APRIL 15 – 21, 2018
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.” (Isaiah 7:14-16 KJV)
I believe that there is something about God’s people that He is changing in our day; in this time of grace. And, I believe that thing is IGNORANCE! In Hosea 4:6, the Lord cited ignorance as the reason His people were perishing. He said that His people were ignorant of His ways. I wonder if this could have been what happened to Adam in the Garden of Eden. Was Adam also ignorant of the ways of God?
Sometime ago, I enquired of the Lord why Adam was able to sin. The first thing He said to me when He began answering me, was INFORMATION. Oh! All Adam knew was all he knew! Whether it was good or bad, he did not know; he had no knowledge of the difference between good and bad. Therefore, when a different information came to him, he went for it. God had said to him not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This new information was the world calling him to conform to its way of helping him, “tend his garden.” This way really appealed to him because as a living soul, his natural tendencies are to worldly things.
I believe that one of the biggest challenges of God’s people is not having proper knowledge of the world we live in. We are not taking the time to know and understand how we function on the earth as human beings, and so we are not well informed to make the right choices, the right decisions and the right judgement. “But we are not to eat of the fruit of this world!” You may be saying. Eating of the fruit of a tree is different from having knowledge of the tree. The text clearly communicates that by knowing the difference between good and evil, Jesus will know to choose the good and refuse the evil when He encountered them. This was proven in Matthew 4:4-11.
Knowing God is knowing His creation and how His creation functions. Those termed “God’s people” are not the only people created by God. Every man that enters into this world, the bible say’s has the light of God in them (John 1:9). Adam was not created a Christian, he was created a man, as we all are. From the text, I believe that in the studies of Jesus, He not only studied the Torah (scriptures), but also about the world around Him and how the world functioned. I believe Jesus learnt about how He functioned as a human being so that He could live successfully on the earth and complete the work He came to the earth to do. Maybe part of the reasons the Pharisees and some of the Jewish people couldn’t understand Him was that He was probably too human for them.
There are people who ignore the working of the grace of God in their lives because they do not understand how they function in this world, and the kind of relationship they are supposed to have with the world. Sometimes, the grace of God shows up to help us through other human beings, but because we are expecting an extraordinary manifestation of the grace, we refuse their help. You may have probably heard this very popular story (I don’t know if it is fiction or not), of someone who was drowning and cried out to God for help. Someone on a boat came along to help, but he wouldn’t accept the help because he was expecting a hand to come out of heaven and pull him to shore. Or maybe he was waiting for a whale to swallow him and spit him out on shore – that would be extraordinary! Anyway, he died!
Peter teaches in 2 Peter 3:18, that we should grow in grace. The grace of God, our designated power, helping us fulfill the purpose of God for our lives, requires us to be well informed to guide us and help us make the right choices, the right decisions and the right judgement. We need to be growing in grace for more and more of our potentials to be released, if we are going to complete the work we were created for. Notice that the grace is for the work? Grace does not pile up, it is always for a specific work. This means that if you are not growing in grace, then you are not completing your work from level to level. If you have spiritual knowledge without the proper understanding of how to function with it in this world, there’s no growth in grace.
Dear Reader, it is time for us to go for and acquire the knowledge of the world around us and how we function in it as human beings, for us to effectively and successfully fulfill the purpose of our existence. Our designated power is waiting to get some serious work done! The Holy Spirit is ready to teach you what you need to know, but you must be willing to know. So, focus on growing in grace by not only growing in spiritual strength but also growing in the understanding of the world around you and how you function in it as a human being on a mission that must be completed.
I pray that you will rise up and begin to understand the world around you and know how you function in it as a human being, and know how God wants you to function in it using the power of His kingdom. I pray that you will be filled with knowledge so that you know not to eat of the fruit of this world. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen! Have a knowledge full week!