Knowledge Trap

1 Corinthians 13:2,8

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing…love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away…

What values are important to God?

The Bible outlines many good and outstanding qualities to possess. Some are better than others depending on the situation and circumstances of life you are presently navigating through. Here the apostle Paul outlines a few that are dear to him and close to heart for others and puts them in their right place.

His list includes the gift of prophecy, understanding mysteries, faith, languages, and knowledge. His conclusion was that they shall all pass away except for one – Love.

The knowledge trap is thinking your I.Q. and the accumulation of all you know of God, the Bible, and any other subject is the utopia of life. Yes, knowledge may be your number one strength, but compared to God’s love, it leaves you empty.

He wrote in 1 Corinthians 8:1 that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” In Ephesians 3:19, “to know the love of Christ surpasses knowledge…”, and today’s Scripture he reminds us that “without love, I am nothing.” Yes, knowledge is one of the great gifts to possess, but it’s not the most important.

Knowledge is the foundation of any field of study. When you acquire knowledge on a subject, and then begin to understand all the interrelationships and applications, you slowly acquire the wisdom to make the knowledge beneficial in its use among yourself and others. Without knowledge, not much would ever get done.

Yet in comparison with God’s love, it is secondary. When the love of God enters your soul, and you can express that love to others, every other gift you possess, including knowledge, becomes more effective and alive as it touches the lives of others.

By itself, apart from love, knowledge stands alone, morbid, and empty, waiting for life to enter. But when color is added, along with enthusiasm, beauty, and meaningfulness unto the subject, not to impress others but for their true benefit, then knowledge becomes alive and valuable.  

Therefore, don’t throw away your thirst for knowledge. But instead, make love your number one treasure to pursue and acquire and share with others. Let knowledge be your gift for others standing on the foundation of love. Or as others have said before, let them know how much you care for them rather than how much you know. Let love lead your knowledge base for the sake of others and for the glory of God.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

 *  Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
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Wisdom 501

Proverbs 3:13

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.

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If you are an atheist, what benefit would you receive from reading the Bible? There are some who believe the Book is outdated and has no relevance in the 21st century. Others believe science has replaced the folklore of yesterday. Yet when one travels through the pages of this number one seller, one quickly realizes that nothing has really changed from 4,000 years ago and today except for technology and fashion. Otherwise, human nature has been the same since the beginning of history.

You discover this Book outlines gems of wisdom for all areas of life. Whether you want to learn ways to improve your marriage, your relationships at work and home, or how government works best, you can find the answers throughout this Book.

You will find wisdom to create wealth, build a business, and invest for the future.

You will find diet tips, money tips, and life tips.

You will find answers for life’s tough questions.

You will discover a God who cares, plans, and has a purpose for His creation.

You will discover the mind of God.

You don’t have to be a believer to benefit from the lessons and principles taught throughout its pages.

Sometimes the more one becomes “educated”, the more common sense seems to disappear. This Book restores common sense and heightens the importance of knowledge that leads to understanding and wisdom.

History, war, family squabbles, relationship challenges, job success, financial stewardship, non-penalized fun, humor, and a whole number of other knowledge building categories for you to sharpen your Life skill set is sewn between the pages.

So, if you want more wisdom in your life, than read the Book. And if you are open to the experience, you may even discover where real Wisdom is found.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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To Know

“But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” MT. 22:29 ESV
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 ESV

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In the book of Luke, the 4th chapter verses 1-13, reveals how Jesus was tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days. During his encounter with the evil one, there is a battle of Will. Jesus is tempted with economic, political, and religious offers. If he pursues the devil’s offer, he would reneged on his mission. We know the outcome. Jesus did resist the well packaged, attractive offers and went on to fulfill His Father’s objectives.

There are those Bible teachers that state Jesus won simply because he quoted scripture. That because He verbally stated scripture, that the devil was obliged to stand back. Yet didn’t the devil himself quote scripture to Jesus? If that was the case, then wouldn’t Jesus have to likewise step back? No, I believe the reason the devil retreated was simply because Jesus knew God’s position on each carnal temptation. In knowing, he resisted the devil’s offer and the devil therefore fled (James 4:7).

To know scripture is to know God’s character, values, and position on each relevant topic. When we come to know scripture as an expression of its Author, and when we align ourselves with the Maker of this reality, we then begin to walk with Him. When we know that we know His values, we begin to live-out those attributes in our own lives. We then begin to experience the abundant life that God originally created for us but was stolen by Satan. Whatever the topic, we study and learn what God’s position is on it, and we begin to live-out His reality. As we live-out True reality, we come to know more about God and His Ways. We begin to truly experience the with God-life.

To know is the assurance of God. To know something as an idea is the first step toward the process. Yet to know something because you lived through it, is a deeper level of knowledge. This is the level of knowledge that we need to seek with God.

When we use scripture as the basis of learning about God, and then begin to faithfully live-out that reality, we only then begin to experience the grace-filled, life-giving adventure of being a master apprentice of Jesus Christ.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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