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The Lack of Knack

September 13

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."  James 4:17

"Most ... hold a reservoir of spiritual truth which is currently dammed up in defiance."


Knowledge is a tremendous tool, but only if you intend to use it properly.  Like all things in our once pristine, yet now fallen world, knowledge can be good or bad (cf. Genesis 2:15-16).  Our natures tend toward the latter, and as a general rule, we hold no reservations in the exercise of that.  When it comes to spiritual enlightenment though, what we know and don't know holds all the potential to bring either indescribable blessing, or irreparable cursing, down upon our heads.  The Bible makes it clear that we are accountable for what we know.  The equation looks like this:

Acquired Bible Knowledge - Practical Bible Skills = Personal, Willful Sin

Feigning ignorance is a favorite tactic among sinners; but if honest, your Bible Quotient is likely higher than you admit.  Take this brief BQ test as a yardstick of spiritual cognition.

  1. Why were Adam and Eve expelled from Eden?

  2. Why did Noah build an ark?

  3. Why did Moses ascend Mount Sinai?

  4. Why did JESUS CHRIST die on Calvary's cross?

These ABC's, from sin to the SAVIOR, are intuitive to us, are they not?  The aptitude, however, to apply what they imply is elusive apart from the humble agreement with GOD that they are true.  

"For the invisible things of HIM from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even HIS eternal power and GODHEAD; so that they are without excuse:"  Though born dead to GOD in trespass and sin, we are not born oblivious.  Apart from being 'born again', we lack the knack to please the LORD, but not the knowledge.  "If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin."  The revelation of HIMSELF through Scripture is not offered as some sanctified Bar Exam, but rather to codify sin, so that knowledge about ourselves might become lucid.  Most, if not all of us, hold a reservoir of spiritual truth which is currently dammed up in defiance.  GOD says we are to be rivers of living water, not lakes of lukewarm, stagnate Christianity.  It is not that we don't know, but that we won't do what we know; and that is very dangerous territory for any true child of HIS.

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"

For Love of Country
 Fundamental Orders {Constitution} of Connecticut 
(regarded as America's first constitution: January 14, 1639)
"As near the law of GOD as they can be."

(instructions to the committee framing the orders)

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