Knowledge Is Power for an Abundant Life
When You Put Your Knowledge Into Practice You Begin To Understand It
Perish Is Internal And Destruction Is External.
In Daniel chapter 12:4 it says but "Thou O Daniel shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end for many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased". Now this is a truth. It’s Bible and it’s a prophetic word. There’s never been a time when we can see that more true than now where knowledge and information doubles, it doubled like every three thousand years, then it got to doubling every 150 years, and then now it doubles about every 15 minutes, and it’s constantly increasing. Knowledge is increasing just as he said.
Knowledge shall be increased. In Hosea chapter 4 verse 6. This is a verse that is often misquoted and usually people confuse this verse with the verse from Proverbs about vision. I hear them twist these two up all the time, whenever they’re quoting it. The verse actually says my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. That’s where they stop. That’s not the end of the verse and you always get into trouble when you read half a verse. You got to get the whole truth. What people will say is they’ll twist it around.
They’ll say well you know people perish for a lack of knowledge. People do not perish for a lack of knowledge. People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. They perish for a lack of vision and what that means is this. Perish is internal, destruction is external.You’re destroyed for a lack of knowledge from the outside. You perish from a lack of vision from the inside. You understand, a lack of vision causes you to run out of gas, you don’t have vision, you won’t keep going. You’ll go off somewhere else. You don’t know where you’re going. You’ll end up somewhere else.
He says here my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge, but now let’s even go on further and see what he’s actually saying is. He says because you have rejected knowledge. So now we know that it wasn’t a lack of knowledge. In the sense, the knowledge was available. It was the fact that they rejected the knowledge and because they rejected the knowledge they were destroyed. That means they didn’t have it when they needed it.
Now the way this works is really simple. This is something that God has really been impressing on me lately. The Bible is very clear that the thief comes immediately to steal the word that is sown in your heart. It doesn’t say he waits 10 years. It says he comes immediately, as soon as you hear something he’s gonna try to get you to forget it. He’s gonna try to get you to kick it out. Reject it do-over. This is the way it works. God gives you information before you need it. Whatever you’re hearing today you’re gonna need tomorrow. God knows you’re gonna need it tomorrow. He’s gonna make sure you get it today before at least a day before amen.
He wants to make sure that you have what you need to win every battle in your life. He makes sure you get the information now. The devil comes immediately to try to steal it because he wants to kill, steal and destroy. He knows that if you have the knowledge to beat him he can’t steal, kill and destroy out of your life. If you read in mark chapter 4 where it talks about the parable of the sower. He said the reason this happened is that they didn’t understand what they had heard.
God Gives You Knowledge That Will Help You With Your Coming Trials
The key to the knowledge is not just hearing information. It’s understanding it, which means knowing how to put it into practice. So people are destroyed okay. Let me give you the scenario. God gives you knowledge that will help you with your coming trials. People hear it but, if they don’t understand it and put it into practice, the enemy comes immediately and to try to steal it. If you don’t understand it he can steal it because to you it’s still fuzzy and the way you don’t understand it is because you don’t put it into practice.
When you put it into practice you begin to understand it. Once you’ve put it into practice and understand it the devil can’t steal it. So now you have information and you’re not destroyed for the lack of information. Because you have rejected knowledge, notice what he says because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you.
He’s not saying I’m not having anything to do with you. He is saying because you have rejected the knowledge that I gave you I’m not gonna be able to work in your life. Why because this is how he works in your life. He works through his word, by his spirit in your life through the knowledge. I could show you this. Many times we’ve been talking about it. Lately as a matter of fact that the way all these things start to come to pass in your life is through the knowledge of him that called you into virtue and Glory.
So it is by the knowledge of him that you grow in these things now notice here says yeah I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to me. That you have forgotten the law of your God. I will also forget your children. Again if you go into the Hebrew and you can check this out but there is an application where there is generally called permissive or causative. The permissive means God is saying I will let this happen whereas the causative says I will do this to you.
Most the time when it says this will happen that will happen. It has to do with God saying I will permit it not. I will cause it and that’s what people don’t understand. They think something happens. God’s causing it. All he’s saying is I’m permitting it, because I can’t stop it, because it’s up to you to stop it, because the earth was given to man. That’s psalm 115 verse 16. So now notice what he says. When people twist this verse up and they’ll say my people are destroyed for lack of vision or they’ll say you know where there is no vision that people are destroyed. No get it right.
If you don’t have knowledge then you will be destroyed. But now notice this. It’s not because you didn’t know, it’s because you had the opportunity to know and you chose not to. So again it’s not God’s fault he was trying to get it to you ahead of time because he tries to show you things to come so that you’ll be ready for whatever comes. Instead of the devil attacking you it should be an ambush on the devil. Instead of him attacking you, you ought to be waiting for him by the Holy Spirit and you can say okay, last week I heard about healing so what does that mean. That means the devil is probably gonna try to make me sick this week. Because he’s trying to steal that word out of my heart.
Therefore I will double up on the fact that, I say by His stripes I’m healed. By His stripes I live sickness free. And you start doubling up on that. Because you know it’s coming around the corner. Why because God gives you what you need beforehand amen.
If You Know God You’ll Find Out He’s The Most Predictable Individual You’ll Ever Meet.
Whatever you hear today the devil is going to try to steal it. That means that he knows and the way he tries to steal it is he tries to do the opposite of whatever it is you heard. By studying this new man you can bet that probably everybody that it has ever known you from the past, you run across them somewhere and they’re gonna try to tell you who you used to be.
And honestly you may even find them in your church. Then may still be trouble you, yeah we’re just a worm in the dust. You know nobody knows what God’s gonna do. And he’s probably doing this to try to teach others. You need to kick all that. You don’t have to believe it. Persecution comes for the word’s sake. You don’t have to have faith for persecution. It’ll come, it’ll find you. Especially if you live as per the knowledge given to you just know that it is coming.
You can be ready without believing for it. You don’t want to believe for it because you don’t want any extra persecution. You won’t. Have plenty enough, all about itself so just be ready for it.
Hosea chapter 6 verse 6 he says for I desired mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. What does he tell you. I want you to have mercy and I want you to know me. And know about me more than sacrifices and burnt offerings and these rituals that you do. He said I want you to know me. I want you to know how I think and work. I don’t want to be a surprise to you. And I don’t want you telling people that I’m mysterious. That’s where everyone says well you know God’s ways are mysterious, his ways are above our ways. Well that was true to them because they were not born again. That’s not true to you. You’re born again you have his spirit you know him.
People’s ways are only mysterious if you don’t know him. If you know God you’ll find out he’s the most predictable individual you’ll ever meet. He’s already told you everything that’s all gonna work out. What he’s gonna do and how he’s gonna do it. He’s already told you all that so if you don’t know it’s not because he hadn’t told us. It is because there’s knowledge but you have not yet received it amen.
The Weapons Of Our Warfare Are Not Carnal But Mighty Through God To The Pulling Down Of Strongholds.
So notice what he says in Habakkuk 2 verse 13 behold is it not of the Lord of Hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. He said guess what it’s coming. The earth is gonna be filled with this. Right now he says in 2nd Corinthians chapter 8 verse 7 therefore as you abound in everything in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all diligence.
You hear that we’re supposed to abound in faith, utterance, knowledge and all diligence and in your love to us. See that you abound in this grace. I’m just kind of giving you some basics here and we’re going to move into more functional application.
You would think second Corinthians chapter 10 verse three says for though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh. Now look verse four for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal not of the flesh. But mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Now notice what these weapons are for.
I say again we’ve been talking in our church here locally I told them last Sunday that we’re going to be going I mean into the Bible. And we’re gonna do away with all of these ideas and concepts and stuff that has been built up. It is even a deeper layer of sacred cows.
Sacred cows are just like a surface layer. Then below these sacred cows now you start moving into strongholds. And the strongholds will taint how you see things. The sacred cows, those are just things that kind of keep you off balance.
Keep you from walking the fullness of God. You need to get rid of them to walk in fullness but they’re not near as bad. Actually they’re a part of strongholds but they’re on the outer. Though they’re like the outer wall of a stronghold and they’re fairly easily killed when you just see knowledge. You see the truth and you go, oh that’s the truth and that’s okay then yeah I’ll take truth pretty easy.
We go through and kill a bunch of sacred cows and it’s pretty easy to do. Now but in here we’re gonna start dealing more with strongholds and that’s where the real problem is. And the the thing is we talk about our weapons. People, will you know the list of weapons they will give you. I don’t know where they find it. Because it’s not in the Bible but they come up with all these different things and we need to realize that all of our weapons, number one they are not carnal, which knocks out half of what you hear in church. Because it has to do with the flesh. It has to do with your talent your gift.
You know what you’re good at things like that. But we need to realize here that he said our weapons are not carnal not of the flesh but mighty through God. So that means that we are dealing with God’s tools. His weapons that are mighty. So when people say well, you know I’m going to try to this. You have to realize, your weapons work. They don’t fail. They are Gods weapons so when we look at these weapons notice the purpose of these weapons. These weapons are not to deal with demons right these weapons are not to deal with this problem or that problem. Here he tells us real carefully or real clearly he says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.