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“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

Feeling and KnowingRight now, I feel tired. I also feel that I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I’m failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life – be a great husband, a great Dad, and a great Pastor.

Right now, I know that God’s approval matters more than the approval of others. I know that He equips those whom He calls and that I am adequate and can do all things through Him who gives me strength, even when I’m tired. I know I am redeemed, forgiven, and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit. So I know that moving forward in faith is the right, best, and wisest thing to do.

Living by what I feel is a deadly choice. Living by what I know, based on the unchanging truth of Scripture, is a life-giving choice.

I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.

~ 2 Timothy 1:12 NLT

Photo by Hani Amir.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grade Sunday School Student?

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We played this game at Bethel’s Adult Bible study last night – Bentley Fisher, our Chairman of Deacons smoked the competition, Michael Hollowell, our Pastor of Worship. The point of such a game? We’ve jumped into a study of Colossians, which Paul wrote in part to warn people about the cult of Gnosticism.

The Gnostics of Paul’s time were spreading the idea that there was a special revelation or spiritual kind of wisdom that would only be attained by those few enlightened souls who were privileged enough to understand it. This mystery, secret knowledge, or hidden wisdom was, according to their belief, the true path to eternal life in the highest sense. Jesus wasn’t eternally God but rather the highest ranking being in God’s angelic order. Our path is to ascend to His likeness by attaining deeper wisdom.

Hogwash. And Paul knew it.

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