The Lack of Knowledge Could Kill You
By: Rick L. King
March 19, 2012
Ho 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Knowledge of things is a real key in life. The scripture above states that people are destroyed because of the lack of knowledge. There are so many things that we need knowledge of. The word knowledge means: to know, perception, skill, discernment, understanding, and wisdom.
I must think back from years ago when I met the Lord and was saved. I knew that there must be a God or something. I didnít really think it about it much but figured that there was something anyway. It was not until my life and dreams all fell apart and realized I had no control of my destiny that I ended up gaining some knowledge the hard way. I was suicidal as I could find no reason to live. My wife divorced me and that was too much for me to handle. I had wrapped my life in a mate and with her gone it was if my arm had been removed. I had no job, money, home, wife, nor any reason to live I thought. It wasnít until I went to a friendís house that had once tried to tell me about God that things would change for me. They asked me to pray a prayer, which I really thought was a useless waste of time but I had nothing to lose and this point. I prayed a very simple prayer and asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me as I had no life to live. To my surprise he did save me. He took what seemed a thousand pounds off of my shoulders. I felt like I was free inside for the first time in my life. I gained a new life that day. This was something that I had no knowledge that even existed. Here all the time was a way to have life, but my lack of knowledge prevented me prior to that day from receiving what I truly needed. Had I not gained this knowledge, I would have perished as the scripture above had stated.
Often we have what we need and just do not know it. A little analogy might be that you need money. You live in this house with many rooms and closets. There is this one closet that you never get in to. It has stuff just jammed in there out of the way and view. Yet in the middle of the mess is a box. You donít even know that it is there. Just because you donít know about it does not mean that it is not there. It is not until you find it or gain the knowledge of it being there that it comes to the forefront. The box contains several $100.00 bills. There is enough to take care of the financial needs that you are faced with at the moment.
So much of life is like that little analogy. We have many things available to us but because we have no knowledge of them they donít exist in our minds. My being saved was that way. I did not know that this could happen so I rejected any idea of this being real. Of course my pride would not let me admit that I needed to know that. Often our pride gets in our way and makes us our own worst enemy. I have learned to keep my mind open for new things or possibilities.
I am writing this as there are many that reject God through a lack of knowledge. If people could just understand that there is a God, that he sent his Son to earth to die for our sins, and that he offers to us life eternal, then many would get saved. The scripture says:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The god of this world is satan. He has put blinders on peopleís eyes so that cannot see the truth of the real gospel of Jesus. There are many that may have even gotten saved but still are blinded by the enemy. God has much for us but because of the blinders of religion, traditions, and pride, we never enter into what he really desires for us.
Isa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORDíS servant?
Just because we are Godís servant does not mean that we are not blind in areas. I recall a preacher that I knew years ago. I had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. He was determined that this was of the devil even though it is totally in scripture. He even went to a Full Gospel Menís convention to see about this. They always had people saved and healed so the fruit was right. He came back and told people that this was not of God and that if it was he would have received it himself as he had been a preacher for many years. If it were the Lord he would have it also. Oh the blinders. He was a Southern Baptist and they at least at that time did not accept the things of the Spirit. He was bound by religious tradition and teaching. At least he went to check it out but came away without. Jesus said that he could not do mighty works because of unbelief. If we go in bound to something we most likely will not receive. If it is in scripture, then it is truth and real.
After I was saved I went to many meetings. I once went where the Pastor had prayed for everyone and they were on the floor. I thought no way and that this cannot be of God (my lack of knowledge). The pastor even went down so I was the only one on my feet in the entire room. I was shaking my head thinking this has to be amiss. Little did I know what the Lord had in store for me. I then went to a Womenís Aglow meeting with the lady that had led me to the Lord. I was standing during worship with my arms raised and my legs turned to rubber. I was holding on to the back of a chair to keep from falling over. I asked a person there what was going on. I was told to go forward for prayer. I thought well I need help so why not. I went up and this lady asked me if I knew certain scriptures. I didnít as I was the new kid on the block as I had just been saved a short time. Finally she just decided to pray for me. She anointed my head with oil and that was the last thing I remembered. I woke up under a chair 20 minutes later feeling drunk. I tried to stand and when I finally did staggered all over the place. I went back up to the lady somehow and she said do you want some more? I said no way as I canít handle what I have already. I did not believe in this. Yet, God chose to baptize me in the Holy Spirit anyway. Four hours later I was on the couch at home still under this power. All the sudden I just started speaking in tongues. I have not stopped since. I learned the hard way that just because I did not know about something did not mean that it did not exist. I have learned that if it is God, I want it. His ways give peace like you can never know. When I was staggering I had a peace beyond words.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
I was trying to understand by my flesh. God says that I cannot understand that way as his ways are spiritually discerned. I have learned that the more I yield to the things of the Holy Spirit that more knowledge of him and revelation concerning many things will come.
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Imaginations are thoughts. Thoughts can become strongholds in our minds where nothing can get past them. If we can get rid of them then we can tap into Godís knowledge as he will share things with us. The scripture above uses the words ďagainst the knowledge of GodĒ. Many have looked at this and assumed that it meant knowledge about him. It actually means having his knowledge. If my mind is clear from my own thoughts, then it is open to his. We are told to:
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus
We must chose or ďletĒ his mind be in us. It is a choice. If we can get to that point in our walk with the Lord then new possibilities always exist. Once we are out of the way and are living so that he can use us however he chooses, then this is where the fun of serving Jesus comes in. There is rarely a dull moment with Him. He will constantly blow our mind with the things that he does and will do. This only happens as we are open to new knowledge. Jesus came to give us life. Life comes through new knowledge. If we stay closed minded we will miss so much of what God has for us. I would encourage all that read this to consider God in new ways. Consider that if is in his Word that it can and will happen to you. Doní box the Lord in. Let his mind be in that you can walk by His Spirit and see miracles take place for you and through you. You will never regret that decision.