Charisma ~ The Spiritual Gifts (Part 8)
The Equipping of Knowledge
Praise God for His knowledge! We need it in our lives in every occasion. The gift of the word of knowledge is to show the believer how to pray more effectively, to give protection, or to show how to help others. I read something recently I would love to share with you regarding praying with confidence in the knowledge of God. Before you make your request to God, search the Scriptures to find knowledge regarding how God feels about your need. In this way, there is no need to tack on to the end of the prayer “if it is Your will” because you have already attained the knowledge that it is. If it is not His will, then don’t pray in that direction. Pray instead that your will be in line with His. Once this is settled, pray with confidence! Ask the Lord so that your joy may be complete (John 16:24)! Thank Him in faith when you finish praying and not just when your senses have beheld the reality of the answered prayer (Mark 11:24). Search the Scripture for knowledge of particular verses to pray. The knowledge of God’s will must direct our prayers.
The gift of a word of knowledge can be received in a moment when a tiny portion of God’s knowledge is imparted to you by the Holy Spirit, bringing insight to a situation. A word of knowledge can speak of things only God would know, which can increase faith in believers or bring truth to an unbeliever. Knowledge can be separated into four sorts: (1) natural human knowledge (an acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles attained from personal study), (2) the fallen world’s supernatural knowledge (The natural mind gaining information by supernatural means that do not involve the Spirit of God. Some examples are the occult, the psychic, and the metaphysical), (3) true intellectual knowledge (results from knowing God through Jesus, being filled with the Spirit, and studying the Word), and (4) the gift of the word of knowledge (originates from God and is imparted by the Holy Spirit for a specific purpose). Whatever part of your life that is yielded to wisdom and knowledge you will thrive. Where you have places of pride you will stagnate and be hindered. Humble yourself in the fear of the Lord.
When Jesus left his position in glory with his father, he took on flesh. In doing so, he laid aside many things, one being His omniscience (all-knowing). In order to fulfill His purpose He had to rely on the Spirit to receive the knowledge required for His ministry. Just as He relied on the Spirit for knowledge, we are to do the same and it is just as available to us today! Hallelujah!
♥Prayer: Lord, you are the One who teaches knowledge. Thank you Lord for the anointing I received from the Holy One and the knowledge that has come from You so far. Come Holy Spirit and teach my heart, where true knowledge is manifested. I commit myself to studying the Scripture in order to receive Your further knowledge and to be guarded against false teaching and unbelief. Guide my prayers with knowledge. Please give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. I yield myself to your knowledge and wisdom. Fill me Lord, fill me! Amen.
Be blessed in worship with the song ‘There is a Fountain’.
♥Psalm 139:6 This extraordinary ___________________ is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. The knowledge of God graciously discerns in favor of those who are loyal to the Lord. Do you find God’s favor toward you too wonderful to comprehend? Do you desire to be equipped with knowledge that is ‘extraordinary’? Lord, impart to me knowledge I need for life.
♥Proverbs 1:7 The _______ of the ____________ is the beginning of _____________; fools despise wisdom and discipline. Fear of the Lord is your foundation for success in this life and the platform from which you spring into eternity. Have you considered that nothing can be hidden from Him? God does not overlook things we might consider ‘innocent’ sin and He certainly does not overlook lawlessness. This reverential fear of the Lord is the prerequisite of knowledge. If you seek knowledge, first plant your heart in the fertile ground of the fear of the Lord. When YOU draw near to God, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Thank you Lord!!!
♥Proverbs 1:29-31 Because they hated _______________, didn’t ____________ to fear the Lord, were not ____________________ in my counsel, and ________________ all my correction, they will ________ the ________ of their way and be _____________ with their ________ __________________. According to the verse above, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. In this verse, the people hated knowledge so they choose not to fear God. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This fruit is quite lovely indeed and is evident in a life yielded to the Spirit. Those who do not choose the fear of the Lord and hate knowledge will not have the fruit of the Spirit but instead will produce the fruit of corruption and rebellion. The fruit you produce is a result of YOUR choosing.
♥Proverbs 2:5-6 …then you will ________________ the __________ of the Lord and discover the ___________________ of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. God is the source of knowledge. From this spring of knowledge you will find THE path of life and the Word made flesh.
♥Proverbs 2:10 For wisdom will enter your mind, and _______________ will _____________ your heart. How glorious indeed to have a heart that is delighted! This verse asserts knowledge will do just that. Possessing God’s knowledge puts you head and shoulders above the world. Being skilled to discern with this knowledge protects you from evil and the repercussions of naiveté.
♥Proverbs 9:10 “The ___________ of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the _______________ of the ________ ___________ is understanding. Are you catching the theme here of the fear of the Lord and how it provides knowledge?
♥Proverbs 12:1 Whoever ___________ discipline loves ___________________, but one who hates correction is ________________. I read something on this verse that compares one being stupid with a dumb animal. Let’s ‘roll around’ with this for a minute. If you have ever owned a pet you will be able to quickly see the analogy. I have had the privilege of owning several dogs over my years. When choosing my pet, I am only drawn to the highly trainable. I would much prefer a not-so-cute dog that is intelligent over an adorable dog that is an imbecile. An untrainable dog is completely frustrating to me and does not fit well in my household. (I apologize in advance to anyone I might have offended by stating my preferences) However, a clever dog is a pure delight! Now let’s look back at the verse. Using the analogy provided, how do you think God appreciates your love of discipline and your ‘trainability’? ______________________________________________________________
♥Proverbs 14:7 Stay _____________ from a _____________ man; you will gain ______ ____________________ from his ________________. How does a foolish person add to your knowledge and understanding? There are places in Scripture where we are warned to avoid certain types of people and to seek out others…here is one of them.
♥Proverbs 15:2 The _______________ of the _______________ makes knowledge _________________, but the mouth of _____________ blurts out _____________________, and Proverbs 15:14 A _____________________ mind seeks _______________________, but the mouth of fools _____________ on ___________________. Can you discern if a person is wise or foolish by what is said? A wise person discerns how to make the knowledge of God attractive. We must keep a vigilant watch over our mouths. Don’t risk your testimony over an unguarded mouth.
♥Proverbs 24:5-6 A _____________warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of ____________________ than one of strength; for you should wage war with sound _________________________. You are a warrior in the army of the living God! In war, brute force (pure muscle or harsh words) may win some battles but wisdom and knowledge wins the war. Do you realize you are quite often in a spiritual battle? Of course they are only battles because the Lord has ultimately won the war! The spiritual battles you are in are not against flesh and blood but against dark spiritual forces. When you realize this, you are then engaging in the war equipped with knowledge. When you fight your spiritual battle you are instructed to take up the full armor of God (Eph. 6:13-17) and the knowledge of God will give you the sound guidence required. Battling any other way is waging war according to how the world battles. You are a child and warrior of the King and the Kingdom for which you are defending is spiritual.
♥Ecclesiastes 2:26 For to the man who is _________________ in His sight, He gives wisdom, _____________________, and joy, but to the sinner He _____________ the ___________ of gathering and accumulating _______ _____________ to give to the one who is ___________________ in God’s sight. Do you seek the Lord’s favor? For the one who is pleasing to Him, He gives the knowledge needed to live rightly the life you have been entrusted with. The sinner toils endlessly and all the accumulating is done without the wisdom and knowledge to then properly have enjoyment. Before long it is merely passed on to someone else.
♥Isaiah 5:13 Therefore My people will go into ______________ because they lack ____________________. This is speaking of the result of Judah’s sin, however, WE are God’s people. If we lack knowledge, we too can go into exile (as a captive and lead away disgracefully). Desire to have knowledge of the work of the Lord and His ways. Let us have knowledge of Christ and of His mercy and grace. We have the means of knowledge so we will not be rebellious and refuse to make use of it and therefore live life as if we are excluded.
♥Isaiah 47:10 You were ___________ in your wickedness; you said, ‘No one _________ me.’ Your wisdom and _______________________ led you astray. You said to yourself, ‘____exist, and there is no _______ _________ else.’ Our wisdom and knowledge will lead us astray. It tends to become prideful and exalts itself. God’s knowledge is available to His children and we will prosper if we choose to live by it. Let it not be so that we feel so ‘secure’ in our old habits and practices. Let us not be deceived in thinking that because we have not yet received discipline from the Lord that He has not seen. God is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time).
♥Hosea 4:6 ________ people are ________________ for lack of ________________. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as My priest. The Old Testament priests had not been teaching the people about God and His law so the people were being destroyed for lack of knowledge. According 1 Peter 2:5,9 we are the priests of God. Hallelujah! There is knowledge needed and an accountability that goes along with that. Let us not be in lack nor reject knowledge. Fear the Lord and rise up as you are called by Him!
♥Hosea 6:6 For I desire ______________ and not sacrifice, the _____________________ of God rather than burnt offerings. In our day, let us have our worship indeed but it must be with a proper heart. The Lord still desires our loyal hearts and a desire to have knowledge about Him. The challenge is not so much in the praise and worship alone. Praise and worship without the inward bowing of the heart is worthless. A loyal heart is just the thing the Lord desires! He instituted love and loyalty. His love is so loyal to us that instead of forgetting us because we forget Him, we are merely to turn back to Him and He will be found! Hallelujah! May the foundation of the altar of our praise be established on the fear of the Lord and may our loyalty be steadfast!
♥Luke 11:52 “Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the ____________ of _________________! You didn’t _______ ______ yourselves, and you _____________________ those who were going in.” We should open the meaning of the Word with the ‘key’ and then enter through the ‘door’! Knowledge is the only key to open heaven. Let us never substitute our knowledge for true knowledge – not ever.
♥Romans 10:2-3 I can testify about them that they have ____________ for God, but not according to ___________________. Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. This begs the question. If there is zeal for God but it is not according to knowledge about Him then what is the zeal based on? Tradition? Assumptions? What is the foundation for your zeal for God? _____________________________We will not disregard the righteousness from God and foolishly think we are righteous according to any of the works we have been allowed to accomplish. Submit therefore to God.
♥Romans 11:33 Oh, the _________________ of the riches both of the wisdom and the __________________________ of God!
How _____________________ His judgments and _________________________ His ways! The depth of God! You will never come to the end of discovering His knowledge. Hallelujah!!! Picture yourself standing at the edge of the abyss of knowledge. Do you desire to stand and look, or to wade in slowly only going deep enough to turn back if needed, or do you desire to dive in…head first!!! I have always loved the second part of this verse regarding his untraceable ways. We will never be able to trace out the ways of God and figure out His purposes. Amen.
♥2 Co 2:14 But thank God! He has made us his __________________ and continues to lead us along in Christ’s ____________________ procession. Now he __________ __________ to spread the ___________________ of Christ everywhere, like a ___________ perfume. (NLT) But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. (Holman). I have included two versions of the same verse here because of the choice of wording. I like the NLT opening line: But thank God! The word ‘display’ (Holman) means to make an acclamatory procession; cause to triumph! Because of Christ’s triumphal victory, God has allowed US to be the representatives of that victory! We are allowed to walk, head held high because of redemption, and therefore spread the knowledge of Christ every place we are led. As we do so, this knowledge is likened to God as the smell of a sweet perfume. It is our duty to spread the ‘sweet smelling’ knowledge of Christ to others. Even if it is not received, its ascent will not be hindered as it it rises to the heavens as a sweet, sweet smell because it is the aroma of the Son!
♥2 Co 4:6 For God who said, “Let _____________ shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the __________ of the ___________________ of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. This verse flows so nicely it just seems to be one that must be memorized. God, the Father of lights (James 1:1) created the light to shine upon the earth (Genesis 1:3) and then sent his Son to the be the light of the world (John 8:12) when it became dark again. As God created all light to do, it shines so that all receive. Unless you hide yourself from either the sun or the Son, light indeed penetrates you. As the light of the Son has its intended influence, you are then to shine the light of the gospel to those that have hid themselves. The light of God’s knowledge is in Jesus Christ alone.
♥2 Co 10:4-5 We ______________ arguments and every __________-_____________ thing (pride or any other barrier) that is _______________ __________ against the _____________________ of God, taking every thought ______________ (expresses a continuous or repeated action) to obey Christ. Spiritual warfare requires spiritual weapons. Reliance on worldly knowledge and weapons do not crumble walls of strongholds where spiritual evil resides. Also, we must get into the practice of not accepting every thought that enters our mind as the knowledge of God. Questions should be asked. Did this come from God? Did this come from the enemy? Was this a thought of my natural intellect? Any argument or barrier that cause our eyes to gaze upon – now has our focus. Take those arguments and barriers captive (they are allowed to go nowhere else at this time). Hold them in your mind and put them to the test. Is it in agreement with the Word? Take as many Scriptures as you can and test the argument and barrier. Keep it captive until the question is resolved. If it does not line up with Scripture cast the argument or barrier to the ground and NEVER pick it up again. At this point, the argument or barrier is not allowed to pass to your heart. If it indeed lines up with what Scripture says, you can then allow it to pass from your mind into your heart. Your thoughts must be healthy and good.
♥Col. 1:9-11 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be ____________ with the __________________ of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may ___________ ________________ of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and __________________ in the ____________________ of God. What a glorious thing indeed to receive the new birth! However, it shall not stop there. The intent is that our lives should be continually filled with wisdom and spiritual understanding in the knowledge of God’s daily will for us. May you continue growing in God’s knowledge and therefore bearing fruit in every good work!
♥Col. 3:10 You are _______________ _______________ in _____________________ ______________________ to the ___________________ of your Creator. Do you love the picture here? Your new self (if you have been born again, you have new blood – royal blood!) is continually renewed by knowledge of God. Being renewed means no oldness or decay but a continuous process of taking on the image of your Creator. You must know your creator, through the Word so that you recognize the knowledge you receive is indeed from God. When you receive knowledge, you immediately give praise to God because you know He is imparting a part of Him to you!
♥1 Tim. 6:20 ________________ what has been ____________________ to you, _______________ irreverent, empty speech and contradictions from the “knowledge” that falsely bears that name. Natural human knowledge opposes the truth of Scripture and inflates with pride. If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it. But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him (1 Col. 8:1-3) Guard your heart with the words and knowledge of Jesus, from the Book that has been entrusted to you. What are you doing with the knowledge that has been entrusted to you? Are you putting it into action?
♥2 Tim 3:7 …always learning and ________ ___________ to come to a ___________________ of the __________________. There are people who pose as someone who has learned the truth but in actuality have remained in ignorance. We want no part of this! When we gain God’s knowledge it must first be ‘chewed’ on, then ‘digested’, and then made to take up its permanent residence in the heart.
♥Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we ___________________ sin after receiving the _____________________ of the truth, there ______ __________________ remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying ____________________ of _________________ and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. This is speaking of people who have received the knowledge of the truth (christianity). If after receiving the knowledge of what God has done in Christ, the person then turns back to their old life and rejects Christ, there remains no sacrifice available for them for their sin. (put together with 2 Peter 2:20-21 below)
♥2 Peter 1:2 May ___________ and ______________ be ____________________ to you through the ______________________ (full discernment, precise and correct) of God and of Jesus our Lord. Grace and peace is the result of the knowledge of God which causes you to gradually approach nearer and nearer as you deeply contemplate this Source. This kind of knowledge implies love. It contrast the ‘knowledge’ spoken of in 1 Tim. 6:20 (above) which results in inward pride.
♥2 Peter 2:20-21 For if, having _____________________ the world’s ________________ through the __________________ of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again ___________________ in these things and _________________, the last state is worse for them than the first. For it would have been ______________ for them not to have __________ the way of righteousness than, ___________ knowing it, to ________ _________ from the holy command delivered to them. Not accepting the knowledge that Jesus is Lord and Savior is a better state to be in than accepting the knowledge and then turning away. Is it possible then for Christians to lose their salvation? (please read Hebrews 6:4-6, 10:26-27) Yes or No? (please circle) How do you feel about that?____________________________________________________________
Remember: (1) Pray the prayer throughout the week (or your own specific prayer relating to knowledge) asking the Lord to reveal insight to you regarding His knowledge. *Try not to take your prayer time lightly as you seek the Lord regarding insight into these gifts of the Spirit. (2) Fast as you are able on Tuesday. (3) Complete the Scripture blanks for further study. And (4) if you have not already done so, add your name in the comment section indicating your intent to participate – it is never too late!
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In His grace,