Knowledge – The real deal!

Matthew 16:13-17 Now when Jesus had come into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he said, questioning his disciples, Who do men say that the Son of man is?
And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
He says to them, But who do you say that I am?
And Simon Peter made answer and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus made answer and said to him, A blessing on you, Simon Bar-jonah: because this knowledge has not come to you from flesh and blood, but from my Father in heaven.

When i was younger I thought I was a Christian. Note the word “thought”. I felt I was a Christian because I was born into a Christian home, attended church services and went to Sunday school. I even prayed, fasted, read my Bible, learnt some Bible verses and on and on. But I missed out something really important. I did not have a personal relationship with God!
Don’t get me wrong here, I was in church! Active to an extent. But, i didn’t establish any space for God to come into my life. I felt service in the Church and all meant I was a Christian. But I was totally wrong. Yes it is right to serve in church, but we need to establish a personal relationship with Christ. I didn’t know that! I had no clue. My life totally changed when I got to know God on a personal level. Remember : I had been in the Church all along.
In the Bible verses above, Jesus asked his disciples who he was to everyone and after they answered him. He asked who they thought he was.
He’s asking you now: Who do you say that I am? Are you serving me based on what people say I am? Or are you serving me because you know me?

Knowledge is power!

Daniel 11:32 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.

Hosea 4:6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

You need to know who God is to you! You need to have a stand with God so you won’t fall for just anything.
We need to come into the knowledge of God. Know God personally! It’s not an option.
Ephesians 4:13-15 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
We need to have a personal relationship with God so that we will know that which is right. So we won’t be carried away by different false doctrines.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

Having knowledge of Christ is great! It’s is a beautiful thing. Knowing how much God loves me makes life easy for me. Knowing that the Redeemer lives makes me happy. Knowing that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me is marvelous.

Philippians 3:8-10 Yes truly, and I am ready to give up all things for the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, which is more than all: for whom I have undergone the loss of all things, and to me they are less than nothing, so that I may have Christ as my reward,
And be seen in him, not having my righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may have knowledge of him, and of the power of his coming back from the dead, and a part with him in his pains, becoming like him in his death;

Trace your steps back, are you a Christian for the right reasons? Do you know God truly?

Just tell God, I want to know you. I want to know more. Help me Lord. He answers prayers! Rely on God!

May God help us all, Amen.

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FEARLESS!

“Peace is not the absence of a storm, but peace is the ability to be calm during a storm”. Daniel was at peace, he didn’t even disturb himself.

When faced with difficult situations, how do you react? Fearless or Fearful?
Our Bible hero for this week Daniel has shown us that we have the ability to be fearless. In Daniel chapter 6, King Darius issued an order that no one should pray to any god or man except him for thirty days. And Daniel was a man who understood that the day is incomplete without communication with God. But it was either he prays and then be thrown in the lion’s den or he doesn’t pray for thirty days and live.
People! If it had been you, what would you have chosen? Imagine being torn apart by lions, such a horrific way to die. One thing I respect Daniel for was his ability to choose wisely. He chose life, by praying. It seems like an irony right, since it was pray and be thrown into the den of lions. Daniel even prayed as usual. He didn’t go to any secret place. He prayed as he usually did at the open windows. I once read in a book that “peace is not the absence of a storm, but that peace is the ability to be calm during a storm”. Daniel was at peace, he didn’t even disturb himself. I pray that the peace of the Lord that passes all human understanding would forever be our portion, amen.
Obviously when Daniel’s “haters” saw him praying; they’ll have been really glad because they felt it was all over for him. They didn’t understand the power he had as a son of God over fear. Romans 8:15, a Bible verse I really love tells us that
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.””
Hello! Do I have your attention, we have the power to be fearless! Hallelujah! Once you confess Jesus Christ as your personal lord and saviour, you’ve said yes to peace and no to fear! You have the authority to call on God when you’re in difficult situations and the power to conquer.
Back to our super hero Daniel. He got arrested and he was thrown into the den of lions. One thing I found really funny was that it was the king that was bothered and disturbed, not Daniel.
Daniel 8:16 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
The next day, at the first light of dawn, the King rushed to the den and he saw that Daniel was alive. Glory to God! The Bible tells us that our God Almighty neither sleeps nor slumber. God sent his angels to shut the mouth of the lions and Daniel was saved.
Brethren, we all really need to believe. And then we will be more than conquerors.
I dare you to be fearless in all that you do and trust me, you will surely emerge victorious. Don’t forget to share God’s word with everyone you know and also encourage your loved ones to Face Everything And Rise because that’s what fear stands for in Christendom.
Tim Godfrey’s concert tagged “Fearless” inspired the topic of this article. Check his instagram page @timgodfreyworld for more details. Thank you for reading this article, please do come back for more. Your comments are welcome and also tell a friend to tell a friend about Naijachristianteen. Stay blessed fellow fearless Christians and Christteens. Shalom!