The Benefits of Knowing God

by Creflo Dollar | 10 Mar 2019

Summary

When we make the decision to trade our intellectual knowledge about God for an intimate relationship with Him, things in life that once were a mystery to us become very clear. Issues that once defeated us disappear, we no longer struggle with our faith, and the fruits of the Spirit begin to show up. Religion does not understand the concept of getting to know God personally. At one time, enmity existed between God and man; spending time with Him reveals the depth of His love for us. Knowing God turns the biblical promise “My sheep know My voice, and they hear Me” from a cliché into a real and deep relationship with the Father. Being with God in our secret place is never a waste of time. When we have the courage to do so, we will be able to do things we cannot do by ourselves.

  1. Depending on ourselves puts us on shaky ground. Depending on God is a sure thing.
    1. When we know God, we are tuned in to Him and we can hear Him speaking to us clearly.
      1. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).
      2. The blood of Jesus offers us salvation and the opportunity to be in God’s presence. A relationship with Him is part of the new covenant.
      3. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God (Jeremiah 30:22).
      4. …For they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD… (Jeremiah 31:34).
    2. We must wait for, not on, God. To wait for God is to go to Him, first, before pursuing any human aid. God has something special planned for those who go to Him, first, for answers to specific issues.
      1. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him (Isaiah 64:4).
      2. For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him (Isaiah 64:4, AMPC).
    3. When we depend on ourselves or worldly resources, we put our faith in temporal things. Those things can fail us, but God never will.
      1. Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD! Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together (Isaiah 31:1-3).
      2. Doom to those who go off to Egypt thinking that horses can help them, Impressed by military mathematics, awed by sheer numbers of chariots and riders—And to the Holy of Israel, not even a glance, not so much as a prayer to GOD. Still, he must be reckoned with, a most wise God who knows what he’s doing. He can call down catastrophe. He’s a God who does what he says. He intervenes in the work of those who do wrong, stands up against interfering evildoers. Egyptians are mortal, not God, and their horses are flesh, not Spirit. When GOD gives the signal, helpers and helped alike will fall in a heap and share the same dirt grave (Isaiah 31:1-3, MSG).
  1. Developing a relationship with God gives us specific knowledge unavailable to others.
    1. The first benefit of knowing God is revelation knowledge. This type of knowledge is exact knowledge, because it comes from God. Peter received this kind of knowledge.
      1. When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:13-18).
      2. Our relationship with God is our secret place.
      3. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust…A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee (Psalm 91:1, 2, 7).
    2. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (Daniel 11:32).
      1. Knowing God in a real way infuses us with strength and enables us to do great things.
      2. For us today, there is a distinction between people who simply come to church, and those who know their God.
      3. There is nothing wrong with knowing about God; however, this should be an outflow of knowing God firsthand.
    3. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven (Daniel 2:19).
      1. Daniel knew God; like Peter, Daniel received revelation knowledge.
      2. God reveals things to us that previously were secrets to us.
  1. Being with God gives us the same boldness as Elijah. It also gives us success.
    1. The second benefit of knowing God is boldness. Boldness in this respect is not loudness, but a liberty and a freedom to accept the privileges given to us by right of sonship.
      1. The knowledge that we have access to God as our loving heavenly Father makes us bold.
    2. Elijah was bold enough to declare that no rain would fall until he gave the word. He could say this because of his relationship with God.
      1. And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word (1 Kings 17:1).
      2. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years (James 5:17, NIV).
    3. Sure success is a third benefit of knowing God; where others have failed, we will succeed.
      1. God’s will for our lives is to have success; we do not have to accept anything less.
      2. Success is not defined in material terms; it is learning what God put us here for, and doing it. The material things will follow.