Knowledge vs Relationship

Photo credit: The Forbidden Knowledge!, Edward Townsend (flickr.com)
Photo credit: The Forbidden Knowledge!, Edward Townsend (flickr.com)

Most articles on this blog result from conversations with the Holy Spirit.  I did not start receiving them until I begun spending more time in His presence and conversing with Him throughout the day.

When the Lord revealed Himself to me, I begun seeking to order my footsteps as He desired through an understanding of His Word.  It was a usual Wednesday morning.  Sun was shining brightly outside.  Birds of the birds in the tree outside could be heard.  I was about to open the front door and rush out to work, when I heard a loud audible voice speaking to me.  I lived alone.  There was no visitor there.  My neighbor, who lived in a separate unit in the front of the yard, was too ill and mature to even consider pranking me.  We communicated but not on that level.  My mind was fixed on one thing.  The Lord was speaking to me, in a loud and clear authoritative voice.  I just knew it was His voice.  The air felt pressurized and charged with electricity.  My body felt like it was about to explode.  I felt a heavy weight on me.  Waves of slow vibrations shook my body.  My knees were buckling under the pressure but I was afraid to fall down.  I thought I would die, if I hit the ground.  I was frozen.  Afraid to move.  At the same time, I felt tremendous joy and peace.  Joy beyond anything I ever felt before.

I had been in church most of my life.  For years I participated in most events but it was a ritual.  A ritual that mirrored the formality of the worship.  I never read my Bible or prayed when I was alone.  When I became a young adult I started drifting.  The clubs and parties drew me.  Soon I drifted from church.

For a long, long time I drifted until I felt a pull to return.  The pull became so strong that I could not resist anymore.  I had to surrender to Him.

He had spoken to me before through dreams on a few occasions.  I had even gotten prophetic messages to tell a few people.  At the time I never knew about the Holy Spirit.  I grew up not knowing much about Jesus.  I believed in the Creator of heaven and earth but this was different.  Now I knew without a doubt that He was not a fiction of my imagination.

I became hungry to learn more about Him.  I started reading the Bible regularly.  I wanted to be committed to Him.  Despite, my failures in the past.  Despite, all I had done I wanted to make it right this time.

I begun spending a lot of time researching various Biblical topics.  I was hungry for Biblical truth, knowledge and understanding.  Each morning when I woke for devotion I heard the small still voice of the Holy Spirit giving me a scripture to read.

I read the scriptures but sometimes reading was futile.  Many scriptures did not make sense to me.  I could speak convincingly about some biblical truths but books like Ezekiel, Songs of Solomon, and many others were baffling to me.  It was not until I asked the Lord to reveal Himself in His Word and threw out the literature that the Holy Spirit started revealing the mysteries of the Word to me.

Previously, when He spoke to me.  I listened.  Then moved on his command or just recorded the information.  I felt that this was the best thing to do.  I revered Him as my Lord and Saviour.  My desire was to please Him.  However, I did not think it necessary to communicate with Him.  The flow of information was one way.  He spoke.  I listened.  No questions were asked.  I feared that asking would result in Him striking me down.  Boy was I wrong!

When He mentioned to my Apostle that my relationship with Him was only surface level, I felt hurt.  I thought I had a good thing going with the Lord.  He spoke.  I carried out his command.  What more could He want?

It was after that that He began telling me that there was a need to explore deeper.

I cannot forget the bright sunny day in the Summer.  I was admiring the water flowing in a lake.  From a distance no movement could be seen.  When I got closer I saw the small ripple of waves, indicating that it was continuously flowing in a specific direction.

As I gazed at it the Holy Spirit began telling me that the water is calm on the surface but this is only because it is very deep.  There were many things happening underneath that needed to be explored.  All of these things were occurring at various levels.

He made it clear that it was the same with any Word he said to me.  The initial Word was only meant as an introduction to commence a conversation.  Questions were to be asked and even when I believe I knew everything still ask more questions.  I needed to be very curious about what He was revealing.  Satisfying that curiosity required that a lot of time had to be spent in His presence and reading the Bible.

I took the advise and have not regretted it.

I implore you to spend time in His presence daily.  Meditate on the Word of God.  Do not just seek knowledge or revelation.  Having them without relationship a relationship with Jesus can lead us astray.  We can become like the Pharisees.  They thought knowledge of the scriptures was sufficient to guarantee them eternal life (John 5:39-40).  Jesus made it absolutely clear that having a relationship with him was most important.  It is when we seek Him with our whole heart that He reveals himself to us.

Possessing great biblical knowledge and spiritual gifts are great!  However, it is most important to have a relationship with Jesus.  Without it, these things profit us nothing.

All knowledge, understanding and wisdom is found in the person of Jesus.  The more time spent with Him is the more you are changed.  Less effort is needed to understand the Bible.  Mysteries are revealed by the Holy Spirit.

What you receive also goes beyond biblical understanding or prophetic words.  I have gotten visions for website designs, ideas for web applications, books, innovations, etc from Him.

Make the time.  Do not seek Him for stuff.  Seek Him because you love Him and desire to become like Him.  When you seek the Kingdom everything will be added to you (Matthew 6:25-33).

Matthew 7:7-13 (NKJV)

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who

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3 thoughts on “Knowledge vs Relationship

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Bella Rodriquez. You are absolutely right about the importance of being in His presence. His plan for our lives from creation was for us to walk daily with His guidance. To be in His presence as the Angels. Please feel free to reblog this and any other articles you choose. Freely I receive. Freely I give.

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