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Knowledge – Pull Up A Chair

~Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

~Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

As I was reading Proverbs this morning, I noticed the Lord says that the person who hates to be corrected is brutish. I had a mental picture of what brutish meant but found Noah Webster’s definition quite interesting:

BRU’TISH, a. Like a brute or beast; as a brutish form.

1. Insensible; stupid; as brutish men.

2. Unfeeling; savage; ferocious; brutal.

3. Gross; carnal; bestial.

4. Ignorant; uncivilized; untaught.

When we refuse spiritual correction, we are being insensible, stupid, unfeeling, carnal, ignorant and untaught! Ouch! We do not totally realize what we do when we refuse correction or “buck” against it. God knows, however. He is quite clear in His Word. It never ceases to amaze me how He picks certain words to describe situations. God could have picked any other word but “brutish” communicated just how He thinks about this topic.

The second Proverb was just as poignant! God says that we hate our own soul if we refuse instruction. Those are not comforting words at all. These words should get the Christian stirred up. Did you ever think you could hate yourself – your own soul, even? It is our soul that will go through eternity. How we nurture it now will decide how we will spend eternity. If you are saved, you must remember that your refusal to grow in God’s Word will follow you through eternity.

Do we interfere with the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives by being brutish? Are we hating our own souls by refusing instruction? Why in the world would we want to be classified amongst those that are? Instead, the Lord promises knowledge and understanding if we heed instruction and reproof!

In the yielding of our hearts to the Spirit’s teaching, His fruit becomes evident in our lives. The Word builds our faith and with that faith we put forth fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance!

More Like Jesus Would I Be

More like Jesus would I be, let my Savior dwell with me;
Fill my soul with peace and love—make me gentle as a dove;
More like Jesus, while I go, pilgrim in this world below;
Poor in spirit would I be; let my Savior dwell in me.

If He hears the raven’s cry, if His ever watchful eye
Marks the sparrows when they fall, surely He will hear my call:
He will teach me how to live, all my sinful thoughts forgive;
Pure in heart I still would be—let my Savior dwell in me.

More like Jesus when I pray, more like Jesus day by day,
May I rest me by His side, where the tranquil waters glide.
Born of Him through grace renewed, by His love my will subdued,
Rich in faith I still would be—let my Savior dwell in me.

~2 Pet 1:4-9 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

There’s so much spiritual meat in these verses! We could spend days sitting on these and still walk away lacking  :fat:

Peter starts out these verses by telling us that we have great and precious promises. We have the ability, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to partake in Christ’s divine nature – meaning that we have that ability to say no to sin because we no longer have sin as our master, but Christ! \o/ Praise the Lord, amen?

Peter continues in verse 5 to tell us that if we give ALL diligence to the Spirit’s fruit in our lives, we will abound (verse 7) and be fruitful in the knowledge of Christ! Christian lady, can you imagine what benefit this would be to you as you raise your children? Can you imagine the hurdles you would avoid in your marriage? The Lord says that if the fruit of verses 5 through 7 abound in you (are at work), you will not be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Christ! That’s powerful stuff, ladies! I honestly believe that the Proverbs 31 wife abounded in these fruit, don’t you? How else could she be so “perfect”? I always felt as though I was lacking when I compared myself to her. But now I know why!  😐 I need to abound in these fruit!!!! \o/ Thank You, Lord.

Practice makes perfect 🙂 I’m thinking of writing these fruit on a Post-It Note at my desk, on my bathroom mirror, or anywhere that my eyes rest on. This will help me to be mindful of these fruit as I go about my day. If I see them, chances are I will be more aware of practicing them 🙂 Here’s what I made up for myself 🙂

 

Job 5:17-18 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

The chastening of the Lord is not an easy pill to swallow. But praise the Lord that He loves us enough to correct us! But we must remember that the same God who corrects us is the same God that binds our wounds and makes us whole! His correction is loving, holy and always serves a purpose – to benefit the Christian! His desire is that we live holy lives. (I Peter 1:16) His chastisement and guidance is done with this in mind.

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

I love the six words of this verse: “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”! I dare say that this is the problem with churches today. The people are not encouraged to perfect holiness in the fear of God. If we all looked at our sin in this light and would strive to live godly lives, what an influence we would have on this world!

Psalm 51:6-7 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Do we desire the truth in our inward parts? Or are we simply living our lives and walking our walk with just enough scriptural truths to get by? Wisdom and knowledge from the scriptures is what will increase our fear (reverence of God and His holiness) of the Lord. Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10 all support this statement. How can we become more like the Lord? Get in His word and live by it! It is His word that cleanses us and points to our vile sin. Little scriptures, more sin – more scriptures, little sin!

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Yes, the word teaches us how to live in this godless world. It teaches us how we can make a difference and how to shed light in darkness! When we depart from what the word of God teaches, we lose our power of effectiveness to a dying world. Does it surprise us then why the Lord chastises us? Not only is it for our own good but for the good of those watching us!

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Good works do not earn us salvation. But after salvation, our good works ought to represent what is in our hearts – the love of Christ! A desire to serve Him and do His work is a result of the precious salvation that He purchased!

How can our children learn what is right in this world if we do not discipline and teach them? It is no different with the Lord, Jesus Christ. He teaches us, disciplines us, and molds us into His likeness. Along with His word, we are being taught how to live holy lives so we can help others. His word perfects us!

Ephesians 4:12-13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledege of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Is it any wonder that Christians today are weak? They have a diluted corruption of God’s holy word! We who have the true word of God in the King James Bible need to spend the time reading it, absorbing what God wants us to know, and growing spiritually! Then, and only then, can we make a difference to a dying world.

Psalm 119:97-104

MEM
97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

These verses are extremely controversial, aren’t they? Many “church” leaders tell their people that only they can interpret the Scriptures.  I came out of such a religion (Roman Catholicism).  Granted, the Catholic Church has backed down a bit and now allows its members to read the Bible, but this was not always the case.  But their permission comes with a “warning” that the layman’s interpretation may be wrong so they must double check with their priest to be certain.

This is quite different from what today’s verses state! Let me ask you, dear reader, a question.  Is God’s word true or isn’t it?  If you have not read yesterday’s devotional, take a moment to read it now before continuing then click on “Back” on your Browser.  John 17:17 says that God’s word is truth.  Jesus spoke these words and, furthermore, He states that the word sanctifies us – it sets us apart, but from whom or what?

The Psalmist confirms in Psalm 119:98-100 that by reading God’s word, and meditating on it, he can be wiser than his enemies, even his teachers and the “ancients” (his forefathers). These same “church” leaders will tell you that the “fundies” (fundamentalists) are incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures.  Others claim that we cannot have God’s word today because the “original autographs” are not here any longer. However, the word says in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that NO scripture is of ANY private interpretation.  Psalm 12:6-7 promises us that the word is preserved by God.  It is the Holy Spirit of God that impressed upon holy men as to what to write down.  To deny this truth is to deny the power of God!

We can and we do have the ability to read God’s word, as a born-again Christian, and understand what we are reading without needing anyone to interpret it for us!  Why? Because the Holy Spirit of God resides within us and interprets to us what the words mean.  Look at James 1:5!  We don’t need to get our wisdom from man: In fact, man’s wisdom is foolishness to God – I Corinthians 3:19.  I will probably receive a few comments on this post from precious, deceived Roman Catholics, asking how I can account for so many different interpretations of the same verse by Christians. Let me answer these comments right here and now. Let’s look at the following passage and you will see how CLEAR God makes it for us:

~I Corinthians 2:10-16 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Who reveals the word of God to us?  I Corinthians 2:10 says that God, the Holy Spirit does. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God because man cannot do so (1 Corinthians 2:11).  Paul continues to tell us that the born-again Christian does not have the spirit of the world any longer but the spirit, which is of God (HIS Holy Spirit). Because we have His Holy Spirit living within us, I Corinthians 2:12 continues to say that He will give to us the wisdom – He will explain to us exactly what He meant. Furthermore, I Corinthians 2:13 says that He will teach us what we need to know so we can compare spiritual things with spiritual! Lastly, dear friend, 1 Corinthians 2:14 explains why there are so many different interpretations. The ones who interpret differently are considered “natural man” by Paul. The natural man, the unsaved man, cannot receive the things of the Holy Spirit! The Bible will sound foolish to them. Christ, through His precious Holy Spirit teaches the born-again Christian and gives us the mind of Christ. If you step into a church filled with true born-again Christians, you will hear the same interpretation of Scripture amongst them. It is only in the world that the Bible is misinterpreted. Why? Because it is being interpreted by those who do not possess the Holy Spirit – the unsaved!

God is the one who gives wisdom to His child (James 1:5).  He promises to give ample wisdom to those who seek it.  Wisdom comes from fearing (reverencing) God.  Read: Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, and Proverbs 9:10.  When one fears God, he recognizes that he is a sinner in need of repentance unto salvation.  At the moment that sinner recognizes his sinfulness and need for Christ, he begins to receive wisdom.  That wisdom applied results unto salvation and, then, understanding followed.  Read Job 28:28.  Once we are saved, we run away from evil – that is our desire as I Peter 3:10-12 instructs.  Today’s “supposed Christian” mingles with the world and does not run away from evil.  That is why they cannot understand the Scriptures.  First off, they are not truly born again as II Corinthians 5:17 plainly explains.  That is the key to living a separated life unto Christ.  How can a Christian live by I Peter 1:16 except he have the Holy Spirit residing in him?  We are blessed with the ability and power to say “No!” to sin.  We have the ability to quote Scripture when in the midst of temptation and be able to overcome it (I Corinthians 10:13).

God loves His child and provides us with clear teaching as to how to find Him, receive Him, and to follow Him!  Any author can tell you that he/she is the best one to interpret their work because they wrote it.  Why, then, would God leave us at the mercy of someone else’s interpretation of His word?

Praise His holy name!!

Psalm 119:65-72

TETH
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

What an awesome Bible lesson for us in today’s text!  Glory!  One does not have to read far before finding instruction that, if it is followed, will help us through hard times.  The word “deals” with us – it convicts us of our sins! It also guides and directs us when we search its precious pages for answers.

Within the blessed pages, God gives us an education in 66 beloved books! The King James Version has perfect spelling and perfect grammar. One can write out Bible memory verses and practice penmanship. There are also lessons in astronomy, zoology, botany, biology, human interest, mathematics, science, history lessons, among many more topics. One can gain much knowledge from reading and studying God’s word.

More importantly, knowledge is nothing without wisdom and good judgment! The Scriptures are also the best place to go when one is being attacked, whether with health issues, spiritually, or by those in the world. Notice in verses 67 through 71. The Psalmist speaks of being afflicted after he went astray (verse 67); however, that affliction led him to God’s word! As a result of spending time in the word, the Lord used it to teach the Psalmist (verse 68).  I discovered how his “tune” changed here. He began praising the Lord in his affliction – “Thou art good, and doest good”.

As well, the Psalmist wanted more of God’s teaching. The affliction had obviously drawn the Psalmist closer to his God because he is pouring his heart out to his Heavenly Father with details about his affliction! Notice verses 69 and 70 – he makes a statement about his enemies but follows each complaint with a solution: “but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart” and “but I delight in thy law.” The Psalmist learned to stay in the word of God during his trials and tribulations! THAT, my friend, is the recipe to “make it”  when things are difficult – when we reach an impasse – when we’re at the end of our rope!

Lastly, as the Psalmist reviewed his afflictions, he displays the wisdom which he has gained through it all: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (verse 71) Really?  Is that how we feel when we are afflicted? Is God trying to teach us something through it all? Or are we just not listening because we are wallowing in self pity? Being consumed with our own circumstances to the point where we cannot be taught by God is not what we see displayed in the Psalmist’s attitude. This man grew from his experience! How? He was in the word of God! He allowed the Holy Spirit to teach him! How do I know that? Ah, read verse 72! Talk about the cherry on top of the hot fudge sundae!  Look at how precious God’s word became to the Psalmist!

God always comes through for His children, if they are searching the Scriptures for answers. We have the precious words of God in one blessed Book! How can we not take advantage of such wisdom?  So where do you turn during your afflictions?  Why not turn to the “Expert” in all things?

~Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Today’s verse made me think about what is esteemed in today’s world. Just to name a few, I thought of:

  • Wealth
  • Philanthropy
  • Knowledge
  • Social Status
  • Religious hierarchy

But God’s Word says that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in His sight! The Bible teaches:

~Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

When wealth is used for God’s glory, it is blessed by Him. However, most people who achieve wealth use it for selfish reasons. They then become less dependent on God and more dependent on themselves. The poor in spirit, however, depend on Him and are open to the salvation message.

~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It is good to do good works. However, when one does good works thinking that this will “outweigh” his sins and still gain him entrance into Heaven, he is sorely mistaken according to Scripture. Salvation is all about Christ and nothing to do with anything good in us. After salvation, however, Christians should be busy doing the work of Christ. Let’s get the works on the right side of salvation!

~Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

When you speak with a scholar, his thoughts are more on science and knowledge, not on the Scriptures. It seems that the smarter and educated someone is, the less they want to do with God.   However, the Scriptures are the beginning and basis of all knowledge. When one excludes God in his thoughts and in his learning, he will come to a point where he will believe that there is no God.

~Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

Those who are up on the social status look down upon the lower echelon. They snub their noses and ignore the needs around them. The Word says that these people have their reward here on earth.  Their status in eternity is what is important.

~Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Religious hierarchy is dangerous. The Pharisees and Sadducees were very knowledgeable yet they could not see that their Messiah was standing amongst them. Instead, they were stuck on keeping laws which they had created. In fact, they could not even keep these laws themselves but expected the laity to keep them (~Luke 11:46).  Religions with a hierarchy structure are not concerned with the true meat of the Gospel but in furthering their religion.  The hierarchy lives extremely well while the laity are kept in the dark.  This keeps those with “position” in their jobs.  They lead the laity to believe that only their priesthood is able to interpret Scriptures.  They lead the laity to believe that they are the only ones with knowledge.  It keeps the laity in bondage and prevents them from seeking the truth through God’s Word.  Instead they receive interpretations created by the religious hierarchy to further their religion.

The world seeks knowledge but the believer seeks wisdom from God.

~Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

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In our on-going series of the Word of God, I am learning that there is nothing above God’s own words. God is not man that He should lie and, therefore, He is Truth. God never changes. And, lastly, God is eternal. God’s Holy Word is sure because He cannot lie and He never changes. Since He is eternal, His Word will go on forever without change.

Why is God’s Word so important to us? Why do we need it? Why do we care so much about its validity and preservation? Contained within the pages of the Holy Bible is the knowledge of God for mankind unto salvation. Is it any wonder that the devil, also known as the father of lies, would want to keep man from it? Is it any wonder that ole slew foot himself would try to corrupt it? (Joh 8:44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. This same Satan (Lucifer) wants to exalt himself above God. (Isa 14:13) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (Isa 14:14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isa 14:15) Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. Satan has tried to exalt himself since creation and has set himself against the Word of God. No matter how much the devil tries to corrupt the Word of God, he will end up in hell.

The Lord gave me 2 Cor. 10:5 this morning and it simply jumped off the page at me! (2 Cor. 10:5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; According to Strong’s Concordance, the word imaginations is:

G3053
λογισμός
logismos
log-is-mos’
From G3049; computation, that is, (figuratively) reasoning (conscience, conceit): – imagination, thought.

The devil and those who work for him have tried to destroy God’s Word since the Garden of Eden. This same effort of perverting the Bible isn’t new and has been going on for thousands of years – but the end is near. Satan’s time is short. However, in the mean time, he is determined to take as many souls to hell with him. If the father of lies can do this by distracting mankind and convincing the so-called “learned and high-minded” that God’s Word cannot be preserved, he will have won. If he can deceive and convince people that the Bible today is nothing but man’s words, then he has managed to distract the populace from seeking salvation. Why do you think it’s such a big controversy in the world? Even amongst Christians there is division on this topic! What a victory for Satan! He has Christendom arguing and fighting amongst themselves and thus providing the world with the worse possible testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of desiring to seek salvation, the world mocks Christ because of this.

What I cannot understand is how can a Christian believe that God created the sun and the moon and He placed the stars in the heavens yet this same Christian cannot believe that God is powerful enough to preserve His Word? It just does not make sense! It is an oxymoron to me. This belief states that this Christian’s God is not powerful – therefore, He cannot move mountains – therefore, He cannot heal – therefore, He cannot save to the uttermost for all eternity! What a horrible testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ! Is it any wonder why there are so many different belief systems today, even amongst Christians? It’s not enough that the devil is winning by having over 100 differenent Bible “versions.” He has managed to cast doubt on God’s Word in the Christian’s mind. If this is where you are at, Satan has won in your life.

Paul exhorts the Corinthians to put off (cast down – throw aside) the computation and reasoning of God’s Word, and all things that set itself against the knowledge of God (God’s Word); and to place our thoughts under the control (captivity) and obedience of Christ. Hmmm, that’s pretty powerful stuff, isn’t it? This pretty much sums up all the cults and how they twist the Scriptures to support their doctrine. Paul states that they exalt themselves against the knowledge of God and they disobey what Christ has commanded through His Word. If the “religious organization” you belong to is not supported by God’s Word, you have embraced wrong teaching and accepted it as doctrine. It is as simple as that.

Before you go on to say that the “knowledge of God” does not mean His words through the Scriptures, let’s allow the Bible to define what the “knowledge of God” represents. (Pro 2:5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. The “fear of the Lord” allows one to find the knowledge of God, according to this Proverb. This same fear is said to be the fountain of life and will keep us from the snares of spiritual death. (Pro 14:27) The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. The fountain of life leads to living waters – the kind of waters that can only be found through Jesus Christ and the Scriptures. (Joh 7:38 ) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. It stands to reason that the Word of God is the knowledge of God which leads one to salvation in Jesus Christ.

(Hos 4:1) Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.(Hos 6:6) For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.(Rom 11:33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

(1 Cor 15:34) Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

(Col 1:10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

(2 Pet 1:2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Jesus stated that those who had access to such great knowledge of salvation didn’t even accept it and also prevented others from being saved. (Luk 11:52) Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. So the knowledge of God is depicted through the salvation of Jesus Christ. The Word, the Holy Bible, records this knowledge and also records the way to obtain salvation through Christ. (1 Cor 12:8 ) For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; The Holy Spirit wrote the Scriptures and He gives wisdom and knowledge, as this verse states. The knowledge that God wished for us to have was penned in the Scriptures so that mankind could find salvation. (Eph 3:3) How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, (Eph 3:4) Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

Therefore, if the Word is the knowledge of God, then 2 Cor. 10:5 must be obeyed. We cannot put our own reasonings above it. No church can say that their leadership’s words and traditions supersede the Word of God. Paul warned the Colossians of the same thing:

(Col 2:1) For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; (Col 2:2) That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; (Col 2:3) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col 2:4) And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. (Col 2:5) For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. (Col 2:6) As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (Col 2:7) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Col 2:8 ) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

The Colossians were taught God’s Word and they were being exhorted to walk in His ways, rooted and built up in Him and established in their faith as Paul had taught them. Paul continues to exhort them by warning them that some man may spoil them through philosophy and vain deceit after the traditions of men – after the rudiments (the first teachings) of the world, and not after Christ.. Oh my goodness people, do you not see? Can you not comprehend? The Lord warns us that nothing – absolutely nothing can supersede God’s Words. If you think you are a Christian and you are reading this today, I pray that you will compare what you are being taught in your church with God’s Holy Word. Don’t allow traditions of men to be above God’s Word. Don’t allow an organized group of leaders in your church to determine what is to be practiced by your church if it is in conflict with the Word of God.

The same God who created the universe and all that is in it, is able to preserve His Word today so that you can seek His knowledge and find the path to salvation within the pages of the Holy Bible. Do not be deceived by Lucifer’s tactics – why do you think he is referred to as the “angel of light”? (2 Cor 11:13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. (2 Cor 11:14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. Not only is he an angel of light but his followers are trying to appear as apostles of Christ and ministers of righteousness! The devil has wanted the throne of Jesus since the beginning and he will do what it takes to get it. He is so full of pride that he cannot even see that his time is short and he will be cast into the lake of fire.

My friend, the devil seeks to take away God’s Word from the face of this earth. He does not want anyone to be saved. (Mar 4:15) And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. This is the devil’s job – to take away the Word of God and devour you so you can go with him to the pits of hell. (1 Pet 5:8 ) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Believe me, any church who adds to or takes away from the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Words (the Holy Bible), will blow hell’s gates wide open and meet the father of lies there. There are too many Scriptures which speak against the traditions of men and the burdens they place upon man.

(Mat 23:13) But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Mat 23:14) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. (Mat 23:15) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Mat 23:23) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Mat 23:24) Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. (Mat 23:25) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. (Mat 23:26) Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. (Mat 23:27) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. (Mat 23:28 ) Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Mat 23:29) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, (Mat 23:33) Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? (Mat 23:38 ) Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Being a former roman catholic, these verses spoke volumes to me! I was so deceived – I trusted my priest to teach me God’s Word but all I got were dry bones. After salvation, I discovered the waters of life that Christ spoke about in His Word. The Bible has the knowledge of God contained within its pages and it led me to Him! Praise the Lord!

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