To Be Known By God

I received the devotion “Saving Faith” by Charles Stanley in my inbox this morning and thought it too important not to pass along.

Galatians 4:9 begins, “Now that you have come to know God, OR RATHER, TO BE KNOWN BY GOD…”

In other words, “Let’s make certain that your picture of salvation is correct here, because according to Matthew 7:21-23, there will be people who call God “Lord”, and who even do many mighty works in His name, but God will respond, “I never knew you.”

Do you know God?  Or do you just know about Him?  But more importantly, DOES GOD KNOW YOU?

Saving Faith

~ by Charles Stanley

The greatest tragedy that can befall someone is to think he’s saved, only to discover after death that he isn’t.  We’d all like to believe the claims of those who say they’re Christians, but Jesus gives a harsh warning because He knows many will be deceived.  They will sit in churches week after week, professing that Jesus is the Son of God, but won’t ever really enter into a personal relationship with Him.

Intellectual faith isn’t the same as saving faith.  It’s not enough to know facts about Jesus or to believe He died and rose again.  Even demons believe that (James 2:19). Salvation involves more than mere knowing.  It requires trusting that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sin, receiving His forgiveness, turning away from old sinful ways, and entering into a relationship with Him.  What matters is not what we say with our mouth, but what we believe in our heart.

Although you probably won’t understand all that happens at the moment of salvation, when Christ becomes your Savior, He also becomes your Lord. As the Master of your life, He then has a right to govern what you do. His Holy Spirit takes up residence within you when you are saved, and that means you will changeGod’s Spirit continually works to remove sinful attitudes and behaviors, replacing them with His spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).

We recognize a person’s salvation not by his profession but by fruit. If you are truly saved, your character will become more Christlike over time, and your desire will be to obey the Lord.  This does not mean you’ll never sin or stumble, but overall, your life will be characterized by obedience.

 

The man who love God is known by God..png

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “To Be Known By God

  1. Angie says:

    Wonderful!! Thank you for sharing. Love youAngie Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

  2. Gloria Lanning says:

    When you fall in love with God you will know Him and He will know you. Pastor Stanley always has such thought provoking messages. We want to be known by our God.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s