Knowledge or relationship?

Highlighted from: Building Dynamic Faith by Jerry Falwell

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ep 2:8–9). You may only be a “head believer”; you believe that there is a God, but you are not a true believer because you haven’t established a personal relationship with God. Many American church members are “head believers” because they have only joined a church. They haven’t established a relationship with God. The word believe means we accept what we hear and act on it. We don’t just know about God in our heads; we act on what we know about God. Our total personality—our intellect, emotions, and will—accepts Jesus. That means our mind, our feelings, and our will totally respond to God. A “true believer” knows the essential facts of how Jesus [blood sets us free from the law of sin and death].

We can have a lot of knowledge about the word of God quote scripture from memory, say all of those nice Christian sounding things that just makes people’s knees buckle, and still find ourselves lacking the main ingredient=a truly reliant relationship with Jesus Christ, powered by the Holy Spirit.

 

When e find that we are always in the middle of conflict – we have head knowledge. When we are always battling “those who have the rule over us” we have head knowledge. When we are always challenging others we have head knowledge, but the humility that comes with a deep relationship with Jesus Christ is not there yet James 4:10 (KJV) 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. When God elevates you there is nothing that any human being can do about it. He elevated David. Saul did his best to annihilate David–but that was not God’s plan. David’s humility and his attitude towards Saul shows his conversion and the depth of his relationship with God. David Spares Saul’s Life.  Note he was, “Afterward,  David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.”  Do we even think this way about our leadership today.  Saul was out to kill him-yet he was humble enough to realize that what he had done was wrong.  That knowledge comes only from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit-David and God were connected.  Dear Father, I pray this day that we could all be as connect as your Servant David was.  You called him a man after your own heart.  Yes, he sinned, but you still called him a man after your own heart.  When he sinned he repented.  True and genuine repentance.  Gives us all hearts that are repentant. Minds that are willing to become one with you and heads that are led by the Holy Spirit and not our own emotions.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 14:22:29

    I believe most people who call themselves Christian would say they have a relationship with God….and all you have to do is here them speak and know for a fact they do not. They know God as we all……at least those who want to….know God as a loving, forgiving God. However, they have not taken the time to really build a relationship with God. And, the only way to do that is to LISTEN so that you can actually HEAR what God is saying.

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    • Joyce
      Aug 24, 2014 @ 18:08:38

      You are so correct Jeleane. It is easier to process Christ than it is to be CHrist to a sad and dying world.

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