Knowing Is the Key to Possessing (Pt 1)

Daily Devotion | Day 313

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12, NKJV).

Knowing leads to possessing. What you know, you can possess. What you do not know, you cannot possess. If something is yours but you do not know that it is yours, you cannot possess it. In fact, you might even feel unworthy to have it. The point is, you can have something without knowing that you have it. And you cannot enjoy something you do not know you have. Ignorance is the enemy of progress and a weapon of the enemy. If the enemy can keep you ignorant, he can keep you enslaved and impoverished.

God has freely given you many wonderful things. And He wants you to possess and enjoy them. But first, He wants you to know what those things are and to know that they are yours for the taking. One of the main reasons we received the Holy Spirit, Paul says, is that “we might know the things which have been freely given to us by God.”  After all, what is the point of having something if you don’t know you have it?

 The purpose of our current series is to help us understand the connection between knowing and possessing, and the role the Holy Spirit plays in this process. We will discuss the first part of this teaching by visiting the Garden of Eden. Something important happened there, and for our edification we want to find out what it is.

Immediately after creating Adam and Eve, God gave them an inventory of the things He had given them to possess as well as the range of their dominion. God did not leave them ignorant of this matter. He gave them knowledge of those things, because knowledge is the key to possessing. If Adam and Eve did not know those things belonged to them, they could not appropriate them.

Therefore, in Genesis 1:28, God let them know that He had given them “dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Imagine what would have happened if they did not know that they had dominion. You cannot occupy a throne if you do not know that you are a king and that the throne in question is rightfully yours. In other words, you can exercise dominion if you know that you have dominion. God is aware of this, and He made sure Adam and Eve knew what had been given them.

In Genesis 1:29, God let them know also that He had given them for food every herb and fruit that yields seed. In Genesis 2:16, He told them they could eat freely of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Essentially, God was showing Adam and Eve an inventory of the blessings He had freely bestowed upon them. God wanted them to take possession. But first, He needed to make them aware that those things were theirs to possess.

The Father’s plan has not changed. And the principle remains: Knowing is the key to possessing. This means as a Christian, pursuing knowledge of God’s mysteries should be your priority. Once you know what is yours, you can possess it without stress. God willing, we will continue this subject tomorrow. Until then, keep knowing and keep possessing. Amen.

For further study1 Corinthians 2:6-16


  1. Thank you again for a great post. I just posted a new blog along the same lines as this blog. I would like your opinion if it makes sense. I deal with a lot of very hurting women at the county jail and I make it a point to offer them hope. I think deeply about what makes us tick and how God can help, but I feel I am not communicating my thoughts very clearly. I would appreciate your honest assessment and advice. The post is titled “Hope for Lasting Peace, Love, and Victory.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ogoe says:

      Thank you, Joyce! I’ll check out your post and give you feedback. The Lord reigns!


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