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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

June 23

But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

1 Corinthians 8:3

What was the one tree of which Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet once they disobeyed God and ate of this tree, they immediately thought they knew good from evil, right from wrong without having to depend on the Father as they had done before. Suddenly, knowing they were naked, they hid from God.

The result? Intimacy with the Father was broken.

So too, if I’m not oh, so careful, even Biblical knowledge and theological understanding will make me less of a pray-er, less of a lover, less inclined to depend wholly on the Father because I will mistakenly think I can handle any given situation on the basis of my own knowledge or understanding.

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23

The word, ‘know’ speaks of intimacy, as a man knows his wife. There are many people who know about the Lord — but they don’t know Him intimately. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they will say, ‘didn’t we prophesy in Your name and do signs and wonders for Your Kingdom?’

Yet He will say ‘Depart from Me. I never knew you. Yes, you worked for Me. Yes, you knew about Me. But we had no relationship intimately,’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

Be students of the Word, saints. Grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Become solid in theology — but as you do, make sure that love has the priority. Make sure your love for God is pre-eminent. The Word will confirm His leading and correct your misunderstanding. But it must not be a substitute for walking with Him day by day, talking with Him about every situation. The Word must never take the place of your walking with Him in intimacy and dependency lest it become as the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day's Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Day's Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament. If you would like your own copy of "A Day's Journey" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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