“The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32 (ESV)

Every Christian understands that knowing God is the highest and best form of knowledge.

This spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to us in our faith. The scriptures describe believers as people who are enlightened and taught biblical truth about the Lord. They are said to “have an anointing from the Holy One,” (1 John 2:20) and it is the Holy Spirit’s particular office to guide them towards all truth in order to increase and cultivate their faith.

In addition to faith, knowledge strengthens love. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Savior. Or, to use another analogy, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait, we love Him. We cannot love a Christ we do not know. If we only superficially have head knowledge of the greatness of Jesus, what He has done for us, and what He is doing now, we can’t love Him much. But the more we know Him intimately, the more we will love Him.

Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for something if we don’t know it exists? Hope is like a telescope, but until we understand how it works, our ignorance blocks our view of the glass, and we can see nothing at all. Knowledge removes the obstructive object, so when we look through the telescope we can see God’s glory to be revealed and anticipate it with joyous confidence.

Finally, knowledge gives us reason for patience. How will we have patience unless we know the mercy of Christ and understand the good which will ultimately come from the correction our heavenly Father sends us? Is there a single grace a Christian may experience which won’t be nurtured by increasing our knowledge of God?

How important it is that we grow both in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Question: How can you make a conscious effort to improve your knowledge of God?

Originally written by Charles H. Spurgeon.
Updated to modern English by Darren Hewer, 2009.

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12,( NLV)

My Marine son has a Latin saying tattooed on his arm – SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM. It means,

If you want peace, prepare for war.”

I’ve thought long and hard about that statement.

If a country desires peace they must have an army, armed and prepared, to protect its citizens from those who desire to overtake it.

Soldiers rigorously train for battles they may never face, in order to keep their country secure and safe. But what happens to a country when its army is ill-equipped, poorly trained and undisciplined? It is left vulnerable to attack. In order for peace to be achieved a country has to be ready for war in every way.

During my son’s 12-week Marine Basic Training his drill sergeants wanted their platoon to be the very best at everything they did. That meant that every man had to be excellent. If one member fell behind, they all would pay the price. My son’s platoon would drill 8-9 hours straight in order to achieve best platoon in drilling. They were right on track for taking first place for top platoon overall but when they got to the rifle range something happened – their shooting was off and they finished in second place. Their drill sergeant lined them up in their barracks and began to scream and yell at them for taking second place. He was so mad that he took their second place trophy and threw it out the window! And then he said,

There is no second place in war! You are either first or you’re dead!”

As followers of Christ, we are in a war!

We have an enemy that hungers for our souls and preys on our weaknesses. He seems to find all the places that we are vulnerable, or ill equipped. One of his best tactics is to get Christians to think they are at peace when they really are at war, to catch them unprepared and untrained for battle.

We need to be prepared for the battle. We cannot let down our guard, we must be strong and alert! But what does that look like in our life as a follower of Christ? We must train just like a soldier does – we need to learn God’s Word and be ready to use it. Jesus used Scripture in defeating Satan when he was tempted. We need to not just read it but apply it to our lives. God’s word needs to be an integral part of our everyday life!

We must develop our relationship with God. We need to know who He is so that we can place our trust in Him even when we don’t understand what’s happening or can’t see the way. The Bible calls us to walk by faith. Notice that in the first part of those verses it says that we are to be strong in the Lord and that we are to draw our strength from Him. We cannot do it on our own – we need His power, His strength and His might.

If you want peace in your life as a Christian, you must prepare for the battle.

Father, My strength is in You alone. When I am tempted to believe that I can handle this on my own, gently remind me that the battle is Yours. Help me to faithfully study Your word so that I can know You better. Amen

Question: Are you aware and ready to fight spiritual battles in your life?