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How do I find God?
Thank you for your question. It is encouraging to hear of your desire to find God for yourself.
How do you find God? Well, you need to be introduced to Him. What do we mean by this? Naturally speaking as human beings we do not know God; we do not have a personal relationship with Him as you might with a close friend or family member. The reason for this is our sin which separates us from God and prevents us from having this personal relationship with Him. Sin is all the wrong things we do, but also our natural state before God. We are not naturally friends with God but distant enemies.
Let me illustrate it like this: I know of Queen Elizabeth and a little bit about her but I do not know her personally. I do not have her life (the life of a royal), I am not part of her family nor do I move in her circle. Because of who the Queen is I just can’t go and meet her, I would need someone who has access to her to introduce me.
In the same way, because of our sin we do not know God personally. We do not have God’s life (eternal life) and are not part of His family. We need someone who is able and willing to introduce us to Him. The good news is that there is someone who has God’s life, moves in God’s circle and is part of God’s family whose greatest desire is to introduce us to God Himself. His name is Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
It is through Jesus Christ that we come to know God. God tells us in the Bible: for Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus endured the cross so that He could bring us to God. Jesus said of himself: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). It is through Jesus Christ that we come to God and are able to find Him and know Him personally and not just know about Him. In fact, through Christ we don’t just come to know God but we become part of God’s family.
God tells us: but to all who did receive Him (that is Christ), who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12). More than this it is also through Christ that we receive eternal life, the life of God; "for God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
To continue the royal analogy, God is like a king who sits in a heavenly palace in the splendour and majesty of His purity and holiness. We are paupers, outside the palace gate, clothed in the rags of sin, no hope it would seem of ever knowing the king – we are worlds apart. Yet God sends His Son to us. His Son comes to our world, comes to where we are and at His own great expense, takes off our rags and gives us royal robes, robes of purity, fit for the king’s presence. He then takes us by the hand and leads us right into the presence of the king and introduces us to His Father. The king then announces us as a permanent member of His family. It sounds the stuff of fairy tales but it’s true. It is the amazing love of God for us. A love, as one hymn writer put it: “vast, unmeasured, boundless, free.”
Christ left heaven and came to our world, He paid the penalty for our sin with His life at the cross and because of this we now have the opportunity of forgiveness and the way is open for us to know God. We simply need to trust Christ and what He has done on the cross for us to receive that forgiveness. With our sin dealt with we can then know God for ourselves.
Once we have trusted Christ, and through Him have come to know God the Father, then our relationship with God develops and grows based on the same principle that any relationship develops and grows – spending time with that person. Some simple steps you can take to help this process are a) to set aside a little time each day to get to know God better, and in that time, b) listen to what God has to say to you through prayerfully reading the Bible, His message to you and c) talk with Him through prayer. As you spend time with God in this way, sharing together, I am sure you will discover more and more what a wonderful God He is.
In summary we find God through Jesus Christ. He alone can deal with the sin that separates us from God. It is through faith in Christ that we enter into a personal, permanent relationship with God the Father.
I do hope this answer to your question goes some way to helping you come to know God through Jesus Christ our Lord for yourself. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
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Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- John 17:3
- 1 Timothy 2:5
- 1 John 4:14
*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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