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Written by Sydney Clark and produced by Blake Cartrite of Simple and Historic.

This video has been in the works for several months and we are so excited to finally launch it into the world. The ministry of this video has had a covering of prayer and every single person that will watch it has had someone intercede on their behalf.  We are believing that God will use this video to GATHER. That He would gather those that believe to those that have yet to know Him. We are praying that followers of Jesus are inspired to boldly share what God has done for them, and for hearts and minds everywhere to reflect on what a relationship with Him means. We would love for you to share this video to help us spread the message of the Gospel far and wide.

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10
Oct

Our featured #IKnowHim story today was submitted by Jessie Pope, a young mother of 3 sweet daughters. In the toughest season of her life, she shares the moment when God revealed the truth that He knew HER. Read her story and imagine a God that knows it all, yet loves all the more. 

 

We fully know God, when we realize that He already fully KNOWS us…

It’s kind of like that awful feeling you get in your stomach when you’re in the middle of your “it’s a summer morning and we have nothing to do routine” and you hear a knock on your door. What?  You know the feeling? You look around in sheer panic; your kids have you and your house in pieces…. Naked Barbies with clothes who knows where, blocks no where near their block containers, snack cups in literally every room in your home (only because your “super intense snacking almost two year old” followed you into every room every twenty minutes with said snack cups, AFTER you had fed her the most nutritious fulfilling breakfast you could think of, BEGGING you for the snack that goes inside and then dropping the snack cup in the room after she turns into the SNACK HULK when you deny her said snack ( not that that happens in my house often or anything)), you’re not sure if you have brushed your teeth- but your pretty sure your 8 year old has (and that makes you feel even worse about yourself; but you have had coffee so maybe it will cover up any ungodly morning breath smell that’s still lingering), your 8 year old is running to the door while your scrambling to change the Hulks diaper because its 9 am and you still haven’t, she’s yelling at you that its her CPS worker and your yelling back not to open because that’s all you need is the CPS worker documenting that you let your 8 year old open the front door of your home without you being right there to make sure she isn’t a burglar, rapist or some other AWFUL person or villain that you had previously spent way too much time in bed worrying about the night before! “NO,” your heart sinks a little into your stomach… “I just don’t want anyone to see us like this.”

That’s how I’ve felt in my life with Jesus for a while now. I don’t want him to come in; I don’t want him to see the mess. I don’t want him to see how hard it is for me to roll out of bed in the morning twenty minutes after my 8 year old has already been up waiting (somewhat like a new puppy) to see what her new mom has planned for her for the day. When in reality her new mom is struggling to feel like her mom at all and has NO idea how she is going to love all three of these baby girls the Lord has given her well.  I don’t want him to see that I literally made no effort to spend any time with him at all that morning or the three mornings before that and that instead of craving his word I am only craving the worlds largest cup of coffee and the Today show (which I can’t watch because I have an 8 year old now who hears and listens to EVERYTHING). I want to hide the fact that I have never known my own selfishness more than I do now that I’ve invited a sweet girl with no mom or dad to come into our home so we can be that for her. I want to hide from him that I loose my cool with my littlest because I feel like I have “no cool” left, that I can’t remember the last time I prayed over the sweet unborn little girl inside of me because I feel like I am drowning and by the time I put my babes down for bed all I want is to eat my secret ice cream in peace and watch something that I don’t have to think about, kiss my husband (who I am completely not deserving of) and roll over to sleep because I know I have to do this again tomorrow and I’m not sure I know if I can.

And then like a ton of bricks it hits me …

“During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel- and God KNEW.” Exodus 2:23-25

“and God Knew!” He knew! He knew the state of His children. They were crying out and He heard. He HEARD and He ACTED on their behalf.

I’m pretty sure I burst into tears when I read this. God knows.

See, I had read this passage months before our sweet 8 year old came to make her home with us forever. It meant the world to me then because our journey to get her was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. In that moment it meant that I knew God knew my heart, He knew how much I wanted us to be able to intercede on her behalf, He knew my heart was full of love for this girl and was ready to take her in. He knew and He would act. And he DID!

But reading it this time brought more emotions, sobs, and ugly “I’m really pregnant” cries than the time before. The thing is, it’s an encouraging thought to think that God knows you when you’re in His word, seeking His face, going to bible study once a week, TALKING about how you are going to love your orphan girl and point her to Jesus and how it’s not going to be hard to love her as much as you love your own kids. The table turns when you read that God sees you and HE KNOWS you when you’re in one of the hardest and ugliest times of your life. Because it’s then that you have to make a choice. Am I going to realize that God knows me in this state and YET still LOVES me and is FOR me? Or, am I going to believe the Deceiver and believe that there’s no way the true God can truly love me after knowing everything about me?

He does know and He does love. He loves BIG. This summer has been the scariest roller coaster I have ever been on. I’ve never felt stranded in fear, anxiety, selfishness, self-loathing, exhaustion, and just pure defeat like I have in this time. But here’s what I’m learning. God knows and he sees. He sees the mess, he sees my impatience, he sees that learning how to love two kids with the same amount of love is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, He knows I fill up with fear and worry thinking about how I will possibly love the third one. He knows that because of my state of mind I’ve been unloving and impatient with the life partner he has given me, and He knows that my heart has acted out of anything but the Father’s love – and yet. And yet… He. Still. Loves. Me. He loves me not because of my good days or weeks or moments- he loves me because when He sees me, He sees Jesus’ blood and righteousness. God knows my sin- he knew it two thousand years ago as he laid surrendered on a beautiful wretched cross. He knew then and he knows now and he has never stopped loving and he never will.

Because of Jesus I know that I can be fully known by God and yet STILL fully loved. Because I realize he knows me fully I can know him fully. I know his love, his patience, his kindness, his steadfastness. It’s never changing and never ending.

So my challenge is this- when that knock on the door comes and all you want to do is keep Him out for fear of him seeing you and knowing you; OPEN it! Let him in. He already knows you, He sees you, and believe me -He LOVES you.

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26
Sep

Today we are featuring an #IKnowHim story submitted by full-time vocational missionaries Allie and Alvan Morales. They love Jesus more than anything, and in their short time of being married and full time missionaries they have seen the hand of God provide just what they needed at just the right time. If you are inspired by their story or would love to pray for them, leave them a comment of encouragement as they continue to fight the good fight all over the world in the name of Jesus.

You can read more about YWAM Sarasota here.

If you are interested in following their journey, you can read the latest here! There, you can also find ways to partner with them in prayer and support, as well as an opportunity to stay connected by subscribing to updates.

Please help us share their story by sharing this video on social media using #IKnowHim, and feel free to tag us so we know you watched it! If you have experienced God in a way that left you knowing God is real, He is here, and He is good we would love to hear it! You can submit your story HERE. We are so honored to lift the name of Jesus with you all! 

 

Today’s #IKnowHim story comes from someone that knew about Jesus his whole life. Read Dr. Wolfe’s story to see how his life changed when he realized that this was not the same as knowing Jesus, and how desiring to really know Him has influenced every area of his life. 

I grew up in church—my Dad was a pastor. I gave my life to Jesus and was baptized at a very early age. But it wasn’t until my third year of college that I really began to surrender myself to the all-encompassing truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If the gospel is true, it is radically true. It claims to touch every area of my life and to define my very existence: once lost and dead in sin, the gospel brought me to life through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-5). The gospel took me from total ruin before God to total favor in Him.

For two years (yes, I was on the 5-year plan) I sat in the parking lot of Lamar University in Beaumont, TX every single morning, digging into God’s Word and prayerfully searching the heart of this God who had redeemed me. I figured that if I claimed to believe what was in this Book, I had better start familiarizing myself with its contents. The result: I grew in my faith more in those two years than I had my entire life. The words of the Psalmist became the daily cry of my heart: “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set Your ordinances before me. I cling to Your decrees; Lord, do not put me to shame. I pursue the way of Your commands, for You broaden my understanding,” (Psalm 119:30-32). God opened my eyes in those years to how He was working within me, through me, and around me.

It became increasingly apparent to me that if this gospel really was what it claimed to be, there was no part of my life it should not touch. If I had staked my claim on the reality of God’s mercy and grace found at the foot of Jesus’s cross, then I could stand on nothing other than the authority and sufficiency of His Word in every area of my life. I still struggled with obedience to God’s Word in many ways. My witness was far from perfect. At times I look back on those years with shame to know that my words and actions often defamed the name of Christ instead of faming it. But in those moments, at the lowest point of my humbled regret, God reminds me that there is “now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1). True forgiveness and acceptance of a changed heart is not common from those who have witnessed our past failures. But for the Christian who humbles himself in confession of sin, “God is faithful and just to forgive, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). Through testimonies of restoration (and through blogs such as this one), the God of our salvation redeems even our failures for His glory.

There have been many catalyst moments in my walk with Jesus over the years. But this sweet time of daily communion with God changed me in the deepest places of my heart. In those two years, my testimony in Christ changed from, “I know Him,” to, “I KNOW Him; and I long to know Him more.” Jesus defined eternal life as such: “that they might come to know You, the One who is from the beginning, and the Son whom You have sent,” (John 17:3). As it turns out, the more I come to know God, the more I long to know Him. “As a deer pants for streams of water,” so I long for my God; “I thirst for God, the living God,” (Psalm 42:1-2). During those college years when my faith really began to take root, I learned that knowing God intimately is both the present responsibility and the eternal reward of those who humbly seek Him.

Admittedly, I am so far from what I should be. But through the blood of Jesus Christ, my daily failures are scandalously overcome by the extravagant love of my Heavenly Father. Even as a pastor now, my daily pursuit is also my daily prize: to know Him more. And as I contemplate the wonders of His great love for me and the depths of His mercy and grace, I long for the day when I will “know [Him] fully, as I am fully known,” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

 

#IKnowHim. Do you?

 

 

Dr. Tony Wolfe, Pastor

Antioch Baptist Church Lovelady, TX

 

Dr. Wolfe

God has big things in store for this new season of #IKnowHim. We are excited to watch Him gather people and stories that reveal God is here, God is real, and He is good. Our goal is to overcome the darkness of the world with the light of the Gospel.

This is our next battle move.

We wait. God gathers. Darkness Flees.

We’d love for you to join us in the fight of overcoming darkness with #IKnowHim stories, in hopes that this will only be the beginning for you. My prayer is that sharing your story here gives you courage to share it everywhere, with normal people in ordinary conversations, daily. The enemy knows that if people were to really believe that God was in our midst, he would lose massive strongholds. I believe that the #IKnowHim movement could be the catapult for countless individuals meeting God for the first time and experiencing the true hope that the cross brings. Let’s tell the world who He is.

Grace and peace,

Rachel

Last week my son woke up crying in the middle of the night. It was the type of cry that my feet arrived at his bedside before my brain had processed what was happening. When I scooped him up his body was radiating heat and he was clearly running a fever. I laid him on our bed and gave him something to reduce his fever. Then I prayed that God would help him to feel better. Typically when I give my kids something to lower their temperature it works with in 30 minutes. This night after half an hour he was still in our bed clutching his head in pain from the headache. I started to feel fear and began to worry that it was something more than a typical childhood illness, something much more ominous. At that point I had prayed through many versions of “God help him feel better” all that I had left to say was one word, Jesus. I whispered the name of Jesus over my son because this is the name of God that I know best.

Jesus is the name that I speak many times in a day, sometimes in prayer and sometimes just to remind myself that He is sovereign over each moment. I have spoken His name aloud when I enter the hospital room of a child who is suffering with an illness. I have spoken His name when I am sitting in a funeral and witness the depth of grief loved ones are experiencing. I also speak His name in happier moments, like the first time I hold a newborn baby or when a critically ill patient is discharged from the hospital. The name of Jesus certainly has a powerful meaning, but I speak this name most often because this is the name by which I KNOW Him.

I have experienced Jesus as He healed the critically ill patient, just as He healed the blind man in scripture. I have seen a grieving family comforted by Jesus, just as Jesus comforted Mary and Martha after Lazarus’ death. I have witnessed the joy that Jesus brings when a new child is given to a family through adoption, just as His own birth surely brought joy to Mary and Joseph. Witnessing Jesus do these things helps me to KNOW Him. I am certain that many of you have experienced Jesus in your own life. #IKnowHim is a platform for you to tell your story so that His name can be glorified.

Each of the names of God that we have meditated on this summer not only have profound meanings, but they are also how we can experience God and know Him. Knowing about Jesus is nothing compared to experiencing Him, just as I experienced Him when I called out to Jesus while my son struggled with his fever. The next morning, my son’s fever was gone and he was completely healed of any symptoms. This is how I know Jesus is real, He is good, and He is moving in the world today!

There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might.” Jeremiah 10:6

Amy

02
Aug

My husband and I have two boys, both of which are hilarious, outgoing, and fiercely independent. However, their names do not reflect this. In fact, their names have no particular backstory that makes the name sentimental to our family. These were simply the only names my husband and I could agree on, which I have come to realize is a pretty common thing. There were particular words and versers the Lord brought to my mind and heart to pray over them while I was pregnant with each of them though, and these particular characteristics are spot on with their personalities, and are evident even now, despite how young they are. It has been an incredible experience to watch these characteristics be revealed, something I had prayed over each of them slowly being revealed in who they already are and who they are becoming.

Unlike our almost random name selection, there is something uniquely powerful in the idea that out of all the names the God could have selected for the Messiah, He chose to instruct Mary to name her child Jesus, meaning “Savior”. This was very clearly intentional, part of God’s plan for the redemption of the world from the very beginning. Because Jesus is one name of the living God, I can know a variety of things about who He is.

Jesus is the Name above every name (Philippians 2:9). Because His name means Savior I know that He is a personal God, longing to be involved and engaged in my life because He loves me, and pursues every heart that He created.

I know that He saved me. I know that He is saving me, daily.

I know that no matter where I am in life or in my faith or in my failure, He is both near to me and has the complete ability to rescue me. I know that because my beloved’s name is Jesus, there is hope for me and for the world. Because of Jesus, I know that this is not the end. Because His name is Jesus, I can experience first and the freedom from sin and bondage.

Just like my little ones are beginning to reflect the people that God made them to be, the name Jesus reflects who God made Christ to be for us. He named His one and only Son, Jesus, so that through Him we could be saved and given the gift of eternal life.

My prayer is that anyone who is interested in knowing Jesus and wants to experience the salvation that His name offers would begin to seek out someone that knows Him to help you begin your journey of freedom. If you do know Him, we’d love to hear what the name Jesus means to you! Share with us in the comment section of the blog and thank you for studying the names of God with us this summer! It’s been a privilege to study the Word with you all.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Be blessed,

Rachel

The name of Jesus holds so much power. In Hebrew Jesus means “God Saves.” It is both His identity and what He was sent to Earth to accomplish. When I think of the name of Jesus I think of: Savior, Messiah, Emmanuel, Shepherd, Power, Healer, Blessed, Name above all Names, and Prince of Peace. In His name “Jesus” we place our hope.

One of my favorite aspects of His character, that I lean into so often, is Prince of Peace. I frighten very easily. Since I was a little girl the dark has bothered me, especially when I am alone. My mom taught me at an early age to say the name of Jesus and all evil must flee. It gave me complete peace in those moments in the dark that I only had to call upon Jesus’ name and He is here with me.

One example of this, is when I was younger and would get frightened walking outside in the dark (It could have happened last week…when I went to turn off a light in the garage that had been left on, maybe.) I would start off walking thinking “I’ve got this, I’m calm.” Then with my eyes wide my steps getting a little quicker and my heart starts beating a little faster. I then very calmly proclaim “Satan get behind me, because I belong to Jesus.” A few steps later I am now at a slow jog, then a fast sprint and with every step I take I am saying the name of Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…Until I burst through the door and into the light. (I can only imagine how this looks if someone was to video me.) Satan knows that this is a weakness of mine and He pounces. Every. Single. Time.

2 Samuel 22:3-4 tells us, “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior-from violent people you save me. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.”

We see in this verse that we are to call upon the Lord, for He is worthy! He knows there is a spiritual battle going on and He is there for all of us. We just need to call upon the Lord and we can rest assured that He is there to save us from our enemies. So, I can stop sprinting and yelling out Jesus’ name to Satan and instead walk with the confidence of a Christ follower ready to battle evil with the power of the precious name of Jesus!

Be bold, Be brave, Be blessed!

Whitney

Growing up in the Texas panhandle and playing basketball, we are always taught that defense wins games. From the time we are little we were taught the importance of fundamentals and working as a team.

When you are playing defense it is all about being aggressive, anticipating the offensive move, moving your feet and being “help-side” if your girl is on the other side of the court from where you are. If you are on ball you get after it and you don’t allow your girl to get between you and the basket, but if she does you know that one of your teammates has cheated over and has your back by being your “help.” She took your player when you got beat and her goal is to stop the ball. You are a team and there is no better feeling then working like a cohesive team and stopping the ball, get a turn-over, or get a 5- second call because the other team couldn’t pass the ball and your team has played such good defense.

It can be that way with us in our everyday life as well-when we are facing a problem or a foe that seems bigger than us, faster than us or is just beating us up. We can do everything we are taught…and we still find ourselves beaten. Only then when all seems lost can we realize that Christ has been behind us all the time just waiting for us to yell “help!” We have done all we can humanly do and it’s still not enough, but He is there.

Jesus is always with us waiting to come to our defense. His strength is revealed the most when we are at our weakest. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that Jesus teaches “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

If we will humble ourselves when we are scared, weary, or just beaten and lean into Jesus we will get to witness one of the biggest blessings that we can receive. We will get to see the power of Jesus Christ alive and in a very real personal way. He knows that in our trenches when we can’t go on, that it is in these very moments that Jesus can be truly glorified. When it isn’t humanly possible, that is when He can make anything possible. It’s just like on that basketball court when we have been beaten, we can look up and see our teammate step up when we can’t.

I pray that today we will look behind us and look for Jesus “our defender” and see Him. We will see that He has been there all along. We aren’t alone in our battles…He is with us, always defending us.

Be bold, Be brave, Be blessed!

Whitney

I have incredible friends that serve our country in different uniforms.  I have courageous friends that have sailed the world in the Navy, are veterans of the Army, Marines with boots on the ground in the Middle East and police officers that serve my community.  The common denominator between all these brave, selfless people is that they are all defenders.  They defend our homeland, our freedom, and our families.

Recently, my heart has been extremely heavy with the violence that seems rampant throughout our nation.  The anger, hatred, and racial and political tension is something that cannot be avoided. With so much darkness, my heart has been aching to see the Light, the love of Christ.  Not so coincidently, the Lord has been gently nudging me to evaluate what showing His love looks like tangibly to those around me, and if His love is evident in my own life. Additionally, He has been asking me to teach my kids how to show other what Love looks like, all in Jesus’ name. Last week, my oldest son and I made cookies to take to the local police station.  All morning, I felt God impressing on me what to talk with my son about while we baked.  My son is two years old, and without a doubt has more joy than anyone I’ve ever met.  Completely unaware of what recent weeks have looked like in the news, I told him that we were making these for the officers to say thank you to them, but also to show them that they are loved.  God lead me to explain to him that these officers protect people that God made.  Every single one of them, even if they are unkind. Because that’s what love is.

Love is God sending His son to die for everyone, even those that won’t ever love Him back.  Love is God saying, “No what you’ve done, I will fight for you. I won’t ever stop pursuing anyone that I have created.” Love is also God standing behind you, ready to stop any flaming arrow headed your way. Exodus 14:14 says, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  In times of uncertainty, when fear floods our hearts and minds we can be confident that the Lord is our Defender.  He is there speaking courage, truth, and love to our wavering hearts, building our faith and silencing the enemy’s threats.

There are a lot of people hurting today, this week, this year. The pain seems to be getting worse and the dark even darker still.  Families are broken, hearts are broken, and the enemy seems to be advancing on our homeland, our very own nation.  I am here today to tell you, and myself, that there is one that is our ultimate Defender.  He defended us over 2000 years ago and defeated death itself, and there is nothing that can stop Him today.  He is fighting for your family, for our babies, and for our country. He is fighting for everyone that He created, and that will never change.  The author of Psalms 34:18 encourages us in this, saying, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Our Defender will never leave us alone, but instead in His omnipotence goes before us and walks with us.

You might be wondering if He is doing so much fighting why there is so much darkness? I have asked myself the same thing. The verse mentioned above from Exodus 14:14 is written in the story from the Bible when the people of Israel were fleeing the Egyptian army and have found themselves backed up against the Red Sea. The Israelites began to blame their leader, Moses, for ruining their lives and leading them out of slavery only to die in the wilderness. In a moment of extreme tension, and what seemed to be a devastating end, Moses speaks to the crowd: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”  Exodus 14:13-14

At the very moment the people were certain hate and darkness had defeated them, God speaking through Moses instructs them to fear not, stand firm, and be still. The very next moment, God commands Moses to use his staff to part the Red Sea, and as soon as the very last Israelite makes it to shore the waves crash behind them on the enemy.

I believe this is what He is asking of us, His people, to do today as well. Take heart and fear not, friends. Rest assured that fear is not from the enemy. 2 Timothy 1:7 says for “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” One of the ways I combat fear and anxiety is to memorize Scripture and claim God’s promises out loud. It is an effective way to get immediate results, and there is something so powerful about have the Word written on your heart. It becomes much more personal.

Additionally, in an effort to let God do the fighting for us, we must stand firm in what we know to be true in the depths of our souls. It is easy to be overwhelmed by whatever we may see in front of us, but we need to remember that our Defender only sees victory. Isaiah 7:9 says, “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” To stand firm in our faith, we need to know what we believe in. Challenge yourself to study what God really says, and again I encourage you to write it on your heart.

Lastly, in the darkest of times we are to be still. Psalm 46:10 tells us “Be still and know that I am God.” It is when we are still that we remember who is God and who is not. In the stillness we are reminded that it is God who sits on the throne and it is He who fights for us. When we are still, aware and confident that our Defender is diligently fighting for us, we can most clearly hear the voice of God. When God speaks to us and we are still at the foot of the Cross, we will then be able to hear and accomplish what it is He is asking us to do the be Light, the love of Christ, in powerful and effective ways to the world around us.

There is only one Christ and neither you or I are Him. The world needs Jesus. And when we resist fear, stand firm, and be still, we will see undoubtedly see Him moving in power as the Defender His people desire.

Rachel

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