2 Peter 1: 5
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; (New International Version)
Have you added knowledge?
Whenever the subject of faith comes up, this is the definition given:
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, (, KJV)
In order to add to your faith, you must first understand, from a practical standpoint, what faith is. You have to study it fully. With a God inspired revelation or rhema understanding of faith, you can live your life on what God provides and accept His divine plan. In order to be saved, you received a measure of faith.
Ephesians 2:8a For by grace you have been saved through faith. (New King James Version NKJV)
Your faith is like a muscle. You developed and increased your measure of faith by studying the word and receiving revelation, by being a student of the Holy Spirit, by spending time in prayer, and by believing God, when everything from the natural said, give up. You added knowledge to your faith. If you follow this path, your faith in God is no longer based on what you read and what you heard; you now based it on what you know from experience.
Romans 5:3-4 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. (Good News Translation GNT)
Another interesting thing happens in this process. Because you have added knowledge, you start to do what pleases the Lord because you know it pleases Him (moral excellence). You make the godly choice instead of the fleshly one. With each correct choice you make, you add more knowledge.
The knowledge God desires for us to have has a wider sweep than our English word “know, ” including perceiving, learning, understanding, willing, performing, and experiencing. To know is not to be intellectually informed about some abstract principle, but to apprehend and experience reality. Knowledge is not the possession of information, but rather its exercise or actualization. (Bible Study Tools)
You will come to know what the phrase “of things hoped for,” in Hebrews 11:1, really refers to; it is not houses, cars, money, position, fame, fortune, stuff, and things. It is an eternity with the Lord. If you stay on the path, your faith will grow and you will add to your faith, moral excellence and to your moral excellence, knowledge. You will continue to add knowledge because you are learning what the Lord wants you to do and you are doing it. You are choosing Him instead of you. You are pleasing Him instead of you.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, thank You for faith. I repent for basing my faith on what I wanted and what I saw You do for me. I am sorry you were not first in my desires. Thank you for spending time with me. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, who teaches me to add knowledge to my faith. Today I base my faith on my hope to be with You in glory. Exercising my faith has changed me. I make my actions and my choices with You in mind. I know You better and I want to continue to increase my knowledge of You every day. I spent a lot of years believing You for my health, my children, my husband, success at my chosen endeavor, etc. I still want those things, and I believe You want those things too. However, I know I have to seek You first and allow You to determine if, when, and how I will get them. I hope for continued transformation in my life to be more like You. I hope for the return of Jesus Christ. I hope to be with You in glory…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.