Colossians 1:9 – Because of this also, from the day we heard, ceased not to pray for you; also asking that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
Part 4 ~ The Great Opportunity To Live By God’s Understanding
Much of what the Bible describes about the realms of the Spirit are hidden from our eyes. The impact of what we see and hear and the natural way we derive conclusions greatly impairs us from moving in the Spirit. However, if we are willing to turn to God the Holy Spirit, and ask Him to show us what we are to do and what we are to think, we will begin to engage in the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and the discerning of spirits.
God desires we both see and understand the reality of the Heavenly realm so we might properly function in it. The Holy Spirit desires to give us dreams, visions, and insights into all the activities of God that are taking place within the world of men [1 Corinthians 12:7-11]. The relationship Jesus had with the Father has been made available to us – if we are willing to access it. Jesus heard the Father speak, and saw the Father work; and through that revelation, He lived and did the things He did.
To take hold of the knowledge of God, we must come into agreement with His Word. The Word of God must be allowed to rule us, and be the means by which we exist. If we give ourselves to living by the Word of God through both believing it and speaking it even when things around us appear to be the opposite, we will begin to function in the knowledge of God and discover an ever increasing faith [Proverbs 2:1-5; Romans 10:8, 17].
We have many examples: Enoch walked with God in the realm of faith; and the same walk of faith is made available to us now if we will live by the Word of God [Hebrews 11:5-6]. Joseph had Spirit knowledge, and was able to understand the future events of his generation. He had Spirit wisdom, so He could prepare the world for disaster [Genesis 41:38]. Jacob’s eyes were opened up so the Heavenly realm could be made a living reality to him [Genesis 28:17]. Daniel functioned in wisdom and spiritual understanding, and the great men of the Earth knew the Spirit of God resided in him [Daniel 4:7-8; 5:11-12].
A greater opportunity could never have been given than the ability to walk in the knowledge of God. We must realize many things in life oppose this knowledge; therefore, we must give ourselves to bringing every thought into captivity, so that nothing but the knowledge of God influences us [2 Corinthians 10:4-5].
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen