Knowing and Known by Pastor Andy

You just know.

Every parent knows this situation. No temperature has been taken; no doctor has been consulted; no website has been visited. You simply know that your child is sick. Something isn’t right.

Sometimes you just know. As a parent you know your child isn’t feeling well. As a dad you know she isn’t being honest. As a mom you know he had a bad day.

You read facial expressions. You detect body language. You notice voice inflection. You just know.

Creation vs Child

Sunday, Pastor David shared an important truth. We’re all God’s creation, but not everyone is a child of God. To be a child, I must be adopted through belief in Jesus as the Christ. If you accept Jesus as Lord, you are a child of God.

Paul tells us this in Galatians –

But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. -Galatians 4:4-7 (MSG)

I am known

Paul goes on to say that as Father, God knows us.

But now that you know the real God—or rather since God knows you… –Galatians 4:9 (MSG)

I love the way the English Standard Version translates this,

But now that you have come to know God, or rather be known by God…

We are known. God reads our facial expressions, body language and voice inflection. We are known. God looks past our exterior and interprets our inward person. We are known.

It’s a beautiful part of being God’s child.

Tuesday, Pastor Chris shared a quote from A.W. Tozer –

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important aspect about us.

Being known by God means we understand He sees all the dark places of our heart, yet He still loves us. More over, God accepts us in spite of our short comings. It confirms our hope – we belong.

Be encouraged! You are known! You belong!

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