Posts Tagged ‘Knowledge

13
Nov
17

What We Know

Toward the end of 1 John 5, the Apostle John talks about some of the things that Christians know. In verse 20, this is what he says we know:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus came into the world so that we could know God, the One who is true. Not only do we know Him, but we are in Him through faith in Christ. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but He IS God and the source of eternal life. We can trust our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for they are true and always have our best in mind and at heart. God wants what is best for us and though it may not seem like it at the time, God knows better than we know. Our desire should be to know the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit and to trust them to do what is loving and best in our lives.
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17
Jul
17

The Lord Gives Wisdom

When it comes to wisdom and understanding, God is the source of both. Solomon writes:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

James, the brother of Jesus, wrote in his letter:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5 (NIV)

How do we acquire wisdom? By asking the Lord. If you want to make wise choices and make better decisions, you need to ask the Lord for wisdom. That means humbling yourself before Him and seeking Him and His wisdom. You can learn quite a bit from people as far as knowledge is concerned, but if you want to be wise, you need to go to the source of wisdom and that is God. Take a little bit of time to pray today and ask the Lord for wisdom. He will generously give you all that you need to be wise.
05
Jul
17

The Beginning Of Knowledge

If you want to be wise, you’ve got to be humble before the Lord. The Lord is the one who gives wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wrote this in the first chapter of Proverbs:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

Wisdom and knowledge are not just freely bestowed, though. Wisdom and knowledge come through instruction. If you want to grow wise, you’ve got to listen to the wise. If you want to gain knowledge, you have to heed instruction. Fools despise the instruction that they are given says Solomon. Those who want wisdom and knowledge must first humble themselves under the instruction of the Lord. That means heeding His Word. God has given us His Word in order to instruct us in our lives. It is an instruction manual from the Maker of us all to teach us how to use what He has made to its fullest potential. We would be wise to listen to – and to do – what He says.
04
Nov
16

Knowledge Versus Love

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.  But the man who loves God is known by God. — 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NIV)

The W.E.O.U.I.

My wife calls me a “walking encyclopedia of useless information.”  I know a little bit about many different subjects.  It’s just the way my brain works.  I love Jeopardy.  People look at me with an odd stare when I watch the show.  I’ve heard the words, “How do you know that?” more than once.  I explain, “I just know it.”  I’ll admit, it’s a source of pride and that’s not good.  I can be quite puffy when it comes to my brain.

Guilty By Association

There were those in Paul’s day who just knew that they knew the right answers.  This whole thing of meat sacrificed to idols?  They knew the answer.  It was a sin.  Plain and simple.  It was wrong.  That food was consecrated to a false god and if you ate it, you were guilty.  You were endorsing the worship of a false idol and therefore you were guilty of sin.  Plain and simple.  Guilty by association.

Knowledge Vs. Love

I think that the point that Paul is making in this passage is that love trumps knowledge.  The heart beats the head in a sort of metaphysical game of rock, paper, scissors.  We can possess quite a bit of knowledge, but we will never know everything.  On the other hand, there is no limit to the love we can share with others.  Knowledge is limited, but love is boundless.  Seek opportunities to love God and others before sharing that of which you are so sure.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I want to be filled with love for You and for people today. I want to share Your love with the world. Help me to remember just how loved I am by You. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

02
Nov
15

Knowledge Versus Love

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.  But the man who loves God is known by God. — 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NIV)

The W.E.O.U.I.

My wife calls me a “walking encyclopedia of useless information.”  I know a little bit about many different subjects.  It’s just the way my brain works.  I love Jeopardy.  People look at me with an odd stare when I watch the show.  I’ve heard the words, “How do you know that?” more than once.  I explain, “I just know it.”  I’ll admit, it’s a source of pride and that’s not good.  I can be quite puffy when it comes to my brain.

Guilty By Association

There were those in Paul’s day who just knew that they knew the right answers.  This whole thing of meat sacrificed to idols?  They knew the answer.  It was a sin.  Plain and simple.  It was wrong.  That food was consecrated to a false god and if you ate it, you were guilty.  You were endorsing the worship of a false idol and therefore you were guilty of sin.  Plain and simple.  Guilty by association.

Knowledge Vs. Love

I think that the point that Paul is making in this passage is that love trumps knowledge.  The heart beats the head in a sort of metaphysical game of rock, paper, scissors.  We can possess quite a bit of knowledge, but we will never know everything.  On the other hand, there is no limit to the love we can share with others.  Knowledge is limited, but love is boundless.  Seek opportunities to love God and others before sharing that of which you are so sure.

PRAYER: Father, give me opportunities to demonstrate my love for you and my love for others.  I want to show Your love to the world and to express my love for You.  Thank You for demonstrating Your love for me through Your Son, Jesus, amen.

28
Apr
15

Knowing God Intimately

Psalm 91 is a wonderful song about how God loves and protects those who trust in Him.  When we are going through trials and troubles, we can know that God will shelter us.  Look at verses 14-15:

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.He will call on me, and I will answer him;    I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him. – Psalm 91:14-15 (NIV)

There are two characteristics of the one whom God rescues and protects:
  • They love God
  • They acknowledge His name

How are you demonstrating love for God in your life?  How are you acknowledging His name?  The Hebrew word that is translated as “acknowledge” literally means to know intimately.  It’s not about saying, “I believe in God.”  It is about knowing God.  It is more than acknowledging His existence, but having a real relationship with Him.  The man or woman who knows God knows how to call on His name.  If you want God to rescue and deliver you from your troubles, you have to love Him and you have to know Him.  So how is your relationship with God?  Are you reading His Word?  Are you in the habit of regular prayer and communication with Him?  Are you listening for His voice and following the leading of His Spirit?  Do you know about Him or do you know Him?  Relationships require effort and a little bit of work.  Put time and effort into your relationship with Jesus and you’ll know greater peace and joy each day.

Psalm 91

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

05
Mar
15

The Grief Of Knowledge

We live in unprecedented times.  When I was a young boy, we used encyclopedias to do research for papers and projects.  It was slow and limited in perspective.  Now, I have the totality of human knowledge in my pocket on my personal communication device that allows me to connect with virtually any human being on the planet anytime, anywhere.  We can research any topic and get various perspectives on it whenever we feel like doing so.  If I need a phone number for a pizza place, for example, I can find it with just a few swipes of my finger.  There is no 411 anymore.  Google is my 411!  We have essentially all of the information we could ever need at the touch of a button.
But what has all of this knowledge really done for us?  Where does all of this information take us each day?  Solomon said this in Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NIV):

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief.

The wisest king of Israel and perhaps the wisest man who ever lived said that all of the wisdom and knowledge he attained led to pain and despair.
It reminds me of something I’ve said before and perhaps you’ve said it, too.  We’ll say something to the effect of, “The more I know, the more I realize that I don’t know.”  I think that the more we learn and the more knowledge we attain, the more we realize just how limited in scope and understanding we are.  We also discover that having knowledge and understanding does not satisfy the questions of our minds, hearts and souls.  We long for more than information for our brains.  We want meaning for our lives.  We can know all kinds of things, but our hearts long to experience love.  Knowing that God is love is so different than experiencing His love through a relationship with Him.  We can know lots of facts about Theology and we can know lots of Bible verses about God, but unless we know God through His Son, Jesus Christ, our pursuits of knowledge and wisdom are fruitless.  Do not be satisfied with mere facts and figures.  Pursue a relationship with the One who is pursuing you.  Then you will discover the joy of a life filled with God’s love.

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (NIV)

I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;
    what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief.




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