Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FINDING GOD'S HIGHEST PURPOSE

To know God's Word, God's will and God's ways requires a dedication and commitment of one's life to His highest purpose

  • God’s word—(John 8:31 – 32) 
  • God’s will—(Rom. 12:2)
  • God’s ways—(Ps. 103:7) 
Peter tells us that after we have begun to add virtue to our faith, we are to begin adding knowledge, which we looked at in the last article.

While it is altogether possible that Peter is suggesting we add typical worldly knowledge about people, places, and things, I think it is more likely that there is a higher knowledge that will suffice for us all individually.

Coming from an education background, I know that it is simply not possible for some folks to accumulate knowledge beyond their own narrow interest. This is not a fault, but a fact.

The knowledge that Peter writes of, however, is available for each of us who will give ourselves to its acquisition. Without that knowledge, we are on the path to destruction (Hos. 4:6).

The path that leads away from destruction is through Jesus, who is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Without a doubt, without controversy, knowing Jesus is the most important knowledge one can possess.

Without a doubt, without controversy, knowing Jesus is the most important knowledge one can possess. (tweet this)

This knowledge is the basis of our faith to which we are adding these things of which Peter speaks.

Knowing the Word (Bible) is the beginning place for most of us as we progress in the Christian life. Jesus implied that it is a good place to begin (John 5:39).

It is in the Bible that we have the recorded sayings of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, and indications of His manner of life which are left to us as an example.

Therefore, when He said, "If you continue in my word,...you shall know the truth..." (John 8:31-32), we do well to begin with the Bible record when desiring to know Jesus in a more intimate fashion.
(it is nigh impossible to begin writing about the Word of God, because just to quote the verses concerning it would take a book, let alone commentary about them.)

For all intents and purposes, one cannot know God nor His ways without knowing His Word.

I am confident that there may be an exception to this, and that someone will come back and say, "Well, what about..." thus trying to prove the preceding statement incorrect. However, the exception does not invalidate the rule. (Besides, I said "for all intents and purposes" not "absolutely, universally.")

The knowledge of God's Word, and its application to our life will keep us from being deceived (James 1:22).
This is probably the one thing that is lacking more than any other in most believers' lives--application of the word to the life. It is also key to all the other benefits and blessings of the Word and/or your walk with the Lord.

"Doing" the word just doesn't show up on many a radar. But, then, how could it, when we don't hear what the Bible calls sound doctrine? (1Tim. 1:10; Tit. 2:1)

We hear about how the current political decision is wrong, or how those outside the kingdom of God are wrong, or how the rapture is coming soon.
How do we "do" those things? Am I supposed to go outside and practice 'liftoff?'

Jesus said that it is only those who do the will of God who will enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 7:21).

We cannot do the will of God, if we do not know the will of God (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 6:6).

And so it follows that
Knowing God's Word to such an extent that it informs our life, will keep us from sin (Ps. 119:11).

I am not opposed to memorizing verses and passages of scripture, but that exercise in and of itself is not enough to keep one from sin. Doing the Word, as mentioned above, helps to plant the word in our heart, the seat of our being.

"Heart" in the Bible speaks most often of the interior part of our being that controls us.

Jesus said that it is the things that come out of the heart that defile us, or make us unclean (Lk. 6:45; Matt. 15:18-19). It is in our best interests, then, to put good things into our heart, so that good things are produced from within our being.

Therefore, it follows that
Spending time in God's Word will save a small fortune in counselling fees and other health-care costs (Heb. 4:12).
Have you ever taken the time to really look at that particular verse? To catch its every nuance? To understand the depth of its power?
God's Word
  • is alive
  • is powerful
  • separates between soul and spirit
  • helps to heal the body
  • reveals true motivations of the heart
If the Word of God, then, keeps us strong in the three areas of our beingspirit, soul, and bodythen it is certain that
Knowing God's Word gives us power over the enemy (Matt. 4:1 - 11).
Jesus was tired and hungry, but He was able to withstand the attacks of Satan, because of His intimacy with the Word.

Jesus used "the sword of the Spirit" (Eph. 6:17), to counter Satan's attack against Him in the wilderness. That is our ONLY weapon.

Satan comes not only to "steal, kill and destroy," (John 10:10) but also to move us away from our best (2Cor. 2:11).

If we do not have the Word of God at our ready disposal, then our life can become almost unbearable.

If we are not intimately familiar with the Word of God, then we cannot hope to know God, His will, His ways, nor His works.

I will close with this little song that puts it all into an easily digestible perspective.

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