And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. (Matt. 14:26 KJV) God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). To know Him is God’s prima facie agenda when He reveals Himself and interacts with Man; we must gain this important point and notice. Since the fall of Man occasioned by Man’s disobedience to the ordinance of God back in Eden, the carnal or fallen nature of Man has been a great hindrance and limitation to the knowledge and comprehension of God. As was back in Eden, the carnal nature retracts from the entreaties of God to having a relation or interaction with God. Bible says, “they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the [d]presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:8-10 AMP). Notice, Man hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence of the Lord God. This is the crux and root of Man’s isolation from the knowledge of God. The carnal nature always shrinks or hides from the presence of God. It is for knowing God that Jesus came to redeem and restore Man. The Bible says, “no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matt. 11:27 KJV). Man’s fallen nature is so absurd and estranged from the knowledge of God; the Bible says, “no man knoweth…” The natural Man is always terrified at every instance of God’s bid to reach him. First in Eden, Man hid himself, also as Jesus was walking on the water approaching His disciples; “they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear”. In Man’s natural or carnal state, Man cannot interact with God nor comprehend God. This is the important basis for being born of the Spirit. God is a Spirit. For Man to interact with God; Man must share the nature that makes God comprehensible; being and walking in the Spirit. The Bible says, “But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]” (1 Cor. 2:14 AMP). When one is born of the Spirit, it becomes tolerable and possible to know and understand God, to aptly comprehend the revelation of God and grow into His Nature. You must be born of the Spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, carnal and natural but that which is born of God is of God being of The Spirit as God. Please, be born again.
Praise Ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1 KJV To Praise the Lord, is a command and not a chorus. It is a commendation to perform an act not necessarily an exclamatory remark. It is important that we learn and practice the act and art of Praising the Lord. To Praise is to speak well of someone or something. It is the ascription of worth or value; an appreciation for well-meaning and endearment to someone or something. Praise is Price or value. In this light, it is pertinent to note and understand that God also has items or virtues He Praises, values or appreciates. God speaks well of certain people and “praises” them. About the Praise by God, the Bible says “So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God., “(1 Cor. 4:5 AMP) Notice, “each one’s praise will come from God”, God praises, values or speaks well of the “the motives of the hearts” when they are pleasing and right in His sight. He Praises everyone with a good and right content of the heart. At some occasion, God praised and spoke well of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Bible recorded, “behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5 KJV). We see here, our God spoke well (praised) of whom He values and loves – His beloved Son. Beloved, we must also eulogize, extol, exalt, laud and glorify our appreciation of God. We praise God when we think and speak well of God. Singing choruses is not all that Praising God entails; it is only an expression of our praise, value and admiration of God. We also praise God when we speak well of His virtues and values. The Psalmist puts it thus; “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly; Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness], As You know, O Lord. I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:8-10 AMP). This was the prophetic testimony of Jesus Christ about God, notice this was not a chorus or song, it was a proclamation of God’s virtues and values. Let us go beyond singing Praise choruses (only) as the extent of Praising God; sure, sing Praises is laudable and admirable; we must do it. But singing choruses in earnest is a product of our value and appreciation of God. We will not be able to sing choruses should we not ahead of that, value the Lord in our hearts. Speak of His virtues and ponder always on His goodness. Let us “Praise the Lord at all times” (Psalm 34:1) and all ways…Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Grace and peace bemultiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (2Peter 1:2 KJV)
The knowledge of God is both key and keen to Man’s wellness
and goodness. God desires it and Man needs it. The knowledge of God is the
prima delight of God in Man. God wants us to know Him personally and
About making any boast, the Bible does not approve any
vagarious boasting except in the knowledge of God. The Bible says; “Thus says the Lord, “Let not the one who is
wise and skillful boast in his insight; let not the one who is mighty and
powerful boast in his strength; let not the one who is rich boast in his
[temporal satisfactions and earthly]
abundance; but let the one who boasts
boast in this, that he understands and knows Me [and acknowledges Me and honors
Me as God and recognizes without any doubt], that I am the Lord who practices
lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I
delight,” says the Lord.” (Jer. 9:23-24 AMP). Notice, God delights in that
we understand and know Him.
For too long, Man has neglected the pursuit of God and
relegated the quest for the knowledge of the Holy One. This vestige and trend
has implicated Man’s real growth in truth and purity. Man has advanced in
despicable and destructive knowledge to his detriment. Man knows everything but
God whereas The Knowledge of the Holy One
is understanding. (Prov. 9.10 KJV).
Beloved, we must invest and pursue the knowledge of God. It
is the most precious and rewarding pursuit anyone may have one the Earth. Paul
the Apostle said something of note about this pursuit when he wrote, “But whatever former things were gains to me
[as I thought then]
, these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I
have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ
[and the purpose which He has given my life]
. But more than that, I count
everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly
acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and
I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:7-8 AMP). Note,
the knowledge of God has a priceless privilege and supreme advantage. It is a
vantage joy to know God; a virtue with strategic advantage.
Talking about the strategic advantage of knowing God, the
Bible recorded the classic account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; three
Hebrew men who demonstrated uncanny and uncommon boast in the knowledge of God
at the face of extreme cruelty and fiery fatality; they asserted, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O
king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy
gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17:18
KJV). They well settled and assured in their knowledge of God that no
threat could terrify them; the king eventually would testified “…there is no other God that can deliver
after this sort.” (Daniel 3:29 KJV) and
the three Hebrew men were promoted.
Beloved, the knowledge of God will both save and promote
anyone who would hunger and thirst for the Holy One. Please, seek to know the
Lord; it shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones. Go for God.