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Devotional - week of March 27, 2009


LET US PURSUE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD

Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. Hosea 6:3

Hosea’s plea to Israel is as up to date for present day Christians as it was for the Israelites centuries ago. There is great need for us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord.

In Colossians 1:10, Paul prays for his readers to increase in the knowledge of God. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:4, “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Jesus says of the Holy Spirit in John 16:13, “He will guide you into all truth.” In John 16:15, Jesus says, “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He (the Holy Spirit) will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

Unfortunately, some of God’s children seem to have little or no interest in having a growing knowledge about the Father and the Son or of any facets of the Christian life. They are like the farmer who has prepared the soil and planted the seed but has no interest in the rain. The soil has been prepared and the seed is sown in the believer because the Holy Spirit lives in his heart.

A believer receiving the filling of the Holy Spirit by living out his union with Christ can be compared to the farmer receiving the necessary rain. Among many other things, the Holy Spirit will give the believer a passion to grow in the Christian life.

The Holy Spirit will give the Spirit-filled believer new revelations of scriptural truths. Among those new revelations will be truths about the Father and the Son. The result will be the spiritual growth that the Spirit-filled believer desires.