Does He even know You?

Does He even know you? In the Word 4/28/14

I have heard many people are going around saying they found Jesus, but Jesus was never lost so how can they ‘find’ Him?

You may have noticed someone say they ‘got saved’, or perhaps they were drawn to the Altar to accept Jesus as their Savior. I wonder sometimes as I watch people return week after week; do they even know Him? Have they prayed truthfully from the heart when they chose to ‘follow Christ’ at the altar in their church or did they just follow the crowd or group of friends who pulled them up there because it is ‘what we do’?

Or maybe they think they are assured a ticket to heaven just because they have always gone to church? It has been said that some people even thing they can get into heaven on their parents shirt tails.
I could tell you my testimony in a few hours time, but in a nutshell I was saved, found Christ or accepted Him as my Savior and Lord alone in a room with just me and my God, and my little Gideon’s New Testament Bible. Funny thing is that Bible had followed me through half my life at that point, from 9 years of age in Canada when I would play school and read a few lines to pretend, to 18 when I read the directions printed in the back, decided yes I believed and signed my name after reciting the words written. My life changed right there. I heard sky rockets, bombs burst and rainbows were painted across the sky as little white doves flew off into the sunset. Okay, so none of that embellishment happened really; on the outside you could not tell that I had changed. Though one friend was told because the Bible directions said I was to share that I had prayed the prayer and accepted Jesus into my life with another human; I kind of kept it to myself beyond that for a while. In fact between me and God, I grew my first year of knowledge of Christ through reading, prayer and what the Word of God calls meditating on the Word.
So where did that leave me? For an hour a day and twice on Sundays I would lock myself up in my room and study and pray and spend time in His presence as I knew it. In this first year of my ‘walk with Christ’ I spend time getting to know Him, one on One. I highly recommend that each person take time not just reading through the Bible in a year but reading to know the Bible each day. Get to know the characters in the Word. Make Paul, Saul, Jeremiah, Esther your personal associates. Know who they were, and study everything on them and you will feel as if you are visiting the times and places you read about each day and understanding how to practice what they teach; what He teaches us to live in our lives each day.

What more can we do than approach the throne of Grace the way that we know in our hearts to do so?
We know that in the Word of God, or our Holy Bible, it tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to study to show ourselves approved by God. So we know we can study, and learn from His Word.

How else can we know Him? If we did not live when He walked among them how can we know God himself but than to study the words in which He chose to have compiled. There is a scripture that says all scripture is God breathed…2 Timothy 3:17, it comes from His mouth, not just man’s fingers. Sure a scribe penned it and a speaker spoke it and an Apostle lived it; but the Word of the Lord is right.  It is produced by the Holy Spirit and in such a way that we can understand it someone translated with God’s permission.
Today there are so many translations we can get lost, and a few may lead some off on a tangent but if we are truly looking for the True Word of God we will find it.
Our Lord said those who seek me will find me when they seek for me with their whole heart. Proverbs 8
So if you are a ‘seeker’ looking for God, you can be sure you will find Him when you put your heart into it, your whole heart!
In my studies of the Word I came up to a point when Jesus said to some people who approached him to get away from Him because He never knew them. He did not know them, though they claim to have done many works in His name. He did not know them, though they claim to have known Him.
This struck me with a bolt of lightening type of fear in my heart and soul! I could know Him, but He must know me to make me get that true Ticket to Heaven?

 How then can I be assured that He even knows me?

1-    I have redeemed you I have called you by name, child you are mine.  Isaiah 41:10 When you walk through the water I will be there and through the flames, you will not be burned, you will not be drowned for I am with you. He has called us to come into His presence. He draws us by the Holy Spirit part of Him from the inside out. Its not an outward kind of thing, but an inner draw from your heart to His.

2-    I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Jesus promised us He would never leave us nor forsake us. He will be with us wherever we go. If this is written on your heart as the Lord says His Words will be written on, hidden in our hearts that when we would desire to sin against Him we could stop.

3-    The sheep know the shepherds voice.  The Lord Jesus even said My sheep shall know my voice. When He calls us we are drawn to Him.  When sheep are wandering they know the Shepherds voice and will come to him.

4-    We are known by our fruit. If you are fruitful in Christ, you are bringing others to Christ right? Yes but also you are spending time reading and   praying and worshiping with, to and for Him. The fruits will be sweet; the flavor of your walk will be delightful when you spend time in His presence each day.  

When you have right standing with God, you know it in your heart, soul, and mind. You just know!
When I was first saved, or first a Christian, I found people asking me how I knew that He was real. My answer was often, “I just know”. I had no scripture knowledge to back me up yet as I was just beginning to really get to know the Lord and His Word; my innocent words spoke truth that has stuck with me through 38 years and I still feel the connection that I received the day I first believed.
Now we are taught that we are lead by the Holy Spirit, He is who draws you into His presence. This Holy Spirit presence is the ‘know’ in my spirit. He is the one who wrote His name on my heart and my name in His book. There is no other way to truly know He knows you other than truly knowing Him. Study the Word, get to know the present the fullness, the complete Words of God. Apply them to your heart, mind, soul and spirit.

To know the heart of Jesus to find in His face perfect rest, and in His love the light of all direction and hope.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.2 Corinthians 4:5-7

Dear Heavenly Father; Oh that we would truly know you is the cry of our heart, and yet that you would reveal in us the proof that You truly know our hearts, and know our souls, and our minds is our prayer today; in Jesus name, Amen.
Suggested Reading

2 Timothy 2:1- 26, Timothy 3:1-17, 2 Corinthians 4:1-17, and Romans 16:1-27