MATURE KNOWLEDGE

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.”   Colossians 1:9 NIV

 

The word “knowledge” means “mature knowledge” and is one of the characteristic words of the four letters written by Paul from Rome. Paul regarded mature knowledge, or deep spiritual experience, as the first indication of a maturing Christian. John bears the same testimony in 1 John 2:12-14, where he refers to the three stages of the Christian life represented by the terms “little children”, “young men” and “fathers”. The little children have; the young men are; the fathers know. This spiritual knowledge or experience is the great safeguard against error in the life of the believer and the church in that it gives power to distinguish between good and evil, between truth and falsehood. The measure of this knowledge is to be carefully noted: “to fill you with the knowledge of His will”. This implies a fullness which is realised continually. There is a continuous flow of the knowledge of our Lord into the life of the believer. This includes each one of us. When we experience this ongoing flow of knowledge of our Lord’s will for us, it will be the greatest safeguard against being deceived and led astray from the Truth. It also leads to a strong, growing, powerful Christian life. The question we must ask ourselves is: are we availing ourselves to be filled with the knowledge of our Lord’s will each moment of our daily lives?

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, fill us with the knowledge of Your will each moment of our lives.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, as we experience the ongoing flow of the knowledge of Your will for us, it will be the greatest safeguard in our lives against being deceived and led astray from the Truth. Thank You that it will lead to a strong, growing, powerful Christian life, to the glory and honour of Your Name. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Jeremiah 1:4-10

 

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