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Is It In You? Part III

Is It In You? Part III
The Knowledge of God

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path Psalms 119:105 (NKJV)

We are going through a series of devotionals titled, "Is it in you?"  In this series, I've taken the base question, which was derived from a sports drink marketing campaign.  I decided to take this question and ask 3-intorspective questions.  In each of these 3-questions we will define what "It" is.  After all, if I am going to ask you a question as to whether "It" is in you - you need to know what "It" is.  

In Part I of this devotional series we proposed our first question, which was,

1.    Is "God" in you?

We determined that we really couldn't ask the other 2-remaining questions if He wasn't so we needed to get that one settled. We then asked the second question in Part II.

2.    Is the "Love" of God in you?

We learned that everyone of us that have a personal saving relationship with Christ - Christian believers - have the "Love of God" in us, but that we could stop this love from flowing through us, and that it was our responsibility to allow God to love others through us.  

There are so many things that I could have proposed for this last question in Part III, such as "Is the 'Righteousness,' 'Patience,' 'Gentleness,' 'Kindness,' 'Humbleness,' 'Peace,' or the 'Faith,' of God in you?"  But I didn't, because I feel that if we have this last thing, then we will have all these things as well.  So, let's take a look at our third and final question

3.    Is the "Knowledge" of God in you?

You see, if you have the knowledge of God in you, then you have the instruction manual as well as the visitors, and survival guide to life here on earth.  It is through the "Knowledge" of God that is given to us through the Bible that we can learn what it means to be righteous, patient, gentle, kind, humble, peaceful, and develop our faith.  All throughout scripture we are encouraged to "Pursue" these things, and we are given an explanation of what they truly mean as well as how we can possess them.  It is by reading the Word of God that we can learn to be "Godly."  And God loves those who pursue this.

The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. Proverbs 15:9 (NKJV)

God spoke through the prophet Hosea about what He desires of us with respect to our learning His knowledge.

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 (NKJV)

It is through the knowledge of God's word that we learn the Will of God - and it is by obeying these truths that we show others our relationship with Him, and we show them our Love of God as well.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 1John 2:3-5 (NKJV)

The Psalmist said it best when he wrote, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You" (Ps 119:11).  And so it is with us - we need to hide the Word of God in our heart so that we might not sin against the Lord.  

Hey Christian, we have just proposed 3-very important questions that will guide who we are and determine where and how we will spend eternity.  Life is short - don't be deceived by the enemy.  Make good use of your time here on earth and seek the Lord in everything you do.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about possessing the knowledge of God from these Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you pursuing the knowledge of God daily?

APPLICATION: Make it a priority to spend an hour each day in the Word of God.  Partake of God's knowledge, and impart it to those He brings into your life today - keep it flowing.

Father, Thank You for Your knowledge that You have given me.  Help me to understand it as I spend time reading it prayerfully, and help me to apply it to my life.  Help me to share it boldly with all who come into my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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