Summary: Becoming better acquainted with God.
ACQUAINT THYSELF WITH GOD!
Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. (KJV)
(Leave your Bibles open to this passage of Scripture please)
INTRODUCTION: Spiritual anemia among Christians is destroying the local church today. The reason is that for the most part church members do not know God.
(Phil 3:10 KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
As we used to say back in the country, when Paul made this statement he said more than a mouthful, and that is, “That I may know him.”
I believe that if a you are truly acquainted with God then you will be attempting to pattern your life after Him. A person who is acquainted with the God of the Bible will in some fashion begin to look like Him, to think like Him, and to talk like Him.
To be acquainted with God does not come natural. This process must be planned and followed after diligently. Peter tells us, (2 Pet 1:5 KJV) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
To add anything following salvation will require a great diligent act by the Christian. This requirement will omit many. Most will not go this far into the Christian life.
How can we acquaint ourselves with Him? I’m not sure I have the answer; however, I do believe that we can all better acquaint ourselves with God by the following methods.
I. THROUGH SCRIPTURE
(2 Tim 3:16 KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
A. If This Is Going To Work For You Then You Will Have To Know ALL Scripture. Since all scripture has a specific purpose in the life of a Christian then you must know ALL of it. You must develop a knowledge of the entire Bible if you are going to know God.
(Job 22:22 KJV) Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
B. If The Scripture Is Going To Be Of Any Benefit To You In Knowing Who God Is, Then You Must Know The Scripture By Heart.
(Psa 119:11 KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
I recently heard David Gibbs of CLA say, “If the government ever puts a Christian on trial for using the Bible as the authority, the first question that will be asked is, Have you read the Bible through from cover to cover? If so, how many times? If your answer is ‘No’! you lose the case.”
Where do you get your authority for the things you practice as a Christian. If you say, “The Bible”. Where about in the Bible?
All the system would be saying is, “How can you know God and not know the Bible? How can you claim an acquaintance with God and not know the scripture?” Just being a member of a church is not enough to qualify one the acquaintance with God.
C. We Claim The Bible As The Authority In Raising Our Children. Where is it found in the Bible on raising children? Can you find it? Do you practice it? Do you discipline your children according to the Bible? To answer – “We believe the Bible” is not enough. Prove your belief by the Bible.
D. We Claim The Bible As The Authority To Educate Our Children. Where is it found in the Bible? Where is your authority for home schooling? You can’t just say the Bible says it. Where does it say it?
Ga 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; (This is talking about a child)
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. (KJV) You understand who the “tutors” would be, but the word “governors” is referring to anyone that would be over your child in any capacity. This whole process is under the authority of the father. In America, thus far, we don’t have any real conflict with this. But, it may come that you will have to go to jail if you insist on deciding when, where, and what your child is taught.
You cannot be any more acquainted with God than you know His Scripture. If you don’t know the scripture then you don’t know God.
E. The Bible Tells Us When To Stand Against The Government. Can you find it?
Most Christians need to just claim ignorance and then begin to get acquainted with Him through His scripture. You will have a hard time convincing God as to why you did not know His word. It has been available for 2000 years. You probably have never lived in a home where at least one copy of the Bible was not present.