The True Passage Of The Knowledge Of God

The True Passage Of The Knowledge Of God

Proverbs_1-7: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction

Proverbs_1-7: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction

1 John 2: 1 – 5

In his book, “Consider Jesus,” Vance Havner wrote: “You have not really learned a commandment until you have obeyed it… The Church suffers today from Christians who know volumes more than they practice.”

 

 

The true Passage of our knowledge and love of God is obedience to His commandments. According to John, “He who says, ‘I know Him’, and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” When a Christian falls into sin, the indwelling Holy Spirit convicts the person of sin leading to repentance and forgiveness which is made possible by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

 

 

Nothing short of full obedience is acceptable to God. The commandments of God cannot be turned into a buffet table where we pick and chose what is appealing or convenient for us. The kingdom of Israel was taken away from Saul, the first king to reign over united nation of Israel due to partial obedience (1 Sam. 15). “Has the Lord great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Sam. 15: 22), was the sharp rebuke he got from Samuel.

 

 

Our offerings and service cannot replace obedience to God no matter how much we give or how well we serve. What we are called by God to do at times might not be convenient or in line with our natural inclinations. In such circumstances we have a perfect role model in Jesus Christ who, “humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2: 8). As Jesus got a reward for His obedience, great reward awaits all who walk with the Lord in full obedience to His commandments.

 

 

MEMORY VERSE:
1 John 2: 3 “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.”

 

PRAYER:
Lord, grant me a heart of obedience to Your Word and let me never disobey You through my sojourn in this sinful world in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Acts 7:17-60
1 Chron 18-20

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