The Basics (5)

I’ll say it again, “Without understanding, there is no long-lasting or sure foundation.”

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2 Peter 1:3 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

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Yesterday I write to you of King David being known as a man after God’s Own heart.  David sought to be a man of understanding.  I likewise mentioned several names of Biblical leaders who had that same frame of mind.  They sought to be people of true understanding in both heart and mind.  Being a person of true understanding requires commitment, time, discipline, a teachable spirit, purpose, and true, Biblical humility.  I’m not going to ask if you have those traits.  You do!  What I will ask you is this; “How badly do you want it?”

In the natural world, people seek, knowledge, then understanding, and finally wisdom.  In the kingdom of God, that is backwards.  In God’s kingdom, wisdom comes first.  In God’s mind, wisdom makes the choice to obey God above all else.  That is the first thing He expects from His children.  Obedience is better than sacrifice.  To obey, or keep, His commandments is to walk in love, and that is the basis upon which all in His kingdom rests, and by which faith works.  Likewise, in God’s kingdom, knowledge is last; that being true revelation knowledge of God’s life, light, and love, that surpasses understanding and is the building rock upon which the entire kingdom of God is built.  In both cases, whether viewed from the world’s perspective, or God’s, understanding is in the middle. 

If you have an understanding heart and mind, you have the basis for building a life-foundation that is absolutely unshakable.  The word, “understanding,” is a compound word, meaning “to stand under.  “To stand” is indicative of being upright, honest, having integrity.  It implies a choice to take a position.  But unlike standing alone, “to understand” is to take a position relative to something you regard more highly than self.  You position yourself “under” something.  You stand “under” something.  You firmly fix yourself “under” something.  And in the case of our discussion, “to understand” is to take a firm stance under the authority of God’s Word.  And note, too, that we are speaking in the sense of a gerund (a verb with an “ing” ending) – UNDERSTANDING.  If you have not already done so, I urge you to make your choice to be an understanding one today.  Rise up in faith, obey the Word to operate in a foundation of love, and refuse to move from your place of submission to God’s Word.  It is in such a relationship that your understanding will grow stronger and stronger, deeper and deeper, and clearer and clearer, and will begin to reveal to you more and more of the depth of God’s knowledge for the power and victory you need in these last days.

Manna for Today – 2 Peter 1:1-12; Philippians 4:9; Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6

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