Do You Know Him??

Do You Know Him??

Psalms 146:1, 2

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

When you hear the name Jesus, how does it make you feel? Does it bring no joy to your heart whatsoever, or does it flood your soul with gratitude because He, the King of glory has saved you from your sins? Tonight I urge you to examine your own heart to see where you stand with God.

Now, we are not discussing religion this evening, for there are tens of millions of pious believers on the earth today, strictly following the rules of their gods, but they do not have eternal life. No, tonight we are talking about, “DO YOU KNOW GOD?!” Jesus Christ proclaimed that, “this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3).”

Jehovah does simply want us to follow a bunch of rules, but wants to have fellowship with us, and to give us the life that is in Him! He wants to become one with us in spirit and dwell with a holy people for all eternity. Every good gift has come from Him; oh, do you love Him tonight? Does His presence mean anything to you? Do songs of praise rise up in your heart when you meditate on His great mercy toward such sinners?

I inquire of you this evening to examine your own heart, and consider if you see any of these evidences in your own life to confirm that you know the Lord of glory. One of the greatest signs of a believer should be a humble gratitude towards Jesus Christ because they have realized the depth of their own wretchedness, and in turn have seen the abundance of grace that Jesus has given them at the cross. Anyone who can take the topic of Jesus as a light thing should strongly consider why. Your attitude towards the One who gave His life for you should be the same as it would towards someone who pushed you out of the way of a bus, losing their own life to save yours. You would not feel “whatever” towards that person.

Do you have a deep love for the brethren and desire to fellowship with those of kindred spirit, or would you rather mingle with the world? For “we know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren (1 John 3:14)”. When you hear of His wonders at work in the earth, like Muslims being converted through visions of Jesus, does your heart rejoice? Are you brought to tears at the testimony of His faithful martyrs? When you hear a Spirit filled message from a man of God does it hit your soul like a ton of bricks? Does the message resound within you for weeks to come, God’s words working in you to transform you into the image of His dear Son? Do any of these experiences ring true in your ears?

Does it wrench your spirit when you hear others blaspheming and using as an expression of disgust the one name that is above every name, the name of Jesus? Does your heart delight in God’s commandments, or are they a burden to hear? Can you relate to the Psalmist as he cries out, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day (Psalms 119:97)”, or is it foreign to consider? Does your heart now love holiness and hate wickedness; has your relationship with the world, the devil and the flesh changed?? Do you grieve when you sin and hunger to be more like Jesus?

For if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away and behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)!! Do you know the Savior today? Can you say Christ is mine and I am His? If not, fall on your knees tonight and do not rise until you know He has saved you. He is waiting for you to turn to Him now!

With Love, Jonathan Ball

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Delight Yourself in the LORD!

Delight yourself in the Lord
Psalms 1:2, 3
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper”
Honesty, what is it that brings you joy in life? What is your delight? Can you say truly that you love meditating on God’s word, or are the Scriptures just a dusty book that you sometimes bring to Church? When someone starts speaking about the truth do your spiritual taste buds start to salivate or do you get board and wish they would change the subject? These are all good questions to ask yourself in honesty if you are truly seeking God.
I simply cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of delighting yourself in God’s word, both written and spoken. For YHWY created the worlds with a word (Hebrews 11:3; 2 Peter 3:5- 7), and with a word they are sustained. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away (Luke 21:33). His word is the rock of ages that stands firm for eternity, so build your life upon it alone, and you will never be moved; build on anything else and you will surly fall (Matthew 7:24- 27).
Because of this great treasury at our finger tips, let us seek to delight ourselves in it day and night. Write His word on your door posts, and engrave it on your heart. Listen to no one or no thing that would try to deter you from being filled richly with the truths of God; they will guide you, they will speak to you and give you wisdom from heaven, they will fill your inner man with eternal riches and form in you the characteristics of Christ. They will expel darkness when it surrounds you, they will slice through deception and lies, casting down arguments and causing the devil to flee. God’s living word will make your leaves green, and cause fruit to multiply upon your branches. Love it, memorize it, and meditate upon it day and night, pondering on how to apply it to your life. Like food, digest God’s truths and let them become part of your spirit, and you will prosper in all that you do!
With love, Jonathan Ball
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