Knowing Is the Key to Possessing (Pt 2)

Daily Devotion | Day 314

“And the LORD said to Abram [Abraham] . . . ‘Lift your eyes and look from the place where you are – northward, southward, eastward and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever . . . Arise, walk in the land through its length and width, for I give it to you’” (Genesis 13:14-15, 17).

Before we get into today’s message, let us recap what we said yesterday. Our Father has bestowed upon us abundant blessings. And He wants us to possess these blessings. To help us possess the blessings, He wants to equip us with knowledge of those blessings, because knowing is the key to possessing. In this process of knowing and possessing, the Holy Spirit plays a vital role. According to the Scriptures, the Father gave His Spirit to us that we might know the things which He has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2:12). Therefore, throughout this series let us keep 1 Corinthians 2:12 in mind. It forms the basis for the things we are discussing. Yesterday, we saw that God gave to Adam and Eve knowledge of the blessings He had bestowed on them. Today, we will look at another example from the Old Testament. It is about God’s dealings with Abraham. From tomorrow we will shift our attention to the New Testament, God willing.

Let us pay attention to the details in today’s opening Scripture. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, had just departed to settle in the land of Sodom (Genesis 13:5-13). Not long after this incident, God spoke to Abraham concerning His plans to bless Him. Recall that He had previously promised to give him the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:7). But in today’s passage He reinforces the promise. Notice how He goes about it. He commands Abraham to perform a set of exercises. The purpose of the exercises was to help Abraham visualize the blessing. God, therefore, asked him to survey the land and become acquainted with its boundaries and its riches.

First, God told Abraham to lift his eyes to the north, south, east and west. And He said to him, “all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” Second, He commanded him, “Arise, walk in the land through its length and widthfor I give it to you.” Now observe this: From God’s standpoint the land belonged to Abraham. However, if Abraham was going to possess the land, he first needed to know that the land had been given to him. God asked him to walk through the land to reinforce his knowledge of what he and his descendants were about to possess. Knowing is the key to possessing. This is why God has sent us His Spirit that we might know the things which He has freely given us.

Before you take possession of an inheritance or estate, you need to know the content and extent of the estate that you are about to possess. Our inheritance in Christ is vast and infinite. If you are unaware of what belongs to you, you cannot enjoy it. May the Holy Spirit open your eyes to see what belongs to you in Christ Jesus that you might possess and enjoy your blessings. Amen.

To be continued . . .

For further studyDeuteronomy 1:5-8; 11:1-22

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

Recognizing Your Limit

Daily Devotional: Day 109

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17, NKJV).

When God created Adam, He gave him one commandment to keep. Adam (and his wife, Eve) could partake of every tree in the garden of Eden. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were forbidden to eat. The name of the tree is significant, so let’s talk about it briefly. It was called the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil.” Notice that the tree had to do with knowledge. God didn’t want them to have this kind of knowledge. In fact, God said that the day they ate of it, they would die. In other words, God’s purpose for giving them the commandment was to protect them from death. This also means that God loved Adam and Eve. There’s a lot we can learn from today’s Scripture, but let’s focus today on just one thing: knowledge.

Not all knowledge is beneficial or good for us. Some knowledge is harmful and dangerous. When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them access to some knowledge. But there was one kind of knowledge He specifically didn’t want them to have: the knowledge of good and evil.

 In fact, in Deuteronomy 29:29, the Word of God says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” This means God has reserved certain things to Himself, and we need to be careful so that our curiosity for knowledge does not lead us away from God. God can handle every form of knowledge and not be compromised. But we are not God. Though we are made in the image and likeness of God, and we are born of God through the new birth, we are still human. This means we must be humble and be careful not to cross certain barriers God has erected for our own protection.

Pray to the Father about today’s message. God bless you!

For further study: Acts 1:4-8

God’s Word Is Your Protection

Daily Devotional: Day 54

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5, KJV).

When God created Adam and Eve, he gave them the truth of his Word. He told them the truth about life and death. He showed them what leads to life and what leads to death, and warned them about the consequences of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In today’s Bible passage, Satan persuades Eve that whatever God told them was a lie. Eve believed him and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. You know the rest of the story. Adam and Eve traded God’s Word for the word of Satan. And when they did that, they opened the door for Satan to enslave and dominate them. What happened then, happens today.

Why did God give Adam and Eve the truth? Because truth protects us from the lies of the Devil, and helps us to walk in freedom. As a child of God, be aware that Satan is your enemy and wants you to trade God’s Word for his lies (See 1 Peter 5:8-9). If he can persuade you to buy his lies, he can turn you into his slave and dominate you. God never created you to be a slave to Satan. However, if you put aside his Word, you’ll become vulnerable. When Satan sells you a lie, his plan is to ruin you. He did it to Adam and Eve, and he hasn’t changed. He knows that the Word of God is your protection. He can’t deceive you if you hold on to the truth of God, so he’ll sell you counterfeit knowledge. Don’t buy it. The Good News is, the Bible shows us many examples of how the Enemy operates. Learn from what happened to Adam and Eve, and hold fast to biblical truth.

Prayer:

Thank you, Father, for showing me your truth. Thank you for giving us the Bible. Empower me to hold fast to your Word and to reject every lie of the Devil. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Matthew 4:1-11

 

Receive More Grace and Peace

Daily Devotional: Day 50

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2, KJV). 

When you got saved, God gave you a standing in his grace and blessed you with his peace. In Romans 5:1-2, the Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand . . ..” The peace the Bible talks about in this context is the peace resulting from us being reconciled with God through the blood of Jesus. It’s the peace we have from knowing that God has declared and made us righteous before him – as a gift. Notice that in today’s Scripture from 2 Peter, the Apostle prays that grace and peace be multiplied unto the Christians to whom he wrote. It’s a fact that God can and does multiply his gifts. He is a God of increase. He has already blessed you; yet, he can bless you more and more.

Let’s now turn to the part where Peter connects knowledge to grace and peace. There are different Greek words in the New Testament that can be translated “knowledge.” The one used in 2 Peter 1:2 is the Greek word epignosis. It means full, complete and precise knowledge. Of the New Testament writers, only Paul and Peter use this Greek word. The point here is that God wants you to have a correct knowledge of him and Jesus Christ. This knowledge will multiply grace and peace in your life. Your growth as a Christian depends, in part, on having a correct understanding of who God is and your place in his heart. As you get to know Jesus and the Father, grace and peace shall be multiplied unto you. 

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for saving me. Thank you for declaring and making me righteous before you. Enlighten the eyes of my understanding, that I may know you more. And as I know you more, let your grace and peace abound in my life. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Ephesians 1:1-23