Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst–Isaiah 5:13
Without knowledge of what the Lord has done for us and the knowledge of his ways we can end up being held in a spiritual captivity. Just as we can be a slave to debt, and our creditor is our master; the same can be said for who provides our knowledge.
It has been said that the victor in war is the one that controls history. That’s very true as they are the ones that control what is put in the history books, which are then taught to the younger generations. If we were to really study history, many of the things that we were taught in history class did not quite happen as it is written in a history textbook. We are basically held in a mental captivity from the truth if we do not seek it out.
The world wants nothing to do with what the Bible has to say. In fact, some Christians don’t want to hear everything the Bible has to say. The Bible must be our standard for what is right or wrong and how to conduct our lives. Many times the world will take bits and pieces from the Bible and manipulate it and then reference the Bible when they convey their view points. If we’re not challenging what they say and doing our research we can become captive to the worlds views, which is contrary to God’s. Many will just accept what is said if we throw a scripture verse behind it. Many things can be taken out of context in the Bible and be made to fit any view point.
The Nazi party in the 1930’s used different passages in the Bible to justify what they were doing. They used them out of context or cut and pasted different verses together to make the Bible say what they wanted.
Simply put, if we do not seek knowledge and truth, but except what others tell us because of a verse associated with it, then we are being held captive by their agenda. Anything that I put on here, I encourage people to check out. Sometimes people are just wrong, and accidentally say something that is not right, but others believe it. Many people are held captive to incorrect sayings or beliefs through accident. There are many things that the Bible does not say, but people believe it. I’m going to do a post on that here soon. One example is, God will never give you more than you can handle. Many have used 1 Corinthians 10:13 for this There are many times that people in the Bible faced more than they could handle but God stepped in. If God didn’t give us more than we could handle we would never go to him.
We need to be constantly seeking knowledge and building on what we have learned in the past, so that we don’t become captive to someone else’s beliefs that may or may not be correct.
Today, the world wants to destroy what the Bible says. If we do not continuously yearn to learn more what what the Bible says, we will be destroyed by a lack of knowledge.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.–Hosea 4:6
Israel had broken covenant with God, worshiped other gods, and had changed their glory into shame. The lack of knowledge of God leads to ignorance about God and to demonic deception, spiritual darkness and eventually destruction as the fruit of our own ways. Let me be clear. . . information does not save anyone. Only a relational and covenantal knowledge of God by faith is redemptive and can save us from deception and destruction.
So why do we need knowledge?
Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
First, seeking knowledge is how we build a relationship with God. It is how we learn more about him. Just as when I was dating my wife, I wanted to find out more and more about here. What her likes and dislikes were. What made her happy and what made her sad. This is no different when we are trying to find out about God. We find out what pleases him and what displeases him.
Second, knowledge alone will not save our souls, but it does build a foundation. That foundation is built on what God expects out of us or his commands. His desire for our lives and biblical events that have occurred. We learn of his love and grace for us. Knowledge helps us when we struggle, when we feel tempted; we know better even though our thoughts tell us differently.
If we’re not consistently seeking knowledge, just as Hosea says, we will be destroyed. I talked about knowledge being like a foundation, our home’s foundation will need maintenance and care over the years so it does not crumble and become destroyed. Our spiritual knowledge needs continuous maintenance, i.e. refreshing or expanding on what we know. The world wants to destroy what the Bible says. We need to make sure we are always seeking knowledge to ensure we have the truth and to also expand on our knowledge. The world wants to eat away at our beliefs. If we do not consistently go to our standard (the Bible) to check to see what the world says compared to the Bible, our spiritual life will be destroyed.
Sometimes you have to get dirty if you want to get the job done right.
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.–Proverbs 14:4
We’ve heard everyone say, “there are pros and cons to it.” This is
kind of how I look at this verse. Oxen are a sizable expense, they cost
a lot to feed, you have to clean out their stalls, you have to have
shelter for them, and so on. On the other side of that oxen make
plowing a field much easier and you can get it done faster, you can haul
heavy loads with them, and use them for multiple other jobs.
Many times in life we don’t do something because it’s going to take
some extra work, we’re going to have to get dirty. What we don’t always
see is the benefit of that extra work or getting dirty. Or we say it
is cheaper to buy this tool but if we bought a little bit better tool it
wouldn’t break on us. I have a buddy that is always buying cheap
tools. He mocked me for buying a $150 drill. I’ve had that drill for
10+ years, he has went through 6 drills. Guess who has actually paid
more money in drills? My buddy has.
Sometimes we need the right tool for the job. I remember when I was
working on the deck and pulling up the top boards to replace them.
There was a nail in the post that was attached to the top board on the
deck. My reciprocating saw
was in the back of the garage behind some other stuff that would have
to be moved. So I grabbed the crowbar and a couple other tools that
were easily accessible and tried to remove that board. It didn’t work,
and eventually I gave up and got the reciprocating saw. Guess what? I
had the right tool and quickly cut the nail and was able to remove the
what we do a lot of times, we try to go the easy route and we end up
wasting more time than if we got the right tool to do the job. Cutting
corners does not get us anywhere except regret. Sometimes we just need
to get dirty to have the right tool.
This also goes for our spiritual life. Having the right tools to
help us grow in our spiritual life is key. Buying the right books and
study materials are key. Don’t just buy junk, because you get what you
Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a
code of behavior. Almost all of us in our life will at some point be
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.–Proverbs 13:24
Discipline is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a very good thing. It
is what causes us to change. In no way do promote beating your child. I
personally am a firm believer in giving spankings, but there is a right
time and a wrong time to do it, and a right and wrong way to do it.
You have to be in control of your emotions.
Giving discipline does not only apply to children, but to everyone
that we may be in charge of or mentoring. Nobody likes to discipline
someone, or if they do, there probably needs to be some soul searching.
But discipline is a necessary act at times to correct behavior. In
fact, it’s an act of love, because we want to correct the other person’s
behavior. Sometimes that person’s current behavior can be dangerous
for themselves and needs to be changed.
When we have to give discipline we should always do it as quickly as
we can to the event that needs to be corrected. It should be given when
we are in control of our emotions. When discipline is given, it should
always be explained why it is being given. There should be
communication on what needs to happen for it not to happen again. Last,
there should always be follow up.
We receive discipline from God because he loves us. It is no
different than us correcting our children, subordinates at work, or ones
we are disciplining. He wants to keep us from doing wrong, from going
down the wrong path. We always look at when someone gets onto us, as
them being mean, but in reality, it’s them loving us so that we don’t
get hurt. God loves us and only wants the best for us, so if he’s
disciplining us, it is to correct our behavior so that we become better.
It is not for his enjoyment.