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Colossians 1:9 ” For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His Will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

This would be my prayer for you today also.  That the Lord would accomplish in your life His plan and purpose… and you would be able to grasp the concept and see the relationship between knowing God and living for Him.  You know God to live…in other words, you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ which  leads to eternal life.  But then, you live to know God…that is,  you continue to faithfully walk with God,  which develops this close, intimate relationship that only grows deeper every day.  I pray that you would know God to live, and live to know God.  Amen.

II Corinthians 10:5 ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

When we’re going through a time of spiritual confusion…there are only two ways we can go.  We can argue or chose to obey.  We can spend our time trying to reason and debate our way out of the disconcertment in our life…or we can yield and submit  ourselves to the authority and supremacy of God.  You can’t think your way out of spiritual confusion…the only thing you can do is to obey what God places in front of you…step by step, day by day.  For Christ demands unquestioning obedience from us, even when the way is shadowed.

Luke 11:5-8 ” Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ “

A man goes to his friend’s house at midnight looking for bread…but is told to “Go away!”  In this story, his friend appears not to care about the man’s dilemma.  Likewise for us, there are times when it appears to be a shrouding of God’s friendship for us…or at least times when we go through seasons of spiritual confusion.  The Lord will seem like a  distant, unkind and uncaring friend that won’t answer our calls.  It’s during those times of spiritual confusion that we need to hold steadfast to what we already know…that God is faithful, trustworthy, and true.  And we need to keep doing the right things…reading our Bible, praying, and maintaining our walk…all with tenacity.  For later on in the story, because of the man’s stubborn persistence…his friend did get up and give him bread.

Matthew 13:58 ” And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Imagine being in the crowd around Jesus and seeing people being healed and set free…but yet refusing to acknowledge His divinity, showing no confidence in His power, and doubting the promise of eternal life.  No wonder Jesus placed such emphasis on the sin of unbelief.  Unbelief blinds our minds and causes our heart to become calloused.  This lack of faith can hinder even the most righteous Believer at times…but just like the sick child’s father in Mark 9:24, we too can ask Jesus to,” Help me overcome my unbelief.”

Matthew 7: 13-14 ” Enter by the narrow gate…Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life…”

Living for Christ is hard…there’s no way around it.  The moment you say “Yes” to Jesus, the world labels you as “One of those crazy religious people”.  But it’s by those troubles we encounter that we learn perseverance and are forged into a willing vessel for God .  And with each difficulty, we go from wounded to winner.  As Oswald Chambers once said, “Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His Highest – our best for His glory?”  Yes, the way is narrow and filled with difficulties, but just look where it leads.

Isaiah 43:1 ” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.”

You’re not just an acquaintance to God.  You’re not some face He sees in the crowd, and recognizes you as someone He should know… but can’t remember your name.  No, God knows you intimately…He knows you inside and out…He knows every thought you’ve had, every tear you’ve cried, every prayer you’ve prayed.  But most importantly, He knows your name.  For you are that very special to Him.  And in response, what can we say but, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”

II Corinthians 4: 8-9 ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

As we learned from the Devotional yesterday, we have this great and wonderful treasure in jars of clay.  But just like those breakable vessels, our mortal body can be stronger than we can imagine.  You see, those clay jars withstood outside pressure and remained durable and lasting for hundreds of years…and so can we.  This verse promises us that we can be troubled but not overwhelmed by it…confused but not to the point of hopelessness…harassed and bullied but never forsaken by our Heavenly Father. You are a jar of clay, but one tough, resilient, and tenacious jar – holding an unspeakable treasure within.