God wants us all to find Him – none can by our way, all can by His way

God says in Romans 1 & 2 He’s given everyone total proof of His existence:

1.  By our seeing the miracle of His creation. Like, the precise design and placement of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. The Earth orbits the Sun at 67,000 mph and is kept from spinning off into space by the Sun’s gravity and we are kept from being blown off the Earth by its gravity. NASA says “We don’t know what gravity is, we just know how it behaves”. Psalm 19:1 says The skies display (to all) God’s marvelous craftsmanship”. NLT Bible

2. By His giving us a conscience. It’s the voice of our spirits that knows right from wrong. Since God gave us our spirits while in the womb (Ecc 11:5 TLB & John 1:9) it already knows that God exists. My spirit is in the area of my gut hence we ask what does your gut say, and its something animals don’t have.

82% of Americans say they believe in the existence of God. But knowing God exists is totally different from actually finding and personally knowing this amazing God. To personally know God, spirit to Spirit, the Bible says, is the single most important thing in every human life. Only 34% of Americans say they know Him. This is often because people try to find God using their own intelligence and human powers of reason or deduction. God, Who is Spirit, says that He cannot be found that way:

1 Cor 1:21 For God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never find God through human brilliance, and then He stepped in and saved all those who believed His (Gospel) message, which the world calls foolish and silly. The Living Bible TLB

Why would God, who, as we shall see, longs for us to know Him, hide Himself from being discovered by natural human intelligence? Because, if He could be found that way it would mean that a person whose sins are not yet forgiven, and who therefore is still unrighteous, could know and be joined to a righteous God – this is a literal impossibility.     Also it would mean an impartial God had given an unfair advantage to those who are more gifted intellectually; the God of fairness just couldn’t do that.

Matt 11:25 …Jesus said, “praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the humanly wise and intelligent…” American Standard Bible

But God loves and longs to be found by all people everywhere and says He’s not in fact far from anyone– if we would but look for Him in the only way, that He says, everyone , no matter their intelligence, can find Him.

Acts 17:27 God did this so that people (from every nation in the world) would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (but He’s not in the physical or intellectual realms instead He’s in the spiritual Realm. It’s been called the 4th dimension, a realm which we humans can only access with one very specific part of us). NIV Bible

And what is that part of us with which     we are to look for Him, if it’s not with our intellects, in order to be sure of finding Him? He tells us– we are to seek Him, not with our heads, but with all of our hearts. By heart God means our spirit, see 1 Peter 3:4. And in the impartiality of God every human heart or spirit has been given exactly the same ability and capacity to find Him.

Jer 29:13 (An unbreakable promise from God) And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Isaiah 26:9 …Yes, with my spirit within me I will seek You early…

Matt 7:8 Everyonewho seeks finds;

And 34% of Americans have done that – they’ve sought for God with their hearts and found Him just like He said they would. As for the other 66% of Americans (along with many people from every other nation) God Himself is actively seeking them. How does He do that? He does it by knocking on the door of their hearts, whenever they let him, with the words of His Gospel message. If He can find someone to give that message. As soon as we get quiet long enough to truly hear those Gospel words and believe them, then Jesus Christ enters our hearts for the very first time. Sadly we may not allow this until we are in a crisis. We are now forgiven and reconciled to God, we have finally found Him and begun to know Him; Our spirits that were dead to God because of sin have been re-born. Oh what a happy day.

Rev 3:20 (Jesus speaking) I have been standing at the door (of your heart or spirit) and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears my voice (speaking to them the simple words of the Gospel) and opens the door (to their heart by believing My words), I will come in (for I am those words) and fellowship with them and they with Me. TLB

And what is the Gospel message which I need to hear and believe with all of my heart?

1 Co 15:1-4 …I declare to you the gospel…that Christ died for our sins (being judged for them in my place so that I could be forgiven) according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day (having conquered spiritual death, which is separation from God, for me, so that my spirit can be made alive to God again, reborn, just by believing these words) according to the scriptures. And what are some of the reasons everyone should want to find God?

1. To enjoy wonderful guilt-free peace with God that comes only by being forgiven of my past wrongs;

2. To be loved by God, it’s way more than human love, He is love.

3. To experience deliverance by God from my will being controlled by addictions or the selfish pride of my lower human nature or flesh;

4. To have it revealed that God is not to blame for all the evil things that happen to people, but that it is an outlaw spirit, named Satan, who, the Bible says, rules this world; See 1 John 5:19 and John 10:10.

5. To have the right to receive His Holy Spirit of adoption as His child and be assured of eternity with Him.

6. To have the joy of sharing these living truths, by God’s Spirit, with others, to their eternal salvation.

Acts 3:19 Now change your mind and attitude toward God and turn to Him, so He can cleanse away your sins and send you wonder- ful times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord. TLB

Pastor David.

Living Stones Bible Church, Temecula

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