KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 11:32 ISV ” Through flattery he’ll corrupt those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but people who know their God will be strong and take action”.
One of the miserable ventures to take is to attempt to serve the Lord without knowing him. The kind of opposition the devil raises against the servants of God, makes it almost impossible to serve Him without a personal knowledge of the Lord. It is not surprising that the Lord Jesus after his resurrection had to show himself alive by many infallible proofs, lasting a period of forty days. (Acts 1:3) This experience changed their outlook about Christ and their resolve to stand for Him. Almost all of them were killed because they claimed Jesus was alive. They knew Him. Indeed, those who know the Lord would wax strong and do exploits.
I have come to know that people who do not know the Lord, do not fear Him, and so get themselves involved in very wrong rebellious acts. King Saul did not know God. He knew Samuel and as a result he could not trust God in difficult times. He woefully failed. David who knew the Lord was ready to pitch his life against a mighty warrior like Goliath. He did not consider defeat as an option. He knew God and knew He would not fail Him. How did he get to know God in such an intimate way?
You may not know Him by memorizing scriptures. You know Him by deciding to believe the revelations He’s made about Himself. Believe His word, and act on it. The Holy Spirit would establish God’s reality in your spirit. It would not be a mental persuasion but an inner awareness of His presence that nothing or no man can take away from you. As you act on His word, you would be experiencing Him in your day to day encounters. The more you respond in faith to His word, He would likewise show Himself mighty unto you. There are some who would have opportunities to encounter God in a more physical but supernatural way. Apostle Paul had such an encounter. Many people in our times have experienced the Lord Jesus in such a way.
The Lord has revealed Himself in His Word to us. I believe totally in His revelation. I act on what He says. I continually experience His acts daily. He is real to me. By Him I do exploits to His glory.
2Timothy 1:12 KJV” For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless, I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”.
1 Corinth 1:21 KJV “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”