of God you’re going to reflect to others. And that belief is going to determine the relationship that you have with God. Most people have only seen a certain kind of God in their mind, and that is who they think God is. But God wants you to see Him as Lord. He wants you to see Him through the life of the Lord Jesus.
People go to church and expect to find tired, sad, and boring people. They expect to hear that the sky is falling; the world is coming to an end and if you’re not ready then pity you. But that is not the God of the Bible. That is not His message. Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they could have life, and have it more abundantly.” New Living Translation (NLT) says,” that you may have a rich and satisfying life.” The Good News Translation (GNT) says, “life to the fullness.” Does that sound like the life that you have? Our lives with Jesus should make unbelievers envious and desirous of the Jesus that we say that we know.
That you may have a rich and satisfying life.
When unbelievers look at our lives, when they come to our churches, they should see and experience genuinely happy people. Not fakes pretending that everything is perfect. But people that even through the trials of life have joy because Jesus is the center of our lives. Yes, we are going through challenges, just like everyone else, but no one can take our joy. No circumstance can take our joy. That is the abundant life. That is knowing Jesus.
If that is not the life that you have, then I suggest that you get back to a Jesus-centered life. Our joy is not found in materialism or how much money we do or do not have. Our joy is in truly knowing Jesus as Lord. Jesus said in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Complete means with nothing missing.
Here is the difference between religion and truly knowing Jesus. Our God is a joyful God. He is a happy God. If you’re His child, your reflection of Him should be of who He is in you (1 John 4:4). He loves uplifting and celebrative music. He said to praise Him in the dance (Psalm 149:3). God is not sitting up in Heaven during Praise and Worship with His fingers in His ears hoping that they would turn it down. He said to praise Him on the LOUD cymbals (Psalm 150:5). Our God loves rejoicing. He likes a party and celebration. As a matter of fact, Psalm 100:4 says, “To enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” The truth is that you’re not going to get His presence without some praise.
God is joyful and happy – that should make us joyful and happy.
We cannot deny that we have challenges or deny that sometimes our hearts are heavy. But we must not dwell in our sorrow. Eleven years ago, when my wife of thirty years decided to divorce me, I was in sorrow and even experienced depression. But I refused to stay there. I praised my way out. As a Pastor, I became the loudest and the most radical praiser in the church. Because the place where He is praised and whoever praises God experiences the presence of God. You might be going through some tough things right now but let me encourage you – you do not have to stay there. You can praise your way through. I am telling you from personal experience, the quicker you come to a place of praise the quicker you will see the victory. The joy of the Lord is your strength! You can make it, you can take it because He is with you!
My prayer for you today is that you will truly know the joy of the Lord.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”