Friday, August 28, 2015

True Knowledge

Titus 2: 11-14
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say, “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright and Godly lives in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

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Reinhard Bonnke, in his book Faith, The Link With God’s Power, says “True knowledge of the Lord transmutes into devotion and worship”

Jesus is the grace of God.   He teaches us to say no and to live Godly lives, while we wait for him to come back.

When this becomes clear to us, this, “true knowledge”;  when we “get it”; when we have that “ah ha!” moment, then our lives, automatically become lives of devotion and worship.

Bonnke also says, “We often pray, ‘Lord, glorify your holy name.’… but the phrase actually means ‘confirm your name.’ Prove what you are.”

When we are sincere in this prayer, we need to hold onto our hats, because God will confirm who he is and we will adore him and dedicate our lives to pleasing him.  When he sees our hearts so open to his will, eager to do whatever he asks, the knowledge of his love and pleasure at our obedience will nearly blow us away!

And that’s the never ending cycle of love; he is pleased with us and pours out his blessings.  We recognize these blessings as confirmation of his goodness and want to thank him by serving him faithfully.  And he is pleased and pours out more blessings and we want to please him because he is so good!  And it just goes on and on.

That’s what “from glory to glory” means; an ever upward cycle of blessing and devotion.

But we don’t devote ourselves to him because of the blessings, but because the blessings reveal how wonderful and loving he is.  How could you not want to devote yourself to a God like that??


Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Ok, Lord. Confirm Your Name.

Stephanie said...

Your posts are always so encouraging, dear Judy. Such true words! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet self with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!