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Know by Experience

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"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."         - John 17:3

Information is a great tool to get to know about something. But information alone is not sufficient to truly experience that something. On the West Coast we enjoy a beautiful blessing of God that we have come to know as In-n-Out Burger. The amazing Double-Double Burger is a great blessing - in large part to what In-n-Out fans know as "spread." One could explain exactly what the ingredients are to spread, but there is nothing quite like biting into a freshly made juicy Double-Double.

Our Scripture today uses an interesting Greek word for "know." The word is "ginosko." It is an experiential kind of knowing. So following Jesus is much more than knowing about God. It is about a personal, experiential knowledge of Him. Knowledge about God is as unfulfilling as knowing all the ingredients at In-n-Out. The joy comes through experiencing Him! When I "taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)," I experience God and truly know Jesus like I was created to know him!

Do you know a lot about God but haven't experienced Him? Cry out to your Father today!

Spiritual Amnesia

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"They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel." - Psalm 106:13

When someone suffers from "Amnestic Syndrome" or as most know it, "Amnesia," they have a deficit of memory. In layman's terms, they forget things easily. All throughout the Bible, God's people are constantly battling spiritual amnesia. A couple of years ago, our creative team at Hope wrote a song out of Psalm 78 talking about this biblical reality. For further reading today, spend some time reading Psalm 78. If we're honest, the apple has not fallen far from the tree! Our flesh is very forgetful. We must fight our propensity for spiritual amnesia and surround ourselves with other believers who can encourage us in all the blessings and grace of God in our everyday lives. Fight your forgetfulness, and praise God for His favor!

Have you quickly forgotten God's works in your life? Take a few minutes to thank God for all the grace in your life. Be specific, and write down what you're grateful for!

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