One of my regular readers and commenters asked me if I could calculate how much of my knowing God has to do with bible knowledge and how much has been through personal experience. I had to think about it, but I decided that eighty-eight percent of my knowing God has been subjective, experiential, and due to feeling, sensing God, and communing with God; the remaining twelve percent has been through the word of God, the bible.
Experiencing God, for me, has been through a variety of incidences from nearly three years old, up to now. These various situations and crisis’ taught me who God is and I began to know Him and a get a real gist and “feel for Him” over time. Though I experienced a kind of sense of God and saw Him in action in my life, I did not actually start to realize God until I decided to accept, believe, and turn to Him. When I sought God out, committed myself to Him, and meant it wholeheartedly, I began to seriously know God and have real peace within my life. God began to teach me and lead me. God began to take charge of my life and prepare me to be used as He has seen fit, despite my many flaws and failings.
Over time as I saw what I would consider to be miracles occur within my life, I saw God stepping in, and intervening in my life when He must have found it necessary. When I prayed and saw results, sometimes instantly, I believe I was being allowed to know God. When God answered and continues to answer prayer in my life, when He has guided me through troubled times, when I’ve seen that He was ever faithfully there for me, I really knew God. Through this knowing of God, I began to trust God, just as I would trust a best friend whom I developed a deep, loving relationship with.
Prayer has been an important part of knowing God. This is the communing aspect of sharing my soul with Him, and listening and feeling Him sharing Himself with me. There are many methods of communication available with God when He desires to share His will with us. God speaks through other people and in a multitude of ways. There is also a quiet, but firm voice within my mind that I have acknowledged as the voice of God, or maybe it is the Holy Spirit. It isn’t a startling thing, nor is it out of the ordinary. It is a comforting, steadying voice, but it is not an audible voice. It’s an internal thing.
I can commune with God pretty much anywhere, anytime I want; this is akin to a continuous hook up; I am always plugged into God no matter what I’m doing or where I am. There is an ongoing sense of Him with me, of His presence always near and an actual part of me. Through living my life like this over time, I have come to know, be at home with, and recognize God. God is not intrusive. His presence is easy, gentle, quiet, steady, and is ever-so natural. It’s the most natural thing in the world, in fact, and I love it.
- Who Is God and How Do We Know? (naturalspirituality.wordpress.com)
- What Is God Doing? (therooflesschurch.com)
- Don’t Dictate – Just Listen! (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
- #5: Knowing God is required (radiqx.com)
- Who God Is (Part One) (lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com)
- Who God Is (Part Two) (lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com)
- Purpose on purpose (grv34.wordpress.com)
- Knowing God (livingingraceland.wordpress.com)
- The Great Unchangeable Me: His Terms (nwelford.wordpress.com)