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It is the heart cry of every spiritually hungry believer to know the Lord. Just as Moses cried out to God saying, "Let me know Thy ways, so that I may know Thee" (Ex. 33:13 NAS), these believers want to experience more than just the acts of God. Their hearts' desire is to know the ways of God.

Of course, there are those who are not hungry for the things of God. They are satisfied to experience an occasional miracle or deliverance from God. But those who are hungry desire more than just "a touch," they want to know God Himself.

In Exodus 33:14, God answered the cry of Moses saying, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." Moses had discovered that to know God's ways was to know God, and he refused to settle for less. In fact, he told God, "If your presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!" (Ex. 33:15 AMP)

In other words, he had made a decision to remain where the presence of God was. And if His presence didn't go anywhere, then Moses didn't either.

But Psalm 103:7 reveals how God responded to Moses' spiritual hunger: "He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel."  That's how spiritual hunger works - it moves you closer to God.

Eventually, the longing in Moses' heart drove him to take an even bigger step. He cried, "I beseech You, show me Your glory." (Ex. 33:18 AMP) Those who are hungry to know will, sooner or later, run into the glory of God, because the glory of God is God's presence manifested—the glory of God Himself.

Paul revealed this same desire when he wrote to the Philipian church in Philipians 37:10.  Paul didn't ask the Lord for an ease of his discomfort or from a release of prison. Instead, he cried out to know Christ.  Paul did not place significance on his own achievements, which were many, but rather counted them as rubbish. His attitude exhibited that he placed the highest value in life on knowing Christ.

There are things that no one has seen, or heard, or even conceived of that God has prepared for us. Now, He is waiting for us to receive them. Thee things God has prepared for you are given to you freely. You cannot earn them—you can only receive them.

The reason the natural man does not receive the things of God is because they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them. The things of God cannot be received through natural means. They are revealed by the Spirit of God. If the Spirit of God dwells in you, then you are a candidate to know what He has prepared for you.

One of the most frequent prayer requests received by Christians is to know the will of God. You were saved and called, not according to your abilities or talents, but according to His purpose. God has something for you to do, and He wants to flood your heart with light to see exactly what it is and equip you with the grace to do it.

Paul describes the power of God as not merely great, but surpassing greatness. It's beyond great. So far beyond, he didn't have words to express how great God's power is toward us. When you understand the magnitude of God's power, you don't have any trouble believing you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. His power is toward you and concerning you - not against you.

Once you begin to know the hope of your calling and the surpassing greatness of God's power to those who believe, then you can begin to make them known. You can become the one the power flows not only to, but through.

Dennis Burke Ministries
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Author Biography

Vikki Burke
Web site: Dennis Burke Ministries
Vikki and Dennis began as youth pastors in 1973 in Southern California where they received tremendous insight into the work of the local church. In 1976, they moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, to work with Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Vikki worked with KCM for three years before entering full-time ministry with her husband. Since that time, their relationship and involvement with Kenneth Copeland Ministries has continued. Vikki and Dennis have had numerous articles published in the Believer's Voice of Victory magazine.

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