Growing in the Knowledge of God

10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Colossians 1:10

Each day we should be growing in the knowledge of God. That’s not exactly a stunning revelation.

Back when I was completing language school, the Commandant of the school gave the same tedious speech at each graduation. It got so we were quoting entire passages from his speech. Forty years have passed, but the words, “language is a perishable gift. Even after you leave the Air Force you must continue to use it lest you lose it.” We laughed then because we were on top of the world and full of a new language. Today, though, after using it perhaps once or twice a year in unique situations, those words have come back to haunt me. Yes, if I heard the language I would realize which language it was but it would be difficult to do anything but that.

The knowledge of God is very much like that.

You see, the older we get the more we forget. A lot of times it helps just telling others where you’ve learned about God. Often we have to write it down.

It’s fun being able to read something I wrote when I was a new Believer. I don’t remember writing it but sure enough, it was my handwriting so I must have been experiencing it at the time.

That’s not to see we should be growing leaps and bounds every day, but if we just add to our knowledge one simple thing, that’s quite enough.
Learn it.
Cherish it.
Give it away.
Repeat tomorrow.

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Praying for Wisdom in Others

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,

Here’s the theme of wisdom again. Paul’s prayer is that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Who in this life doesn’t want to know God’s will. We all do, and we fail miserably trying to find it.

Wisdom is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Most of the time you don’t know you’re using it until it is after the fact. Life is constantly throwing us curve balls. We don’t just need wisdom for this situation; we need it for all situations because they all come under different circumstances with different people who have different ideas about right and wrong.

So, it would be nice to get wisdom to know what to say and have it for the rest of our lives, but it doesn’t work like that. That’s where we have to become dependent on God. He tells us to ask for wisdom and He’ll give it freely. In this prayer, Paul is asking God to fill others with wisdom. That’s what unselfishness is all about.

If you want God to bless you, pray for wisdom in others. It’s something He’s told us to do and told us how to do it (just pray). In the book of James, James tells us God gives that wisdom to us freely. What are we waiting for?

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Abounding Love

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

Someone in your circle of influence needs this prayer right now. Perhaps they are doubting the love of God or their worth in this world. Maybe it’s even you.

Read this verse a few times and drink in its meaning.

Pray it over people.

Pray it over yourself.

These scriptural prayers are super powerful because they are so rich in meaning and insight. I can’t emphasize committing them to memory enough. They will serve you well in the days ahead.

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Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

If we were to consider this verse for a few minutes, it would blow us away. The second part of the verse seems like hyperbole, but it’s not.
God has blessed us.

What would those spiritual blessings be? Have you ever stopped to consider that?

  • Peace that passes understanding comes to mind. There’s a lot of turmoil in this world and the peace of God in chaotic situations is certainly a spiritual blessing.
  • Wisdom is also in short supply these days. God tells us all through Scripture to pray for wisdom. That’s certainly a spiritual blessing.
  • A happy, contented life is surely a spiritual blessing because I’ve seen many people who are always on edge and are hungry for power and fame.

If you thought about it for a while, you could add to this list. A quick definition would be whatever the world can’t give us or take away from us.

Yes, you and I are blessed in the heavenly realms before we even get to heaven. Imagine what it will be like when we actually get there.

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Once Again, He’s Got This

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

The concluding words to yesterday’s prayer is the subject of today’s devotional. Of course, if you haven’t memorized these two verses, make sure you’ve committed it to memory before the end of the day today.

Imagine praying these words when you go to God each day. Our prayers are obviously too small!

I don’t even know what it all means except that the God we serve is much bigger than all my problems and concerns. In fact, He’s much larger than the problems of the world combined.

It’s easy to fret and be concerned about the decline in church attendance, but God will ultimately get the glory. The church will continue through the generations despite what’s happening in the present. What will happen is anyone’s guess, but God’s not worried about it.

He’s got this. And the “this” is what He’ll do through us, if we let Him.

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