Father God, what is knowledge and how do I know when it is useful/beneficial or a distraction to my true identity? The reason I am asking is because of what you say in Genesis 2:17 (ESV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
As David asked in Psalm 119:66 (ESV) Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
Holy Spirit, please grant me personal revelation of Proverbs 9:10 (ESV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
There is so much in Proverbs 2 (NLT), please grant me revelation that works its way out in my everyday life!
1 My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.
2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.
4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
In a general sense I get what 2 Peter 1 (NLT) is saying, but this is another place I could use Your help. Please reveal what it means to supplement my life with the qualities so that I can experience the promises and partake of the divine nature!
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,
7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
After reflecting on these verses, I want to go back to my original question. “Father, what is knowledge and how do I know when it is useful/beneficial or a distraction to my true identity?” The reason I am asking is because of what you say in Genesis 2:17 (ESV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
It sounds like there are two sources of knowledge; one that comes out of relationship with you and the other that comes out of the world that Adam and Eve entered after opening the door of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They left the source of pure and powerful knowledge to world where knowledge is subject to the whims of natural understanding.
No wonder Jesus exhorted us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)
Sounds good, but what is the Kingdom of God? For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 ESV)
Ah this is good, again You point to relationship!
So let this be the prayer for my friends who have joined me in the journey so that we are not distracted by a man’s perspective of knowledge!
Colossians 1:9 (ESV) And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
I would really enjoy hearing your testimonies and questions about this post! Rob