Knowing about vs. Knowing God

Dr. Patty Sadallah
4 min readNov 21, 2020


I was meditating on Titus 1:16a, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him.” I asked Jesus to show me the difference between someone who thinks they know Him and someone who really knows Him.

“The difference is one knows about Me and the other knows Me intimately. Let Me show you what I mean.”

Jesus showed me a man in the desert. He had chapped lips and a distressed look on his face. He looked frantic because he thought he saw water. But he kept walking and walking and realize that it was only a mirage. There was no real water. Only something that looked like water.

“It’s good to know what water looks like. It’s better to be able to drink some when you are thirsty!

“To learn about Me is like showing a hungry and thirsty man a picture of a wonderful banquet but, there is nothing to actually eat or drink. Seeing the picture may bring some benefits, but he is left ultimately unsatisfied. The actual need is unfulfilled. This is what it is like to only learn about Me.

The spiritual need to know Me is even stronger than that man’s physical need for water. A mirage is an illusion; a trick of the eye caused by light refraction and heatwaves. Knowing only about Me is a trick too. But, it doesn’t fool the soul. The soul knows its need for the True God.

To truly satisfy the hunger and thirst in your soul, you must drink deeply of the Living Water. Water is refreshing, rejuvenating, and restores more than you can see and feel. Come and drink deeply the Living Water. You must eat the food of My presence. You must enter the Holy of Holies where you can encounter My very presence. I have gained you direct access to the Father by way of the indwelling Holy Spirit by My work on the cross. Do not neglect this privilege.” Jesus said.

I can do this by dialogue journaling. I quiet myself down, tune to the flow of the Holy Spirit, and allowing You speak through the eyes of my heart and the ears of my heart so You can show me or tell me what You most want me to understand about You.

“Yes. This is accomplished by you spending time with Me. Consider John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” To know someone is an intimate thing. To know of something or someone implies knowledge from a distance. It is not My desire for you to know Me distantly or haphazardly in a third party sort of way as in only through the work of a pastor or a preacher.

You cannot know Me without personally drawing close to Me. It is through steady communion with Me; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that you will truly Know Me. And knowing leads to trusting, believing, and obeying which are fruits of the eternal life you now have.”

It’s just like knowing anyone personally. In order to trust someone, I need to spend time with them to learn who they are and if I can rely on them. After some time, if I feel safe, I tend to want to spend more time and then come to trust them. I spend the most time with people that I like to be around; people who build me up, encourage me, and show me love. No one does that better than You Lord!

“Yes. Another way to describe it is the difference between knowing in your head, and knowing and surrendering in your heart. James 2:19 “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” The demons know who I AM, of course. But, they do not accept and surrender to Me and have no intimate relationship with Me. This is an important distinction. Remember, I live in your heart, not in your head.”

Yes. Lord. I can see the difference.

“Every time you take a drink today, spend time reflecting on the Living Water, and come and fellowship with Me. Tune to Me in the quiet and listen for My voice. Seek Me and you will find Me. Spend time getting to know Me. Ask Me to show you things. I certainly have a lot to show you! It’s My heart’s desire to spend time with you too! Communing with Me is the only way for your spiritual hunger and thirst to be satisfied. This is how you truly know Me!”

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Dr. Patty Sadallah

Dr. Patty is a Christian Author, Professor and God's Encounter Facilitator. She creates experiences with the God to increase faith in the realness of God