HOW TO DESCEND INTO THE DEPTHS OF KNOWING GOD
Antonio Baldovinos | Excerpt from Living from the Inside Out
As we begin this year I am believing that we would encounter God in greater ways than any other time in our life.
You and I have a longing that only God will satisfy. That longing is to know God; to know Him in a real way.
I can remember being a young boy wondering so many things about God. Do you remember? I wondered who He was and what He was like.
Then at 14 years old I experienced Him, heard His voice for the first time and started a real relationship with Him.
I am most intimate with those whom I know the most; it is also true of you. Therefore, the more I know about and relate to a person, the more intimate I am with them. This is not a purely academic knowing.
When I speak of growing in the knowledge of God, I am speaking of growing in the intimate knowledge of how He feels, thinks and acts, through encountering Him, experiencing Him and not just memorizing facts about Him.
We study and grow in the intimate knowledge of God like we would a flower or a sunset; we observe, we drink in. And even more than a sunset or flower we can talk and communicate.
HERE ARE THREE STAGES OF GROWING IN INTIMACY WITH GOD:
1. The Invitation (menu): God desires for dynamic relationship with us at a deep heart level (see Mk. 3; Jn. 15:16).
2. Growing in intimacy requires substance or knowledge of Him and responding to the invitation: At the “heart of intimacy” is the relational knowledge of a Person (see Jn. 14:23; 16:13).
3. This deep interior pleasure and fascination will overflow and produce lasting character development and radical selflessness.
DIVING INTO THE DEPTHS OF GOD
I have gone to many oceanfronts around the world. We can go to the same ocean and yet have a completely different experience than someone else.
One person may visit the ocean, see the waves from afar and take photos. I have seen many who experience the ocean like this. For this person, it is true that they went to the ocean.
Another person may go to the same oceanfront and take walks on the beach, collects shells and feel the water on their feet and sand in their toes. They also went to the ocean.
Equipped to descend
Yet another person, invests their time, money and energy to get equipped, so they can descend into the depths of the same ocean and experience the wonders and beauty of what lies beneath the waters for themselves. The same is true of knowing God.
Some are content to merely read and memorize the scriptures, knowing things about Him. Others remain content to simply feel the benefits of God in their life (healing, prosperity, and salvation), but fail to descend into the depths of knowing God. Yet I want to say there is so much more and we have an invitation to descend into the depths and really know Him, and to do this we must live from the inside where God has taken residence!