Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge.
Its one thing to know your Bible, but its an other thing to KNOW the God of the Bible.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, ”The scripture is our inexhaustible textbook, the Lord Jesus our boundless subject and the Holy Spirit our divine infinite helper“.
When Jesus had gone forty days in the desert fasting and praying. Jesus was hungry and at a weak point. One translation says, “he was faint with hunger “. The Devil, the tempter came to him. The question I put to you dear friends is this, when does the Devil tempts you the most ? Its at your weakest moment, its at your weakest point.
How did Jesus handle this moment? He brought God into it. He quoted the Bible, God’s word. Each time the Devil tried to trap Jesus, Jesus would respond, ”It is written!”
Many people are also robbed of blessings that the Bible tells us are ours in Christ Jesus. But because we don’t know it, we never truly live in them?
There was this man in the early 1900 who went on a cruise from England to America. He purchased the ticket. However every night when it was meal time he would stay in his cabin. Because he thought that his ticket only entitled to his travel on the ship, and the cost of the food was not included. So he brought his won food with him to last the whole journey, from England to America. On the last day before the ship reached America the Captain ask him why he had never seen him at meal time. The man explained his reason to the Captain. The Captain replied, ”Sir the ticket included every meal as well“. The man was robbed because of a lack of knowledge.
Charles Haddon Sprugeon tells the story so beautifully of the time he visited a old woman’s house. She was once a servant in the house of a very rich man. He had passed away, and as a gift gave her a piece of paper. The old woman could not read, but thought the design was so pretty that she framed it. When he visited the old woman he looked at the framed piece of paper, it was a cheque. The old woman never knew that she would never have to ask for another penny off anyone, or that her grandchildren would never go hunger again. But she was robbed because of a lack of knowledge.
My friend, don’t let the Devil rob you out of the riches of the Lord because of a lack of knowledge. Because of you not knowing, what is yours in Christ Jesus, by the riches of his grace.
When the devil tries to attack you at your weakest point, your weakest moment. Do what Jesus did, bring God into it. Know your Bible, quote it to him, say, ”It is written!”
The Bible says in Acts 19: 20 (KJV) ” So mighty grew that word of God that it prevailed.” God’s word is an over-coming word. When we get to know more of God’s words and His power we overcome, whatever is thrown at us. Because we know that God’s word will prevail, it will overcome.
Do not only know your Bible, but spend time getting to know the God of the Bible. That you may grow in the knowledge of knowing Jesus, and all that he has made available to you by his blessings and his grace. In doing so let the word of God dwell in your richly that you may know what Jesus Christ has divinely and most graciously given you through the blessings of His divine exchange, at the cross of Calvary. Know and live in the power of being a child of the living God.
God bless you my friend, Matthew.