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I want you to turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus chapter 33. As I said to you, I'm going to be here this Sunday all day, and then two Sundays in May I think, and I decided that I would bring a series to you. I feel that the Lord laid on my heart what you see on the screen there, a series on 'Knowing God'. We're going to take the six sessions, if I can get through it OK, looking at this very deep and diverse subject. Before we read Scripture, I want us to pray, I want you to pray now, would you do that with me? That God would speak to your heart - don't let me do all the praying up here, I want you to pray now that God would speak to you. Let's pray.

Father, we come to You, and as we have been singing: we desire to hear Your voice, we want to be receptive to Your voice. So we ask You, in Jesus' name, that You would come and speak to us now. Come by the Holy Spirit, Lord, and reveal Christ to us in our lives. Lord, we so desperately need You, and we ask that we would be in a receptive place to receive what You have to say to us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we ask these things, Amen.

To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from the evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual...

So Exodus 33 verse 7 is the beginning of our reading. This is where Moses has been up the Mount of God, and God is meeting with him. He has received the law, he has gone down the mountain and seen what people have been up to - which has been no good - and then he receives the law again after smashing the tablets. Verse 7 then: "Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. Then Moses said to the Lord, 'See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people'. But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight'. Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people'. And He said, 'My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest'. Then he said to Him, 'If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth'. So the Lord said to Moses, 'I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name'. And he said, 'Please, show me Your glory'. Then He said, 'I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you'". This is not what I'm speaking on, but isn't it interesting - in the light of what we've been singing about the goodness of God - that when Moses asked to see God's glory, God's goodness passed before him? Have you ever noticed that? The glory of God is in His goodness. This does anticipate some of what I'm going to share this morning: some of us can't truly say from the depths of our hearts, 'God is good' - and there are reasons for that.

Verse - where did we get to? - verse 19: "Then He said, 'I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion'. But He said, 'You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live'. And the Lord said, 'Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen'".

For some, they know God through hearsay, but they haven't discovered Him for themselves...

A.W. Tozer wrote a book years ago that I probably read round about the time I was an assistant here in Portadown, but certainly in my youth. It was a favourite of mine, and still remains to be such - it's called 'The Pursuit of God'. I don't know whether you've read it or not, but I would highly recommend it. In chapter 4 of his book, entitled 'Apprehending God', commenting on Psalm 34 verse 8 'Oh taste and see that the Lord is good', he quotes Canon Holmes of the Church of England, then of India. 'Many years ago', Tozer says, 'he called attention to the inferential character of the average man's faith in God. To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from the evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. 'He must be', they say, 'therefore we believe He is'".

I want to ask you here today: is God an inference for you? An 'inference', of course, is a conclusion based on the evidence that is available to you or on your reason. Is God merely an inference, or is He a living reality? Now, especially if you're like me and you grew up in a Christian home, an environment where Christ was known and you were sent to church et cetera, God can very much be an inference. He has always been there, and you have assumed He always will be there - but kind of in the background, there's not an awful lot of personal encounter as an individual. Tozer goes on in that chapter to talk about how, for some, they know God through hearsay, but they haven't discovered Him for themselves; or God is an ideal for them - in other words, He's just another name for beauty, or truth, or goodness, or life, or another virtue that you can think of - but there's no personhood in your conception of God, and certainly no personal interaction with Him.

One thing those who hold such notions all have in common is that they do not know God in their personal experience. Perhaps, for some of them, it has never even entered into their mind that it is possible to know God intimately, just like any other person. I think that's why many Christians go through their life being loyal to an ideal, or to a set of life principles that they live by, but they never truly have experienced God as a personal acquaintance. Now, if the Bible has anything to teach us, it teaches us that God can be known. God is a personality. Now, I don't claim to understand the Trinity, but there are actually three Persons in one substance, but they are three personalities. Personalities are not primarily to be studied, personalities are to be known. I'm not saying we shouldn't study them, but our first response ought to be: 'I want to know who this God is! Father, Son, and Holy Spirit'.

It has never even entered into their mind that it is possible to know God intimately, just like any other person...

Actually, they had a perfect knowledge of each other throughout eternity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit perfectly knew each other in an absolute love relationship. Then they created humankind in their image, so that we could know them also, and know their love. So this book that we have before us today, the Bible, is essentially a book of stories about people getting to know God. So Adam gets to know God, walking with Him in the cool of the day, eating with Him, talking with Him. Noah gets to know God. Abraham is known as 'the friend of God'. Moses, as we've seen, had several incredible, extraordinary encounters with God. Yet here - and, by the way, this is after the burning bush incident, this is after the Red Sea parting, and he's still hungry to get to know this God even more: 'Show me Your glory, I want to know Your ways, I want to know who You are'. We could go on: David, the man after God's own heart, and into the New Testament and so on. But if we believe this book is the revelation of God to our hearts, which it is, that supposes it is revealing Himself, God is revealing Himself primarily through relationships that He has with people.

So, when God revealed Himself at the burning bush to Moses as the 'I AM', and again up here on the Mount as the 'I AM', this was a personal interaction. I mean, God didn't send a fax, or an email, or a theological thesis - and, can I say it reverently, He didn't just give him a book and say 'Read that, and you'll find out all about Me'. He personally encountered Him - yes, He did give the tablets and so on, but it was couched in the context of a personal meeting with the Lord. One of these early seekers, Moses, that we've looked at, here in Exodus 33:13 he says: 'Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way' - that's interesting, because it's through the ways of God that we actually learn about God, we'll see that in a moment - 'show me now Your way that I may know You'. Now some of us, if a burning bush showed up one day (that's probably not contextual to where we're at as a people, you know, he was a shepherd out in the wilderness), but if this burning bush showed up, and supernaturally the bush was not consumed, and God booms in His voice out of the bush and so on, and we see the Red Sea parting etc - we would probably be thinking we know God pretty well, wouldn't we? Yet here's this man, hungry for more of God: 'That I may know You' - he really felt that he didn't know God.

The next verse tells us - Psalm 103:7 - about how God is made known in His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. So the miraculous, if you like, are the acts of God by which He was known by His people - but Moses had a desire to know God in His ways, because when we know His ways, we get to know His character, what He's really like. We read that Moses talked to God face-to-face - that's intimacy. Yet it seems to be a little contradictory, because later on God tells Moses: 'No one shall see My face and live'. So 'face-to-face' is not literal here, it's figurative, as we will see later on tonight about communion with God, the deepest fellowship that is possible. God is spirit, that means God is invisible - so that's very difficult for us to relate to in the unseen realm. So, we know - fast forward quickly to the New Testament, John 1:14 - 'Jesus Christ became flesh and dwelt among us', the incarnation, 'The Word became flesh' - 'tabernacled' is the Greek word - 'among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth'. So there came a day when God became flesh so that we could see Him, so that we could have a personal interaction with the Living God.

First John 1:1-4 tell us of how the apostles have actually declared this visibility of God, this incarnation: 'That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life - the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us - that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full'. 'We're telling you what we saw! We had personal interaction with a Person! We saw Him! We touched Him! We heard Him! This is the eternal life that we are telling you about. If you have fellowship with this Life, this Eternal One, your joy will be full'.

Here's this man, hungry for more of God: 'That I may know You' - he really felt that he didn't know God...

If I was to ask you - all you good, Bible believing, evangelical Baptists - 'What is eternal life?'. What would your answer be? 'Oh, you live forever, in heaven or hell', or a better one would be 'No, it's not the living on in hell, eternal life is something that you experience in heaven, but you can have it actually now when you come to know Jesus as your Saviour, and you repent of your sins and believe the gospel'. That's not how John defines eternal life - I'm not saying you're wrong, that may be part of that experience - but in John 17:3 Jesus Himself, when He's praying to His Father in the Great High Priestly prayer, says: 'This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent'. So in 1 John 4, John talks about Jesus being the embodiment, the incarnation of eternal life, which is God - eternal life is the life of God. Our experience of eternal life down here now, before heaven, is meant to be a relationship of knowing God. So 2 Corinthians 4:6 tells us: 'For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ'.

When Moses came out of the tent of meeting, it says his face shone - but the shine on his face only lasted for a while, because the Old Covenant is not lasting, it's not permanent. Whereas we get - are you excited about this? - we get to look into the face of Jesus Christ directly, and experience the glory of God with unveiled faces, nothing between us. This is what we are meant experience! To put it another way: New Testament, New Covenant Christianity is meant to be better than the Old Covenant. So, what we experience is meant to be more bells and whistles than what Moses knew. Does that tally? Listen: if Christianity is just about cognitively knowing about an historical figure from the Gospels, then the Holy Spirit wouldn't have needed to have come into the world after the ascension of Jesus. Is that not the case? In John 14:18, Jesus said: 'I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you'. Now, there is the mystery of the Trinity again - but He's saying: 'I'm going away in bodily form, but I'm going to come by My Spirit - I'm not going to leave you like orphans'. In verse 23 of John 14, Jesus said to them: 'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him'. Wow! You love Jesus and obey His word, and guess what? The Trinity comes to live with you!

The Bible assumes that we can know God with the same intimacy, knowing God as we can know anyone. In fact, we can know Him deeper than anyone else. Now, I imagine some of you are sitting there saying: 'Huh, well, that's not my experience!'. Be honest now, you're allowed to be honest in church - it doesn't happen an awful lot - but it would be good, right now, for you to listen to that little voice that is saying: 'That is very far away from anything that I've ever known as a Christian'. Let me help you out there, let me ask you a question: do you believe that this is possible? I'm not asking you what you're knowing yourself, your own personal experience; but do you believe (and I know I have thrown out a lot of Scriptures there to think about) but that the general weight of the Bible is that we are to know God personally, and we can know Him deeply, even more deeply than anyone else - do you believe that that is possible? Don't judge this matter by your own experience, that's what people do. You know, inferential: 'That's not what I see, I'm not living a daily diet of miracles, therefore that's not for me - maybe for Moses, or for Paul, but it's not for me'. Don't do that. Here's why: faith enables your spiritual senses to function, faith. So, if you don't believe this is even possible, guess what? It's going to be improbable.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us: 'Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him'. Now, you're not going to come to God if you don't believe in God, so 'He is' does not have that sense of 'I'm a theist, not an atheist', it is the sense of 'I believe He is active, I believe it's worth coming after Him'. He rewards people who come after Him, because faith pleases Him. If you're not expecting to encounter God in your everyday life, and you don't encounter Him - it's hardly surprising. It figures, doesn't it? Faith enables our spiritual senses to function. Do you remember what Jesus said to the blind man in Matthew 9:29? 'According to your faith, let it be done to you' - according to your faith, let it happen. Experience of God personally comes alive when you reckon upon that reality. Let me repeat that: experience of God personally comes alive when you reckon upon the reality that you can know God!

Experience of God personally comes alive when you reckon upon the reality that you can know God!

When I was preparing, or thinking about doing this series, I was sitting in prayer, kind of listening as well as talking - I probably do more listening than talking - and I thought to myself: 'What are the key components of relationships in general?'. You know, human relationships I'm talking about. Of course, some aspects of our relationship with God are very different than human relationships, but there are some striking similarities that we can learn from. I Googled, and some sites gave 7 fundamental elements of good relationships, some gave 10, some gave more - but what I've tried to do is give you a summary of what are understood to be key components to good relationships. Now there's just a smattering of them on the screen just now: trust, honesty - you've got to have honesty if you're going to have a good relationship with people; vulnerability – that's part of opening yourself up because you trust someone; love and acceptance - a sense of belonging and being secure, that's vital; intimacy; respect; understanding; communication; time; cooperation; sharing tasks, sharing goals and interests together; a sense of humour - always helps; and patience, persevering, keeping at it.

Now we're going to see, over this series, how many of these relate to knowing God - but this morning I want to look at two of them: trust and truth. Truth, which essentially is honesty and transparency, which we all need in our close relationships - but also trust, which is just another word for faith. So let's look at these, first of all: trust. Trust is the most precious thing to acquire in a person, yes? Many relationships break down - sometimes, it would appear, unredeemably - because trust has broken. This is actually what God wants from us, it's very basic: God wants us to put faith in Him. So, if you want to know God, and you want to know God better than you know Him now, than you've known Him your whole life, you've got understand that faith pleases Him.

It's the most precious thing to acquire, but it's also the most difficult thing to gain, is a person's trust. This is the reason why we find it difficult trusting other people, because to do that, you've got to release personal control. That word that we saw on the screen a moment or two ago, you become vulnerable when you learn to trust another - another key component. Now, initially, if you're Christian here today, you first learned to trust when you repented of your sins and you believed the gospel - but, if you're honest, you'd have to say that it often becomes a struggle from that moment, continuing to trust the Lord with your life. All of us want to trust Him with our eternity and make sure we get out of hell and go to heaven, that's easy; but, every moment of every day, to trust Him, that's another thing. The reason why it's difficult is: we want to control our lives, we want to control our circumstances, we want to make sure that we are secure in whatever way possible.

The reason is: we are afraid that if we don't keep control of everything, no one else will. That betrays a lack of trust in God. We are afraid that things will get out of control, so we go frantic in micromanaging and organising our lives and sometimes other people's - because we lack trust in God. Now, it's not true, it's not true, I mean, that if we don't control things, things will be out of control - but that is very often a lie that we have believed. It's a lie that mitigates against faith, and then faith becomes risky. Now, it is risky in the sense that it's often counterintuitive to trust God when we can't see Him and we don't know what He's doing. John Wimber once said that's how you spell 'faith', 'R-I-S-K'.

This is actually what God wants from us, it's very basic: God wants us to put faith in Him...

Sometimes when I'm praying with people, often mums it has to be said, one of the obstacles that some people have in surrendering everything to God is their kids. Maybe I'm hitting on something? They say: 'I really want to give everything over to God, but I'm afraid that if I give everything over to God, what's He going to do with my kids?'. Maybe Abraham and Isaac pops up, or something, you know, with the dagger over him. I don't know, but there is this concept that it's not safe to let go and let God have control. When, in fact, it's the safest place our kids could be, is in God's hands. You might retort back on that: 'Well, hold on a minute, are you saying things can't go wrong when you surrender everything to God?'. Of course they can go wrong, and they often do go wrong for various reasons - not least that we live in a fallen world, you have noticed that, have you? This universe is fallen, accidents can happen, bad stuff takes place,  things that - and this might wreck your theology, I don't really care - things that God has not planned. If you think God's planned everything that happens in this world, you've got a greater problem with your theology. God does work all things together for good, but that verse doesn't say everything is good - because it clearly isn't.

Then there's a thing called 'sin', there is a person called 'the devil', and then there are people who God - like us - has given a free will. That's dangerous, because that means: if he can do what he likes, that can hurt me at times - it can please me, it can bless me, but it can hurt me at times. So this is the smelting pot of the world, the cosmos in which we live - so things can happen, even when we do surrender everything over to God, things can happen that harm us. The real snag comes when you feel you can't trust God, because you feel that God let you down - and that's OK. I understand why many people feel that way. Sometimes it is because people representing God, maybe a Christian leader, has hurt them. Mum and Dad, who actually are the ultimate representation of God, humanly speaking, in our lives - they're meant to cover us, they're meant to point us to God, show us the example of love and protection etc - so often Mum and Dad can let us down. Believe me, I'm not going to give trite answers to the problem of evil and suffering in our world today, but what I will say to you is, listen to me: God's shoulders are big enough for even your questions and your doubts.

The amazing thing about our God is: He actually invites us into knowing Him with all that stuff, with all those questions, dilemmas, and quandaries. He invites you to come and talk it over with Him - and, dare I say this: you can even argue with Him! 'Argue with God? Sure, He's always right, how can you argue with God?'. Well, look, just read your Bible, because people argued with God in the Bible. You know, healthy disagreement and discussion is also a key component of good relationships. You know these people who say: 'Oh, we never had a disagreement'. You're a liar! You've never had a disagreement? You don't have to have a blazing row, but we've all had disagreements - and it's healthy to express those. It's the same in a relationship with God, Isaiah 1:18, the prophet says, God speaking through him: ''Come now, and let us reason together'' - let's talk about this - 'says the Lord, 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow''. In Psalm 142:2, the Psalmist says: 'I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble'. Have you ever had a blazing row with God?

The book of Job, I took upon myself to read the book of Job recently very slowly - it's staggering. I'm more confused now than I was before I read it. But do you know what really takes me back? It says clearly that Job never sinned with his mouth, neither did he charge God foolishly. You look at some of the stuff Job came off with, that's incredible! Because, much of the time, he was blaming God or pointing in God's face about what was happening in his life, but it says he didn't sin. Now, I'm not saying that it's just a free for all to say anything you want to God without consequence, but what I am saying is: I think we are just a little bit too polite. Do you know something? God does not require you to be polite, but He does require you to be real.

Listen to me: God's shoulders are big enough for even your questions and your doubts...

C.S. Lewis famously said: 'The prayer preceding all prayers is 'May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to''. The real I. The important thing is: whatever doubts and questions and queries you have about what's gone on your past, ask the questions, have the debate in His presence rather than away from Him. You may not get all the answers - often we don't - to all the questions, but you may just get to know Him a little bit better when you're with Him. You may begin to understand Him more, and His ways, and what aren't His ways. I cringe sometimes when I hear people say: 'God gave me this, God gave me that, God did this, God killed this person' - be careful. I haven't got all the answers, I assure you of that - and David didn't, when in Psalm 73 he was perplexed about the wicked and how they succeeded, and he was really throwing it in God's face: 'Why are You doing this? You're blessing the bad and You're hurting the good! Why?'. Then it says he was confused until he entered the sanctuary of God, 'then I understood their final destiny'. Now did he get the answer to all his questions? No, he didn't, but he got some perspective in the presence of God.

Maybe you're here this morning, and one of the reasons why you can move on in knowing God more deeply is because you've been disappointed. Maybe you're even disappointed with God. Can I tell you that healing is actually found in the presence of God - it's like the patient signing the consent form before surgery. It's a risk, yes, but you need to choose to trust the Lord with your pain. Trust is fragile, it can make or break a relationship - but if trust does not grow, the relationship will not grow.

Quickly: trust is also built on truth or transparency. I'll be very quick: honesty and respect and trust are needed in a relationship, isn't that true? Listen: God is not afraid of your sin or your doubts. He might be holy, but He can't be shocked - He's seen it all before (read the Bible). If your sin isn't big enough to come between you and God - and it's not, that's what the cross is all about, sin has been dealt with, it is finished - what's the problem with you coming to know God? The only thing keeping you away is not your sin, it's your self-deception, it's your fear and your shame. Out of fear, you think you have to hide from God. That's what Adam believed, that's why he was hiding in the Garden. God was looking for him. The truth is, God is lovingly and graciously inviting us into the light with all our stuff - and then He brings us into the blessing of relationship with Him, and we start to deal with that stuff. Yes, we have to be willing, that's what repentance is: a change of mind - but we have to come to Him in truth, we can't do it hiding all this stuff because we're so ashamed.

First John 1:5-7, you know it well: 'This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin'. So truth becomes the foundation of relationship, of trust. We'll only become vulnerable when we know people are honest with us - but we have got to be honest with God, if we want to enter into a deeper relationship with Him. Guess what: truth is not only the foundation of faith, it's the foundation of faithfulness - which is one of the fruit of the Spirit. This works both ways. Do you know - this might sound ridiculous to some of you - God actually wants to learn to trust you. The more you trust Him, the more He will trust you with His gifts. John 15:15, Jesus said: 'No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you'. The Psalmist says: 'He makes known His secrets to those who fear Him'. He wants to trust you. He wants you to trust Him. He wants you to know Him in truth.

We have to come to Him in truth, we can't do it hiding all this stuff because we're so ashamed...

I'll finish with this, some of you may have heard this story evangelistically of Charles Blondin. His greatest fame came on September 14th 1860, when he first crossed a tightrope over a quarter of a mile, 11,000 feet, across Niagara Falls - it was 160 feet above the Falls. He went over several times. It sounds ridiculous, but once he did it in a sack, another time he did it on stilts, he did it on a bike, he did in the dark, he did it blindfolded - and one time he even carried over a stove, and he fried an omelette in the middle of the rope! It's true! A large crowd gathered, as you can imagine, and they were 'Oooing' and 'Aahing' as he crossed over, one dangerous step after another. He even took over a sack of potatoes. Blondin suddenly stopped and addressed the audience: 'Do you believe I can carry a person across in a wheelbarrow?'. They all cheered and yelled excitedly: 'Yes! You're the greatest tightrope walker in the world! We believe!'. 'OK', said Blondin, 'Who wants to go over in the wheelbarrow?'. I don't think anybody went over that first time, but it is reported that later on an old lady did - and that old lady was his mother; because his mother trusted him, she knew him, she knew the truth about what he could do.

We use this evangelistically - 'You can believe the Lord Jesus and be saved'. What about you believing Him? What about you trusting Him? All that stuff in your life - what about you actually letting go? If you want to know God deeper, you've got to let go! You've got to come into the light. You've got to be honest with yourself. You've got to be honest with God - and it might require you being honest with some other people. The good news is: you can know Him, and you can know Him better than anybody else.

Let's pray. Let's just quieten ourselves for a moment. Can I invite you to respond to the Lord. There may be some people here and you're not actually born-again, you're not a Christian, you've never taken that step to know God at all - why don't you do that now? Just say: 'Oh God, thank You that Jesus did die for me to take away sin. I want to come to You now, I'm not going to be afraid - I didn't know You were this good! I didn't know this could happen! I really want to come to know You now, I want to believe in You now, that You love me and You want me'. Maybe you've walked away from God, because you've been disappointed with church, or disappointed with other Christians, or disappointed with God Himself. Maybe you have a bit of sorting out to do: what is God and what is not God - but do you know that you can actually be real with Him in His presence? You can say these things - what you'd be afraid to say to other people, but you can say them to Him, and you can actually hammer this out in His presence. I hope there's not one person here today who doesn't want to know God more. We'll hear more tonight, but will you take that step and say: 'Lord, I want to know You more. I want to trust You more. I believe, help my unbelief. I want to walk in truth, to walk in light, to be done with obfuscation and deception from You and others. I want to know You, Lord, through Your Son, Jesus Christ'.

Lord, bless everyone here in Your word, and work deep in every heart. Change lives, that's what we want, Lord, change lives for Your glory. Amen.

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June 2019

This sermon was delivered at Portadown Baptist Church, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the first recording in his Knowing God series, titled "Trust And Truth" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.

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