For the past couple of weeks or so, I have taken the time to pay close attention to my oldest son James. In essence, I was informally assessing his knowledge on certain things, to determine what he does and does not know, so I will know what things we need to work on next in his development. I have been so pleasantly surprised at the things he knows at 2 years old. James will say things like “cars” “garage” “mailbox” “arms” “head” “legs”, and so on, constantly throughout the day. James often says the same word over and over again until I repeat it back to him, letting him know that he is saying it correctly. It’s as if he wants me to know that he 100% knows what he is saying. Each time I give him the affirmation he seeks, he goes to a new word to show me what he knows.
If I’m being honest, James knows many things that I don’t recall teaching him. As I asked myself, “How does he know that?”, it is then that I was reminded that my husband and I asked God to make him disciplined and wise during my pregnancy. Now as I fast forward over two years later, I see many of our prayers coming to life right before my eyes. We had the foresight to pray over James and ask God for specific things in his life, but that’s it. God did the rest. We take no claim to it. James was our first child so there were many things we didn’t know. However, we did (and still do) know the power of prayer, and we know we can go to God to obtain the knowledge and wisdom we need to make it each day. That’s the only way we stand a chance against the enemy. We must know that we know that we know, who our source is.
In the Bible book Joshua, there were many decisions being made, of which Joshua was the leader. After Moses died, Joshua became the appointed person to lead the Israelites to the land God promised. Joshua was a smart man, but he was also nervous and unsure that he was the person who could deliver on God’s promise. God instructed Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night (Joshua 1:8) so that as he needed to reference it, God’s Word would always be right there with him. This is the exact thing we must do as believers today. I don’t know how things were in Joshua’s day, but in 2017 the enemy is extremely busy all the time. There is only one way to win these battles against the enemy and that is knowing God’s Word. When the enemy tries to plant seeds of doubt and fear in our spirits, we must be able to recall in our memory that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When the enemy tells us that thing we are praying for will never come to pass, we must remember that our harvest will come in due season, if we don’t grow weary in doing what is right (Galatians 6:9). When we feel like we don’t have the strength to make it another day, we must remember to be of good courage and God will strengthen our hearts (Psalm 27:14).
Just as my son James says the words he knows over and over again to build his confidence in what he knows, we as believers must do the same thing. We may need to pick a few scriptures, pull out a notebook or an index card, write them down, and read them over and over again until we know that we know that we know, what God is telling us. The Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6). We must be equipped with what we need to tap into God’s wisdom and knowledge so the enemy will lose every battle he engages in.
“Wisdom is knowledge applied. Head knowledge is useless on the battlefield. Knowledge stamped on the heart makes one wise.” – Beth Moore