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COLUMN: The things we know of God

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By George Smith

"And we know."

Paul, the Apostle, uses those words in Romans 8:28 when he says you and I can know "that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

Many people around us don't seem to know what is going on in the world. They don't know that there is a loving God who created us and a devil who is evil and seeks to deceive and damn people. Paul says in Romans 13:11 that since we "know the time" we should awaken from sleep, lay aside the deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of light since our salvation is near.

Some are living as though eternity is not near, but we know better. We know it is just a breath away. Three of our friends have died in the last 24 hours. We know that we should live according to God's will the best we can. Peter tells us to be on alert, for our adversary, the devil, prowls around seeking someone to devour (I Peter 5:11). Some are being sucked down the drain by the devil. But we are aware of him, and with God's help, we resist him. The one within the Christian is greater than the devil (I John 4:4).

The more we study God's word, the more we will know about the day in which we live. Our day is becoming more and more evil. While evil grows, we know God also is at work in the world. He works things out for His good and for our good (Romans 8:28). Many times he uses us to bless each other. God motivates his loved ones to help other people, for all good comes from him (James 1:14).

We know from reading God's word that he wants us to be like his son, Jesus (Romans 8:29). Many children take after their parents in looks or actions or both. God wants us to be like him by being conformed to the image of his son. We do not become like him overnight. How do we do this? We read about him, saturate our minds with him, talk constantly with him, and yield our all to him. The result is that we become more and more like Jesus (Philippians 4:8). How much God is able to work in us is dependent upon us.