My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…” ~ Hosea 4:6 (NIV)
“…but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God]. ~ Daniel 11:32 (AMP)
I’ve been pondering these two verses. Are we being destroyed by the enemy, living ineffective lives, and not accomplishing strong exploits for God because we don’t know God?
Not surface knowledge, but knowing God and His character. Knowing who He is, His all-encompassing authority, His amazing strength, power, mercy, and love, knowing our allegiance to stand firm, and having a hunger and drive for the true knowledge of God.
Do we spend time in His word to foster a relationship of listening and obeying? Are we willing to dive into a deep, abiding knowledge of God?
I want to be like Paul and say, “I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him]. ~ 2 Timothy 1:12 (AMP)
Times are changing. True Christianity does not live in the gray. We must go beyond the thoughts, ideals, and views on being a good person, religious, or spiritual. We have to know Who we know. Know Who we believe, and know our salvation is secure through Jesus Christ. We must know so we may spread the Good News of freedom to those who are held in captivity by the enemy.
Know God and seek His face. The more You know God, the greater the freedom, the firmer the foundation, the more fruit bearing, and the more radical, joy-filled, amazing exploit-living life!
“Because of this, since the day we heard about you, we have continued praying for you, asking God that you will know fully what he wants. We pray that you will also have great wisdom and understanding in spiritual things so that you will live the kind of life that honors and pleases the Lord in every way. You will produce fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of God.” ~ Colossians 1:9-10 (NCV)
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