Totally identified – First15 – April 12th –

Totally identified – First15 – April 12th –

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Well known

Weekly overview:

Honesty is more than the words we say. It is an attitude of the heart. We didn't want to try to be what we are not. God never asks us to keep up appearances. He longs for us to have the courage to be vulnerable. He longs for us to be so grounded in his unconditional love that we live honestly. May you experience new levels of peace and joy this week as we discover God's heart for honesty.

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"But if someone loves God, he is known to God." 1 Corinthians 8: 3

Devotional:

While we absolutely serve an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God, there is a stark difference between God's knowledge of everything and allowing us to be known by him. To be known by God is a one-way street. It is a conscious decision to open our hearts to this omniscient God so that we can experience him in the deepest, most secret places of our lives. Galatians 4: 8-9 says:

Before, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those who are not gods by nature. But now that you have come to know God, or rather have come to know God, how can you return to the weak and worthless basic principles of the world, of which you want to be slaves again?

To be known by God is the birthplace of freedom. When we allow our Creator and Savior to really know us, He will bring all of His power, love and deliverance. Only when we allow him to know the wounds of our past do we position ourselves to receive his healing. Only when we discover that he is crying, mourning, laughing and celebrating with us will our hearts rest on the reality of a true relationship with him.

Your God doesn't just want to teach, guide, empower or use you – he wants to get to know you. You don't have to go through this life alone. You don't have to deal with decisions, pain, relationships, or doubts yourself. You can be known by and know your Creator. An unhindered relationship with your perfect, loving father can be your source.

It is entirely possible to go through this life as a believer without God fully knowing you. As tragic as it is, many Christians do it every day. We live as if God is removed from us. We live as if we do not have full access to his heart, his will, his love and his presence in the Holy Spirit. We live as if Christ was just giving us a free Get Out of Hell card instead of putting us back into proper relationship with the Father. And when you live fully known by God, you will experience a love that is safer, more real and more transcendent than any love you have experienced.

Take the time as you step into guided prayer to really let God know you. Open the secret places of your heart. Tell him about your insecurities, fears, doubts and wounds. May you find a deeper level of intimacy with your loving Father than you thought possible.

Guided Prayer:

1. Meditate on the importance of being known by God.

“Before, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those who are not gods by nature. But now that you have come to know God, or rather have come to know God, how can you return to the weak and worthless basic principles of the world, of which you want to be slaves again? “Galatians 4: 8-9

"But if someone loves God, he is known to God." 1 Corinthians 8: 3

2. Do you live your known life Or are you hiding parts of your life from your Heavenly Father?

3. Tell God about everything in your life that has remained in the dark. Bring it to light with him. Allow him to know you completely. And experience powerful freedom as he reveals the depths of his love for you.

"The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord that searches all of his innermost parts." Proverbs 20:27

Ephesians 5: 8 says, “You used to be darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. “You can live with confidence and joy today. When you are fully known by God and yet fully accepted and loved, your heart is unshakable. God won't reject you. He loved you in the worst case. Trust him today and experience life in the light of his presence.

Extended reading: 1 Corinthians 13

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