The Way to Knowledge

The Way To Know

“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine …”
John 7:17

 

The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to me, then I may be sure there is something I will not do. Intellectual darkness comes through ignorance; spiritual darkness comes because of something I do not intend to obey.

No man ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test over it. We disobey and then wonder why we don’t go on spiritually. ‘If when you come to the altar,’ said Jesus, ‘there you remember your brother hath ought against you…don’t say another word to Me, but first go and put that thing right.’ The teaching of Jesus hits us where we live. We cannot stand as humbugs before Him for one second. He educates us down to the scruple. The Spirit of God unearths the spirit of self-vindication; He makes us sensitive to things we never thought of before.

When Jesus brings a thing home by His word, don’t shirk it. If you do, you will become a religious humbug. Watch the things you shrug your shoulders over, and you will know why you do not go on spiritually. First go – at the risk of being thought fanatical you must obey what God tells you.

~ Oswald Chambers

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Water

 

 

“For my people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living water, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13


Last week, we all traveled to Lima to complete our residency process and officially pick up our carnets (residency cards)! We also needed to obtain an American passport for Margaret and get a foreign birth certificate, since she was born here. Caleb and I (and Margaret) spent Tuesday and Wednesday morning in lines, seats, and rooms; figuring things out, signing papers, getting our picture taken, etc… Amanda was a such a blessing to have along to watch Jane in our hotel for those mornings. In the afternoons of those days, we got to do some fun sight-seeing around Lima. We went to the zoo, ate some yummy food, and visited a marvelous fountain park. It was a fun piece of time to perk us up from all the paperwork, lack of sleep, and traveling for the first time with two little ones (whew!).

The fountain park was simply amazing. There were a variety of fountains, some even with colored lights and timed to music. It really displayed the beauty, grandeur, and magnificence of water. It was a lovely picture of the refreshment and deep, rich joy that comes when we have Christ as our Savior, and He is filling us up daily with His living water. May I never stray from that path into the parched land where the water disappears into the spidery cracks in the ground, the sinful, hard places of my heart. Christ is our all in all, our “fountain of living water.”