Lover or User?

“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him …
… perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person
more strongly and more clearly]
Philippians 3:10 (Amplified)

Paul wanted nothing more than to know God ~ personally ~ in a way that honored Him for who He is and not for what was in it for him!

Think about it for a moment, there was Paul, in prison and shackles because of his faith and ministry, yet his focus and his joy was not on his current circumstances, nor in revisiting his past failures or accomplishments.  No, his focus was on the joy of getting to know God more ~ just loving Him! 

Where is our focus and joy?

Paul’s focus, and his determined purpose was to Know Him, and understand the wonders of His Person ~ to love Him with all of his heart, mind and soul!  I read in a commentary* that Paul was “… a lover of God, not a user of God.”

Honestly, the whole purpose for this little series of blogs, is because of the impact of that statement.  Are we a ‘lover of God’ ~ pure and simply?  Or are we a ‘user of God’?  Do we only talk with God (pray) when we’re desperate and need something, ignoring Him otherwise?  Or, are we loving Him day and night, always grateful to Him for who He is and recognizing what He has sacrificed to tenderly love each one of us?

Andrew Wommack said in his book, The True Nature of God**, that “having faith in anyone means developing your relationship with them to the point where you know them so well, you just completely trust them.”

Have we considered our relationship with God?  Do we know Him so well, that we trust Him completely?  As you do, you will begin to recognize the enormity of His love toward us through Jesus Christ.  For God’s love toward us is pure ~ He is a good, powerful, all-knowing, patient, wise, righteous, merciful and faithful God!  As we focus our heart on Him ~ we find our peace, our strength, wisdom and true love.  And, as we humbly open our hearts toward Him, He automatically fills us with all we need.

I’ve witnessed this myself, I’ve read about it in God’s Word, and as I prepared to write this blog, I met someone who shared the results of knowing and completely surrendering to the One who loves her!  She came from a very broken, love-less family, and shared how much she loved God.  She said she would spend time every morning just expressing her heartfelt love toward God.  One day, she began to sense God’s love toward her as if He was pouring His love into her.  She said He filled her, and filled, and filled her so much that she had to tell the Lord to stop … for she couldn’t hold anymore of His love!  Wow!

When we open our hearts to the One whom we can truly trust ~ when we give God our time, making Him our determined purpose, we can then lay aside all else ~ all that has hurt us and all that concerns us.  Pure love toward God for the Wonders of His Person!

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God
has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately,
the One who invited us to God…”
2 Peter 1:3 (The Message version)

The Wonders of His Person ~ God who lavished all His love on you and me, through Jesus Christ.

God’s Love and Blessings,
*Commentary on Philippians 3:10 ~ Kingdom Dynamics, New Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Bibles

**The True Nature of God, The Importance and Benefits of Understanding God’s Character by Andrew Wommack, Introduction.

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