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May 2, 2014

Knowing God’s will is important

PRYOR, OK — Most students today recognize the benefits of getting a college education.  The importance of a college degree has led to the statement, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”  People are willing to spend thousands of dollars to get a good education, because they know it will pay off in the long run.  Although most of us are convinced of the importance of a good education, how many of us realize the importance of knowing God’s will?

It is obviously not possible to obey God without first knowing His will.  Jesus said in John 6:44-45, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.”  In order to learn from God, we must study His word, the Bible.

Solomon said in Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”  Knowledge, as used in the Bible, is knowledge of God’s will.  When one has reverence for God and respects Him as he should, he will search the Scriptures to learn what God’s will is.

God gives us numerous warnings not to believe everything we hear.  False teachers will deceive those who do not compare what is said with what the Bible says.  When Paul taught in Berea, the people received the word with all readiness, but they also searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).  They listened intently to Paul, but they double-checked what he said with the Scriptures.  It is important for us to do the same thing today.

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  The truth is God’s word (John 17:17).  Manmade doctrines will not free us from sin.

God said in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  In Paul’s day, he recognized that many who thought they were God’s chosen people were actually lost in sin (Romans 10:1-3).  They had a zeal for God, but it was not according to knowledge.  He said, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”

Sometimes, people believe they are Christians when they are not.  And when they falsely teach others what they believe to be true, it only causes more people to have false hopes.  We must love God’s word enough to study it and make sure all the things we are taught are true.  To be saved, it is extremely important to love the truth.  People often accept doctrines, which are not part of God’s word.  Believing something that is not true can cause eternal damnation.

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 warns, “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  Notice John’s warning in I John 4:1: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  

Make sure that what you believe is really God’s word.  Take the advice that Peter gives in 2 Peter 3:18: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever.  Amen.”

   

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