Do I know, What I know, Correctly?
This has been a very valuable week of emotions for me. This week was my regular route for Meals on Wheels, and did I ever enjoy seeing the seniors. I listen a lot while they talk but I always manage to leave those that I meet smiling. Pat and I were treated to the movie “Unplanned” with my youngest son and granddaughter Charlie and Emily Loftin. Great time! We totally enjoyed our time with family and the movie was as inspirational as they come, the message it carries is a strong dose of truth. We also enjoyed a marvelous time of fellowship along with a delicious breakfast courtesy of Foothills House of Hope in Hickory, N.C., thanks to the Niewulis family for their love.
God has had me all over the bible these past few weeks and I have received a lot of enlightenment and revelation. However, with all this learning comes a little fear along with doubt. Especially when I am sharing my discoveries through this blog! How do I know, that what I know, is known correctly? Have I received and delivered exactly what God has opened to me or have I corrupted His pure spiritual wisdom with my earthly interpretation, through a biased understanding? Quite a quandary for me!
As I prayed, researched and questioned my true take on this dilemma, I felt Jesus interjecting this verse into my soul. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT), 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. God took me back to the test that I spoke of in the 3-17-19 blog; When “I think” I’m hearing from God, I first ask myself, is this for me (self-seeking) or to forward God’s kingdom, then I examine my heart for purity of motive (only God’s agenda can be involved)! Then I turn to the scriptures, to confirm that this is God (“you’ll know,”) and finally I will seek wise counsel from my spiritual brothers and sisters with more spiritual maturity than I. I use each one of these steps until I feel a peace in my heart about what God is saying to me.
I can see where God is teaching me to better discern the works and deceit of Satan and equipping me to better prepare for his attacks. For as it is written in, 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NLT), But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. Which means, Satan is always ready with a half-truth, whole lie and whatever it takes to cause doubt to interfere with my belief in Jesus. It is important for all of us to know and accept that we are physically part of this world and therefore lean our yearnings toward the sin in this world. And that’s where the scary troubles the heart and blinds the mind!
I am going over this for one simple reason, to point out the not so obvious. Satan has planted a bug of complacency in the majority of us. This tactic blinds us to the need to continually seek out God’s truth! Each of us should be asking ourselves every morning, how sure are we that what we believe is actually what God desires for us to believe? Just how biblical is our beliefs or is most of it something we were taught, and we simply accepted it as God’s truth? I confess, during my walk with Jesus, I have had my world rocked, having what I believed to be biblical truth exposed as wives tales and some of my beliefs were no more than cute little Sunday school stories. Ergo my question to self, do I know, that what I know, is known correctly? The bible tells us in Ephesians 1:17 (NLT), 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. I have learned to pray this often and receive comfort in doing so, however there is a point made here that is easy to miss. This verse reads in part that you might grow in your knowledge of God! I sometime get so busy chasing details that I temporarily forget, it’s all about God!
The truth which we should be seeking toward our knowledge of God is found in, 1 John 5:20 (NLT), 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. The key to a knowledgeable life of understanding God and following His ways is to be in constant fellowship with Him. He will teach us to discern the answer to, how do I know, that what I know, is known correctly in God’s truth.
I’ll close with this biblical prayer for those that read this article, Colossians 1:9-11 (NLT), 9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. 11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy.
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
COMMENTS / ENCOURAGEMENT WELCOMED; 03/31/2019