1 Samuel 2:12, “Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD.”
Knowing the Lord goes beyond being a Christian, knowing the Lord goes beyond
being a Christian worker, it goes beyond being an ordained Christian minister;
knowing the Lord is more than being a Pastor, Priest or Prophet; you can be any of
that and yet not know the Lord. The Bible talks about the two children of the High Priest, Eli Hophni and Phinehas, they were priests, they knew the laws of God, they
taught the laws of God, they knew the services of God, and they were busy offering
the sacrifices of the LORD and doing the services of God. These men were
anointed by the Lord has priests in Israel and they continued in the priesthood,
making the holy sacrifices of the LORD GOD of Israel. With all these positions and
performances, the Bible introduced them that they did not know the Lord. How could that? How could the Priests of the Lord not know the Lord? It is because
knowing the Lord is more than working for God.
Know the Lord is not just about being identified as a Christian; it is not about being
identified with a church, it is not about being identified as a Christian minister;
knowing the Lord goes deeper than reading Bible or being devoted into fasting and
prayer. To know the Lord is more than being a faithful Tither or giver; it is not about preaching God’s word or knowing more of God; it is not about speaking in tongues
or having the gifts of Holy Spirit; knowing the Lord is not about performing miracles
in the name of the Lord or winning souls to the Lord; knowing the Lord is more than
being an ordained ministers or being a popular man of woman of God. Hophni and
Phinehas were priests of the Lord, they were powerful, popular and performing the
works of the Lord, yet they did not know the Lord. That was the reason Jesus Christ said, “Nothing everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” Matthew 7:21.
Your position in the church, or in Christian activities has nothing to do with your
personal encounter with the Lord.
There is difference between knowledge about God and knowledge of God. You can be a non-Christian and know many things in the Bible and about God, you can
be a Christian and have great and intensive knowledge about the word of God and
about God; you may teach and preach about God, you pray prophesy, and
experience miracles in your personal life or ministry; and yet you only know about
God. Many Christians and pastors only have knowledge about God, which is the
reason they will be disappointed on the last day. Knowledge about God is having knowledge about the Word of God, and being familiar with God, but without
personal, present and permanent relationship with God. Knowledge about
somebody is not an evidence of personal relationship with that person. You can
know many things about somebody, you can talk and describe many things about
somebody, and never have a personal relationship with the person; the same thing
is applicable in our relationship with God. Jesus says, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord’ have we not prophesied in
Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your
name?’ And then I will declare unto them, ‘I never know you, depart from Me, you
who practice lawlessness” Matthew 7:22
From here, you can see that it is possible that you can be a Prophet, Pastor; you
can perform deliverance for people and cast out demons in them, you can express several gifts of the Spirit without knowing the Lord presently. Same thing is
applicable to your pastors and popular ministers, performing miracles with flowing
of anointing in somebody’s life is not an evidence of present and personal
relationship with God.
Knowledge of God is knowing God and having a continuous relationship with Him! It involves relationship and continuity:
1, Relationship – To have knowledge of God is to create a cordial relationship with
God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord, this happens by repenting from all
your sins, confessing them and forsaking them, then starting to please God in new
Life. To please God is to keep doing the will of God, and the will of God is
righteousness, truth and holiness. Matthew 7:21. 2, Continuity – knowing God is not about the past experience, but present matter. If
you have known God yesterday and pleased Him, but today you have gone back to
sin, then the knowledge of yesterday is immaterial, before God now, you do not
know Him at all. Ezekiel 18:24, “But when a righteous man turns away from his
righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations
that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and
the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.” So it is not about, “I
have given my life to Christ Jesus, I have experienced salvation and gifts Holy
Spirit” But are you continuously living to please God in holiness and righteousness
up to date?
You can be saved in the morning and lose the salvation in the afternoon if you do not start to walk in holiness and righteousness, if you do not start to work out your
salvation with trembling and godly fear, if you do not immediately depart from old
sinful path, and if you do not take conscious effort to detach from sinful
relationship, lifestyle, and if you do not destroy every ungodly materials, music,
movies, magazines, and other stuffs in your possessions; let alone being saved
some months or years back. So many Christians and ministers are claiming lost salvation and empty relationship with God. Relationship which you claim to have
with God without pleasing Him in holiness and righteousness is an empty
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you
are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31. Continuing to abide in the Word and will of
God is what makes a person a disciple of Jesus Christ indeed, and not in deception.
Have you really known the Lord in genuine salvation since you have been a
Christian or a minister? Do you still know the Lord in continuous sanctification of
life after your salvation, or you are relying on empty testimony of yesterday?

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