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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
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Know Thy Heavenly Father
“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP
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Memory Verse: Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. Judges 2:16 KJV
There will come a time when the mentor you have taken will be gathered from your midst. Are you a student of your leader? Are you just watching to see what other’s will do, say, or think? How long have you been in the fellowship of your church? What have you learned?
Philip said to Jesus, “…shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us” (John 14:8). It is a good state of being and that full of hope, if you can be content, and more rather comforted in knowing the presence of God. Yet to say you will be satisfied is not enough. How can you be satisfied, and more so nourished and uplifted by the presence of God if you can not recognize Him?
When you read in Matthew 18:20, “…there am I in the midst of them,” it is not just a good saying. God is confirming his presence. I AM here. He says if you have seen the Son, Jesus Christ, you have seen Him. When you read, no man has seen the father (John 1:18), do not confuse physical appearance with presence. Yes, YOU CAN see the glory of God if He allows you to see it. You can have an experience in heaven, without being dead. You can see God’s presence in other people who have not allowed their time in His presence to be a good show, like spectators who have not understanding of the Almighty and benefit of His fellowship.
Jesus said to Phillip – an apostle – who should have known better,
“Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:9-14 KJV
Descendants of the original Children of Israel, who had not seen the miracles of God through Moses and Joshua, had not learned the value of their heritage in God (Judges 2:10). They could not have experienced first hand the parting of the Red Sea, or that of the river Jordan for example, since they were too many generations removed from those days. However, there was no excuse before God in that they had no knowledge of these events, nor reverence for their creator.
We read in Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Some have committed this verse to the education of children who are so by virtue of their age. They have made it all but taboo to apply Proverbs 22:6 to adults. Jesus said that ye are babes in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1). Train up the children of the Lord. These are not called “children” according to their number of years on this earth; but that because they are part of God’s family. We are His children, though we may have children of our own.
Know Thy Heavenly Father: it is only then that you may Know Thyself.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5 KJV