“Before you can be who and what you want to be in Christ, you must be willing to be fully exposed and fully honest before God about who and what you are right now You can’t come to Him talking, thinking, and acting like everything is right when it isn’t. You can’t come to Him with fake prayers and fake spirituality. You have to be real with Him.” “I’ve talked with many believers who come” “to me and say, “Pastor, my prayers seem stale. It seems like I’m saying the same things over and over and nothing is happening.” When I hear that, I suggest that the reason that person is saying the same things to God over and over is because there are things he or she doesn’t want to talk to Him about.
Instead of getting down with what’s really going on in their lives, many believers come to God spouting what I call “canned prayers.” All they talk to God about is how they want to be blessed, and they do that without dealing with what’s really on their hearts and, more importantly, on God’s heart.
In other words, they are hiding from God because they are coming to Him with a veil over their face.
Nothing about those kinds of prayers has anything to do with our being transformed and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. On the other hand, coming to” “God being completely open and honest about the things you know are not Christlike—that’s the kind of prayers that move you closer to truly being the new you.
We all need to understand that there is no place we can go and nothing we can do to hide ourselves from God. King David wrote and rhetorically asked, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there” (Psalm 139:7-8).
This means that God already knows everything about you. He knows about all your sin and shortcomings. He knows about the addictions, habits, behaviors, thought patterns, and attitudes that keep you from enjoying intimate fellowship with Him. He knows those things, and He wants more than anything for you to bring them to Him openly and honestly so that He can deal with them.”
“The Existence of God: How do we know that God exists?
“The Doctrine of God”
EXPLANATION AND SCRIPTURAL BASIS
How do we know that God exists? The answer can be given in two parts: First, all people have an inner sense of God. Second, we believe the evidence that is found in Scripture and in nature. A. Humanity’s Inner Sense of God
All persons everywhere have a deep, inner sense that God exists, that they are his creatures, and that he is their “All persons everywhere have a deep, inner sense that God exists, that they are his creatures, and that he is their “Creator. Paul says that even Gentile unbelievers “knew God” but did not honor him as God or give thanks to him (Rom. 1:21). He says that wicked unbelievers have “exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (Rom. 1:25), implying that they actively or willfully rejected some truth about God’s existence and character that they knew. Paul says that “what can be known about God is plain to them,” and adds that this is “because God has shown it to them” (Rom. 1:19). “Yet Scripture also recognizes that some people deny this inner sense of God and even deny that God exists. It is “the fool” who says in his heart, “There is no God” (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). It “is the wicked person who first “curses and renounces the LORD” and then in pride repeatedly thinks “there is no God” (Ps. 10:3–4). These passages indicate both that sin leads people to think irrationally and to deny God’s existence, and that it is someone who is thinking irrationally or who has been deceived who will say, “There is no God.”
“Paul also recognizes that sin will cause people to deny their knowledge of God: he speaks of those who “by their wickedness suppress the truth” (Rom. 1:18) and says that those who do this are “without excuse” for this denial of God (Rom. 1:20). A series of active verbs indicates that this is a willful suppression of the truth” “(Rom. 1:23, 25, 28, 32).1
In the life of a Christian this inner awareness of God becomes stronger and more distinct. We begin to know God as our loving Father in heaven (Rom. 8:15), the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16), and we come to know Jesus Christ living within our hearts (Eph. 3:17; Phil. 3:8, 10; Col. 1:27; John 14:23). The intensity of this awareness for a Christian is such that though we have not seen our Lord Jesus Christ, we indeed love him (1 Peter 1:8).” “In addition to people’s inner awareness of God that bears clear witness to the fact that God exists, clear evidence of his existence is to be seen in Scripture and in nature.” “The evidence that God exists is of course found throughout the Bible. In fact, the Bible everywhere assumes that God exists. The first verse of Genesis does not present evidence for the existence of God but begins immediately to tell us what he has done: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If we are convinced that the Bible is true, then we know from the Bible not only that God exists but also very much about his nature and his acts.