THE MOST IMPORTANT KNOWLEDGE… OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
HOW DO WE GET THIS KNOWLEDGE ? GOD REVEALS IT IN VARIOUS WAYS.
Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
BY HIS SPIRIT.
1 Corinthians 2:10-11 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
BY WHAT HE REVEALS THROUGH HIS POWER AND EXPERIENCE.
Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;
1. EXPAND YOU KNOWLEDGE BEYOND THE LOW AND SMALL KNOWLEDGE THAT PEOPLE HOLD TODAY.
How can you serve God without some greater power than you had before getting saved ? If that is true, how does a Believer get it ? We know that the work of Satan is more focused because there are fewer and fewer Christians. If that is so, then the work of the Holy Spirit is also intensified in the Last Days through fewer people. Look what He was able to do with a few little fish.
A. GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAPABILITIES OF GOD THROUGH YOU. START SMALL AT FIRST, THEN GROW IN IT. ***Like getting new car. don’t max out things to begin with. Learn capabilities little by little. THEN, you can be confident it will do what you expect.
Mark 8:7 And they had a few small fishes: and He blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
This would be the only miracle that some of them would see. Did they go away with their knowledge of God increased ? Yes. But, many today do the same thing, and never grow in their knowledge of God’s power.
B. MANY RELIGIOUS PPL HAVE A HEAD-KNOWLEDGE, but no personal experience with the pwr of God.
Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
C. THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD ONLY FLOWS THROUGH THOSE WHO ARE “CONNECTED.” YOU CAN BE !
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.
2. EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS UP AHEAD. .
A. LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES. GOD GAVE YOU A LONG TERM MWEMORY. THAT HAD A PURPOSE. GOD DOES NOT GIVE LONG TERM MEMORIES TO SOME OF HIS CREATURES BECAUSE THEY DON’T NEED IT. YOU NEED IT. YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES. LEARN FROM THEM. SOME PEOPLE GET MARRIED MULTIPLE TIMES AND MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES EVERY TIME. THEY ARE LIKE BUTTERFLIES. THEY DON’T HAVE A LONG TERM MEMORY.
Genesis 30:27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
B. LEARN WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS EARTH.
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
C. INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GOD. HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT HIM ? IS THAT KNOWLEDGE GROWING ? IT SHOULD BE IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO HIM AND WHAT HE DOES.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
D. RECEIVE KNOWLEDGE THAT COMES FROM, GOD, AND THINGS WORK BETTER. LIKE GETTING A WHOLE NEW COMPUTER PROGRAM TO FIND PROBLEMS AND FIX THEM.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
E. LIFE IS MORE THAN WHAT MOST KNOW IN THIS MATERIALISTIC WORLD. ** SOME LIVE TO GO SHOPPING. SOME LIVE TO GET PAYCHECK SO THEY CAN SPEND IT.
Luke 12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
F. DISCIPLES LEARNED THE NATURE OF THE RESURRECTION THROUGH THE WITNESS OF JESUS. TODAY, WE HAVE THE WORD OF GOD, AND THEIR TESTIMONIES AS GOD REVEALED THEM THROUGH HIS SPIRIT.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams