Do you know there are more than eight thousand promises in the Bible? That’s a lot of promises! But more important than knowing or reciting those eight thousand promises is knowing the promise giver Himself. When we know God—really know Him—it is easy to believe that He has only the very best in His heart for us.
Look to God
The first step to experiencing God’s miracles is to spend time with Him and actually know Him. Take the time in your daily life to develop a relationship with God. This is the most important foundation for living a life of miracles. The foremost priority of the believer is to look to our God. We must look to Him through Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit so we can see how caring and fabulous He is! This concept is summed up by the Hebrew word avot, which means “the first “and refers to the most important and foundational things in our lives.
The way something begins determines how it will ultimately finish. Again, we can look at this like the top button on a button-down shirt—if you don’t get the top one buttoned right, none of the other buttons will line up. But when you match the top button to the correct buttonhole, everything else lines up perfectly and easily. Our relationship with God is our top priority, our “top button.”
So how do we get to know God? As I said, the way a thing begins determines the way it progresses and turns out. So, every morning, before you dive into all your to-do lists or responsibilities, get into His presence. As you take your first breaths of the morning, stop and breathe in God’s breath of life. Focus on Jesus and connect yourself to His Word, His love, and His peace. Larry and I have personally practiced this, in good times and tough times, and taught this to others for more than forty- five years. Knowing God—having an intimate relationship with Him—is the absolute most important key to living consistently in His presence.
You see, experiencing miracles by the moment is the outflow of a deep, consistent pursuit of God. I’m not talking about a theory; I’m talking about my experience of knowing God. When we make knowing Him the avot, the top button, of our days and lives, everything else lines up accordingly. Let’s not wait until we need a miracle to become acquainted with the miracle worker!
My top priority in seeking my miracle healing of cancer was to seek the Lord Himself. To intimately know Him, His nature, and His love has always been my goal. I want to commune with God. I had so much to do and deal with during this time, but I knew that above all my future depended on saturating my heart, mind, soul, and body with the Spirit of the living God. The most important thing on my long to-do list was to spend time in His presence.
The second–most important thing was to saturate myself in His promises of healing. I needed to elevate my spirit, mind, and emotions to a high level of confidence that I was not going to die from this cancer. No! I was going to be healed by God! I live by faith in God’s promises, but the severity of this life-threatening disease required an entirely new level of faith and spiritual warfare.
In your own life, no matter what you’re facing, dedicate time to spend in the presence of God, worshipping and glorifying Him. Let His presence envelop and elevate you into His reality. Declare the promises from the Word of God. Rather than dwelling on and magnifying the problems, dwell on and magnify His promises. Think and talk about His love, goodness, and limitless power to change your life and circumstances.
Yāḏaʿ— to Know and Trust Him
The Hebrew word know (yāḏaʿ), like our word know in English, can have various meanings. It can indicate mental knowledge in that a person understands or has knowledge of something. But the concept of knowing something or someone takes on a specialized meaning in the Hebrew language when it has to do with relationship—especially a relationship made through covenant like God did with Abraham. Think about it. The Lord knew He could trust Abraham, and Abraham knew he could trust the Lord. Do you know that you can trust the Lord? The basis for trusting someone is to first know him. To know God is to trust Him, and for Him to know us is to trust us. That is what a covenant relationship with the Lord looks like.
Make the choice to commit ourselves to knowing God right now. Whether it is an hour or five minutes, dedicate time to Him alone first thing each morning. Make knowing Him the way you begin your day. God is ready, willing, and available to you.