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He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  (Mic 6:8)

At the end of the day, knowing God is not part of some deep secret that has been hidden from us. In fact God not only clearly demonstrates who He is through the world around us (Ro 1:20), but He also states clearly in His word how we can know Him.

Mark 11: 24 says, "Therefore I say to you, All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you shall receive them, and it will be to you."

What a great verse which supports the promise that God will supply all our needs according to His richers in Glory" (Philippians 4:14). Since His riches are limitless does this really mean that my desires are His command?

Matthew 5v12 has this great verse "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad"..... until you read it in its context and look at verse 11.

Consider:

  1. 2 Timothy 3:12, " Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
  2. Hebrews 5:8. Christ learnt obedience through the things He suffered.
  3. Philippians 3:8-11. Here Paul sums it up. 

2Peter 3:7-9

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.