Archive for the ‘Knowledge of God’ Category

TRUSTING THE SON

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Day 280

“All things have been handed
over to me by my Father . . .”
Matthew 11:27

People trust their own wisdom and strength. They trust what they know, and what they do not know, they do not trust. It is human nature. We rely on our own knowledge and experiences. This form of trust often leads to a narrow ability to choose the right course because of the relying on one self.

Jesus said that unless we “become as little children” we could never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). Being a child means knowing our need to be utterly dependent on Him. True salvation comes to one who knows their need for a Savior.

The Eternal Father has handed all things over to His Son. He has authority over Satan and demons; over human sickness, handicaps; over life and death; over all physical things; over the present and future; over the church; and over our body and soul. He is the way, the life and the truth and can save us. He is our peace, light, life, love, and joy. All things are in Him and from Him flows the fountain of life.

He knows what you need now. He knows how to reveal Himself and His Father to you. The treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. Turn to Him now for He knows you.

“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any
thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”
2 Corinthians 3:4-5

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER OUR LIFE

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Day 275

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens;
And His sovereignty rules over all”
Psalm 103:19

David had many peaks and valleys in his life. His life was a mixture of good and evil, and some of the evil was of great extent. David was a great man of God, but wrestled with trials, temptations, sin, and persecution. One thing was clear; he was God’s chosen one and David came to understand His sovereignty through his many dark valleys. He came to the knowledge that we need to grasp – that God is the source and controls all things, and nothing comes to be except through God.

The sovereignty of God is a paradox to our minds. Everything that has occurred in your life; the joys and sorrows, your good health and sicknesses, your financial success and poverty, your good and bad relationships, your achievements and failures, are under His sovereignty.

No matter what happens in our life, He will turn it to His purposes and good will come out of it. But, if we just see God as a way out of our trials, tribulations or unable to help us because we sinned and failed, we will live in fear, anxiety and restlessness. We will believe we are not secure in Him and lose hope.

Knowing His sovereignty comes by faith and relationship; it brings peace, rest and a confidence to our lives. God’s sovereignty causes us to rejoice in Him, for He will bring victory out of our valleys. That is why David proclaimed,

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me,
bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1

GOD KNOWS YOU

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Day 273

“He observes the sons of men; His eyes examine them”
Psalm 11:4

Did you know that God knew you before you were conceived? He knew who we would be. Our birth, planned or not planned, does not change that God knew us. He chose you to be His child and He knew all your days ahead; the good and bad, days of darkness, sin, failures and days filled with happiness and joy.

Consider this: He created Adam and Eve. He knew they would sin.

He chose Jacob, foreknowing he would be a deceiver, reach great heights, only to sink again.

He chose David. God knew he would commit adultery followed by planning and carrying out a murder to cover his sin.

He chose Peter, foreknowing the day he would deny Christ three times.

He chose all these men and you to be His child. He knows all the trials and temptations that you will undergo. He fully knows your infirmities, failures and sins today, tomorrow and in the remaining days of your life. He knows all your ways.

Here is the glory of the Lord: He knows our infirmities and He intercedes for us. He has experienced all temptation and endured the cross for the joy set before Him. He will complete the good work He began in us and will purify us. He has given us the Holy Spirit as a seal of our inheritance and we are eternally His. Saint, do not let sin and failures cause you to lose sight of your eternal Father.

Rise up, and drive the enemies of your soul out.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive your out enemy
before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!'”
Deuteronomy 33:27

KNOWING GOD

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Day 257

“He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the people of Israel”
Psalm 103:7

God has made Himself known. He has revealed Himself progressively; first through prophets and leaders, then through His acts, and as the culmination of time came, through His Son. Jesus Christ is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.” A greater revelation of God’s character, excellence and glory is in Christ.

We can know God. John declares, “You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, in your hearts, so that you don’t need anyone to teach you what is right. For he teaches you all things, and he is the Truth (1 John 2:27). We now can know Him in an intimate manner. Knowing Him means much more than intellectual knowledge. That implies grasping things by reason, analyzing, and seeing the relationships of cause and effect. To know God means communion and an intimate acquaintance with Him. He is not only our Lord, He is a Father and friend. Let us seek to know Him more and more every day.

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ, and become one with him, no longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God’s laws, but by trusting Christ to save me; for God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith–counting on Christ alone. Now I have given up everything else–I have found it to be the only way to really know Christ and to experience the mighty power that brought him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and to die with him. So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life of those who are alive from the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11

WHO ARE YOU, LORD?

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Day 250

“Who Are You, Lord?”
Acts 9:5

Paul was a powerful person. Well educated, well traveled, and very knowledgeable of life’s affairs, he was self-sufficient and much directed in his goals. He was also a very religious person, serving God through tradition and zeal.

That all changed in a fleeting moment one day. A light from heaven suddenly flashed around him and he fell from his horse to the ground. God interrupted Paul in the middle of his zealous task, one carried out in God’s name. The all-powerful God who spoke to him confronted him. From that moment on, Paul said nothing. He was completely broken.

There is a necessity for us to know this brokenness. We need to be broken to know God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, intimately. Our flesh can be very powerful, our knowledge deceitful. The flesh loves to be religious. We draw on books, others, and many means to lean on. All these are the arm of the flesh. Paul said, “Who are You, Lord?” We also must encounter God personally know who He is. He became broken for us in order that we may live so we can know and rely on Him for our life.

“Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ’s power, instead of
showing off my own power and abilities”
2 Corinthians 12:9

GOD’S DELIVERANCE

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Day 149

“In fact, we expected to die. But as
a result, we learned not to rely
on ourselves, but on God who
can raise the dead”
2 Corinthians 1:9

Knowing God our Father does not come from bible classes, reading and other’s experiences. Yes, we can know about God, but to truly know and understand Him, we must experience Him. Job found this out when he endured a severe time of trials and temptations. When confronted by God, Job said, “I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”

Paul was in his Third missionary trip. He was a seasoned man of God, mature and great in knowledge when he encountered God. Suffering great persecutions, Paul said that he and his companions were crushed and completely overwhelmed. They had lost hope of continuing in life and thought they would die. It was at this point that Paul and those with Him came to know God in a greater way.

When everything fails, no other course is open to us and we are in our darkest hour where even hope is gone – it is here when all reliance on the self will end. It is also the place we can come to know Him. Paul said, “we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead.” Here we discover His faithfulness, strength, and mercy to us. He rescued Paul and his companions and they emerged with a greater knowledge of Him. Look for God to show Himself in your life.

“And the Lord shall deliver me from every
evil work and will bring me safely to
His heavenly Kingdom. To God be the
glory forever and ever. Amen”

MY FATHER

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Day 140

“For Thine is the kingdom”
Matthew 6:13

When you are a small child, your dad is everything. He earns the income, takes care of the problems in the house, protects you, and helps guide your life. He oversees you and there is a certain security in that. It isn’t until much later in life that you begin to realize, although dad ruled in the house, he didn’t have the power to do everything.

It’s true in earthly countries also. A president or king may rule over a nation, but they do not have the power to do with their country what they wish. And they do not have the power to change external circumstances that can deeply affect a country. That’s true for the United States and all other countries. Leaders have a kingdom, but not the power. And it’s true for us as individuals. We can rule over our life and body, but the older you get you realize you do not have the power to do as you wish. If you believe otherwise, show how you have power over fatal diseases, accidents and death.

But not so with our Father and King of Kings. His is the kingdom and the power. He rules over all things and holds absolute power. And what is impossible for men is possible with God. There is no limit to the kingdom of God. Psalm 103:19 says, “His sovereignty rules over all.” He never sleeps or slumbers [Psalm 121:3-4]. This is our Father who is in heaven.

“For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen,”
Matthew 6:13

KNOWLEDGE OF HIM

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Day 122

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”
Hosea 4:6a

Paul tells us that we have put off the old man with his deeds and put on the new man which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created us [Colossians 3:9-10]. We are being renewed “for full knowledge” [Ephesians 4:24] to “righteousness and holiness.” This is life-transforming knowledge, not head knowledge.

When the scriptures refer to knowledge, it refers to knowing oneself and knowing God, both objectively (doctrine) and subjectively (relationship). It’s the latter that Hosea is talking about. He is saying that we will be ruined for what we do not know about God. Think of it this way; if you are married and do not know your spouse, what kind of a marriage do you have? Certainly not one where there is any growth! And that is why many of God’s people are in bondage and misery – ignorance of God.

We spend anywhere from 12 to 29 years of our first years being educated – learning. Then we begin a career where we spend more years learning to be skilled. And this is all temporal – it will pass away. How much time do we spend learning about our Father and Savior? If we don’t, we suffer loss and do not grow. If we do, we grow and mature to fullness where we partake of God’s glorious salvation in a richer measure. Peter says we will grow in grace and peace.

“Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”
Proverbs 9:10