Proverbs 22 8-22-19

Another word for faithfulness is dependability. How dependable are you in your relationship with the LORD?

(12) They eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

In most of our lives, the biggest fight is in our mind. We are not, for the most part–and it might change in the near future–ridiculed or persecuted for our faith. Yet, most of us still struggle in some area of our lives. We fight to keep from getting sucked back into old habits and routines, old friendships and patterns–and often losing. What is it that would help us the most in our Christian faith?

KNOWLEDGE

There are two kinds of knowledge: Head knowledge and heart knowledge. Head knowledge is what we learn and lock into our brains. Heart knowledge is what we experience and lock into our hearts. Both are advantageous and necessary, and one needs the other.

What we need to know:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Our knowledge of God must increase daily in two ways:

  1. We must find out all we can about Him and His Plan for us as individuals and for the world in general. This knowledge is our head knowledge. What we believe, based upon the truths that we learn, is the foundation of our faith. We act on what we know to be true.
  2. We must interact with God constantly. We talk about “a daily walk” when we actually mean “a constant walk.” Our relationship is continuous. God designed it to be literal when He said that He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Our experiential knowledge of Him confirms in our hearts what we know in our heads.

Let’s look at another passage of Scripture which has to do with war from the perspective of knowledge:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day [time] of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18

  1. We are strong in His power and not our own.
  2. We need spiritual protection from Satan.
  3. The devil’s schemes are to trick us into following him. Remember your allegiance is to Christ!
  4. There may not be a demon behind every bush, but the IS one behind every thought that perverts, distorts, undermines, obstructs, and downright opposes godliness (thinking and acting like God). Now that you know this in your head, will you move it to your heart by acting on it?
  5. As Christians, we are headed the wrong way according to the world, which includes the majority of people in America–and where you live! Not only that, but people who either don’t know the LORD or are against Him do not fight fairly; they have no conscience to battle. We must train ourselves to fight as the LORD would have us fight rather than revert or resort to fighting like the world does.
  6. Patience means, “last man standing.” We simply outlast our opponent. How? By the power of the Holy Spirit based upon our knowledge of His Word and what we have put into practice.
  7. Truth holds our pants up and our weapons on. The truth of God’s Word is vital.
  8. God’s righteousness protects our heart. We ARE righteous in His sight. Never forget that. Satan would have you doubt it constantly. Determine NOW that you are God’s child and are made righteous through the shed blood of Jesus Christ!
  9. We must know the Gospel backwards and forwards. What I mean is that we need to know HOW a person is saved and WHY a person needs to be saved according to ALL of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. We need to know the WHOLE story, which is why we study the Bible everyday. It’s too big to grasp in one setting or in snatches. We must be diligent and organized in our approach to His Word. It’s that important.
  10. Do you believe what you read? Satan would have you doubt everything. Our faith is based upon our walk, our experience, our interaction with Christ through His Spirit. Do you know that you know that you know? How? Through your walk with Christ daily/constantly, experiencing Him and putting into practice all we know.
  11. The helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit are connected by the Word of God. We commit to memory the Word which we use as our offensive weapon against Satan and the powers of this dark world. What we know in our heads concerning the Word and our relationship with God determines how sharp our blade is and if we actually draw it out and use it.
  12. Prayer is the key. It’s our connection to God, because of Jesus, through His Spirit within us. If we read His Word and submit to what it says, He will explain it to us. Sometimes, He speaks straight to our hearts; other times, He reveals truths to us through circumstances; many times, it’s through others that He makes His truths known to us. All the time, though, we stay connected to the VINE, His Spirit.

I preach to myself today. I KNOW these truths in my head; I struggle to know them in my heart, so I read them, rehearse them, and put them to the test everyday. He is ALWAYS faithful and His words are TRUE. I’m depending on that. You should, too.

Abba, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen. (based upon Psalm 19:14)

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