3/21/13

Tea + Truth: Knowledge of the Word


Tea of the day: Tae Kwan Yin Oolong via Davids Tea. I love watching the deep green leaves unfurl back into their full size. I've been reminded this week of how much more subtle the caffeine in tea is versus that in coffee. It's more energizing in a way that's less jolty.

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"Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:2-9


Meditating on these verses during my quiet time today. I feel like lately I've had the tendency to over emphasize the leading of the Spirit in my life while under emphasizing the knowledge of the Word. Yes, the Spirit plays an important role in our walk, but knowing the Word is just as vital. We have to know the promises that we've been given and the unshakable truths that define who we are in order to combat the lies of the enemy. How will we know a lie from the truth if we aren't well versed in the Word?

An applicable example of this in my life is my view on suffering and uncertainty. When I feel discouraged or alone, the enemy would love to convince me that God has left me to face the world by myself and that he has no plan for my life. But the Word has something different to say. It says that the Lord will never leave me (Ps. 9:10, 94:14).  It says that He made me intentionally and for a purpose; that He goes before and behind me (Ps 139). It reminds me that God is always good and works everything for my good (Romans 8). He will even use the suffering and frustration in this life to make me stronger, more mature, and whole (James 1:2-4). There is absolutely nothing that can separate me from Christ. Not a single thing. And God, who gave his only Son to get me to a place of reconciliation with Him, wants to not only give me this reconciliation and new life but also every good thing (Romans 8) because He loves me that much! And this is just scratching the surface.

In light of even this small handful of truths, the enemy's lies fall flat. He doesn't have the power to condemn me (Romans 8:33-34) and, with this knowledge, I can remind myself of who I am in relation to God: His child, dearly loved and unforgotten.

Worship love: Take Back- Will Reagan & United Pursuit
"For how could He who did not spare His own Son not freely give us victory against the darkest of night..."

Steph

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this reminder Steph! It's so true -- often we cannot trust our feelings (which we often misinterpret as the Spirit's leading) but we can always trust the Word of God.

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  2. Really beautiful post! I love that you talked about the Spirit's leading along with His word. It's Grace and Truth! You can't have one without the other or we lose effectiveness in our walk. His word pierces darkness and separates light from dark, but His grace holds us in His arms and reminds us of His love. Amazing!!

    Brooke

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