Friday, November 11, 2016

"Following Whose Knowledge?"

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children". Hosea 4:6
Without knowledge we can be destroyed.  For example, if you are driving down the road and you don't know the bridge is out, you could be destroyed/killed.  But the knowledge the verse is talking about isn't just any knowledge it is the knowledge of truth.  A lot of people have knowledge but their knowledge is rooted in falsehood and untruth. 
The knowledge this verse is referring to is truth according to the Lord.  If you don't know the truth according to God's Word you will be destroyed because you will spend your life in opposition to Him.  If you don't know what God desires concerning situations, circumstances or issues then you will wind up destroyed because you aren't following Him.  You will be living your life after your own flawed knowledge, after your emotions, after intellect, after philosophy, after your own opinions and the opinions of others, after the customs of the day and based on false reasoning.  Therefore, you will be like Saul, "kicking against the pricks" (opposing God).   
If you don't have knowledge based on His Word you will be destroyed because you will wind up like those in Matthew chapter seven who thought it was well with their souls based on their good works.  God's Word says that His requirement for access into eternal life is to be born-again.  Good works don't save you, faith in Jesus Christ does.  The Bible teaches us that God is seeking a relationship with us not a religious formality.  Many will say to Him then, and are saying to Him now, that they are His followers but they aren't because they have rejected His truth and leaned to their own understanding and knowledge.  
We must know the truth, that is what sets us free.  We must know the truth according to God's Word not according to any other resource.  We must know the truth, we can't assume we do there is too much at stake.  It is a matter of life and death.  It is the difference between being destroyed and being saved.  
Have a great day.  If you don't know the truth, according to God, you will be destroyed.  Your knowledge won't save you, following His will.   
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