Our Knowledge

Our Knowledge

What we know has to be submitted to the Lord so He can bring revelation and speak to us about all we do not know. What is familiar to us can sometimes be taken for granted and close our desires to learn more in an area. As we grow in the Lord, we constantly receive new depths in His Word as He gives us our daily spiritual bread.

When the Lord leads us to do something new, He may not want us to use the ways it has been done in the past. When David had come against the Philistines, he inquired of the Lord what His ways were with every battle. Moses had instructions to strike the rock in order for water to gush out in one instance. When the children of Israel ran out of water again, God told Moses to speak to the rock this time for the water to be released. God is very specific. He said to speak to the rock, not strike it. At that time Moses was angry. The flesh will always try to hinder us from obeying God. Moses let his flesh take control and he did what he had known to do in his past: strike the rock.

As we follow the Lord, it’s not what we know, but who we know that matters. As we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, we are able to be free from the knowledge that may hinder us from walking in newness of life, from glory to glory.

1 Corinthians 8:2-3 “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.”

 

The Unknown

The Unknown

Familiarity lowers our expectations and diminishes our faith. Jesus could not do many mighty works because of the people’s unbelief in His hometown. A false sense of familiarity kept them from receiving what He wanted to do in their midst. “We know him; we know his father; he is the son of Joseph, the carpenter; we know his brothers…” This familiarity brought forth unbelief, and they were unable to receive all He had for them.

The same is true for us. The people we minister to know us and therefore do not always receive through us what the Lord has for them; and we may not receive through others what the Lord has for us. We need to always be open to people who talk with us after a service, or on our job, or out shopping or are “little children.” Jesus may be using them. We are not thinking “I know him… or how could the Lord possibly use her to speak to me?”

It is far better to expect Him. “Lord, I’m looking for you. I believe you’re going to work in my life in unexpected ways, at unexpected times, through unexpected people – all for your glory.” We never know when someone is carrying something for us; we must not let unbelief and familiarity hinder our expectations. Our expectation is always to be with the Lord. He speaks to us in many different ways, not just through people, but also nature and circumstances. We expect mighty works always so that Jesus may be glorified, from glory to glory!

Matthew 13:57-58 “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.’ Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”  

 

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