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Consider knowledge. Is one who knows something better off than one who trusts that “ignorance is bliss”? Maybe the ignorant are blissful in not knowing what dangers and terrible consequences awaiting them due to their lack of knowledge. But does that make them “better off” living in the bliss of the moment without care? YOLO! Who knows? Can we know? How can we “know” anything?
With each passing year, I am learning that the key to learning is to understand there is so very much that I do not know so it is good to keep my eyes and ears open for all those teachable moments. In fact, I am fairly certain in saying that I don’t even know how much knowledge there is that I don’t even know, but I am certain I know less than I think that I know.
The person who says “I know ALL about _______” (insert topic here) just gave proof that they place more value on what they think they know than pursuing more of what there is yet to learn. The wise teacher is the one who first considers himself a perpetual student.
I am learning: It is not simply what I know, do, nor possess that really matters . Rather, my life is enriched because of knowing Whose I am, WHO I belong to; what God has done, is doing and will do; and that He loves me and others so very much He desires to be with us. God gives me life with passion and purpose. Where He leads me I will follow. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. He is sovereign, almighty, tender, righteous, holy, loving, merciful, forgiving, wrathful, gracious, generous, and so very much more! GOD does things that are for our own good and serve His purposes. ALL the glory is HIS!
When it comes to knowledge, I think we have to consider the source…the base of our knowledge.
Since I know that God is the source of all things ever created on heaven and earth, I naturally use God’s Word written in the Holy Bible as my final authority as to whether something is truth or lie, good or evil, right or wrong (sin, error), something in which to engage or avoid, etc. Since God used His Word to reveal Himself to us it is one of my greatest treasures. Since there is only one truth and because we humans can even misinterpret our own motivations and limited perceptions, I look to the One who is Himself Truth- God is the ultimate authority. He has told us to test everything against the truth of scripture.
If anything is proposed to run contrary to God’s word or a person fears being put to such a test, then I simply don’t accept it as being true or right. It’s really that simple. If God’s Word judges a matter, what man does in accepting that matter speaks to whether he places himself under the authority of Almighty God or not.
We are given the opportunity to be blessed because of God’s many good gifts to us: our very lives, His creation and nature, His Word, our Savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit which seals and empowers us with His strength, growth in His truth, grace and mercy. All of this abd blessings continue as we get to pray and relate with others throughout our daily living.
We are also very blessed to know that although this world is full of diversity and different cultures and beliefs, we were ALL equal in the way in which God sees and deals with us: same predicament as it relates to sin and death or righteousness and life:
• ALL ARE GOD’S CREATION. We are ALL created by the One true God. Therefore our showing reverence and obedience is not an unexpected demand from God. Wouldn’t we be foolish and rebellious not to listen to the One who made us and knows what is best for us?
•ALL ARE BORN GUILTY. Since sin entered the world, we are ALL under the curse of sin. ALL of us who are able to act on our own have done or thought something wrong or been disobedient at some time. At least once. God has proclaimed that even one sin is enough to separate us from Him. We fall short of God’s perfection and are therefore under the penalty of death. But God’s grace is greater than all of our sin. Read on.
• ALL NEED SAVED. Therefore we ALL are in need of the Savior…the LORD Jesus Christ, who sent by the Father, offered Himself as THE perfect sacrifice, once and for ALL. He died on the cross & conquered death to atone for all the sins of anyone who will place their trust in what He has done on their behalf. Not only does Jesus take away our sins curse, but He also bestows upon us His perfect righteousness! So why is it that people reject that gracious gift of eternity?
• BELIEVE OR REJECT. Each one of us has to see our sins for ourself. We need to confess them, and realize that they are not just mistakes but a glaring offense to the Holy God. The guilt of even one tiniest of sins is still an indictment on us …making us God’s enemy. God gave us the Law (ten commandments) to demonstrate that even the most upright person cannot possibly ever be good enough to please God. God commanded specific sacrifices and procedures of worship to periodically atone for sins. That is, until God sent Jesus.
God’s wrath can only be overcome by His love…John 3:16.
That is the same for ALL of us.
Being a redeemed child of God and Christ-follower is a relationship and not a religion or tradition. Religions of works attempt to earn their way to heaven. GOD’s word states that is impossible –“there is none righteous, not even one.” And that “it is not by works of righteousness that we have done, but by God’s grace, so that no one can boast”. In works based religion man relies on himself and looks for reward. As a born-again Christian I know that all praise rightly goes to the One who saved us and takes us as sinners, redeems us through His own goodness and keeps us as His beloved children. How awesome is that?!
RELYING ON SELF IS REJECTING JESUS. Every person who relies on what they themselves do is not coming to God through the only Way given by God. For Jesus said it of Himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6 God simplified our way to Him by being only One Way so we don’t need to be confused by all the false prophets and schemes of the devil. Again…looking at the Holy Bible as my proof text…by simply checking a false teaching
EVEN PROPHETS KNOW. The blessed holy prophet Isaiah was selected by God as an instrument for telling God’s words to fellow men. Yet, even he was prostrating himself and knew that all mens’ righteousness is as filthy rags, that his own lips were unclean, etc. Why is it that we today who were not so directly summoned into God’s presence think we are without sin and somehow pleasing to Him?
WORTHY IS THE LAMB! It’s because the sacrifice of the perfect Lamb… Jesus…His blood washed away our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Worthy is the Lamb…to receive honor, and power, and praise, and adoration, and glory…and so much more…forever! *Go ahead and look into the book of Revelation to see that one day every nation, tribe & tongue; every king, power or ruler; every single soul will ALL bow down before Him and proclaim that Jesus Christ is LORD!
HE LIVES. He died so that I might live. So I died (to myself and sin) and now live for His glory .
🎼 Just like the Gaither song, I too proclaim: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, life is worth the living… just because He lives!” 🎶
I know this, because I know Him and am getting to know Him more everyday for all eternity. This learning about God is not only for myself, but for sharing with others. My knowledge has an outlet for usage…my 5 E’s = exalting, equipping, edifying, examining and evangelizing.
Knowledge, like Gold, is not valued because it is held in some vault as a possession. It effects no changeq or lasting purpose in such a state. Rather it its preciousness and its real value is only realized as it is shared with others.
“Thus says the LORD: “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD” -Jeremiah 9:23-24
True, there are many things that I don’t know and still more I may never know. However, this is one thing that I do know and drives me forward…the most important thing that I can know is that all of us need to tell of, hear and heed the ways of our Creator. His ways are far above our understanding, yet He has made a simple way for us to be able to come to Him as Abba Father and actually know Him more.
So, what do you know? How do you know that you know? Are you so excited by what you know (and Who God is) that you can’t help but share the Good News?
Natural disasters around the globe can point us to examine the chaos in our own lives. Whether global or personal, there is a hope and help. There is a merciful purpose in every single moment of our lives.
As I was praying, the emphasis kept centering on the TIME aspect of it all. We are never guaranteed the next second of life, a home or family, nor food, water and medical care. We are not promised that anyone else will find us in our trouble and save us…BUT GOD. God in His mercy, does miracles. It is often after such obvious catastrophes as those listed above that we realize our deepest needs and are truly thankful for many blessings that we naturally take for granted. Chief among those blessings is time.
I am praying for the strength of the rescuers, the care of the wounded and recovery all-around. Yet, I most fervently pray for the time. The time is NOW! As people sacrifice rest and personal care for themselves while franticly removing rubble and debris in search of the lost, I pray for time. Time to make the most important decision of their lives. I pray that every single soul will get their help from the only One who can give it now and forevermore.
I weep: for the lost, the hurting and the rescuers who know that there aren’t enough human resources to find and save them all; the gut-wrenching decisions that must be made as they triage and allocate resources; the rescuers needs for clarity, strength and stamina.
At such times as this…I am humbled by what I personally think are pressing problems in my own life. My problems are only slight inconveniences in comparison. I am ashamed and repent of such ingratitude. I am disgusted by my failings of trying to manage my own life and not making better use of time.
No more! This morning I place a stake in the ground! Right here; right now…I proclaim it as God has revealed it, “God is LORD of all…and there is no other!”.
This morning, realizing that my own human frailties are significant, that my will is not always in line with God’s will, I do what I know to do…examine where I am, right now, in relation to God and PRAY!
God gives NEW HOPE with each new day. I turn with renewed vigor to the One who made everything and uses every moment to bring about His purposes for His glory and our good.
God’s mercy has been given & is being shown, even at this moment. God’s lovingkindness is flowing out of His people’s hands and mouths across the globe. God’s hope is eternal and will not be thwarted by any natural or man-made disaster, nor evil schemes or movements.
The people of God’s church (and that includes me) have a role to play in all this. We are instructed to tell of and show God’s love while keeping in contact with God. After all, a conduit can only channel resources when it remains plugged into the source. Every one of us can best use the time we are afforded to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, physically assist how we can, and pray. We can pray with thanksgiving for God’s mercy and saving grace and pray with urgency that those who are lost or trapped will receive the help they need…and in time.
**A hope that is offered and not received leaves one hopeless. A hope that is held and not shared, may leave others hopeless. I will offer and share hope.**–e5e
Saturday’s Stunned Silence
It was a day of stunned silence
After the horrors of the cross.
How could God let this happen?
We were all left at a loss
With no logical explanation
For taking a life so pure.
Injustice was swift and deadly,
That much was for sure.
That day was strangely silent
Birds didn’t sing like other days.
Even flowers drooped their heads in grief
In the tomb his body laid.
Our precious Lord was taken.
Our dearest friend was lost,
Followers left alone in anguish.
It was much too great a cost.
In silence we acknowledged
The things which had taken place,
While our hearts were still left longing
To look again upon Jesus’ face.
In truth He often told us
These things just had to be.
Our Saviour paid the terrible price
For the sins of you and me.
Yes Saturday was sadly silent
Such a solemn grieving day,
But we now know what would happen
At the dawn of the brand new day!
… Just like resurrection morning; we look with anticipation to the time of our Lord’s return.