5 Steps to Help you Know God

Many people ask the question, "How can I know God?" But then, getting answers to this question is not just enough. It is more than necessary to follow the answers to the point of reality. Man is able to know the true and living God through His Word, that is, the Bible. The Bible reveals God's character and His plan for mankind. It is through reading His Word that we come to a knowledge of the righteousness of God and that which He requires of us. What is it that prevents us from personally knowing God? Our sin has separated us from God — our corruption is to such a degree that we cannot know Him personally and cannot experience His love. God's Word rightly says, "...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship (intimacy or Koinonia)with God, but because of his sin (that is, anything that is against the righteousness revealed in God's Law) he is prevented from that fellowship. This includes anything less than perfect obedience to God's commands. The Bible confirms this again by using death in illustration of the consequences of sin. This is found in Romans 6:23a saying "For the wages of sin is death..." 

The ultimate result of this death is an eternity in Hell. (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10). This spiritual death forces a separation from God. Man is sinful and God is holy. This creates a gap unbridgeable by man. As such, the intended fellowship with God becomes impossible. God's eternal plan was to send His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross and take on our punishment (Romans 5:8; Galatians 4:4; 1 John 4:10). He knew no sin and yet became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He died in our place. This removed our burden of sin and allowed us to enter into that desired fellowship through faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

It is not just enough that we know these truths. We must individually place our trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This means a total repentance from sin and wholly believing in Jesus Christ as God's Son who came to earth in human form, dying for our sins so that we might have everlasting life with Him. Placing our trust in Jesus requires Faith, which is a hope-filled belief in Jesus even though we don't see Him face to face (John 20:29; Hebrews 11:1). 

And salvation is by faith alone, not by any works we could do to please God (John 6:28-29).

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."  (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Those who place their trust in Jesus become God's children; and as heirs to heaven, they are promised the eternal pleasure of glorifying God (Romans 8:16-17; Gal. 3:29). As our life here on earth progresses, God will continue to work in our hearts, daily changing and conforming us into the image of Christ, Himself (1 John 3:2). We will begin to live lives of righteousness. Obedience to God will not be a burden to us, but rather a joy. For God's word says: "But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."  (John 1:12).

The invitation to know God and place your trust in Jesus Christ by faith is open to all. If you are not a friend and child of God, let today be the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). You can say a prayer of salvation here.

In summary, you can know God better through the following ways:


1. Accept Christ as your Savior

God is standing at the door of your heart with a gentle knock. He wants to come in but that's only if you would allow Him to 

2. Read His Word

To learn about a concept or idea, you get to read more about it. In this case, it is similar but then, the word of God is always true and alive (Hebrews 4:12). You will not be close to someone if you two do not communicate. One good way to communicate with God is through His word - the Bible. When we make use of His words, it shows that we long to know more of Him and that causes God to reveal Himself to us

3. Be filled with the Holy Spirit

One advantage we have as believers is the presence of the Holy Spirit. More than a comforter, the Holy Spirit is a helper and a compass. He is a guide to knowing God. As the third head in the trinity, you cannot know God except He is revealed by the Holy Spirit to you.

4. Seek the Lord through Prayer. 

Just like God's word, Prayer gives you direct access to God's table. It is the most unusual mode of communication where you can have a chat with God to know more about Him.


5. Fellowship and Live out your life with the saints 

The Bible talks about fellowship with the brethren in Hebrews 10:25.

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  1. I have done all of these things and still, I can't feel his presence

  2. Hi Emmanuel,

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