Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Open it, apply it!

You will never gain knowledge till you open the Bible itself! Yet without application and relationship you will never truly experience all God has to offer you! Read to not only learn, read to apply what you learn and come into a relationship that is intimate and not just knowledge alone! I know people who know a lot, yet they are not experiencing the fullness of God in their lives because their relationship is based on knowledge alone.

Grow in the knowledge of God to grow in your relationship with God. The Apostle Paul shared this about his former life. He was real smart and knew a lot about God, yet had no relationship with Him! It was not until He came into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ did he truly begin to learn and draw closer than ever to Him!

He was able to apply all he had learned about religion and bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus! A change that was so obvious people could not believe this was the same man whom they once feared! Paul, not only spoke on knowing the word, but living it also!

Philippians 3:5-8 (NIV)

5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV)

4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.