Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Knowledge Muscles – Part I
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
After prayer, the knowledge of God and His Word is the next muscle that we must learn to exercise. The New Testament is full of verses concerning the knowledge of God and its importance in our lives.
The Apostle Paul wrote that he never ceased to pray for the Colossian believers that they might be “filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9b).
The Apostle also prayed a similar prayer for the Ephesian believers. Paul said he prayed constantly “asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God” (Ephesians 1:17 NLT).
The Apostle Paul wrapped up his thoughts about the knowledge of God when he wrote to Timothy:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made to all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Interestingly, the New Testament does not command us to read the Bible. It does tell us of the benefits of reading scripture. He also reminds us that the Bible is God-breathed. In other words, we read the Bible not to get merit points from God, but to gain knowledge about God.
As the Apostle Paul told the Colossian believers:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16)
Are you exercising your knowledge muscles to learn more about God and who He is? Do you have a routine for when you read the Bible?
All athletes know that to build muscles, it takes a routine that causes them to stretch their muscles over and over.
So it is with our knowledge muscles. Read the Bible over and over and allow its wisdom and knowledge to fill our minds and persist in our memories.
Develop a routine that exercises your knowledge muscles so that you enable the knowledge of God to dwell in you richly!
Father, I am so grateful for the instructions in the Bible that can help me grow my knowledge of You. Remind me to read it regularly. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.