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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Spiritual Ingredient - Knowledge

“...and to your goodness, knowledge”.
From the text of 2 Peter 1:5-11.

What does this mean? Knowledge of what?

If you click the text link above, the passage says to "add" to your goodness, knowledge. So, think of knowledge as a spiritual ingredient we need in our lives. We can fill our minds with all kinds of things that will make us knowledgable. We can learn statitics and data and be able to compete in all sorts of trivia games and contests. We can spend thousands of dollars and years upon years learning more and more, but it's not the knowledge the Bible is talking about. Degrees are great. Statistics are intersting. Trivia games are fun. But, the most important knowledge we can ever have is the knowledge we can find in God's Word. In doing so, we learn about Him and about His Son and Our Savior, Jesus Christ! But, let's think about another type of knowledge. God wants us to read His Word to know about Him and about Jesus, but He also wants us to read His Word to gain in knowledge for ourselves.

Do you have old recipes that you’ve made for so long, you don’t have to even get out the cookbook or recipe card? That’s what God wants from us. He wants us to know the Bible so well that it is deeply imbedded into our brains and in our hearts. He wants us to know the Word - know the scriptures - know the "recipes". Of course, we will only get this knowledge by studying the recipe book - the Bible.

Questions to ask yourself:

1. How is your knowledge of God?
2. How is your knowledge of His Will for your life?
3. Do you search the scriptures to learn more about how God wants you to live?
4. Do you look to God's Word for how to handle situations that come up in life?
5. Do you look to God's Word to find the Way, the Truth and the Life, that only comes through Jesus? Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
6. Can you tell others why you believe what you believe?
7. Is your spiritual ingredient of knowledge increasing in measure? 2 Peter 1:8

"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
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