“For lack of knowledge, my people perish”
There’s freedom in knowledge.
Ruby is a slave working to pay off a debt that she has owed all her life. One day, a young man rides to the slaveowners house and decides he wants to pay off Ruby’s debt. He does so and now Ruby’s debt has been paid. She’s no longer a slave and is free to go. However, if the master withholds the knowledge that her debt has been paid from her, she remains in the same position of bondage that she was in as if she is still in debt to the slaveowner. Turn to your neighbor and tell them, “Neighbor, As if”.
The devil will try to withhold knowledge from you to keep you in bondage.
The good news is this: when Jesus died on the cross for you, your debt was fully paid! You are free! You are free from whatever sin or addiction that’s holding you “captive.” You’re only in captivity as long as you want to remain there. The enemy no longer has a hold on you because you have already overcome. Take off the shackles and walk away.
As someone that struggled with a certain kind of addiction and sin for years, I know that it is easier said than done. I also know that it is very possible to walk in your Christ-given freedom because God is on your side. Who the son has set free is free indeed. Don’t keep walking back to the chains that held you captive.
1 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a]against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed
In the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), the knowledge that he had a father that loved him and a home where he wanted for nothing was enough to make him rethink his circumstances and head back home.
16 The young man felt so miserably hungry that he wished he could eat the slop the pigs were eating. Nobody gave him anything.17 So he had this moment of self-reflection: “What am I doing here? Back home, my father’s hired servants have plenty of food. Why am I here starving to death? 18 I’ll get up and return to my father… Luke 15:16-18
Unfortunately, there are too many people in this world that either have no knowledge or have forgotten that they have a home filled with an abundance of blessings and a heavenly father who loves them deeply. For lack of knowledge, they wander aimlessly and settle for less than their worth.
If you knew that you were royalty, would you still settle for some of the things that you settle for now or will they suddenly become rubbish in your eyes? Would you stay in the same position that you’re in or would you go back to your heavenly father and let him upgrade you? Would the way you carry yourself change?
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light
1 Peter 2:9
If you know who God is, the knowledge of your identity is much sweeter and the range of your abilities are limitless but if you are focused solely on who you are then your strength is limited.
Imagine if Moses had faced Pharaoh based on the knowledge of who he was. For all he knew he was a murderer and a stutterer, but with the knowledge of who God is, he became the man that led God’s children out of Egypt.
David, a young shepherd boy, faced Goliath, not on his own strength but based on the knowledge of who God is. His confidence came from knowing the power of God, and therein lies his strength.
“45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
We all know how that story goes. *whispers* Goliath dies. David wins.
Understanding the very nature of God changes our perspective about ourselves and our abilities.
Now, the question remains: WHO IS GOD?
He is my very present help in times of trouble so I am safe.
He is my shield and buckler, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Nissi, El Shaddai, Elohim, the creator of the universe, he is omnipotent and omnipresent of whom shall I be afraid?
He is my firm foundation and the very rock on which I stand on so I will not be shaken.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He is constant and consistent in his words so my future is secure.
He is a God of abundance, so everything I could ever need or desire, I have in him.
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
2 Corinthians 9:8
He says that he has plans of good for me, to give me hope and a future, so why should I be anxious when things seem uncertain.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I know that he is for me, so who can ever be against me?
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
If I remove God from the equation, I have no knowledge of his saving grace and love, suddenly I am now defined by my mistakes, my past, and my weaknesses.
Have you ever looked at someone like, man, if only they knew?
If only they knew how beautiful, precious, and valuable they were, because God created them as such, they would not be so quick to give to dogs what is sacred.
“Do not give dogs what is holy,
and do not throw your pearls before pigs,
lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”
If only they knew the authority that God has given to them “to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,” they would walk with a little more pep in their step and a little less fear in their heart because they’ll know that he has said “nothing will hurt you”.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
If only they knew the power of prayers, they would pray bolder and more powerful prayers
If only they knew.
If only you knew.
If only you knew the power of your words, you would speak more good things into existence
If only you knew the value of time, you would stop wasting it on people that are not edifying to your spirit.
If you knew the essence and importance of your purpose, you wouldn’t give up so easily.
If you didn’t know, now you know.
Many people need to experience the freedom, hope, joy, love, and peace that comes with knowing Him. This is why we have been commissioned to share the good news of the gospel and of Jesus Christ.
Knowledge is power and ignorance is not bliss.
“For lack of knowledge my people perish…” Hosea 4:6
“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me” Hosea 4:6 NLT
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.