The Benefits of Knowing God Better

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, July 01, 2019

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:15

I am often intrigued by the fact that so many people around the world do not believe in God. Others say there is a God, but they have no desire to get to know that God. Close to half of the world’s population created their own religions so they can worship their own gods. Why is it so difficult for all human beings to acknowledge the existence of God and yield to his sovereignty? Because they do not know him.

God has made himself known to humanity since the beginning of time. He has provided ample evidence—natural, supernatural, visible, and invisible to attest of his omnipresence. He gave us the Holy Bible to help us to get to know him better. Yet we continue to struggle in our relationship with the divine.

In today’s text, Paul helps us understand that it takes wisdom and revelation to know God better. In James 15:5, we are told, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God wants to reveal himself to us. In fact, he has been revealing himself. We just do not have the wisdom to understand his revelation.

What are the benefits of knowing God better? First, those who know God better experience his protection. In Psalm 91:14, God said he will protect those who acknowledge his name. Second, those who know God better enjoy an abundance of his divine provision. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Third, to know God better is to abide in his peace. Isaiah 26:3, says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you (ESV).” The more we know about God, the less troubled we become by the cares of this world.

Fourth, the better we know God, the more confidence we have in our eternal destination. When Christians transition from life to death, we celebrate their transition with a home going service because we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Also, Jesus arose from the dead so he can guarantee our eternal destination.

Fifth, knowing God better convicts and compels us to walk in righteousness and cultivate holiness. Thus, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—we think of these things. Our knowledge of God stirs us unto righteousness.

Sixth, to know God better is to live with power and authority. As children of an omnipotent God, we are more the conquerors. In Matthew 18:18, Jesus told the disciples, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In Acts 1:8, he gave us all power and authority to proclaim his mighty name and make disciples in preparation for his second coming.

The list of benefits for knowing God better is endless. However, without wisdom and revelation, it is difficult and impossible to know God better. That is why Paul says he keeps asking God to give the Ephesians the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Whenever I get frustrated with other people’s shortsightedness and failures, the Holy Spirit reminds me to pray for them to have the Spirit of wisdom.

Perhaps you are frustrated with a loved one, or colleague, or brother and sister in Christ because of the mistakes or attitude of that individual. May I encourage you to keep praying for God to give that individual the Spirit of wisdom and revelation! People do not naturally act wisely. We need help from the Holy Spirit so we can be drawn to a life of obedience and loving union with God.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please send forth your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so your people can know what a mighty God they serve.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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