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Real Knowledge and Discernment

May 2, 2016

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Real Knowledge  and Discernment

When  we have  a precise  and correct knowledge  of something very good,  our love  for that very good thing grows.     When our mind perceives  the absolute ethical perfection  of that something very good,  our heart sees  how totally wondrous  it is  to be close  to that good thing.     We are able  to discern  that there is something here  that we have been really longing for,  something good  we need  in our lives.

That’s what Paul was  talking about  in Philippians 1:8-10,

For  God is  my witness,  how I long  for you all  with the affection  of Christ Jesus.

And this I pray,  that your love  may abound  still more and more  in real knowledge  and all discernment,  so that you may  approve the things  that are excellent,  in order  to be sincere  and blameless  until the day  of Christ.

Paul wrote this  while in prison  for preaching  the gospel.     It was hard  for him  to have to be away  from the Philippian congregation  and wonder how their faith  was coming along.     Paul knew  that this congregation  stood up  for the gospel  of Christ,  and he was so glad  for that.     But,  those people were  so new  to the faith,  and had  to face  so much opposition,  temptations,  and various false teachers  that Paul wanted  to make sure  they stayed  on the right track.

It’s important  that we,  also,  stay  on the right track.     Paul tells us  how we can.     Paul says  that our Christian love  for God  and one another needs  to  “abound still more  and more  in real knowledge  and all discernment.”

Christian love needs  to be based  on a very precise  and correct knowledge  of exactly  who God is  and what He has done  for us  in Jesus Christ.     Our knowledge  of God needs  to be based  on reality  —  not the figment  of some man’s wild imagination.     We will never come  to love God  if we are only able  to think  of Him  as something  He is not.     The many ways  people have  presented  their views  of God  present nothing but falsehoods  and silliness  because  all the imaginations  of people  are not based  on truth.

So,  instead  of getting waylaid  with falsehoods,  we need  to  “abound  still more and more  in real knowledge  and all discernment.”     The only place  we’re going  to get  that  “real knowledge”  is in the Bible.     When we get  to know God  for who He really is,  our love  for God  and our fellow Christians will  “abound still more  and more.”     It will abound  because we will be dealing  with reality  and truth.

As we study  the Bible,  we will gain  an intellectual  and moral discernment  for all sorts  of ethical matters.     Paul tells us  that our ability  to discern ethical matters  will help us  to  “approve  the things  that are excellent,  in order  to be sincere  and blameless  until the day  of Christ.”

Isn’t that  just what we need?

If our love  for God  is to remain strong  and true,  we need  to know Him  for who He really is.     Knowing God  will enable us  to love Him enough  so that we will have the strength  and wherewithal  to remain  “sincere  and blameless  until the day  of Christ.”

In order  to get a handle  on our lives,  we need  to get  to know God  and His ways  for us.     That will only happen  as we take time  each day  to study  what God has  to say  to us  in His word  —  and then  to pray  about what God wants  in our lives.

As we grow  to love God more  and more  for who He is,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  has been so powerful  and faithful  down through the ages.     Come  and draw us  closer to You,  so that we may grow  in faith,  hope,  and love,  to serve You now  and forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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