God desires for me to grow in my understanding of Him.
From birth until I received Christ as my Savior, I formed
habits of worldly understanding.
Now He wants to gradually transform my understanding of
Him so that I increasingly view life from His perspective. A
godly perspective produces godly behavior. It does not please
God if I simply attempt to change my outward behavior
without allowing Him to transform my inward thinking.
If I want my relationship with God to grow, I need to make
conscious choices to seek Him wholeheartedly, in much the
same way that a marriage relationship needs to be nurtured.
To not hinder God's work in and through me, I need to
maintain an open, honest and teachable attitude towards Him.
Since He alone really knows me, my role is to willingly allow
Him to make the appropriate changes in my understanding.
Jesus is the visible picture of God's character, and the One in
whose image God will mold me, as I allow Him.
God desires for me to know Him intimately, in a way that goes
beyond mere knowledge "about" Him.
Godly behavior is the natural outcome of His continuing
inward transformation of my convictions and values
... for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Sam. 16:7)
1. MY ATTITUDE
a. God desires for me to grow in my understanding of Him, to know His heart.
Jer. 9:23-24 Thus says the Lord, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the
mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who
boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, ...
John 17:3 (Jesus said) ... this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.
Rom. 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the
image of His Son, ...
Rom. 11:36-12:2 ... do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and
acceptable and perfect. (see also 2 Cor. 3:18)
Eph. 3:16-19 ... that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with