Posts Tagged ‘Knowledge of God’

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

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”

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