Your soul is your production center!
It’s improved with the ‘life of God and knowledge’. The application of knowledge is wisdom.
5 Ways to Grow Our Knowledge and Understanding of God
How do we move this from a theoretical exercise to practical action steps? For as long as I have been saved and for all the different ideas and suggestions out there, I keep coming back to these steps as the only way you really can grow and know God more.
1. You Must Spend Time in The Word
It is impossible to grow in your knowledge and understanding of God if you neglect his word. God carefully crafted his word over 1500 years and within it he reveals who he is. If you want to know more of who he is, it will require that you spend time reading the Bible.
I know this first way is not very revolutionary and it may even seem basic, but this is fundamental to your understanding of who God is. Knowing God and reading his word are inseparable, and the former cannot happen without the latter.
2. You Must Spend Time in Worship
As I mentioned earlier, knowing God can begin as an intellectual pursuit, but it cannot stay there. One of the beauties of reading the Bible is that it positions you to get revelation of who God is. Revelation is that point where what you know intellectually comes to life as if the truth of who God is leaps off the pages. When this happens, this leads to worship.
Worship is when you begin the process of connecting your spirit with God’s spirit. It is in this place of worship that your sense of awe and wonder of who God is grows. Worship is the catalyst that allows you to enter into God’s presence, and when you experience his presence you experience all that comes with it. His joy, his peace and just how majestic he really is.
3. You Must Spend Time in Prayer
One of the byproducts of worship is that it can increase your faith because as God gets bigger in your eyes so does your faith. That’s why I always recommend people begin their time of prayer with worship because it will help your prayer life.
Prayer is the place where your communion happens. It is where your spirit connects with God’s spirit, and that is where that communion and intimacy occurs. Prayer is also where you can experience some of the character of God. This is where you are filled with his joy, where you are embraced by his love, where you are overwhelmed by peace, when you are awed by his presence. This all happens in prayer. That’s why prayer is one of the critical ways to grow in our knowledge and understanding of God.
4. You Must Spend Time Learning from Others
One of the beautiful things about our journey of faith is that we don’t walk this journey alone. There are many testimonies of those who walk with us and those who have walked before us which can help us learn more of who God is. One of the best ways to learn of God’s faithfulness is to hear of it in the lives of others. In the old days we called this a testimony service, and these testimonies were living lessons helping us to know more of who God is.
Whenever you can find time to talk with those who have been walking with God, whether for a short while or over many years, when you hear their life stories, you will likely discover a treasure trove of perspective about who God is and how he works in people’s lives.
5. You Must Depend on the Holy Spirit
As great as all these steps are, the Holy Spirit is the glue that makes it all work. Without him, then these are just great suggestions. There is no desire to read the word without the Holy Spirit. There is no understanding of who God is or any revelation without the Holy Spirit. There is no real depth in prayer without the Holy Spirit. He is critical and is the most important of all the ways you grow in the knowledge or understanding of who God is.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and there is no understanding truth about God without him. Learn to lean on him and allow him to teach you everything you need to know about who God is.
A Prayer to Always Be Growing Closer to God
Lord today I ask your Holy Spirit to teach me about who you are. Let me not just know you in my mind, but allow me to engage you with my heart. Give me the desire and discipline to read your Word, and as I do let the truth of who you are leap off the pages and into my heart. I thank you in advance for everything you will reveal as I commit to getting to know you.
In Jesus Name,
Growing in the knowledge and understanding of God is not a one-time event, but a lifelong pursuit. The wonderful thing is you can learn and know as much about God as you want. The choice is up to you. God is waiting to sit with you and show you great and wonderful things that go beyond anything you could ever imagine. But you must make time for him. When you do, then you will begin to grow and understand who he is and that will be a pursuit that is time well spent.