I believe, my favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, are going to the Super Bowl this upcoming football season. I believe, that one day, I will be in a position to give away millions of dollars. I believe, like my grandfather, I will live past the age of 100.
Believing is a good thing, but knowing is so much better.
Daniel 11:32 says, “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”
Believing is a good thing because believing is what enables a person to receive the free gift of eternal life. Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 3:16 is confirmed by the above verses when it says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whososever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” It is only because of God’s grace that enables God to stand by these verses and declare you righteous and saved by simply believing.
Today many of our churches have been maleficent in this very important area of Christian life. Many have added to the necessary requirements of receiving eternal life. That is why there are many people who believe will not accept Christ because they think they cannot meet or that they are unworthy of meeting churches definitions of getting or being saved.
But for those who do know they are saved as a result of believing, the church has made the gruesome mistake of not teaching that once you are saved, your number one priority is to get to know the Lord in an intimate and personal way.
You can be saved but weak as a believer. You can be saved and easily receptive to manipulation and deceit. You can be saved and not able to reach the destiny God has planned for you. You can be saved while at the same time never in a position for God to use you in a mighty way. And last, but not least, you can be saved and miserable at the same time all of the time.
The only remedy for a joyous, prosperous, peaceful, happy and productive life as a believer is to know the Lord. Knowing your pastor and fellow church members won’t do if for you. Knowing the ins and outs of your church rules and ordinances won’t do it for you. Staying busy in your church will not do it for you. Some of us are so busy in church and so busy trying to keep up with everybody’s else business that we have no time to know the Lord. Only knowing Him can bring you the kind of life that God wants you to have.
As a result of knowing God and always striving to know Him more and more I have learned the following. I have learned that I can be who I really am before anybody else can know who I am. As a result of knowing Him, I can be rich while I am still broke. I can be loosed even when I’m bound and I can be healthy even when I’m sick. As a result of knowing Him, I can always be strong. As a result of knowing Him I can do great exploits and so can you!
We love to quote the scripture that says, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus.” Yes you can, but not without knowing Him. Keep on believing, but remember, even the devil believes. Get to know Him. Do you know your God or do you just know church?
Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.