Thursday, December 20, 2012

Growing in your knowledge of God

 
Eph 1:15-18
 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
NLT
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Our relationship with God is organic; this means that we are expected to continue to grow in our knowledge of Him and His ways. The fact that you have a strong love for the things of God and a strong faith is not enough. God expects you to grow in the knowledge of Him. The more you know Him, the more you want to know. You cannot exhaustively know God. There’s always something new to learn every day.
The fact that you love and like a person very much doesn’t necessarily mean you know him enough to have a smooth relationship with him. So it is with our walk with God.
In our bible text, Paul, having heard of the strong faith and love of the Christians in Ephesus, still prayed for them constantly that God would give them spiritual wisdom and insight, without which they will not grow in the knowledge of God. We all need these two virtues in order that we may grow in the knowledge of God.
Wisdom helps us make good use of our time (“teach us to number our days (time), that we may apply our hearts to wisdom”. “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil”, see more) and insight helps us understand what the lord’s will and word is per time.
 One of the most effective ways you can know God is by studying His word in an atmosphere of prayer and praying in an atmosphere of the word. Be careful with the use of your time, do not waste it. Walk in the spirit that you may not gratify the lusts of the flesh (Gal 5:16). I said a few days back that when you walk in the spirit, it means you are conscious of the Holy Spirit’s presence in you; the spiritual aspect of your life becomes the most important. When you walk in the flesh, it means the most important aspect of your life is how your body feels; giving how your body fends more priority to how your spirit fends.
God’s plan for you is for you to live a life of greatness, He wants you to implement this plan in this three dimensional world by walking in the spirit.
Prayer: Thank you father for your word. May it bring fruits in my life today In Jesus name. Amen

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