The saying, “If you know, you know”, is uttered when there’s a general consensus amongst people about anything. It’s also said by people who are in on or have been let in on an inside joke. However large or small these groups of people are, as the saying goes, if you know about said thing, then you know. Having said all that, its fair also mention “if you don’t know, then you don’t know”.
I find myself drawn to inquire about or focus on the roots and foundations of things, and I’m sure this is because I serve and am made in the image of a living God who’s omniscient, all knowing. Therefore, I’m like Him. While one of the things that’s most certain — in my wanting and coming to know — is that knowledge starts with God; another thing I’m understanding is that I can’t fully know everything because learning is continuous. So the more I come to know, the more I find I don’t know much at all, because there’ll always be more to know about what I’m coming to know. Haha!
That word maze aside, to say that I’ve arrived in knowledge will be like saying I’m all knowing. Which will be like saying I’m God. I’m thankful for the understanding that being made in God’s image is in no way equal to being God.
God is Spirit and looking for those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
‘But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” — John 4:23-24
God is Spirit and looking for worshippers who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. True and proper worship. With our entirety, as a lifestyle;
‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. ‘ — Romans 12:1
… not just through singing worship songs — which is one of the many expressions of worship. We hear this everyday and read it in His Word. Much like all other things, we need to understand and beyond understanding, obey, and beyond obeying, apply and beyond applying, become those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. There is a process that starts from hearing this Word all the way through to observing (complying with) this Word. And what happens in the middle of this process is Jesus Christ by the power of The Holy Spirit.
As a true worshipper, I’m learning that it takes faith to please God;
‘And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.’ — Hebrews 11:6
… and to worship Him how He deems fit. Beyond this, I’m understanding that to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, I need to make use of my inner man, my spirit; because just like God is Spirit, I am first and foremost, spirt. So I’m enabled to truly worship Him by the power of The Holy Spirit. Meaning, trying to worship him in flesh will always be futile.
By flesh, I don’t just mean our physical bodies, I’m talking about our carnal mindset and/or logic. And what do The Spirit, Carnality/Logic have in common? Absolutely nothing! It’s like water and oil, they cannot mix. I’m going to define what it means to be carnal and logical but for the purpose of this read, classify both under logic.
To be carnal means to be physical, lustful, ruled by sight in thought and by desires of the flesh. To be logical is to be reasonable, straight-thinking, analytical, cerebral, hard-headed. For the benefit of having a proper understanding of all terms, I will go ahead to define what it means to be spiritual. Simply put, it means to be in touch with the Spirit, to be inner in thinking, devoted, holy.
Can you already pick from the definitions that being spiritual is the complete opposite of being logical? This leads me to posing bigger questions which are tied to the topic of this write up: Why do we try to analyse things of the Spirit with carnal minds? Why do we even try to question all things God with logical reasoning?
Essentially, that’s like trying to make sense of God leading the Israelites to the Red Sea with a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night; or trying to scientifically breakdown His parting of the Red Sea and only for the Israelites to unscathedly pass through to the other side.
‘The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. ‘ — Exodus 13:21
‘and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. ‘ — Exodus 14:22
To try and give a sense of an answer in the spirit, because it is only through spiritual revelation that we can;
‘Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.’ — Matthew 16:17
… when it comes to God and Him showing His glory through these unusual and miraculous acts, it never makes an iota of sense because apart from God being Spirit, God, through His Word — which is Jesus Christ — created all things, seen and unseen, known and unknown;
‘Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.’ — Colossians 1:15-16
So it only “makes sense” not just spiritually, but also logically that The Creator of all things has the power to operate and control all things He created; especially outside the natural function or context in and for which He planned and created all things. He literally has the world’s remote control in His hands. I picture Him sitting back and toggling between everything, you name it… lives, seasons, occurrences, thoughts, trials, victories, setbacks, discoveries, pandemics… all things and for His glory.
‘“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory, honor, and power, for you created all things, and by your plan they were created and exist.” — Revelation 4:11
If you’re a logical thinker, I hope you rest easy from your analytical mind after reading this. I importantly pray that in your wonder, you become open to delving deeper into and knowing the things of The Spirit; and from a spirit led point of view. So that by not knowing and through wanting to know afresh, you begin to know.