Many times, it’s really difficult for believers to find solutions to their problems in God. Mostly, the reason is not that God has neglected them or he is not powerful enough, but because of lack of knowledge, we most often than not go back with our problems, feeling as if God had failed.
In our walk with God, we need knowledge, and this cannot be overemphasized. The bible in fact says:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
- Hosea 4:6 KJV
This verse is very popular among believers, but most of us relive these very words every day, and we perpetually live in the ignorance of not knowing who God is and what he can do.
We see the progression of the verse above; first God proclaims the destruction of his people. If we look carefully and are sincere with ourselves, we immediately see the cause of this destruction: the people are void of knowledge.
How pitiful it is that God actually calls them ‘My people’, so this should tell us that the reason that we are called by the name of God is not an automatic insulation from the destruction that ignorance can bring upon us. There is always a place for knowledge; we must know God and his ways personally, not just what we have been told or taught by someone else.
You have to know God for yourself for you not to limit his power to what you have only heard.
If we reject the knowledge of God, and we limit the things that we should know about him, this inversely limits his power that should work in our lives, and we reject him first before he rejects us by virtue of us rejecting his knowledge.
If we want to see the full power of God working in us and for us, there is no other way than through the faith that comes from our knowledge of his word.
Another reason some cannot see and experience this mighty power they have heard so much about, is because they continue to maintain the mind of doubt towards the word of God.
This is understandable because sometimes the words that we read can look so incomprehensible, that we begin to try to help God wonder how he is going to bring such things to life while forgetting who he is, that he has made the heavens and the earth without the help of any man or spirit; he is God all by himself.
Doubting God is a sure way to not receiving anything from God:
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1:6-7
If we ask God with a heart of doubt and or disbelief, we thereby limit the power of the mighty one.
In the kingdom of God, your faith plays a vital role to your receipt from the Father; it is the substance that brings the power of God to work in your life in full force.
It is always up to man, and up to God to bring the word of God to settle on the earth in a person’s life. It is never totally up to God, and neither totally up to man, but it is a shared responsibility between God and man, so the bible teaches about a dynamic force called faith. And the bible says about this faith:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
This verse draws a straight line from faith to receiving anything from God. When we read the whole chapter of Hebrews 11, we find out that it was by the working of this faith that the people we have now come to know as ‘the fathers of faith’ were able to receive the promises of God and do many mighty works by the power of God.
To please God, we need faith. To get the reward of the true seekers, we need faith. To see the power of God moving unstoppably and unreserved in our lives, we need faith as well.
It is by faith that Jesus did all he did on earth, it was by faith the apostles did exploits, signs and wonders. It was by faith that for many centuries later, we hear wonderful workings of the power of God in the early church. It is still by faith that many do the signs and wonders that we see today.
So, don’t limit the power of God in your life today; first get a solid knowledge of the God you serve, then follow up this knowledge, believing all you have read and heard in faith and perseverance, for God is ready to work in and through you.