Do You Really Know God?
The Importance of Spending Time with Our Heavenly Father
September 17, 2010 - This weekend, seminar participants at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove will understand how to know God more intimately. John Munro, pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. will teach a seminar, Knowing God, and explain the importance of intimacy with our Heavenly Father. Read what he has to say to you about the ever-important spiritual discipline of spending time with God.
The more secure we are in his love, the more we want to please, serve and worship him.
By Joy Allmond
John Munro says essentially, to know God, means to have a growing dynamic personal relationship with Him. Even within a Christian community, we can have a distorted view of Him. “We can construct a God in our own image rather than studying the Scriptures to learn about Him. God revealed Himself through these Scriptures so that we may know Him more intimately,” said Munro.
“We often have a small and inadequate view of God, content in our knowledge of and intimacy with Him. Even when we do have a living relationship, we need to pursue him more. For instance, when we get married, we don’t usually think, ‘well, I’m married now. I don’t need to get to know my husband or wife any better.’ Just like in a marriage relationship, we can very easily become stale in a relationship with God.”
At the Cove this weekend, Munro is challenging seminar participants to live a holy life in an unholy world, rely more fully on His power, and display His grace in all of their relationships. “If we have a relationship with God, how does it impact the way we live? When we know God more intimately, we become more familiar with His nature. Then, we have an increased passion for God, and our trust grows, because God is 100 percent reliable.”
Munro also explains that we can gain godly character traits, such as wisdom, as we spend more time with God and get to know Him more.
“Proverbs 9:10 tells us that ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.’ So, if I do know God, I should grow in wisdom, because God is infinitely wise. As we take on this godly wisdom, we should begin to make less and less foolish mistakes. But, we’ll always battle with ego, flesh, devil, and worldly forces drawing us away from God.”
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Ultimately, he says a life centered on Christ will increase our love and knowledge of God – and that love relationship will deepen with a desire to obey. “He tells us if we love Him we will keep His commands. The more secure we are in his love, the more we want to please, serve and worship him. That love has to grow, and a lot of us take God’s love for granted and enjoy only a small part of it. We need to start enjoying that love to the fullest.”