Ephesians 1:17 Wisdom & Revelation To Know God

 

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I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

Wisdom is the ability to make the right choice with the knowledge that one has been given. Some cultures put a very high emphasis on the value of wisdom, while others do not care for it as much.

The wisdom of this world is short-sighted and temporary. It is limited by man’s simple ability to think and see what is immediately in front of him or his through his limited experience and training. 

Revelation is a revealing of things that cannot always be directly seen. Very few people don’t want to have some kind of revelation in some area of his life. People pay a lot of money for psychics to reveal something in their lives. People fight to know what is going to happen in the work place or with their local neighbor.

The world’s idea of revelation is selfish and short-sighted. They want to know for their own benefit, how they can get ahead in this life, how they can bypass some bad situation in their life.

Paul stated that he was asking God to give every believer wisdom and revelation, but not for selfish purposes, but to know God better.

God is an infinite God. He is so far advanced above man, that man cannot begin to fully comprehend Him. Without God revealing Himself, no person has the ability to really know Him or even see Him. God is outside of man’s way of thinking and seeing.

Yet, even though God is outside of man’s seeing, He wants to be known and seen. He is willing to reveal Himself in this world and wants to open the spiritual eyes of men to see Him. The believer will see God and know His character through what can be seen by God’s great revelation.

Allow God to open your eyes and see and know Him more. You cannot know enough about God and who He is and how great His love really is.

As you grow in wisdom and revelation of God, you will begin to see His hand at work in the world around you. All fear will be removed and replace with His love. Strive to know God more and more in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal Himself to you; that you will have God’s wisdom in your life; that you will see God at work in and around you; and that you will know God more and more. 

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1 Corinthians 2:11 Knowing God’s Thoughts

 

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For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11

Reading a person’s mind or thoughts is something people have always wanted to do. There has been many who claim that they can know the thoughts of another person. However, that cannot be done.

Magicians claim that they can read the minds of another person, yet, all they are doing is playing a trick on the person. It is done with a slight of hand or a play on words.

Married couples often believe that they can read each other’s minds. It is not actually reading their minds, but knowing how the other person will think or act in a given situation. They have been around each other long enough to possibly guess the correct answer. However, this same method of knowing the person’s thoughts, gets many into trouble, because they are wrong.

Some people claim to know the thoughts of God, yet, are not living for God or following God in any way. They just use the wisdom and understanding of this world to get their ideas of what God is thinking. Only God really knows what He is thinking.

God does know what He is thinking and is willing to share that information with people. The way that he shares it is through His Holy Spirit indwelling in a person. As a believer reads the Bible and prays, God’s Holy Spirit opens his spiritual eyes and ears to hear what God is saying. He will begin to understand the meaning in what God is saying.

The idea of God sending His one and only son to die on a cross to save a people who hate Him, is crazy and does not make sense from the world’s point of view. It is only when the Holy Spirit reveals His great love and master plan of salvation, does a person begin to understand what God did and why He did it.

As you read God’s word, you also need to have His Holy Spirit guide you in what He is saying and how to apply it to your own life. You will also need His Holy Spirit to help you to hear and understand what God is saying to you directly outside of the bible.

Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what God’s thoughts are.

I pray today that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will reveal to you what He is saying and doing; that you will trust God’s thoughts and actions; and that you will share what God is doing with others.

1 Corinthians 1:21 Foolishness In The Message

 

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For since in the wisdom of God the world did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21

The world claims that Christianity is foolishness. Many people do not want to follow Jesus, because it does not appear to make sense to them. People have a hard time with the concept of turning the other cheek, loving their enemies, trusting in someone who they cannot see, and many other reasons.

Most people feel that they are wise in the choices that they are making. They feel as though they do know what is best for them. Yet, in all of the wisdom of this world, they miss out on God.

God’s wisdom is outside the way of man’s wisdom. In the short view of looking at Jesus and God, it does not always make sense. Looking at the surface of the gospel message, it is foolishness. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die on a cross for people who hate Him, did not serve God, and did not want anything to do with Him. Jesus is willing to forgive any wrongs done, with no permanent consequence. He is willing to give eternal life to someone without payment.

Why would a man allow himself to be killed in order to save a bunch of people who do not love or want him? Why would God allow this?

It was because of His love for all people. His wisdom is found in His immense, endless love for all people.

The message is a simple one, that will astound the wise. It becomes a stumbling block, because it is so simple, it looks foolish. Yet, this is the best way to save every person on this planet. And it pleases God to work in this manner, because His goal is to save every person on this earth.

Sit back and think about what God has done for you. Be amazed at the way He was able to provide forgiveness of every sin you have ever done or ever will do. And this was done before you even loved Him.

Do not allow His great wisdom and the foolishness of the message be a stumbling block to following Jesus. Be willing to believe in it and be saved. Also be willing to preach or tell others of what Jesus has done for them.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others the gospel message; that you will trust in God’s great wisdom; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message.

Ezekiel 28:11-12 What You Were

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ” ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.’ ” Ezekiel 28:11-12

God is asking Ezekiel to weep over Tyre. The city had been described in the previous chapters as being one of the best of the best cities in the world. Now God describes it as one of perfection, wisdom and beauty. Everything that a city could want or be, this city was. Yet, they had chosen to reject God and live a life of sin. They promoted dishonest trade and sin, and now God was going to destroy them and wipe them off the face of the earth.

There have been people and nations whom God has raised up for great things. He has given them His favor in every area of their life. Everything that they touch appears to turn to gold. Success is seen in everything they do.

In the process of gaining all that great wisdom and perfection, many have lost one thing that made it all possible. They have lost sight of God and what He desires.

Over time, many great nations have fallen and been destroyed. Some have been completely wiped of the face of the earth, while others have been made very small compared to what they once were. Looking back over their history, one can see how the nation had turned away from God, which led to their downfall and destruction.

Neither nation nor individual is immune to this happening. Over the years there have been many believers who have risen up very high in status and ministry throughout the world, who have chosen a moment of sin over God. Once the choice was made, there have been the consequences and their ministry has crumbled, destroyed forever.

No matter what your position in this life is, high or low, small or great, in Jesus you are in the position of wisdom, beauty, and perfection. God can and will do great things in and through you, if you stay in that position.

Do not allow pride or sin to diminish who God made you to be. Do not put God in a position of saying “you were”. Allow Him to say “you are” in Jesus the sign of perfection, wisdom and beauty.

I pray today that you will be all God made you to be; that you will not allow sin in your life; that you will be filled with God’s perfection, wisdom and beauty; and that God will use you to build His kingdom on this earth.

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge Is Power

With schools starting up around the nation, one of the common statements being heard is that knowledge is power. Students from kindergarten, all the way through graduate schools are told this statement. It is believed to be started by Francis Bacon, a philosopher and scientist, in 1597. This makes the statement several hundred years old.

The thought behind this statement is that if you have knowledge, you will have more power than someone else who does not have that knowledge.

Having this power is something that can be used in positive or negative ways. Some positive things that can occur with knowledge are: being able to read and communicate clearly; knowing how to do something safely; knowing what is happening around you correctly; knowing the warning signs that are showing; and knowing how to make things better. These are just a few of the many examples of how knowledge can help be a positive thing. They give you the power to do the correct thing in the best way possible.

Positive Power

At the same time, knowledge can be used in very negative ways. Having knowledge of a person’s past can allow one to destroy that person. Having knowledge of a person’s habits can allow one to overcome and hurt that person. Criminals use knowledge to steal from a person or business, or harm someone. Their knowledge gives them power over another person, who does not realize what they know. The media uses knowledge all the time to make or destroy a public person’s reputation.

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As a believer, the question can be asked if knowledge gives power or not? And is that a good thing or not?

Proverbs 9:10 New International Version (NIV)
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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Here is a common verse that many know. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to correctly use knowledge that you have been given or learned. To fully understand anything correctly, you must have knowledge of God. Without God at the forefront of all knowledge, there will be faults in the knowledge.

There is great power in knowing God. It is in knowing God that a person can know who He really is. In knowing God, one can also really know who he, himself, is.

The world tries to make knowledge a god. However, knowledge is just a tool that God can use. Knowledge, alone, does not make a person powerful, but it is in how that knowledge is used and what knowledge is used.

As you get to know God and gain knowledge about God, you will be empowered for greater things to be done. It is in knowing God that you get to know how much He really does love you, regardless of what you have done in the past. This knowledge empowers you to live more for Him.

Knowing God allows you to know the gifts that He has for you. God has given you His Holy Spirit to allow you to do greater works for Him.  Knowing that you have His Holy Spirit in you, also gives you power to have His peace and comfort at all times, in all situations in this life.

Knowing God

Knowing God and what He has done for you, gives you power to be able to tell others who He is, what He has done, and what He can do for them. If you do not really know God, you will not be able to stand up and really tell others about Him or what He can do.

Knowing God allows you to understand what is going on around you from an eternal perspective. You can realize the sin that is occurring or the work that God is doing in the lives of others. You can have understanding and insight into what people are really saying or how they are really living.

Knowing God also takes away the fear of what the world can do to you. In knowing God, you will know that you have a future in heaven that no man can take away from you. You have an eternal life to look forward to, if anyone on this earth should take your life here.

God of power

Having the correct knowledge does really give you great power. It is not just in knowing things of this earth, but in knowing the God who made it all possible. It is knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior that gives you greater power than even the devil, himself, has.

It is God who has all the power. It is God who gives all the power. So, yes,  knowledge is power, but do you have the correct knowledge? The world’s? Or God’s?