“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you the spirit of wisdom and revela=on in the knowledge of Him.” – Ephesians Ephesians 1:17
TO KNOW INTIMATELY
There is a kind of knowledge that one can gain through study and experience. However, there is another kind of knowledge that comes directly from God which we refer to as “revelation knowledge”. An example of which is found in Matthew 16:17 when Simon declared that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. To wit, the Lord said that flesh and blood did not reveal it to him
but such knowledge was revealed to the disciple but the Father Himself.
We thank God for the abundance of biblical teachings we have received. However, unless such precious truths become a revelation to us, they remain as information or head knowledge. May such truths be revealed in our spirits that lead to transformation.
Paul’s fervent prayer was not to be the famous preacher of all rather that he may know Jesus Christ in the power of His resurrection and in the fellowship of His suffering (Philippians 3:10). The word “know” in the original Greek is “Ginosko” which means “To know by experience; to know intimately.” The apostle was not satisfied with correct theology rather his longing was to have a personal encounter with the Lord and be intimate with Him. It is my prayer that all of us experience the reality of Christ on a daily basis.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” – Genesis 1:1-13
DEEP CALLS UNTO DEEP
Who would have thought that 15 months after the first Covid19 case in Germany, we would still find ourselves in a state of lockdown? The whole nation has gone through a wild ride of ups and downs (mostly downs) where regulations and policies rhythmically change. With the increase of the different variants and staggering number of cases, a cloud of fear, depression and resignation has darkened the souls of many. On the other hand, a rebellious spirit has been sowing seeds of lawlessness and anarchy causing chaos.
The first verses of the Bible ought to give us hope as the Creation story reveal a powerful parallelism. Just as the earth in the beginning was without form and void, covered in darkness, the present global community finds itself in chaos and plunged into pandemic darkness. It was in that state that the Holy Spirit moved and God spoke. Let us take heart knowing that no chaos nor darkness can stop the Holy Spirit from moving. Moreover, the atmosphere is ripe to receive the Word of God and behold His marvellous light as He creates something new in our lives.
Jesus is Lord!
“…You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not
here. See the place where they laid Him…”. – Mark 16:6
JESUS IS ALIVE! Hallelujah!
The disciples witnessed the gruesome death of the Master and they were devastated, depressed, fearful and hopeless. They were so overwhelmed by the negative emotions that they forgot what the Lord repeatedly told them, that He will rise again and meet them in Galilee.
Similarly, it is easy for us to forget the promises of God when we go through dark seasons and distressing circumstances. We should not allow ourselves to be paralysed by fear rather focus on the promise-keeping God. Indeed, we cannot find the living (eternal matters) among the dead (passing worldly things). Let the message of Resurrection Sunday cause us to shake off the dust of doubt and fear when adversity strikes. There is nothing impossible for our living God(Luke 18:27).
Death’s legal right over man is sin and Jesus paid it in full. There is nothing that the accuser can level against those who are in Christ Jesus. Eternal life is guaranteed to every child of God not because of man’s effort but because of God’s amazing grace.
Let the Resurrection message reverberate in our entire being and activate hope, strength and confidence in us as we face and overcome the present challenges knowing that God is much bigger than the totality of all the problems of this world.
The once in a century pandemic pales in comparison to the greatest event of all times, namely the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah! Jesus is risen!
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:4
Do you remember the excitement you felt when you were about to embark on a much delayed vacation; or the thrill of opening the package of your much awaited brand new gadget; or the heart pounding exhilaration you experienced driving your first car?
In comparison, do you have the same intense excitement and/or unspeakable joy when in comes to the things of God? In reality, eternal issues ought to elicit great delight in us. The Webster English dictionary defines the word DELIGHT as (1) a high degree of gratification or pleasure (2) joy > as in children squealing in delight (3) extreme satisfaction (4) something that gives great pleasure.
Let us delight in the Lord, in His Word, and most importantly, let us find great satisfaction in doing God’s will.