Do you know the lord? – Part 2
From the above passage of the scripture, we can draw out two (2) major benefits of knowing the LORD. Those who know the LORD:
• Shall Be Strong – Divine confidence and strength. Like the 3 Hebrews Boys; they are not moved in the face of attacks, oppositions, and challenges (Daniel3: 13-30). The knowledge of the LORD inspires courage and boldness in the believer.
During the martyrdom in Queen Mary’s days (popularly known as “Bloody Mary”), a one time Bishop of Worcester in England by name Hugh Latimer, born at Thurcaston, in Leicestershire, England was burnt alive on October 16,1555, back to back with Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London.
Before the fire was lighted, Ridley prayed thus: “Heavenly Father, I gave thee most hearty thanks that Thou hast called me to a profession of thee, even unto death. I beseech thee, Lord God, have mercy on this realm of England, and deliver the same from all her enemies.But Latimer courageously encouraged Ridley thus: “Be of good comfort, master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day, by God’s grace, light such a candle in England as I trust shall never be put out” (PP. 17/18, Five England Reformers, by J. C. Ryle).
The courage for such utterance was borne out of a heart that knows the LORD, and not just a church title-holder.
• Shall Do Exploit –- They shall do great things for the LORD and for His kingdom. An example is David, who confronted and defeated Goliath to deliver Israel from an embarrassing situation (1 Samuel 17).
How To Know The Lord
We can know the LORD experientially by:
• Divine Encounter – By Divine Encounter, I mean a divine meeting.
Moses attempted to carry out a deliverance ministry in Egypt without the knowledge of the LORD, God of the Hebrews. That almost cost him his life (Exodus 2:11 – 15).
Moses knew the LORD by Divine Encounter. The LORD arranged the meeting and there, He introduced Himself to Moses and a relationship was initiated (Exodus 3:1 – 4:19).
Paul knew the LORD by an encounter on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:1 – 5).
• Revelation – “My father has given me authority over everything. No one really knows the son except the father, and no one really knows the father except the son and those to whom the son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27, NLT)
The LORD has chosen to make Himself known to all mankind by Revelation. Peter knew the LORD by Revelation (Matthew 16:13 – 17).Friends, that you are busy in ministry is not proof that you know the LORD. That you occupy positions in church and Fellowships does not mean you know the LORD. I plead with you to be honest with yourself and accept the LORD, as He reveals Himself to you through this medium. Stop being busy and turn to the LORD today and be saved.
Until you know the LORD, there is no WORKING RELATIONSHIP with Him – you are on your own.
Grace Be With You.
Rev. Idorenyin James, Congregational Pastor, United Evangelical Church (Founded as Qua Iboe Church), Surulere, Lagos. 08064263206
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